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Statement about Title IX proposed regulations
In Memoriam: Xiaoqian (Tracy) Yu
U ranked No. 9 for undergrad, No. 19 for grad entrepreneur studies by Princeton Review
Golden Spike Award winners
University of Utah Staff Scholarship
Send personal packages home, please 
Customized holiday gifts by University Print & Mail Services
U holiday cards by Print & Mail Services
New eatery on campus: Carolyn’s Kitchen
University food drive
October Advisor of the Month
Teaching Committee upcoming deadlines
Artist-in-Residence at Taft-Nicholson Center now accepting applications
Crimson Lagoon closing Nov. 19-24

Campus Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Survey

Statement about Title IX proposed regulations[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The U.S. Department of Education today issued proposed regulations governing the way universities handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment as outlined under Title IX, the federal law that protects individuals from gender discrimination and ensures equal access in educational programs and activities. The proposal is now open for public comment, and the regulations will not go into effect until this period closes and the department reviews the comments.

We are reviewing the proposed regulations closely and remain committed to fostering a professional working and learning environment for all members of our campus community. Our policies are designed to both protect victims of sexual misconduct and provide due process to those accused. The office that conducts Title IX investigations is a neutral resource on campus addressing issues of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. The university has in place a variety of resources to support all parties navigating the investigative process, including counseling services, safety escorts, housing adjustments, academic adjustments, training, and more.

The University of Utah aims to foster a culture of safety, respect and inclusion, and will continue to provide programming, resources and education aimed at increasing awareness around the harmful effects of sexual violence and techniques for bystander intervention. We will continue to monitor the proposed regulations closely and will inform the campus if these regulations require any changes to the university’s policies and practices.

—Sherrie Hayashi, Title IX coordinator and director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action



IN MEMORIAM: XIAOQIAN (TRACY) YU[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we share the devastating news that Xiaoqian (Tracy) Yu, assistant professor of marketing at the Eccles Business School, passed away Tuesday evening due to complications from childbirth at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

She is survived by her husband, Charles, her parents, and her newborn son, Andrew. She was surrounded by family, who had gathered for the joyful occasion of her child’s birth.

She joined the Marketing Department in 2017 as a graduate of the University of Southern California Ph.D. program.

“Tracy was an incredibly upbeat person with a tremendous passion for her work and family and a bright future in academia. She was at a marvelous point in her life with a new husband, job, and child,” said Steve Carson, chair of the Department of Marketing. “We will all miss her very much.”

The Eccles School will hold a memorial ceremony for Tracy and is creating a scholarship in her memory.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help her family, and those interested in donating can do so here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U RANKED NO. 9 FOR UNDERGRAD, NO. 19 FOR GRAD ENTREPRENEUR STUDIES BY PRINCETON REVIEW[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah jumped six places to be ranked No. 9 for undergrad entrepreneur studies among all schools in the country in the latest survey released by The Princeton Review today. The U also improved four places in the survey to be ranked No. 19 for graduate entrepreneur studies.

Entrepreneur programs at the U are provided by the David Eccles School of Business and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The institute is an interdisciplinary division of the business school that offers many programs for all students on campus at Lassonde Studios, which is a five-story building dedicated to student entrepreneurship that has received worldwide attention.

The survey marks the eighth straight year the U has been ranked among the top 25 schools in the country for entrepreneurship by The Princeton Review. The survey also follows the U receiving two other top 10 rankings for entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the U No. 8 for undergrad entrepreneurship among state schools for 2019, and Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the U’s full-time MBA program No. 2 in the country for entrepreneurship in 2018.

“Many years of hard work are paying off as we are receiving more recognition as one of the top 10 schools for entrepreneurship in the country,” said Taylor Randall, dean of the U’s Eccles School. “We have a rich history of entrepreneurship at the David Eccles School of Business. All of our students have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial values, such as grit, self-reliance and determination. No other university provides the same variety and depth of opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs as we do at the University of Utah.”

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GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD WINNERS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″] [/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah won nine awards at the 31st Annual Golden Spike Awards sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America Greater Salt Lake and Utah County chapters on Thursday.

The annual competition recognizes excellence and best practices in public relations and business communications in Utah. This year’s entries were judged by a PRSA chapter in Pittsburgh, PA on a 100-point scale. Entries that earned at least 70 points were named finalists, while the entry receiving the top score in each category received a Golden Spike Award first-place trophy.

University Communications received two first-place Golden Spike awards, one in the research category for the “Secrets of the Campus Cadavers” podcast and one in the writing category for a profile of President Ruth V. Watkins in Continuum magazine.

The David Eccles School of Business Marketing + Communications team won six awards — two first-place Golden Spike awards, three finalist awards and an individual award.

The Eccles School received first-place awards in the social media category for its “One Week. One Million” campaign and one in the institutional programs category for its digital marketing campaign for the school’s specialized master’s programs.

Sheena McFarland, who leads the Eccles School’s team, was named young professional of the year.

The S.J Quinney College of Law was a finalist in the print communications category for the redesign of its Res Gestae alumni magazine.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

University of Utah Staff Scholarship[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Applications for staff development scholarships for the Spring 2019 semester are due Dec. 1, 2018.

Each scholarship is worth up to $500 and can be used towards the employee’s tuition bill. Scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposia, conferences or workshops and their associated expenses.

The committee will process the scholarship applications in the most fair and judicious manner to benefit the employee, according to the procedures directed by the University of Utah policy. UUSC is an equal opportunity provider.

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently working at 75 percent or above Full Time Equivalency (FTE) position (30-40 hours per week).
  • Maintained 75 percent or greater Full Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position for two consecutive years as of Dec. 1, 2018.
  • Have not received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.

Apply here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Send personal packages home, please[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]As the holiday season approaches and usage of mail services increases, University Print & Mail Services would like to remind campus that personal correspondence, packages (e.g. Amazon shipments, etc.) and other deliveries should not be sent to campus addresses but rather, to home addresses. There are several ways to keep your home packages safe, including using smart package lockers, lockboxes or convenience store deliveries. You may also utilize Amazon key service, signature-required deliveries or request delivery alerts. More permanent solutions may include security camera installations or coordinating with neighbors to secure packages.

Because of changes with UPS and FedEx rerouting packages through The United States Postal Service (USPS), the volume of packages distributed through campus mail has increased significantly, making prompt deliveries more difficult. Pursuant to University policy 3-162, “use of the Campus Mail system is available only to recognized university organizations for official University purposes and is not intended for personal use.” Accordingly, faculty and staff should refrain from using the campus mail system for receiving or sending personal mail and understand that if they do so, the university is not liable for the contents of those parcels.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Juan Sosa at 801-580-7792 or Thank you for your cooperation, University Print & Mail Services enjoys serving the campus community and appreciates your ongoing support.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Customized Holiday Gifts by University Print & Mail Services[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]In need of holiday gifts or giveaways for those special people on your list this year? Let University Print & Mail Services help you design and customize one-of-a-kind gifts for your department or personal use.

From water bottles to umbrellas, blankets to tote bags, if you can think of it, Print & Mail can create it and make it your own by adding text, logos or other specific designs. Most items have a minimum order count of approximately 100 pieces. Also, items typically take five weeks for production and delivery, so order now to ensure your gifts arrive in time for the holidays. For more information or a custom quote, please contact Roger King at 801-581-3947 or

University Print & Mail Services is an official licensee of the University of Utah and is therefore legally permitted to use and reproduce university-owned trademarks and logos. By supporting official licensees like Print & Mail, you are assured to receive quality products while also supporting student scholarships, athletic programs and other university initiatives.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U Holiday Cards by Print & Mail Services[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Get a head start on the holiday season by ordering your greeting cards from University Print & Mail Services. Conveniently place your order online and choose from 24 designs, enhanced by your personalized message. Campus orders are typically completed in five business days and can be picked up or delivered to your office for free.

For help with these mailing services, reach out to your customer service representative who will guide you through your options.

In addition to holiday card designs, University Print & Mail offers several other styles for fall, along with other special occasion cards such as birthday cards, thank you cards, custom-design cards and personalized stationery.

Both personal and office orders are welcome. Visit us online to view designs and place your order.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

New Eatery on Campus[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The new Kem & Carolyn Gardner Building is extraordinary to look at, but It’s also an amazing place to chow down.

Carolyn’s Kitchen (located on the first floor of Gardner Commons) has the first ever plant-based restaurant on campus, a southern homestyle cooking restaurant and a rotating restaurant that showcases the amazing cuisine of local venders from all over the Utah valley; stop staring and start eating.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

UNIVERSITY FOOD DRIVE[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]University of Utah Food Drive runs from Nov. 5-30, 2018.

One in six Utah kids faces hunger. Your donation helps the Utah Food Bank serve the 392,000 Utahns who are at risk of missing a meal today. Check out all the ways your donation will help here.

The Alumni Association has kicked off its 25th annual food drive supporting the Utah Food Bank. We ask you as loyal U alumni, and friends, to help us feed Utah’s hungry. Donating is easy, and all money and food donated goes to the Utah Food Bank at this critical time of year.


Make a monetary donation of any amount:

  • Click here to make a monetary donation. Remember, the Utah Food Bank can turn your $20 donation into $160 worth of food and services.
  • Does your employer sponsor a matching gift program? You can check here and scroll to the “matching gifts” box.
  • You can also bring cash donations (or mail a check payable to the Utah Food Bank) to the Alumni Association at the University of Utah (155 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112)

Make a nonperishable food donation:

  • Drop off donations at the Alumni Association: 155 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City

Be on the lookout for our Student Alumni Board and MUSS Board members who will be in the community collecting donations. We will also be collecting prior to the Utah vs. BYU football game on Saturday, Nov. 24. Be sure to bring your extra cash.

For questions, please call 801-581-6995.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

October Advisor of the Month[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Advisor of the Month is an award in which staff on campus who have academic advising roles can give their advising peers recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in their roles and with students.

October’s Advisor of the Month is Christy Hoffmann, Academic Advisor in International & Area Studies. One of her nominations shows that Christy is an action-orientated advisor who has taken her dedication to students one step further by changing policy on campus:

“Christy takes advocating for students seriously; she doesn’t take the easy way out… In International and Area Studies, we have a pretty steady stream of students with Defense Language Institute (DLI) credits, and there is a cap on the amount of credits which can be applied. When working with a student, Christy noticed this. But she did more than vent some frustration and walk away—she decided to do something about it. Upon recognizing the transfer credit process was an issue, Christy wrote Admissions, explaining why she believed there should be a change of policy and how the current policy was negatively impacting students. A few days later, the process was improved and the student Christy was working with was able to apply more of his relevant coursework from DLI to his total credit hours and toward his major.  This student will graduate quicker because of Christy’s efforts. And other students will benefit from her advocating for this change.”

Christy is an advisor on campus who advocates for change and improvement of the student experience, and students are fortunate to have an advisor willing to make change for them! She share the following about her advising:

“Most of my jobs since high school have been at universities. I love being in educational environments, where there is so much excitement about learning and the new possibilities that come out of knowledge and education. One reason I enjoy advising is that I can be part of that excitement, whether it’s during conversations in my office about a student’s learning abroad experience, visiting classes, or participating in campus events. It’s a real joy to be part of that with students who are passionate about their educational experience and their future paths.”

Do you need to meet with an advisor to help create a meaningful plan, navigate the university and graduate on time? See our advisors across campus on our website and schedule an appointment.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

TEACHING COMMITTEE DEADLINES[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University Teaching Committee has the following deadlines for prizes and awards.

Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2018

The Hatch Prize recognizes an outstanding and longstanding service by a teacher from Tenure-line faculty ranks. The recipient of the Hatch Prize will receive $5,000. The award will be announced in March 2019.

Early Career Teaching Awards
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2018

The Early Career Teaching Awards recognize up to four outstanding faculty at an early stage in their careers at the University of Utah. To be eligible, a faculty member must have completed at least three full years but fewer than eight years of service at the university and must be tenure-line or career-line faculty. Each recipient will also receive $2,500. Nominations are due no later than Nov. 30, 2018. These awards will be announced in March 2019.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Artist-in-Residence at Taft-Nicholson Center Now Accepting Applications[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Located in Lakeview, Montana, the Taft-Nicholson Center Artist-in-Residence Program offers dedicated artists a supportive and transformational environment to further their creative development. In a remote setting dedicated to the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of natural habitat and wildlife, artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and development of their work.

To read about the experiences and work of past artists-in-residence, please click here.

Applications for the program are now being accepted and artists from diverse multidisciplinary fields are encouraged to apply. This includes visual artists, composers, writers, dancers, photographers, filmmakers, playwrights and textile artists, among others.

Please click here to apply and learn more.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Crimson Lagoon Closed[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The pools at the Crimson Lagoon in the Eccles Student Life Center will be closed Nov. 19-24 for annual maintenance.

Please plan your aquatics workouts accordingly.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Fitness Classes are Half-Off[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]All semester classes are now half-off at the Eccles Student Life Center.
There’s still plenty of classes left in the semester so register today at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Campus Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Survey[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Students are being asked to take 10 minutes to help the Campus Contraceptive Initiative at the University of Utah. Responses will help it learn and understand the sexual and reproductive health care needs on campus.

Fill out the survey and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card at the end.[/bs_col][/bs_row]