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Moran Eye Center Ophthalmology Residency program named among nation’s top 10

Physician website Doximity has ranked the ophthalmology residency program at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah among the top 10 in the country.

The site’s 2018-2019 Residency Navigator places Moran at No. 10 nationwide and No. 3 in the West. Doximity surveys physician opinions annually to determine its reputation-based rankings, used by medical school graduates evaluating high-quality training programs.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that my colleagues recognize the exceptional nature of our residency program,” said Moran’s Vice Chair of Education Jeff Pettey, MD. “Our philosophy is to provide time and resources for residents to pursue their individual professional development. Because we listen and provide support, our residents accomplish amazing things.”

Moran’s highly competitive program selects four residency applicants from a pool of more than 400 each year. While nationally ophthalmology residents must perform 86 cataract surgeries—the average is 140—Moran residents each perform nearly 300 cataract surgeries and a range of 300 subspecialty surgeries, all supervised by board-certified attending faculty.

Click here to read the full story.


Constituent/customer relationship management (CRM) software use SURVEY

The University of Utah Campus CRM Strategy Committee requests that you/your organization complete a brief survey about constituent/customer relationship management (CRM) software use at the U.

The Campus CRM Strategy Committee, a subcommittee convened by the U’s Strategic Information Technology Committee, is co-chaired by AVP for Enrollment Management Mary Parker and CIO Stephen Hess. Through this survey, the committee hopes to better understand use of CRM software at the U and improve CRM offerings and support for university organizations.

What are CRMs? CRMs are used to manage information about, and interactions with, current and potential constituents and customers. At the U, constituents may include current/prospective students, students’ families, donors, alums, guests/patrons, patients, faculty, staff, business partners, etc.

Take the survey here.

This survey has six questions and should take less than five minutes to complete. It will close on Friday, Aug, 31, 2018 at 5 p.m. Please coordinate with your organization to provide one survey response per ORG ID or organization, if possible.

Please forward this announcement or share the survey link with other University of Utah colleagues and organizations as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact uit@utah.edu.


The Right Textbook for Your Course

It takes time and effort to find the best course material on top of the work of course design, teaching and student mentoring.

Let us know how you prefer to find the right textbook for your course and send feedback on ways the U Course Material Services Team can make the process easier.


Utah Football Hosts Faculty AND Staff Appreciation Game

Utah Athletics is offering discounted tickets to University of Utah faculty and staff members for the team’s season opening game against Weber State on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m.

Bleacher seats are available at 50 percent off for $20 while supplies last, with a limit of four per faculty or staff member.  Standing room seats are also available for $10.  To view this offer, click here.

Watch below to see the Utah Football season opener hype video:


Customized Promotional Items by University Print & Mail

Employee Appreciation Day is fast approaching—have you ordered your department swag?

University Print & Mail is ready to help you design your department or organization’s customized promotional items, from office supplies to water bottles, totes and other fun giveaways. If you can think it, Print & Mail can create it.

In addition to standard promotional fare, specialized items such as umbrellas, blankets, hats, shirts and other apparel are also available.

Some items can take five or more weeks for production and delivery, so order now at printandmail.utah.edu to ensure your items arrive in time for Employee Appreciation Day, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 27.

University Print & Mail is your ongoing resource for customized promotional items any time of year. Contact Print & Mail for a custom quote at 801-581-3947 or email roger.king@utah.edu.


Homecoming Royalty Applications are Open

Now is your chance to be crowned as the royal you always knew you were born to be. Our royalty may not get a tiara or a scepter but the five members of the court will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for the spring semester.

Applications are due Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, by 5 p.m. by clicking here.

This  longstanding tradition recognizes just a few of the many outstanding students at the U’s Homecoming celebration. The Homecoming Royalty Court’s five students will represent the university and student body at various events throughout Homecoming Week. Starting Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 and concluding Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the football game. All applications or nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of University Alumni, selected members of the Student Government Executive Branch, and U faculty/staff.

All further instructions can be found on the application.

NOTE: Those who have already earned a scholarship through the Alumni Association are not eligible to receive the scholarship.


S.J. Quinney College of Law launches new early admissions program

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law has launched a new early admissions process designed to give candidates who know the U is their top-choice law school a chance to commit to attending law school earlier than previously possible.

Under the college’s newly established Early Decision Program (EDP), students can apply to attend law school for the fall of 2019 by Oct. 19 and be assured of decision on whether they will be admitted as an Early Decision Program student by early November.

Applying to the Early Decision Program is a binding applications process and students who apply to the S.J. Quinney College of Law are committed to attending the law school once accepted. Students should carefully consider all law school options before making the decision to apply through the Early Decision Program.

“This decision—establishing the S.J. Quinney College of Law as one’s first-choice law school—should be the result of fully researching law school options.  If after investigating law schools and determining that S.J. Quinney College of Law is your first-choice law school, you may then wish to apply through the EDP,” said Reyes Aguilar, the law school’s associate dean for admission and financial aid.

Read more here.


Utah chemist named one of “Talented 12”

Chemical and Engineering News named U. chemistry assistant professor Luisa Whittaker-Brooks as one of their “Talented 12” for 2018. Each year, the magazine names 12 rising stars in chemistry. “Here, you’ll meet a dozen chemists pushing the boundaries in their fields,” says C&EN. “To say they are tackling life’s great mysteries would be an understatement.”

Whittaker-Brooks is honored for her work in developing new materials to store energy as a way to make energy production and storage more efficient and more sustainable. She draws inspiration from the hydroelectric dams in Panama, where she grew up, which are reliant on water sources that are susceptible to climate change impacts. “In Panama, basically our rivers are drying up,” she is quoted as saying. “And that made me think about how I can use other types of alternative energies.”

Read more here.


U contributions to computer graphics honored

On Monday, August 13, the computer graphics world honored 52 people as inaugural members of the SIGGRAPH Academy. Each played a role in bringing graphics from their beginnings as arrangements of glowing lines to the immersive 3D worlds that moviemakers, game designers and others build today. Seven of those 52 were alumni of the University of Utah. And one was the “father of computer graphics,” former professor Ivan Sutherland.

In that and other sessions of the 2018 conference of SIGGRAPH (the Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques of the Association for Computing Machinery), Sutherland’s students and colleagues unfolded his impact on the students who came through the computer science department at the U during his tenure as a professor, from 1968 to 1974. Those students then passed those impacts on to the world as founders of companies including Pixar, Adobe and Netscape.

Read more here.


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Taylor Checketts, senior in International Studies, was named the second annual Ira Wolf Scholar by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). This prestigious national scholarship is funded by the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation and recognizes the accomplishments of former foreign service officer, U.S. trade representative and, most recently, employee of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America trade group in Tokyo—Ira Wolf.

Wolf passed away in January 2016 after having spent half his adult life in Japan. He was deeply committed to strengthening ties between the U.S. and Japan through his professional work and volunteerism.  He was also passionate about educating young adults on all things Japanese.  As a member of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, he helped award funds to many U.S.-Japan related educational organizations.

Having been accepted into the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, Checketts will be using the scholarship to fund his year-long exchange to the university. The exchange will allow him to complete his degree in International Studies and lay the groundwork to finish his honors thesis (which he plans to do on comparative education between Japan and the United States).

In addition, Checketts hopes to become fluent in Japanese so he can fulfill his lifelong dream of speaking to his grandparents, whom he has never had more than a broken conversation with.

“Growing up, I have always been curious about the differences between Japan and the U.S. My mother, having been born and raised in Japan, would often comment about these differences (especially regarding the educational system) and leave my siblings and I wondering what kind of fascinating, unique place Japan must be. However, due to a variety of personal and family issues, we never got the opportunity to learn Japanese. Now that I am completing my degree in international studies at the University of Utah, I have begun to realize just how deeply being Japanese-American has changed the way I view the world. It has led me to subconsciously compare Japan and American society throughout my life and formed the basis of my curiosity for Japanese society and culture.”

Checketts will be leaving for Japan on Sept. 8, 2018 and will return Aug. 3, 2019.

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Posting Policy

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.

Inclusive Access Saves Students 70-80 PERCENT on Textbooks, First-Day Access

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. The program is a welcomed 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 sgirton@campusstore.utah.edu 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.


Education at Work hiring students

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, nicole.methven@educationatwork.org or visit educationatwork.org.

Students also can apply directly by texting “EAWJobs” to 77948.


LEARN TO SWIM AT THE CRIMSON LAGOON
Tuesday, Aug. 21-Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Eccles Student Life Center

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 campusrec.utah.edu and register today.


INTRAMURAL SPORTS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Register by Sept. 6 and play begins Sept. 10.

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 imleagues.com/utah.


Join the Bennion Center for an Alternative Break

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.


WEAR YOUR RED ON FRIDAYS

Wear your red on Fridays and share your photos flashing the U and don’t forget to use #RedFridayU.


“Hooked on Books” Donations Needed

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

Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will Supply the Beats

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.