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Academic Senate recap
One Button Studio enables video creation at the touch of a button
Ready to flip your classroom?
Academic Analytics ranks Department of Special Education among the best in the nation
U alum speaks at TEDxSaltLake City on body image resilience
U professor receives grant
Climbing clinics, events and competitions
University Teaching Committee: Call for applications and nominations
New look for CIS coming Sept. 8
New English Language proficiency test

ACADEMIC SENATE RECAP[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]On Monday, Aug. 28, the Academic Senate discussed the provisional Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis. A resolution was passed to charge the new senate ad hoc committee on centers, institutes and bureaus “with the responsibility of reviewing and recommending revisions to policy and guidelines regarding establishment” of such entities with provisional status.

The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom of the College of Law. Senate meetings are open to the public.

The agenda will be posted approximately one week before at [/bs_col][/bs_row]

ONE BUTTON STUDIO ENABLES VIDEO CREATION AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Have you ever wanted to create a video but just didn’t have the time to do it? Welcome to the Marriott Library’s One Button Studio on level 2 – the easiest and fastest way to make high-quality videos. All you need to do is reserve a time in the studio and bring a flash drive. Questions? Contact Tony Sams at

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

READY TO FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM?[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Teaching Flipped is a free, six-week online course offered through Canvas Network (, starting Oct. 2. Find out more about what it takes to flip your class, and work through the process step-by-step with instructors at the University of Utah.

Topics include the basics of the flipped classroom, creating of video lectures, planning active learning face to face (F2F) experiences, and taking the leap to fully flip.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Academic Analytics ranks Department of Special Education among the best in the nation[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Academic Analytics ranked the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education 14th in the country with regard to faculty scholarly productivity. As Susan Johnston, chair of the department stated, “these rankings illustrate the faculty’s commitment to academic excellence and their dedication to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families.”

The Academic Analytics Database includes information on over 270,000 faculty members associated with more than 10,000 departments at over 385 universities in the United States and abroad. The data include the primary areas of scholarly research accomplishment, the publication of scholarly work as books and journal articles, citations to published journal articles, research funding by federal agencies and honorific awards bestowed upon faculty members.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U alum speaks at TEDxSaltLake City on body image resilience[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Lindsay Kite, who earned her master’s and doctorate in communications from the U, has been invited to speak at TEDxSaltLakeCity, Sept, 9, 2017. Her talk will be based on her doctoral research about positive body image, which includes a focus on representation of women in media and how it affects people’s perceptions of female bodies. 

Along with her identical twin sister, Lexie Kite, who also earned her master’s and doctorate in the department at the same time, Lindsay founded and directs the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. Through online education, advocacy and speaking events all over the U.S., Lindsay and Lexie teach people to recognize and reject harmful messages about beauty and health in order to achieve body image resilience. Their work is founded on the premise that positive body image isn’t believing your body looks good, it is believing your body is good, regardless of how it looks. 

TEDxSaltLakeCity will be held at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The all-day event will include 15 speakers and five performers. Tickets are available through the Kingsbury Hall Box Office, with significantly discounted student tickets for just $5.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Michael Free, professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Prashant Sarswat, an assistant research professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, were awarded $288,999 from the Office of Nuclear Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to lead research aimed at developing a more efficient way to separate isotopes to facilitate domestic isotope production and personnel training.  [/bs_col][/bs_row]

Climbing Clinics, Events and Competitions[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]We have a packed schedule at The Summit Climbing Wall in the Eccles Student Life Center. From Belay Clinics and Climbing Conditioning classes, to Belay-tionships and Costume Climbing, we have a great line-up of events.
Check out the full schedule and register at Entry fees vary.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

UNIVERSITY TEACHING COMMITTEE: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University Teaching Committee encourages the efforts of faculty members, departments and colleges to improve individual teaching skills, devise effective teaching techniques and recognize and reward superior achievements in teaching. A variety of awards are now seeking applications and nominations.

To see criteria and deadlines, click here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]


NEW LOOK FOR CIS COMING SEPT. 8[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]On Sept. 8, 2017, Campus Information Services (CIS), the online application used by students, faculty, and staff to access everything from paychecks to class schedules, is getting a new look.

Visually cluttered lists of links will be replaced by clickable tiles with intuitive icons. The home pages and subsequent tiles are dedicated to user roles, functional areas, and common themes. For example, in addition to the student and employee pages, the new CIS offers a “Financial Services” page with links to finance applications; a “Faculty and Research” page with links to resources for faculty, graduate students, and principal investigators; and a “University Resources” page with links to applications and services common to all campus users (e.g. Marriott Library, Campus Map or Shuttle Tracker). Users may add or remove optional link tiles on any of their pages, and can create their own custom home pages with the tiles they use most.

For questions about the new CIS, please contact the UIT Help Desk at 801-581-4000 option 1.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Beginning in the admissions cycle for the spring 2018 term, Credits and Admissions has approved additional tests to be utilized by the Office of Admissions in order to prove a student’s English proficiency and meet the international student admissions requirement for undergraduate applicants. Previously, we have only accepted the TOEFL and IELTS test results to prove English proficiency. Please note that a student meeting the minimum score requirement on one of these tests is not guaranteed admission, but the test will qualify the student to meet the English proficiency requirement.

The chart below details the names of all tests that will be accepted to prove English proficiency, beginning in spring 2018, and also lists the minimum requirement that a student must meet for each test.

If you have any questions about these new standards, please contact Teri Clawson, associate director of Admissions (, or Chelsea Wells, assistant director of International Admissions ([/bs_col][/bs_row]