HR Updates


In connection with the University’s new, reduced premium rates for employee and spouse supplemental life insurance, The Hartford has agreed to offer university employees in benefit-eligible positions a special enrollment opportunity.

Sept. 21 through Oct. 30, university employees in benefit-eligible positions may enroll in up to $350,000 in supplemental term life insurance on their own lives and/or $30,000 in supplemental term life insurance on their spouse’s or domestic partner’s life, without providing proof of good health.

To be eligible for this special enrollment opportunity, you must be actively at work on the effective date of coverage or your first regularly scheduled work day following the date coverage takes effect. In addition, you are not eligible for this special enrollment if your previous application for life insurance coverage through the Hartford was denied.

See the Benefits Department’s webpage at for an enrollment form and additional information.

Representatives from The Hartford will be at Employee Appreciation Day on Sept. 24 to answer any questions and provide enrollment forms.  Stop by their table to meet Danelle Umstead from the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team.


Human Resources offers a variety of free workshops to enhance the professional skills of staff and faculty. Workshops cover a variety of topics including management, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, goal setting and job search strategies. In addition to workshops, the HR Training and Development team is also available to facilitate retreats and create custom training.

For more information about our upcoming schedule and other training services, check out our website,

Monday, Oct. 5 | 12 p.m.

University Guest House, Douglas Ballroom

The 2015 University of Utah Staff Excellence Award luncheon, hosted by President David Pershing and Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Herring, will be held on Monday, Oct. 5, in the Douglas Ballroom at the University Guest House at noon. The six recipients of the award have been selected from the 23 winners of the District Staff Awards and will be announced at the lunch. Each winner will receive $5,000, a personalized plaque and their name will be added to the perpetual plaque that resides in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way, Research Park. Everyone is welcome to attend. To purchase a ticket ($17 per person), contact Terri Crow at or call 801-581-3117 by Monday, Sept. 28.

2015 District Staff Award Recipients



Ellesse Balli, Communications Specialist                                                   Hinckley Institute of Politics

Alayna Harris, Administrative Program Coordinator                            Urban Institute for Teacher Education

Jolyn Schleiffarth, Fellowships & Benefits Coordinator                         Graduate School

Liz Taylor, Executive Assistant                                                                     Undergraduate Studies



Christopher Harris, Administrative Program Coordinator                    Dean’s Office, SOM

Stacey Kirkland, Fellowship Program Manager                                       Division of Gastroenterology

Jennifer Lawson, Lab Specialist                                                                    Human Genetics

Randy Madsen, Senior Technical Lead                                                        School of Medicine, BMIC CCTS

Michael Yei, Outreach Manager                                                                   Ophthalmology



Lisa Bouillon, Executive Assistant                                                                 Office of the President

John Edward Dawson, Information Technology Manager                     Red Butte Garden

Clifton Grindstaff, Assoc. Director Administration                                   Support Services

Kristin Phillips, Risk Management Analyst                                                Risk & Insurance Management



Renn Butterfield, Administrative Services Coordinator                           Graduate Medical Education

Steve Christensen, Patient Services Coordinator                                        Rocky Mountain Ophthalmology

Dev Dhungel, Custodian                                                                                    Environmental Services

Joshua Ducourant, Lead Systems Maintenance Mechanic                       South Jordan Health Center

Debbi Green, Clinic Nurse                                                                                Huntsman Cancer Hospital

Derek Larsen, Multimedia Project Administrator                                       Project Development

Todd Selmer, Case Manager                                                                            University Hospital

Maiko Taguchi, Project Administrator                                                           Project Development

Rachel Wright, Senior Pharmacy Buyer                                                        Pharmacy



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