Friday Update had planned to take the week off, but, in light of the appointment of a new provost, we decided to produce this special edition. Happy Thanksgiving!

—The Friday Update staff

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New provost appointedPhoto: Ralph J. Hexter

Ralph J. Hexter, a respected university administrator, scholar in classics and comparative literature, and former executive dean at UC Berkeley, is leaving the presidency of Hampshire College (Amherst, Mass.) and returning to California to become UC Davis’ provost and executive vice chancellor. He is due to take up his new post officially on Jan. 1. [ More… ]


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Campus’s Smart Lighting saves energy, serves as model for Californians

UC Davis this week turned on a new Smart Lighting Initiative to slash the amount of electricity it uses to illuminate its buildings and grounds. UC Davis is the first large institution in California to act on a September state mandate to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent or more by 2020. What’s more, the university intends to reach that goal in half the time — by 2015. [ More… ]

Inaugural UC Global Health Day to highlight student and faculty research

The UC Global Health Institute is presenting on Nov. 30 the first-ever UC Global Health Day, described as a showcase for research by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty across the 10-campus system. Conference organizers said most of the day’s sessions will be presented live on the Web. [ More… ]

Building community: West Village student apartments slated to open next fall

West Village student apartments, college facilities and a village square are giving new shape to community life at UC Davis. Construction began this summer, and the first apartments and the square (with space available for shops and restaurants) are scheduled for occupancy next fall. The Los Rios Community College District plans to open the doors of its $12.4 million Davis Center to more than 2,000 students in January 2012. [ More… ]

Fleet Services launches follow-up survey on Davis-Berkeley shuttle schedule

A recent survey regarding the Davis-Berkeley shuttle’s afternoon schedule received almost 1,000 responses, the majority of which indicated that people favored a later departure time from Davis. As a result, a second survey is under way "to further identify the optimal" departure time. Under the existing schedule, the afternoon shuttle departs Davis at 2:15. The follow-up survey asks people to pick a new departure time from among the following: 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5 or 5:30 p.m. [ More… ]

Video: SF Chronicle art critic interviews Wayne Thiebaud

Last week’s Art Studio Lecture Series featured San Francisco Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker in conversation with Professor Emeritus Wayne Thiebaud, and a video of that conversation is now available online. [ More… ]

British radio drama on stage — and on KDVS, too

Artist-in-Residence Lucy Gough is bringing British radio drama to the UC Davis stage, in her new work Hinterland, a two-part play about the search for the soul, premiering Dec. 1-4 in Main Theatre. Gough wrote Hinterland for stage and radio — and the campus’s KDVS 90.3 FM will take advantage of the latter format, by presenting a live audio cast of the play as it is performed the night of Dec. 2. Talkback sessions are planned after every performance. [ More… ]

Music department’s fall concerts, Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The Department of Music fall concert calendar concludes next week with four programs, four days in a row, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. A free Noon Concert (Nov. 30), by the Baroque Ensemble, is included in the lineup. The other performances: Concert Band (Dec. 1), Symphony Orchestra (Dec. 2) and University Chorus (Dec. 3). [ More… ]

Mondavi Center hosts the U.S. premiere of Natt I Betlehem

The Mondavi Center celebrates the holidays with Handel’s Messiah, dating from 1741, and something new: the U.S. premiere of Natt I Betlehem, a collection of Christmas music originally recorded in the Nativity Church of Bethlehem. The Mondavi Center’s holiday schedule also includes Fiesta Navidad, presented by Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. [ More… ]


Parking fine increase per Senate Bill 857

Campus parking fines are going up $3 effective Dec. 7 (to $43 for most violations); the extra $3 is a state-mandated surcharge for courthouse construction throughout the state. [ More… ]


Loop Trail: What Are You Thankful For?

Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m., Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve

The UC Davis-managed reserve presents its annual post-Thanksgiving hike, offering participants the opportunity to reflect along the way on what they are thankful for. [ More… ]

Craft Center Staff Show and Silent Auction

Reception, Friday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Craft Center, South Silo

Written bids are being accepted until 6 p.m., at which time a live auction will commence for any items for which interested bidders are in attendance. [ More… ]

Lecture and book signing with the ‘brewmaster general’

Monday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., Sensory Theatre, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

Professor Charles Bamforth, dubbed the "brewmaster general" in Playboy magazine’s recent "Roll Call" of the nation’s most intriguing college professors, plans to discuss his new book, Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing. [ More… ]

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