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Thank You, Mister Chancellor!

When Larry Vanderhoef received a $5,000 award, he couldn’t think of a better place for it than the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. Plus, he got to shoot a little pool. [ More… ]


President Yudof announces furlough recommendations

UC President Mark G. Yudof today announced his recommendations for employee furloughs to help close an unprecedented budget gap. In response to employee comments from all UC campuses, Yudof is proposing a graduated scale of furlough days, with more days being assigned to people who earn more money. He also is proposing exemptions for student employees and employees whose pay comes from external sources; and protection of retirement benefits. Read Yudof’s letter to the campus community and watch his video message. [ More… ]

Campus forum addresses HR questions

Provost Enrique Lavernia and a number of other administrators addressed the budget situation and human resources questions during an open forum on July 9. Topics included layoffs and preferential rehiring, and campus efforts to place laid-off employees in other positions; the Voluntary Separation Program and the time-reduction program; counseling services to help employees and their families deal with anxiety and stress; and mediation services to help ease tension in the workplace. About 500 people attended the forum in Freeborn Hall and hundreds more watched via live Webcast. Now the Webcast is available online to watch at any time. [ More… ]

Survey: Most UC Davis employees favor furloughs over other options

Almost 5,000 people responded to an online survey on the three options for furloughs and/or pay cuts put forward by President Yudof on June 17. More than two-thirds favored furloughs as the “least bad” option over pay cuts or a mix of pay cuts and furloughs. Besides the survey responses, the campus received hundreds of comments and suggestions on budget plans, via the e-mail address. All the data went to the Office of the President for consideration in preparing budget plans. [ More… ]

Yudof: UC will remain a 10-campus system

All 10 campuses of the UC system will continue their three-part mission of instruction, research and public service, UC President Yudof wrote in a letter to UC chancellors July 9. He was responding to a proposal from some faculty at one campus that research be de-emphasized at three UC campuses, or that one campus be closed. [ More… ]

Alumni, friends asked to fight back for UC

As state support shrinks, the excellence of UC is at risk, say Yudof and Regents Richard Blum, Russell Gould and Sherry Lansing in a letter to UC’s 1.6 million alumni and other friends of the university. They ask alumni, friends and supporters to do whatever they can to help. [ More… ]

Aggie women blog as they golf at the U.S. Women’s Open

Golfers Alice Kim and Chelsea Stelzmiller, both juniors next year at UC Davis, are competing in the U.S. Women’s Open that began July 9 in Saucon Valley, Pa., and they are blogging from the tournament. [ More… ]

Booklet shows how to treat your fruit and veggies right

If you grew up thumping watermelons in the grocery store but aren’t quite sure why, this new booklet is for you. “From the Farm to Your Table: Consumer’s Guide to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables,” by James Thompson and Adel Kader, both of the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center, shows you how to select fresh produce and how to look after it when you get home. [ More… ]

Faculty experts on health care debate

As Congress and the White House wrestle with reforming health care, UC Davis historian Peter Lindert says a unified health care plan can work — if policymakers get the details right. Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis law school, says that many Americans believe that undocumented immigrants “over-consume” scarce health care resources. But the data does not justify this claim, he says. [ More… ]

Women in Wine

Female winemakers trained at UC Davis helped shatter the glass ceiling in the industry, paving the way for a new crop of female-run wineries that are family friendly and green. [ More… ]


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Arboretum Tour: Bring the Mediterranean Into Your Back Yard

Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden

Here in the Central Valley we have the right climate for Mediterranean-style back yards — so now all we need are shade structures and water features. Find out more during this free tour. [ More… ]

Seminar: Social Attention in the Age of the Web

Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m., 123 Sciences Lecture Hall

The COSMOS Distinguished Lecture Series is asking for your attention — during this talk on attention and how other people are trying to get yours at a time of momentous transformation in the way people interact, create and exchange information. [ More… ]

UC Davis Night With the Sacramento Monarchs

Friday, July 17, 7 p.m., Arco Arena

Staff Assembly’s Summer Fun continues with a WNBA game between the Monarchs and the Seattle Storm. The Staff Assembly ticket price is $10 for lower-level seats, with raffle prizes and a group photo on the court as part of the fun. Tickets are available through July 15. [ More… ]

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