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An important message from President Napolitano about state funding for UC

April 14, 2015

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to ask that you join me in our efforts to secure full State funding for UC.

As you know, we are engaged in a serious conversation with Gov. Brown and legislative leaders regarding full State support for UC, including discussions about what a modern UC should look like, how much it should cost, who should pay for it and who should be able to attend. This conversation is crucial to the future of UC and, thus, California.

As a UC employee, you know first-hand about the countless contributions that UC makes to the people of California every day, from educating students and treating patients to scientific and medical innovations that help address some of our most pressing challenges. And as a member of the UC community, you also know that we are doing our part and working hard to control costs, operate more efficiently and develop new sources of revenue. But UC cannot cut its way to continued excellence. The State must do its part, and reinvest in public higher education so UC can keep its promise to the people of California.

For almost 150 years, UC has played a central role in the economic and social vitality of this great state. Indeed, California would not be California if it weren't for UC. We cannot lose sight of that fact, nor can we take our success for granted. We must continually protect and invest in those things that will ensure a healthy and prosperous future for us all. Full investment in UC is ultimately a full investment in the California dream.

Today UC is funded by the State, in constant dollars, at the same level as we were in 1999, even though we educate 83,000 more students and have one more campus. That's like adding an additional UCLA and UC Berkeley — without receiving a dime more from the State.

The California economy is improving. The February 2015 state controller's report found that the revenue estimates underlying the governor's proposed 2015-16 budget actually have increased by more than $1 billion — 18.3 percent higher than the original projection. Given the increased revenues available, there is an opportunity for the governor and the Legislature to put the university budget on track to recover from the deep cuts that came amid the Great Recession, and set UC on a financial course that will allow it to serve future generations of Californians as well as it has those of the past.

We need to make sure our elected leaders fully understand the contributions UC has made to California and to its citizens, continues to make today, and must make to future generations.

To this end, I ask that you join me in this all-important effort and contact Gov. Brown and your legislative representatives to let them know that investing in UC must be a top priority for the State.

The stakes are high, and we need your energy to be felt and your voice to be heard.

Thank you.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano


Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:17 PM
Tags: budget (15), Janet Napolitano (4)

ATTENTION, NEW ANR ACADEMICS! Save the date for programmatic orientation Oct. 27-29

All new ANR academics, please mark your calendars now for the 2015 Programmatic Orientation, which will be held October 27, 28 and 29, 2015, at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

This orientation is open to all new UC Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Cooperative Extension specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty.

Join Associate Vice President Bill Frost and our new vice president to discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the University, and see examples of successful research and outreach programs.  The program will begin at noon on Tuesday, October 27, and end at noon on Thursday, October 29. More details on the agenda and registration will be shared this summer.

In August 2014, 56 new academics (those who had joined ANR since 2009) met at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center to engage in discussions with colleagues and learn about the resources of ANR as a division. Evaluations of that orientation were very positive – 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5.

For new academics who were unable to attend the 2014 workshop, and for those of you who have been hired recently – PLEASE MARK YOU CALENDARS NOW – and plan to join us October 27-29.

If you have questions about the orientation, please contact Jan Corlett, chief of staff to the vice president, at or (510) 287-3343.

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This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 11:49 AM

IGIS workshops schedule now available

The UC ANR Informatics and Geographic Information Systems Statewide Program (IGIS) is pleased to announce that it has finalized the schedule of workshops that it will be offering for spring 2015. This series of agriculture and natural resources-oriented geographic information systems, remote sensing and global positioning system training workshops will be held at a variety of venues around California. 

Please visit for the schedule of upcoming events and to find a workshop near you.

For more information about IGIS, please visit


Maggi Kelly
Director of the ANR Statewide IGIS Program

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This announcement is also posted and archived on the ANR Update pages.


Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Apply for UC staff management-skills assessment by Feb. 11

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). This staff program is designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors, managers and professionals for future leadership opportunities at the University of California (academics are not eligible to participate). This year an integrated MSAP program is being offered with both northern and southern locations participating in one program that will include participants from the entire UC system. The program is scheduled for April 20 – 23, 2015, at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

UC ANR has just been given one slot for the Spring 2015 program, and we are seeking applicants to fill our slot. Apologies for the short notice, as applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 11.

We strongly recommend that department heads, unit leaders and directors discuss the program with supervisors, managers and professionals who exhibit potential for management development and encourage them to apply.

Eligibility requirements for staff participants include (note: academic employees are not eligible for this program):

  • Classification at “___” Assistant III Supervisor, equivalent or above
  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Designation as a supervisor or manager

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's (1) career goals in management, (2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and (3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.

The cost for the program is $1,095 (including all program materials and room and board for three days and two nights). This does not include transportation or other related travel costs. The cost of the program will be covered by ANR for the successful participant, as well as travel costs according to ANR policy.

Further information and the 2015 online MSAP application form (including applicant and supervisor components) can be found at: Applications are completed and submitted online. An ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection.

Completed applications must be submitted online by noon, Wednesday, February 11.

For more information, contact Jan Corlett at


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Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:33 AM

GIS training for crops and mapping offered on Feb. 17 and 18

Dear Colleagues,

The UC ANR Informatics and GIS Statewide Program (IGIS) is pleased to announce that it will be offering workshops on GIS for Agriculture and Web Mapping, on Feb. 17 and 18, at the UC ANR building at 2801 Second Street in Davis.  Please visit to register and to read detailed descriptions of these workshops, and/or see the attached announcement fliers.

These will be the first two of a series of four-hour long GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS training workshops that IGIS will be offering across California this year.  Please stay tuned for a schedule of additional workshops, which will be posted soon.

For more information about IGIS, please visit


Maggie Kelly
Director of the Statewide IGIS Program


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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Tags: IGIS (5), Maggie Kelly (2)

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