LAST ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING
The University of Utah Academic Senate’s final meeting for this academic year is Monday, April 29, from 3-5 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
- National Center for Veterans Studies proposal
- Resolution honoring Vice President for Student Affairs Barbara Snyder
- Resolution honoring Vice President for Institutional Advancement Fred Esplin
- Announcement of elections results: Academic Senate president-elect, Academic Senate executive committee, incoming senators and senate committee members
The meeting will be in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before.
Imagine More: U Giving Day Coming Soon
Heidi DeWitt Woodbury, vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Utah, is pleased to announce the U’s inaugural U Giving Day May 21-22, 2019.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the university’s first-ever day of giving. U Giving Day is a celebration of the strengths of our campus in the areas of academic excellence, health care, athletics, the arts, and community outreach. I am looking forward to seeing the collective impact we will make during this event for the future success of our students and the university,” said Woodbury.
Alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff will unite for 36 hours to celebrate, engage and make an investment in the future of the university. U Giving Day challenges the community to imagine more for the future of the students and the university.
For U Giving Day to be a success, the university will need support and participation from the entire U community:
- Make an impact by giving a gift to the U on U Giving Day.
- Show your support by following the U Alumni Association social media pages and sharing #UGivingDay posts.
- Join the social media ambassador team and share your U story.
- Become a challenge donor. Match your peers’ gift amount or set a donor goal and inspire others to make an impact.
- Visit the U Giving Day website to learn more.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about becoming involved in U Giving Day or becoming a challenge donor, please email Rachel Robertson, assistant director of annual giving at email@example.com.
Shannon McNatt Wins Elite 90 Award at NCAA Gymnastics Championship
Utah senior gymnast Shannon McNatt was honored with the NCAA’s prestigious Elite 90 award on April 17 at a banquet hosted in conjunction with the 2019 NCAA Gymnastics Championships.
McNatt is the second Ute to win an Elite 90, which began in 2009-10 and is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the site of the finals of each NCAA Championship. Utah skier Julie Mohagen was the 2017-18 NCAA Ski Championship Elite 90 recipient.
A senior beam specialist from Houston, McNatt maintains a 3.99 cumulative GPA with a double major in quantitative analysis of markets and organizations (QAMO) and economics. She is a three-time WCGA Scholar All-American and three-time first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection. Her athletic accomplishments include winning the 2017 NCAA Regional balance beam title as a sophomore.
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Career and Professional Development Center recognizes a community of career success
The Career and Professional Development Center held its inaugural recognition awards on April 2, 2019, at the Alumni House. This exciting awards reception recognized 50 individuals, including motivated students, dedicated faculty, a committed advisor, an exceptional employer and an outstanding alumni mentor, who went above and beyond to support students in their career development process during the 2018-19 academic year.
Some examples of award recipients’ work include:
- A student using Portuguese skills to improve the aesthetics industry in Brazil.
- A faculty member designing a new class, specifically to help students learn the most innovative and relevant concepts in their chosen field.
- An alumni mentor encouraging a student to get out of their comfort zone to present their research, increasing their self-confidence forever.
One highlight of the evening was the keynote address from President Ruth V. Watkins, where she supported the importance of collaborative efforts for career development.
“The critical work that helps us achieve the strategic goal of ensuring student success are internships, faculty mentoring, staff support and leadership,” Watkins said. “All of these tactics drive up the success of our students.”
Read the full story here.
Bench to Bedside: Student innovations lead to new beginnings in health care
2019 Grand Prize Winners of the Bench to Bedside Competition.
While a sea of suits and echoing voices are typical at the Utah State Capitol, many of the suits and voices on April 8 at the annual Bench to Bedside competition belonged to a younger crowd than usual. Enthusiastic university students from across the state and beyond spent the evening engaging with judges, volunteers and fellow competitors. The capitol’s rotunda was lined wall to wall with presentation poster boards, as attendees adamantly voted on their favorite innovations.
Created by the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI), Bench to Bedside allows university students to create medical and global health innovations, by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed. The students formed into multidisciplinary teams and were given six months, access to over 100 health care providers, and $500 to create their innovations.
The annual competition at the capitol was the culmination of those six months. “It’s incredible getting to talk to everyone about our ideas after working on them for so long,” recounted Lindsay Sheering, a current biomedical engineering student at the University of Utah.
“I don’t think any of us thought we would develop a medical device,” exclaimed Young Hong, member of the legacy PreOv team. As last year’s grand prize winners, they were thrilled to receive this year’s Fred Lampropoulos Innovation Award. “Bench to Bedside has changed all of our lives.”
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Excellence in Global Engagement Award winners
Mimi Locher, Aleta Tew and Bryce Garner have been honored with the Excellence in Global Engagement Award from the Office for Global Engagement.
The Excellence in Global Engagement Award recognizes faculty and staff members who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and have made significant contributions to advance the university’s global dimension, student global learning, exceptional support for international students, intercultural understanding and other initiatives that contribute to the internationalization of the University of Utah. The Office for Global Engagement typically awards one faculty member and one staff member, but this year, the Office for Global Engagement received such outstanding nominations that the committee decided to recognize two staff members. The recognition includes an award of $1,000.
- Faculty award:
- Mimi Locher, architecture
- Staff awards:
- Aleta Tew, Tanner Center for Human Rights
- Bryce Garner, Asia Center and Center for Latin American Studies
Congratulations to these three awardees.
Children’s book explores beneficial bacteria
A new children’s book by Smiljka (Kika) Kitanovic, former postdoctoral scholar in the School of Biological Sciences, introduces readers to the world of beneficial bacteria. Titled “Esie Explores Beneficial Bacteria,” the book follows an Escherichia coli
bacterium as she travels through ponds, soil, clouds and a cow gut to learn how bacteria perform beneficial functions throughout nature. The book contains facts about bacteria throughout.
The book is available through Amazon.
REGISTER FOR THE 68TH UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
One hundred students from each academic institution are invited to represent our youth (ages 18-32) in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference. It will be the first time the event is held in the United States outside of New York.
By registering, you are invited to join panel discussions, round tables, networking events, community events, youth-led workshops and a special youth-hub festival that all relate to the #SDG11 themes of climate change, inclusivity, infrastructure, peace and safe societies and technology.
If you want to take part in an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event that gives you the opportunity to meet international NGO’s and allows you to represent and address both Utah and Global Youth concerns please register today.
To register, students will need to show proof that they are a current university student. A copy of their student ID, transcript or similar proof of enrollment will work just fine. The conference is free for any students. Click here for more information.
Fellowship Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Projects
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and the J. Willard Marriott Library announce the Fellowship in Collections Engagement Award, which provides funding to University of Utah faculty, staff and students for scholarly or creative research projects that utilize primary source materials in both the UMFA’s and the Marriott Library’s collections.
The fellowship is intended to foster innovative, interdisciplinary, collections-based scholarship and creativity while highlighting the strengths of the UMFA’s and Marriott Library’s collections.
Details can be found here.
APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH
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. Learn even more in the Continuum feature here.
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 members were able to shred personal documents and dispose of 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 the staff of the University of Utah.
- Staff Council continues to co-sponsor 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
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.
Early bird pricing is available through June 12 and students can attend for free. Click here for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.