Healthy holiday habits

The holiday season is here again and that has a lot of people thinking about food. While surrounded by all the delicious seasonal dishes, it leaves many feeling forced to choose between their nutrition goals and enjoying their favorite holiday foods. We’re sharing a few of our favorite hacks to satisfy holiday food cravings, enjoy holiday parties and prioritize your health.

Avoid arriving at holiday meals overly hungry. Skipping meals beforehand can backfire on us by increasing interest and/or triggering anxiety in the food spread, which usually causes us to eat too quickly. Rapid eating makes it challenging to cue into fullness signals which can cause most to eat more than we normally would.

Give yourself permission to eat the foods you love. Food is a key part of the holidays and it’s perfectly normal to love stuffing or pumpkin pie. Often times when you stop associating negative emotions such as guilt or shame with these holiday favorites and allow yourself to eat a portion that feels good to you, these foods can actually stop feeling like such a big deal to be around.

Say goodbye to the feast or famine mentality. I often hear the comment “but I only get to eat this . . . once a year”. This feast or famine mentality often ups the anxiety around specific foods. It’s okay to enjoy favorite holiday foods a couple months later to keep them from feeling like such an overwhelmingly significant part of the holidays.

Cue into fullness signals. There’s a host of distractions between the bountiful spread of food and conversations shared with loved ones that make it easy to ignore internal fullness signals. Set yourself up for success by sitting down while you eat, eating slowly and periodically asking yourself if you are still hungry.

Focus on other traditions. Food traditions might feel like they play an overwhelming role during the holidays. If this is true for you, I’d encourage you to take a step back and appreciate other components. You’ll begin to notice how many wonderful traditions you celebrate outside of food. From making memories with loved ones, looking at lights, enjoying your favorite holiday music, trimming your home in festive cheer or making donations to people in need, there are bound to be a lot of non-food traditions that make this time of year extremely special to you.

The holidays are a time of joy, not of shame and regret. By making little changes to your mindset and how you interact with food you can make sure you have a great time and not derail your health.


Sunglasses are everywhere in the summer. You wouldn’t think of leaving the house without them. But in the winter you may not think to throw them in your bag before heading out the door. That’s a mistake. “UV radiation is present in the winter as well as the summer,” said Jean Tabin, MD, an ophthalmologist with University of Utah Health. “It can be stronger and intensified as it reflects off the snow.”

Read the full story here.


Deep frying is a delicious way to prepare your turkey. However, it can also be very dangerous if you don’t take a few simple precautions.

Click here to read the full story.

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“My score was announced. I remember the long sigh from the crowd filling the air as I missed qualifying for the 2014 Olympic team by just a few points. Considering that I prematurely returned from an ACL injury, defying the odds and opinions of doctors, I wasn’t devastated by the news. I was however terrified about the future.

Little did I know that moment of uncertainty would define the course of my entire education. After much reflection and a tour of the University of Utah campus, attending the David Eccles School of Business was a perfect path for me. I always wanted to go to college for business since I was a kid.

As a byproduct of becoming a professional skier at 15 — leaving home to travel the world while balancing school, negotiating endorsement deals and budgeting expenses — I essentially treated myself as a business rather than a traditional high school student. The University of Utah helped me build on these experiences and hone them into a course of study and possible career path.

Studying business with an emphasis in marketing was one of the most rewarding and natural transitions I could have ever asked for.

I could’ve never imagined that my college education would propel me towards applying one passion towards another. After graduation I plan on pursuing my passion for advertising, and to hopefully one day open my own agency where my passion for business and creativity can flourish.”

Walter Wood, Class of 2018, Business major

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2017 Ms. Wheelchair America Eliza McIntosh

“Being disabled is normally seen as a very negative thing. It sounds kind of funny but I was basically born a celebrity. Every time I come into a room people notice. I can go for years without seeing somebody, and they’ll still remember me. That’s impact. That’s power. And so, I feel like you should use what you have available to your advantage.

My platform as Ms. Wheelchair America 2017 is ‘Where there’s a wheel there’s a way – identify a problem that you’re passionate about solving, invite others to join you in your cause, and ignite your community behind you.’ If your passion is accessible travel, then you know, make that happen. Talk to the airline, become a speaker, be engaged. If your thing is support animals, GREAT, you can make that happen.

In my wheelchair I’m going to get people’s attention no matter what and that’s not going to change so I might as well use it. You have the choice, you can either be depressed by it, or you can use it, and I’d much rather use it.”

— Eliza McIntosh, student and Ms. Wheelchair America 2017

To learn more about Eliza McIntosh, visit her Facebook page or also Instagram.


“My father and I were regulars at University of Utah sporting events, particularly basketball games, so we were aware of the red-tailed hawk that was in need of a name. I remember brainstorming names with my dad, and we settled on Swoop because it worked in a number of ways. A bird swoops, a ball swooshes and players swoop in for an interception. So it seemed like a versatile name. I don’t remember how I was informed that I had won the naming contest, although I do remember that as a perk of winning, I got to go to an away football game with the team. Utah got obliterated in that game, playing against Rice University. I remember being astonished that the linemen could eat an entire pizza individually.”

— Brandan Mayer-Blackwell, Fan, son of a faculty member and winner of the mascot naming contest in 1996

“I grew up Jewish and gay in Utah, so appreciating being different was a matter of survival. In fact, being able to capitalize on even an inkling of hope or to find positivity where others might see the opposite is, I’ve come to appreciate, my super human strength. I call myself a practicing optimist because having hope hasn’t always come easily. It’s a muscle I’ve had to exercise, but developing the skill of seeing what’s good saved my life, and has now even shaped what I do for a living.

So as wife and new mama, a human rights activist and the leader of the communications and marketing team for the U’s College of Fine Arts, I get to spend the majority of my waking hours sharing positivity. In my role as board chair of the LGBTQ advocacy organization, Equality Utah, I help turn the pain of inequality into the transformation of discriminatory policies, ultimately creating a more fair and just Utah. Here at the U, I not only get to promote the diverse array of arts experiences on campus, but I get to help illuminate how the arts go beyond just aesthetic and entertainment, and act as agents for change that shape our perceptions, our research, our understandings and our lives.

It’s a beautiful world and I’m just living in it.”

— Marina Gomberg, associate director of communications and marketing, University of Utah College of Fine Arts

Hailey Schiff

“My family moved to Salt Lake City when I was 10 years old and I haven’t looked back since. I had the privilege to grow up with some of the world’s greatest skiing and biking in my backyard as well as incredible access to awesome places like Moab, Jackson, various national parks and so much more nearby. Many summers and winters were spent perpetually outside playing and enjoying this beautiful place I call home. When it came time to choosing a college, the University of Utah was pretty much a no brainer. How could I say no to a top-notch school located in the mecca of outdoor activities?

Five years, a lot of powder days and late nights later, I’ve recently graduated from the U with a double major in Sociology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Currently I am planning on pursuing my MBA next fall, racing my bike in local Enduro series during the summer months and skiing for Sego Ski Co., a new up and coming, handcrafted-in-the-U.S. ski company during the winter. Between my degrees and unending passion for playing outside, I hope to be a voice for environmental stewardship and advocacy within the Wasatch. As more people are discovering what this great place holds, it’s become even more important to protect and take care of the places we love to recreate in. The Wasatch is as grand as it is delicate and heavy use in recent years has caused a great deal of erosion and degradation. It’s important to find a balance between sustainability and making sure that everyone has access to the mountains. If anything I hope to be a link between the recreationists, preservationists and the Wasatch Range.”

Hailey Schiff, Class of 2016

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A Healthier U

Intensive Lifestyle Program at LS Skaggs patient Wellness Center 

The Intensive Lifestyle Program looks comprehensively at the components of a healthy lifestyle to get you started on your way to feeling great. Many people know that most chronic diseases can be prevented or improved by lifestyle, but a healthy lifestyle also helps immediately by improving sleep, energy, mood and focus. The program consists of 12 weekly 90-minute sessions and access to our gym for the duration of the program.

This session’s enrollment cut off is Sept. 21, 2016.

Features of the program:
·         Weekly 90-minute group sessions lead by a health coach Wednesdays from 5:15-6:45 p.m.
·         Personalized exercise prescription
·         Supervised exercise: for those that need assistance starting or continuing with an exercise program Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m. and Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
·         Focus on eating for pleasure and health at the same time
·         Discussions on sleep
·         Using mindfulness to improve resilience
·         Coaching to help make these changes doable and fun

Who can participate:
Anyone who is interested in making changes in their lifestyle, whether it be around nutrition, physical activity, sleep or stress management should consider our program.  We will screen for symptoms of active heart disease and may require clearance from your physician.

For more information, pricing and to view upcoming sessions, check out the University of Utah’s wellness website.



Skiing is one of the great things about winter. However, if your body isn’t prepared, your ski season could be shortened by injury. That’s why it’s important to start conditioning now. Check out the exercises here to get you in tip top shape. Also, take a look at the ski fitness classes being offered by the  Univeristy of Utah Orthopaedic Center. You can learn more here.




September is “Healthy Eye Aging Month—a good time to think about your vision, now and in the future.

Squinting a little more to read labels or catch that email on your phone? You’re not alone. As you age, it’s normal to notice changes in your vision. According to the National Eye Institute, some changes are normal, some may be cause for concern.

The full article can be found here.

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Niki-Pokemon 2

“My 11-year-old self is very happy that it’s now socially acceptable to once again be into Pokémon. When I was little I was super into the cards and I remember my mom taking me to Target one morning before school to get a binder. I ended up walking into the toy aisle and I found the card game with the starter pack. I brought it to school and no one knew what it was…fast forward a few months and it blew up. The video game came. I played on a lime green Game Boy and was very competitive with it. Then in 1999 there was a Pokémon tournament at Fashion Place Mall. You brought your own Game Boy and you would battle with other people. I ended up getting third place – it was insane – I was there all day with my Pokémon T-shirt on. It’s been really fun to relive those memories with Pokémon Go, but now I’m regretting not buying stock in it.”

— Nicole, University of Utah staff

Sara Jarman the voice of TRAX. At The University of Utah Stadium TRAX station.

“UTA called the student employment coordinator and inquired about posting a job for a young female voice to do some recording for TRAX. She gathered a group of young ladies to audition, and I guess they just liked what they heard. Only one person has ever known it was my voice on TRAX without being told. Usually when people learn that I’m the voice on TRAX, the first thing they say is, ‘say something!’ When I recite one of the lines for them, their response is always, ‘It is you!’ I recently re-recorded every single stop because my voice changed slightly while I was pregnant, and they wanted everything to sound consistent. Redoing everything took about an hour, but when I only have to do a few phrases, it takes as little as five minutes.”

— Sara Jarman, recruiting coordinator, University of Utah Career Services

Alf Seegert, assistant professor of English writes and designs storytelling board games

“Like a children’s fantasy book, a board game offers the opportunity to inhabit, however briefly, a different world — yes, to escape.
One type of escape is…that of one unjustly imprisoned…imaginations imprisoned behind bars which rattle but rarely budge. A fantasy world is the sharpened file smuggled inside the prisoner’s cake. Making games — like making stories — is part of that liberation, too.
In all my board games I strive to make it fun for the players to lose themselves in strange characters: Horrible, hungry bridge trolls (Bridge Troll); marauding troll-Vikings (Trollhalla); or cackling medieval pardoners preying on pilgrims wending their way to Canterbury (my adaptation of Chaucer in The Road to Canterbury). But my favorite of the bunch so far is Fantastiqa, a tribute to my love for fantasy literature ranging from Lord Dunsany to “The Phantom Tollbooth.”
In an age of hypermediation, there’s also something both quaint and deliciously subversive about an art form that requires its participants to sit face-to-face around a table in a shared space of play.”

— Alf Seegert, assistant professor of English

Tom Wallisch

“I grew up in Pittsburgh and fell in love with skiing during my high school years. When I started looking into colleges, the University of Utah became a top pick almost immediately. The U is set within 30 minutes of so many world class ski resorts and has an awesome business program. I was sold right off the bat. And to add to all that, the university was so much more reasonably priced when compared to other universities out West.

After attending the University of Utah I fell in love with Utah and the surrounding mountains. I moved from Salt Lake City up to Park City to be even closer to some of the world-class skiing. These days, I’m traveling the world as a professional skier and competing in free ski events around the world. I also spend a lot of my season in Utah, exploring the backcountry around the Wasatch Range and making ski films. I spend a lot of my ski season filming and traveling with friends that I made while attending the University of Utah. Skiers from all over the country come to the university to ski and further their education.”

— Tom Wallisch, professional skiier

Humans of the U series. Yomi Karthik Rupesh, Harikrishna Kambala Subramanyam, Akshay Khatwani Electrical Engineering Grad Students from India.

“Rupesh: This place is quite serene and calm compared to our place back in India.

Subramanyam: And the view is also – wow!

Khatwani: Back home everything is very chaotic, but it kind of works. Here, we’re not used to the organization. Everything is very systematic. We figured out the TRAX, bus, everything is very organized. This is a very welcome change for us.

Back home, we stayed with our parents. Over here we are alone, we just rely on each other. I miss my family a lot. I do miss my city, the weather, the food. I’m still not adjusted to the food here.

Subramanyam: We just went grocery shopping.

Khatwani: We’ve never gone grocery shopping in our lives.

Subramanyam: Ever. A few more trips to the store and we should be good.

Khatwani: Everything I’ve done in my life, I’ve always consulted my family for decisions. The only difficulty was leaving them because they didn’t want me to go.

Subramanyam: My story is my mother. She couldn’t complete her education, so this degree is for her.”

— Akshay Khatwani, Harikrishna Kambala Subramanyam and Yomi Karthik Rupesh, graduate students in electrical engineering

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Tom Wallisch

“I grew up in Pittsburgh and fell in love with skiing during my high school years. When I started looking into colleges, the University of Utah became a top pick almost immediately. The U is set within 30 minutes of so many world class ski resorts and has an awesome business program. I was sold right off the bat. And to add to all that, the university was so much more reasonably priced when compared to other universities out West.

After attending the University of Utah I fell in love with Utah and the surrounding mountains. I moved from Salt Lake City up to Park City to be even closer to some of the world-class skiing. These days, I’m traveling the world as a professional skier and competing in free ski events around the world. I also spend a lot of my season in Utah, exploring the backcountry around the Wasatch Range and making ski films. I spend a lot of my ski season filming and traveling with friends that I made while attending the University of Utah. Skiers from all over the country come to the university to ski and further their education.”

— Tom Wallisch, professional skier, X-Games gold medalist and FIS world champion

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Campus Events

Ongoing through Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 | All day

Clean Air Challenge

Students are called to take the clean air challenge by carpooling, walking, biking and taking public transportation to school.

For more information call Ayrel Clark-Proffitt at 801-585-9352, email, or visit

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 | 12-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library

Learn how the University of Utah currently invests its endowments, what options and challenges exist for reinvesting in socially responsible and environmentally sustainable funds, what actions are being taken by other PAC-12 universities and how to participate in this dialogue at the University of Utah.

Moderator: Frederick R. Adler, Ph.D., Professor, Biology and Mathematics, College of Science; Panelists: Michael Cooper, Ph.D., Professor, Finance, and Sam Stewart Presidential Chair, David Eccles School of Business, and Chair, Academic Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Responsible Investment; Myron Willson, M.S., Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustainability Office; and Joan M. Gregory, Librarian, M.L.S., AHIP, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and Chair, Academic Senate Ad Hoc Re-Investment Dialogue Committee.

Monday, Feb. 29-Friday, March 4, 2016 | All day 


The Commodious Cross Campus Quest is a treasure hunt. Students will be given clues and directions on how to participate at these clues take students on a treasure hunt to explore the entrepreneurial resources available to them as students of the University of Utah. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | All day 


For more information call the Office of the Registrar at 801-581-5808, email, or visit

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | All day
Union – A. Ray Olpin (UNION), Room 159 


Students applying for a Learning Abroad EXCHANGE program should complete their Learning Abroad Applications by 11:59 MST on March 1st for the following terms:
  • Fall
  • Academic Year

Please note that the deadline for Learning Abroad AFFILIATE and FACULTY-LED programs for Fall, Fall Break, and Academic Year programs is June 1st! 

Check out all of the possibilities and deadlines by using the LEARNING ABROAD PROGRAM SEARCH

Deadlines that fall on a Saturday or Sunday will be extended to the following Monday.

For more information call the Learning Abroad Office at 801-581-5849, email, or visit

Tuesday, March 1-Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. daily
Ray Olpin Student Union Ballroom

Engineering Week
More than a thousand Utah elementary students will converge on the University of Utah to learn about some of the exciting engineering concepts that help improve our world.

Fifth and sixth graders from 12 schools will participate in several hands-on projects, from building a tower out of straws to constructing a wooden catapult and a mechanical fish made of clay.

The three-day event is held to encourage more students in science, technology, engineering and math, and introduce them to engineering at the University of Utah.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 12 -1 p.m.
Orson Spencer Hall, Hinckley Caucus Room (255)

There’s been no shortage of fireworks during the 2016 presidential election so far, and what’s yet to come will undoubtedly be an exciting ride. The Hinckley Institute of Politics will host a roundtable discussion on the presidential primaries, featuring a panel of political science experts who will weigh in on a variety of aspects related to the race so far.

Panelists include Jim Curry,Tabitha Benney, Baodong Liu, Edmund Fong and Matt Burbank, all professors from the U’S Department of Political Science.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 12:15-1:15 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom, sixth floor

Utah and the Colorado Plateau feature some of America’s most iconic National Parks. These special and sacred places attract growing numbers of visitors from all over the world and they provide an enormous economic benefit to the region and the state. Are we taking our good fortune for granted? Multiple threats, issues, political maneuvers and just plain over-visitation are placing these fragile, unforgiving places that we love in great peril.

This talk will provide a broad perspective on these challenging forces and offer multiple options we can consider to protect our precious landscapes and habitats.

Read more here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | 10-11 a.m.
Bennion Center, Union Room 101 

Bennion Center

Come and find out how community service through the Bennion Center can enrich your college experience. Make friends, have refreshments and learn how you can make a difference.

For more information call Jennifer Jones at 801-585-6564, email, or visit

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | 2-3 p.m. | FREE-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
Fine Arts Auditorium 


The University of Utah Department of Film & Media Arts will host the directors of Disney’s Zootopia, Byron Howard and Rich Moore, for a behind-the-scenes presentation.

For more information call the Film & Media Arts Department at 801-581-5127, email, or visit

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 4-5 p.m.
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB), Room 5160 B  


Interested in entrepreneurship, but not sure how to get started? This is the workshop for you. Meet with Kathy Hajeb, Lassonde Institute Director and innovation educator, to explore the opportunities and make a plan to take action.

For more information visit

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | 6-8 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, sixth floor

Join us for the 3rd annual Earth U: Sustainability & Diversity Mentorship Dinner, which brings together students and professional mentors from different disciplines to discuss career opportunities, inclusion, and environmental justice. Kyle Powys Whyte, faculty from Michigan State University and an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation, whose research focuses climate change and indigenous peoples, will provide the keynote address.

Space is limited; students can sign up online here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | 7-9 p.m | FREE
Fort Douglas Theatre (FD 636) 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

For more information visit

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 12-1 p.m. | FREE
Union Den – A. Ray Olpin (UNION) 


The ULEAD Leadership Certificate is a program that documents the student exploration of leadership in professional and personal life. Free and open to all members of the U community. No pre-registration required.

For more information call Jeff Furlong at 801-581-8484, email, or visit  

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 2-3:30 p.m.
College of Law, sixth floor

Alta Award lecture
Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards & Lecture will feature the keynote speaker, Kyle Powys Whyte, who will address the importance resilience and justice through the lens of his collaborative research of Indigenous peoples and climate. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion with community-engaged researchers: Rosey Hunter, Jose Galarza and Brian Codding. After the presentations, the University of Utah with community partner Alta Ski Area will present the awards to six members of our campus community for excellence in sustainability. Join us in celebration of what sustainability means to different members of our community.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 4-5 p.m. | FREE
310 James Talmage Bldg

“Our energy use and its consequences (including climate change) motivate some of the most contentious and complex public debates of our time. Although these issues are often cast in terms of renewable versus nonrenewable energy, in reality both depend on finite Earth resources. The evolution of the Earth itself therefore offers a uniquely illuminating perspective from which to evaluate alternative pathways toward energy and environmental sustainability” (“Geofuels,” Cambridge University Press).

Alan Carroll, professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of “Geofuels: Energy and the Earth” presents for the Department of Geology and Geophysics Guy F. Atkinson Distinguished Lecture Series with support from the Global Change and Sustainability Center, and the U student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Little America Hotel

Founders Day 2016
To commemorate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, served local and national communities and supported the U in its mission. We invite all campus partners to join us for this annual event on Thursday, March 3, at the Little America Hotel.

This year’s Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recipients are Deneece G. Huftalin, Patricia W. Jones, Fred P. Lewisand Harris H. Simmons. Marion A. Willey is this year’s Honorary Alumnus.

Tickets are $135 ($120 for each Alumni Association member and one guest). Tables seat 10.

For more information about this year’s award recipients and to make your reservations, please visit or call 801-581-6995.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall 

Escher String Quartet

General Admission:$33 Arts Pass Event: Free to U of U Students with UCard, Other Students: $13 U of U Faculty/Staff & Seniors: $18.

For more information call the School of Music at 801-581-6762, email, or visit

To purchase tickets click here

Friday, March 4-Saturday, March 12, 2016
Studio 115

Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.
The play contains one of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues, ‘All the World’s a Stage.’

Friday, March 4, 2016 | 12-1:30 p.m.

Union Ballroom

Dr. Chiquita Collins
The 9th annual Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture, a campus-wide lecture on issues of importance to women, will be held on Friday, March 4, 12-1:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. There is no cost for the event, but registration is required.

Our speaker this year is Dr. Chiquita Collins, Ph.D., associate dean for the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Collins works in the area of health disparities, primarily as it relates to the social context and various societal influences that contribute to health differences (e.g., childhood obesity) among racial/ethnic and across socioeconomic groups. She will be addressing how diversity efforts fail in higher education and what universities can do to improve their diversity and inclusion efforts.


11:15-11:45 a.m.  Networking luncheon, Union East Ballroom
12:00-1:30 p.m.  Lecture, Union Center Ballroom
1:45-3:00 p.m. Breakout sessions, Union
·         Discussions on health equity, led by Ana Maria Lopez
·         Moving Forward: Responding to the Open Dialogue on Racial Climate at the U, led by Kathryn Stockton and Belinda Saltiban
·         Women and Wellness, led by Robin Marcus
·         What the U of Missouri Football Team Taught us About Social Justice on Campus, led by Jonathan Ravarino
·         Women’s Enrollment Initiative, led by Nedra Hotchkins

If you register for the breakout sessions, we ask that you indicate your interest in a specific breakout session to help with space planning.  However, you are free to change sessions should your interest change.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Tashjian, chair of the Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture Committee at

Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Red Butte Garden

Get ready for spring with the first ever Red Butte Garden VOLUNTEER FAIR OPEN HOUSE. Come meet our staff in the indoor Orangerie on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Become a volunteer at the Garden with various and flexible ways to give your time working with people and plants.

If you are curious about volunteering at Utah’s Botanical Garden visit on Saturday, March 5, 2016 or hop online at red butte

Red Butte Garden is funded in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program.

Friday, Feb. 26-Sunday, March 6, 2016
Babcock Theatre

Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Gwendolen is in love with Earnest. Algernon, who is up for a bit fun, falls for Cecily, but Cecily is also in love with Earnest… if only someone was Earnest. Get ready for some Wilde laughs with this blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd comedy of mistaken identities.

Monday, Feb. 8-April 15, 2016 (closed for spring break) | See hours below
Union, Basement computer lab

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

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.

Monday, March 7-Friday, March 11

During the week of March 7-11, ASUU is hosting Mental Health Awareness Week.

There will be a variety of events throughout the week geared at fighting the stigma often associated with mental health. The weeklong event will feature guest speaker Keith Mark Johnson, the author of “Crossing Zion” and founder of Everest Aid. He will recount his personal struggles with mental health and how he was able to persevere. There will also be a panel where students can anonymously ask questions related to mental health. In addition to these events, there will be gatekeeper training, yoga, a breaking down the wall of depression event, stress ball activities and more.

Stay tuned for event times and locations.

Monday, March 7, 2016 | 3 p.m.
HSEB Room 1730

On Monday, March 7, the Academic Senate will hear from Career Services regarding career and internship opportunities for students. Career Services provides a large array of services, including job/internship placement, advising and in-class visits. The Academic Senate will meet in HSEB 1730 at 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and all faculty are encouraged to attend in order to hear about Career Services’ resources.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 6323
Steven R. (Steve) Rodgers is senior vice president and general counsel of Intel Corporation. He leads Intel’s Law and Policy Group, is responsible for the company’s legal work, serves on Intel’s senior executive team, and reports to the chief executive officer. Rodgers joined Intel in 2000 as senior litigation attorney. Subsequently, he served as director of litigation, as head of Intel’s patent generation group and intellectual property licensing group, and as deputy general counsel.

Before joining Intel, Rodgers was a partner at Brown & Bain, P.A., in Phoenix, Arizona. After completing law school, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge David K. Winder of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. He has also served as a faculty adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, as a member of the board of editors of Arizona Attorney magazine, and as a member of the board of advisors of the Utah Law Review. His volunteer service includes handling contested family law matters on a pro bono basis.

Rodgers received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah. He also attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his law degree from the University of Utah, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Utah Law Review.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from an alumn and ask questions about his fascinating career which includes his international business experience. Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 4-5 p.m. | Free
Aline Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210 ASB

Snow on earth
From winter recreation to the spring runoff, snow is central to life in Utah. We have long claimed to have the Greatest Snow on Earth, and legend and lore based on lake-effect storms and dendritic crystals permeate our popular culture. Based in part on my book Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, this talk explores Wasatch weather and climate, exposing the myths, explaining the reality, and revealing how and why Utah’s powder lives up to its reputation. We will also examine the Great Salt Lake effect, issues related to avalanche mitigation and safety, and climate change.

Jim Steenburgh is professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and a leading authority on mountain weather and climate, orographic, lake-effect precipitation,weather analysis and forecasting.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 7 p.m.

Fort Douglas Post Theatre

Authors David Quammen and Terry Tempest Williams will speak about the legacy of Yellowstone National Park, the first park so designated in the United States, on March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Fort Douglas Post Theatre.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service, and Quammen and Williams will explore the benefits of national parks, the controversies over their designation, and the place they represent in competing visions for America’s public lands. The event is hosted by the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program.

Tickets are $10 and are available here.

Student Discounts


Students can purchase discounted lift tickets at the Union Services Front Desk and the Outdoor Adventures Program.

Discounted prices listed below (normal rates in parentheses).

Alta — $84 ($89)
Brighton Weekday Day — $68 ($75)
Brighton Night — $35 ($40)
Brighton Weekend/Holiday — $71 ($75)
Solitude — $72 ($79)
Snowbird Weekday — $79 ($98)
Snowbird Weekend/Holiday — $85 ($98)
Deer Valley* — $80 ($120)
Snowbasin — $85 ($99)
Powder Mountain (Good 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Adult (22+ years) — $68 ($73)
Youth (7-21 years) — $40 (NA)
*University of Utah ID required for Deer Valley tickets.



Brewvies              $2 off a movie ticket

Costa Vida           10 percent off of any meal and any day’s special & 20% off of big orders

Great Harvest     10 percent off of purchase

Little Ceasers       $1 crazy bread; all locations apply

Papa John’s           20 percent off with UCard

Red Robin             15 percent off with UCard

The Pie                  10 percent off with UCard

U Gurt                    10 percent off with UCard

Village Inn             10 percent off with UCard


Ski city

As the tens of thousands who came to the U (to study or work) because of the “greatest snow on Earth” can already attest, the proximity of mountains like the Wasatch and a city like Salt Lake is second to none. Just 40 minutes from four world-class mountain resorts, not to mention the backcountry, makes shredding the pow and powering through class on the same day a reality. It’s a setting so unique that Visit Salt Lake has leveraged the backyard winter wonderlands and dubbed SLC the “Ski City.”

Discounts to the four resorts — Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude — are available to students, staff and faculty at the Union or at the Outdoor Adventure Program. (Discounts are also available to Park City, Deer Valley, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.) Throughout the season there will be additional deals and lift-ticket contests from the newly revamped Ski the U website.

Here’s a closer look at the mountain resorts that make “Ski City” so special.


At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon sits Brighton at 8,755 feet. Known for spectacular tree runs, varied terrain parks and a local feel, it’s a haven for hot shots of all ages. Four terrain parks link the top of the mountain to the base. All trails can be reached by high-speed quads. Don’t forget to hit Milly Express for some steep, open runs down the sides of Mount Millicent. Afterward, hit up Molly Green’s for a burger and a beverage.


Just below Brighton is Solitude Mountain Resort, which is known for its short lift lines and “pure solitude” experience. Recently purchased by Deer Valley, Solitude has modified its lifts to increase accessibility to its 1,200 acres of terrain. Honeycomb Canyon is where the For those looking for a reprieve to the downhill and a solid workout, check out the Nordic Center, where you can try Nordic skiing or snowshoeing.


At the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon is Alta, the “skier’s mountain.” It’s a place of deep pow (in a good year), epic terrain and breathtaking views. The ski area officially opened in the winter of 1938-39, and is only one of three areas in the U. S. that does not allow snowboarding. Ski Magazine’s Reader Resort Survey consistently ranks Alta for Snow Quality and Overall Satisfaction. Alta, along with Snowbird, created America’s first lift-served interconnect in 2001.

The town of Alta itself is bustling with its own post office, library, community center and an enrichment program.


A sprawling resort served by an impressive array of high-speed chairs and its Aerial Tram, Snowbird is a playground for those who like it fast, steep and deep. The 100-capacity Tram runs from the base to the top of Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet. To the left is Mineral Basin, a wide-open mix of blues and cliff-hucking black diamonds. To your right is the Gad Valley, topped with an imposing cirque that rolls out beneath the jagged peaks of the American Fork Twins. Behind you is Peruvian Gulch, accessed by Peruvian Express and connected to Mineral Basin via North America’s only ski tunnel.

Both Alta and Snowbird have the highest snow-base counts of all the Utah resorts, and their south-facing slopes mean that the snow stays around longer. Snowbird will stay open as long as it has snow; some years this has extended its season to the 4th of July.