Summer 2016 Recipients
Chris Cassun - Law (Recipient of the Tom Loveridge Scholarship)
"Thanks to the Staff Council and the fantastic Staff Scholarship, I am able to inch
much closer to the completion of my Information Systems undergraduate degree at the Eccles School of
Business. As an Information Technology Specialist at the SJ Quinney College of Law, the IS degree
program has already been beneficial for me by increasing my knowledge of my profession. The coursework
has been very diverse and eye opening, and I feel as if it has made me a much more well-rounded
employee. I look forward to completing my degree in the Fall semester, which will help me to provide
a better technology experience for our students here."
Courtney DeMond -DFPM, Division of Public Health (Recipient of the Staff Council Scholarship)
"I plan on using my scholarship to earn the Leadership and Management Certificate offered
by Continuing Education, Professional Education Classes. By learning and putting
into practice the skills that will be acquired by obtaining the certificate it will
make me better suited and capable to lead the team. My greatest joy is encouraging
and supporting our staff to think about their career development and what might be
the next step for them. Effective leadership will promote connections made with staff
across the University so that together we can support the mission of the Division
as a team."
Ambra Gagliardi - J. Willard Marriott Library (Recipient of the J. Williard Marriott Library Scholarship)
"Thank you for the opportunity to receive the U of U Staff Scholarship for the spring
2016 semester. This scholarship will support my professional development activities by offsetting the
cost to attend the 2016 Association of Research Libraries Assessment Conference in Arlington, VA in October.
At the conference I will learn more about library-specific assessment and evaluation best practices so
I can better serve my library. I am very excited for this upcoming experience and grateful to the Staff
Council and the Marriott Library for the support."
Saolo Manumaleuga Utu - College of Archtecture + Planning (Recipient of the Alumni Scholarship)
“I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the University Staff
possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply
appreciative of your support. This fall I will begin the Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise
program with hopes of developing equitable and sustainable policies in the South Pacific. The
financial assistance you provided this summer has helped me in paying the educational expenses for the final
prerequisite to begin the program, and has allowed me to concentrate more of my time for studying. Thank
you again for your generosity and support.”
Christopher Sparks - Acute Psych 5-West ( Recipient of the Staff Council Scholarship)
This summer I had the amazing opportunity to engage in meaningful public health research
in Ghana. The research team that I worked with partnered with local KNUST medical
students to retrieve data on pain perception and pain management amongst rural Ghanaians.
One of the important things that Public health researchers do is gather research to
determine where best to allocate the limited resources available to governments and
communities, making the greatest positive impact. This research has the potential
to shape how rural Ghanaians can receive help with managing both acute and chronic
pain that can impact productivity, happiness and health.
Traveling to Ghana was a life changing experience. It cannot be summed in words simply.
The Ghanaian life is very different from my own. The opportunities afforded to me
as an American cannot be understated. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity
that both the University of Utah and University Hospital have afforded me through
this scholarship. My perspective and goals on what I should be focusing on in my life
and education have been sharpened and I am even more now convinced that Public health
is the key to making preventative medicine successful both in American and abroad."
Fall 2016 Recipients
Scott Bigler - J. Willard Marriott Library (Recipient of the J. Williard Marriott Library Scholarship)
"I am honored to be awarded this scholarship. The money will help me pursue a master's
degree in Library Science. I have worked at the Marriott Library for over 9 years and have come to appreciate
the value of academic libraries and their role on campus to promote student success. I have worked
with many exceptional students, staff, and faculty who motivate me on a regular basis to pursue
life long learning. This scholarship will help me continue to contribute to the mission of the University."
Matthew Plooster - University Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid (Recipient of the Staff Council Scholarship)
"I am so pleased to accept this scholarship award! Thank you and the University of
Utah Staff Council and Communications and Selections Committee so much for this scholarship. More than financial
assistance, which is incredibly helpful, I truly appreciate the good faith that it represents
in my potential to grow as a professional and, in the long run, better serve our Utah team and our University of
Erin Sine - Center for New Student & Family Medicine (Recipient of the Alumni Scholarship)
"Over the next two years I will be in the Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP)
M. Ed. Student Affairs Program and continuing my Assistant Director position for First Year Programming
in the Center for New Student & Family Programs. In order to continue down my selected professional
path and obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities required for my long-term career
goals, I must graduate from the ELP program. I have taken a few graduate classes in the ELP program,
which have lit the excitement in continuing my education. Now that that I am officially
in the program, I am excited to continue my course load. I have no words to express how grateful I
am to be in the classroom receiving an education directly related to my professional goals and
to have a job that I value and appreciate coming to everyday. With this scholarship, I am able
to focus my time and attention on both my academic training and current career position. With
this scholarship, I will be able to take the education I am receiving and apply it directly
to my work, which will be the ultimate on-the-job training program."
Jill Stephenson - Department of Family & Preventative Medicine (Recipient of the Tom Loveridge Scholarship)
"Thank you to the University of Utah Staff Council for selecting me as a scholarship
recipient for the fall 2016 semester. This scholarship will help me continue my graduate studies in the Master
of Public Administration program while I also support my two daughter’s higher education goals.
I will continue to aid the Division of Public Health with their new goals and initiatives including graduate
programs and partnerships at two global campuses; one at the University of Utah Asia Campus in
Songdo, South Korea and the other at the Ensign School of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana. The Division
is in the planning phase of a new undergraduate degree in public health and I will play a major role
in assisting with the approval process, initial set-up, and ongoing activities. And while these larger mission
goals and objectives are important, my most significant work is providing students and prospective
applicants with the information, resources, and support they need to pursue their academic goals."
Austin Stevens -Sugery (Recipient of the Hospital HR Scholarship)
"The scholarship funds will go toward my attendance at the National Council of University
Research Administrators (NCURA) Region VII meeting. I was recently hired by the Department
of Surgery as a new research administrator, and this conference will provide a valuable
opportunity for professional development and learning. My passion lies in medical
research, and my career goals include a strong desire to impact research on a broader scale here
at the University of Utah. I appreciate the support as I continue what hope to be a long
career at the U."
Amy Wiscombe - Utah Campus Compact (Recipient of the Athletics Scholarship)
"I will use this scholarship to attend the 2016 NASPA Western Regional Conference
in Seattle, Washington in November 2016. NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education)
is an organization that commits to be the principal source for leadership and advocacy for
student affairs professionals. As a staff member of Utah Campus Compact and a second year master's
student in the Educational Leadership and Policy program, attending this conference will allow me
to continue to expand my knowledge of what is currently happening on college campuses and how incoming
student affairs professionals, like myself, can engage in powerful thinking to better support
students at the U."