Campus Life

Helping students transfer from a two-year to a four-year institution

December 11, 2015

The process of transferring from a two-year institution to a four-year institution can be complicated and overwhelming for many students. Jason Taylor, professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah, focuses his research on institutional level factors that hinder and promote transfer students’ completion of bachelor’s degrees. He’s available to speak about “transfer shock,” a term that refers to the decline in grade point average that many community college students experience after matriculating to four-year institutions, reverse transfer, which provides students an associate’s degree after they’ve transferred to a university, innovative transfer practices and how his research hopes to improve policies and practices at the state and institutional level.
Phone: 801-587-1692| Email:   

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 9, 2015

This October, the U is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a collaborative effort to teach students, staff and faculty how to keep their online lives safe and secure. The Internet plays a big factor in everyone’s lives at work and at home, and no one is immune to cyber threats. Over the next four weeks, U Information Technology will cover how to be aware of the many threats to your online security and the proactive ways to avoid them. Dan Bowden, chief information security officer for the U, is available for interviews.

Phone: 801-213-3397 | Email:

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October 9, 2015

This October marks the second annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which aims to encourage prevention strategies and ensure the health of teens and young adults. Eric Garland from the College of Social Work is available to talk about what’s new in the field of substance abuse and dependence.
Phone: 801-581-6192 | Email:  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 9, 2015

This October, the U is participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its Breast Assured campaign to encourage more women to learn about mammograms and self-check breast exams at one of our pink lemonade stands throughout the month. Dr. Nicole Winkler, a radiologist specializing in the detection of breast cancer through mammography, is available for interviews regarding a variety of oncology-related topics. More specifically, she can discuss whether mammograms are as effective as we thought in detecting cancer and what to do if your mammogram comes back abnormal. To schedule an interview with Dr. Winkler, contact Linda Aagard, Director of Public Relations for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Phone: 801-587-7639 | Email:

Students, community save and eat well at U Farmers Market

August 21, 2015

Farmer’s Market

For the first time, the University of Utah Farmers Market, which begins Aug. 27, will offer two programs to help students and food stamp recipients purchase healthier, local food. The University of Utah Farmers Market, now in its eighth season, brings Utah-grown produce and locally made gifts to the center of campus. The market is open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 27-Oct. 8, on Tanner Plaza, just west of the Union. The University of Utah Farmers Market aims to provide access to fresh produce, both physically and financially, to the campus and Salt Lake communities. To aid its mission, the market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. This year, the market will also offer Double Up Food Bucks and Double Your Dollars programs, which will provide additional funding to SNAP recipients and students to purchase more produce and nutritional food. These two programs will benefit communities traditionally underserved when it comes to the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. Programs to double up funds for SNAP beneficiaries are part of a national food justice trend. Representatives from the U’s Sustainability are available to talk about the initiatives.

Sarah Lappe, communication and outreach coordinator at U Sustainability Office| Phone: 801-585-9352| Email:

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, campus engagement coordinator at U Sustainability Office |Phone: 801-581-7506,




Happy Birthday, Mr. President

July 31, 2015

President Barack Obama celebrates his 54th birthday on Aug. 4. On his inauguration day six years ago, President Obama handed Rep. John Lewis a note. It said, “Dear John: Thanks to you. Barack.” Rep. Lewis, a deeply engaged activist since his youth and often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls, “The Beloved Community” in America. He will deliver a keynote speech at the U Nov. 10 for the U’s MUSE Project (My U Student Experience), which will dedicate the coming year to exploring the theme of “community.” Mark Matheson, director of the MUSE Project, can discuss Lewis’ visit, how his appearance reflects the year’s theme and Lewis’s graphic novel series, “MARCH,” which will be discussed in classrooms across campus this fall.
Phone: 801-581-3677 | Email: