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Programs focus on small business, knowledge economy

Separate programs at UC Davis over the next few weeks will focus on small business and the knowledge economy. Rep. John Garamendi is hosting the Small-Business Boost Conference (Aug. 26), while The People's Vanguard of Davis is presenting the other program, a community discussion on the knowledge economy and the university (Sept. 2). …


Women take the field with Aggie football team

Logo: Aggie Mustang

Huddle up! It's time once again for the Aggie football program's preseason Women’s Huddle — offering a taste of X's and O's, along with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. This year’s huddle, the ninth annual, is scheduled for Friday night, Aug. 28, at Aggie Stadium. Coaches and players will put the Women's Huddle participants through some fun drills on Jim Sochor Field, while also teaching the X's and O's of the Aggie program -- referring to the symbols that are used in diagramming plays. …


LAURELS: Housing officers association honors Galindo

Photo: Emily Galindo mugshot

Emily Galindo, executive director of Student Housing, receives the James A. Hurd Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. ... The American Historical Society's Pacific Coast Branch recognizes Professor Chuck Walker for his new book, The Tupac Amaru Rebellion. ... Jodi Nunnari, professor and chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is the new editor-in-chief of The Journal of Cell Biology. … Psychology professor Gregory Herek has been named to the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Justice. …


NEWS BRIEFS: ‘Bridging Divides’ workshop added

Graphic: Numeral

A third session of the workshop “Bridging Divides With Dialogue” has been added on the Davis campus. The free program is open to faculty and other academics, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students. Plus ... Orders are being taken for the 2015-16 campus poster calendar. ... Transportation Services announces an office closure and a suspension of online services during a switchover to a new computer system. ... The American College of Surgeons reverifies the UC Davis trauma center as Level I. ... Made entirely from campus olives, organically grown, UC Davis’ 2015 Estate olive oil is now in UC Davis Stores. ... UC Davis Extension offers free life coaching. ... The UC Office of the President makes its annual disclosure of systemwide employee compensation. …


UPDATED: Student health services No. 1 in nation

No. 1 in student health services. A green rating of 98 (on a scale of 60-99). No wonder UC Davis made the new edition of The Best 380 Colleges, published annually by The Princeton Review, a tutoring, test prep and college admission service company. …


UPDATED: Rocky fire punches McLaughlin reserve

The Rocky fire chars parts of UC Davis’ McLaughlin Natural Reserve near Clear Lake before exploding to 69,636 acres as of 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9. McLaughlin is the second UC Davis reserve to be caught up in the wildfires that are ravaging drought-plagued California this summer. …


TECHNEWS: Cyrus/Geckomail service going away

The clock is ticking on Cyrus/Geckomail, so, if you’re still using it, you need to choose a replacement by Sept. 1 or be moved to Office 365, which most other staff members are already using. And, speaking of Office 365, when you’re accessing it via your Web browser, you’ll see new log-in pages, one for regular displays and one for mobile devices. …


Front Door website greets new hires, prospective employees

UC Davis Front Door logo: drawing of house, building, water tower and tree

UC Davis is greeting new hires and prospective employees at a new “front door” — the UC Davis Front Door website — to help them settle in to their new community. Front Door presents information from existing websites or provides links to other sites pertaining to the Davis and Sacramento campuses, cities and counties where employees might choose to live, and housing resources. …


UPDATED: Charred reserve and trails to stay closed

Map: Wragg Fire (cropped)

UC Davis’ Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve and its trails are closed to the public until further notice, the result of the Wragg Fire that swept through much of the reserve last week. The 576-acre reserve off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa was almost the first thing in the wildfire’s path as the flames moved south and east from the lake’s southern tip, starting in midafternoon July 22. Early on, firefighters set at backfire on the canyon floor. …


Head start on Mondavi single-event tickets

Photo: Pianist Yuja Wang

UC Davis faculty and staff have first crack at single-event tickets for the 2015-16 season at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The head start sales period starts Monday (Aug. 3), four days before the tickets become available to the general public. And don’t forget: Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on tickets. …


Salary program for nonrepresented staff

Supervisors will soon be communicating with their nonrepresented employees on the subject of the 2015-16 staff salary program. Raises for eligible employees will be retroactive to July 1. The program for faculty and nonrepresented staff across both campuses is expected to continue over the next several years — something Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has long advocated. …


UPDATED NEWS BRIEF: Campus firefighters aid state efforts

Logo: UC Davis Fire Department

Campus firefighters are at work on the 18,000-acre Rocky fire in Lake County. Steve Dunn (captain), Nate Potter (engineer), and Jon Poganski and Eric Schultz (firefighters) responded Thursday (July 30) in Engine 364, which is provided to UC Davis by the state Office of Emergency Services. Additionally, Capt. David Stiles is still on an OES assignment as a strike team leader. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Heat + smoke = Spare the Air

Temperatures are rising, the Lowell Fire is putting up smoke and the region’s air quality is declining — prompting a Spare the Air declaration for Wednesday (July 29). Rides will be free on Unitrans and Yolobus as an incentive for people to park their cars. Plus ... Faculty and staff get a four-day head start on single-event tickets for the Mondavi Center's 2015-16 season. ... Unitrans announce expanded weekend service and other changes for 2015-16. ... Medical center tops U.S. News & World Reportand ‘Most Wired’ lists. ... Learning from the cyberattack on UCLA Health. ... Only $1,000 left to go in fundraising drive for new raptor cages. ... Longtime Aggie coach John Pappa dies at age 85. …


Unitrans extends weekend hours, adds daily service to Target

Logo: Unitrans London double-decker

Unitrans will expand its weekend service and add weekday service to the Target store, starting Monday (Aug. 3) along with other service changes for 2015-16. Other changes include a switch in summer night service to the J and W lines (instead of G and M), and the elimination of the H line (campus perimeter). …