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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.


Good fortune comes with conflict resolution training

Good fortune awaits next week in conflict resolution training sessions and fortune cookies, all courtesy of the Office of the Ombuds. The occasion is National Mediation Week, Oct. 13-17, and Conflict Resolution Day, Thursday, Oct. 16. (The ombuds staff will be passing out the cookies — with special quotes — on the 16th, in front of the Memorial Union.)


Evening program on retirement income planning

Registration is underway for a special evening seminar on “The Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning,” presented by the UC Retirement Savings Program and Fidelity Retirement Services, which provides record keeping and account services for the program. The free seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21.


Faculty and staff: Look for new, improved myucdavis on Oct. 15

After 14 years, myucdavis for faculty and staff is getting a major face lift, giving users new features and an overall enhanced experience. The upgrade follows similar improvements to myucdavis for students. Myucdavis consolidates several UC Davis Web applications and online services into one location. A single login gives UC Davis affiliates access to information, tools and resources relevant to individual academic pursuits or job functions.


EXHIBITIONS: 'Feeling the spirit' in galleries, museums

Receptions at the Design Museum (If A Tree Fell: Sustainable Wood Design), Oct. 9; Craft Center Gallery (Feeling Spirit), Oct. 10); Nelson Gallery (Lake Tahoe Sonification Project and MAKE: A New Museum for UC Davis), Oct. 12; and C.N. Gorman Museum (Te Ahikaroa/Home Fires Burning), Oct. 14. The Buehler Alumni Center is also hosting an exhibition: Lessons from the Tuolumne. Off campus: Annabeth Rosen, Bryce Vinokurov and art studio's The Invitation.


BOOK PROJECT: Thinking about disability

Book cover:

Temple Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism is giving everyone at UC Davis something to think about this year — disability and disability issues — in the 2014-15 Campus Community Book Project. the book project includes lectures, panel discussions, films and other events — on autism and the UC Davis MIND Institute (a leader in autism research) and many other topics, including ADHD and ADD, Down syndrome, special education placement, fashion for women who use wheeled chairs and wheelchairs, and even disability in comics.