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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Junior League of Salt Lake hosts a Women Helping Women clothing project
Academic Senate recap
Tobacco free listening sessions
U prof receives $1 million grant to study near-crises
$47.5 million gift from Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for new rehabilitation hospital
Marriott Library honors the U Ski Team and Ron Steele during annual Ski Affair
U holiday cards
Customized holiday gifts by University Print & Mail
Send packages home, please
U Staff Scholarship applications open

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT & DIVERSITY [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]


All graduate students, postdocs and faculty: Did you know that you have access to a wonderful online mentoring program to support you in your scholarship at no cost?

The Office for Equity and Diversity and the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion have sponsored the University of Utah’s Institutional Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring. Our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars now have access to a large variety of services and resources including webinars, multi-week courses, guest lectures, accountability writing buddy matches, discussion forums, dissertation boot camp, and much more. The normal cost for individual NCFDD memberships would be $240 a year for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars and $480 a year for faculty.

To register for your free NCFDD membership, please complete the following


  1. Visit
  2. Click “Activate My Membership”
  3. Enter your account information using your University of Utah email address.

If you have any questions about the membership, please contact Nadia Granados in the College of Education at[/bs_col][/bs_row]

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SALT LAKE HOSTS A WOMEN HELPING WOMEN CLOTHING PROJECT[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The Junior League of Salt Lake hosts a Women Helping Women clothing project to assist women entering the workforce with appropriate clothing. WHW currently needs women’s coats and winter boots. Also needed are large, extra-large and plus sized clothing, purses and new bras, underwear and nylons. All work appropriate items in good, clean condition are also gladly accepted. For more information, visit

Bring donations to:

Rebecca Dowdell
University Student Apartments, Main Office
1945 E Sunnyside Avenue

Donations accepted M-F from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

ACADEMIC SENATE RECAP[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, the Academic Senate passed the following items:

A new Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science through the Department of Geography.

A new graduate certificate in Leadership, Justice, and Community Practice through the College of Social Work.

A new minor in Digital Photography through the Department of Art and Art History

The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, Dec. 4 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 here.[/bs_col][/bs_row] 


Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 | 3-4 p.m. 

Union Building, Panorama East[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Join the Tobacco Free task force for the first listening session on the U becoming a tobacco free campus. A committee has been formed as a promise to our community to gather feedback and report its findings to the Academic Senate. They need your feedback to help shape this rule. At the beginning of July 2017, it was announced that the campus would have a year for feedback and before enforcement begins July 1, 2018.

Come prepared with feedback on either side of the issue, good or bad. Your voice needs to be heard.[/bs_col][/bs_row] 

U PROF RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT TO STUDY NEAR-CRISES[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Steven E. Lobell, a professor in the Department of Political Science, has received a $1,179,073 Minerva Research Initiative grant to study near-crises to better understand and build theories about the role of power projection and deterrence strategies in crisis de-escalation. The research team will look at pre-conditions, origins and escalations of crises with a goal of illuminating when and why crises escalate into wars.

Much is known already about why some crises escalate to war, but a deeper and more thorough understanding of the precursor to crises will allow the U.S. Department of Defense to be aware of the diverse triggers that cause crisis escalation at the various stages and the appropriate power projection and deterrence strategies to enable de-escalation.

The research team led by Lobell will use a combination of case studies and the International Crisis Behavior Project data, which includes more than 1,000 foreign policy crises from 1918 to 2007 (now being updated through 2012) as a platform to compare near-crises with events that escalated to full crises.

The final product will be the development of a general framework for understanding escalation dynamics from competition to near-crisis to crisis and war and the utility of power projection and deterrence strategies at each stage for resurgent near peers, rogue states and cross border networked terrorist organizations.

The research team includes faculty from the University of Southern California, Albany SUNY, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Duke University and Lehigh University.

The Minerva Research Initiative is joint program of the Office of Basic Research and the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense that supports social science research focused on expanding basic understanding of security.[/bs_col][/bs_row] 

$47.5 million gift from Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for new rehabilitation hospital[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah announced that the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation will donate $47.5 million for a new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital as part of the redevelopment and modernization of the university’s health sciences campus. The 75-bed hospital, to be named the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, will be one of the most advanced rehabilitation facilities in the nation and will serve as a catalyst for the further development of the university’s rehabilitation programs.

“This remarkable donation will allow the university to dramatically expand and advance our rehabilitation capabilities,” said David Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “We are proud to partner with the Neilsen Foundation to create an innovative design for an accessible, patient-centered rehabilitation hospital, inspired by the visionary spirit of Craig Neilsen’s exemplary life.”

“For nearly 50 years, University of Utah Health’s Rehabilitation Center has been a recognized leader in rehabilitation medicine and education,” said A. Lorris Betz, interim senior vice president for University of Utah Health Sciences and CEO of University of Utah Health. “Thanks to the Neilsen Foundation’s gift, we now commence the construction of a free-standing hospital, integrated with the redevelopment of the health sciences campus. This will ensure that we continue to provide leading-edge rehabilitative care for generations to come.”

Read the full story on @theU here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Marriott Library honors the U Ski Team and Ron Steele during annual Ski Affair[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will honor the U Ski Team and Ron Steele during their annual Ski Affair at the Little America Hotel on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The fundraising event supports the library’s ski archives, which houses the largest collection of ski and snow sport history in the country.

The ski team will receive the library’s History-Maker Award for their historic achievements and their 11th NCAA championship. When the ski team won the national championship in March it marked the first such title by any sport since the U joined the Pac-12 conference in 2011. Their 11th NCAA title is the most by any U team.

“We selected the U ski team for this award because of its impressive history as one of the nation’s top college teams,” said Barbara Yamada, chair of the Ski Affair Board. “We are so proud of the students and the coaches that make the team the shining gem that it is.”

Also honored at the event will be former U ski team and ski industry executive Ron Steele who will receive the library’s S. J. Quinney Award for his contributions to snow sports. Steele was a three-time All-American while skiing for the U from 1974 to 1978 and a U.S. Olympic team member in 1972. He is a 40-year employee of Group Rossignol North America, serving as president since 2012.

Read the full article here.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U HOLIDAY CARDS[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 more than 30 designs, enhanced by your own personalized message. Orders are typically completed in five business days and can be picked up or delivered to your office for free. Making this annual task even easier, Print & Mail can address your envelopes, apply postage and place your cards in the mail for you.

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. To view designs online and place your order, visit[/bs_col][/bs_row]

Customized Holiday Gifts by University Print & Mail[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 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 personal by adding text, logos or specific designs. Most items take approximately five weeks for production and delivery, so order now to ensure your items 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 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]

Send 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 the 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.

Because of recent 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 3-166, 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 enjoys serving the campus community and appreciates your ongoing support.[/bs_col][/bs_row]

U STAFF SCHOLARSHIPS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″][/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Applications are now being accepted for staff development scholarships for the Spring 2018 Semester.

Each scholarship is worth up to $500 and can be used towards the employee’s tuition bill. Scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposiums, 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:

1: Currently working at 75 percent or above Full Time Equivalency (FTE) position (30-40 hours per week).

2: Maintained 75 percent or greater Full Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position for two (2) consecutive years as of Dec. 1, 2017.

3: Have not received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.

Current Staff Council Members are not eligible.

Click here to apply. Applications are due by 11:50 p.m.(MST) on Dec. 1, 2017.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.[/bs_col][/bs_row]