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Campus Life Mentor Program
Beacons of Excellence nominations open
This week’s Red & White Fridays winner
What you need to know about the U’s rental car contracts
U night with the Jazz
Food Truck Roundup
HIP Talks 2017 competition open
Athletics online store move to
Campus Store north entrance renovation
Great Colleges to Work For survey
Kurt Albertine honored with Distinguished Mentor and Scientist award
Real Food labels arrive on campus
Fall textbook adoption requests due

CAMPUS LIFE MENTOR PROGRAM[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The Center for New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) at the University of Utah welcomes applicants for the Campus Life Mentor (CLM) Program! The Campus Life Mentor Program at the University of Utah serves new students in their first year on campus. The goal of the program is to connect newly admitted students with upper class students who have demonstrated success in college. Primarily, a Campus Life Mentors develops individual relationships with an assigned small group of new students. Campus Life Mentors are committed to helping new students feel at home, promoting community on campus, and advocating for academic achievement.


  • Community of fellowship with others through shared attitudes, interests, and goals
  • Commitment to helping others
  • Compassion for working through difference
  • Communication skills 


Campus Life Mentors are successful students that remember what it’s like to be new at the University of Utah and want to play a positive role in the success of new students. They come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences and have various career and academic goals.  

 Applications can be found at and are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.

If you have any questions, please contact us at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

BEACONS OF EXCELLENCE NOMINATIONS OPEN[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Please nominate a person, program or project that should be recognized for contributions to an exception undergraduate education experience at the University of Utah.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on April 7, 2017. Click here to nominate.

To learn more about the Beacons of Excellence Program and past recipients, click here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

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[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]This week’s Red & White Fridays winner is Natalie Done, an avid Utah fan with a double major from the U, who just won $100 to Utah Red Zone by showing her University of Utah pride on Instagram! She has also been entered for the Red & White Fridays grand prize – a $1,000 shopping spree at Utah Red Zone.

Next week’s winner could be you – just follow these three steps:

  1. Take a photo of yourself wearing Utes gear
  2. Tag and follow @americafirst and @uredzone
  3. Post your photo to Instagram using #RedWhiteFriday

Visit for more information about how to win a weekly $100 to Utah Red Zone, and don’t forget to wear red and white on Fridays.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE U’S RENTAL CAR CONTRACTS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Did you know the University of Utah has access to car rental companies using state-negotiated contracts?  Contracts are available with Hertz (contract # 0198552) as well as National and Enterprise (contract #XZ47075).

Travelers or drivers who use these agencies while traveling on University of Utah business do not need to purchase extra insurance or pay U internal fee.  However, insurance must be purchased for 1) vehicles larger than a minivan, 2) when renting outside the state contracts or 3) renting in a foreign country.  Instructions for renting vehicles can be found at the Risk & Insurance Services website under the Vehicle section, or by calling 1-5590.[/bs_col][/bs_row]


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 8:30 p.m.[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Three ways to order tickets:

Online here

In person at Positively U (located in the University Hospital)

Call Chris Hancuffat 801-325-2564[/bs_col][/bs_row]

FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Help support the Staff Council scholarship fund by grabbing lunch from food trucks on Friday, April 7. Scholarships awarded through Staff Council go directly to university employees. Food trucks will be parked near HSEB in the Health Sciences campus. Good food, great cause.[/bs_col][/bs_row]






HIP TALKS 2017 COMPETITION OPEN[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Registration for the 3rd Annual HIP Talks speech competition is now open! The event honors the public speaking skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens. It is sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU.

Students will prepare and give a two-minute speech on any topic in front of a qualified panel of judges in one of three qualifying rounds. Speeches at last year’s competition were on topics ranging from emotional stories of sexual assault and losing a family member to lighthearted subjects such as alien abductions and the difficulties of business casual dress.

A student can attend more than one qualifying round if he or she wishes. Students selected during the qualifying rounds will give the same speech in front of a panel of celebrity judges in the final round.

The student with the best speech will be awarded a grand prize of $5,000. The first through fourth runners-up will receive $1,000 each. An audience favorite winner also will receive $1,000.

To register and read the rules, click here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

ATHLETICS ONLINE STORE MOVES TO UTAHUTES.COM[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″] 

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Utah Athletics and the University Campus Store have strengthened their long-standing partnership by designating as the official online store for Utah Athletics branded products.

Owned and operated by the University of Utah Campus Store, Utah Red Zone is the largest retailer for University of Utah apparel. With its new online partnership with, the University of Utah Campus Store plans to offer an even more robust selection of Utah products.

Online visitors to will receive free shipping on all orders of $100 or more and a portion of all sales go directly to University of Utah and Utah Athletics scholarships and programs.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

CAMPUS STORE NORTH ENTRANCE RENOVATION[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Construction has begun at the University Campus Store’s north entrance where a new stairway will be added to connect the store entrance and patio with the sidewalk above.  The renovation aims to create a more attractive and enjoyable environment for students and enhance access to the store with a more functional pedestrian pathway. The project is set for completion at the beginning of May, prior to university commencement. During construction, the north entrance will only be accessible via the eastern stairs; the ramp on the northern side will be blocked. ADA access will remain at the store’s south entrance. Read the full story here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

GREAT COLLEGES TO WORK FOR SURVEY[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The Chronicle of Higher Education is opening its 2017 survey on Great Colleges to Work For. HR will randomly select 1,800 faculty and staff to participate, now is your chance to rank the U on a national level.

Look for the email from Jeff Herring and Senior Vice President, Ruth Watkins, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 ,to see whether you have been selected for participation.[/bs_col][/bs_row]


[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The American Physiological Society (APS) has awarded the 2017 Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award to Kurt Albertine, associate dean for faculty administration of the School of Medicine, professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor in internal medicine and neurobiology and anatomy labs.

Each year, the APS honors a society member for their excellent contributions to physiological research, their commitment to mentoring and encouraging young scientists, and for fostering exceptional educational opportunities in physiology.

Albertine’s research focuses on bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic disease that disrupts lung development in premature babies and infants who used mechanical respirators to breath. BPD affects children all around the world, but scientists don’t know exactly what causes it, or how to treat it. Albertine’s lab has made discoveries in individual types of lungs cells and in the genes that control the cell’s development, and identified key molecular mechanisms that disrupt lung development. The lab’s results suggest that the stresses associated with a preterm birth — intubation, mechanical respiration, and the neonatal intensive care unit — disrupt gene expression in the immature lung.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

REAL FOOD LABELS ARRIVE ON CAMPUS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Noticed a little white sticker on your recent campus food purchase? If you have eaten at Mom’s Café and Mom’s Pantry at the Marriott Library, or at the Counsel Café in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, you may have purchased an item with one of these Real Food labels. The Real Food labels are round icons on a white background, about the size of a quarter. The labels indicate whether your food is humane, eco-friendly, local, and fair, the four criteria needed for an item to be considered “real food.” The University has taken the Real Food Challenge, a commitment to offering 20 percent real food on campus by 2020. These labels help campus reach our goal by promoting the purchase of real food. Learn more about the Real Food Challenge and look for food with these stickers across campus.

Implementation of the labels is supported by the Real Food Challenge, the Sustainability Office, Chartwells, the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund and the Office of Undergraduate Research.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Fall textbook adoption requests due[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]

[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]U faculty, submit your textbook adoptions to the University Campus Store for the upcoming 2017 summer or fall semesters, it’s not too late. Submitting adoptions is easy — simply complete the University Campus Store’s online textbook adoption form for a quick adoption. If you need assistance in submitting your textbook information, please contact Dave Nelson at 801-581-8321 or

The prompt submission of textbook adoptions by faculty each semester enables the Campus Store to stock the necessary books in a timely manner. This increases the chances of offering used textbooks, eBooks, and rental textbooks, all of which help students save up to 50 percent off of new book prices. The Campus Store relies heavily on your timely response, so please don’t delay.

Final textbook adoptions for Fall 2017 Semester is due March 31.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Campus Store’s textbook adoption program, best wishes for another great academic year. [/bs_col][/bs_row]