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Vice provost candidates to share their visions for UCCE

Five candidates are being considered to fill ANR's new vice provost position, which will oversee UC Cooperative Extension in the counties. ANR members are invited to watch the five candidates present their answers to the question, “What is your vision for the next 20 years for UC Cooperative Extension?” The candidates will also describe how they would provide leadership and advocacy for a unified ANR program with a strong statewide, campus and local presence.

You may attend the seminars in person at the ANR Building in Davis or online via AdobeConnect at

The ANR vice provost candidates will deliver their presentations in the San Joaquin Valley Room in the ANR Building on April 30 and May 1. Each candidate will have 45 minutes to speak, including time for questions. Depending upon the time available, speakers may take clarifying questions from the audience or via the AdobeConnect chat feature. Questions will be restricted to the presentation topic and specific remarks by the candidate.

The vice provost will be a programmatic leader for Division research and outreach activity as well as serve as the administrative leader for county-based Cooperative Extension programs. The successful candidate will integrate planning and delivery of programs at the statewide level and represent ANR regionally and nationally as delegated.

The schedule for the presentations is as follows:

April 30:
8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.                     Candidate #1
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                 Candidate #2
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.                     Candidate #3

May 1:
8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.                     Candidate #4
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                 Candidate #5


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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Tags: vice provost (1)

Heartbleed bug

A lot has been written of the Heartbleed bug, and server administrators are diligently patching servers. As security experts have had time to explore the bug and its effect, they are concluding the threat is not as bad as first thought. However, changing your password/passphrase is a good idea by any account.

Here is good read on the subject:

Thank you,

David Underwood
IT specialist

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Tags: David Underwood (1), Heartbleed (1), IT (1)

VP announces 3% raise for academics and staff for FY 2014-15

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that at the direction of President Janet Napolitano, the University is making plans to implement a systemwide salary increase program for policy-covered (non-represented) career staff employees and faculty/academics for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Non-represented staff employees

Effective July 2014, ANR non-represented career staff employees, excluding student employees, will receive a three (3) percent across the board salary increase, subject to the criteria set out in the implementation guidelines that will be communicated to you in the near future. Please review the guidelines for further information. 

The effective date of the increase for exempt staff employees will be July 1, 2014. For staff employees on a biweekly pay cycle, the effective date of the increase will be in the first July biweekly pay cycle.

If you have questions about the salary plan for non-represented staff, please contact Linda Marie Manton, executive director, ANR Staff Personnel, at

Academic employees

The president has also authorized a three (3) percent salary program for academic personnel for academic year 2014-15. Please review the forthcoming guidelines for further information. 

If you have any questions about the 2014-15 salary plan for ANR academics, please contact Kimberly Rodrigues, executive director, ANR Academic Personnel, at  

ANR appreciates the many contributions and services provided by our academic and staff employees in supporting the University's mission and goals. The implementation of this salary increase plan will help to establish consistent and stable pay practices while also maintaining our competitiveness in attracting and retaining the best talent for the University.

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

UCOP conducts survey regarding disability status

As a result of recent changes to federal regulations, all federal government contractors are now required to regularly survey employees regarding their disability status. The regulatory change is intended to address a substantial lag in the employment rate of individuals with disabilities that persists despite technological advancements that have made it possible for people with disabilities to apply for and successfully perform a broad array of jobs. 

All University of California employees will soon receive an email asking them to complete a brief, voluntary survey about their disability status. You may have already received the email because some were sent last week.

UC has hired VR Election Service (VRES) to administer the survey. The email will come from the following address: The email will also include a unique PIN that VRES has assigned to each employee. To respond to the survey, you must enter the PIN and the month and date of your birth to authenticate your identity.  UC will use the collected data to assess employment practices and recruitment efforts. The collected information will remain confidential. 

ANR's Affirmative Action website has additional information. If you wish to review a sample copy of the email request you will receive, you may go to The information is listed under Disability Survey.

I appreciate you completing the survey. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Thank you,

Linda Marie Manton
ANR Executive Director Staff Personnel and Affirmative Action Contact


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Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Help UCCE celebrate centennial with May 8 Day of Science and Service

Our May 8 Day of Science and Service is quickly approaching. Help us create buzz!

How can you participate? I'm so glad you asked!

  1. Plan a local activity on your campus, REC or county office. Coordinate a community pollinator walk, visit a local school and teach about water conservation, or have an open house at your demonstration garden and add it to our California food map. Watch our webinar to get more ideas:
  1. Have kids or work at a school? Reach out to teachers, or principals, and have them do a classroom activity related to one of our questions. Download our lesson plans to share with them, under “Partner Outreach” at
  1. Reach out to your local partners and networks. Spread the word! We're relying on you to conduct outreach at the local level. Use our partner letters, press release, postcards and fact sheets to help in your outreach efforts.
  1. Visit and add your data to our maps. Add your dot to the map now to familiarize yourself with the process, (and to help us look more popular on May 8, of course).
  1. Join our social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram! Use the hashtag #beascientist to join the conversation and spread the word.

Together, we can help thousands of Californians feel more connected to the research we do every day. Help us celebrate our UCCE centennial by joining in on the fun today!

For questions, please contact me at

Marissa (Palin) Stein, MS
UC Cooperative Extension Centennial Program Coordinator


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Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

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