Campus-wide alert about attempted sexual assault
Vice president for Student Affairs finalists’ campus visits
Senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management candidate visits
Sarah B. George named campus chief advancement officer
U’s Megan Huff picked by New York Liberty in WNBA draft
Geographer Andrew Linke wins national award
Chemistry student awarded Department of Energy scholarship
U student awarded Truman Scholarship
Colleen McDannell receives 2019 Mary Nickliss Prize
U engineer receives $4.4M grant to enhance the city’s power grid in case of a power outage
Campus cart guidelines

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Join Staff Council

4th Annual Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Symposium
Free community emergency response team trainings

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

Campus-wide alert about attempted sexual assault

On Saturday, April 12, a campus-wide alert was sent about an attempted sexual assault on 500 South near the south side of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Campus police are following up on leads in the case and seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect and vehicle.

See the photos and more information here.

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.

    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 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

SARAH B. GEORGE NAMED CAmpus chief advancement officer

Heidi Woodbury, vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Utah, is pleased to announce that Sarah B. George will join her office as campus chief advancement officer. George is currently the executive director of the Natural History Museum of Utah.

“We are delighted to have Sarah join the university’s advancement team in a senior leadership position. For the past year, Sarah has spent a portion of her time working with deans and directors on campus to develop successful fundraising strategies. She is a highly respected and valued leader at the University of Utah. Her strong knowledge of our campus and community combined with her leadership and fundraising skills makes her the perfect candidate for this position,” said Woodbury.

George will continue serving as executive director of the museum while the U conducts a national search for her replacement. Alberta Comer, dean and director of the university’s J. Willard Marriott Library, and Karen Hale, Salt Lake County’s deputy mayor of community and external affairs, will lead the search.

“It has been such an honor to lead the team that envisioned and created the Natural History Museum of Utah’s new home, the Rio Tinto Center,” said George. “Together we have crafted an exciting future for the museum focusing on our expanding and important research in sustaining biodiversity, our commitment to provide the best possible science education statewide and our ongoing testing and development of engaging exhibits and programs.”

Click here to read the full story.


University of Utah women’s basketball forward Megan Huff was selected by the New York Liberty with the 26th pick overall and the second in the third round in the 2019 WNBA draft.

Huff is the sixth player in Utah women’s basketball history to be drafted by the WNBA and the first for head coach Lynne Roberts.

“We are so proud of Megan,” Roberts said. “In my talking with a lot of teams in the WNBA in the last month, everyone is aware of her huge upside. The New York Liberty is getting a tremendous talent with so much potential to grow. We are proud of her and we are so happy to have another Ute in the league.”

Read the full story here.

Geographer Andrew Linke wins national award

Congratulations to Andrew Linke, assistant professor of geography, winning the Stanley D. Brunn Junior Scholar Award. The Political Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers presents one award every year to honor contributions that have generated new interest in political geography and/or opened up new areas of inquiry for political geographic research.

Read about Linke’s recent research here.

Chemistry student awarded Department of Energy scholarship

 Chemistry doctoral student Eric Thomas Amerling will receive an Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of the award, he will travel to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to conduct thesis research. He is one of 70 awardees. According to the DOE Office of Science, “the research projects proposed by the new awardees demonstrate strong alignment with the priority mission areas of DOE Office of Science that have a high need for workforce development.”

“These graduate student awards prepare young scientists for STEM careers critically important to the DOE mission,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “We are proud of the accomplishments these outstanding awardees have already have made, and look forward to following their achievements in years to come. They represent the future leadership and innovation that will allow American science and engineering to excel in the 21st century.”

U student awarded Truman Scholarship

Samantha Thorne, who is double-majoring in Economics and International Relations, is the recipient of a 2019 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She is one of 62 awarded the scholarship that “nurtures and supports future generations who answer the call to public service leadership,” according to the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship serves as a living memorial to the 33rd president, in lieu of a physical memorial.

As a Truman Scholar, Thorne will receive up to $30,000 to fulfill her plans of attending law school. She will join other Truman Scholars next month in a leadership development program in Liberty, Missouri. Thorne is the 26th Truman Scholar selected from the University of Utah.

Colleen McDannell receives 2019 Mary Nickliss Prize from the Organization of American Historians

During its annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA, the Organization of American Historians announced that Colleen McDannell, professor of history at the University of Utah, received the prestigious 2019 Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History. 

McDannell’s book, “Sister Saints: Mormon Women since the End of Polygamy” examines women’s activism within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the 1880s to the twenty-first century. It rests on ambitious research, balancing archival materials with women’s personal recollections and interviews and reveals the selective, gendered silences and guardedness that shaped women’s involvement in the Church. Moreover, McDannell shows this to be an involvement simultaneously social, political and theological.

Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,500 members from the U.S. and abroad, the organization promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners.

U engineer receives $4.4M grant to enhance the city’s power grid in case of a power outage

If a city experiences a major power outage due to a natural disaster or a cyberattack, it is vital to bring back power as soon as possible for first responders and critical infrastructure.

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Masood Parvania and his team at his Utah Smart Energy Laboratory (U-Smart) have received a three-year, $4.4 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid. This project will develop an automated resilience management system (ARMS) to enhance the city’s power grid in case of a power outage.

“It is critical to ensure resilience of power supply to emergency services and first responses, such as hospitals, after a major power outage caused by widespread events like natural disasters,” Parvania, says. “The ARMS solution will use distributed solar photovoltaics, distributed energy resources, fault detection sensors, and distribution monitoring and switching equipment to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure and emergency centers.”

The project partners include PacifiCorp, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Idaho National Laboratory and Washington State University.

Read more here.


An increased number of utility and golf carts are sharing campus walkways with pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards and vehicles (see Policy 3-233: Operation of Motorized Vehicles on Pedestrian Walks).  To promote the prudent operation of the carts, U Risk & Insurance Services developed guidelines addressing operator qualifications, cart identification, speed limit and departmental responsibility.

Please review the Cart Use Guidelines found at Risk & Insurance Services under the VEHICLE section.


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.

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



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.