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Save the date: ANR town hall March 21

Please join ANR leaders for a virtual town hall discussion March 21 from 11 a.m. to noon.

In an effort to better connect ANR members across state, we will hold an hour-long town hall via Zoom to update you on UCPath, ANR's budget and other current topics and answer your questions.

Glenda Humiston, Tu Tran and I will be participating to provide information and answer questions.

During the town hall, participants may submit questions and comments via the Zoom chat box.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Or join by phone:

  • Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
  • US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 
    Webinar ID: 945 480 090
  • International numbers available:

Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 3:01 PM
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Staff Market Adjustment Plan enters third year

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, attracting and retaining highly qualified employees is a top priority for UC ANR. One of the key goals of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan is to address the competitiveness of the compensation for our staff and academics.

In February 2017, I approved a four-year Market-based Adjustment Plan for non-represented staff to ensure salaries of existing staff are better aligned with the labor market. Using UC Career Tracks, each year UC ANR Human Resources identifies, reviews and addresses the salaries of non-represented staff members whose pay is not in the targeted competitive zone.

All non-represented staff are eligible to participate in this plan, regardless of their position's funding source. Staff whose compensation has fallen behind market rates have received increases in each of the last two years, in addition to the annual staff merit program. This represents a significant investment in staff compensation by UC ANR. Implementing this plan over a four-year period allows us to manage the fiscal impact of the salary adjustments.

We are now implementing year three of the four-year plan, effective February 2019. Eligible employees will be notified individually in the next two weeks. For monthly paid employees, the adjustment will be included in April 1 paychecks retroactive to February 1. For bi-weekly paid employees, the adjustment will be included in April 3 paychecks retroactive to January 27. These market-based adjustments are separate and distinct from any merit program approved centrally by President Napolitano. 

For more information, please read the FAQs at


Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10:32 AM

UCPath cutover postponed for UC ANR and UC Davis

In a Feb. 28 meeting, President Napolitano, UC Davis Chancellor May, UC Berkeley Chancellor Christ and Vice President Humiston agreed to postpone UCPath implementation at UC Davis and UC ANR as recommended by the UCPath program leadership and its executive sponsors. This postponement is necessary to allow time to properly analyze and resolve critical issues related to the readiness level at UC Davis and the UC Davis Health System due to data accuracy and compounding complexities of the downstream system interfaces.

UC ANR's readiness to go live in UCPath meets required specifications thanks in part to our smaller population and a centralized administrative structure. However, it is not feasible for UC ANR to cut over to UCPath independent of UC Davis in the short time necessary to meet the April cutover because we use many UC Davis systems. Therefore, Vice President Humiston voted to postpone UC ANR's cutover as well.  

Cutover activities for UC Berkeley will proceed as planned for the March and April dates.

We are working now with our partners at UC Davis and the UCPath central project team to analyze deployment options and to identify a new target go-live date. It is my sincere hope that we will be able to go live this summer in concert with our campus partners at UC Davis. 

Although we are disappointed about the delay, I am proud of the outstanding work our teams have done to meet project milestones and demonstrate our readiness to go live on schedule.  Our project team has been recognized for taking the lead role among UC locations in testing and readiness activities. I'd like to share VP Humiston's thanks to all involved for a remarkable job and ask that we stay engaged in this very strategic and important project.

We will use the next few months to continue our training and preparation activities so that UC ANR maintains its readiness level to achieve a smooth transition. We will keep you apprised of any updates.

Tu M. Tran 
Associate Vice President, Business Operations


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Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:40 AM
Tags: Tu Tran (10), UCPath (8)

Program Team meetings, fire summit and programmatic orientation dates set

Vision 20/20: A fire-resilient California: April 16-17, and ANR-only follow-up meeting, April 18, Redding CA

The fire summit will bring together community leaders, policymakers, and movers and shakers—people like you!—from a wide range of disciplines on April 16-17. Vision 20/20: A Fire-resilient California will expand our understanding of California's fire problem and provide an opportunity to build connectivity, interaction, and integration across disciplines and better understand the complexity of and find solutions to California's wildfire challenge.

On April 18, we'll have an internal ANR meeting where we can share our own work in fire and strategize how together we can better respond to California's fire challenges at local and regional levels. We hope ANR academics and staff from a wide range of disciplines will attend. Travel funds will be available for ANR-affiliated academics and programmatic staff.

Open to ANR academics and programmatic staff – registration now open.

UC ANR Programmatic Orientation: April 23-25, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA

Plan to join ANR leadership for the Programmatic Orientation to discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the University, as well as see examples of successful research and outreach programs. Take this opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues about the resources and opportunities available through ANR as a division. 

All early career UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, academic coordinators and administrators are invited to attend – registration now open.

Upcoming Program Team meetings

                Water Resources PT – March 5-7 – Registration

                Positive Youth Development Meeting – March 18-20 – Registration

                Pomology (PECC) PT – March 27-28 – Registration opening soon

                Dairy Production and Food Safety PT – April 9-10 – Registration opening soon

                Research to Policy PT – April 10-11 – Registration opening soon  


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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11:53 AM
Tags: orientation (2), program teams (20), wildfire (6)

Zoom info for staff-performance appraisal webinars offered in March

The annual performance appraisal is an opportunity for staff and supervisors to recognize accomplishments, identify opportunities to build skills, and align individual efforts to high-level unit and division goals. Take time in the next month to review and reflect on the past year, and plan your future work with your supervisor.

The staff performance review period runs from April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019. An annual appraisal should be completed for all ANR staff employees, including represented and non-represented, career and contract employees with at least six months of service as of March 31, 2019.

This year ANR Human Resources has modified the Employee Performance Appraisal Form to align with the UC system-wide core competencies and to prepare supervisors and employees for the future online appraisal process. Please plan to attend one of the upcoming webinars to learn more.

Upcoming webinars

ANR Human Resources will host Zoom webinars for staff and supervisors during the month of March. Please hold one of these dates/times on your calendar:

  • Employee Role: March 5, Tuesday, 9 a.m.–10 a.m.            
  • Supervisor Role: March 6, Wed., 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Employee Role: March 20, Wed., 10 a.m.–11 a.m.              
  • Supervisor Role: March 26, Tuesday, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.


Telephone   US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 815-160-2829

If you are a supervisor, you only need to participate in a supervisor session.

More information about the annual process, including timelines, guidelines and Performance Appraisal Tools are available on the ANR Human Resources website

Note: ANR staff based at the Office of the President will follow the UCOP-HR performance process with separate trainings, timelines and forms.

If you have questions regarding the appraisal process, please contact Mary Vlandis at

John Fox
Executive Director, Human Resources


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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 9:34 AM

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