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Alta call for nominations
Book tackles how to have effective, difficult conversations
Register for Games4Health Challenge
STEM ambassadors for 2017
LEAP program director search
Help us recognize our strong faculty: Nominate someone today
Apple products not available through UShop
New home for P-Card, UShop and Purchasing
Save the date: Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture on March 3
Glass recycling on campus
Second annual Clean Air for U: A Travelwise Challenge
Ivory Prize: Call for nominations

ALTA CALL FOR NOMINATIONS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Celebrate sustainability leadership on campus by nominating yourself or a colleague for an Alta Sustainability Leadership Award. These Awards recognize excellence in leadership in the areas of campus as a living lab, community partnership, sustainability education, and research. Thanks to the generous partnership of the Alta Ski Resort, an award of $2500 will be given to each recipient. All students, faculty, and staff eligible to participate.

Submit the nomination form by Feb. 28, 2017.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

BOOK TACKLES HOW TO HAVE EFFECTIVE, DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Congratulations to Catherine Soehner, associate dean for Research and User Services at the Marriott Library, and Ann Darling, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah for co-authoring the book “Effective Difficult Conversations: A Step-by-Step Guide,” published by the American Library Association.

This book provides illustrated real-world examples of both successful and unsuccessful difficult conversations in the workplace.

Together, Soehner and Darling have provided presentations on effective difficult conversations as part of the University of Utah Leadership Development Program since March 2013. The success of their presentation broadened their reach across campus and they began providing the same presentation for the Health Sciences Leadership Development Program for a total of four presentations each year. For more information about this book, go to the ALA store.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Deadline to register:
Feb. 10
Submissions due: March 8
Awards gala: March 30[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″] Click here to register.

Registration for the fourth annual Games4Health 2017 is now open!

Students working individually or in teams will compete for more than $60,000 in prize money in the global competition by designing an original digital game or app that promotes health. Samsung is sponsoring a $10,000 Super Category Award for the winning game, which it will offer through its platform to 450 million users.

Participants in the competition design and create original video games or applications to address a healthcare need in one of six challenge categories: mental wellbeing; fitness; corporate wellness; chronic disease; clinical; and virtual reality. Each team is required to submit two videos to be reviewed by the judges. Rules can be found here.

Last year, 300 students representing 71 universities in 12 countries competed in the challenge. You can read about the winners here.

The competition is sponsored by the Sorenson Discovery & Innovation Center at the David Eccles School of Business, the University of Utah Health Sciences Center for Medical Innovation and the U’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering Program.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE U NAMED STEM AMBASSADORS FOR 2017Congrats to the students selected as 2017 STEM Ambassadors.

The STEM Ambassador Program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to help academic scientists learn how they can synergistically engage non-traditional public audiences to foster a better understanding of science, broadly communicate their research findings, and learn from the people they engage. Ambassadors have the opportunity to connect with a wide range of public audiences — and thus develop communication skills, explore the applications of their research and build continued support within the broader community.

These STEM Ambassadors will work with Nalini Nadkarni, program director and biology professor, as well as program leaders from the National History Museum of Utah, Stanford University, Pacific Science Center and Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance.

The 2017 STEM Ambassadors are:

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[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Amanda Cooper (biology)

Anna Vickrey (biology)

Ariadne Penalva (neurobiology)

Benjamin Breeden (geology)

Dara Niketic (biology)[/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Emerson Arehart (biology)

Gabrielle Kardon (human genetics)

Gregory Handy (math)

Helena Lucente (oncological science)

Tom Becnel (engineering)[/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Jordan Herman (biology)

Judy Ou (Huntsman Cancer Institute)

Kelsey Cone (human genetics)

Krista Carlson (engineering)

Lauren Williams (psychology)[/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Lace Padilla (cognitive neural science)

Nicholas Hebdon (geology)

Pratiti Tagore (architecture and planning)

Joshua Horns (biology)

Bob Cieri (biology)[/bs_col]

LEAP PROGRAM DIRECTOR SEARCH[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Achievement, Progress) is in search of a new director.

A key objective of the University of Utah is to expand existing and create new learning communities (LC) to increase retention and completion. The Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is responsible for activating this and other objectives related to student success. The primary role the director of the LEAP Program plays is leadership of the LEAP faculty and peer mentors who support 700-750 students annually. The director keeps vital the vision and mission for LEAP and learning communities as a core element in the Utah Pledge, and the University of Utah’s guarantee that every first-year student can choose a LC that matches their interests and goals. As a member of the core UGS leadership team, the director is part of new initiatives supporting student success and establishes and helps grow partnerships across campus.

The LEAP Learning Community is a year-long learning community that enables new students to transition more confidently to college and to play an active role in their own education. Students stay with the same classmates and faculty member, while taking courses that satisfy general education and graduation requirements, in small classes throughout the year. LEAP students participate in social and service activities with other students and with Peer Advisors.

To see a list of all responsibilities of LEAP Program director, click here.


Required qualifications include a Ph.D. and an outstanding record in teaching at the college and university level.  Position is open to tenure/tenure track and career line faculty. Administrative and assessment experience preferred.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and cv to Andrea Haag ( The search committee will begin reviewing files Feb. 27, 2017. Please send questions about the position to Ann Darling (, chair of the search committee.

For more information, visit the LEAP director search page.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

HELP US RECOGNIZE OUR STRONG FACULTY[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The Career Services Team is looking for a way to honor exceptional faculty members who have helped students prepare for their future and build the tools necessary for success in finding a career.

The form is short and can be completed by going here.

Check out the flier below for further details.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

APPLE PRODUCTS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH USHOP[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Many campus departments have asked if and when Apple will be enabled as a supplier in UShop. The University Campus Store is the sole administrator of the contract that exists with Apple and because of this, provides many advantages to departments and the U as a whole.

Due to the benefits of this contract, all Apple computer purchases should be placed with the University Campus Store, as Apple will not be enabled as a supplier within UShop. Purchases can be made with P-Cards and chartfields at the Campus Store, simplifying transactions and ensuring that all campus purchasers enjoy the benefits and savings of the Apple agreement.

The University Campus Store is able to provide departments with the following benefits:

Product availability

  • The Campus Store receives all new product releases at the same time as the Apple Retail Store, and orders are placed in advance of the scheduled release date to ensure product availability upon launch.

Discounted pricing

  • Apple product pricing is the same or better than the Apple Store.
  • The Campus Store works with departments to try and obtain extra discounts for departmental sales and sometimes, Apple offers additional discounts.
  • When Apple announces new products, the Campus Store is able to discount products as much as $300—something the Apple Store cannot offer.

Customer service

  • A commitment to provide a two-hour turnaround time for any quotes or sales orders.
  • Products will be delivered directly to your department.
  • The Campus Store also offers DEP (Device Enrollment Program), which provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices with zero-touch configuration for IT, streamlined setup and wireless supervision. For more information about DEP, contact Derek Walton.

You may contact our Apple specialists with any questions or to place your orders:

Aubrie Anderson – Apple Inside Sales Specialist

Derek Walton – Apple Outside Sales Specialist

Alex Parra – Apple Order Expeditor

NEW HOME FOR P-CARD, USHOP AND PURCHASING[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]We are excited to announce that on Feb. 10, 2017, the Purchasing, UShop and P-Card departments are moving to a new location in the Park Building (near Accounts Payable).

Please update your records with the following new address information effective Feb. 13, 2017:

201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 170
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Other contact information for these departments will remain the same:

Email: Phone: 801-581-7241 Fax: 801-581-8609

Email: Phone: 801-587-7859 Fax: 801-581-8609

Email: Phone: 801-585-2255 Fax: 801-581-8609

Thank you for taking the time to update your records. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Click here for more information.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE EDIE KOCHENOUR MEMORIAL LECTURE AT NOON ON FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]This year we are excited to welcome Jennifer Azzi as our speaker. She is a former WNBA player with seven Hall of Fame inductions, an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanford National Championship, the Naismith Award, and the Wade Trophy. Azzi also played as a guard for our local Utah Starzz for three seasons, leading in minutes played and in 2000, leading the league in free-throw percentage.

Azzi is a well-respected coach, speaker and author who actively represents the sport, both locally and internationally. Azzi’s lecture, Crossing the Half-Court: Women Breaking Boundaries, will address the success she has had pushing the needle on diversity efforts, and how we in higher education should think differently about creating similar successes, not just in sports, but in life.

This topic is particularly important realizing the low success of diversity efforts, despite trying. A symposium consisting of several smaller discussions centered around topics of diversity will follow Azzi’s noon lecture. There will be a light lunch preceding the lecture.

Additional details and a registration link will be available soon.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

GLASS RECYCLING ON CAMPUS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Glass recycling has arrived at the University of Utah thanks to the combined efforts of three students, Facilities Management and the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, or SCIF.

Fifty bins will be placed in buildings during the beginning of the spring 2017 semester and available for use by students, faculty and staff. At least one glass recycling bin will be placed in all major buildings across campus with a few extra in high-traffic places like the Union and Marriott Library.

While taking Global Changes in Society, a course offered by the Global Change & Sustainability Center, GCSC, three environmental humanities graduate students proposed a glass recycling pilot project. Jennifer Lair, Nicole Cox and Carissa Beckwith wanted to implement an on-campus glass recycling bin program utilizing the Momentum Recycling facility in Salt Lake City.

Click here to read more.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Month of February
Track your trips at[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Drive less to help clean the air. Walk, bike, take TRAX, ride buses and shuttles — do whatever you can to not drive alone. Then, log those trips at throughout February to see your contribution to better air.

Mobile sources, including personal vehicles, are responsible for nearly half of all winter PM 2.5-related emissions that contribute to the unhealthy air. Together, we can make a difference.

Read more here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

IVORY PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]To encourage student involvement and leadership, Clark Ivory, former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees, established the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership. This prestigious award recognizes extraordinary and influential student-led projects that positively impact the campus and/or the broader community. The recipient(s) receives a $2,000 award and up to $10,000 to invest in the program or effort for which they are being recognized.

Those who have graduated from the U since 2011 (within the last five years), as well as those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs, are eligible. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 24.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

  • SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE’S NEW WEBSITE[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col]
    [bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah’s Sustainability Office rolls out a new website, showcasing sustainable research, education, engagement and campus progress. The Sustainability Office was established in 2008 to integrate sustainability in all facets of the university and serve as a model for what is possible. The office supports the U’s learning community in making positive change for social equity, economic prosperity and environmental integrity.

    Learn more about sustainability at the U by exploring the new website.[/bs_col][/bs_row]