The 8th California Oak Symposium is scheduled to be held March 22-25, 2021, at Embassy Suites, San Luis Obispo. The theme for the conference is “Sustaining Oak Woodlands Under Current and Future Conditions.”
Presented by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, the 8th California Oak Symposium is intended for anyone involved in research, education, management and conservation of California's oak woodlands. Participants may include foresters, range managers, tribes, arborists, landowners, community groups, land trusts and policymakers.
UC ANR colleagues are invited to share their oak-related work. To propose an oral presentation or poster for consideration, please submit an abstract at http://ucanr.edu/8thoakabstracts by Aug. 10.
View the symposium agenda at http://ucanr.edu/files/331101.docx.
A Symposium Planning Committee and the UC ANR Program Support Unit are organizing the symposium and monitoring the new coronavirus (COVID-19) conditions so conference details may change.
“We will go virtual if COVID-19 regulations are still in place in March,” said Bill Tietje, UC Cooperative Extension specialist and chair of the planning committee.
Registration will open in the fall. For more information, visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/oaksymposium or contact Tietje at email@example.com.
UC ANR has been using a web-based daily “clearance to work survey” to ensure that employees who are working onsite or engaged in in-person field work, research, or extension activities are free of COVID-19 symptoms. An offline or paper version of the survey is also available for volunteers or employees who cannot access the online survey. Symptom screening is a statewide recommendation for all employers and is required by UC guidance for campuses and ANR locations that have personnel working onsite. The UC Symptom Screening Task Force guidance also states that arrangements must be made to require the same or equivalent screening not only of students, academics, and staff but also guests, contractors, vendors, and members of the public who are permitted access to UC facilities.
To comply with this UC systemwide guidance and to increase the protection of our employees, beginning August 3, all visitors to UC ANR facilities must also complete a Visitor Clearance Survey prior to entry. Only visitors who receive a “Cleared to Enter” result will be allowed access. Visitors who are denied entry should be provided information about other ways to interact with UC ANR remotely, such as information available on websites, scheduling a phone consultation, video meetings, etc.
When visitors from a UC campus or vendors whose employer has a symptom screening process can demonstrate that they have already passed their institution's screening, those results will be acceptable to enter the UC ANR facility. Additionally, for UCCE offices, a County's symptom screening process will be acceptable to enter the UC ANR spaces.
To maintain privacy, UC ANR personnel will not record or retain the responses of any person's Visitor Clearance Work Survey, but will only keep a record of the final survey result, i.e.: “Cleared to Enter,” or “Stay Home,” using a daily visitor log or sign-in sheet to record survey clearance status.
The UC ANR Visitor Clearance Survey and additional instructions and details about the survey are posted on the UC ANR COVID-19 webpage: http://ucanr.edu/covid19 under “Standards for Resuming In-Person Activities.”
Every Tuesday during the month of August, UC ANR leaders will be hosting two-hour online meetings to share their draft 5-year goals and get your input into the ANR Strategic Plan Refresh 2020-2025.
Teams of goal owners will review challenges we face, briefly share accomplishments to date, and present draft strategies for the future. They want to hear what you think may be missing and your ideas on how to shape the future of ANR. There will be breakout groups to provide the opportunity for you to talk with colleagues and submit your ideas to inform the final ANR strategic plan.
See the table below with specific dates for certain topics and draft goals – and sign up!
All UC ANR staff and academics – including campus-based AES faculty and CE specialists – are invited.
Register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=31683.
Sessions are limited to 1,000 people per the Zoom meeting license. If you have constraints joining by Zoom, please talk to your supervisor and strategize how the local office/REC can help accommodate you.
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Increasing Program Resources
· Goal 9: Generate Revenue and Optimize Resource Deployment
· Goal 10: Expand and Diversify Fund Development
· Goal 11: Improve Efficiency and Strengthen Infrastructure
· Goal 12: Strengthen Communication and Advocacy
Tu Tran, Associate Vice President - Business Operations
Lorna Krkich, Development Services Executive Director
Linda Forbes, Strategic Communications Director
Anne Megaro, Government and Community Relations Director
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
· Goal 1: Strengthen Research and Extension Partnerships
· Goal 3: Build Sustainable Economies for Working Landscapes
· Goal 4: Scale-up the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program
Wendy Powers, Associate Vice President - Programs
Glenda Humiston, Vice President
Gabe Youtsey, Chief Innovation Officer
10 a.m. –
Fostering a Positive Work Environment
· Goal 6: Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
· Goal 7: Recruit, Develop and Retain People
· Goal 8: Support Volunteerism
John Fox, Executive Director Human Resources
Missy Gable, UC Master Gardener Statewide Program Director
Gemma Miner, Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Bethanie Brown, Director, Human Resources
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Expanding Virtual Reach
· Goal 2: Increase UC ANR's Virtual Reach
· Goal 5: Modernize Digital Information Delivery System
Mark Bell, Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs
Linda Forbes, Director of Strategic Communications
The UCPath Center staff continues to work remotely with new phone hardware and software to support calls from employees, location administrators, former employees, vendors and third parties.
UCPath phone service information:
- UCPath phone number: 855-982-7284
- Business hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday starting July 27, excluding UC holidays
- Callers will be asked to authenticate with their eight-digit date of birth and last four digits of their social security number
- To ensure UCPath addresses employee questions or issues, callers must inform the UCPath associate if they are calling about an open inquiry
UC ANR contact information
In urgent cases where employees may not get ahold of UCPath or are not sure how to proceed, please contact:
UC's Council of Chancellors has unanimously approved a recommendation for a new paid family-leave benefit for UC employees, effective July 1, 2021. This recommendation, supported by President Napolitano and Systemwide Human Resources, provides eight weeks of leave at 70% of wages for UC faculty and staff who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.
“The chancellors were in agreement that this is the right thing to do for our employees,” said Interim Vice President of Systemwide Human Resources Cheryl Lloyd. “Offering paid family leave adds the University of California to the list of other top employers that recognize how important it is to have family friendly policies and practices to recruit and retain the best.”
Systemwide groups that include the Systemwide Advisory Council on the Status of Women (SACSW), the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) and the Staff Advisors to the Regents have been advocating for this important benefit for many years. The recommendation was developed by a cross functional workgroup comprised of members representing Human Resources, Academic Personnel, UC Legal, staff representatives and leadership, and is in alignment with the paid family leave benefit that is offered by the State of California.
Over the next year, Human Resources leadership, Academic Personnel and faculty leaders across the UC system, as well as other key stakeholders, will collaborate on the development of the new paid family leave benefit, finalizing details about how this new benefit will be implemented and how it will be coordinated with existing leave policies as well as paid family leave benefits already in place at some locations. This benefit is subject to collective bargaining for represented employees. We will keep the UC community informed before the July 1, 2021, effective date, as more information becomes available.