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UC launches medical plans satisfaction survey May 4

Dear UC ANR Colleagues,

UC is launching its annual medical plans satisfaction survey to learn more about what faculty, academics, and staff employees think about the University of California's medical plans.

Feedback from the survey helps UC Systemwide Human Resources plan for and shape future benefits offerings.

This year more than 32,000 randomly selected faculty, academic, staff, retirees and their spouses/domestic partners will be invited to complete the survey. DSS Research is conducting the survey on behalf of the university.

Beginning May 4, this randomly selected group will receive an email at their work email address from University of California Human Resources ( with a link to the survey. The email is not spam. Those without a work email address will receive a paper survey via US Mail.

I encourage you to complete the survey, if you should receive it. It is an opportunity to give direct feedback to UC about your medical plan.

The survey is completely confidential. Individual responses to the survey and personally identifying information will not be shared with UC.

Should you have questions about the survey, please contact DSS Research at 1-888-797-3605, ext. 4190.

Thank you,

Linda Marie Manton
UC ANR Human Resources--Staff Personnel Executive Director




Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM

ANR Competitive Grants Program invites 47 proposals

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the Letters of Intent (LOIs) that have been selected to move forward and submit full proposals to ANR's Competitive Grants Program. This year we received a total of 117 LOIs, inviting 47 of them to submit a full application. In 2014, ANR conducted a formative assessment of the grants program to evaluate whether the intended goals of the program were being met or if there were plans in place to achieve appropriate outcomes. As a result, applicants this year were required to address strategic initiative priority issue areas to better facilitate the identification and measurement of efforts and impacts.

To view the list of approved LOIs, please see the attached PDF.

2015 Competitive Grants Cycle:

  • Full proposals due: June 22, 2015
  • Technical peer review: late June – early September 2015
  • Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: September 2015
  • Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2015
  • Announcement of funded grants: November/December 2015

While the funds available for the Competitive Grants Program will depend on a number of factors, ANR continues to be committed to providing as much support as feasible to address high-priority issues.


Bill Frost
Associate Vice President

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:11 PM

April 30 deadline for ANR staff award nominations

This is a friendly reminder that nominations for the ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Program for fiscal year 2014-15 must be submitted to by Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The STAR program allows ANR unit directors, managers and supervisors the opportunity to nominate outstanding ANR staff employees and employee teams below the executive level. 

An appointed review team will review the nominations and select as many as 20 individuals and two teams to receive awards. To read the STAR award guidelines and restrictions and to download the nomination form, see the attachments or visit

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM

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

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