In memoriam: Xiaoqian (Tracy) Yu
In memory of Bob Bliss
Phishing attempt targets U students
uNID-based account archiving
Mitch Wishnowsky named finalist for Ray Guy Award
Utah headed to the Pac-12 Championship
Ethics Education Awards
November Advisor of the Month
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
University food drive
Teaching Committee upcoming deadlines
Artist-in-Residence at Taft-Nicholson Center now accepting applications
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 Nov. 13, 2018, 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 doctoral 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]
IN MEMORY OF BOB BLISS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]”It is with heavy hearts that the College of Architecture and Planning shares the very sad news that the Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Bob Bliss, passed on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Bob, along with his beloved wife Anna, had a truly remarkable life experience, including formative educational experiences at Black Mountain College and MIT, to having the opportunity to learn the criticality of community engagement in architectural education with Ralph Rapson at the University of Minnesota.
As Head and then dean at the University of Utah, he was key to the creation of both Assist, Inc, as a community design center as well as of the Utah Heritage Foundation, now Preservation Utah. Of course, his greatest impact was in shaping the direction of architectural education for generations of students that attended the U. In this way, he was truly an architect of echoes that continue to resonate in architectural firms across the state of Utah. On a personal note, I will remain eternally grateful that both Bob and Anna so warmly welcomed me to Utah, thankful for our regular conversations, and will always remember his impeccable grace as a human being. As Bob joins Anna once again, I am sure they both are at peace, having led truly remarkable, purposeful lives.
Those closest to Bob and Anna are planning a spring 2019 celebration of life in our Bailey Gallery. As details are firmed, we will share those with you.”
—Dean Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D., AIA, College of Architecture + Planning
Phishing attempt targets U students[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Recently, University Information Technology received a number of reports about a suspicious message sent to University of Utah students. The message, from a fraudulent person claiming to be an alum in search of a personal assistant, is a phishing attempt:
I contacted your school admin at University of Utah; I graduated from there. I explained that I was looking for an Administrative/Personal Assistant and your contact was sent to me, they said you are an honest person. This job is flexible so you can perform the tasks during your spare time outside of school and the position is extremely rewarding. Get back to me ASAP via my email … if you are interested.
Mrs Tracy Walter“
Please note that no University of Utah “school admin” has released student contact information to the sender. The sender has used public Campus Directory information to target students.
If you receive(d) this message, or receive something similar in the future, do not select any links, open any attachments, or respond to the sender. Please report the message to the Information Security Office (visit the UIT help article “Phishing” for instructions) and then delete it.
Students and employees can manage their public Campus Directory contact information via the Campus Information Services (CIS) portal. Please visit the UIT help article “Updating the online campus directory” for instructions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UIT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-581-4000, option 1.[/bs_col][/bs_row]
uNID-based Account Archiving[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]In order to streamline centrally administered uNID-based account management and reduce risk for the University of Utah, starting Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and monthly thereafter, the Identity Access and Management team will archive the accounts of inactive users who meet all the following criteria:
- Not a current employee/student/affiliate, and
- Account has existed for at least 18 months, and
- User has not logged in for at least 18 months, and
- Password not changed in at least 18 months
In addition, accounts of university affiliates who are “current,” meet all the above selection criteria, and have no end date will be selected for archiving. If/when an archived user returns to the U and needs his/her account re-activated, an automatic process running twice per day will move the account out of archived status.
What won’t be affected as part of this project (out of scope):
- UMail account access and UMail forwarding capability for inactive users
- Accounts for systems managed locally (e.g., department, college and business unit-specific accounts)
- Access changes on termination
- Access changes on org moves
The U’s Strategic Information Technology Committee approved this project and process. Currently there are a total of ~400,000 inactive personal accounts, ~172,000 of which have never been used and ~270,000 of which meet all of the above criteria. A university-wide awareness campaign has begun and individuals with inactive accounts will be contacted directly prior to the archive date and given instructions to keep their accounts active, if desired.
If you have any questions, please contact the UIT Help Desk at email@example.com or 801-581-4000.
UIT Help article: Archived uNID-based accounts.[/bs_col][/bs_row]
UTAH’S MITCH WISHNOWSKY NAMED FINALIST FOR RAY GUY AWARD[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky has become the first three-time finalist in the history of the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. Wishnowsky, who won the award in his first NCAA season in 2016, was a finalist last year. The other two finalists are Braden Mann of Texas A&M and James Smith of Cincinnati.
The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 6. ESPN will televise the show live from the College Football Hall of Fame starting at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT).
Utah has won three of the past four Ray Guy Awards, with Tom Hackett winning from 2014-15 before Wishnowsky’s win in 2016. It is the first time that a school has had a finalist for the Ray Guy Award five straight seasons. Wishnowsky is Utah’s third Ray Guy Award finalist, joining Hackett and Louie Sakoda (2008).
Wishnowsky leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation in punt average (45.9). He has led Utah to a No. 2 Pac-12 and No. 15 national ranking in net punting (40.49). Wishnowsky has placed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line, including nine punts at or inside the 10-yard line, as well as 17 punts of 50+ yards.
Wishnowsky was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on October 15 (his fourth career Pac-12 player of the week award) and was the Ray Guy Punter of the Week on Sept. 6.
A unanimous consensus All-American in 2016, Wishnowsky repeated as an All-American last year. He has a career 46.0 punt average, which ranks second among all active players. In his career, he has placed 68 punts inside the 20-yard line (42.5 percent) and has 59 punts of 50+ yards. Of his 160 career punts, he has just nine touchbacks.[/bs_col][/bs_row]
UtAH headed to the Pac-12 Championship[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Utah will represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship game for the first time after today’s win over Colorado and Arizona State’s loss to Oregon. Utah (8-3, 6-3) advances after winning its first outright South Division title.
The Pac-12 Championship game will be played on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Pacific time (6 p.m. MT) in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. To purchase tickets to the game, call 801-581-UTIX or order online here.
Utah’s opponent in the Pac-12 Championship game will be the winner of the Washington-Washington State game next week. The Pac-12 champion will play against a team from the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
Utah has never played in a conference championship game. The 2015 Utes shared the South division title with USC but the Trojans owned the tiebreaker into the title game. The Western Athletic Conference held a conference championship game during Utah’s final three years in the league (1996-98), but the Utes never qualified.
Utah concludes its regular season next Saturday against BYU. Game time is 8 p.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium Utah’s senior class will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.[/bs_col][/bs_row]
ETHICS EDUCATION AWARDS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Dear University of Utah Faculty and Staff,
It is my distinct pleasure to announce the recipients of our business school’s Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Leadership in Ethics Education Awards for year 2017-2018. These colleagues were chosen on behalf of our faculty for their successful efforts to create new ethics-related courses, to integrate new ethics content into existing courses, to mentor students on ethics initiatives, and to help make ethics a permanent fabric of our University of Utah academic programs and curricula.
The following individuals are recognized as receiving this year’s Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Leadership in Ethics Education Awards:
- David Grainger— College of Engineering
- Sue Sundar — Eccles School of Business
- Rodrigo Noriega — College of Science
- Jeffrey Botkin — College of Health Sciences
- Paul Hu — Eccles School of Business
- Chrisoula Andreou — College of Humanities
- Jorge Contreras — College of Law
- Teneille Brown — College of Law
Each educator will receive a monetary award and each will be receiving a plaque and medallion at the 2019 spring’s DESB college awards ceremony. The monetary part of the award reflects the breadth and depth of the contribution to ethics education.
We thank these colleagues for providing wonderful opportunities to students and other education seekers to learn, discuss, debate, compete and grow personally and professionally in many ways.
There are additional efforts underway right now that will likely lead to nominations for next year. As was the case this past year, faculty and staff are invited to find ways to integrate ethics into the life of our institution. We will call for nominations for 2018-19 this spring.
We are grateful to the Daniels Fund for encouraging these kinds of efforts and for providing the resources to recognize them.
In conclusion, we extend our congratulations and much appreciation to these individuals.
—Taylor Randall, dean, David Eccles School of Business
November 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.
November’s Advisor of the Month is Katie Barnard, Academic Advisor in Mechanical Engineering. One of her nominations shows that Katie is an advisor who not only works hard to improve student’s access and path through the systems of the university but also lifts other advisors up to do the same:
“Recently Katie has worked to ensure that our professional development as advisors is a priority. For consistent development, she created a book club where we read through the “New Advisor Handbook” by NACADA. She leads the book club and invited all engineering advisors to attend weekly to engage in discussion on how we can improve as advisors and learn from one another. Katie has also begun an initiative to break down barriers that are inhibiting our engineering students to go aboard. She has done this by taking the initiative to articulate programs aboard and work with the office of learning aboard to identify preset places that our engineering students can go to get an abroad experience.”
Katie is an advisor on campus who is taking change into her own hands for the problems she sees, and her students take notice! She shared the following about her advising:
“I have loved working with college students since I was a peer advisor as an undergrad. My favorite part about being an academic advisor is being able to connect to students one-on-one and help them with the transition to college and to thrive while they’re here. Orientation and Graduation are my two favorite times of the year! Whether it’s helping new students register for their very first schedule or watching students walking across the stage after earning their degree, I feel very lucky to do the work that I do.”
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]
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 for professional trainings, symposia, conferences or workshops and their associated expenses.
The committee will process the scholarship applications in the fairest 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.
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 use 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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]
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 go to the Utah Food Bank at this critical time of year.
WAYS TO DONATE
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]
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]