Campus Events


The next meeting of the Academic Senate is Monday, March 4, from 3-5 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  • Dual Degrees in (1) Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and Master of Public Policy and (2) Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Athletic Training
  • Emphases M.A. in Language Pedagogy
  • Certificate in Public Policy

The meeting will be in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before.

The Real Life Challenge is back
Now through Sunday, March 31, 2019

It is a four-week lifestyle journey, dedicated to improving your health, fitness and overall well-being—one habit at a time.

Each day for the duration of the four-week Real Life Challenge, you’ll get points for completing each of the five daily habits, which are mindful eating, mindset, exercise and movement, sleep and social and environmental.

The Real Life Challenge runs from March 1-31, 2019, so be on the lookout for future invitations to come your way or click here to login and sign up.

Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective
Monday, March 4-April 27, 2019 | Library hours
Multiple events and exhibits at Eccles Health Sciences Library

During the months of March and April 2019, Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) is focusing its programming on Violence Against Women—Changing Perspective.

Throughout these two months we will host several events to bring attention to the reality of violence against women in our community through different perspectives. An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will focus on the history of domestic violence and the role of nurses making a difference. There will be an opportunity to participate in creating a gallery of T-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women; a lecture that shows how virtual reality is being used to combat domestic violence by putting the perpetrator in the role of the victim; an opportunity to see how virtual reality is changing the perspective in many disciplines; and a panel presentation by local experts who will discuss violence against women in our community.

Environmental Humanities Film Series “Children of Men”
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 7-9 p.m.

Union Theater

Join Environmental Humanities at the Union Theater for the dystopian thriller, “Children of Men,” followed by a discussion with Dr. Jeff McCarthy, director of the Environmental Humanities Program

The Environmental Humanities Film Series aims to promote popular engagement with the humanistic and aesthetic dimensions of environmental issues. The film series is sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Program and the Department of English. For more information, the upcoming schedule or to be added to the mailing list, see the Facebook page.

“Children of Men” is free of charge and includes refreshments. 

Utah Men’s Soccer Tryouts
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
McCarthey Family Track & Field

Utah Men’s Soccer tryouts are coming up on March 5. Share your passion and join the team.

Tryouts start at 7:30 p.m. on McCarthey Family Track & Field.

Textbook Advisor
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Marriott Library Faculty Center

Librarians and information professionals will be on hand every Wednesday at Marriott Library to help faculty find textbooks to assign, read and review. Top textbooks at the U and across disciplines will be on display for browsing and checkout.

For more information, contact Allyson Mower, associate librarian,; 5-5458.

Recognizing anxiety and depression across the lifespan
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 6 p.m.
Siciliano Auditorium (room 1900), Carolyn & Kem Gardner Commons

The annual Eric Moerer Memorial Lecture Series will feature a panel of experts from across campus discussing anxiety and depression across the lifespan.

The aim of the lecture series is to provide education and raise awareness about the complexities of anxiety and depression, as well as how to recognize warning signs someone is struggling. This year’s speakers also will offer useful coping mechanisms and resources for those in need.

The series honors Eric Moerer, a brilliant young man who showed great promise in his life before losing a private battle with hidden and undiagnosed childhood depression in 1997.

Utah had the fifth-highest suicide rate in the nation as of 2018. According to the Utah Department of Health, an average of 627 Utahns die from suicide and 4,571 Utahns attempt suicide each year. The number of Utahns experiencing debilitating depression is even higher.

Panelists include:

  • Mary Nickles, weekend anchor/reporter, KUTV (moderator)
  • Liz Conradt, assistant professor of psychology, University of Utah
  • Rep. Steve Eliason, co-chair of the Utah Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force
  • Christina Lecluyse, clinical social worker, University Counseling Center
  • Philip Osteen, associate professor of social work, University of Utah
  • Perry Renshaw, professor of psychiatry, University of Utah
  • Sonia Salari, associate professor of family and consumer studies, University of Utah

Rob Wesemann, executive director, and Daniel Powell, community outreach manager, of NAMI Utah also will provide commentary on the panel’s remarks.

This event is free and open to the public.

Promontory Perspectives: A Faculty Conversation
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 7 p.m. | Free
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Perspectives on the transcontinental railroad and its completion at Promontory Point are as dynamic as the moment itself. Join us for an evening of University of Utah faculty presentations that examine the significance of this historical event through diverse critical lenses. Featured presenters include Paisley Rekdal, Utah poet laureate and professor of English; Gregory Smoak, associate professor of history and director of the American West Center; and Matthew Basso, associate professor of gender studies and history. Q&A to follow. In conjunction with “The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West,” on view now at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts through May 26.

53RD ANNUAL WILLIAM H. LEARY LECTURE: The Constitution and Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Public reception 5:30-6 p.m. | Lecture 6-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

Since the U.S. Supreme Court has become increasingly conservative under the administration of President Donald Trump, speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade—the landmark decision n 1973 that made abortion legal in all 50 states—has become a hot-button political issue.

The keynote speaker is Reva Siegel, the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School who is a nationally renowned scholar in the field of reproductive justice.

Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution.  Her lecture will explore those themes through the lens of reproductive justice.

The annual Leary Lecture began at the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1965. The lecture is named in honor of William H. Leary, dean of the law school from 1915 to 1950.  Hundreds from Utah’s legal community and the general public are expected to attend the lecture

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. The law school is on the Red Route for the university’s free campus shuttles.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration appreciated at, one hour Utah CLE credit available.

University of Utah signs on to PHA’s Healthy Campus Initiative
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 9 a.m.
George S. Eccles Student Life Center

We are excited to announce the University of Utah is joining efforts with Partnership for a Healthier America by signing on to the Healthy Campus Initiative. President Ruth Watkins will sign the initiative this Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the George S. Eccles Student Life Center.

The Healthy Campus Initiative is a campus-wide effort to find innovative courses of action to advance healthy living at the University of Utah while sharing the campus’ acclaimed teaching and research efforts and education with other communities. By signing on to the initiative, the University pledges to adopt guidelines for food, nutrition, physical activity and programming over the next three years to ensure  the U’s students, staff, faculty, and visitors are provided with a healthy campus environment.

Join us for the Healthy Campus Initiative signing on March 7, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the George S. Eccles Student Life Center. Light and healthy refreshments will be served.

We look forward to a healthier future together.

“Men on Boats”
Thursday March 7-Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9-Sunday March 10, 2019 |2 p.m.
Studio 115 in the Performing Arts Building, 240 S. 1500 East

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. “Men on Boats” is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

This thrilling and widely acclaimed play by Jaclyn Backhaus reimagine history with women front and center.

General Admission tickets are $18, University of Utah faculty and staff are $15, University of Utah students are free with UCard and all other students with valid student ID are $8.50.

Tickets can be obtained by calling 801-581-7100, online at or at the Performing Arts Box Office, located at Kingsbury Hall.

From Overt Discrimination to Implicit Bias: Are we making progress?
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library Gould Auditorium, Level 1

Christine M. Durham, retired Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will give the sixth annual Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Legacy Women’s Archive Lecture. She will speak on “From Overt Discrimination to Implicit Bias: Are we Making Progress?”

Durham is currently an appellate attorney for Zimmerman Booher. She retired from the Utah Supreme Court in 2017 after serving as a justice for 35 years and as chief justice and chair of the Utah Judicial Council for a decade. She currently co-chairs Utah’s Coordinating Committee on Access to Justice and the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Before joining the Utah Supreme Court, Durham served on the state trial court, following years in private practice. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Wellesley College and a Juris Doctor from Duke University.

Durham is past president of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States and past chair of the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the entity that accredits American law schools. She is an emeritus member of Duke University’s Board of Trustees, the Council of the American Law Institute and the Board of Overseers for the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice.

Durham taught state constitutional law for many years at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and served for twelve years on the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission. She has received honorary degrees from five Utah universities and has been recognized nationally for her work in judicial education and efforts to improve the administration of justice.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Student Services Building, Room 105 (map)

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid invites you to a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verification workshop and extended office hours. No RSVP is required. Our staff will be available to answer all your questions about verification and completing your next steps.

Our office will have extended hours on these days:

  • Friday, March 8, 2019 | 5-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

We recommend bringing these items to the workshop:

  • Your 2017 tax return transcript. This can be requested at
  • 2017 1040s for both the student and parent, if applicable
  • 2017 W-2s for both the student and parent, if applicable.

Dissertation & Thesis Writing Boot Camp
Monday, March 11-Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Level 1

It’s time to write and shine!

This is a free program sponsored by the Graduate School and the Marriott Library so that you can make some serious progress on your thesis or dissertation during spring break.

We will meet all four days in the Gould Auditorium with breakfast provided to attendees. There will be a thesis formatting workshop during the week as well.

Register for the event here.

Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course
Every Thursday night through March 14, 2019 | 4:30-7 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is an intensive training in developing mindful awareness and accessing our innate capacity for health, healing and growth. Groups meet for an orientation, eight weekly classes and an all-day retreat between weeks six and seven. Guided instruction in various practices is provided, including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, gentle yoga and mindful communication. These practices are enhanced through inquiry exercises, group dialogue and daily home assignments.

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is, “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Stress is an inherent part of our lives.  We do not practice mindfulness in order to escape the stress but practice so that we can relate to our stress in a healthier way.  MBSR is intended to ignite our inner capacity for awareness and to learn ways that we can be awake and in touch with our lives as they unfold.

In research published by the Center for Mindfulness, the majority of people who complete the course report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

Register here.

Dance Marathon Information Session
Monday, March 18, 2019 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gould Auditorium

Save the date for the Dance Marathon information session. Join ASUU and Dance Marathon as we introduce this philanthropy benefit to the University of Utah Campus. Dance Marathon is a fun and engaging dance event benefiting patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. This information session will be held at the Gould Auditorium on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here you will be able to learn more about what we do and how to get in involved. There will be pizza, games, photo booths, craft stations and the opportunity to meet child patients who will be directly benefiting from the proceeds of Dance Marathon.

Wallace Stegner Center 24th Annual Symposium: Recreation Challenges on Public Lands
Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, 2019
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

In recent years, outdoor recreation has become a primary use of the public lands, creating myriad conflicts, challenges and opportunities. A substantial portion of the public domain is managed for recreation in the form of national parks, national monuments, wilderness areas, and the like, drawing millions of visitors annually. Outdoor recreation is now big business, constituting two percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), which is more than agriculture, mining, or oil and gas development individually contribute to the nation’s GDP. Conflicts have grown more intense between recreation users (e.g. hikers, mountain bikers, and ATVers), and new environmental problems have surfaced in the form of soil erosion, water pollution, and wildlife displacement, while the land management agencies lack the necessary resources to effectively address these problems. The symposium will first examine the economic, social, and legal framework for recreation on the public lands, and then extract lessons from specific recreation problems in the Wasatch Mountains and the Moab area. A symposium highlight will be “A Conversation with the Secretary” between Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, and Robert Keiter of the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law. Jewell will discuss her unique perspective on conservation and recreation, based on her experience as Secretary of the Interior and as former CEO of REI.

Visit the event website to see the agenda and speaker list.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Restoring Balance Self-Care Retreat
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

This one-day CME-accredited retreat is designed for health care professionals including physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains, who are suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, having difficulty finding a sense of meaning or purpose in their careers or are simply looking for new ways to manage stress and increase resiliency. The retreat involves didactic teaching, guided stress-reduction exercises including mindfulness and yoga, facilitated group discussion and time for personal reflection.

The retreat is co-facilitated by Paul Thielking and Julie Howell. Thielking is board certified in Psychiatry and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Howell is a certified mindfulness instructor. Both have a long-standing interest in helping health care professionals with stress and burnout and have been leading self-care retreats for the past several years.

Click here for more information.

Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30, 2019
Campus Store

Grad Fair is March 28-30 at the Campus Store. If you are eligible to walk in May 2019, now is the time to order your cap, gown and graduation announcements, buy your diploma frame and start celebrating your achievement.

Grad Fair dates and times are below:

  • Thursday, March 28 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

At Grad Fair, you will have the opportunity to get professional photos taken, order unique graduation announcements, and visit with a variety of campus vendors. Plus, don’t forget to sign the block U that is featured at Commencement after Grad Fair and enter-to-win a variety of prizes.

If you prefer to skip the lines at Grad Fair, go to to pre-order your regalia now. You can select in-store pick-up starting March 28 or have it shipped to you.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Join University of Utah Health for the Salt Lake City Marathon on April 13.

Students receive a 25 percent discount on their registration.  Please submit a copy of your student ID to to receive a special discount code.

Employees receive a special 30 percent discount with the following code: uofuhealthruns19

There is something for everyone with seven events to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned runner going for a PR or brand new and looking to take on your first 5k, we’ve got you covered:

Full (BQ)  |  Half  |  10k  |  5k
Bike Tour  |  10k Skate  |  Kids K

Register here.

Foundations of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
Wednesdays, April 17-May 8, 2019 | 6-8 p.m.
U of U Health Resiliency Center | Health Sciences Education Building, Room 5775 (26 S. 2000 E.)

Experience our own renewal and rebirth this spring.  Through mindfulness practices, we will reconnect with ourselves and our lives.  This course is an introduction or a refresher to MBSR.  We will:  engage in mindfulness meditations, gentle yoga, mindful eating and mindful communication and integrate mindfulness into daily life to reduce stress and experience more joy, mental clarity and well-being.

The course is for the public and for employees and costs $99.

Click here to register.

Now through April 23, 2019

PEAK fitness classes are available to all full- and part-time employees of the University of Utah, including:
  • University of Utah Health employees
  • Employees at Primary Children’s Hospital & Clinics
  • University affiliates in Research Park
  • Members of the University of Utah Alumni Association
  • Family members and partners of employees
  • Alumni association members

PEAK Health and Fitness offer a wide variety of classes including boot camp, circuit training, core training, indoor cycling, mat Pilates, stretch and strengthen, total body fitness, weight training and yoga.

Registration is available here.

Intensive Lifestyle Program
Now through May 1, 2019 | 5:15-6:45 p.m.    
LS Skaggs Patient Wellness Center

A 12-week medically supervised lifestyle change program includes motivation for behavior change, physical activity, stress management, and nutrition education. Weekly 90-minute group sessions: 45 minutes of group education and 45 minutes of exercise.

Open access to the gym 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., Monday-Friday

Multiple locations for this class with varying start dates exist.

Register here.