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Pre-summer intensive courses available
Amy Wildermuth named dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Science Advising Hive

Apply now to work with the Hinckley Institute
HIP talks speech contest
Paleontology procures the prize: Linda K. Amos Award winner announced
Binge worthy: UMC film festival

The Great ShakeOut drill
Beacons of Excellence Award call for nominations


Pre-Summer Intensive Courses Available

Maximize your summer break with an intensive course May 7–11. Courses are offered Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with a one hour lunch.

Course locations are on the Main Campus as well as at the University of Utah’s Sandy Center. Intensive classes will be as rigorous as a semester-long class and requires attendance at each class session.

In addition to time spent in the classroom, students will be required to complete pre and post work. Explore courses at flexibleoptions.utah.edu. Questions? Call 801-585-9963.


Amy Wildermuth named dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Amy Wildermuth, associate vice president for faculty and chief sustainability officer, has accepted an offer from the University of Pittsburgh to serve as dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2018. Wildermuth has served on the University of Utah faculty since 2001. She has remained active as a teacher and scholar, even as she assumed the roles of associate vice president for faculty in 2011 and chief sustainability officer in 2013. As AVP, Wildermuth worked to support chairs and deans, enhanced retention, promotion and tenure and hiring practices, solved many challenges and provided guidance and timely help to leaders across the university. As chief sustainability officer, Wildermuth has been a passionate advocate and partner on many innovative efforts, from community solar and electric vehicle programs to increasing sustainability learning outcomes to implementing strategies that advance our progress toward carbon neutrality.

Dr. Harriet Hopf, professor and vice chair for faculty development in the Department of Anesthesiology and adjunct professor of bioengineering, will serve in the role of associate vice president for faculty on a part-time basis in the interim, beginning on April 2, 2018. More information about leadership for the Sustainability Office will be forthcoming.


Science Advising Hive

The College of Science has launched a new Academic Advising Hive. It’s a one-stop shop for student success. The Advising Hive is located in the Crocker Science Center, room 240, and it’s Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Advisors rotate on a weekly schedule, which is posted online, science.utah.edu/students/advising.php.

The college now employs nine full-time advisors. Previously, the four science departments — Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy — had just one faculty advisor each.

Visit: science.utah.edu/students/advising.php for details.


Apply now to work with the Hinckley Institute

Apply now to work with the Hinckley Institute If you are looking for a new way to get involved in the Hinckley Institute next year, here is your chance! We are looking for students to be a part of our student staff, student ambassador program and to be forum hosts. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now open and we want you to apply. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 6.

Click here to apply for student staff. Click here to apply to be a forum host/ambassador.


HIP Talks Speech Contest

In honor of the public speaking skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are proud to host the HIP Talks annual speech contest.

 


PALEONTOLOGY PROCURES THE PRIZE: LINDA K. AMOS AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

The 2018 Linda K. Amos award was presented to Carolyn (Carrie) Levitt-Bussian collections manager of paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The award was presented on March 2, 2018, by Kathryn Bond Stockton, associate vice president for Equity and Diversity and Lauren Clark, professor in the College of Nursing, who represented the Linda K. Amos Award Subcommittee of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

“I’m very, very honored and never expected to receive an award like this for the work I do in paleontology,” said Levitt-Bussian. “To me, I’m just doing my job. I don’t feel like I’m going above and beyond, I’m just doing the job I love. I like to spend time taking people on behind-the-scenes tours, and teaching during job shadows and internships. It’s an amazing honor to receive this for continuing to improve the educational and working environment for women.”

Levitt-Bussian, in addition to being the collections manager of paleontology at the NHMU, is a full-time mentor. She offers college students a hands-on internship where participants get real lab and curation experiences handling fossils. In fact, three of her student interns actually decided to change their majors and pursue a science degree after their experiences. She also offers job shadowing to young people and mentors the museum’s many volunteers.

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BINGE WORTHY: UMC FILM FESTIVAL

Forget Netflix originals and YouTube cat videos, if you’re looking for your next binge-watching marathon the University’s Marketing & Communication (UMC) team has you covered. The office recently hosted a campus film festival to show the best of its video production work over the past year – 36 short films you can watch via this link.

The films were produced on behalf of campus entities to help tell the stories of people and programs from across campus. The short features included stories on student housing, Utah Esports, the value of getting a humanities degree, and why you might not want to take personal advice from first-year students.

“We have worked hard over the past few years to recruit some of the best creative talent in Salt Lake City to our team. Local advertising agencies are taking notice, our in-house ability to produce top-notch video content is as good as you’d find at any local agency,” according to Jeff Hanson, UMC’s executive producer. Hanson points to the 10 awards received by the office in 2017 from the University & College Designers Association (the most UCDA awards than any other university or college in the nation for the year).

While the office has plenty of work on its hands, Hansen says the team is always ready to meet with campus clients to discuss and brainstorm new projects. You can reach Hansen at 801-581-7509 or via email at jeff.hanson@utah.edu.

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THE GREAT SHAKEOUT DRILL

The Great Utah ShakeOut is an opportunity for our University campus to learn about overall preparedness plans, what to do during earthquakes, and then practice those skills.

Watch for a campus alert on April 19, 2018, at 10:15 a.m., encouraging everyone to practice drop, cover and hold on. Practice and reinforcement of these protective actions can help prevent injury when the earth starts to shake. Remember, it is not the shaking of the ground that causes death or injury, it is the objects that are falling that will be most dangerous.

If you haven’t signed up to receive emergency messages from the University, please update your profile in CIS today. Help us keep our students and campus community prepared and safe by encouraging participation in the Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill.


BEACONS OF EXCELLENCE AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Consider nominating a person, program or project to recognize contributions to an exceptional undergraduate educational experience at the University of Utah.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on April 6, 2018. Nominate someone here

The University of Utah fosters a transformational experience for all students. We value and recognize a respect for knowledge that empowers students to become actively engaged on campus. We accomplish this through recognizing people, programs and projects committed to excellence.