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Reminder to sign up for regional Goal 5 information sessions

Join Associate Vice President Wendy Powers at one of five regional information sessions being held in late July and early August to talk about Goal 5 of ANR's Strategic Plan, which involves conducting a process to align programs and services with the 2025 Strategic Vision. The purpose of Goal 5 of the UC ANR Strategic Plan is to assess both current and future needs, strengths and impacts of our work, then align our efforts such that we are positioned to achieve the 2025 Strategic Vision.

The San Diego session has reached capacity, but you can still register for one of the other locations at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20857.

At each location, Powers will be joined by Raj Kapur, the consultant and facilitator who will lead UC ANR through the process; Jan Corlett, chief of staff to the vice president; and Mark Bell, vice provost of strategic initiatives and statewide programs.

Each session will held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch will be provided. From 10 a.m. to noon, the topic will be Goal 5 of the strategic plan, plans and approach being used, as well as current status of the work. Anyone wishing to stay after lunch and visit with the Goal 5 team is welcome to do so.

Before attending the session, please read the draft public values statements posted at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016-2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5__Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement.

The Goal 5 information sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – South Region Information Session at the UCCE San Diego Office, 9335 Hazard Way, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92123. WAIT LIST ONLY.
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Coast Region Information Session at the UCCE San Luis Obispo Office, 2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 – Central Valley Region Information Session at the Kearney REC, 9240 South Riverbend Ave, Parlier, CA 93648
  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 – North Region Information Session at the Redding City Hall Community Room, 777 Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96001
  • Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 – Sacramento Region Information Session at the Davis ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618

The information sessions are in person, however a video of the 30-minute Zoom meeting held June 20 can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiZ1CgyyEgM.

 

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Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Final reminder: Adobe Connect cancellation

As IT has announced in previous messages, important video recordings on Adobe Connect should have been moved by June 15 to avoid losing access to the recordings.

If you still have important video files on Adobe Connect that you haven't already saved to Box or YouTube, please contact IT immediately – IT Help Desk at help@ucanr.edu or (530) 750-1212.

As you know, ANR has adopted Zoom as the new conferencing system platform, which also has MP4 recording function, and therefore we are canceling ANR's Adobe Connect subscription.

Tolgay Kizilelma
IT Infrastructure and Support

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Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:38 PM
Tags: Adobe Connect (5), Tolgay Kizilelma (3), Zoom (1)

New UC International Activities Policy now effective

UCOP released a new policy titled International Activities Policy (IAP) drafted by a working group formed by the Academic Planning Council (APC), a joint Senate and Administration body chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Aimee Dorr. This new policy is replacing the 2005 Guidelines for the Establishment and Operations of Foreign Affiliate Organizations and Foreign Operations, which pertain to a narrow area of international activities.

The new Policy covers all international activities conducted by all UC employees and students including routine activities; it sets out governing principles, clarifies approval levels, and directs proponents of international activities to consider and address attendant risks.

The International Activities Policy is effective as of June 23, 2017, and is published online at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/2300651/IAP.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2:26 PM

UC ANR must stabilize and increase funding to serve California

Dear Colleagues,

As part of my job, I have the pleasure of talking to many audiences about the marvelous work you do. People are always blown away by the breadth of issues ANR addresses and the impact it has for Californians. From the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture in Washington D.C. to Silicon Valley venture capitalists at the Forbes AgTech Summit, I have met people who were surprised and amazed to learn UC ANR is working with individuals in every county to find solutions specifically suited for their community.

Past budget cuts and rising costs, coupled with serious concerns that our traditional state and federal funding may shrink or – at best – remain flat for the foreseeable future, means that UC ANR must develop new sources of funding.  To do that, we have got to start telling our story! 

Studies have shown California gets a 20 to 1 return on the state's investment in UC ANR programs and we have multitudes of examples of our impact. Those examples, along with other tools from our communications shop, are available for your use. Utilize them to keep your local decision-makers and stakeholders apprised of the ways Californians benefit from UC ANR's work in their community.

Invite legislators and their staff members to speak at award ceremonies, to attend field days and workshops or send them news articles about the impact of your research. Do the same for current and potential funders of all types. In short, educate them about the valuable contributions we make to the nutrition and food security of families, the sustainability of farms and health of the environment.

In 1990, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources employed 528 UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists. As of July 1, after retirements, we have only 278 UCCE advisors and specialists – barely over half of our earlier academic footprint. Those of you who are covering more than one county can really feel how very stretched we are to provide quality service to Californians throughout the state. These reductions in ANR's workforce were made to accommodate cuts in state support; since 2002, ANR's state support has been cut by $30 million.

To preserve research and extension programs as much as possible, UC ANR has carefully managed its limited resources. We reduced ANR administration, closed facilities and the administrative offices of several statewide programs and offered less in internal grants. At the same time, we have unfunded obligations including increased health care costs, pension liability and academic merit and promotion.

Even though our funding has stabilized in the past two years, it has not grown to meet the needs of the expanding and diverse California population we serve. To achieve our vision of helping the people of California attain a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and economic success in a global economy, we will need more support.

Please look for opportunities to build stronger relationships with policymakers and stakeholders. Personal stories of how UC ANR efforts have improved people's lives are best at conveying a message. If you need help explaining in general what UC ANR does or where we are located, use the video and map at http://ucanr.edu/WeAreUCANR.

It's been said that UC ANR is UC's best kept secret. I, for one, am really tired of hearing that. If you aren't comfortable tooting your horn on your own behalf, please do it for the people and landscapes that we serve. For UC ANR to serve our mission, people need to know what we do – and you are doing some great work. Thanks for all the great work you do!

Sincerely,

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

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Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:11 AM
Tags: advocacy (4), budget (18), Glenda Humiston (18)

2017 Annual Whistleblower Notification

The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The University's Whistleblower Policy provides multiple avenues for employees to bring forward concerns of potential employee misconduct. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring forward concerns about possible improper governmental activity directly to their supervisor, department head, Locally Designated Official (LDO), or other appropriate university offices or officials.

The University established a systemwide independently operated whistleblower hotline to allow for calls or web-based reporting from faculty, staff, and students with a provision for anonymous reporting. The hotline relays the reported concerns to appropriate university officials for processing. This hotline is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours per day and is capable of receiving reports in a number of different languages.

The toll-free number is 1-800-403-4744. Web-based reports can be made by accessing http://universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline. More information about the whistleblower process can be found on the UC Whistleblower website and on posters displayed in various employee areas. The University's whistleblower poster identifies other channels for reporting improper governmental activity, including the California State Auditor, the California Attorney General and locations for reporting fraud and abuse involving federal programs.

The California Government Code requires every state agency, including the University of California, to annually distribute to its employees a message from the California State Auditor that provides an explanation of the CaliforniaWhistleblower Protection Act. Please find the 2017 message at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/264902.pdf.  

Sincerely,

Jake McGuire
Controller & Locally Designated Official

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Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:23 AM

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