A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
January 24, 2014


The newly approved Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve has many interesting features for research and exploration.

Message from Leadership

The School of Natural Sciences' accomplishments reinforce Dean Juan Meza's belief that UC Merced is a special place with talented people.


From his endearing smile to his desire to help others, Guillermo Rivas is making a lasting impression on faculty, staff and students.


There have been a number of changes, restructuring and appointments in December and January. This gets you up to date.
On Feb. 6, the UC Office of the President launches a new website designed to make life easier for faculty and staff members and retirees.
Chancellor Dorothy Leland joined representatives from about 140 American colleges and universities meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama and officials from the National Economic Policy Council and the Department of Education.
Members of the campus community made Monday a "day on, not a day off" by helping out at a local elementary school.
Undergraduate applications for Fall 2014 hit 17,469, a 1.6 percent increase compared to Fall 2013 applications.
Michael Reese, who was recently appointed vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services, discusses his background and shares some of his thoughts and goals for the division.

Human Resources

An upcoming new employee orientation, professional development information session and investment information are among the updates from Human Resources.

Library Notes

A platform change for Literature Online (LION) is among the updates from the UC Merced Library.

Tech Corner

Faculty and staff can purchase Microsoft Office products for less than $10. Learn how in this week's Tech Corner.

Business and Financial Services

Organizational changes, a management certification program and campus trainings are among the updates from Business and Financial Services

Survey Says

Several cohort groups have recorded the highest graduation rates in the campus’s history.


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