Vice president for Student Affairs finalists’ campus visits
Vice president for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion candidate visits
Senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management candidate visits

Diane Pataki named associate vice president for Research
Rick Majerus named to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Robert Kessler receives Computer Society Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award
Chief technology officer associate director announced
2020 class presidency elected

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Join Staff Council

2019 Beacons of Excellence call for nominations
4th Annual Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Symposium
Free community emergency response team trainings

$30,000 awarded in the 2019 High School Entrepreneur Challenge
March Advisor of the Month

New way to pay for LASIK, eyeglasses and contact lenses
Research communication workshop survey
Apply for Utah 2019 Global Learning Retreat
Sustainability survey
Vehicle operation for university business

We Need U to Promote Campus Involvement

Custodial Specialty Services is a resource for all of campus to utilize

Vice President for Student Affairs finalists campus visits

Candidates for vice president for Student Affairs have been identified and will be coming to campus on the dates below. Please participate in the selection process by attending the Open Forum sessions with each candidate.

Once confirmed, candidate information, including CVs, will be available on the VPSA search site one day prior to their campus visit. Each finalist will open their forum with a brief presentation, followed by discussion. After the sessions, you can provide feedback via an electronic survey that will be posted on the Student Affairs search website.

    Thursday, April 11 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

    Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Executive Education Building, Rick and Marian Warner Auditorium, Room 1425
    Tuesday, April 16 | 8:30–9:30 a.m.
    David Eccles School of Business at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Child Family Hall, seventh floor
    Thursday, April 18 | 9-10 a.m.

    David Eccles School of Business at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Child Family Hall, seventh floor


The search committee will bring finalists for the position of vice president for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to campus this month. During campus visits, all finalists will participate in interviews and a town hall that is open to campus.

The name and resume of each finalist will be announced 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus.

If you attended the town halls, we would love to have your feedback on the candidates. Please click here take the brief survey and submit your feedback.

    Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 2:45-3:45 p.m.
    S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom (6th floor)


The search committee will bring finalists for the position of senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management to campus this month. During campus visits, all finalists will participate in interviews and a town hall that is open to campus.

The name and resume of each finalist will be announced 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus here.

    Monday, April 15, 2019 | 10-11 a.m.
    INSCC Auditorium, Room 110
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 10:15-11:15 a.m.
    INSCC Auditorium, Room 110


Diane Pataki, currently a professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the associate dean for Research in the College of Science, has been named the university’s next associate vice president for Research, effective April 1.

Pataki studies urban ecology, including the effects of landscaping choices on the urban environment. Find some of her work here.

Pataki succeeds Cynthia Furse, professor of electrical engineering, who will return to a full-time teaching and research role.

Learn more about the Office of the Vice President for Research here.

RICK Majerus Named to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Former University of Utah Rick Majerus is one of three coaches and six players that have been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The honorees will officially be enshrined on Nov. 24 in Kansas City at the 2019 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.

Majerus, who also coached at Marquette, Ball State and Saint Louis, is joined by former coaches Homer Drew (Bethel, Indiana-South Bend, Valparaiso) and Lute Olsen (Long Beach State, Iowa, Arizona), alongside Indiana’s Calbert Chaney, Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DiGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti.

The late Majerus won a total of 517 games and remarkably, had just one losing season in 25 years as a head coach. He reached the postseason 17 times (13 at Utah), including 12 NCAA Tournament appearances (11 at Utah). He won 10 conference titles in 13 years at Utah, and took the Runnin’ Utes to Sweet 16’s in 1991 and 1996, and the Elite Eight in 1997.

Read the full story here.

ROBERT KESSLER RECEIVES IEEE Computer Society Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award

University of Utah School of Computing professor Robert R. Kessler, who is also co-founder of the U’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering video game development program, has been named to receive the IEEE Computer Society Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award for “outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary computing education through the creation of an innovative program in Entertainment Arts and Engineering and a fruitful undergraduate teaching activity.”

Kessler just stepped down as director of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program at the University of Utah where he founded EAE as an undergraduate games emphasis program in 2007. Then, in 2010, EAE became an official university program with its own master’s degree. In 2017, EAE added a bachelor of science in games degree. Over the years, the program has been consistently ranked in the top five best video game design programs in the world and achieved No. 1 three times. It currently has grown to 11 faculty, 600 undergraduate and 120 graduate students.

Read the full story here.


UIT is pleased to announce that Abraham Kololli has been named an associate director in the Chief Technology Officer organization. His start date was March 28, 2019.

Kololli is the new leader for the network team, which has been renamed Network Services, and reports directly to Chief Technology Officer Jim Livingston. Director Mike Ekstrom’s team has been renamed Communications Infrastructure. These changes in the CTO organization enable Network Services to more closely align with the server and storage teams, which also report directly to Livingston. The change also reflects the increasing importance of cloud services in the U’s IT infrastructure portfolio as well as the industry trend toward increasingly converged infrastructure technologies.

“We are so fortunate to have Abraham join our organization,” Livingston said. “He brings with him a tremendous depth of technical and leadership experience. His collaborative and inviting personality aligns well with the culture we try to foster within UIT and will be a good fit with the IT community across campus.”

UIT Leadership would like to thank Ekstrom for stepping forward as the interim associate director as a candidate search was undertaken.

Read the full story here.

2020 Class Presidency Elected

Last month a new student body was elected to lead the Associated Students of the University of Utah. President Anna Barnes and her two vice presidents, Latifa Yagoobi and Gabe Martinez will be inaugurated on April 24, 2019, and will serve for one year.

During their term, they plan to prioritize advocacy by improving transparency and intentional outreach through hosting monthly town halls throughout campus to establish better relationships with underrepresented groups. They will focus on student wellness by breaking down barriers, discuss and address issues surrounding mental health, sexual assault/harassment, and campus safety. And build student involvement through empowering student organizations, and generating more ways to be involved on campus.

2019-20 ASUU Presidency

  • President: AnnaMarie Barnes, a third year studying political science, international studies and anthropology with minors in Arabic and campaign management.
  • Vice president of University Relations: Latifa Yagoobi is a third year pursuing degrees in psychology, communications and ethnic studies.
  • Vice president of Student Relations: Gabe Martinez is a third year studying religious studies and philosophy, with a minor in leadership studies.


Every day in the U.S., at least nine people die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cellphones, eating, drinking, fiddling with the stereo or navigation system, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our well-being. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer.

Ignore the distractions and #justdrive.

University of Utah Risk & Insurance Services encourages you to take a minute and review this video as well as the materials on the National Safety Council’s website.

Join Staff Council

The University of Utah Staff Council is currently looking for positive, service-minded individuals to join us. The University of Utah Staff Council is an organization established by University Policy 5-003 to make sure the interests of staff on campus are represented. The University of Utah Staff Council had several achievements and was involved in many events during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • We awarded more than 15 scholarships at $500 each (summer, fall, spring).
  • Members participated in the District and Staff Excellence Award selections.
  • Sponsored several events for staff including Shred Day where staff were able to shred personal documents and dispose personal eWaste at no charge, U-Nights at Real Salt Lake, Utah Grizzlies discount tickets and Salt Lake Bees discounted tickets.
  • Members actively represent staff interests on several committees across campus.
  • Members participated in the legislative process as advocates for staff of the University of Utah.
  • Staff Council continues to co-sponsorship Employee Appreciation Day.

If you are interested in making a difference here at the U by participating on Staff Council then be sure to apply today.

For more information and to apply, click here.

2019 Beacons of Excellence call for Nominations

Consider nominating a person, program or project to recognize contributions to an exceptional undergraduate educational experience at the University of Utah.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on April 8, 2019. Nominate someone here.

The University of Utah fosters a transformational experience for all students. We value and recognize respect for knowledge that empowers students to become actively engaged on campus. We accomplish this by recognizing people, programs and projects committed to excellence.

4th Annual Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Symposium

Early bird pricing is available through June 12 and students can attend for free, click here for more information.

The Annual Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Symposium on June 20, 2019, is designed to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas related to all aspects of disaster and emergency preparedness, management and response.

This event is for all members of the private and public sectors that are engaged or associated with the concept of planning, management or responding to disaster and emergencies and their potential. This year’s event will feature subject matter experts from local and national agencies sharing critical information on the emergency topics that matter to all organizations in today’s global environment.

Free community emergency response team trainings

Emergency responders do their best to respond as quickly as possible, but it is also the responsibility of individual citizens to learn how to protect themselves, their loved ones,and their communities. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

The University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health has developed an online CERT course. This course is NOW available for persons wanting the CERT training.

This training is free and meets the classroom portion of the CERT training requirements. Students can sign up here using this join code: RR3BX6.

For questions, call or email Rachel Brown at 801-581-8042 or

$30,000 awarded in the 2019 High School Entrepreneur ChallengE

Utah’s top high school entrepreneurs won $30,000 in cash and prizes at the 2019 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Final Awards and Showcase event today at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios. The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

Noisy NICU Cap, a team from American Heritage High School, won the grand prize of $7,000 for an idea of a cap that protects newborn babies from the loud sounds experienced in the NICU. Second place went to Career Rocket, a team from Waterford High School, and third place went to Enable Helmets, a team from Park City High School. (See a complete list of winners and team descriptions below.)

In an interview with the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge winner, team member Olivia Washburn explained where her idea stemmed from: “I was reading an article online that was talking about the damaging effect that the noises in the NICU had on babies. I thought it was a great idea to create a cap design that would keep these babies’ sensitive ears safe.”

Washburn’s next step in her business development will include giving her product to 50 mothers to test with their babies. “I’m going start marketing on social media and create a website to get the word out,” she said. “Then I want to start a Kickstarter to get funding so I can ultimately sell online to mothers and hospitals.”

Click here to read the full story.


Advisor of the Month is an award in which staff and faculty can give excellent academic advisors recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in their roles and with students.

March’s Advisor of the Month is Amy Kimball, academic advisor in the College of Social & Behavioral Science, and is the lead advisor for Health, Society & Policy Program. One of her nominators explains how much knowledge Kimball possesses and how she challenges and supports each of her students:

“I cannot think of a better example of someone who is helping students to be the solution than Amy. I have had the opportunity to observe many of her advising appointments, and I am stunned by how much knowledge she has in the field of human health, and how she gently encourages her students to think about how they want to contribute to that broad and ever-changing field. Amy’s students and colleagues absolutely adore her.”

Kimball joined the Health, Society & Policy Program as its academic advisor in 2013. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys every day being back on campus working with students. Kimball shared the following about her own advising:

“After working for 12 years in advertising, I was led by the desire to work with people one-on-one—preferably from diverse backgrounds. I found that opportunity in academic advising and it quickly became a passion. It is an honor to work with so many amazing students; I am deeply inspired by each one’s unique talent and genius. My career focus is to help them see and maximize their highest potential.”

Do you need to meet with an advisor to help create a meaningful plan, navigate the university and graduate on time? See our advisors across campus on our website and schedule an appointment.


University of Utah employees have a new way to pay for laser vision correction procedures, eyeglasses and contact lenses at any John A. Moran Eye Center location.

Using the MyChart patient portal or app, employees can set up automatic monthly payments on a debit or credit card to pay over time. The option replaces payroll deductions and provides more flexibility since employees can choose the day of the month for payments.

While insurance doesn’t cover LASIK or PRK vision-correcting laser procedures, employees can use their flexible spending account dollars to fund them. Screenings to determine if LASIK/PRK is an option are free.

Moran offers the following discounts to part-time and full-time University of Utah employees and their benefitted family members:

  • 10% off contact lenses
  • 30% off frames
  • 20% off sunglasses
  • 20% off prescription lenses

Please call 801-587-1872 or 801-213-2425 to learn more about LASIK/PRK discounts. For optical shop questions, please call 801-587-3765.


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.

Apply for the U of Utah 2019 Global Learning Retreat

The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) invites faculty, administrators and staff for a retreat in beautiful Centennial Valley, Montana, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2019 in the relaxing setting of the TNC Environmental Humanities Center to facilitate the advancement of global learning across the disciplines on our campus and for participants to develop a network of colleagues with interest in integrating global learning into courses and across academic programs. The deadline to apply is April 12, 2019.

Please see our 2019 Global Learning Retreat flyer for more information or contact


The University of Utah is currently committed to several different sustainability initiatives. These commitments go all the way back to 2010 through the Climate Action Plan and with a renewal of the plan under the name Sustainability Action Plan, the University of Utah is revamping their commitments and for carbon neutrality by 2050.

It was surprising to us as students in the Environmental and Sustainability Sciences degree to not know about these commitments and in order to better understand current awareness of sustainability on campus and promote further awareness, we have created a survey. This survey is a tool to help the University of Utah in determining where there is a current lack of information regarding sustainability and how we might better our awareness levels as an institution.

Click here to take the survey.

Vehicle operation for university business

Operating a vehicle may be your most risky daily activity.  University departmental supervisors have a significant management responsibility to know about drivers from their department who are allowed to operate automobiles for University purposes.

The University’s “Auto Insurance Provisions” are applicable to the operator of any vehicle driven for University business and include requirements for Driver Training, Rental Cars, Personal Vehicles, etc.  Insurance questions may be directed to U of U Risk & Insurance Services at extension 1-5590.

Questions related to driver records or rules specific to University vehicles may be directed to U of U Fleet Services at or extension 1-8155.

We Need U to Promote Campus Involvement

In order to increase student involvement and promote the benefits of getting involved, the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement is launching a new program called the Involvement Ambassadors.

Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking student leaders with diverse involvement experience to apply for this team. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve your fellow students and are passionate about the University of Utah, the University for Utah, then this is an incredible leadership opportunity.

The Involvement Ambassadors will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating involvement consultations—one-on-one advising-like appointments with students looking for involvement,
  • Facilitating presentations to various groups of students about the benefits of getting involved,
  • Tabling at various campus events as representatives of Student Leadership & Involvement,
  • Exemplifying a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the University of Utah and student involvement,
  • Assisting with various events and programs within Student Leadership & Involvement.

This position will require three office hours per week with opportunity for additional hours during peak times (no more than 10 hours). A more extensive position description is available through the application link found here.


The U’s custodial crews keeps campus clean day in and day out. They work tirelessly across campus to ensure all aspects of our campus buildings pleasant to work in. But they can do so much more when needed.

Custodial Specialty Services is a resource for all of campus to utilize. They specialize in:

  • Carpet cleaning, see district schedule below
  • Window washing both inside and out
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Lighting fixtures, above 12 feet

Offices and departments no longer need to contract with expensive outside providers. This team saves money across campus by providing all these services with in-house crew.

For requests, questions, or quotes contact Todd Stoneking, supervisor of Custodial Specialty Services Crew, via email:

Carpet Cleaning Schedule—Additional carpet cleaning services can be requested through a Service Request

District 1 (President): July-September

District 2 (Science): September-October

District 3 (Venue): October-November

District 4 (Engineering): December-February

District 5 (Academic): February-May

District 6 (Health Science): April-June

Find out what district you are in with the district map or submit a work request.