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CAMPUS POWER OUTAGES – ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TOWN HALL Wednesday, Jan. 28 | 9:30 a.m. There will be a town hall meeting to discuss the ongoing electrical infrastructure project on upper campus and in the fort.  It is a very informative meeting that will help explain the need for future power outages and what to expect […]

Wednesday, Jan. 28 | 9:30 a.m.

There will be a town hall meeting to discuss the ongoing electrical infrastructure project on upper campus and in the fort.  It is a very informative meeting that will help explain the need for future power outages and what to expect for durations and dates.  The meeting will take place at the HSEB building and will last approximately 45-60 minutes.

Facilities encourages everyone to attend or to send a representative from your building to attend, as it is quite informative and questions regarding the project or process will be addressed.  There has been a prior town hall meeting for the upper campus buildings as they are impacted with this project as well.

If you can’t make the meeting contact facilities coordinator, Brendon Norris, for a summary of the project and to answer any questions you may have.  The university wants to give as much information and lead time for shutdowns as possible.  We know it is a major inconvenience to everyone, but are hopeful that with plenty of advance notice it can lessen the impact.

Meeting details

Where: HSEB building, Room 1730(south end doors ground level)

When: Wednesday Jan. 28

Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Seeking students for the Community Engagement Day scholarship

Community Engagement ScholarshipDo you know a student who is engaged in community service and could benefit from a $2,500 scholarship? Please encourage them to submit an application for the Community Engagement Day Scholarship at

The University of Utah wishes to strengthen its commitment to community service by providing scholarship funds to current U students who have demonstrated an active interest in community engagement. The Community Engagement Day Scholarship program ultimately provides additional support to academically qualified students with financial need to gain access to the great educational opportunities the U provides.

These scholarships will be funded by money raised through the annual Community Engagement Day Walk-a-Thon along with corporate support by Zions Bank.

The application deadline is Feb. 13, 2015, so act now and encourage worthy students that you may know to apply here.

MSW student shares story of addiction, recovery and advocacy at White House MSW student Arielle Spanvill

“This is far and away the coolest thing that has ever happened to me,” said Master of Social Work student Arielle Spanvill when she stepped behind the White House podium on Wednesday.

She spent the day in Washington, D.C., so she could share her story of addiction, recovery and advocacy with policy makers, public health officials, advisors and many others during a special White House meeting. The meeting, “Treating Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery and the Affordable Care Act,” was organized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and the White House. Spanvill explained how, after 10 years of addiction to Heroin and a stint in jail, she entered treatment and, next week, will celebrate her sixth year of sobriety.

“Since social workers changed and saved my life,” she told the audience, “I decided I wanted to join the ranks of the LCSWs.” Spanvill graduated from the University of Utah’s Bachelor of Social Work Program in 2014 and plans to graduate from the Master of Social Work Program this spring. “I get to talk about health care and recovery all day,” Spanvill said. “And it’s so much fun and I love it!”

Huntsman Cancer Institute doctor featured in Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s magazine

Brad CairnsBrad Cairns, presidential professor in Cancer Research for Huntsman Cancer Institute and professor of oncological sciences at the U, was recently featured in the HHMI Bulletin for his recent research.

Read the article here and more about Cairns here.




Peer-to-peer File Sharing & Copyright Violations Annual Notice

This annual notice is sent to all students, faculty and staff as required by federal law. The purpose of this memo is to officially notify all students, faculty, and staff that it is a violation of federal law and university policy to share and/or distribute copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. Violators may be subject to civil and criminal prosecution under federal law, as well as personal sanctions specified in university policy.

The university receives complaints from representatives of the motion picture, music recording and software industries. The majority of the complaints are directly related to the use of file-sharing software, such as uTorrent, FrostWire, BitTorrent and similar programs.

File-sharing software is most commonly used to download music, games, movies and other media. Many do not realize that this software may turn your personal computer into a server, or upload site, even if that was not your intent. Files on your network-connected PC may then be shared with every other person connected to the Internet. It is imperative that users refrain from illegal file sharing and users disable the file uploading capability of any file-sharing systems.

Industry representatives monitor the Internet (including file sharing on the University of Utah’s networks) to discover incidents of illegal file sharing. When violations are discovered on the University of Utah’s network, they contact the university and demand that the offending material be removed from the network. To protect the user and the university from further culpability under federal copyright law or university policy, the university will take appropriate steps to remove offending material from the network for which a complaint of copyright infringement has been received.

Users involved in illegal file sharing will be required to contact the Campus Help Desk and arrange to sign a document stating that they have disabled the file-sharing function of their software. If the user is named in additional complaints, they may lose long-term access to network service. Students will be referred to the dean of students, staff to Human Resources and faculty to the appropriate vice president for further review and action.

Action taken by the university to remedy a violation does not preclude the copyright holder from seeking civil and/or criminal prosecution for copyright infringement. The law specifies civil liability of litigation costs, attorney fees and actual damages or statutory damages of $750 to $30,000 for each work infringed and, under certain circumstances, criminal penalties up to $250,000, and/or imprisonment. In addition, actions taken to circumvent technological measures that are used to control access to copyrighted works or to prevent infringement of the exclusive rights of copyright owners are punishable by awards of statutory damages of $200 to $2,500 per act of circumvention.

EDUCAUSE has provided a list of legal download options at: These options are not endorsed by the university and reflect only a small number of the services available on the Internet.