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College of Fine Arts Academic Advisor Rae Luebbert was awarded Advisor of the Month (March 2022) by the University of Utah Academic Advising Center! Advisor of the Month is an award in which staff on campus who have academic advising roles can give their advising peers recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in their roles and with students. 

Here are just a few things CFA students have said recently:

  • "Rae is incredible. She is very supportive while also being realistic. She always is prepared for a meeting and that really helps the meetings go smoothly, even when I have different things to bring to the meeting that I haven't included in the email previous she still seems prepared. It is also beyond helpful that she sends a follow up email with everything we talked about and all the resources I need to achieve. She is one of the reasons why I have gotten this far in school!"
  • "Thank you so much for your help. I feel less nervous and understand how to go about registration and my future academic planning."
  • "Rae did great helping me find the courses I need to take for next semester and answering questions about declaring a minor and the upcoming portfolio review."
  • "Rae was incredible and supremely useful. I'm making some difficult decisions with my education, and she helped immensely."

We are so appreciative of Rae’s dedication to student success and passion for the education of undergraduate students.

Congratulations, Rae!

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College of Fine Arts Internship Coordinator Kate Wolsey has been named one of 2022's Career Champions of the Year by the University of Utah Career & Professional Development Center!

Awardees are faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond to support students in their career development. As Internship Coordinator, Kate helps connect CFA students to valuable experiential learning opportunities in the community, and career resources that will help them reach their goals. She also leads the team of ArtsForce Emerging Leaders Interns as they help students articulate the value of their degrees and transition from college to the workforce. 

One nominator wrote: 

"I have seen Kate champion each of the students she comes into contact with – providing professional connections, taking extra time to address students' specific concerns, and following up with them to see how they are progressing with their goals. Once a student has met with Kate, she is invested in their success. She still stays touch with students who have gone on to exciting professional opportunities post-graduation, continuing to cheer them on and offer lasting mentorship." 

Thank you Kate, for all you do for our students! 

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College of Fine Arts Academic Advisor Samuel Banford is winning accolades for his exceptional work! Last month, Samuel was awarded Advisor of the Month by the University of Utah Academic Advising Center. 

Advisor of the Month is an award in which staff on campus who have academic advising roles can give their advising peers recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in their roles and with students. 

From the nomination: 

"Samuel Banford is a dedicated senior academic advisor in the College of Fine Arts. Students consistently praise him for the strong support he provides as they work toward their educational goals.  Samuel is detail-oriented and thorough in his advising practice.  As a team, when we are discussing students' academic situations, Samuel often anticipates problems with students' records and takes the initiative to solve them quickly - sometimes before students are aware that there has been a problem." 

Students echoed their appreciation. Here are a few comments they made after meeting with Samuel: 

  • "This was my first meeting with a CFA advisor as I am in the process of switching majors. It was a great meeting and I was able to get all of my questions answered to get started with the process of switching to the BFA in Graphic Design major.""Lovely meeting! I came into it somewhat nervous but it was quite nice. Thank you!"
  • "Love Samuel!!! I got so much help and feel reassured and prepared for this semester."
  • "I need help with one thing and he had already solved the problem before I even joined the meeting."
  • "WONDERFUL!!! Samuel is a very good advisor!!!" 

We join the UAAC in applauding Samuel for his commitment to our students. Bravo!

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As we near our upcoming Fall semester, The College of Fine Arts would like to remind you that all faculty, staff and students are expected to use Umail (not personal email accounts) for all university business. 

Beginning Fall 2020, the College will remove all personal email accounts from our listservs and will only use Umail addresses.

So make sure you are ready for a successful fall semester by ensuring that: 

  • Your Umail is set-up and working.
  • Your Umail address is listed appropriately on university webpages.
  • You check your Umail regularly.
  • You are using Umail exclusively for university business, including all communication with students, staff, and faculty. 

 

Umail FAQ's 

 

Why can't I use my personal email rather than Umail? 

The University and College expect you to use only Umail for all university business email communications. Not all email systems are compatible with Umail, so using Umail exclusively is the only way we can guarantee secure and consistent delivery of email messages.

I am having trouble using my Umail. Who do I contact?

The University Information Technology (UIT) Help Desk 

Is it okay to set up my Umail to forward to my personal email?

While the university allows this, we strongly advise against it. The process simply does not always work, and messages are often missed or not delivered/forwarded. Forwarding also creates problems when you receive a forwarded email to your personal email account and choose to respond; the response is sent from your personal email account, not your Umail account. So, delivery is not guaranteed, and you are now (perhaps inadvertently) using your personal email account for university business. If you choose to forward, you still need to check your Umail regularly, and please ensure you send and reply from your Umail account only. 

How do I check to make sure my Umail address is appropriately listed on the university website?

There are at least three different places where folks can find your email contact: the Employee Directory, your Faculty Profile, and your departmental website. Here's how to check out what is currently listed for you:

    • Employee Directory 
      • Login to CIS. 
      • Go to the Employee tab. 
      • Select the Change Bio/Demo Info tile.
      • Scroll down to see your currently listed email.
      • If an email other than Umail is listed, please update it with your Umail address.
    • Faculty Profile 
      • Go to https://faculty.utah.edu/index.hml
      • Select "Edit My Profile".
      • You may be prompted for Duo authentification if you are not already logged in. 
      • Your email will be in the upper right corner of your profile. 
      • If an email other than Umail is listed, please update it with your Umail address. (Select the pencil icon to edit.)
    • Departmental Website
      • Check your department's website. If an email other than your Umail is listed, please contact your department admin or Chair/Director to get it changed right away. 

What if I receive emails from someone from the University using their personal email account? 

We are all expected to use Umail. (See the University Email Policy here: https://registrar.utah.edu/handbook/emailpolicy.php.) Please respond to the sender asking them to re-send their email again from their Umail address. If a they are having trouble with Umail, direct them to the UIT Help Desk ( or https://it.utah.edu/help/index.php or or 801-581-4000). 

 

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For this episode of MAGNIFYING we spoke with Development Director Devon Barnes. Our creative community here at the College of Fine Arts is diverse and wide spread. With the goal of gaining a deeper knowledge and awareness of the people within our community, we bring you MAGNIFYING, a series dedicated to showcasing the talent of our students, faculty, and staff.

Tell us about yourself: Name, where you are from, what you do and how you got into in your field of work
My name is Devon Barnes. I am originally from a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I came to attend the University of Utah as a freshman in the fall of 2005. It was that fall that my new college friends decided to get a part-time job working for the University of Utah Phonathon; making outbound phone calls and fundraising on behalf of the University. I decided to join my friends and also get a part-time job as a student caller. It was with the Phonathon that I learned of the importance of fundraising and connecting alumni back to the University while sharing the impact of a gift, of any size, to the U. As many fundraisers, I feel as though I accidently fell into fundraising. A part-time job truly changed my life and I knew I wanted to continue this line of work by making a difference one donation at a time.

What has surprised you the most in your life?
I am most surprised by how much I fell in love with Utah and the University of Utah. Although I was excited to come to the University, I never imagined staying long-term. When I came to the U, I considered myself a “Philly Girl”. I always thought I would return back east. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and the majority of my family still resdies in the area, now. However, to my surprise, after experiencing the usual home-sickness and getting past that, I fell in love with the U, Salt Lake City, and everything Utah had to offer- from the Mountains to being able to camp under the stars in Southern Utah. Additionally, a few years into attending college, I met my now husband. The University of Utah and Salt Lake City is very dear to my heart and quickly became my home.

What do you wish you had known/been told?
Before classes officially began for me, my parents accompanied me to Salt Lake City where I toured campus and attended orientation. When it was time for my parents to return to Pennsylvania, I recall my father telling me that it was OK to play hard, but first I had to work hard. As an 18-year old, I simply acknowledged the comment and started my new freshman life in the dorms. After making mistakes and learning from those mistakes, I have come to truly appreciate the saying: work hard/ play hard. However, I wish, then, I truly understood what my father was saying. There have been times in my life that the work hard/ play hard motto hasn’t been so even. Over time, I have learned that those two need to be in balance with each other. To this day, I try to live by this motto and in return enjoy life to its fullest.

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For this episode of MAGNIFYING we spoke with Development Specialist Blake Bratcher. Our creative community here at the College of Fine Arts is diverse and wide spread. With the goal of gaining a deeper knowledge and awareness of the people within our community, we bring you MAGNIFYING, a series dedicated to showcasing the talent of our students, faculty, and staff.

Tell us about yourself: Name, where you are from, what you do and how you got into in your field of work
Hi there – My name is Blake S. Bratcher and I currently have the privilege of working for the College of Fine Arts in the role of Development Specialist. As a semi-recent M.Ed. Graduate of the College of Education, I began my time in Salt Lake City in 2016 moving from the small community of Tontitown, Arkansas. My childhood was filled with memories of a tight-knit familial atmosphere, one of which was supported by conservative ideologies that I begged to challenge as I got older. In doing so, I realized the profound impact that friends, mentors, teachers, and professors during my undergraduate years had on me. Therefore, one aspect of my life that I have always extremely valued is relationships. Relationships, no matter personal or professional, have always been the means of transportation that have assisted me in not only figuring out my own identity, but appreciating those identities around me. Now being 1,200+ miles away from home, the University of Utah and all the fabulous individuals who encompass it have been nothing short of supportive in fostering my own personal development and as a staff member. Anyway, I guess it is time to answer your question! In my last semester of graduate school, I was incredibly grateful to be a Development Intern in the Vice President’s Office for Institutional Advancement, assisting in research under Chris Ostrander, Executive Director of Foundation Relations. This experience, coinciding with my time as a Graduate Assistant in the A. Ray Olpin Union Administration Office, the field of Development (and the relationships within), had me craving more. My time in the College of Fine Arts has been filled with a broad spectrum of items, all the way from assembling massive paper lanterns in the 90-degree July heat, to playing a minor role in developing major million-dollar proposals. Would I change a thing? Absolutely not – Daily, I am reminded of how truly grateful I am to work with such passionate people. Also, I am reminded of how integral relationships are in supporting each academic area that makes the College of Fine Arts a vital component in creating the “One U” student. The field of Development is still very new to me, but as I am fortunate enough to be given new opportunities daily, led and advised by my incredibly knowledgeable colleagues, I look forward to welcoming the many years ahead.

What has surprised you the most in your life?
Depending on the day of the week, I either hate or love surprises. Namely, if the surprise involves cash, puppies, or a new car, I welcome them with open arms. But in all seriousness, I think the one thing that has surprised me most in my life is how incredibly privileged I am to be where I am today. All too often, either with national news or campus tragedies, we are reminded of the tribulations that our various communities are facing. During those times, including in my own experiences, people will naturally gravitate to those relationships who support, nurture, challenge and remediate problems that they may be facing. Therefore, I am surprised how much I lucked out in still having that tight-knit familial atmosphere so far away from home.

What do you wish you had known/been told?
First off, I absolutely love this question and ask it in my own ventures, simply because I believe it to be a prime chance for individuals to be vulnerable and honest. That being said, I wish I had been told from a very young age, and granted my parents said this often, that “Everything will be okay.” Yes, I do believe some things happen for a reason, but maybe not quite everything, and the outcome of those things and one’s reactive state is something I think to be heavily dependent on your ability to believe everything will be okay in the end. I acknowledge that I am a huge proponent of worst-case scenario thinking (and for the record to clear my name, I’d argue the correct term is realism as opposed to pessimism) but counteractive to that, recent reaffirmations have made my own confidence in this saying to be elevated. No, you will not get fired immediately if you have a minor slip-up in your job (you’ll learn, everything will be okay). No, the world will not end if you forget to call your mom back (actually, debatable. but everything will be okay). Although minuscule to most, this saying and the mindset it brings is something I should have known all along. And moving forward, I am cutting myself some slack to believe in it more.

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We spoke with Administrative Officer, Jasmine White, in the College of Fine Arts Dean's Office for this episode of MAGNIFYING. Our creative community here at the College of Fine Arts is diverse and wide spread. With the goal of gaining a deeper knowledge and awareness of the people within our community, we bring you MAGNIFYING, a series dedicated to showcasing the talent of our students, faculty, and staff.

Tell us about yourself: Name, where you are from, what you do and how you got into in your field of work?
My name is Jasmine White and I am from Salt Lake City, Utah. I work as an Administrative Officer in the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office and I also teach Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in International Studies and the Arabic language and my overall love for learning and education guided me to begin a career in higher education. I am glad that I get to come to work each day to help the College run efficiently and effectively to provide the best possible experience for students.

What has surprised you the most in your life?
One thing that has surprised me in my life is the amount of happiness living by the idea of seeking and valuing experiences over things has brought me. This idea is definitely not what society or the world promotes as a path to happiness, but it seems to work for me.

What do you wish you had known/been told?
I wish I had been taught a foreign language as a child. It would have been much easier to learn and master a second language while I was a kid, but it is never too late to learn something new!

 

Interested in contributing to this series? Contact Noelle Sharp.

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