2019 honorary degree recipients announced
ASUU is seeking applications
Academic Senate recap
Engineering professor receives Pakistan civilian award
Research communication workshop survey
Campus Store Apple One-Day Sale
Personalized graduation announcements
Join the Real Life Challenge
Mindfulness Center internship
Fall 2019 textbook adoptions due March 29

Renewal Period for 2019-20 Recognized Student Organizations
Campus contraceptive survey
HRE housing: On-campus, nearby and even downtown


The University of Utah Board of Trustees has announced that Robert “Archie” Archuleta, May Farr and Gary L. Crocker will receive honorary doctoral degrees during the 2019 annual commencement ceremony, set for Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The award is the highest honor given by the university.

This year’s recipients exemplify how passionate activism, public advocacy and philanthropy changes lives.

“Our honorees have touched the lives of thousands of people through their commitment to public service,” said Joe Sargetakis, chair of the Board of Trustees’ honors committee. “They also have been unwavering in their support of the university, helping the U in its mission to serve the state as the University for Utah.”

The degree will be awarded posthumously to Archuleta, who passed away unexpectedly in January. He was 88.

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved distinction in academic pursuits, the arts, professions, business, government, civic affairs or in service to the university. The Honorary Degree Committee, which includes representatives from the faculty, student body and Board of Trustees, reviews nominations and then consults with an advisory group of faculty, staff and administrators for additional input. Finalists are presented to the university president, who selects recipients.

Read more about this year’s honorees here.


With a newly elected presidency, ASUU is seeking applicants for key executive branch positions of Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Directors and Associate Directors for the 2019-2020 academic year.

ASUU needs fresh ideas about policies and/or events that seek to improve the student experience for all U students. Serving in any of these positions will provide you with incredible leadership experience and may provide a stipend. If you’re the type of person who wishes year after year that things at the U would improve, ASUU wants you to apply. For a full list of the various boards and the application for these positions, click here.

Executive Director applications close Friday, March 22, 2019

Associate Director and Deputy Chief of Staff applications close Sunday, March 31, 2019


The University of Utah Academic Senate met Monday, March 4, 2019, and approved the following proposals:

• Dual degrees in (1) Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and Master of Public Policy and (2) Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and Master of Public Administration
• Certificate in Public Policy
• Master of Athletic Training

The next Senate meeting will be held Monday, April 1, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. in the College of Law Moot Courtroom (6th floor). Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted approximately one week before online.


University of Utah civil and environmental engineering professor Steve Burian, also director of The U Water Center and the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at the U, will be awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honors. Pakistan President Arif Alvi will present the award on Saturday, March 23 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The honor signifies appreciation for Burian’s continued leadership on critical water issues in that country through the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCASW). He is one of 127 people who will receive one of 10 civilian awards to be handed out at the ceremony.

Burian, along with U economics professor Tariq Banuri (now chairman of Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission) and research professor Aslam Chaudhry, launched the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water in 2015 to train a new generation of engineers and water professionals to solve water security challenges.

Learn more about the Water Center’s work in Pakistan at


Are you interested in communicating your research to the general public? The Office of the Vice President for Research and University Marketing and Communications are here to help you communicate complex information to the public. Whether it’s writing a press release, navigating social media, or engaging with policymakers, this workshop will provide researchers with the essential tools and skills to effectively communicate with non-specialists about their research field.

Which workshops would you like to attend? Click here to fill out a quick survey regarding the upcoming workshop topics.


On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the University Campus Store and the University Campus Store Health in HSEB, select Apple products will be available tax-free. Faculty and staff will receive an additional 8 percent off of already-reduced academic prices on all MacBook Pros, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, iPad Pros and iMacs. This semi-annual sale is exclusively for University of Utah faculty and staff who are invited to save hundreds of dollars on new Apple devices.

All discounted items are limited to on-hand stock on April 24. Pre-orders for the products will go live on March 28 at 7 a.m. Any pre-ordered items will be in store and ready for pickup at the main Campus Store and the Campus Store Health on the day of the event, April 24. For those who choose to shop at the main Campus Store on the day of the event, please use the coupon code “APPLESALE” at the kiosk to avoid paying any parking fees.

NOTE: When shopping online—sale prices will not appear on the website. Prices will be adjusted at the time of processing your order. If you’d like a custom quote on your product, you may call UTech’s Sales Experts at 801-581-4776 or view the adjusted price sheet on our FAQs page.

As an added benefit, full-time faculty and staff are eligible for zero-interest payroll deduction on their new Apple products. Those who use payroll deduction pay only $20 on April 24 and the rest is taken automatically out of their paycheck for up to 12 pay periods.

For more information about the University Campus Store’s UTech One Day Event, visit the store or call its Apple-certified sales experts at 801-581-4776.


Congrats, Class of 2019—you’re almost to the finish line!

Let us help you share the good news with friends and family with budget-friendly graduation announcements from University Print & Mail Services. A number of sizes and styles are available, from traditional folded cards to modern, flat announcements. View the gallery and place your order online or stop by the Print & Mail Services table at Grad Fair, March 28, 29 and 30, to view styles and paper options. Orders are typically ready for pickup at the Campus Store five business days after your order is placed, no shipping fees or delays.

Throughout Grad Fair, Print & Mail Services will host a photo booth where you and your friends and family can snap photos using fun grad props and U items, memorializing your final weeks on campus as a Ute. And, our staff can walk you through your grad announcement options, papers and styles to help you find what best suits your taste. Additionally, we can help you explore other commemorative print items, like binding your thesis, turning an art project or photo into a canvas wrap or printing your personal business cards for the next stage of life. If involves printing, we can probably do that for you.

Because you’ve earned it, grads, let University Print & Mail help you celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime achievement.


It’s not too late to be a part of this spring’s Real Life Challenge. We’re only a week in, which means there is still plenty of time to sign up and get involved. The Real Life Challenge is a four-week lifestyle journey, dedicated to improving your health, fitness and overall well-being—one habit at a time.

Each day, you’ll get points for completing each of the Five Daily Habits. You can earn up to 25 points a day and the opportunity to win prizes. Compete individually or form a team with your colleagues or friends across campus. We’ve even added team prizes.

So get your team together and sign up. Click here for more information.


The Mindfulness Center (at the University Counseling Center) is now accepting applications for our paid undergraduate internship, also known as The Change Collective. Selected interns will:
  • Commit 19 hours per week for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Receive financial and academic credit compensation
  • Develop and facilitate programming that builds more just, resilient, and compassionate campuses by combining student wisdom and psychological research
  • Conduct mindfulness-oriented outreach presentations across campus
  • Facilitate workshops through the Mindfulness Center

Interested undergraduates can submit an application here by March 22 at 5 p.m. Students can reach out to Alexis Arczynski at for any inquiries.

Fall 2019 textbook adoptions due March 29

If you have not submitted your textbook adoptions to the University Campus Store for fall semester, it’s not too late. Submitting adoptions is easy—simply complete the University Campus Store’s online textbook adoption form. If you need assistance in submitting your textbook information or have questions, please contact Heidi Booth at 801-581-5965 or or Rand Merritt at 801-581-3158 or

The prompt submission of textbook adoptions by faculty each semester enables the Campus Store to stock necessary textbooks in a timely manner and increases the chances of offering used and rental textbooks, which help students save up to 50 percent off of new book prices. The Campus Store relies heavily on your timely response, so please do not delay.

If you’re interested in adding Inclusive Access textbooks to your course and possibly saving students up to 80 percent off the cost of textbooks please contact Shane Girton at 801-581-8296 or For more information about Inclusive Access please click on the link.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the Campus Store’s textbook adoption program.

Renewal Period for 2019-20 Recognized Student Organizations

Happy ORG New Year. On Friday, March 8, All OrgSync portals belonging to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) will reset and expire. This means it is time to update your organization’s information for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Please update the OrgSync profile by completing a registration request. We ask the organization’s leadership to do this at your earliest convenience and to re-submit a request each time the organization’s officer information changes. The deadline for submitting a registration request and renewing your organization will be June 1 at 5 p.m. If the organization misses this deadline, the organization’s OrgSync profile will be “disabled”. A disabled profile will prevent the organization from access to key benefits including reserving rooms on campus, applying for ASUU or FAF grant funding, tabling at PlazaFest, utilizing the tools of OrgSync, and more.

Updating your organization’s OrgSync profile is one of the two annual requirements to maintain your organization’s status as a Recognized Student Organization.

There are three items to note about registration requests:

  1. To complete a registration request, an individual must have Administrative Access to the portal. This access can be granted by someone who already has that access to your organization’s portal. The Organization Resource Group (ORG) may also grant this access.
  2. When the registration request is submitted, the organization’s advisor (if applicable) will automatically be sent an email prompting them to approve the submitted information. For Sponsored & Affiliated organizations, the advisor must approved this submitted information before ORG can review the submission.
  3. To have a request approved by ORG, Recognized Student Organizations must upload a constitution that meets these requirements. Please note certain items need to be listed as verbatim. The requirements have changed slightly since last year, so please pay close attention to the Constitution Checklist.

Registration requests submitted or approved prior to March 8, 2019, will not satisfy the annual requirement for the 2019-2020 academic year. All pending or deferred requests submitted prior to March 8 will be denied.

If you have questions about updating your organization’s OrgSync profile, please contact ORG

Contact the Organization Resource Group (ORG) at 801-581-2788 or for more information. You may also schedule an appointment with them on Cranium Cafe/Connex Ed or stop by their office during office hours within the ASUU Suite on the second floor of the A. Ray Olpin Student Union. Student Organizations and ORG are housed within the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement.”

Campus Contraceptive Survey

The Campus Contraceptive Initiative is conducting research to assess student health on campus, and we need your help. By taking the 10-minute survey, the CCI hopes to understand student knowledge and experiences with sexual and reproductive health. Your response will help the CCI assess the need for programs to expand access to sexual and reproductive health services at the University of Utah. Take the survey, and you can be entered to win one of 33 Amazon Gift Cards for $50. The survey is completely anonymous, and responses are de-identified from the participant for the entry for the prizes. CCI will only use the provided email from the participant to contact for the giveaway. Click here to start the survey.

For more information or questions, please email Grace Mason, founder and president, Camus Contraceptive Initiative.

HRE Housing: On-campus, nearby and even downtown

Have you checked out Housing & Residential Education’s housing options for upper-class students lately? HRE has a variety of apartment options available for sophomores, juniors, seniors and even grad students. Better yet, these apartment buildings can be found on campus, nearby and in downtown Salt Lake City.

The housing application for the 2019-2020 year opened on Saturday, Feb. 9. Living with HRE provides the convenience and community aspects of university housing, with the added independence of apartment life. Apply online through the “Housing” tile in your CIS account. If you currently live on campus or have lived on campus in the past, there is no application fee.

If you are a newly admitted first-year student, click here for more information on the housing options you are eligible for.