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OPEN ENROLLMENT: UC Davis-specific enhancements

Graphic: 2015 Open Enrollment logo

See what's new with the UC Davis Medical Group's Davis clinic, and with UC Care in El Dorado and San Joaquin counties; and learn about the rest of your benefit options, beyond medical coverage. Plus, the "what, when and how" of open enrollment (Oct. 30-Nov. 25), including a calendar of presentations and help desks, and a list of online resources.


The suggestion box is open for administrative transformation

Photo: Associate Chancellor Prasant Mohapatra

Associate Chancellor Prasant Mohapatra is asking for input from the UC Davis community on the university initiative he is leading: Administrative Reorganization and Transormation, aimed at building an administrative structure for the 21st century — an administration in which Innovation, creativity and quality of service are embraced in the campus culture.


Campus proactive on Native American graves act

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter outlines his hope that UC Davis will become a model on how to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in California, in a serious, transparent and balanced manner. Toward that end, the university has its first NAGPRA project manager, Megon Noble, who says UC Davis “will take a more proactive role, further engage tribes in the consultation process and aim to remove real or perceived barriers.”


Plenty to do: Power Girl, pets, plants, planes and pediatric fun!

Graphic: Heroes Run logo

UC Davis pretty much has your Saturday (Oct. 25) all planned out for you. On the Davis campus alone, you’ll find the Heroes Run and Valhalla Gala (a benefit for We Are Aggie Pride), the Animal Adoptathon, the arboretum’s second of two plant sales this fall, and the University Airport’s annual open house. The Sacramento campus is the venue for the BOO!-tastic Kids Health Fair, hosted by UC Davis Pediatric Ambulatory Services.


NEWS BRIEFS: View Thursday’s partial solar eclipse SAFELY!

You might have heard there will be a partial solar eclipse this Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23). DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN during the eclipse or any other time, unless you take proper safety precautions — otherwise you risk serious, permanent eye damage, warns David Takemoto-Weerts. The TAPS Bicycle Program coordinator is happy to help. He will set up a telescope equipped for safe viewing of the sun, and invites the campus community to come by to take a look as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. ... The UC Davis Quarter Century Club celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, with 237 new members — see who's on the list! ... It's the great, customized calendar giveaway once again — courtesy of Repro Graphics — but you need to order by this Friday (Oct. 24).


OPEN LETTERS: Police, ASUCD leaders on common ground

Police Chief Matt Carmichael says he wants "every member of our community to know that it is safe to report to and/or seek assistance from the UC Davis Police Department, no matter who you are and no matter how you self-identify." ASUCD President Armando Figueroa says, "I wholeheartedly support the effort led by Chief Carmichael and hope that his influence leads to progressive changes within police relations on our campus and in our community."


FOOD DAYS CONTINUE: Pantry drive, Farm-to-Fork Dinner, more

This week brings the second Food Day of the month, the Farm-to-Fork Dinner in the dining commons (open to everyone) and a brown bag talk on “Eating Right When the Budget’s Tight.” And don’t forget the campus food drive for the student-run food bank, The Pantry; and the weekly UC Davis Farmers Market, every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Silo Patio.


QUARTER CENTURY CLUB: 237 new members

The UC Davis Quarter Century Club celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, with 237 new members — staff and faculty who hit the 25-year mark in their university employment in the last year — and 64 others who hit the 50-year mark. All are being honored at this year’s Quarter Century Club annual meeting and dinner, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23.


Living their oaths: Vets and students host adoptathon

UC Davis veterinary students and professionals are upholding their veterinary oaths by holding an Animal Adoptathon on campus, with no-fee adoptions and veterinary services, on Saturday, Oct. 25. The event is grant-funded by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Our Oath in Action program, which “gives veterinarians, technicians, assistants and staff members the opportunity to reach out and connect to the animal loving public outside of the veterinary clinic.” Activities will include 4-H and dog club demonstrations, and face painting — with animal art, of course!


Chancellor names CFO: Dave Lawlor

Photo: Dave Lawlor

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi today (Oct. 14) named Dave Lawlor as vice chancellor of Finance and Resource Management, and chief financial officer. Lawlor has held a senior finance post at George Washington University in the nation’s capital for the last seven years and before that worked in industry in California, Illinois and Maryland. He will join UC Davis on Nov. 3.


NEWS BRIEFS: Smoke-free policy earns city proclamation

Graphic: Smoke- and Tobacco-Free UC Davis

As the Davis campus begins its first full academic year as a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, the Davis City Council issues a proclamation honoring the campus for its commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors. Plus ...The Office of the Ombuds has good fortune to share in conflict resolution trainings (and fortune cookies) this Thursday and Friday (Oct. 16 and 17). ... Campus officials have scheduled a “lighting walk” Wednesday (Oct. 15) to hear from the UC Davis community, especially students, about safety and the look and feel of the campus environment at night. ... Materiel Management and the bookstore are taking orders for caps, gowns, tassels and hoods, for use by faculty and administrators in fall commencement. ... Registration is advised by Thursday (Oct. 16) for a special evening seminar next week on “The Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning."


Police Accountability Board holds public forum next week

University leadership established the board last spring to develop and promote accountability, trust and communication between the broader UC Davis community and the Police Department. The board will hold public forums quarterly; the first is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, on the Davis campus. The board will provide an update and invite comments from the audience.


Nominations sought for 2014 Chancellor's STAR Awards

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is looking to light up the campus with a new class of UC Davis STARS, in the second year of the Chancellor's STAR Award Program. Nominations are due by Nov. 7 for the awards that recognize policy-covered MSP and PSS student and staff employees who have gone "above and beyond" in support of the campus's core values. Each award comes with a $1,500 prize.


Vet researcher launches UC Davis’ first Indiegogo campaign

Photo: Puppy

UC Davis has jumped on the “crowdfunding” bandwagon — setting up researchers with Indiegogo for online campaigns to raise money for specific projects. In the first such campaign, Benjamin Hart of the School of Veterinary Medicine seeks $9,000 for the first phase of a project to benefit dogs’ long-term health, by determining the optimum age they should be when they are spayed or neutered.