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[bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]University statement on David Cross performance
Tawanda Owens named executive director of diverse student advocacy
Paula Smith named interim associate vice president for equity and diversity
Inclusive Access saves students 70-80 percent on textbooks
University posting policy reminder
CSBS Student Success Center
Education at Work hiring students
Havlick, Johnson hired as head Utah ski coaches
University Teaching Committee 2018-19 call for nominations
[bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Now searchable: films available for showing outside of class
Learn to swim at Crimson Lagoon
Intramural sports registration is now open
KUED honored with Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations

Join the Bennion Center for an Alternative Break
Accessing UMail: “www” is a must
UCrew volunteers needed
Utah Red Fridays
“Hooked on Books” donations needed
Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will supply the Beats

Register for the Utah Heart and Stroke Walk[/bs_col]

UNIVERSITY STATEMENT ON DAVID CROSS PERFORMANCE[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]“The University of Utah condemns bigotry and religious intolerance in any form. The offensive use of sacred religious imagery in a tweet by David Cross promoting his performance at Kingsbury Hall was in opposition to the university’s values of respect and inclusivity.

The use of the imagery was deeply offensive. At the same time, the First Amendment protects such speech, and the university cannot and will not censor content of those coming to campus. We acknowledge the free speech rights of individuals and entities who rent university facilities—even those with whom we disagree. By doing so, we protect the free speech rights of all.”

— University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins

Note: The performance is being produced through an outside promoter renting the public venue and is not affiliated with the University of Utah. The university rents many of its facilities to outside groups.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

TAWANDA OWENS NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSE STUDENT ADVOCACY[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Tawanda Owens from the University of Colorado at Boulder has accepted the position of executive director of diverse student advocacy. This new position grew out of a request from several officially recognized, underrepresented student groups at the University of Utah (with specific and important vision provided by the Black Student Union). Owens was selected from a strong pool of candidates; search committee did commendable work.

Owens, with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa, comes to us from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she has most recently served as CU’s director of the Cultural Unity and Engagement Center and as special projects research intensive assistant to the assistant vice-chancellor.

Among her new duties in our position, Dr. Owens will serve as an advocate for the students and programs associated with the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED); provide a communication link between students and university leadership by listening to and understanding diverse students’ needs, initiatives and directions; and help coordinate the three student centers that are in OED.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

PAULA SMITH NAMED INTERIM ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Nicole Robinson, who was serving as co-associate vice president for equity and diversity, has requested a personal leave of absence, beginning Sept. 1, 2018.

Paula Smith, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, a developmental psychologist whose scholarly focus involves crafting a collaborative framework for working with teachers and school leaders to develop a positive school climate for youth, has graciously agreed to serve as interim associate vice president for equity and diversity for the coming academic year.

Smith joins Kathryn Bond Stockton in leading the Office for Equity and Diversity.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Posting Policy[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]With the start of another semester on campus, groups, departments and offices will look for ways to promote their events and bring attention to their causes. Please remember that the university has a posting policy and that all unapproved postings will be removed.

Please note:

  • Many departments and building have different protocols for posting fliers around campus. Familiarize yourself with the norms in your area and the university’s official posting policy (V. Signs, Literature and Structures).
  • All posters on campus are required to have a sponsoring group, company or host noted. All posters are also required to have a date. If you see something that is posted without permission, please remove it.
  • If you come across an item that is defaced, note the location and notify a campus official.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

CSBS STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER OPENS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The College of Social & Behavioral Science has open their CSBS Student Success Center in the new Gardner Commons building, Suite 2455.  The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Students will also have the opportunity to meet with an honors college advisor, a career coach and a student success advocate within the center.

Students can schedule advising appointments for majors in the College of Social & Behavioral Science by clicking here.

The College of Social & Behavioral Science offers majors in:

  • Anthropology
  • New major: Criminology
  • Economics
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Family, Community & Human Development
  • Geography
  • New Major: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Health, Society and Policy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • The college also offers minors as well as various emphases and certificates.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Inclusive Access Saves Students 70-80 PERCENT on Textbooks, First-Day Access[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]As part of its ongoing effort to support students and faculty in meaningful ways, the University Campus Store and Campus Store Health now offer an Inclusive Access program that helps students save 70-80 percent on course materials—a welcome alternative to the high cost of textbooks with the added convenience of accessing materials online the first day of class.

Inclusive Access puts your textbooks online for ease of access, making them available anytime, anywhere and most importantly, on the first day of class. No more out-of-stock textbooks or waiting for books to arrive. Any course is eligible for Inclusive Access and the fee is paid by the student along with class registration, eliminating the need to search for and purchase textbooks independently.

Last year, 7,500 students utilized Inclusive Access and each saved an average of 60 percent on their course materials. Students can conveniently view their textbooks online, track their progress from assignment to assignment and communicate with other students in their class. Professors can also communicate with students, as well as provide updates and announcements online.

Join the 33 courses already using Inclusive Access by contacting Shane Girton, senior associate director of the Campus Store, at or 801-581-8296. Girton will be happy to work with you on developing a cost-saving textbook program for your courses.

Hit the ground running on the first day of next semester while helping your students save money through Inclusive Access.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Education at Work hiring students[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Need tuition help? Want to earn while you go to school?

Through a partnership with the University of Utah, Education at Work (EAW) offers U students the opportunity to earn up to $5,250 per year in tax-free tuition assistance plus $9.50 an hour working for Discover Financial Services and Microsoft in part-time customer service positions.

EAW is a nonprofit organization committed to helping college students reduce student loan debt while developing career-readiness skills. On average, EAW students graduate with 50 percent less student debt than their college peers.

EAW offers part-time schedules so students can accommodate their classes. The resume-worthy jobs are conveniently located a short distance from campus in a fun, energetic, student-center environment.

To learn more, contact Nicole Methven, associate director, Student Success, Education at Work, or visit

Students also can apply directly by texting “EAWJobs” to 77948.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

HAVLICK, JOHNSON HIRED AS HEAD UTAH SKI COACHES[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Utah Director of Skiing Fredrik Landstedt has announced the hiring of head Nordic coach Miles Havlick and head alpine coach JJ (Justin) Johnson. Havlick was a two-time NCAA champion skier for the Utes (2010-13) while Johnson has coached the past four years with the U.S. Ski Team.

Havlick claimed the 2013 20-km freestyle and the 2012 20-km classical titles during his four-year career with the Utes and was a seven-time All-American. Havlick won 13 total during his career, and finished third or better in 28 career races. He was a three-time Ski Racing Magazine Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year, the two-time RMISA Men’s Nordic MVP and earned the 2013 Tom Hansen Conference Medal.

Following his Utah career, Havlick raced professionally with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team. He finished in the top 10 several times at the U.S. National Championships and competed regularly on the U.S. Super Tour and Alpen Cup. Havlick won a World Loppet 42-km freestyle marathon in Australia in August 2017.

Click here to read the full story.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

UNIVERSITY TEACHING COMMITTEE 2018-19 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University Teaching Committee encourages the efforts of faculty members, departments and colleges to improve individual teaching skills, devise effective teaching techniques, recognize and reward superior achievements in teaching.

For more information, please click here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Now Searchable: Films Available for Showing Outside of Class[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]If you’re hosting an extracurricular event or club—whether student, staff or faculty—and want to show a film, you can now find titles with the necessary permissions using Usearch, the site to discover resources provided by Marriott, Eccles Health Sciences, Faust Law, and McKay Music libraries. Some titles are available as streaming video, some are available as DVD. (If you’re showing a film in class as part of face-to-face classroom instruction, you don’t need permission since there’s an exception detailed in U Policy 7-014. But if your event goes beyond classroom instruction, use a licensed film or obtain permission on your own.)

Browse titles by entering the phrase “public performance films” in USearch.

To get the most definitive list, switch the pull-down menu from ‘All Resources’ to ‘Books, ebooks, journals & audio/visual.”

To narrow your search, use the Advanced Search option to include a subject term or keyword.

You can also search by title. If searching by title only (and not the phrase ‘public performance films’), be certain the film comes with the right permission by clicking on the title and looking for the wording “public performance films.”

For more information, Marriott Library offers a guide and a copyright librarian here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Tuesday, Aug. 21-Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Eccles Student Life Center[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Did you know that over 4 billion people can’t swim?  Don’t be one of them.  Swimming is not only fun, but potentially life-saving.

The Student Life Center has a variety of swim lessons and classes for beginners to advanced swimmers.  Check out the full schedule at and register today.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Register by Sept. 6 and play begins Sept. 10.[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Register today for what is sure to be one of the best experiences of your university career.  From flag football to spikeball, there’s a sport for everyone.

Sign up a full team or jump in as an individual and we’ll help you get on a team.  It’s a great way to relax, make new friends and stay active. Check out the full list of sports at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

KUED honored with Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]KUED has been honored with seven Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations. The awards will be announced in October.

Two documentaries produced as part of KUED’s “Homeless in Utah” project received nominations in the Societal Concerns Program Special category. “Homeless at the End,” a moving portrait of a homeless man spending his last days at a hospice center for the homeless, was produced and directed by Nancy Green and Sally Shaum. “A Home of Their Own,” produced and directed by Sally Shaum, followed three homeless families on their journey to find housing.

Two documentaries were nominated in the Documentary Cultural/Topical category: “Search & Rescue,” produced and directed by Nancy Green, and “On the Spectrum,” a film about people living on the autism spectrum, produced and edited by Paige Sparks.

Carol Dalrymple, who produced, directed and edited the KUED-PBS Local Production Program Campaign along with audio engineer William Montoya were nominated in the Promotion: Program-Campaign category. Dalrymple also received a nomination in the Editor—Program (Non News) category for her editing craft.

“Lagoon: Rock and Rollercoasters,” with sound engineering by William Montoya, Breton Winegar and Kevin Sweet, was nominated in the Audio-Live or Post-Production category.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Join the Bennion Center for an Alternative Break[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Apply now to be a faculty/staff partner for the Spring 2019 Alternative Breaks program through the Bennion Center. Faculty and staff are eligible to travel with Bennion Center students on one of 12 trips throughout the western U.S. or Vancouver, Canada during Spring Break 2019.

Faculty/staff travel at no cost and time away from the office does not count against vacation days. You’ll work with a student site leader as a trip co-planner and have the opportunity to learn and serve in areas such as animal advocacy and rehabilitation, community health, hunger and food justice, empowering at-risk youth, LGBTQIA and human rights, immigration, women and poverty, marine conservation, homelessness and urban environmentalism.

For more information or to apply, go here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Accessing UMail: “www” is a must[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Many people in the University of Utah community have been using the shortcut URL to access UMail via a web browser. Going forward, that shortcut URL will no longer redirect users to the correct URL,

Users who wish to access UMail via a web browser now need to use the full, correct URL (if they are not already doing so):

Please note the difference: (no longer provides UMail access) vs. Users may wish to bookmark the correct URL.

As always, users can access UMail using one of the following methods:

  • Log in at
  • Go to and select the UMail button in the top-left area of the webpage or in the footer
  • Go to and select the UMail button in the footer

Please refer to the UIT Knowledge Base article “UMail Outlook Web Access (OWA)” for general information.

Removing the redirect from was necessary to prepare for an upcoming project that will integrate UMail, Active Directory (AD) and Office 365.

If you have questions, your local IT support staff may be able to assist, or please contact the UIT Help Desk (801-581-4000, option 1) or ITS Service Desk (801-587-6000).[/bs_col][/bs_row]

WEAR YOUR RED ON FRIDAYS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Wear your red on Fridays and share your photos flashing the U and don’t forget to use #RedFridayU.[/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]

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.

This offer ends Sept. 25, 2018.[/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]