A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
October 10, 2014


Every dollar UC Merced invests in the local economy is multiplied several times over as university employees, contractors, students and others purchase local goods and services.

Message from Leadership

Provost and EVC Tom Peterson discusses the campus's process of determining which areas are the best candidates for future expansion and growth.


Belinda Braunstein is making an impact by supporting international students, faculty and staff members with their language needs.


Karina Diaz-Rios, UC Cooperative Extension specialist for nutrition, family and consumer sciences, joined ANR on Sept. 2. Tapan Pathak, UC Cooperative Extension specialist for climate adaptation in agriculture, will start Feb. 2, 2015.
After nearly a year of planning, analysis and listening to employees’ concerns, UC Merced is launching a three-year strategy to implement a new compensation policy for non-represented staff members.   
President Janet Napolitano will discuss topics of interest with UC faculty members during systemwide Google Hangout. One of the panelists will be UC Merced Professor Rudy Ortiz.
University Communications undertook the redesign last fall, conducting research and soliciting input and feedback from a Web advisory group that included faculty members, students and staff members.
Nick Fong might not have had a lot of self-confidence when he started at UC Merced, but he graduated with the assurance that his experiences, his education and the community he built on campus would allow him to leave a legacy for future Bobcats.
UC Merced will award the prize during a Nov. 6 ceremony to Liuzzo’s three daughters, Sally Prado, Penny Herrington and Mary Lilleboe.
UC Merced-based multi-campus research institute shares innovations, developments and knowledge about solar industry and its future at 2014 symposium.
Here's a sneak peek at the next issue of UC Merced Magazine, in print and online Oct. 24!

Human Resources

In this week's news: HR will host its annual benefits fair; the campus resumes its Professional Learning Academy partnership with Merced College and free professional development courses abound for workers to learn or brush up on needed skills. Read all about it.

Library Notes

UC Merced Library touts the benefits of open access to research. Read more and watch the video.

Business and Financial Services

UC Merced's Recharge Committee resumed its quarterly meeting to review departmental recharge rates. The group also recently issued a recharge handbook. Also, check out upcoming training opportunities from Business and Financial Services.

Survey Says

Quick access to Fall 2014 undergraduate student data is available on the IRDS website.


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