Academic Senate recap, January meeting announced
Visitor parking changes in South Medical Garage
Bennion Center Faculty Awards
Navigating cancer at a young age
Happy holidays from the Pershing family
Junior League of Salt Lake hosts a Women Helping Women clothing project

U holiday cards
Customized holiday gifts by University Print & Mail
Send packages home, please


On Monday, Dec. 4, the Academic Senate passed the following items:
  • Name change of the Department of Biology to the School of Biological Sciences
  • A new BA/BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • A new PhD in Clinical Pharmacology
  • Transfer Disability Studies from the College of Health to the School for Cultural and Social Transformation

The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, Jan. 8 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 here approximately one week before the meeting.


Commuter Services is installing kiosks in the South Medical Garage pay lot that will replace the gated parking booths and attendants. The kiosks will function as the point of contact for purchasing and validating parking for guests and visitors to campus. All other parking booths on campus were replaced by kiosks over the past couple of years and have proven successful.

There will be two main changes as a result of the new kiosk system, effective Dec. 18:

  1. There will no longer be entry tickets or pay lot attendants, rather customers will purchase their desired time through the kiosk using their license plate and credit card.
  2. Sticker validations will no longer be valid on campus. Instead, validation “coupon codes” are available for purchase, by departments, and can be distributed to customers.

Kiosks work similar to a parking meter and payment or a validation must be made to initiate a parking session, not when leaving the pay lot. Vehicles parked in a pay lot with no valid form of payment will be ticketed.

If you would like more information on the kiosk system or want specific training, contact Commuter Services, Visitor Parking at

Bennion Center Faculty Awards

Faculty are invited to apply for two prestigious Bennion Center awards.

The Public Service Professorship is open to all faculty members and offers a $7,500 prize intended to help the honoree strengthen community-engaged learning and scholarship. This award will aid the faculty member in fostering stronger partnerships with the local community as well as improving community-engaged learning experiences and opportunities tied to the student’s development of civic competencies. For information about the award, please click here.

Application deadline:  Jan. 29, 2018

The Distinguished Faculty Service Award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to the campus-community connection through a life of active, unpaid community service and the integration of service with research and teaching. Faculty service must be based on a long-term commitment to making a positive difference on the campus and in the community, and to the educational value gained by students through community work, beyond the traditional roles of faculty.

The Bennion Center will make a gift of $1,000 in honor of the award recipient to a nonprofit or charitable organization of the winner’s choice. This gift is possible by a generous endowment gift from Dr. David M. Jabusch, professor emeritus, University of Utah Department of Communication.

To learn more about this award and few selection criteria, please click here.

Application deadline:  Jan. 15, 2018

For additional information please contact


Samantha Pannier

Each year over 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young adults (ages 15-39), the cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. Patients may suddenly have to learn the difference between a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. They may also have questions about fertility issues, or need help understanding the complexities of the healthcare system. To help guide patients through these tough issues Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, in collaboration with Intermountain Healthcare, offers a patient navigator designed to meet the needs of AYA cancer patients.

In a study recently published by the Journal of Cancer Education, HCI researchers discovered how AYA patients prefer patient navigation while going through cancer treatment, from theirinitial diagnosis, through survivorship.

HCI researchers Anne Kirchhoff, PhD and Samantha Pannier looked at how preferences for patient navigation services vary among AYAs by age, categorizing ages from 15-18 years-old, 19-25 years-old and 26-39 years-old. Their work shows that these age groups need different services, and lays the groundwork to develop best practices for AYA patient navigation.

The three most frequently mentioned needs by AYA patients were insurance questions, financial issues and where to find information and resources. Younger AYAs reported a need for assistance with school and wanted basic information about insurance, while older AYAs had more concerns about their family’s well-being and finances.

Overall, the study illustrated that AYA cancer patients and survivors of all age groups were interested in face-to-face conversations with a navigator and preferred using multiple communication platforms, including email, text and phone for follow up conversations. AYAs also want patient navigation support throughout their cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, regardless of age.

To read the full study published in the Journal of Cancer Education, click here.

For information about patient navigation services offered at HCI click here.


Click here to see a holiday message from President Pershing and his family.


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.


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

Customized Holiday Gifts by University Print & Mail

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.

Send Packages Home, Please

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.