Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 ANR Distinguished Service Awards, which are sponsored by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Academic Assembly Council.
The awards recognize and reward outstanding accomplishments in UC Cooperative Extension over a significant period of time in five areas: research, extension, new academic, team and leadership.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to recognize outstanding achievement by yourself or your colleagues.
The biennial ANR Distinguished Service Awards recognize service and academic excellence in UC Cooperative Extension over a significant period of time. Awards highlight the use of innovative methods and the integration of research, extension and leadership.
Winners of individual awards will receive a certificate and $2,000. Winners of the team award will share $5,000. Complete award criteria and instructions for submitting nominations are at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/322061.pdf.
Submit all materials in the nomination packet by 5 p.m., April 17, 2020, with the online survey at 2020 ANR Distinguished Service Awards.
For more information, feel free to contact the Academic Assembly Council Program Committee:
Jennifer Heguy, email@example.com
Keith Nathaniel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Kocher, email@example.com
Daniela Bruno, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Academic Assembly Council, visit its website at http://ucanr.edu/sites/UCAAC.
Three sections of the UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual were recently updated as follows.
Section 206, Gifts to UC ANR (https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/291694.pdf) was expanded to include additional information, revised for clarity, and updated for revised UCOP policies and delegations of authority; policy changes were not made.
Section 481, Commodity Research Advisory Committees (https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/67525.pdf) was revised for minor formatting changes; policy changes were not made.
Section 487, UC ANR: A Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment (https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/181051.pdf) was updated to reference UCOP's Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy; policy changes were not made.
If you have any questions about the Policy and Procedure Manual, please contact Catherine Montano in Administrative Policies and Business Contracts at email@example.com.
Gov. Gavin Newsom was in San Jose, the Bay Area's largest city, Feb. 27 to tour tiny houses that are designed as transitional living communities. Newsom said it is an innovative project that could help combat the homeless crisis across the state.
UC Master Gardeners are landscaping the community in partnership with HomeFirst, which provides services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County.
“The tiny home project is an exciting opportunity for UC Master Gardeners in Santa Clara County to address food security and sustainability in bridge housing,” said Katherine Uhde, UC Master Gardener Program coordinator in Santa Clara County.
Nominations are being accepted for the annual UC ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards until Monday, April 6, 2020.
ANR is going ahead with the annual program despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The STAR program is our opportunity to celebrate and reward the great contributions of ANR's people, and this recognition is as important as ever right now,” said John Fox, executive director of Human Relations.
The program provides one-time $500 cash awards to eligible staff in recognition of outstanding achievement. Managers may nominate individuals and teams demonstrating exceptional performance, creativity, organizational abilities, work success and teamwork.
Policy-covered ANR staff and members of the Clerical Unit (CX) are eligible to be nominated for STAR awards. Staff in other collective bargaining units, academics and members of the Senior Management Group are not eligible to receive STAR awards.
Nomination forms and program guidelines are available on the UC ANR Human Resources website.
Send your nominations via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 6, 2020.
STAR Award winners will be celebrated during an ANR recognition event on June 18, 2020, even if it's a “virtual” Zoom event.
The University of California invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy: Gender Recognition and Lived Name. It is proposed that the policy be fully implemented by UC campuses and locations by July 1, 2021, and it includes the following key issues:
- The University must provide three equally recognized gender options on university-issued documents and information systems — female, male and nonbinary.
- The University must provide an efficient process for students and employees to retroactively amend their gender designations and lived names on university-issued documents and in information systems.
The legal name of university students, employees, alumni and affiliates, if different than the individual's lived name, must be kept confidential and must not be published on documents or displayed in information systems that do not require a person's legal name.
The proposed policy is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Controller/Administrative_Policies_-_Business_Contracts/Policy_and_administrative_handbooks/ANR_Administrative_Handbook/Recent_Updates/.
If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at email@example.com, no later than May 15, 2020. Please indicate “Gender Recognition and Lived Name” in the subject line.