Student Life

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month
The Office of the Registrar announces electronic wait list
Save the date: Campus Store Apple one-day event on April 20
Matlab: Latest release available for download
This week’s Red & White Fridays winner
Mathematician honored for applying math to physiology
U student awarded fellowship to study in China
Athletics online store move to
Real food labels arrive on campus


Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  There are three types of distracted driving – Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel and Cognitive: taking your mind off what you are doing.  The technology in our vehicles allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media all behind the wheel.  We are multitasking when we ought to be paying attention to driving and safety.  Please commit to distraction free driving and you may save a life.

Click here to go to the U Risk & Insurance Services website, where you can find out more about distracted driving.


On Thursday, April 20, all Apple products will be available tax-free at the main University Campus Store and the University Campus Store in HSEB. Faculty and staff will save an additional 8 percent off of already reduced academic prices on all MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iPad Air 2s and iPad Pros. This semi-annual sale is exclusively for University of Utah faculty and staff and all are invited to save hundreds on a new computer or iPad.

All discounted items are limited to the stock on hand on April 20, so U faculty and staff are encouraged to reserve Apple products in advance at Those who reserve their Apple products prior to Friday, April 14 at 3 p.m. will ensure they will be in store and ready for pickup on event day.

Full-time faculty and staff are also eligible for zero-interest payroll deduction on their new Apple products. Those who use payroll deduction pay only $20 on April 20 and the rest is taken automatically out of their paycheck for up to 12 pay periods.

For more information about the University Campus Store’s Apple One Day Event, please visit the store or call its Apple certified sales experts at 801-581-4776.


The Office of the Registrar is excited to announce that electronic wait listing will be available beginning with your registration for Fall 2017 classes. That means that when you attempt to register for a class that is full, wait listing will allow you to add your name to an electronic list to potentially be added to the class if space opens up, you meet all the class requirements and have no time conflicts.

Wait listing does not guarantee a seat in the class if it remains full, and it is only available through departments who have decided to activate this new functionality. We look forward to bringing this new technology to the campus community. For a full list of departments who currently allow wait listing, a handy help document and answers to many frequently asked questions, please visit


The latest version of MATLAB – R2017a—has been released and includes a number of new features. Remember, the MATLAB Total Academic Headcount (TAH) Academic Annual License is available to students, faculty, and staff. This license is for academic (which includes both research and teaching) use purposes. Learn more about purchasing the MATLAB TAH Academic Annual License.

Pricing for each MATLAB license, which includes Simulink and the 48 products:

  • MATLAB TAH Academic Annual License:
    • Student – $20 per individual use license
    • Academic – $90 per license/seat for Individual, Group, and Concurrent Use licenses
  • MATLAB TAH Classroom Annual License
    • Classroom – $20.00 per seat for Concurrent Use licenses

New features for version R2017a include:

  • Regression learner app
  • Big data algorithms
  • Code generation
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Feature extraction



Utah Athletics and the University Campus Store have strengthened their long-standing partnership by designating as the official online store for Utah Athletics branded products.

Owned and operated by the University of Utah Campus Store, Utah Red Zone is the largest retailer for University of Utah apparel. With its new online partnership with, the University of Utah Campus Store plans to offer an even more robust selection of Utah products.

Online visitors to will receive free shipping on all orders of $100 or more and a portion of all sales go directly to University of Utah and Utah Athletics scholarships and programs.


Noticed a little white sticker on your recent campus food purchase? If you have eaten at Mom’s Café and Mom’s Pantry at the Marriott Library, or at the Counsel Café in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, you may have purchased an item with one of these Real Food labels. The Real Food labels are round icons on a white background, about the size of a quarter. The labels indicate whether your food is humane, eco-friendly, local, and fair, the four criteria needed for an item to be considered “real food.” The University has taken the Real Food Challenge, a commitment to offering 20 percent real food on campus by 2020. These labels help campus reach our goal by promoting the purchase of real food. Learn more about the Real Food Challenge and look for food with these stickers across campus.

Implementation of the labels is supported by the Real Food Challenge, the Sustainability Office, Chartwells, the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund and the Office of Undergraduate Research.