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Save the date: Presidential Inauguration
Title IX and the University of Utah
7 ways the Marriott Library can help you
Continuing Ed opens new building
Learning Abroad: Call for panel participants
U.S. Geological Survey partners with University of Utah
U scientists’ quest to understand how plants use water
Teaching award and grant deadlines
Community Engaged Teaching Fellow
Customized promotional items from University Print & Mail
Homecoming royalty applications are open
Intramural sports registration is now open

Join the Bennion Center for an Alternative Break
Utah Red Fridays
“Hooked on Books” donations needed
Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will supply the Beats


SAVE THE DATE: PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

The inauguration for Ruth V. Watkins, the 16th president of the University of Utah, will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on the U campus, 1395 Presidents Circle. The event is free and open to the public.

Because seating in Kingsbury Hall is limited, it is recommended that guests arrive early. Guests may form a line outside Kingsbury Hall beginning at 2 p.m. In the event the venue reaches capacity, overflow seating will be available in Gardner Hall, which is next door to Kingsbury Hall. The inauguration will also be live streamed at president.utah.edu/inauguration.

Read more here.


TITLE IX AND THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

While news of changes to the Title IX policy at the federal level is drawing attention, no official updates have yet been shared with college campuses. The University of Utah remains committed to the safety of its students, faculty and staff and ensuring a system that protects the rights of its community to pursue their educational and professional endeavors free from sexual misconduct while also protecting due process.

Read more here.


7 WAYS THE MARRIOTT LIBRARY CAN HELP YOU

Let’s face it: Starting college can be stressful. New professors, new campus and lots of new assignments to tackle. It can feel a bit overwhelming at first. Student who are new to the U simply need to remember…the library can help. Here are seven ways:
  1. The Knowledge Commons Desk: Come to the KC Desk on Level 2 to check out things like laptops and chargers. You can also get software downloaded onto your laptop and borrow hotspots, headphones, calculators and all kinds of other stuff.
  2. Subject guides: You’ll want to impress your professors by using the best sources. Subject Guides help you find the best databases by classifying by subject matter. It’s fast and you can also get the names of the librarians who have expertise in your area of research.
  3. Textbooks: Did you know you can check out textbooks from our Reserve Collection now located on Level 3? Scanners are available for free, too. Questions? Just email us at mlib-reserve@lists.utah.edu
  4. Can’t find the book: If the library doesn’t have the book you need for class, you can suggest a purchase. Another way to get an article or book is Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery. Did we mention that all of this FREE?
  5. Chill out: You gotta find time for yourself. Grab a book from our Browsing Collection on Level 1 and give the stationary bike a whirl. Take a nap in the cuddly womb chair, or come to our free Friday yoga classes.
  6. Special Collections: Make that paper really shine by using primary source materials from our Special Collections on Level 4. You can look through first editions from the great minds—“Ummm did you say there are books from Galileo?”—or even peruse some of our online exhibitions, such as the Historic Football Photographs.
  7. Free food, games and prizes: You can learn more about all the ways the library can help when you come to our HUGE student event, Hooplaza, happening Thursday, Sept. 6,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Level 3. Join us for free pizza, games, prizes and library info.

CONTINUING ED OPENS NEW BUILDING

The University of Utah celebrates the opening of its new Continuing Education and Community Engagement building, which houses more than 20 classrooms, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 12-1 p.m. at 540 Arapeen Drive, at the second floor entrance. All are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting and tour the facility.

Read more here.


LEARNING ABROAD: CALL FOR PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Learning Abroad is looking to do a Diversity Abroad panel this year as part of International Education Week (Nov. 12-16). We aim to highlight the perspectives and accomplishments of the U’s diverse faculty and staff who have gained international experience through study, research, teaching, and/or work/internships. If you are interested in participating in this event as a panelist, please click this link to fill out a short sign-up form.


U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

On Aug. 13, University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and U.S. Geological Survey Director James Reilly signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a partnership between the two institutions that will enable both to draw on the facilities and expertise of the other.

The five-year agreement provides a framework for collaboration that encompasses any of the USGS’ science mission areas and any earth science or natural science-related research at the U. These collaborations will provide tools and methods to advance knowledge in earth science. U. faculty members and students will be involved in these collaborations. It also provides for personnel from either institution to, as projects require, share research facilities with the other.

Read more here.


U SCIENTISTS QUEST TO UNDERSTAND HOW PLANTS USE WATER

Science has a hard time figuring out how much water plants use. They can figure out how much water is coming off of the ground – that’s just a matter of measuring water vapor in the air. But how much is just evaporation and how much is transpiration, or the water vapor released by plants? When figuring out what water goes where, researchers usually just lump all of that together into the unwieldly term “evapotranspiration.”

Gabriel Bowen and Bill Anderegg, both University of Utah professors, have secured a new National Science Foundation grant to help sort it all out. With collaborators from Oregon State University, Bowen and Anderegg will tap into a network of 81 ecological sensors nationwide, using the data in stable (non-radioactive) isotopes of oxygen, carbon and water to figure out how much transpiration is occurring at any one site. They’ll then look at the traits of the plants surrounding the sensors to learn more about how they use water under different conditions.

“The representation of evapotranspiration in models is widely disparate,” says Bowen. “If we don’t get the parts of evapotranspiration right, we can’t hope to predict changes. We need to better understand the role of plants in modulating these ecosystems.”

Read NSF’s announcement of the four-year grant here.


Teaching Award and GRANT DEADLINES 

University Distinguished Teaching Award
Deadline: Sept. 21, 2018

The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University of Utah.  Up to five faculty members will be recognized as outstanding teachers with a base salary increase of $5,000. Up to three awards may be given to faculty members in the tenure-line and up to two awards may be given to faculty in the career-line.  For the purpose of selecting award recipients, the Distinguished Teaching Committee will be split into two subcommittees with no overlapping membership. One subcommittee will consider nominations and make selections of tenure-line faculty for awards. The other subcommittee will consider and select those in the career-line for awards. To be eligible, faculty must have completed eight or more years of teaching service at the University of Utah.

The awards will be announced in December 2018.

University Teaching Grants
Deadlines: Sept. 21, 2018/Jan. 11, 2019/March 8, 2019

Awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach.  Tenure-line and Career-line faculty are eligible to propose individual and group grants.  Preference will be given to applicants whose primary professional affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Awards are made for amounts up to $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for groups for items such as equipment, supplies, or travel where appropriate (see our website for detailed instructions).

Click here for more information.


Community Engaged Teaching Fellow

The Bennion Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Adrienne Cachelin as the Center’s first Community Engaged Teaching Fellow. Dr. Cachelin joins Andi Witczak, Bennion Center Associate Director of Community Engaged Teaching + Scholarship, in the promotion and development of community engaged learning capacities across campus. She will serve a two-year term from August 15, 2018 to August 1, 2020.

“As the Bennion Center’s Community Engaged Teaching Fellow I look forward to continuing to think big and to work creatively and collaboratively demonstrating how community engaged learning and scholarship fit into larger University commitments in terms of pedagogy, scholarship, equity and the University’s role in the community.”

Dr. Cachelin joined the U in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She was named Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Cachelin was selected as the U’s Public Service Professor in 2016 and in 2018, she was honored with the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Each semester she and her teaching assistant involve more than one hundred students in specific community projects integrated into her course material.

“I believe in cultivating active citizens who are empowered to think critically and contribute to the larger community, citizens who understand both their socially-constructed and ecological addresses. As a justice-oriented educator, I have a responsibility to more than course content; I have a responsibility to the whole student, and, consequently, the larger community. Working in solidarity with community members, whether it be in a research setting or engaging with a specific project, can provide powerful experiences for students who often see issues of injustice as distant or irrelevant. In this context, faculty, students, and community members come together to learn and do.”

Click here to read the full story.


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.


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.