Utah Athletics hires Paul Kirk
Utah Pride Parade volunteers needed
Nominations being accepted for Presidential Scholar award
U research team receives a grant to investigate the value and impact of the arts in medicine
OSHER Institute’s 15th anniversary
School of Computing summer tech camps
Deadline to renew student organizations
Campus Connect is coming this summer

Register for the 68th United Nations Conference
4th Annual Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Symposium

Utah Athletics hires Paul Kirk

University of Utah deputy athletics director Scott Kull announced today the appointment of Paul Kirk as associate athletics director for strategic communications. Kirk will begin his role on June 3.

A veteran of nearly three decades in intercollegiate and professional sports, Kirk joins the Utah Athletics staff after spending the past seven years at Colorado State. He replaces outgoing senior associate athletics director for communication, Liz Abel, who is retiring July 31 after 36 years at the school.

“We are thrilled that Paul will be joining our outstanding leadership team,” said Kull. “Paul is a very accomplished communications and media professional and his skills and experience will benefit us greatly at this very important time.”

At CSU, Kirk shaped and executed the Rams’ overall athletics communications strategies, while also serving as the athletics department spokesperson and primary communications contact for football. Kirk joined CSU’s Athletics team in July 2012 as the director of media relations, earning promotions to assistant A.D. for communications in 2014 and associate A.D. for communications and media in 2018.

Prior to his position at Colorado State, Kirk was assistant A.D. for communications at Drake University from 2011-12, where he was the primary media contact the men’s basketball and football teams and the media coordinator for the annual Drake Relays and the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted at Drake Stadium.


Join the U, as we celebrate Pride Days in Salt Lake City. Walk with the university’s entry in the Utah Pride Parade or volunteer at the Utah Pride Festival—or do both.

The university will earn a $10 sponsorship credit for every volunteer hour donated by U faculty, staff and students. Volunteers will receive this year’s U Pride shirt, while supplies last. The university will earn a $10 sponsorship credit for every volunteer hour donated by U faculty, staff and students. Volunteers will receive this year’s U Pride shirt, while supplies last.

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Nominations being accepted for Presidential Scholar award

Nominations are being accepted for the Presidential Scholar, which supports the work of exceptionally promising mid-career faculty in academic units across the main campus.

The award promotes retention of talented individuals who are significant contributors to scholarship, education and outreach at the University of Utah and who are at risk of recruitment by other institutions. It recognizes exceptional achievement by mid-career faculty members, generally between the time of initial promotion to associate professor through promotion to professor, with the aim of enhancing retention, supporting creative efforts and ensuring that scholars remain at the U through the most productive time of their careers.

Up to four new Presidential Scholar awards are made each year.

The Presidential Scholar award is supported by a private donor who is interested in promoting the success of mid-career faculty. The hope is that Presidential Scholar recognition becomes a noteworthy achievement and helps us retain and recognize talent as we strengthen the number of named professorships and chairs.

The Presidential Scholar awards provide $10,000 in funding each year for three years. The funds may be used at the faculty members’ discretion to support scholarly, teaching and/or outreach activities. Funds may be carried over from one year to the next.

Nominations are due by June 10, 2019, through the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. For more information, click here.

U research team receives A grant to investigate value and THE impact of the arts in medicine

A group of interdisciplinary researchers from the arts and medicine at the University of Utah is among a select group to receive federal grant money from the National Endowment for the Arts for their work investigating the value and impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and with other domains of American life.

“I believe that a public university exists to improve the lives of the community it serves,” said Michael L. Good, senior vice president for Health Sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health and dean of the School of Medicine. “Fostering a campus culture of collaboration between the arts and health is essential to our success. This generous support from the NEA validates and supports our efforts to expand interdisciplinary research, teaching, clinical care and community engagement on the important role the arts play in healing, recovery and wellness.”

These researchers, led by Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell from the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Theatre and Gretchen Case from the School of Medicine’s Medical Ethics and Humanities program, have developed a unique, theatre-based approach to helping health care providers, trainees and students develop and practice the skills they need to communicate with patients, families and care teams, especially when approaching difficult conversations, called Coached Rehearsal Techniques for Interpersonal Communication Skills (CRiTICS).

“The value of the arts on culture has been long understood,” said John W. Scheib, associate vice president for the Arts at the University of Utah and dean of the College of Fine Arts. “And explorations like these are helping us to understand how artistic practices and creative thinking can have powerful benefits outside of galleries and theatres and in ways that profoundly shape our healing.”

Click here to read the full story.

OSHER Institute’s 15th anniversary

In 2019, the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning is celebrating 15 years of serving students age “50 and better” at the University of Utah. Starting with just 49 members in 2004 after receiving our seed grant from the Osher Foundation, today we have grown to over 1,700 members who actively engage at the university in four terms of continuing education classes. Some members are U alumni, some are emeritus staff and faculty and others just adopt the U as another of their favorite educational institutions to support. Many emeritus faculty members enjoy teaching adult learners through Osher, such as Tim Chambless, Larry Gerlach, Lindsay Adams, Bruce and Margaret Landesman and Walter Jones, just to name a few.

To celebrate our success, we will be hosting an anniversary party at Little America on May 20, 2019. We expect 700 to 800 of our members will attend, including our own very recently retired Fred Esplin. The following day begins the 36 hours of U Giving Day.

For more information on Osher, click here.

School of Computing summer tech camps

The School of Computing’s great summer technology camps are open for registration. These camps have programs for upper elementary, middle school and high school ages with topics in computer programming, game development, graphics and robotics.

Camps are one week programs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more about these camps here.

Deadline to renew student organizations

On Friday, March 8, All OrgSync portals belonging to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) were reset. This means the renewal period began and all RSOs must update their organization’s information for the 2019-2020 academic year. If your organization has updated their OrgSync profile since March 8, 2019, then they have successfully completed the first requirement to renew the organization. The deadline for submitting a registration request and renewing your organization is June 1 at 5 p.m.

To update the OrgSync profile, officers will complete a registration request.

If the organization misses the June 1 deadline, the organization’s OrgSync profile will be “disabled”. A disabled profile will prevent the organization from accessing key benefits to recognition including reserving rooms on campus, applying for ASUU or FAF grant funding, tabling at PlazaFest, utilizing the tools of OrgSync and more.

Click here for more information on how to renew.

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 2019-20 academic year.

If you have questions about updating your organization’s OrgSync profile, please contact the Organization Resource Group at 801-581-2788 or for more information. You may also schedule an appointment with them on Cranium Cafe/Connex Ed.”

Campus Connect is Coming This Summer

As part of our continued effort to provide you with the tools you need to be successful at the University of Utah, we will be upgrading our student engagement platform from OrgSync to Campus Connect this summer. This platform will host the Recognized Student Organizations community, campus departments and resources, countless events and important updates.

Why Campus Connect?

Campus Connect empowers you to discover opportunities and take charge of your co-curricular involvement, all while providing user-friendly organization management and communication tools. Many of the features of OrgSync have been incorporated into Campus Connect in addition to several new features including mobile event check-in and organization elections. New functionality for individual users will also enable you to more easily develop a portfolio of your co-curricular experiences and learning.

Campus Connect will go live at 8 a.m. (MST) on Aug. 1, 2019. The last day to access/update OrgSync will be July 22, 2019. Click here for a list of important dates and to watch videos to get more familiar with Campus Connect, known as Engage by CampusLabs

We will provide you with more details in the coming weeks including how you can prepare for the migration, what to expect in Campus Connect and training opportunities. In the interim, if you have any questions, please check out our Campus Connect Implementation website or reach out to Student Leadership & Involvement. If you are a campus partner/office/department and are interested in learning about how you can utilize this platform to connect students to your resources, events, and more, please contact Ryan Rhodes, student organizations coordinator, at

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


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.

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.