IN THE LOOP | April 18, 2022

calendar items

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

Now through May 15

Annual FT staff performance evaluations

April 20

Talk with Tuminez - legislative updates

April 20

Dx All Hands meeting - in-person & virtual; lunch at 11:30 am and All Hands meeting at 12:30 pm (see Teams/email/appointment for details)

April 21

Benefits Fair 10:00-2:00 in Hall of Flags

May 6

UVU Commencement and Convocations

May 13

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

May 16-18

Summer University

May 17-19

Tableau conference - virtual (free)

May 30

Memorial Day - UVU Staff Holiday

June 6-9

AIR conference in Phoenix, AZ

June 20

UVU Staff Holiday - Juneteenth


As a follow‐up to recentUtah House Bill 238that was passed during the 2022 legislative session, UVU will begin celebrating Juneteenth National Freedom Day as an additional official campus holiday starting this calendar year.

While Juneteenth is commemorated on June 19 each year, the holiday will be celebrated as the 3rd Monday in June, meaning the university will celebrate it this year on Monday, June 20, 2022. This will be a new campus closure day, and a new paid holiday for full-time staff, as recognized within the staff holiday calendars approved by President’s Council. Visit the PACE Events webpageto view the staff holiday calendars.

need to know

reminder for DX all hands meeting

All Digital Transformation staff are invited and encouraged to attend an “All Hands” meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 11:30 am in CB 510/511. If you’re unable to attend, please participate virtually via Teams with the link included in the calendar invitation. The meeting will be recorded and be available for two weeks in the Digital Transformation Organization Teams channel.

The All Hands meeting on the 20th will not include the regularly-scheduled Half-Time broadcast; it will begin with the scheduled Talk with Tuminez broadcast (and buffet) at 11:30. Please see the agenda below:

  • 11:30 am – Catered buffet by Wallabys begins and Talk with Tuminez will be streamed to CB 510/511 (as well as online)
  • 12:30 pm – All Hands meeting begins and will include the announcement of Excellence Award recipients, as well as an update on the new Dx building renovation and move.

A big “Thank You!” to Mark Leany for providing gifts for employees that will be distributed at the meeting.

We encourage you to set up Teams notifications for the "Digital Transformation Organization" team "General" channel and check it regularly for Dx updates and up-to-date info on All Hands meetings.

*Please let Susie Nicol know ASAP if you have any dietary restrictions.

information items

PACE nominations and elections

PACE nominations are open now through April 26. Please take the opportunity to nominate co-workers (or yourself) for open PACE positions. To see a list of open positions, visit the PACE Elections website. You can nominate yourself or others through the nomination survey. Two nominations for any given PACE Office are required for a person’s name to be placed on the ballot. Self-nomination counts as two nominations. To be eligible, all of the following must be true:

a. nominees must accept the nomination;

b. nominees’ supervisors must approve the nomination and agree to allow the individual to spend the time required to fulfill the duties should they be elected to office;

c. nominees must be in good standing with the University, as determined by Human Resources;

d. senator nominees must be employed in the division they are elected to represent.

For any question or comments regarding the nomination/elections process, contact [email protected]at ext. 6848.

Unlock your benefits (FT staff)

The 2022-2023 Benefits Open Enrollment begins Monday, April 18, 2022, and will continue through Friday, May 6, 2022. A special grace period from Saturday, May 7, 2022, through Friday, May 13, 2022, will be held to give employees additional time. Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review and make changes to your benefit elections that will be in effect from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

To complete your enrollment, visitOnline Enrollment.

We are also excited to announce the HR Benefits Fair will be held in person this year in the Hall of Flags on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Be sure to watch for all university communications sent through HRMatters, UVAnnounce, and PACE, as well as information mailed to your home.

2022 summer university

The schedule for Summer University (Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 18) is now live on UVU's website: registration is not open yet). The keynote speakers will be former Utah governor Gary Herbert and James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy.

2022 Tableau conference

The 2022 Tableau conference will be held on May 17-19. It will be in a hybrid format with an in-person and virtual option. If you are interested in attending, talk to your supervisor. Leadership would like employees to utilize the virtual (free) option.

Performance Management Trainings and New Staff Competencies

The training sessions will introduce new staff competencies that will take effect July 2022 with proficiency evaluations beginning March 2023.

We encourage all UVU staff to register for a class atUVULearn.

COVID-19 Info Resources for Staff


New COVID-19 "Steady State" Protocol

Governor Spencer Cox announced Utah would transition to what is called a “Steady State” by the end of March. That transition has now begun and will impact UVU in the following ways.


COVID-19 vaccines will be available at UVU, including the second booster shot for those who meet thecriteria, until May 5 or until supplies run out. Vaccination remains the surest way to protect yourself and others from illness, and we continue to encourage everyone to become fully vaccinated. While the state is no longer providing vaccines, they will still be available through healthcare providers.


The last day of drive-thru testing is Friday, April 15. The last day of testing in UVU’s current clinic is May 5. After that, students, faculty, and staff can obtain free at-home testing kits from the Human Resources Office, Student Health Services, or Campus Connection. The testing kits will be available through summer semester. UVU will not track the results of the at-home test kits or provide contact tracing. Current contact tracing will also end on May 5.

The governor acknowledges that this is not the “end” of the pandemic. If we see another surge, teams and contracts will remain in place to allow for a quick ramp up if necessary.

We are pleased that the key metrics are moving in the right direction. Vaccines are widely available, treatments are more accessible, and testing can now be done at home. Still, we ask that you stay vigilant. If you are sick, stay home, get tested for COVID-19, and please do not return to campus until you are 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'sPardon Our Dust siteor themap of constructionaround 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.

Food Trucks this week (April 18-22):

Monday, April 18

Kolache Krave, El Taco Rapido, Chimi Salsa

Tuesday, April 19

Kolache Krave, El Taco Rapido, Chimi Salsa


Kolache Krave, El Taco Rapido, Fatty Tuna

Thursday, April 21

Kolache Krave, El Taco Rapido

Friday, April 22

None--food trucks will not be at UVU after Thursday, April 21.

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


Chick-Fil-A ad


IR gardening

Thank you to everyone who submitted a picture! Here are some fun things people in the department have been doing at home (in alphabetical order by first name):

Christine: I am not a gardener, and I practically kill every plant in my house, so this low-maintenance cactus was perfect for our apartment. I got it a year ago and it's still going strong!

Christine's cactus


Douglas: There is one pear tree in my yard. Looking at the picture, it looks like the tree will be loaded with pears this year. The daffodils come up every year, along with the tulips--they are the first to bloom in my yard.

Douglas - daffodils               Douglas - pear blossoms


Geoff: We're going to be upgrading our flower gardens. New bark, new plants, maybe a rosemary bush. Stuff like that. (This is Geoff's first spring in his new house.)

Geoff's flower garden


John: The cherry tree is in full bloom, but the large grape vine has yet to show signs of life. We're planning on planting an herb garden along the overgrown areas on the margin and perhaps some berry bushes. (This is John's first spring in his new house.)

John's garden


Jolie: Here are my only two plants. The one that is in the blue pot is a Chinese Banyan tree that will one day grow to be a full 40 inches. The other plant I have yet to pot since I received one of her leaves as a gift. I put her in water to grow some roots, and as you can see, she is growing very nicely. She is a hairy spiderwort and her name is Susan.

Jolie's 2 plants


Leisa: I have tulips in bloom, my peas are starting to come up, and I have 37 pots of strawberries on my porch that I am going to transplant once the weather decides to stay warm. All but two of the potted strawberries came from runners from last year's strawberry plants (the other two I bought from a greenhouse/nursery). I also have three celery plants in pots that I need to plant in my garden.

Leisa - tulips Leisa - celeryLeisa - strawberriesLeisa - peas


Stephanie: This is my attempt to "force" some rhubarb. The traditional terra cota pots are super $$, so I'm using a large bucket. Blocking the light is supposed to make the rhubarb sweeter.

Stephanie's rhubarb


Tim: A few Spring pictures from our yard this weekend… (apricot blossoms, unidentified purple flowers, poppies, and asparagus).

Tim - white flowers           Tim - purple flowers

Tim - orange flowers        Tim - asparagus 


Todd: I just built this strawberry tower and planted 2 different types of strawberries.

Todd's strawberry tower


Construction photos

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