The period for public comment on the 123 proposed new UCCE positions closes July 21.
ANR leadership strongly encourages engaging external stakeholders in the process, including commodity groups, cooperating programs, agency partners, community groups and others to explicitly discuss priority needs for positions. They are invited to review and leave comments at http://ucanr.edu/2014CallforPositions.
To comment on a proposal, find the position at the bottom of http://ucanr.edu/2014CallforPositions. Above the list there is a search tool. Click the proposal title link and write in the “comments” text box. If desired, stakeholders may include their title and/or organization.
The value of the comments is not in the quantity but the quality. These comments are not being used as votes. One collective set of thoughtful comments from an organization or group that explain why the position is important based on filling a critical need means more than an overwhelming number of comments that simply state support. Comments are publicly available and will be reviewed by the review teams, UC ANR Program Council and Vice President Allen-Diaz.
VP Barbara Allen-Diaz held a town hall today (April 29) for ANR employees to discuss the UC ANR Work Environment Assessment. Jan Corlett, the VP's chief of staff, presented results of the survey. They both answered questions from the audience.
The UC ANR Work Environment Assessment results are based on a 64 percent response rate from UC Cooperative Extension specialists, UCCE advisors and staff located throughout the state. However, these results do not include Agricultural Extension Service faculty and UCCE specialists located on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses who received the campus survey; or staff in Oakland who received the UCOP survey.
UC's policy on supplement to military pay is scheduled to end on June 30, 2014. It is the University's desire to continue to provide reasonable assistance to academic and staff personnel who are called to active military duty in the Overseas Operations Contingency campaign. The proposed revisions renew the policy for another four-year period, effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2018.
Under the policy, the University provides eligible employees with supplemental payments equal to the difference between the employees' university base pay and their military pay and allowances until the end of an employee's active military duty, or until June 30, 2014, while on active military duty in the Overseas Operations Contingency campaign.
In addition, while employees receive the military pay supplement, the University continues to pay the UC contribution to their health plan premiums. For employees who are not eligible for the supplement to military pay because their military pay exceeds their University wages, and who elect to continue their University plan coverage, the University pays the UC contribution to health plan premiums. Benefits under the Policy are subject to a two-year lifetime limit.
The revised policy reflecting the proposed four-year renewal is posted at: http://ucop.edu/human-resources/_files/psmp-draft.pdf.
Employees who wish to provide comments on this policy may submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10, 2014.
In response to my April 15 email about the Heartbleed bug, I have received some feedback. Although I noted that the threat is not as bad as first thought, I advised changing your password/passphrase as a precaution. Some of you have asked, “How do I change my Kerberos password?”
To change your Kerberos password, go to http://accounts.ucdavis.edu and click on “Change your passphrase.”
You should also consider changing passwords for other websites you log in to, after they pass the vulnerability test. The following are tools to check a website for Heartbleed vulnerability:
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If you missed the president's webchat with staff, a recap and video are posted at http://link.ucop.edu/2014/04/21/uc-president-janet-napolitano-holds-webchat-with-staff. Below is the original announcement.
Join University of California President Janet Napolitano and staff employees from across the UC system on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. for a one-hour online conversation. Topics will include campus climate survey results, compensation and benefits and investments in technology and infrastructure.
President Napolitano will share with employees her views on these issues, discuss her priorities for the university, and speak with staff about their concerns, hopes and challenges.
This is the second in a series of Google Hangouts between President Napolitano and various groups within the UC community to help foster open and ongoing dialogue concerning university issues. The president held a webchat with students in January [https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/crrgpgkc0j00qb22i6land19j80], and a Hangout with faculty is being planned for later this year.
Kathy Barton, Staff Advisor to the Regents and executive director of strategic initiatives for the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will moderate the discussion.
The panelists for this Hangout will be:
- Donna Coyne, Staff Advisor-designate and UC Santa Barbara associate director of admissions
- Susan Forstat, UC San Francisco health care facilitator
- Rob Kerner, IT manager for the UC Davis Plant Sciences department and incoming chair of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA)
- Mia Watson, UCLA community programs office advisor
- Sarah Woodside, associate college administrative officer at UC Santa Cruz
President Napolitano will be taking questions from the online staff audience as well as the panelists.
Sign up for the webchat at https://plus.google.com/events/c4saqghab1bsjc2beoc7gae540c. You can post your questions in the comments section prior to the Hangout, or during the session. Just sign in with your Google account.