Benefiting U

Enrollment in the University’s Employee Health Care Plan includes access to the Employee Assistance Program. Services are available through the EAP for all enrolled dependents and other family members residing in the employee’s household. The EAP is a confidential counseling service that provides assistance with a variety of personal concerns. Common concerns include stress, anxiety or depression, personal and emotional issues, marital, relationship and family counseling, grief or loss, substance abuse or other addictions. The EAP can also provide advice and referrals to help resolve financial or legal difficulties and senior care assistance.

The EAP also hosts change groups and classes on a variety of topics. On Aug. 12, the EAP will be hosting a seminar called “Transitioning to a Healthy Retirement.” The seminar will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the EAP office located at 860 E. 4500 South, Suite 202 in Salt Lake City. The presentation will touch on the emotional stages of preparing for retirement, dreams, fears and emotional issues associated with major life changes and other aspects of retirement. Call 801-262-9619 or visit and click on “Change Groups” to reserve a seat.


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Employee Appreciation Day is Thursday, Sept. 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Rice Eccles Stadium. All faculty and staff are invited to this day of fun and recognition. Remember, your UCard is your entry ticket. We look forward to seeing you there.

Calling all bands
Would you like an opportunity to promote your band at Employee Appreciation Day? We know that we have a lot of talent at the U and would like to give you a platform to share your talent with us. Please contact Amy Tolman at 801-581-8099 or by Aug. 10 if your band is interested in participating at this year’s EAD.

EAD is made possible by our fabulous staff and faculty volunteers. Volunteering at EAD is a great way to meet people throughout the campus and to say thanks to your fellow staff members. Volunteers are asked to work in one to two hour shifts and will receive a pair of athletic tickets in appreciation. Please visit our volunteer registration site to register.

EAD exhibitors
Maybe you know of a local business that would like to be at EAD as an exhibitor to market their product or service or perhaps your department would like to reach out to university staff and faculty. If so, exhibitor applications are being accepted. You may apply on our exhibitor page. If you would like additional information, please contact Marcia Cook at 801-581-6374 or

Hooked on Books
Time to spring clean your book shelves at home and bring in all your dusty books for the Hooked on Books annual book drive. Books collected will be given away to faculty and staff at Employee Appreciation Day. Collection boxes are located at the east and west entrances of the Marriott Library. Also look for drop off boxes at various locations across campus. Please visit the Hooked on Books website to learn more.


Congratulations to the winners of the District Staff Excellence Awards. Each recipient will be recognized in their own district and their nominations have been forwarded to the U Staff Excellence Awards selection committee. From this group of outstanding staff members six winners will be chosen. All 24 DSEA recipients will be recognized at a luncheon hosted by President Pershing where the six USEA winners will be announced. Each USEA recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a special plaque. A perpetual plaque with the names of all USEA recipients is displayed in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way.


Ellesse Balli, Communications Specialist
Alayna Harris, Administrative Program Coordinator
Jolyn Schleiffarth, Fellowships & Benefits Coordinator
Liz Taylor, Executive Assistant
Hinckley Institute of Politics
Urban Institute for Teacher Education
Graduate School
Undergraduate Studies


Christopher Harris, Administrative Program Coordinator
Stacey Kirkland, Fellowship Program Manager
Jennifer Lawson, Lab Specialist
Randy Madsen, Senior Technical Lead
Michael Yei, Outreach Manager
Dean’s Office, SOM
Division of Gastroenterology
Human Genetics
School of Medicine, BMIC CCTS


Lisa Bouillon, Executive Assistant
John Edward Dawson, Information Technology Manager
Clifton Grindstaff, Assoc. Director Administration
Aaron Langford, Laboratory Animal Technologist
Kristin Phillips, Risk Management Analyst
Office of the President
Red Butte Garden
Support Services
Office of Comparative Medicine
Risk & Insurance Management


Renn Butterfield, Administrative Services Coordinator
Steve Christensen, Patient Services Coordinator
Dev Dhungel, Custodian
Joshua Ducourant, Lead Systems Maintenance Mechanic
Debbi Green, Clinic Nurse
Derek Larsen, Multimedia Project Administrator
Todd Selmer, Case Manager
Maiko Taguchi, Project Administrator
Rachel Wright, Senior Pharmacy Buyer
Graduate Medical Education
Rocky Mountain Ophthalmology
Environmental Services
South Jordan Health Center
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Project Development
University Hospital
Project Development


Duane Padilla, Assoc. Director, Budget & Finance
Housing & Residential Education