A biweekly publication for faculty and staff

Campus Lands in Southern California Spotlight

October 19, 2016

Nearly 30 percent of incoming students at UC Merced this year hail from the Los Angeles area, so it's no surprise the two of Southern California's largest media outlets recently had the campus in their sights. 

Chancellor Dorothy Leland visited San Diego early this month, speaking about the Merced 2020 Project at a conference on public-private partnerships and visiting UC Merced alumni in the area. During her visit, Leland was interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune for an article about the university's efforts to recruit students from Southern California.

And last week, the campus hosted Los Angeles Times education reporter Teresa Watanabe, who interviewed a number of students, faculty members, staff members, administrators and supporters before attending Friday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Merced 2020 Project. Her article, which focused on the expansion while highlighting the campus's past and recent successes, appeared in the Times on Saturday

In addition to the Los Angeles Times, the groundbreaking ceremony was covered by several local media outlets, including the Merced Sun-Star. The Sun-Star also printed an op-ed written by lecturer Tom Hothem, assistant director of the Merritt Writing Program, about an upcoming visit to campus by ecologist and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber.

Top Twitter Mentions

Proving that MC Hammer will always hold a place in the hearts of our campus community, a selfie with the celebrity and former university trustee posted by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Charles Nies is UC Merced’s top mention of the month so far.

The selfie stations at the #Merced2020 groundbreaking were a popular stop for attendees, allowing for immediate sharing via email and social and prints. Check them out in this Facebook album.

And UCnet, the official Twitter account for UC faculty and staff news, tweeted the special 2020-related Panorama Spotlight on founding staff and faculty members.

For more information regarding these news stories, email University Communications.