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A letter from Lorris Betz about the new SVPHS
UCrew volunteers needed
Todd Kent appointed new Chief Administrative Officer for UAC
Administration District Staff Excellence Awards presentation and ice cream social
“Hooked on Books” donations needed
Academic and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Awards
Biology department renamed School of Biological Sciences
UMFA and Marriott Library Mellon Grant new hires
Call for volunteers: Be Well Utah 2018
Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will supply the Beats
New American Indian undergraduate student scholarships

Register for the Utah Heart and Stroke Walk
Volunteers needed for The Donate Life Transplant Games

A LETTER FROM LORRIS BETZ ABOUT THE NEW SVPHS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that Michael L. Good, M.D., our new CEO of University of Utah Health, Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, will be joining us officially on Aug. 14, 2018.

Before I came back to the university in May, a year ago, I knew that things had changed. Yet I had no idea of the true magnitude of the leaps and bounds with which our institution had truly grown. Your undying focus on providing compassionate care and an exceptional experience has vaulted us to a position as a world-class clinical care organization—a true leader in the nation for providing uncompromising quality to each and every one of our patients. Your commitment to continuously improving science and medicine has led to even more ground-breaking discoveries and to an exceptional year in external research funding. Your dedication to training the next generation of health care professionals has led to new efficiencies in curriculums and has attracted some of the best students and residents that our state and nation have to offer.

As we continue to manifest the future of academic medicine—by improving all that we do, creating more access in our community, transforming our campus and so much more—I realize that we have many challenges ahead in the short term. However, having spent the better part of the past year and a half working so closely with you all, I am especially convinced that your dedication, resilience and passion for our institution will be the North Star that guides us into a future of accomplishment and contribution.

My last day will be Monday, Aug. 13. And as I reflect back on the last 15 months, I appreciate that it has been my great pleasure to have served with you. I have no doubt that a great future is yours for the taking.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Good to University of Utah Health, and in doing so, ensuring all of the great successes that await our fine institution.



UCREW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Housing & Residential Education (HRE) is preparing to welcome home over 3,700 students this August. Move In Day is an important day for all students living on campus at the University of Utah and a memorable one at that.

HRE is currently seeking support from university students, staff and faculty to serve on Ucrew, our group of volunteers who help students move into their rooms. Move-in is Thursday, August 16, 2018 and Ucrew shifts are from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-4 p.m. Signup is easy—just head to our UCrew page. Are you a leader or member of a club or organization?

If you get 75 percent participation from your members, you’ll receive a free event room rental at the Peter Heritage Center. Not only is this a great opportunity to connect with students, but you’ll also receive a free meal, free shirt and maybe even get to hang out with Swoop.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Todd Kent Appointed New Chief Administrative Officer for UAC[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Todd Kent has been named chief administrative officer and dean of faculty for the University of Utah Asia Campus in Inchon, South Korea. In this role, Kent is responsible for all financial, administrative, and academic operations of the campus.

Prior to joining the University of Utah faculty in 2016, Kent served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and member of the political science faculty at Texas A&M University at Qatar. His academic research interests include presidential foreign policy decision-making, political risk-taking and the relationship between religion and international relations.  He has an extensive background in public opinion research and political consulting. Kent received his BS in Accounting from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

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ADMINISTRATION DISTRICT STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS PRESENTATION AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]We are pleased to announce the 17 nominees for the Administration District Staff Excellence Awards and extend our congratulations to each of them on their nomination.  They are as follows:

Alexander K. Khan
Amie M. Cox
Anita Orendt
Collin Barrett
Emily S. Ostrander
Guy Foote
Katina Limberakis
Kaylee Phuoc Vo
Kimberly L. Adamson
Misty R. Woods
Sonita M. Claiborne
Shea L. Renner
Shaundra C. Higgins
Ying He
Ralph J. Green
M. Chad Larsen
Heather V. Sudbury

Please join us in support of our Administration District nominees as we recognize each of them and announce the five Administration District award winners at an ice cream social at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

“Hooked on Books” Donations Needed[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]As part of the Employee Appreciation Day on Sept. 27, 2018, the Marriott Library organizes the “Hooked on Books” book and media giveaway. However, in order to accomplish this, we need donations of materials to give.

We are soliciting donations of books, DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray, video games, board games or any other type of physical media. Please use this as an opportunity to declutter your collections, and pass these items on to other staff members who will enjoy them. Donation bins are located in seven places across campus and downtown. The last collection date will be Sept. 21. Please consider donating; it’s an excellent way to de-clutter your home and office.

Donation locations:

  • Marriott Library West Entrance
  • Eccles Health Science Library
  • S.J. Quinney Law Library
  • Physics Building
  • Human Resources Downtown Office
  • Human Resources Annex Office
  • Health Sciences[/bs_col][/bs_row]

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS DISTRICT STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Please join us for the Academic and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Awards

Honoring: Susan Schaefer, Jodi Petersen, Annabelle Bryan and Shannon Nielsen

Monday, Aug. 22, 2018
Thomas S. Monson Center, Ivory Ballroom
411 East South Temple

Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. with the program at 4 p.m.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Biology department renamed School of Biological Sciences[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]On July 1, the Department of Biology within the College of Science was renamed as the School of Biological Sciences. The school is organized into three emphasis areas: ecology and physiology, cell and molecular biology, and evolution and genetics.

The school remains a part of the College of Science and Denise Dearing, the chair of the former department of biology, leads the school as its first director. The school is composed of 48 faculty members and serves more than 1200 undergraduate majors and pre-majors.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

UMFA AND MARRIOTT LIBRARY MELLON GRANT NEW HIRES[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The J. Willard Marriott Library and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah are pleased to announce the hiring of two new library and museum faculty who will lead a major Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded collaborative project.

Jessica Breiman will take the position of art and archives metadata librarian at the Marriott Library, and Alana Wolf Johnson will join the UMFA staff as collections research curator. Both positions were created as part of the “Landscape, Land Art, and the American West” research and engagement initiative, which will transform how the library and art museum work together. The project will establish the U as a global resource hub for artists and scholars studying the West and create pathbreaking access to the U’s remarkable collections, resources and knowledge.

Breiman and Johnson, working in partnership across institutions, will take the lead in establishing connections, creating innovative approaches and increasing access for students, faculty and researchers to the materials in library special collections and the works of art at the UMFA.

Breiman holds a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University and a graduate certificate in nonfiction writing from the City University of New York. She has been employed as an archivist in the Special Collections department of the Marriott Library since 2012. Prior to her to employment with the library, she worked at the Kellen Archives Center at Parsons School of Design and at the World Monuments Fund, both in New York City.

Johnson is a doctoral candidate in visual and cultural studies in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester, where she recently completed a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the digital humanities. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Sensational Atlases of New York City: Mapping Modern Perception between the Wars” while fulfilling a research fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

The project is largely funded by a $500,000 award from the Mellon Foundation grant, the largest the U has ever received and the only Mellon grant the U has been awarded in the arts and humanities. The grant will be matched by $200,000 from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and additional support from across campus, including from the colleges of Fine Arts, Health, Humanities and Mines and Earth Sciences.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: BE WELL UTAH 2018[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The 10th anniversary of Be Well Utah is right around the corner from Aug. 20-25, 2018.

If you’ve enjoyed the event in the past and would like to get more involved, consider volunteering this year and complete this form.

For any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Lisa Folkman at or visit for more information.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will Supply the Beats[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]UTech, the Campus Store’s technology department, is offering a free pair of Beats headphones when purchasing a Mac or iPad Pro.

This is an amazing offer, perfect for students gearing up for the busy fall season. Whether you are an incoming student buying a computer for classes or a faculty or staff member needing a tech update, this is a deal not to be missed.

All products are available at UTech in the main Campus Store, as well as the Campus Store Health. Be sure to stop by and grab the products you need to jumpstart your fall semester.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

NEW AMERICAN INDIAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Two $5,000 scholarships awards are available to American Indian undergraduate students who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe, with a preference for students who are enrolled members of or have at least one parent or grandparent who is an enrolled member of one of Utah’s Tribes: the Ute Tribe (Northern Utes), the Southern Ute and White Mesa Tribe, the Confederated Bands of the Goshute, the Skull Valley Band of Goshute, the Southern Paiute Tribe out of Cedar City, the Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation, the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe and the Navajo Nation. The Zumbro family scholarships will be awarded based on the following additional criteria:

  1. Freshmen or transfer student
  2. A minimum 2.5 GPA
  3. Full-time student (12 credit hours or more) and making good academic progress
  4. Financial need
  5. Demonstrate a desire or commitment to serving or working with the student’s tribal community post-graduation (based on the student’s personal statement as part of the scholarship application process)

Students who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit a one-page, typed personal statement addressing the question: How do you plan to apply your education post-graduation?

For more information and how to apply for the scholarship, go here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

UTAH HEART AND STROKE WALK[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]With your help, a fun-filled, three-mile stroll through Sugar House Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 can positively affect the lives of those facing cardiovascular and stroke issues. Register for the walk, donate $25 to the American Heart Association and receive a University of Utah Health T-shirt for free. Men’s, women’s and youth sizes available.

Register at

Questions? Contact the Heart & Stroke Walk Steering Committee at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (CLINICAL & GENERAL)[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The Donate Life Transplant Games will be held in Salt Lake City Aug. 2-7.

The Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. There are 21 competitive events and 15 special events that will be happening throughout the week. Locations of events: Salt Palace Convention Center, Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake Tennis Club, Fairmont Swimming Pool, West High School, Bonwood Bowl, Abravanel Hall, This is the Place Heritage Park, State Fairgrounds and Meadowbrook Golf Course. Participants are coming from all over the world and include every age range.

We are looking for approximately 2500 volunteer shifts to ensure the success of this incredible event.

Volunteers must be 15 or older, will undergo a basic background investigation, will attend one 45 minute training (many opportunities at many local locations) prior to the games, can sign up for one four-hour-shift or several four-hour-shifts. Volunteers will receive swag and volunteering makes you feel happy.

Register here to volunteer.

Or email for more information.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Nominate a Veteran[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah Veterans Day Committee honors veterans each year based on their honor, courage, commitment and sacrifice during their military service to our nation. Nominations for this year’s ceremony are due by July 31, 2018.

For more information or to nominate a veteran to be honored, go here or call 801-587-7722.[/bs_col][/bs_row]