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UC LIVING WELL: Let's 'Move More'

UC wants us to “move more” during the UC Living Well Move More Challenge and beyond. The challenge encourages employees and retirees to exercise for at least 30 minutes, three days a week, for six weeks, June 23 to Aug. 3. For each of us who succeeds, we will earn points toward this year’s UC Living Well incentive — if we’re enrolled in a UC-sponsored medical plan and eligible for the incentive.


NEWS BRIEFS: Fix 50 and commencements

With family and friends coming for commencement, remember to tell them about the Fix 50 highway repair project in Sacramento — otherwise they might be late! ... You have until Friday (June 6), a week later han previously announced, to respond to Staff Assembly's communications survey. ... The official call went out this week for nominations for the 2015-16 Campus Community Book Project, on theme “structural inequality.”


LAURELS: Hildreth elected to Harvard's Board of Overseers

Photo: Dean James Hildreth

Dean James Hildreth of the College of Biological Sciences has been elected to the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. ... Plus, honors for other faculty members and several Cooperative Extension specialists, UC Davis Stores and the California Lighting Technology Center.


APPOINTMENTS: HR veterans named executive directors

Human Resources veterans Steve Chilcott and Irene Horgan-Thompson have been named executive directors of the HR units on the Sacramento and Davis campuses, respectively; each director reports to Associate Chancellor Susan Gilbert. ... Deborah Agee from the University of Texas, Austin, has been appointed director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, effective June 16. ... Professor Susan Ebeler is the new associate dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


A conversation with Pultizer Prize-winning historian

Photo: Distinguished Professor Alan Taylor

The Conversations with Writers Speaker Series has a date this week with UC Davis distinguished professor of history Alan Taylor, giving his first talk on campus since winning his second Pulitzer Prize, given in April for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.


Meat Lab students, manager are the stuff of champions

The students cut, grind, mix and stuff their way to multiple awards, including the championship cup, in a recent cured meat show. The Meat Lab manager, Caleb Sehnert, takes second place in the commercial division, for UC Davis Meat Lab Cheddar Hot Link Sausage. If you’re interested, you can buy some at the Meat Lab during its weekly public sales.


Tasty showcase: Farm to College, June 5

Graphic: Farm to College logo

Mmmmmm, Wild Oregon Shrimp Bruschetta, Beef Barbacoa, Seitan Fajitas, Cage-Free Egg Frittata, Summer Citrus Free-Range Chicken Salad ... these are some of the entree options you'll have when Dining Services serves up another tasty Farm to College event, Thursday, June 5, showcasing the university’s commitment to shopping local, and to sustainable production methods and the humane treatment of animals.


UPDATED: The commute's OK, the copters are noisy

Photo: U.S. Highway 50 sign

My commute to campus is relatively quick and straightforward: I get on U.S. Highway 50 at 59th Street in east Sacramento, move to the far left lane (or one lane in, depending on which lane has fewer potholes) and stay there all the way to the UC Davis exit, usually 20 to 25 minutes. All that changed this morning (May 27) when Fix 50’s Stage 2 (westbound) got underway.


'Health Happens Here,' with hammocks, hydration stations and more

Hammocks on the Quad will beckon UC Davis students to relax; hydration stations will offer a healthy beverage alternative (water!); and peer health advocates will work with students from underserved communities, to help the students make the most of their health care. Student Affairs is doing all this and more to help students make healthy choices and access the health care they need. The California Endowment is supporting the effort as a pilot project that could expand to other colleges.


NEWS BRIEFS: Reception to honor all new retirees

Registration is open for the New Retirees Reception, honoring all staff and faculty who have retired, or will retire, during the 2013-14 academic year. ... Everyone's invited to the Farm to College, Dining Services' tasty showcase of the university's commitment to shopping local, and to sustainable production methods and the humane treatment of animals. ... The UC Davis Health System has signed an agreement of cooperation with Orbis International to expand the use of telemedicine technology to help treat and prevent blindness in the developing world.


STAFF ASSEMBLY: Breakfast with Chancellor; communications survey

Photo: Smiling Chancellor Katehi at the first Breakfast with the Chancellor

Fifteen staff members participated in Staff Assembly’s first Breakfast with the Chancellor on May 9 — and you could have a spot at the table in the future. ... Staff Assembly is conducting a communications survey, with responses due by Friday (May 30). The survey stems from the 2012 Staff Engagement Survey, revealing that many UC Davis staff members believe communications on campus need improvement.


HIP funds OK'd for 9 proposals, 25 faculty

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter has announced the first of three rounds of new-faculty funding under the Hiring Investment Program, or HIP, aimed at taking UC Davis in new and creative directions. The provost approved nine proposals on topics that include Fundamental Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tropical Conservation Scientists, Solidifying a National Leadership Role in Poverty, Digital Humanities and Media Ecologies, and Neuroengineering and Medicine, and assigned them a total of 25 full-time-equivalent faculty positions.


Athletics news on the ground, in the water, in the classroom

Construction officially begins on a stadium for women’s field hockey; the Schaal Aquatics Center prepares for an international match, USA vs. Serbia, Thursday, June 5; and Aggie teams make the grade.


Memorial Day ceremony closes with taps and hugs

Photo: Dave Panconi, contemplative, at Memorial Day ceremony

UC Davis gave its military casualties — and one of their mothers — a loving embrace Thursday (May 22), at an early Memorial Day ceremony.