IN THE LOOP | January 31, 2022

calendar items

(For a full list of all UVU Staff holidays, see the PACE calendar)

February 7

Staff meeting - collaboration day

February 21

President's Day - UVU Staff Holiday

February 28

Sub-department meetings - collaboration day

March 7-11

Power BI Summit (virtual)

March 14

Staff meeting & collaboration day (moved from March 7 due to the Power BI conference)

May 13

UBUG conference (Utah Banner Users Group) at Utah State University

need to know

Performance Management Trainings and New Staff Competencies

Beginning February 2022, UVU will be offering multiple virtual and in-person classes on new performance development processes. These training sessions will cover the performance development philosophy, the new timeline, and an in-depth review of each of the processes — annual review, goal setting, supervisor review, and midyear check-in.

The classes will introduce new staff competencies that will take effect July 2022 with proficiency evaluations beginning March 2023. These new skill sets will provide the foundation for the upcoming “UVU Develop” workshop series, classes designed to help employees improve their work and performance. A link to the new competencies will be coming soon.

We encourage all UVU staff to register for a class to learn about the important changes coming to performance development. Sign up at UVULearn.

Summer University Call for Proposals

The Summer University Planning Committee is seeking presentation proposals for Summer University being held May 16-18, 2022. We are looking for both professional development and personal enrichment presentations. We plan on hosting these presentations face-to-face with the option to participate virtually. We know we have a lot of knowledgeable and talented staff and are excited to learn from you. For more information about Summer University, please see the Summer University website.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal HERE by Friday, March 11th, 2022. If you have questions regarding the Summer University presentations, please contact R.J. Willing.

information items

January Learning Challenge

As the new year begins, many of us are creating New Year’s resolutions. While each of us may have different goals in mind, this monthly challenge includes ideas for professional skills to work toward with a New Year’s resolution. This month will also focus on how to set and stick with personal and professional resolutions. Follow along here.

UVUFit Bonus webinar

Wellness in 8D: A Lens to Build Resilience

Thursday, January 27 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm online

Presenter: Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, Associate Director, Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, and research professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

Join us for this webinar as we examine wellness in an 8-dimensional model (8D) as a lens for prevention, treatment and recovery supports. Through this interactive webinar, participants will explore how this model can be personally applied and professionally implemented to support people with a wide range of challenges.

This webinar is open to all employees. Those employees covered under UVU's medical plan can receive BONUS points towards their UVUFit Tier 2 for attending.

Register for this webinar here. You may also register through the upcoming events section of the UVUFit webpage within the Human Resources Benefit page of myUVU.

February Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Feb 2021 Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Dx Pr Writer

Caitlin Tobler is Dx's PR Writer. She will be helping us edit our department documents for spelling/grammar, content, and readability in accordance with President Tuminez's Campus Error-Free Initiative.

HR Annual Compliance Trainings

All employees are required to complete the following compliance training courses at least once each year:

  • Title IX and Sexual Harassment
  • UVU FERPA Training
  • Workplace Conduct
  • Conflict of Interest
  • UVU Cybersecurity Training

You can access these courses in the “Learning Library” in UVULearn. The direct link for UVULearn is, or you can access it in myUVU under the “Human Resources | Performance & Development | UVULearn” tab. The trainings should take approximately two hours in total to complete.

HR is moving to a yearly deadline for current employees to complete these five courses by Monday, February 28, 2022. If you have already taken all five courses since February 28, 2021, you will not need to complete them until the next deadline in 2023. Otherwise, please complete them as soon as possible, and let your supervisor know if you have any questions.

Employees who fail to complete all five courses by the February 28 deadline will be redirected to UVULearn when signing into UVU systems beginning on March 1, 2022. The employee will continue to be redirected until they complete the required trainings. Staff will also be given a “Does Not Meet Expectations” in the “Exceptional Accountability” section on their next performance review, per Policies 633 and 635.

PACE Professional Development

PACE Professional Development & UWHEN are partnering to offer a Clifton Strengths professional development workshop series for all staff in Spring 2022. This workshop will include four meetings that will be held once a month. We plan an in-person cohort and a virtual cohort to accommodate varying schedules. The dates for these workshops will be scheduled once we have cohorts in place. Register here.

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Power BI Summit March 7-11

If you are interested in attending the Power BI Summit in March 2022, let your supervisor know. It is $99 per person and is entirely virtual. If your supervisor approves your attendance, schedule a time to use Leisa's ProCard to pay for the conference registration.

COVID-19 Info Resources for Staff


We are pleased to announce that in continued collaboration and cooperation with the Utah Department of Health and the CDC,free COVID-19 testingwill be expanded to family and friends at UVU starting January 28. The tests provided at this location will be administered by TrueNorth and offered free of charge by the Utah Department of Health. Only PCR tests are available through this service. Results will be available within 24-36 hours.

Students and employees may also utilize the State testing. If you test positive, please complete the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form. It will allow us to assist you and take the necessary actions to protect others within our campus community.

Freerapid testswill continue to be available at UVU for students and employees. Due to a short supply of this type of test, we ask that only those exposed to the virus or experiencing signs of COVID-19 utilize this resource.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are also available to students, employees, and those in their immediate families. We encourage vaccination as the best way to protect you and the community at large.

Please take advantage of these services. We also ask that you continue to follow health and safety guidelines. Stay home if you are sick and stay well!

Dx Half-time

Every Wednesday at 11:45 is the Dx Half-Time meeting.  You can access the meeting in the OIT - Public Team (in Microsoft Teams) in the Half-Time channel (Hidden channel). This meeting is only 15 minutes long, and everyone in Dx is invited.

board game lunch

On Wednesdays, the conference room will be open from 12:00-1:00 pm for all those who want to play board games on their lunch break.

wolverine sightings

Want to say thanks to someone for a job well done? Send a Wolverine Sighting!

pace wants to hear from you!

Did you know that PACE has an anonymous suggestion box for comments, suggestions, or concerns for the PACE board at If you would like a personal response, please include your name.

student center construction

The Sorensen Student Center is undergoing the first phase of its rebuild. The food court, UVU Campus Store, UVU Utah Community Credit Union, and Center for Social Impact will remain open during construction. See UVU's Pardon Our Dust site or the map of construction around the SC building.

events and parking alerts

Food Service Hours of Operation

Food trucks will be provided Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Fulton Library.*

*Note: Due to the weather, some food trucks may reschedule without notice. For updates on hours and Food Truck announcements, see their Facebook (UVU Dining Services) and Instagram (UVUDining) pages.

There is currently no information about Food Trucks this week (January 31-February 4).

Follow on Instagram: UVUDining           and Facebook: UVUDining Services

Restaurants M – Th Friday Saturday
Starbucks (SC) 7:30 am–6:00 pm 7:30 am–5:00 pm 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Scoops (SC) 7:30 am–6:00 pm 7:30 am–5:00 pm 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Scoops (CB) 7:30 am–5:00 pm 7:30 am–4:00 pm Closed
Taco Bell (RL) 8:00 am–8:00 pm 8:00 am–5:00 pm 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Mom Fulton's Cafe (FL) 7:00 am–8:00 pm 7:00 am–5:00 pm 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Jamba Juice (RL) 7:00 am–7:00 pm 7:00 am–5:00 pm Closed
Subway (RL) 9:00 am–8:00 pm 9:00 am–5:00 pm Closed
Wendy's (SL) 8:00 am–4:00 pm 8:00 am–4:00 pm Closed
Guru's Cafe (CB) 8:00 am–4:00 pm 8:00 am–4:00 pm Closed
Sodalicious (KB) 8:00 am-5:00 pm 8:00 am-5:00 pm Closed
Trades Cafe (GT) 8:00 am–3:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm Closed
CupBop (FL)
11:00 am–3:00 pm 11:00 am–3:00 pm Closed
Food Trucks (FL) 11:00 am–3:00 pm 11:00 am–3:00 pm Closed


New Store/Reopening Location Estimated Completion  
SC Construction Student Center June 2022
Chick-Fil-A Student Center Summer 2022
Panda Express Student Center Summer 2022
E.A.T.S. Student Center Summer 2022


half-time highlights

If you haven't been watching the Dx Half-Time meetings on Teams (on Wednesdays at 11:45 am), you're missing some great Dad jokes. Here are three animal-related jokes from the last meeting:

  1. Are humming birds just song birds that have forgotten the words?
  2. Q: How does a rancher keep track of his cattle?              A: With a cow-culator
  3. Q: Which side of the duck has the most feathers?          A: The outside

construction photos

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