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Photo: Hands manipulate image on digital wall at the Welcome Center

Wow! What a welcome!

We call the UC Davis south entry the campus's new front door. Well, now we have a "front porch" to go with it. That's how Walter Robinson, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions, describes the new Welcome Center, which he said "brings the concept of campus hospitality to a new level of excellence." Take a look at the spacious "living room," complete with an oh so cool digital wall. [ More, with slide show … ]


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Another banner year for giving to UC Davis

Nearly 40,000 donors committed $149.1 million to UC Davis during the 2012-13 fiscal year, surpassing the previous year's total of $132.4 million and marking the seventh consecutive year that philanthropic gifts exceeded $100 million. The university set records for alumni giving and for gifts designated for student support. [ More… ]

Chancellor launches STAR Award Program

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is offering bigger rewards to UC Davis STARS. On top of the existing Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan, or STAR, she is adding the Chancellor's STAR Award Program, offering $1,500 awards to policy-covered MSP and PSS student and staff employees who have gone "above and beyond" in support of the campus's core values. [ More… ]

Feedback sought on Freedom of Expression policy

A broad-based committee has released a draft version of a Freedom of Expression policy and is encouraging feedback at a series of forums starting next week. The draft policy attempts to balance First Amendment rights at UC Davis with the university's responsibility to protect students, staff and faculty from a hostile environment as defined by law, and to allow them to pursue their normal activities. [ More… ]

1 book award nominee to introduce another at Lunn history lecture

One National Book Award nominee (UC Davis' Alan Taylor) will introduce another (Harvard's Jill Lepore) at the annual Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture in history. Lepore's topic tonight (Oct. 8): "Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister." … Taylor gives his own talk next week, on his nominated book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. [ More… ]

Ants and bees: Evolutionary question answered

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, a team of UC Davis entomologists has discovered. [ More… ]

E-commerce software vulnerable to hackers

A popular open-source software for e-commerce is vulnerable to being cheated, computer security researchers at UC Davis have found. By exploiting vulnerabilities in the widely used osCommerce software, the researchers were able to purchase items from online stores for free or substantially less than their correct prices. [ More… ]

Forums next week on proposal for police oversight board

Campus officials have scheduled five forums next week — on the Davis and Sacramento campuses — to gather input on a proposal for a police oversight board. … Neighborhood Court is in session, working fast as an alternative to criminal court for low-level, nonviolent offenses, and emphasizing restorative justice. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Athletics exec Gill-Fisher feted for lifetime achievement

Pam Gill-Fisher, retired senior associate athletics director, next week receives a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletics Administrators. … Plus, honors for David Campbell (Department of Human Ecology), Lowell "Tu" Jarvis (Agricultural and Resource Economics), Mike Davis (Plant Pathology) and Takayuki Shibamoto (Environmental Toxicology). [ More… ]

APPOINTMENTS: Kass, Lang, Singh, Aidam

Professor Philip Kass of the School of Veterinary Medicine has been named to the new post of associate vice provost for faculty equity and inclusion in the Office of Academic Affairs. … Milton Lang has joined Student Affairs as associate vice chancellor for student life, campus community and retention services. … Binnie Singh has moved up in Academic Affairs, to assistant vice provost, and Matilda Aidam is returning to the Davis campus to replace Singh as the director of faculty relations and development. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Open enrollment; bike auction; conflict resolution; calendars

Open enrollment is still about three weeks away, but UCOP has already posted plenty of information — including medical plan premiums — to help you start considering your options for 2014. … The first bike auction of the year is set for this Saturday (Oct. 12), rain or shine (it's indoors!). … The Office of the Ombuds is inviting staff members and academics to workshops on conflict resolution, in celebration of Mediation Week. … Repro Graphics is once again offering free, personalized calendars to the campus community. [ More… ]



Forums with CA&ES dean candidates start Wednesday

Public forums start Wednesday (Oct. 9) with each of the four candidates for dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. [ More… ]


Another California: Perspectives from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Opening reception, Oct. 10, and community opening day, Oct. 13, Nelson Gallery

Identity and politics as seen at the U.S.-Mexico border by artists who live in that area, among them Marcos Ramírez ERRE, who will give a talk as part of the opening reception and community day. [ More… ]

Homecoming: Pajamarino and football

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12

Join the Pajama Parade at 4:30 p.m. at Central Park (Third and C streets), then walk to the Davis train station where Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will greet the parade as it arrives for the 101st Pajamarino, starting at 5:30. The Aggies take on Montana at 4 p.m. Saturday at Aggie Stadium (pregame wine tasting event starts at 1 p.m. on Aggie Tailgate Field). [ More… ]

Common House Productions: Prelude to a Kiss

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, 8 p.m., Wyatt Deck

Slightly dark but touching comedy about a whirlwind romance that culminates in a single moment of hesitation on the day of Peter and Rita's wedding. [ More… ]

International Festival: Unity in Diversity

Saturday, Oct. 12, noon-6 p.m., Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis

"Come experience the world in only one day!" Entertainment, arts and crafts, food and children's activities. Tererai Trent, featured in the Half the Sky Campus Community Book Project, speaks at 5 p.m. Hosted by International House. Free admission. [ More… ]

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