Student Life

IVORY PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS


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Former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees Clark Ivory established the U’s most prestigious student award, the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership, in 2014. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 award.

In an effort to enhance the undergraduate experience and encourage student involvement and leadership, the prize recognizes one to two students for demonstrating a positive influence on student success and/or fostering efforts that have enabled meaningful change. It includes a $2,000 prize for the students along with a $10,000 donation to their cause.

Nominations are due by Feb. 26 and should include a completed nomination form, a nomination letter up to two pages in length and up to two letters of support. Awardees can be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students or those who have graduated within the past five years.


REMINDER: DON’T GET SPAMMED!

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Recently, a number of U email accounts were targeted in a spam attempt that falsely claimed classes would be canceled on a specific day. This email was confirmed to be fraudulent, and since spam and phishing attacks are on the rise, we’d like to refresh your memory on ways to spot them:
  • The “From” address is a non-U email address (e.g. Yahoo or Gmail)
  • The text has multiple grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors
  • The email references fabricated university departments
  • The email is signed with a name or title that doesn’t match data in the online Campus Directory

For more information on spam, phishing and ways to identify and avoid these attacks, visit this page.

If you suspect you’ve received spam, forward the email as an attachment to spam@utah.edu.


CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE


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Students are invited to participate in a voluntary, anonymous survey that will provide the University of Utah with information about the prevalence of sexual assault, the perceptions of campus safety and knowledge of campus resources. Responses to this survey will help university personnel better understand students’ needs and make informed decisions about campus response and resources. The survey should take 20-25 minutes to complete.

Your name and other personally identifying information will not be linked to your survey responses in any manner. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing. The first 100 students who enter the drawing will win a pair of U logo socks. All students who enter the drawing will be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards.

The survey has been emailed out, check your university email account for a link.


APPLY NOW TO BE A CSBS AMBASSADOR FOR 2016-17
Deadline to apply is Feb. 1


Ambassadors
Ambassadors assist the College of Social and Behavioral Science in a number of strategic activities including:  student recruitment, engagement and philanthropy.

The position is open to all students who are officially declared in at least one of the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Consumer & Community Studies
  • Economics
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Society & Policy
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

No letters of recommendation are required to apply.

If selected, ambassadors are awarded a scholarship of $500 for fall 2016 and $500 for spring 2017.

Click here to apply to become a student ambassador.

Contact Bobbi Davis (Bobbi.Davis@utah.edu) with any questions.


ALTA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS – NOMINATIONS DUE BY FEB. 8, 2016


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The University of Utah is partnering with Alta Ski Area to recognize students, faculty and staff with the second Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards. The awards recognize four members of the university community who demonstrate leadership in sustainability education, research or campus/community initiatives.

Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2016

The awards will be presented on March 3, 2016. Each recipient also receives a $2,500 cash prize. For more information on applying, click here.


VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE


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Are you ready for tax season? Don’t worry; the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at the University of Utah will help you out.

There will be a walk in clinic from Feb. 8-April 15, 2016 (closed for spring break). Come by the Union basement computer lab if you are a U.S. resident.

Don’t stress about taxes VITA is here to help. For more info go to utahbap.com/vita.html.

Hours:
Monday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday: 2-6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


CENTER ON AGING PILOT GRANT PROPOSAL

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The Center on Aging is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2016 pilot grant program. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.

The goals of the program are to promote the development of externally funded aging research, encourage new investigator development, attract established investigators to aging research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations.

The center seeks high quality applications representing the full spectrum of its disciplinary backgrounds. Applications will be reviewed in two tracks: those related to biological and health sciences and to behavioral science, social science and policy.

Additional information is available at aging.utah.edu/grants/pilot/index.php.

Please direct questions to aging@hsc.utah.edu.


NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ADVISOR


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Do you know an academic advisor who has made a positive impact on the lives of their students? Nominations are now being accepted from students, staff and faculty for the 2016 University Academic Advising Committee’s Outstanding Advisor Awards. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 5, 2016.

The awards recognize U academic advisors who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding advising of students such as:

  • Approaches advising as teaching
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Available to advisees
  • Reaches out and supports underserved populations
  • Makes appropriate referrals
  • Uses and disseminates appropriate information sources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff
  • Works with students outside of office in formal university-related activities
  • Monitors advisee progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
  • Participates in and supports advisor development programs
  • Proactive; builds relationships with advisees and follows up
  • Practices developmental advising

It only takes a few moment. Complete the nomination process by clicking here.

Additional questions can be addressed to Bobbi Davis (Bobbi.Davis@utah.edu) or Shawn Adrian (Shawn.Adrian@utah.edu).

Consider recognizing an outstanding advisor at the U by submitting a nomination today.


ARE YOU GRADUATING IN 2016? JOIN THE BEEHIVE HONOR SOCIETY
Applications due to the Alumni House on Friday, Feb. 12


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Applications for membership are available online here.

Contact Cassie Timpson at cassie.timpson@alumni.utah.edu or call 801-585-9012 for questions or additional information.