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Beware end-of-year phishing scams, join the U's Staff Council, nominate someone for an honorary degree and more.

Many University of Utah faculty and staff members will soon receive official university communications regarding topics such as benefits open enrollment, salary changes and other seasonal university business. The University of Utah Information Security Office urges you to remain cautious and alert to possible phishing scams that are designed to coincide with university processes and timelines.

Phishing attempts often take the form of spoofed emails, directing recipients to enter login credentials at a fake website that looks almost identical to the legitimate one. You are encouraged to scrutinize official-looking emails you receive and watch for the following common signs of an email phishing attempt:
·         Unusual language, poor spelling or grammar

·         Message is designed to provoke an emotional response

·         URL doesn’t match the webpage it links to

·         When you hover over a link with your mouse, it doesn’t match the promised content.

To better protect yourself and your login credentials:
·         If you’re uncertain about an email’s legitimacy, send an email to with the suspicious email attached. Information security staff will analyze the email for you.

·         Guard your uNID and password like you do your Social Security number

·         Change your passwords often.

·         Lock your device screens when not in use.

For more information about phishing, please review University Information Technology’s help article on the topic. If you have questions or concerns, contact the UIT Help Desk at 801-581-4000, option one.


The University of Utah Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the university’s highest honor, the honorary doctorate degree. Honorary doctorate degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved unusual distinction in academic pursuits, the arts, the professions, business, government, civic affairs or in service to the university.

To nominate someone for this honor, please complete the nomination form along with a short biographic sketch of the nominee and provide specific information about his or her relationship to the University of Utah.

You may be asked to submit a second, more complete application package, including a detailed review of the nominee’s accomplishments, letters of endorsement, etc., if the nomination committee requests it.

Please note that current members of the State Board of Regents, current members of the U Board of Trustees and current members of the U faculty and staff are not eligible for this award.

Deadline is Friday, May 15 before 5 p.m.
The University of Utah Staff Council is currently looking for positive, service-minded individuals to join. The University of Utah Staff Council is an organization established by University Policy 5-003 to make sure the interests of staff on campus are represented. The University of Utah Staff Council had several achievements and was involved in many events during the 2014-15 academic year.

  • Awarded 20 scholarships at $500 each (summer, fall, spring).
  • Members participated in the District and Staff Excellence Award selections.
  • Sponsored several events for staff including Shred Day where staff members were able to shred personal documents and dispose personal e-waste at no charge, U nights at Real Salt Lake, Utah Grizzlies and Salt Lake Bees discounted tickets.
  • Members actively represent staff interests on several committees across campus.
  • Members participated in the legislative process as advocates for staff of the University of Utah.
  • Continues to co-sponsor Employee Appreciation Day.

If you are interested in making a difference here at the U by participating on Staff Council, submit an application before 5 p.m., Friday, May 15 (Incomplete applications will not be considered).

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants are benefits eligible (.75 FTE or greater).
  • Applicants have successfully completed the probationary period of employment prior to the beginning of the term of service (July 1 of each year).
  • Once cleared through HR, applicants will need to submit the “Supervisor’s Notification” form.
  • Once cleared through HR, applicants will need to submit the “Staff Council Membership Agreement” form.

The University of Utah Staff Council time commitment involves a two hour meeting on the first Wednesday of every month and participation on at least one of the subcommittees that involves one to two hours monthly.

For detailed information about being on the University of Utah Staff Council, please visit

After an extensive and thorough search for a new director of the University of Utah School of Music, College of Fine Arts Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones has appointed professor Miguel Chuaqui to the position.

“Professor Chuaqui was the only finalist to receive a unanimous recommendation for appointment from the search committee,” Tymas-Jones said. “He had an overwhelmingly positive response from faculty, students and staff as well. I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the members of the School of Music Director Search Committee for their commitment and stellar work.”

Chuaqui has been with the University of Utah since 1996 when he began as an assistant professor in the School of Music. Over the past nearly two decades, Chuaqui has risen through the ranks to become a full professor, head of the composition area and most recently serving as the interim director of the School of Music.

“The University of Utah School of Music has a long legacy of musical excellence, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with its outstanding students, faculty and staff to advance the distinction of its programs through new creative initiatives,” Chuaqui said. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve a community inspired, sustained and dedicated to music.”

Read the full story here.

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A Master of Business Administration degree can be the key to advancing your career and the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business now offers four world-class MBA program options right here on-campus.

Tuition reduction is available for staff and faculty who qualify and with daytime, evening, weekend and online formats available, there is a perfect MBA program fit for every individual.

The Full-time MBA program holds classes primarily during the day, and is an immersive, cohort-oriented experience. The Professional MBA program holds classes two evenings a week, and is for early to mid-level professionals looking to gain additional skills. The Executive MBA program is completed in two weekends a month, and is for experienced, senior-level professionals looking to gain high-level strategy and leadership skills. The MBA Online program is for working professionals seeking an innovative, flexible online solution for earning their MBA degree.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2015, so don’t wait! Attend an upcoming on-campus admissions event or contact our advisors soon. Please visit the links below for more information.

Full-time MBA | Attend an event
Professional MBA | Attend an event
Executive MBA | Attend an event
MBA online | Attend an event