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Academic Senate recap, January meeting announced
Visitor parking changes in South Medical Garage
Navigating cancer at a young age

Happy holidays from the Pershing family

Junior League of Salt Lake hosts a Women Helping Women clothing project
U holiday cards
Customized holiday gifts by University Print & Mail


ACADEMIC SENATE RECAP, JANUARY MEETING ANNOUNCED

On Monday, Dec. 4, the Academic Senate passed the following items:
  • Name change of the Department of Biology to the School of Biological Sciences
  • A new BA/BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • A new PhD in Clinical Pharmacology
  • Transfer Disability Studies from the College of Health to the School for Cultural and Social Transformation

The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom of the College of Law. Senate meetings are open to the public.

The agenda will be posted here approximately one week before the meeting.


VISITOR PARKING CHANGES IN SOUTH MEDICAL GARAGE

Commuter Services is installing kiosks in the South Medical Garage pay lot that will replace the gated parking booths and attendants. The kiosks will function as the point of contact for purchasing and validating parking for guests and visitors to campus. All other parking booths on campus were replaced by kiosks over the past couple of years and have proven successful.

There will be two main changes as a result of the new kiosk system, effective Dec. 18:

  1. There will no longer be entry tickets or pay lot attendants, rather customers will purchase their desired time through the kiosk using their license plate and credit card.
  2. Sticker validations will no longer be valid on campus. Instead, validation “coupon codes” are available for purchase, by departments, and can be distributed to customers.

Kiosks work similar to a parking meter and payment or a validation must be made to initiate a parking session, not when leaving the pay lot. Vehicles parked in a pay lot with no valid form of payment will be ticketed.

If you would like more information on the kiosk system or want specific training, contact Commuter Services, Visitor Parking at parkingcoupon@utah.edu.


NAVIGATING CANCER AT A YOUNG AGE

Samantha Pannier

Each year over 1,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) in Utah are diagnosed with cancer. For many of these young adults (ages 15-39), the cancer diagnosis is their first real medical issue. Patients may suddenly have to learn the difference between a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. They may also have questions about fertility issues, or need help understanding the complexities of the healthcare system. To help guide patients through these tough issues Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, in collaboration with Intermountain Healthcare, offers a patient navigator designed to meet the needs of AYA cancer patients.

In a study recently published by the Journal of Cancer Education, HCI researchers discovered how AYA patients prefer patient navigation while going through cancer treatment, from theirinitial diagnosis, through survivorship.

HCI researchers Anne Kirchhoff, PhD and Samantha Pannier looked at how preferences for patient navigation services vary among AYAs by age, categorizing ages from 15-18 years-old, 19-25 years-old and 26-39 years-old. Their work shows that these age groups need different services, and lays the groundwork to develop best practices for AYA patient navigation.

The three most frequently mentioned needs by AYA patients were insurance questions, financial issues and where to find information and resources. Younger AYAs reported a need for assistance with school and wanted basic information about insurance, while older AYAs had more concerns about their family’s well-being and finances.

Overall, the study illustrated that AYA cancer patients and survivors of all age groups were interested in face-to-face conversations with a navigator and preferred using multiple communication platforms, including email, text and phone for follow up conversations. AYAs also want patient navigation support throughout their cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, regardless of age.

To read the full study published in the Journal of Cancer Education, click here.

For information about patient navigation services offered at HCI click here.

 


HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PERSHING FAMILY

Click here to see a holiday message from President Pershing and his family.


JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SALT LAKE HOSTS A WOMEN HELPING WOMEN CLOTHING PROJECT

The Junior League of Salt Lake hosts a Women Helping Women clothing project to assist women entering the workforce with appropriate clothing. WHW currently needs women’s coats and winter boots. Also needed are large, extra-large and plus sized clothing, purses and new bras, underwear and nylons. All work appropriate items in good, clean condition are also gladly accepted. For more information, visit jlslc.org.

Bring donations to:

Rebecca Dowdell
University Student Apartments, Main Office
1945 E Sunnyside Avenue

Donations accepted M-F from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


U HOLIDAY CARDS

Get a head start on the holiday season by ordering your greeting cards from University Print & Mail Services. Conveniently place your order online and choose from more than 30 designs, enhanced by your own personalized message. Orders are typically completed in five business days and can be picked up or delivered to your office for free. Making this annual task even easier, Print & Mail can address your envelopes, apply postage and place your cards in the mail for you.

In addition to holiday card designs, University Print & Mail offers several other styles for fall, along with other special occasion cards such as birthday cards, thank you cards, custom-design cards and personalized stationery.

Both personal and office orders are welcome. To view designs online and place your order, visit printing.utah.edu.


Customized Holiday Gifts by University Print & Mail

In need of holiday gifts or giveaways for those special people on your list this year? Let University Print & Mail help you design and customize one-of-a-kind gifts for your department or personal use.

From water bottles to umbrellas, blankets to tote bags, if you can think of it, Print & Mail can create it and make it personal by adding text, logos or specific designs. Most items take approximately five weeks for production and delivery, so order now to ensure your items arrive in time for the holidays. For more information or a custom quote, please contact Roger King at 801-581-3947 or roger.king@utah.edu.

University Print & Mail is an official licensee of the University of Utah and is therefore legally permitted to use and reproduce university-owned trademarks and logos. By supporting official licensees like Print & Mail, you are assured to receive quality products while also supporting student scholarships, athletic programs and other university initiatives.