Larry Mullen Jr., drummer for U2

It’s A Beautiful Day

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Daily Distraction

Although most graduation ceremonies were canceled this year, virtual commencements abounded. One of the most prominent was organized by YouTube. The YouTube special featured Barack and Michelle Obama, who delivered the commencement address and served as hosts. It also included appearances from a flute-playing Lizzo, the New York Philharmonic, Alicia Keys, The Simpsons, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. And those appearances …

Two Navajos watch sheep being donated to residents of the Navajo Nation

Sheep Delivered to Navajo Nation

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19

Dustin Jansen recently joined senior staff for Gov. Gary Herbert on a visit to the Navajo Nation that included the delivery of 604 live sheep from the Farmers Feeding Utah initiative. Rozanna Benally-Sagg and her family helped coordinate the distribution of the sheep. The sheep were delivered to families in several communities—Aneth, Montezuma Creek, Red Mesa (UT),  Todahadekani, Halchita, Monument Valley, …


COVID-19 Risk Moved to Orange

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Telework

Gov. Gary Herbert has announced that Utah will slightly turn the dial from Red (high risk) to Orange (moderate risk) on Friday. The move signals the hopeful beginning of normalcy.

Healthy Together app infographic

Healthy Together App

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19

To help track the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gary Herbert and state officials have introduced Utah’s Healthy Together mobile app. Users will be able to take daily personal health assessments, determine their level of risk, schedule testing with their provider or a TestUtah site, and obtain next steps for care.

Special Session Recap

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Legislature

Legislators considered nearly two dozen bills during the first two days of their special session on Thursday and Friday. Nearly all of the bills related to issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alton Brown tasting his gluten-free cookie

Cookies From The Pantry

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Daily Distraction

Todd Anderson — who loves cooking and food, generally — sent this recipe for gluten-free peanut butter cookies. It comes from Alton Brown’s “Pantry Raid” web videos, where he uses typical ingredients to create simple recipes.

U.S. Capitol Building

Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19

A PDF poster of this order is available for download. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Paid Leave Entitlements Generally, employers covered under the …

A Conference Call in Real Life screenshot

The Future of Communication

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Daily Distraction

If this video doesn’t have moments that resonate with you, then you’ve never been on a conference call or video chat. The barking dog, the espresso machine, the $#%@! mute button. This is one worth the entire four minutes — and who couldn’t use four minutes of distraction right now? Thanks to Ksenia Choate for the video. If you have …

Global Connect logo

Global Connect VPN

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Telework

The Department of Technology Services is in the middle of upgrading our VPN connection from Cisco AnyConnect to Palo Alto Global Protect. There will be a different icon and interface to sign into beginning March 17.