Patrick Lenz, UC’s vice president for budget and capital resources, issued the following statement today, Jan. 9, 2014, after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a state budget for 2014–15:
“The leadership of the University of California appreciates Gov. Brown's commitment to full funding for the second year of his multi-year budget plan for the university. The governor is proposing an additional $142.2 million from the state general fund, representing a 5 percent increase in state funding for UC over the previous year. The governor also proposes $50 million for Innovation Awards to increase the number of baccalaureate degrees, reduce the time to degree and ease the transfer process for California Community College students. This is a competitive grant program open to UC, California State University and the community college systems. UC already exceeds its national comparison institutions in time to degree; however, we welcome any funding that would increase the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded and create greater transparency for community college transfers.
“The governor’s proposed increase in state general funds and UC’s continuing efforts to achieve savings through administrative efficiencies will preclude any tuition increase in the 2014–15 academic year. In addition, UC students will benefit from the state's new Middle Class Scholarship Program to be implemented in the fall of 2014. This program will provide a 40 percent reduction in tuition and fees for families with incomes up to $150,000. While only 30 percent of UC students pay full tuition and fees, the Middle Class Scholarship Program will provide greater assistance to students who may not qualify for financial aid or may qualify only for partial aid.
"The University of California will continue working with the governor and the Legislature to recognize funding priorities for enrolling more California first-time freshmen and community college transfers as well as the critical need to reinvest in the academic quality that allows more faculty hiring, graduate student support, and funding for instructional equipment, technology and UC libraries."
Dr. John Stobo, University of California senior vice president for health sciences and services, has issued the following statement about UC's Smoke & Tobacco-free Policy:
The University of California is committed to maintaining a healthy and clean working and learning environment for our employees, students, patients and visitors. As a leading education, research and service university, UC has taken a proactive role in addressing the impact of smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco is the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. The health risks of tobacco use for smokers and secondhand smoke for non-smokers are well established. In addition to serious health risks, there also are environmental concerns from chemicals in cigarette butts that can leach into the soil and waterways.
The University of California Smoke & Tobacco-free Policy is a new systemwide policy that provides an environment that is free of tobacco and smoke in an effort to create a clean, healthy working and learning atmosphere. This policy benefits everyone.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the University of California will be entirely smoke- and tobacco-free. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew and any other non-combustible tobacco product will be prohibited across all campuses and facilities, including inside buildings, outdoor areas and sidewalks, parking lots, and residential housing areas.
This is a major change for many people and will require all members of the university community to be ambassadors for this initiative. The university is wholly committed to helping faculty, staff and students who want to quit smoking by offering an extensive selection of cessation resources such as health plan benefit programs, one-on-one or group cessation and education, and referrals to cessation resources.
I would like to congratulate the University of California campuses for their successful implementation of this policy as part of their ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the entire university community. Thank you for your contribution to maintaining the university's culture of health and safety.
For more information on the Smoke & Tobacco-free Policy and a comprehensive guide to cessation resources for university staff and students, including mobile apps, links to multiple websites and other helpful resources, please visit ucal.us/tobaccofree.
The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is calling for nominations for the 2014 Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.
The award recognizes and honors individuals who exhibit the leadership, work ethic and integrity epitomized by the late Eric Bradford, a livestock geneticist who gave 50 years of service to UC Davis, and the late Charlie Rominger, a fifth-generation Yolo County farmer and land preservationist.
Nominations are welcome for UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors and specialists as well as UC Davis graduate students, faculty members, and in special cases, alumni, for their work toward agricultural sustainability.
Award recipients will receive a cash prize and may be invited to give a lecture sponsored by ASI, which manages the award and selection process. Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 13.
To nominate someone or for more information, visit http://www.asi.ucdavis.edu/awards/br-award/br-award.
ANR members no longer need to pay for an ESRI license or software from a campus. ANR is now providing them at no cost to employees through the UC Informatics & Geographic Information Systems Statewide Program (UC IGIS).
To purchase a new or renewed ESRI license/software, simply visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/IGIS/ESRI_Software and complete the brief survey there. UC ANR staff will then email you a license file so you can enable your new software (including GIS tools, tutorials and data).
You might still receive an email from a UC campus asking if you will be purchasing a new license or software from them this year. You may disregard the request.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UC IGIS staff at email@example.com.
Our colleagues at UC Berkeley sent out the following message with activities they have planned to show support for the students and families affected by Typhoon Yolanda (also called Typhoon Haiyan) in the Philippines. They invite the ANR community to join them.
Dearest campus community,
As our hearts and thoughts go out to the students and families who were impacted by the disastrous effects of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, the Pilipino/Pilipino American student community at Cal has mobilized a relief fundraising initiative called, "Act for the Philippines," in collaboration with the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Office of the President, and the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA). Berkeley in itself stands to be a global community and we want to make sure that we act as one. Besides raising awareness regarding the recent occurrences in the Philippines, our goal for mobilization efforts is to raise $10,000 in monetary donations to be directed towards the immediate relief efforts of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). NAFCON is currently partnering with numerous other colleges and universities across the nation as well.
The following details all the mobilization efforts that have been organized thus far:
1.) #Act4thePhilippines Ribbons for Relief (November 14-27, 10AM-2PM, daily on Sproul Plaza)
Ribbons with the colors of the Philippine flag will be available on a $2 sliding donation scale on Sproul Plaza through the Pilipino/Pilipino American organizations. Tables will also be set up outside select dining commons starting Monday, November 18 to continue ribbon sales. If you, your student group, or campus department is interested in helping sell these ribbons, please visit tinyurl.com/sellribbons.
2.) A Moment of Silence for Victims of the Typhoon (Wednesday, November 20, 11AM on Mario Savio Steps)
Time will be dedicated to all those who passed and to stand in solidarity with the typhoon victims in the Philippines. Volunteers will be on Savio Steps on Sproul Plaza wearing white shirts to raise awareness for the candlelight event the following day (read below). Tables will be set-up for people to obtain ribbons and continue to donate.
3.) A Candlelit Night of Solidarity (Thursday, November 21, 4:30-6PM on Mario Savio Steps)
Candles will be lit and donation booths will be set-up for this night. We will be having a simple program with guest speakers and performers. The entire campus and Berkeley community are invited to join us this night to light a candle, to donate towards the immediate relief operations, and to ultimately come together as one community. We ask that members of the community wear white shirts to show support as one.
We ask that you (1) consider attending this Candlelit Night of Solidarity, (2) publicize these events and efforts of the entire Berkeley community through your networks, and (3) encourage your departments to facilitate pooling monetary donations and direct those towards our Act for the Philippines campaign. We appreciate any support that you and your respective communities can provide in these communitywide and global mobilization efforts.
For campus department donations:
Please make checks payable to ASUC Office of the President (all proceeds will be collected into one donation to NAFCON) and deliver all contributions to the LEAD Center front desk at 102 Hearst Gym, M-F 9AM-6PM.
We thank you in advance for your kind considerations and support through this difficult time. It is our collective action that makes our efforts truly speak to a commitment of maintaining and fostering a global community.
DeeJay Pepito, ASUC President
Vincent Canlas, RHA President
Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor
Harry LeGrande, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs