Recent News https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss Recent News for UC Davis Leadership en Chancellor Addresses Vandalism at Reserve https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellor-addresses-vandalism-reserve <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor Addresses Vandalism at Reserve</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">March 06, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/chancellor-may-925_0.jpg?h=6af61625&amp;itok=wQCBWTGS" width="1280" height="720" alt="UC Davis Chancellor May" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="To the UC Davis Community: We are fortunate to have at UC Davis open space accessible to the public, including the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve along the south edge of the campus. This refuge of wildlife and plants has trails and facilities that are enjoyed by many in our community. Sadly, in the past few weeks the reserve has also seen a surge of destructive vandalism. I am particularly disturbed that in the most recent incident, in the past few days, someone painted a vile anti-Semitic symbol on a tree in addition to destroying picnic benches. It should not have to be said, but I will repeat, that such hate has no place in our community. UC Davis police have already increased patrols in the area and reserve managers are considering additional security measures. If you have information about any of these incidents, please contact the campus Police Department, phone 530-752-1727. If you are a student and need advice and assistance, you can contact Student Health and Counseling Services. UC Davis employees can contact the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). The Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) assists individuals and campus units to resolve conflicts and complaints related to harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and hate and bias. HDAPP can be reached at 530-747-3864. Gary S. May Chancellor "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>To the UC Davis Community:</strong></p> <p>We are fortunate to have at UC Davis open space accessible to the public, including the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve along the south edge of the campus. This refuge of wildlife and plants has trails and facilities that are enjoyed by many in our community.</p> <p>Sadly, in the past few weeks the reserve has also seen a surge of destructive vandalism. I am particularly disturbed that in the most recent incident, in the past few days, someone painted a vile anti-Semitic symbol on a tree in addition to destroying picnic benches.</p> <p>It should not have to be said, but I will repeat, that such hate has no place in our community.</p> <p>UC Davis police have already increased patrols in the area and reserve managers are considering additional security measures.</p> <p>If you have information about any of these incidents, please contact the <a href="https://police.ucdavis.edu/">campus Police Department</a>, phone 530-752-1727.</p> <p>If you are a student and need advice and assistance, you can contact <a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/">Student Health and Counseling Services</a>. UC Davis employees can contact the <a href="https://www.hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/asap">Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)</a>. The <a href="http://hdapp.ucdavis.edu/index.html">Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP)</a> assists individuals and campus units to resolve conflicts and complaints related to harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and hate and bias. HDAPP can be reached at 530-747-3864.</p> <p><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 22:16:55 +0000 Gary S. May 1701 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu More Reflections on Stephon Clark https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-message-more-reflections-stephon-clark <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">More Reflections on Stephon Clark </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">March 04, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/chancellor-may-925.jpg?h=12f198b4&amp;itok=PtRnzK5U" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May portrait" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="Dear Campus Community, By now, you have heard that the police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark a year ago in March after mistaking his cell phone for a gun will not be charged. Stephon was killed in his grandmother’s backyard. At the time, I reflected on what it must feel like to be unsafe in a presumed safe space. Like many of the members of the UC Davis community, I mourn the loss of potential of this young man. He had a connection to our campus — he attended the Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) Summit College Day at UC Davis several years ago. I continue to be deeply disturbed by the violence that plagues our society. Nevertheless, we must remain hopeful and work together to find solutions to this ongoing problem. To that end, preliminary meetings have taken place between UC Davis and other area higher education institutions, together with constituents in Sacramento and Davis, to explore a program that would research ways to address some of the systemic issues through community-based actions. In this way, we hope to create positive relationships built around mutual values. Change also needs to happen on a larger scale, and I am encouraged that California lawmakers will be considering Assembly Bill 392, introduced by Assemblymembers Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty, which, if passed, would change how police officers can use deadly force. None of these measures will bring Stephon back to his family. But hopefully our communities can honor his memory by moving forward together to help Sacramento — and the state of California — resolve the systemic problems that led to his death. Gary S. May Chancellor "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><span>Dear Campus Community,</span></strong></p> <p><span>By now, you have heard that the police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark a year ago in March after mistaking his cell phone for a gun will not be charged. Stephon was killed in his grandmother’s backyard. </span><span><span><a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-thoughts-gun-violence/">At the time</a></span></span><span>, I reflected on what it must feel like to be unsafe in a presumed safe space.</span></p> <p><span>Like many of the members of the UC Davis community, I mourn the loss of potential of this young man. He had a connection to our campus — he attended the Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) Summit College Day at UC Davis several years ago. I continue to be deeply disturbed by the violence that plagues our society. Nevertheless, we must remain hopeful and work together to find solutions to this ongoing problem. </span></p> <p><span>To that end, preliminary meetings have taken place between UC Davis and other area higher education institutions, together with constituents in Sacramento and Davis, to explore a program that would research ways to address some of the systemic issues through community-based actions. In this way, we hope to create positive relationships built around mutual values. </span></p> <p>Change also needs to happen on a larger scale, and I am encouraged that California lawmakers will be considering Assembly Bill 392, introduced by Assemblymembers Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty, which, if passed, would change how police officers can use deadly force.</p> <p><span>None of these measures will bring Stephon back to his family. But hopefully our communities can honor his memory by moving forward together to help Sacramento — and the state of California — resolve the systemic problems that led to his death. </span></p> <p><span><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/chancellors-statements" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Statements</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 01:34:32 +0000 Gary S. May 1691 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu State of the Campus: 'Transforming Lives' https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/state-campus-address-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">State of the Campus: &#039;Transforming Lives&#039;</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">February 21, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/StateOfCampus.jpg?h=8f1082c0&amp;itok=_9OtsuWR" width="1280" height="720" alt="UC Davis State of the Campus Address" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="Chancellor Gary S. May presented his 2019 State of the Campus address to the Representative Assembly of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, Feb. 21, in the International Center&#039;s multipurpose room. Here are his prepared remarks. See the accompanying PowerPoint presentation here.  First, I’d like to express my appreciation to the Academic Senate for the leadership and shared governance you bring to UC Davis. The voice you give to our university faculty is critical now and as we move forward. I’m also thankful for this opportunity to share the State of Campus and update you on UC Davis’ key issues and goals. What you’ll find is a story of excellence across the board. UC Davis continues to transform lives around the world through our research … through our scholarship that empowers students … and through an innovative spirit that shapes a better tomorrow. You’ll find here a story of aspiration — no matter how much we excel at UC Davis, we always aim higher. And you’ll find a story filled with excitement. In fact, I have some major news to share with you shortly. Put it all together, and you have a university that’s perhaps on the cusp of its greatest chapter yet. So let’s get started. National rankings Let’s begin with some numbers that show a UC Davis on the rise. In 2018, we reached the Top 10 in five different national rankings of universities. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey says we’re the fifth best public university in the country — up from sixth last year. U.S. News &amp; World Report says we’re tied for 10th place among publics. This is up from 12th place last year. I was thrilled that Money magazine ranked UC Davis No. 8 among public colleges. We were also No. 8 on its list of “most transformative” colleges — those that do the most to raise the socioeconomic status of graduates. And what’s more, we made Washington Monthly’s Top 10 list of all universities — public and private — for the third year running. I’m especially proud of this one, because their rankings are — quote — &quot;not based on what colleges do for themselves, but on what they do for their country.” International rankings On the global scene, UC Davis stands out in many fields. We’re consistently ranked No. 1 in the world for veterinary studies. Our faculty and staff clinicians treat more than 50,000 animals a year, and much of their activity reveals the best of UC Davis to the world. I’m thinking about our veterinarians who went viral on social media for using tilapia fish skins to treat bears with third-degree burns on their paws. More recently, teams from our veterinary hospital showed what kind of quality care and commitment we show at Davis. They worked tirelessly to reunite pets stranded from the Camp Fire in Butte County with their owners. A Facebook photo album showing these reunions had thousands of “likes.” I also recommend the videos of pets and owners reuniting.  If you need a feel-good moment, these videos will do the trick. Faculty honors Our rise in rankings wouldn’t be possible without the exceptional scholarship of our faculty.  Sarah Stewart’s exceptional creativity in planetary science earned her a spot in this year’s class of MacArthur Foundation fellows — the popularly named “genius” grants. Professor Stewart recently made headlines when she proposed a novel theory on how Earth got its moon. Her modeling suggests that the moon was actually formed within the Earth when it was still just a big glowing ball of gas, like Jupiter. Professor Emeritus Jonathan Heritage was just elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in optics and photonics. He joins 14 current and emeritus faculty members at UC Davis who’ve received this honor, recognized among the highest of its kind. Louis Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, earned one of the highest honors in the field of American history. His book, God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America, won a Bancroft Prize in 2018.  He’s the fourth faculty member in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of History to receive this prestigious prize. This is just a small sample.  Congratulations to all of our illustrious faculty members on their many accomplishments. Major research awards and discoveries The spirit of discovery shines at our campus, evidenced by fantastic discoveries and research awards that support our innovations. Public and private sponsors look to us more and more to make breakthroughs in critical issues. In fact, UC Davis set a record for external research funding in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  We received more than $846 million in awards, a $64 million increase from the previous year. Also, the UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among the top 30 institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Total NIH research awards represent a 220 percent growth in NIH funding since 2007. Now, you’ll find the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Center leading the largest-ever study on Latinos with cognitive impairment. You’ll find cutting-edge research from the likes of Dr. Laura Marcu, who was inducted to the National Academy of Inventors last year.  She invented a light wand that detects cancerous tissues. Other research shows promise in finding new ways to feed the world. A team led by Alan Bennett, distinguished professor of plant sciences, is growing corn without synthetic fertilizers. Think of it as a self-fertilizing corn that gets its nitrogen primarily from the air. Some have described this as a “game changer” for agriculture, one that could help farmers in developing countries while aiding food security. Professor Harris Lewin from the College of Biological Sciences leads the Earth BioGenome Project, a decadelong effort to sequence the genomes of all living beings, including 1.5 million animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species. This is considered the most ambitious effort of its kind and has the potential to change the way we think about evolution and biology. Leadership searches Now, let’s switch to campus leadership. We have some recruitments underway, and I want to update you on their progress. One key recruitment is for the first vuce chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As our campus becomes more diverse, it’s important that we have a leader who can facilitate student, staff, and faculty success. This leader will provide an integrated vision on all major diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at UC Davis. We announced our pick on Tuesday following a nationwide search. For this role, I selected Renetta Garrison Tull, who serves currently as associate vice provost for strategic initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She brings an incredible track record and passion for serving underrepresented students, especially in the STEM fields. I look forward to her starting on July 1 and helping advance our excellence across UC Davis.  In the meantime, three other leadership searches are underway: We’re recruiting the dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, who will set the overall vision for the school and serve as its primary spokesperson. In preparation of this search, we hosted three town halls to gather opinions about the ideal qualities we should seek in a candidate. The School of Medicine is also searching for a dean. We’ve identified five finalists who scheduled visits last month and in early February. Each of these visits included a public forum, where the candidate presented on the topic, “My Vision for the Future of Academic Medicine.” Finally, we’re in a nationwide search for the associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. This person will provide leadership in recruiting the best and brightest minds at UC Davis. They will make sure we meet our enrollment targets and help shape our student body. The recruitment advisory committee is reviewing candidate materials, with first-round interviews to follow.  Stay tuned as this search continues to unfold. Financial prospects Now, let’s take a look at where UC Davis stands in terms of funding and revenue. The total budget in 2018-2019 is $5.2 billion. That’s an increase of about $300 million over the previous year. The primary funds available for general university operations associated with our core instruction and research mission account for about 19 percent of the budget. They are composed of tuition and state unrestricted funding. For 2018-2019, state appropriations and state unrestricted funds are estimated at $378 million, or about 7 percent of the budgeted revenue. As you may know, Governor Newsom released his proposed 2019-2020 budget last month. We’re still interpreting the numbers, and other dynamics are in play, but from what we see, the increased state funding for UC is a welcome step. It’s a solid down payment in addressing priorities of the university’s 2019-20 budget plan. However, the proposal as it currently stands falls short of our needs. The primary incremental cost increase is for salary and benefit cost increases for faculty and staff. The Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis estimates costs of over $32 million — but our likely share of new state funds is $12 million. And since the governor’s budget assumes a tuition freeze, we have a gap of $20 million. Also, the governor’s budget does not provide ongoing funding for about $7 million in one-time funds that we received this year in lieu of a tuition increase. Further, we’ve hit the 18 percent cap for national and international undergraduate students. In recent years, the increasing proportion of nonresidents has added $150 million to our operating budget. This revenue source now increases only very modestly from fee increases. Going forward, our campus’s undergraduate student enrollment will level off unless we receive state funding to support additional undergraduate student enrollment growth. As a result, the likely impact will be a modest reduction to core funds, even as we will look for ways to increase and leverage other fund sources, such as growing master’s programs and fundraising. Provost Hexter is working with the deans, the Academic Senate, and others on a budget framework that will guide the process for this year and future years. Provost Hexter and others met with the Academic Senate Committee on Planning and Budget and the chairs of the Faculty Executive Committee on February 1st. One topic included the status of several projects underway in response to the Budget Allocation Assessment Report. Initial efforts are focused on: Incorporating metrics for graduate teaching and simplifying and increasing understanding of the graduate tuition components; and Clarifying and making the provost allocation more transparent.  Analyses are underway and will be shared with the Academic Senate when completed. Philanthropy Donors continue to make a substantial difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, patients, and veterinary clients.  During 2017-2018, UC Davis raised more than $230 million dollars from nearly 37,000 donors. These funds provide scholarships, endow faculty positions, fuel research, enhance facilities, and more.  You don’t have to look far to see how donor gifts are an integral part of UC Davis. These are just a few facilities that were made possible by philanthropy:  The Ann E. Pitzer Center Betty Irene Moore Hall The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts The Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. We will continue building on this momentum. As we prepare for the most ambitious fundraising campaign in UC Davis history, philanthropic support will become an even larger percentage of our annual budget. Task forces: Food insecurity and mental health Now, I’d like to move to the heart and soul of campus: our students. They have major concerns that we’re addressing, and they go far beyond sleep deprivation and the stress of finals week.  Our students cannot excel if they’re suffering from chronic anxiety. They can’t excel if they’re not making ends meet to live in proper housing or maintaining a proper diet. So last year, we established three task forces consisting of students, staff, and faculty to address these issues. We received reports from the task forces in June and approved all of their recommendations. In September, I appointed a Basic Needs Oversight Committee to implement these recommendations. Our Food Security Task Force was led by Francene Steinburg, chair of the Department of Nutrition. Their recommendations included better promotion of campus services like the ASUCD Pantry. They also recommended assisting students with food and health literacy, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of such programs. Cameron Carter, professor of psychiatry, led the Mental Health Task Force, which focused on Student Health and Counseling Services. Our latest survey data shows that 64.8 percent of undergraduates reported feeling “overwhelming anxiety,” and 49 percent were so depressed they had trouble functioning. What’s alarming is these rates have been increasing since 2015. Student Health and Counseling Services acted quickly to create new workshops on anxiety awareness, provide additional counseling time, and develop other programs that improve accessibility to mental health services. Task forces: Housing/Wrest Village update The task force on affordable student housing was led by David Campbell, associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This group looked for ways to increase campus housing though higher density and more efficient designs. Like other UC campuses, UC Davis faces a significant shortage of affordable student housing. Meanwhile, the vacancy rate in the city of Davis is less than 1 percent. A recent survey commissioned by UC Davis Student Housing and Dining Services also found that city rents increased by an average of 6.5 percent last year. This combination of low supply and rising rents places students in a difficult situation. So this task force gathered data from the campus, city, and other sources to identify new funds to support student housing. They also monitored housing trends and engaged with the city of Davis. I’m encouraged by the progress that we’ve made on this issue. In July, the UC regents approved our new Long Range Development Plan and its environmental impact report. That gave a green light for construction to begin on 9,000 beds of new on-campus housing. The city of Davis and Yolo County pressed for guarantees on the amount of on-campus housing to be built and timelines on completion over the next five years. I am very pleased that we reached an agreement on those numbers through a legally binding memorandum of understanding. The agreement guarantees that UC Davis will provide on-campus housing for 100 percent of new growth in student enrollment. Now, we’re getting our shovels ready. On February 26th, we’re celebrating the groundbreaking of our West Village expansion. Once this project is complete, we’ll be able to accommodate 3,300 additional students in the fall of 2021. I’m proud that we’re not just making progress on student housing, but we’ve entered a new era of partnership with the city and surrounding region. We have a fresh opportunity to build community and foster student success. Campus closure Speaking of overcoming challenges, I’d like to take a moment and talk about the campus closure last November. First, I want to thank everyone who opened their hearts in response to the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County. The outpouring of compassion to our neighbors in the north was incredible, and I have a few folks that I’d like to single out in a minute. I know this was a disruptive time, and I thank everyone for your patience. I’d also like to thank the Academic Senate for guidance in helping us manage the closure, especially as it occurred during midterms. This was nearly an unprecedented event. UC Davis hadn’t closed campus in almost 50 years. But it was the correct decision. The safety of our community comes first. We’re working to be better prepared if a situation like this happens again. At the time of the Camp Fire, there were no hard-and-fast policies in place for evaluating air quality at UC Davis or for the UC system. So following the closures, my fellow UC chancellors and I asked UCOP to develop guidelines for handling campus closures due to air quality. We’ve also formed a local work group at UC Davis to address closure policies. The group is being led by: Provost Ralph Hexter; Karl Mohr, assistant executive vice chancellor; Kelly Ratliffe, vice chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration; Emily Galindo, interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs; and David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health. I charged the group with drafting suggested policy revisions and language related to campus closures. The group has met twice and is on track to deliver those recommendations by the end of April. Strategic plan overview We’re preparing for the future in other ways as well. In fact, we’re thinking about how UC Davis should evolve over the next decade. Toward that end, I’d like to update you on UC Davis strategic plan. We started over a year ago by asking two key questions: “Where do you think UC Davis should be in 10 years, and how do we get there?” We reached out to the entire university community for ideas. We organized a steering committee of faculty, staff, and students, and held more than 40 forums on both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. After months of collecting and analyzing the input, we released our 10-year strategic plan last fall. Our plan, “To Boldly Go,” provides a roadmap for success over the next decade. It also reflects a UC Davis that’s driven by curiosity and a pioneering spirit. To recap, the strategic plan has five key goals. They include: Providing an unparalleled education for our students that prepares them for the global work force. Using our research strengths to address society’s greatest challenges. Making UC Davis a model of diversity and inclusion. Establishing important and strategic partnerships. And establishing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture. Let’s take a closer look at the goals and see where we stand.  Goal 1: Education In terms of education, students and employers are asking for more experiential learning, more internships, and more networking. They don’t want to start the job search cold after graduation. Our student body is also growing more diverse in socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. That means we must pay greater attention to both how we teach and what we teach—and how our students learn and how well they learn. So we’re hiring more educators who are innovators and leaders in pedagogy. They develop new ways to teach and share what they’ve learned with their colleagues. We’re also changing our classrooms to accommodate new approaches to teaching. You’ll find one of the most recent examples of this at California Hall. This project was two years in the making and hosted its first classes on January 7th. It’s not only the largest lecture hall on campus — accommodating 600 — it’s also among our most state-of-the-art learning facilities. California Hall is designed for collaborative learning. Students don’t use traditional desks. Instead, they share tabletops to encourage teamwork. Instructors share notes and slides on touchscreens that are displayed on three massive screens. The room is also outfitted with numerous USB ports and outlets for charging. I anticipate that more lecture halls will look like this in the future. From what we have seen so far, collaborative learning experiences are resonating well with students and faculty. Goal 2: Research Goal No.  focuses on enabling and supporting research that crosses disciplines and addresses societal challenges. We’re already leveraging our research strengths in the environment, engineering, medicine, and food sciences to advance health worldwide, feed a growing populatio, and weather a changing climate. Technologies developed at UC Davis have enabled 137 startup companies during the past 10 years — 16 of those were launched just this past fiscal year, which is a record. Four of these latest technologies are related to cancer therapies. Others include promising treatments for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues. We’re planning to do more. The goal is to leverage our partnerships and identify the most promising research areas. We’ll also seek new research facilities and focus on investments for supporting them. Goal 3: Diversity As I’ve mentioned before, I was attracted to UC Davis because of its strong commitment to diversity. I’m proud that we’re the top campus for launching women into STEM careers and of our range of support for underrepresented student groups. Twenty-seven percent of last year’s new undergraduates were from historically underrepresented groups — African American, Native American and Latinx. We’re experiencing significant growth in applicants from underserved communities. In 2017, our most recent year of data, UC Davis received more than 20,000 applicants from the Latinx community. That’s the second largest demographic of undergraduate applicants behind Asians. A major milestone is coming in the next few months, right as we’re striving to accelerate diversity. This spring, we expect UC Davis to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, or HSI. This federal designation means we’ve enrolled at least 25 percent of our domestic undergraduate students from Chicanx/Latinx populations. UC Davis will join a select group of HSI-designated universities with the highest research activity. The UC system is already a majority-HSI system with six designated campuses. At UC Davis, we made the intentional choice in 2008 to reach HSI designation within a decade, and we’re on track to do that. This is evidence that UC Davis is fulfilling its public service mission, with a student population that’s on track to mirror California’s demographics. HSI is also a badge of excellence, one that shows we’re empowering more young people from underserved communities. We’re closing the gap on access to higher education. Our HSI Task Force is working hard to develop recommendations for the vision, goals and metrics that we’ll employ as an HSI. We still have much work to do, and we must continue to invest in outreach and pipeline strategies to help underrepresented students. But for now, we can be proud that our underrepresented students are occupying the elite spaces of higher education. They’re going where the innovations are happening and the solutions to societal problems are found. Goal 4: Visibility Our fourth goal focuses on enhancing the reputation of UC Davis and sharing our story. We’ll also seek new possibilities for partnerships and collaborations, especially those that best illustrate our ideals to the world. One critical step involves a rebranding of UC Davis and UC Davis Health. We’re also developing a brand for the next comprehensive campaign. We started by searching for an external creative agency to help with these efforts. After considering a strong field of candidates, we found a partner in Ologie, an Ohio-based firm. They started last month by engaging in branding research. Next, they’ll turn that discovery into a broad strategy for branding. We expect our new branding to come to life by early 2020, followed by October 2020 for the campaign. This is our moment to differentiate UC Davis in the marketplace. It’s our time to communicate UC Davis’ amazing story with target audiences, and I look forward to providing more updates in the coming months. Goal 5: Innovation Moving on to Goal No. 5 … we will continue to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation. Pushing boundaries is what UC Davis is about, and we’ll build from the spirit of discovery that’s shaping a better tomorrow. Here’s one example: It involves two of our biomedical engineering professors who’ve done groundbreaking work in molecular imaging. Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi developed a PET/CT scanner that can image the entire body in under a minute. They released the first images last month and expect to start scanning patients this spring. This breakthrough could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated, while greatly reducing patients’ radiation exposure. This is just one example of how UC Davis makes substantial contributions. We’ll build on such research strengths to position ourselves as a world leader for innovation. Goal 5: Entrepreneurship Our growing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship is certainly represented in Aggie Square. As you know, this is our 25-acre innovation hub coming to the Sacramento campus. We experienced much excitement and momentum for this project over the past year. In June, we secured $2.8 million in state funding. In August, we announced the first phase of Aggie Square. We are partnering with Kindred Healthcare to build a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital. The $60 million hospital is expected to create 200 new jobs. In the meantime, we’re also working closely with Sacramento city leaders and neighborhood associations. We want to maximize the economic and quality of life opportunities that Aggie Square can bring. We’re guided by the advice of our Aggie Square Partnership Advisory council as this project evolves. We’re also working with faculty to identify the academic programs that will fit best at Aggie Square. Businesses and entrepreneurs of all types continue to reach out to us. It’s clear that others want to partner with us in Aggie Square. And, on that note, I want to share some major news. We’re proud to announce that UC Davis is collaborating with IBM at Aggie Square. A select group of IBM specialists will join Aggie Square staff and the UC Davis Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement in a newly-leased building on Stockton Boulevard. The building in Sacramento will also include a flexible Innovation Center for UC Davis faculty, IBM and others to host events that demonstrate their latest innovations and collaborative projects. I believe this is just a preview of even greater things to come. Major companies like IBM see the potential in Aggie Square and what we’re achieving. This is exactly the kind of collaboration we hope to foster over the next decade. Aggie Square allows us to build on an entrepreneurial culture with more than 900 active patents. Last year alone, UC Davis helped launch 16 startups, made 107 invention disclosures and completed 85 licensing agreements. Also note that more than 75 percent of UC startups launched in the last five years are still active. Our opportunity to create and collaborate has never been greater. Frankly, the caliber of our faculty is a strong selling point in attracting major companies and other partners.  They want the access to faculty expertise. For those involved with research, Aggie Square will provide an ideal location to meet and form partnerships, and I want faculty to take full advantage of this opportunity. You should also know the focus of Aggie Square isn’t limited to technology and life sciences. Ultimately, Aggie Square will be a place to showcase anything and everything that benefits the university, the community and business. That ranges from the arts and humanities, to social sciences and just about everything in between. If you don’t think you have a home in Aggie Square, well, you do now.  As Aggie Square expands, so will the opportunities. Conclusion As you can see, the past year for UC Davis was filled with incredible accomplishments, inspirational stories and exciting goals. You can feel a sense of confidence and optimism just by walking around campus. You may also see many of our students wearing “Aggie Heroes” T-shirts. “Aggie Heroes” reflect our spirit of good works. They are those in the UC Davis community, especially our students, who go above and beyond to help others. Aggie Heroes represent the best in our character and inspire us to become better people. I’m thinking of the Aggie Heroes like those from our Sikh Cultural Association. These students jumped into action when relief efforts were desperately needed in Butte County. They rallied with other members of the campus community to collect and deliver food, clothing and household goods for the Salvation Army distribution center in Chico. Aggie Heroes are people like Michael O’Hearn, a 62-year old trumpet player who graduated in December with a music degree. Michael was diagnosed 30 years ago with a rare degenerative disease that left him unable to walk. And then, he did something at fall commencement that brought the crowd to its feet and to tears. With the help of his physical therapist, Michael rose from his wheelchair and walked across the commencement to receive his diploma. I was proud not only for Michael, but for our entire UC Davis community. To hear them roar with applause and shout encouragement for Michael as he took those steps showed the heart of UC Davis. Do you know someone who fits the role of an Aggie Hero?  Think of someone on campus who’s shown a deep dedication to serving the public good, or someone who’s kept pushing despite great challenges. We now have a process to nominate students, faculty, and staff who shine as Aggie Heroes. They’ll not only be recognized on social media and UC Davis’ website, but I’ll be hosting a special event in their honor. Send your nominees to leadership.ucdavis.edu. These Aggie Heroes, combined with your faculty leadership and the vibrancy of our UC Davis community, gives us much to be grateful for. But we’re far from done, and we have so much to look forward to in the coming year. Thank you for being on this journey with us as we climb to greater heights. Go Ags!   Dateline UC Davis has highlights of the State of the Campus address here. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Chancellor Gary S. May presented his 2019 State of the Campus address to the Representative Assembly of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, Feb. 21, in the International Center's multipurpose room. Here are his prepared remarks. See the accompanying PowerPoint presentation <a data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="59ceb6a5-32e9-4671-9ce0-92a38c061ecd" href="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/inline-files/State-Of-Campus-February-2019-UC-Davis-Leadership-Chancellor-May.pdf">here</a>. </em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>First, I’d like to express my appreciation to the Academic Senate for the leadership and shared governance you bring to UC Davis. The voice you give to our university faculty is critical now and as we move forward.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’m also thankful for this opportunity to share the State of Campus and update you on UC Davis’ key issues and goals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>What you’ll find is a story of excellence across the board. UC Davis continues to transform lives around the world through our research … through our scholarship that empowers students … and through an innovative spirit that shapes a better tomorrow. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You’ll find here a story of aspiration — no matter how much we excel at UC Davis, we always aim higher.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>And you’ll find a story filled with excitement. In fact, I have some major news to share with you shortly.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Put it all together, and you have a university that’s perhaps on the cusp of its greatest chapter yet.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So let’s get started.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>National rankings</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let’s begin with some numbers that show a UC Davis on the rise.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2018, we reached the Top 10 in five different national rankings of universities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education</em> survey says we’re the fifth best public university in the country — up from sixth last year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> says we’re tied for 10th place among publics. This is up from 12th place last year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I was thrilled that <em>Money </em>magazine ranked UC Davis No. 8 among public colleges. We were also No. 8 on its list of “most transformative” colleges — those that do the most to raise the socioeconomic status of graduates.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>And what’s more, we made <em>Washington Monthly’s</em> Top 10 list of all universities — public and private — for the third year running.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’m especially proud of this one, because their rankings are — quote — "not based on what colleges do for themselves, but on what they do for their country.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>International rankings</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On the global scene, UC Davis stands out in many fields.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re consistently ranked No. 1 in the world for veterinary studies. Our faculty and staff clinicians treat more than 50,000 animals a year, and much of their activity reveals the best of UC Davis to the world.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>I<span><span><span><span><span><span>’m thinking about our veterinarians who went viral on social media for using tilapia fish skins to treat bears with third-degree burns on their paws.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>More recently, teams from our veterinary hospital showed what kind of quality care and commitment we show at Davis. They worked tirelessly to reunite pets stranded from the Camp Fire in Butte County with their owners. A Facebook photo album showing these reunions had thousands of “likes.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I also recommend the videos of pets and owners reuniting.  If you need a feel-good moment, these videos will do the trick.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Faculty honors</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our rise in rankings wouldn’t be possible without the exceptional scholarship of our faculty.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sarah Stewart’s exceptional creativity in planetary science earned her a spot in this year’s class of MacArthur Foundation fellows — the popularly named “genius” grants. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Professor Stewart recently made headlines when she proposed a novel theory on how Earth got its moon. Her modeling suggests that the moon was actually formed within the Earth when it was still just a big glowing ball of gas, like Jupiter.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Professor Emeritus Jonathan Heritage was just elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in optics and photonics. He joins 14 current and emeritus faculty members at UC Davis who’ve received this honor, recognized among the highest of its kind.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Louis Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, earned one of the highest honors in the field of American history. His book, <em>God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America</em>, won a Bancroft Prize in 2018.  He’s the fourth faculty member in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of History to receive this prestigious prize.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is just a small sample.  Congratulations to all of our illustrious faculty members on their many accomplishments. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Major research awards and discoveries</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The spirit of discovery shines at our campus, evidenced by fantastic discoveries and research awards that support our innovations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Public and private sponsors look to us more and more to make breakthroughs in critical issues. In fact, UC Davis set a record for external research funding in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  We received more than $846 million in awards, a $64 million increase from the previous year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Also, the UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among the top 30 institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Total NIH research awards represent a 220 percent growth in NIH funding since 2007.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now, you’ll find the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Center leading the largest-ever study on Latinos with cognitive impairment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You’ll find cutting-edge research from the likes of Dr. Laura Marcu, who was inducted to the National Academy of Inventors last year.  She invented a light wand that detects cancerous tissues.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Other research shows promise in finding new ways to feed the world. A team led by Alan Bennett, distinguished professor of plant sciences, is growing corn without synthetic fertilizers. Think of it as a self-fertilizing corn that gets its nitrogen primarily from the air. Some have described this as a “game changer” for agriculture, one that could help farmers in developing countries while aiding food security.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Professor Harris Lewin from the College of Biological Sciences leads the Earth BioGenome Project, a decadelong effort to sequence the genomes of all living beings, including 1.5 million animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species. This is considered the most ambitious effort of its kind and has the potential to change the way we think about evolution and biology.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Leadership searches</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now, let’s switch to campus leadership. We have some recruitments underway, and I want to update you on their progress.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>One key recruitment is for the first vuce chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As our campus becomes more diverse, it’s important that we have a leader who can facilitate student, staff, and faculty success. This leader will provide an integrated vision on all major diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at UC Davis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We announced our pick on Tuesday following a nationwide search. For this role, I selected Renetta Garrison Tull, who serves currently as associate vice provost for strategic initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She brings an incredible track record and passion for serving underrepresented students, especially in the STEM fields. I look forward to her starting on July 1 and helping advance our excellence across UC Davis.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the meantime, three other leadership searches are underway:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re recruiting the dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, who will set the overall vision for the school and serve as its primary spokesperson. In preparation of this search, we hosted three town halls to gather opinions about the ideal qualities we should seek in a candidate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The School of Medicine is also searching for a dean. We’ve identified five finalists who scheduled visits last month and in early February.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each of these visits included a public forum, where the candidate presented on the topic, “My Vision for the Future of Academic Medicine.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finally, we’re in a nationwide search for the associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. This person will provide leadership in recruiting the best and brightest minds at UC Davis. They will make sure we meet our enrollment targets and help shape our student body.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The recruitment advisory committee is reviewing candidate materials, with first-round interviews to follow.  Stay tuned as this search continues to unfold.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Financial prospects</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now, let’s take a look at where UC Davis stands in terms of funding and revenue.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The total budget in 2018-2019 is $5.2 billion. That’s an increase of about $300 million over the previous year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The primary funds available for general university operations associated with our core instruction and research mission account for about 19 percent of the budget. They are composed of tuition and state unrestricted funding.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For 2018-2019, state appropriations and state unrestricted funds are estimated at $378 million, or about 7 percent of the budgeted revenue.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As you may know, Governor Newsom released his proposed 2019-2020 budget last month. We’re still interpreting the numbers, and other dynamics are in play, but from what we see, the increased state funding for UC is a welcome step. It’s a solid down payment in addressing priorities of the university’s 2019-20 budget plan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, the proposal as it currently stands falls short of our needs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The primary incremental cost increase is for salary and benefit cost increases for faculty and staff. The Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis estimates costs of over $32 million — but our likely share of new state funds is $12 million. And since the governor’s budget assumes a tuition freeze, we have a gap of $20 million.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Also, the governor’s budget does not provide ongoing funding for about $7 million in one-time funds that we received this year in lieu of a tuition increase.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Further, we’ve hit the 18 percent cap for national and international undergraduate students. In recent years, the increasing proportion of nonresidents has added $150 million to our operating budget. This revenue source now increases only very modestly from fee increases. Going forward, our campus’s undergraduate student enrollment will level off unless we receive state funding to support additional undergraduate student enrollment growth.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a result, the likely impact will be a modest reduction to core funds, even as we will look for ways to increase and leverage other fund sources, such as growing master’s programs<strong> </strong>and fundraising.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Provost Hexter is working with the deans, the Academic Senate, and others on a budget framework that will guide the process for this year and future years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Provost Hexter and others met with the Academic Senate Committee on Planning and Budget and the chairs of the Faculty Executive Committee on February 1st.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>One topic included the status of several projects underway in response to the Budget Allocation Assessment Report.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Initial efforts are focused on:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Incorporating metrics for graduate teaching and simplifying and increasing understanding of the graduate tuition components; and</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Clarifying and making the provost allocation more transparent.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Analyses are underway and will be shared with the Academic Senate when completed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Philanthropy</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Donors continue to make a substantial difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, patients, and veterinary clients.  During 2017-2018, UC Davis raised more than $230 million dollars from nearly 37,000 donors.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>These funds provide scholarships, endow faculty positions, fuel research, enhance facilities, and more.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You don’t have to look far to see how donor gifts are an integral part of UC Davis. These are just a few facilities that were made possible by philanthropy:</span></span></span></span></span></span> </p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Ann E. Pitzer Center</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Betty Irene Moore Hall</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We will continue building on this momentum. As we prepare for the most ambitious fundraising campaign in UC Davis history, philanthropic support will become an even larger percentage of our annual budget.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Task forces: Food insecurity and mental health</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now, I’d like to move to the heart and soul of campus: our students. They have major concerns that we’re addressing, and they go far beyond sleep deprivation and the stress of finals week.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our students cannot excel if they’re suffering from chronic anxiety. They can’t excel if they’re not making ends meet to live in proper housing or maintaining a proper diet.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So last year, we established three task forces consisting of students, staff, and faculty to address these issues. We received reports from the task forces in June and approved all of their recommendations. In September, I appointed a Basic Needs Oversight Committee to implement these recommendations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our Food Security Task Force was led by Francene Steinburg, chair of the Department of Nutrition. Their recommendations included better promotion of campus services like the ASUCD Pantry. They also recommended assisting students with food and health literacy, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of such programs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cameron Carter, professor of psychiatry, led the Mental Health Task Force, which focused on </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Student Health and Counseling Services. Our latest survey data shows that 64.8 percent of undergraduates reported feeling “overwhelming anxiety,” and 49 percent were so depressed they had trouble functioning. What’s alarming is these rates have been increasing since 2015.</span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Student Health and Counseling Services acted quickly to create new workshops on anxiety awareness, provide additional counseling time, and develop other programs that improve accessibility to mental health services.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Task forces: Housing/Wrest Village update</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The task force on affordable student housing was led by David Campbell, associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This group looked for ways to increase campus housing though higher density and more efficient designs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Like other UC campuses, UC Davis faces a significant shortage of affordable student housing. Meanwhile, the vacancy rate in the city of Davis is less than 1 percent. A recent survey commissioned by UC Davis Student Housing and Dining Services also found that city rents increased by an average of 6.5 percent last year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This combination of low supply and rising rents places students in a difficult situation. So this task force gathered data from the campus, city, and other sources to identify new funds to support student housing. They also monitored housing trends and engaged with the city of Davis. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’m encouraged by the progress that we’ve made on this issue. In July, the UC regents approved our new Long Range Development Plan and its environmental impact report. That gave a green light for construction to begin on 9,000 beds of new on-campus housing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The city of Davis and Yolo County pressed for guarantees on the amount of on-campus housing to be built and timelines on completion over the next five years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I am very pleased that we reached an agreement on those numbers through a legally binding memorandum of understanding. The agreement guarantees that UC Davis will provide on-campus housing for 100 percent of new growth in student enrollment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now, we’re getting our shovels ready. On February 26th, we’re celebrating the groundbreaking of our West Village expansion. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Once this project is complete, we’ll be able to accommodate 3,300 additional students in the fall of 2021.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’m proud that we’re not just making progress on student housing, but we’ve entered a new era of partnership with the city and surrounding region. We have a fresh opportunity to build community and foster student success.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Campus closure</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Speaking of overcoming challenges, I’d like to take a moment and talk about the campus closure last November.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>First, I want to thank everyone who opened their hearts in response to the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County. The outpouring of compassion to our neighbors in the north was incredible, and I have a few folks that I’d like to single out in a minute.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I know this was a disruptive time, and I thank everyone for your patience. I’d also like to thank the Academic Senate for guidance in helping us manage the closure, especially as it occurred during midterms.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This was nearly an unprecedented event. UC Davis hadn’t closed campus in almost 50 years. But it was the correct decision. The safety of our community comes first.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re working to be better prepared if a situation like this happens again. At the time of the Camp Fire, there were no hard-and-fast policies in place for evaluating air quality at UC Davis or for the UC system.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So following the closures, my fellow UC chancellors and I asked UCOP to develop guidelines for handling campus closures due to air quality.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’ve also formed a local work group at UC Davis to address closure policies. The group is being led by:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span>Provost Ralph Hexter;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Karl Mohr, assistant executive vice chancellor;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kelly Ratliffe, vice chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration;</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Emily Galindo, interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs; and</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I charged the group with drafting suggested policy revisions and language related to campus closures. The group has met twice and is on track to deliver those recommendations by the end of April.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Strategic plan overview</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re preparing for the future in other ways as well. In fact, we’re thinking about how UC Davis should evolve over the next decade.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Toward that end, I’d like to update you on UC Davis strategic plan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We started over a year ago by asking two key questions: “Where do you think UC Davis should be in 10 years, and how do we get there?”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We reached out to the entire university community for ideas. We organized a steering committee of faculty, staff, and students, and held more than 40 forums on both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. After months of collecting and analyzing the input, we released our 10-year strategic plan last fall.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our plan, “To Boldly Go,” provides a roadmap for success over the next decade. It also reflects a UC Davis that’s driven by curiosity and a pioneering spirit.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>To recap, the strategic plan has five key goals. They include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Providing an unparalleled education for our students that prepares them for the global work force.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Using our research strengths to address society’s greatest challenges.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Making UC Davis a model of diversity and inclusion.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Establishing important and strategic partnerships.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>And establishing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let’s take a closer look at the goals and see where we stand.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal 1: Education</span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In terms of education, students and employers are asking for more experiential learning, more internships, and more networking. They don’t want to start the job search cold after graduation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our student body is also growing more diverse in socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. That means we must pay greater attention to both how we teach and what we teach—and how our students learn and how well they learn.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So we’re hiring more educators who are innovators and leaders in pedagogy. They develop new ways to teach and share what they’ve learned with their colleagues.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re also changing our classrooms to accommodate new approaches to teaching.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You’ll find one of the most recent examples of this at California Hall. This project was two years in the making and hosted its first classes on January 7th. It’s not only the largest lecture hall on campus — accommodating 600 — it’s also among our most state-of-the-art learning facilities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>California Hall is designed for collaborative learning. Students don’t use traditional desks. Instead, they share tabletops to encourage teamwork. Instructors share notes and slides on touchscreens that are displayed on three massive screens. The room is also outfitted with numerous USB ports and outlets for charging.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I anticipate that more lecture halls will look like this in the future. From what we have seen so far, collaborative learning experiences are resonating well with students and faculty.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal 2: Research</span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal No.  focuses on enabling and supporting research that crosses disciplines and addresses societal challenges.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re already leveraging our research strengths in the environment, engineering, medicine, and food sciences to advance health worldwide, feed a growing populatio, and weather a changing climate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Technologies developed at UC Davis have enabled 137 startup companies during the past 10 years — 16 of those were launched just this past fiscal year, which is a record.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Four of these latest technologies are related to cancer therapies. Others include promising treatments for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re planning to do more. The goal is to leverage our partnerships and identify the most promising research areas. We’ll also seek new research facilities and focus on investments for supporting them.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal 3: Diversity</span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As I’ve mentioned before, I was attracted to UC Davis because of its strong commitment to diversity. I’m proud that we’re the top campus for launching women into STEM careers and of our range of support for underrepresented student groups.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Twenty-seven percent of last year’s new undergraduates</span></span></span><span><span><span> were from historically underrepresented groups — African American, Native American and Latinx.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re experiencing significant growth in applicants from underserved communities. In 2017, our most recent year of data, UC Davis received more than 20,000 applicants from the Latinx community. That’s the second largest demographic of undergraduate applicants behind Asians.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A major milestone is coming in the next few months, right as we’re striving to accelerate diversity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This spring, we expect UC Davis to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, or HSI. This federal designation means we’ve enrolled at least 25 percent of our domestic undergraduate students from Chicanx/Latinx populations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>UC Davis will join a select group of HSI-designated universities with the highest research activity. The UC system is already a majority-HSI system with six designated campuses. At UC Davis, we made the intentional choice in 2008 to reach HSI designation within a decade, and we’re on track to do that.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is evidence that UC Davis is fulfilling its public service mission, with a student population that’s on track to mirror California’s demographics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>HSI is also a badge of excellence, one that shows we’re empowering more young people from underserved communities. We’re closing the gap on access to higher education.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our HSI Task Force is working hard to develop recommendations for the vision, goals and metrics that we’ll employ as an HSI. We still have much work to do, and we must continue to invest in outreach and pipeline strategies to help underrepresented students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>But for now, we can be proud that our underrepresented students are occupying the elite spaces of higher education. They’re going where the innovations are happening and the solutions to societal problems are found.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal 4: Visibility</span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our fourth goal focuses on enhancing the reputation of UC Davis and sharing our story. We’ll also seek new possibilities for partnerships and collaborations, especially those that best illustrate our ideals to the world.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>One critical step involves a rebranding of UC Davis and UC Davis Health. We’re also developing a brand for the next comprehensive campaign.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We started by searching for an external creative agency to help with these efforts. After considering a strong field of candidates, we found a partner in Ologie, an Ohio-based firm.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>They started last month by engaging in branding research. Next, they’ll turn that discovery into a broad strategy for branding. We expect our new branding to come to life by early 2020, followed by October 2020 for the campaign.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is our moment to differentiate UC Davis in the marketplace. It’s our time to communicate UC Davis’ amazing story with target audiences, and I look forward to providing more updates in the coming months.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal 5: Innovation</span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Moving on to Goal No. 5 … we will continue to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation. Pushing boundaries is what UC Davis is about, and we’ll build from the spirit of discovery that’s shaping a better tomorrow.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Here’s one example: It involves two of our biomedical engineering professors who’ve done groundbreaking work in molecular imaging.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi developed a PET/CT scanner that can image the entire body in under a minute. They released the first images last month and expect to start scanning patients this spring.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This breakthrough could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated, while greatly reducing patients’ radiation exposure.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is just one example of how UC Davis makes substantial contributions. We’ll build on such research strengths to position ourselves as a world leader for innovation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goal 5: Entrepreneurship</span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our growing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship is certainly represented in Aggie Square. As you know, this is our 25-acre innovation hub coming to the Sacramento campus.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We experienced much excitement and momentum for this project over the past year. In June, we secured $2.8 million in state funding. In August, we announced the first phase of Aggie Square. We are partnering with Kindred Healthcare to build a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital. The $60 million hospital is expected to create 200 new jobs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the meantime, we’re also working closely with Sacramento city leaders and neighborhood associations. We want to maximize the economic and quality of life opportunities that Aggie Square can bring.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re guided by the advice of our Aggie Square Partnership Advisory council as this project evolves. We’re also working with faculty to identify the academic programs that will fit best at Aggie Square.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Businesses and entrepreneurs of all types continue to reach out to us. It’s clear that others want to partner with us in Aggie Square.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>And, on that note, I want to share some major news.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’re proud to announce that UC Davis is collaborating with IBM at Aggie Square.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A select group of IBM specialists will join Aggie Square staff and the UC Davis Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement in a newly-leased building on Stockton Boulevard. The building in Sacramento will also include a flexible Innovation Center for UC Davis faculty, IBM and others to host events that demonstrate their latest innovations and collaborative projects.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I believe this is just a preview of even greater things to come. Major companies like IBM see the potential in Aggie Square and what we’re achieving. This is exactly the kind of collaboration we hope to foster over the next decade.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aggie Square allows us to build on an entrepreneurial culture with more than 900 active patents. Last year alone, UC Davis helped launch 16 startups, made 107 invention disclosures and completed 85 licensing agreements. Also note that more than 75 percent of UC startups launched in the last five years are still active.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our opportunity to create and collaborate has never been greater. Frankly, the caliber of our faculty is a strong selling point in attracting major companies and other partners.  They want the access to faculty expertise.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For those involved with research, Aggie Square will provide an ideal location to meet and form partnerships, and I want faculty to take full advantage of this opportunity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You should also know the focus of Aggie Square isn’t limited to technology and life sciences. Ultimately, Aggie Square will be a place to showcase anything and everything that benefits the university, the community and business. That ranges from the arts and humanities, to social sciences and just about everything in between.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you don’t think you have a home in Aggie Square, well, you do now.  As Aggie Square expands, so will the opportunities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>Conclusion</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As you can see, the past year for UC Davis was filled with incredible accomplishments, inspirational stories and exciting goals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You can feel a sense of confidence and optimism just by walking around campus. You may also see many of our students wearing “Aggie Heroes” T-shirts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Aggie Heroes” reflect our spirit of good works. They are those in the UC Davis community, especially our students, who go above and beyond to help others. Aggie Heroes represent the best in our character and inspire us to become better people.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’m thinking of the Aggie Heroes like those from our Sikh Cultural Association. These students jumped into action when relief efforts were desperately needed in Butte County. They rallied with other members of the campus community to collect and deliver food, clothing and household goods for the Salvation Army distribution center in Chico.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aggie Heroes are people like Michael O’Hearn, a 62-year old trumpet player who graduated in December with a music degree.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Michael was diagnosed 30 years ago with a rare degenerative disease that left him unable to walk. And then, he did something at fall commencement that brought the crowd to its feet and to tears. With the help of his physical therapist, Michael rose from his wheelchair and walked across the commencement to receive his diploma.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I was proud not only for Michael, but for our entire UC Davis community. To hear them roar with applause and shout encouragement for Michael as he took those steps showed the heart of UC Davis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Do you know someone who fits the role of an Aggie Hero?  Think of someone on campus who’s shown a deep dedication to serving the public good, or someone who’s kept pushing despite great challenges.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We now have a process to nominate students, faculty, and staff who shine as Aggie Heroes. They’ll not only be recognized on social media and UC Davis’ website, but I’ll be hosting a special event in their honor. Send your nominees to leadership.ucdavis.edu. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>These Aggie Heroes, combined with your faculty leadership and the vibrancy of our UC Davis community, gives us much to be grateful for. But we’re far from done, and we have so much to look forward to in the coming year. Thank you for being on this journey with us as we climb to greater heights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Go Ags!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Dateline UC Davis</em><em> has highlights of the State of the Campus address <a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/state-campus-transforming-lives">here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/speeches/chancellor-speeches" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Speeches</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:29:22 +0000 Gary S. May 1671 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu February is Black Futures Month https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/february-black-futures-month <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">February is Black Futures Month </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">February 07, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/20171130_chancellor_visit_8856.jpg?h=af64fd07&amp;itok=MEBI9Rle" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary May stands with students at the Center of African Diaspora Student Success " title="Chancellor Gary May visits with students at the Center of African Diaspora Student Success. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="This month we honor the legacies of African Americans and Diasporic peoples who helped shape our country, while also taking the opportunity to strengthen our community and empower our future. Black Futures Month at UC Davis spotlights a theme of “Supporting Future, Art and Knowledge,” with a variety of events that highlight Black excellence and inclusion on campus. UC Davis’ African Continuum presents the ninth annual Black Convocation on Saturday, Feb. 9, a celebration of culture that includes networking opportunities and other resources to promote academic success. On Sunday, Feb. 24, the UC Davis Women&#039;s Resources and Research Center presents “And the Category Is: Blackness, Queerness and Living Out Loud.” This event features a keynote from Dominique Jackson, the activist and actress from POSE, the hit musical series on FX. Our rich diversity and support of underrepresented students are among UC Davis’ greatest strengths. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn, appreciate and empower throughout Black Futures Month. Please see the accompanying calendar for a full list of events.  View this calendar as a PDF.   "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>This month we honor the legacies of African Americans and Diasporic peoples who helped shape our country, while also taking the opportunity to strengthen our community and empower our future.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Black Futures Month at UC Davis spotlights a theme of “Supporting Future, Art and Knowledge,” with a variety of events that highlight Black excellence and inclusion on campus.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>UC Davis’ African Continuum presents the <span><span><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-black-convocation-tickets-54430150044">ninth annual Black Convocation</a></span></span> on Saturday, Feb. 9, a celebration of culture that includes networking opportunities and other resources to promote academic success. On Sunday, Feb. 24, the UC Davis Women's Resources and Research Center presents <span><span><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/and-the-category-is-blackness-queerness-and-living-out-loud-tickets-54781716589">“And the Category Is: Blackness, Queerness and Living Out Loud.”</a></span></span> This event features a keynote from Dominique Jackson, the activist and actress from <em>POSE</em>, the hit musical series on FX.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Our rich diversity and support of underrepresented students are among UC Davis’ greatest strengths. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn, appreciate and empower throughout Black Futures Month. Please see the accompanying <a data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bbe7b612-d118-4999-bd15-2f5dee88c52e" href="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/inline-files/bfm%20%28calendar%29.pdf">calendar</a> for a full list of events. </span></span></span></p> <img alt="Black Futures Month" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0f265c0a-71a8-489c-a3ae-7f85d39cb7c8" height="848" src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/inline-images/bfm%20%28calendar%29.png" width="636" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center"><em><a data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="19c18c69-d7e9-463a-852d-1d476e7b8a4e" href="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/inline-files/bfm%20%28calendar%29_0.pdf">View this calendar as a PDF</a></em>.</p> <p class="text-align-center"> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:18:18 +0000 Gary S. May 1646 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu A Message to the Campus Community https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/message-campus-community <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A Message to the Campus Community</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">January 11, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/uc-davis-seal-image_0.png?h=c673cd1c&amp;itok=moDU99yP" width="1280" height="720" alt="UC Davis Seal" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="Dear Campus Community, Throughout the night, we have been in close communication with the City of Davis Police Department regarding the tragic shooting and killing of police officer Natalie Corona in downtown Davis. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and fellow officers. While details are still unknown, we’ve learned from the Davis Police that the suspect is no longer a threat, and we’ve lifted the shelter-in-place request. We want to thank the UC Davis police, who have been escorting students to their dorms and from various buildings on campus. We want to thank the campus community for cooperating with the police. We also want to thank the UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Francisco police, who sent additional officers to work with the UC Davis Police Department to provide a larger presence on the UC Davis campus. We want to acknowledge that due to an unanticipated glitch in the WarnMe system, some of you did not receive our initial alerts. We corrected that issue as soon as possible. We will hold classes as scheduled on Friday. Students should contact Student Health and Wellness and staff should contact the Academic and Staff Assistance Program if you need counseling or other support. We know our community has been alarmed and afraid while tonight’s events unfolded. While we return to our regular schedules on Friday, our thoughts and prayers are with Natalie Corona’s family. Please keep them in your thoughts as well. In times like this, we are truly grateful for the dedication of those in our community who protect us at any cost.   Gary S. May, Chancellor Joe Farrow, Chief of Police "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dear Campus Community,</p> <p>Throughout the night, we have been in close communication with the City of Davis Police Department regarding the tragic shooting and killing of police officer Natalie Corona in downtown Davis. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and fellow officers.</p> <p>While details are still unknown, we’ve learned from the Davis Police that the suspect is no longer a threat, and we’ve lifted the shelter-in-place request.</p> <p>We want to thank the UC Davis police, who have been escorting students to their dorms and from various buildings on campus. We want to thank the campus community for cooperating with the police. We also want to thank the UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Francisco police, who sent additional officers to work with the UC Davis Police Department to provide a larger presence on the UC Davis campus.</p> <p>We want to acknowledge that due to an unanticipated glitch in the WarnMe system, some of you did not receive our initial alerts. We corrected that issue as soon as possible.</p> <p>We will hold classes as scheduled on Friday. Students should contact Student Health and Wellness and staff should contact the Academic and Staff Assistance Program if you need counseling or other support.</p> <p>We know our community has been alarmed and afraid while tonight’s events unfolded. While we return to our regular schedules on Friday, our thoughts and prayers are with Natalie Corona’s family. Please keep them in your thoughts as well. In times like this, we are truly grateful for the dedication of those in our community who protect us at any cost.</p> <p> </p> <p>Gary S. May, Chancellor</p> <p>Joe Farrow, Chief of Police</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:12:00 +0000 Gary S. May 1601 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu ‘Another Banner Year’ Ahead https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/another-banner-year-ahead <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">‘Another Banner Year’ Ahead</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">January 07, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/uc-davis-chancellor-may-4.jpg?h=5535c221&amp;itok=iF7DSnoa" width="1280" height="720" alt="UC Davis Chancellor May" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="Happy New Year, campus community! I hope you enjoyed a restful winter break and celebrated the holiday season with family and friends. After relaxing with my family, I feel a renewed sense of optimism for 2019. It’s certainly shaping up to be another banner year for UC Davis, and we’re just getting started. You may have seen the news that we were just ranked first in the nation and number three in the world for our commitment to developing an “environmentally friendly” infrastructure. It’s the fifth year in a row that we’ve earned top spots from the University of Indonesia’s GreenMetric World University Rankings. We’re also anticipating another milestone this spring when we will be formally designated a Hispanic Serving Institution. This federal recognition will affirm that UC Davis is advancing its public mission with our proportion of Latinx/Chicanx undergraduates at 25 percent and growing. Through the intentional and concerted effort of our extended community over the last decade, we are empowering bright young people from California’s underserved communities to study here and helping close the gap on socioeconomic disparities. We’re making significant progress on addressing students’ mental health care needs, food access and security, and affordable housing. We established a basic needs committee to implement recommendations made by three task forces last summer. We’ll announce details about our progress later this week. In the months ahead, we’re looking forward to strengthening our relationships with community leaders. Next week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Davis Mayor Brett Lee will present with me at the UC Board of Regents’ meeting. Mayor Steinberg will share his perspective on our Aggie Square partnership. Mayor Lee will spotlight our recent agreement guaranteeing on-campus housing for any growth in new student enrollment. Both of these developments made The Davis Enterprise’s top-10 stories of 2018, and I’m pleased to say that we expect to have a formal groundbreaking next month for our largest housing project, the West Village expansion, which will accommodate 3,300 students by the fall of 2021. Construction also begins this quarter on a new sports performance center next to Aggie Stadium that will have UC Davis Health physicians and physical therapists providing world-class care for our student-athletes and the community. Finally, we’ve had a wonderful response to our Leadership Job Shadow Program, and we’re now accepting applications to participate during winter quarter. If you’re curious about what you might gain from this experience, take a look at this page. I want to close by reaffirming my commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all who work, study, live, research and visit our Davis and Sacramento campuses, as well as our centers, institutes and laboratories. In 2019, let’s rededicate ourselves to fostering a climate where everyone feels welcomed, appreciated and respected. Go Ags! Gary S. May Chancellor "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Happy New Year, campus community!</p> <p>I hope you enjoyed a restful winter break and celebrated the holiday season with family and friends. After relaxing with my family, I feel a renewed sense of optimism for 2019. It’s certainly shaping up to be another banner year for UC Davis, and we’re just getting started.</p> <p>You may have seen the news that we were just ranked <a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-greenmetric-ranking-still-best-us/">first in the nation and number three in the world</a> for our commitment to developing an “environmentally friendly” infrastructure. It’s the fifth year in a row that we’ve earned top spots from the University of Indonesia’s GreenMetric World University Rankings.</p> <p>We’re also anticipating another milestone this spring when we will be formally designated a <a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-achieves-eligibility-be-designated-hispanic-serving-institution">Hispanic Serving Institution</a>. This federal recognition will affirm that UC Davis is advancing its public mission with our proportion of Latinx/Chicanx undergraduates at 25 percent and growing. Through the intentional and concerted effort of our extended community over the last decade, we are empowering bright young people from California’s underserved communities to study here and helping close the gap on socioeconomic disparities.</p> <p>We’re making significant progress on addressing students’ mental health care needs, food access and security, and affordable housing. We established a basic needs committee to implement recommendations made by three task forces last summer. We’ll announce details about our progress later this week.</p> <p>In the months ahead, we’re looking forward to strengthening our relationships with community leaders. Next week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Davis Mayor Brett Lee will present with me at the UC Board of Regents’ meeting. Mayor Steinberg will share his perspective on our <a href="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/aggie-square">Aggie Square partnership</a>. Mayor Lee will spotlight our recent agreement guaranteeing on-campus housing for any growth in new student enrollment. Both of these developments made <em>The Davis Enterprise’s</em> <a href="https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/top-10-stories-of-2018-davis-voters-finally-approve-more-housing/">top-10 stories of 2018</a>, and I’m pleased to say that we expect to have a formal groundbreaking next month for our largest housing project, the West Village expansion, which will accommodate 3,300 students by the fall of 2021.</p> <p>Construction also begins this quarter on a new <a href="https://theaggie.org/2018/12/07/uc-davis-announces-plans-to-build-new-student-athlete-performance-center/">sports performance center</a> next to Aggie Stadium that will have UC Davis Health physicians and physical therapists providing world-class care for our student-athletes and the community.</p> <p>Finally, we’ve had a wonderful response to our Leadership Job Shadow Program, and we’re now <a href="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/leadership-job-shadow-program-application">accepting applications</a> to participate during winter quarter. If you’re curious about what you might gain from this experience, <a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/students-reflect-job-shadow-experiences/">take a look at this page</a>.</p> <p>I want to close by reaffirming my commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all who work, study, live, research and visit our Davis and Sacramento campuses, as well as our centers, institutes and laboratories. In 2019, let’s rededicate ourselves to fostering a climate where everyone feels welcomed, appreciated and respected.</p> <p>Go Ags!</p> <p><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 17:22:02 +0000 Gary S. May 1596 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu 2018 Fall Commencement https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/2018-fall-commencement-remarks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2018 Fall Commencement</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">December 15, 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/Stage-Party-And-On-Stage-2018-Fall-Commencement-UC-Davis-27.jpg?h=3d262edb&amp;itok=DT7S5Qzc" width="1280" height="720" alt="UC Davis Chancellor May" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="UC Davis fall commencement speech as delivered on Dec. 15, 2018 at The Pavilion at the ARC Thank you, Dean Winey, and welcome distinguished members of the stage party, faculty, staff — and most importantly — the graduating class of 2018! I’d also like to welcome all the families and friends who are with us this morning. It’s a day that most of you have probably dreamed of for years. For the moms, dads and other family members, I’m sure a lot of memories are flashing through your mind today. You might be reflecting on the very first steps on this journey, like that teary drop-off on the first day of kindergarten. Maybe you’re flashing back to the excitement of your child coming home with high marks on their report card, or all those times you applauded them on the soccer field or the theater stage. You’ve been their biggest cheerleaders and now, on this wonderful graduation day, you can root from them again – only louder this time. [Loud applause.] Like that! Good response to my cue. ‘Your day has arrived’ Now, if you’re a graduating student, today it probably feels like it didn’t come soon enough. You’re probably thinking of all the sacrifices, all the lost sleep, all the red marks on those exams and essays, and maybe the times you missed family and friends back home. But, you didn’t give up during the tough times. You’re an Aggie — a go-getter — so you overcame the challenges and kept pushing, all the way to this great day. So, after all those 8 a.m. classes, the late-night study sessions and all-nighters — and after all that coffee to keep you going — your day has arrived! It’s a great day for me as well. No matter how many years I’ve spent in higher education, nothing beats the excitement of a commencement ceremony. It’s actually the only day of the year when everyone on campus is happy. It’s not just the sea of caps and gowns and all the beaming parents that makes this day feel so incredible. I’m excited for a bigger reason. That is, I know how much the world needs you now, and how much you have to offer. The tremendous amount of pride in this pavilion is equal to the immense potential all you graduates hold. You are the leaders, the game-changers and the innovators who will shape a better tomorrow. The world needs your intelligence and problem-solving skills. It needs your energy and curiosity. And, just as importantly, the world needs your spirit of collaboration, that openness to find common ground and inspiration from people of all backgrounds. I’m especially proud that you honed these values here at UC Davis, the fifth best public university in the entire nation. Now, I really like fall commencement because we celebrate the widest slice of UC Davis at once. In the spring, all four of our colleges host their own commencement ceremonies. But, today, our graduating students come together as one. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences So, first, let’s hear it for our candidates from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences! What an incredible education you’ve received. You’ve learned from one of the world’s most respected schools about the interconnectedness between living beings. You’ve learned to think holistically about the environment we share with plants and animals. As the ecologist Barry Commoner once said, “The first law of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else.” So, your education wasn’t just about the science and economics of food, crops, trees or landscaping. It was, more broadly — and just as importantly — about the interconnectedness between people and other living things. This kind of ecological thinking — a hallmark of your college — puts you at a distinct advantage in helping the world become a better place. You are the ones who will find ways to feed a rapidly growing planet. You will lead the charge in building healthy communities, whether it’s a population of humans, animals or ocean dwellers. You will address the effects of climate change as the world’s population continues to grow. You are being empowered to do all these things and so much more. College of Letters and Science Now, let’s hear it for the College of Letters and Science class of 2018! More than 40 percent of undergraduates pursue their degrees through the College of Letters and Science.  And, almost half of our UC Davis alumni graduated from this college. You represent the most diverse community of majors in a single college. We have future mathematicians in the house. We have wordsmiths who’ve studied classic literature, future geologists, psychologists and so much more. No matter which of the 53 majors or 60 minors you pursued in this college, now is your chance to shine.  After all, people who are dedicated to the study of humanities, mathematics, social sciences and the liberal arts are here to create a better world. You are the future teachers and educators who will pass along your knowledge and enlightenment to generations of students. You are the future scientists who will help us better understand our world and develop the technologies that shape the better tomorrow. You are the writers, actors and dancers who will bring truth and beauty to the world through your self-expression. You will thrive in a wide variety of careers, but you have a key thing in common. You graduated from a world-acclaimed university that fully embraces intellectual curiosity and versatility. You have been empowered to find success in a global economy that is driven by innovation, flexibility and diversity. I congratulate you all and look forward to hearing about your success. College of Biological Sciences And next, let’s give it up for the College of Biological Sciences Your college has earned a national and international reputation for excellence, so it’s no wonder that biology ranks among the most popular majors for all of UC Davis. Your knowledge of life at the smallest cellular levels holds tremendous power.  Biological research may help us find cures for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease and many other great health challenges. Your knowledge of life’s scientific processes will lead to tremendous breakthroughs in feeding the world and making the planet healthier. You’ve learned a holistic approach to solving complex problems –– that solutions are often found at the nexus between different disciplines –– and that breakthroughs often occur when people with different expertise work together. This kind of learning environment will serve you well in the future, no matter what career you choose.  Keep this spirit of collaboration and a fascination with the mysteries of life close to you.  The world will be the better for it. College of Engineering And, last but not least, my personal favorite, the College of Engineering! Just kidding, deans. I love all of my children. But you engineers know the ins-and-outs of circuit boards, and magnetic materials, computing and so much more. More importantly, you have an intense desire to create and innovate. Your skills are critical in this Digital Age, as the pace of technological development moves at what seems like light speed. If you were a freshman in 2014, think of how the iPhone 6 was the hot technology. Now, it probably won’t even run the latest version of Instagram. However, I believe engineers have an even greater role to play. I’m calling upon you — the newest engineering graduates of UC Davis — to accelerate the advancement of innovations that truly make the world a better place. Consumer technologies that serve the individual are fine. But, I encourage you to think bigger and bolder. You can get the public just as excited about technologies that better society – like those related to health, climate change and food security. Show the world what you’ve got, and how you can help make it better. Michael O’Hearn But, here’s the thing: No matter what degree you’re earning today — no matter which college you represent and no matter what route you took to get to UC Davis — we are all one community. We come from different backgrounds and age groups and, in some cases, have overcome great challenges to be here.  I’m thinking of Michael O’Hearn, a 62-year-old trumpet player who will earn a music degree today. He was diagnosed 30 years ago with a rare degenerative disease that left him unable to walk. Michael came to UC Davis as a transfer student in 2014, where he soon became a fixture in our bands and started the Jazz Society of UC Davis. Michael, I love jazz, by the way. Michael has not only been practicing the trumpet for his final performance with the commencement band, he has also been working with a physical therapist for this milestone today. So, look for Michael to rise from his wheelchair, to walk across this stage and receive his diploma. [Loud applause] Make sure you give him his props like that when he does. Congratulations Michael, and to all of you who’ve shown incredible tenacity at UC Davis. We’re inspired by you all. [Applause and a shout from a woman in the audience.] Sophia as well. ‘We closed our campus, but opened our hearts’ I’ve seen the best in this community over the past year — especially in this past month — with our heartfelt response to the tragic Camp Fire in Butte County. As we’re all painfully aware, the hazardous smoke that filled the valley made us take the unprecedented step of closing our campus for the safety of our students, staff and faculty. I know this was a disruptive time for many, especially for those who were preparing for mid-terms. Maybe not so much for those students who were throwing rocks at the smoke. [Pause] I saw you doing that. [Laughter] I thank you for your patience during that time. More importantly, I thank you for the incredible outpouring of compassion for our neighbors to the north. We closed our campus, but opened our hearts. Be an Aggie hero It reminds me how we celebrated “Aggie heroes” at our Fall Welcome event in September. That was our opportunity to shine a spotlight on students and their talents for the greater good of our university and the world at large. Now, I’d like to shine that spotlight on the Aggie heroes from our Sikh Cultural Association. As relief efforts were needed in Butte County, these students joined with other members of the campus community to collect and deliver food, clothing and household goods for the Salvation Army distribution center in Chico. I know that many of you stepped up as well, like those who provided donations for Camp Fire victims through the UC Davis Fire Department. Others attended the fundraiser here in town that raised more than $65,000 in gift cards for displaced Butte County residents. I’m proud that UC Davis responded in these difficult times with such compassion and kindness. And this is the kind of spirit that I encourage you to follow today and all the days beyond. Some of you may be off to graduate school soon. Others may be brushing up their resumés and ready to hit the job market.  But, no matter where you go next, I hope you take those “Aggie hero” values with you. I hope you will think of ways to greater serve the public good. I hope you will find common ground with those who are different from you.  As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all of us directly. We are all made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.” His point was that people are inherently interconnected, no matter what we look like, dress like, talk like or think like. With your diplomas in hand, embrace this opportunity to make your mark on the world and be a force for good. No matter where you go, no matter what becomes your calling, be an Aggie hero. Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduates and my best wishes for your future.  Go Ags!  "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><em><span>UC Davis fall commencement speech as delivered on Dec. 15, 2018 at The Pavilion at the ARC</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Thank you, Dean Winey, and welcome distinguished members of the stage party, faculty, staff — and most importantly — the graduating class of 2018! </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’d also like to welcome all the families and friends who are with us this morning. It’s a day that most of you have probably dreamed of for years.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For the moms, dads and other family members, I’m sure a lot of memories are flashing through your mind today. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You might be reflecting on the very first steps on this journey, like that teary drop-off on the first day of kindergarten. Maybe you’re flashing back to the excitement of your child coming home with high marks on their report card, or all those times you applauded them on the soccer field or the theater stage.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You’ve been their biggest cheerleaders and now, on this wonderful graduation day, you can root from them again – only louder this time. [Loud applause.] Like that! Good response to my cue. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>‘Your day has arrived’</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now, if you’re a graduating student, today it probably feels like it didn’t come soon enough. You’re probably thinking of all the sacrifices, all the lost sleep, all the red marks on those exams and essays, and maybe the times you missed family and friends back home.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>But, you didn’t give up during the tough times. You’re an Aggie — a go-getter — so you overcame the challenges and kept pushing, all the way to this great day.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>So, after all those 8 a.m. classes, the late-night study sessions and all-nighters — and after all that coffee to keep you going — your day has arrived!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It’s a great day for me as well. No matter how many years I’ve spent in higher education, nothing beats the excitement of a commencement ceremony.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It’s actually the only day of the year when everyone on campus is happy. It’s not just the sea of caps and gowns and all the beaming parents that makes this day feel so incredible. I’m excited for a bigger reason. That is, I know how much the world needs you now, and how much you have to offer.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The tremendous amount of pride in this pavilion is equal to the immense potential all you graduates hold. You are the leaders, the game-changers and the innovators who will shape a better tomorrow.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The world needs your intelligence and problem-solving skills. It needs your energy and curiosity. And, just as importantly, the world needs your spirit of collaboration, that openness to find common ground and inspiration from people of all backgrounds.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’m especially proud that you honed these values here at UC Davis, the fifth best public university in the entire nation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now, I really like fall commencement because we celebrate the widest slice of UC Davis at once. In the spring, all four of our colleges host their own commencement ceremonies. But, today, our graduating students come together as one.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>So, first, let’s hear it for our candidates from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>What an incredible education you’ve received. You’ve learned from one of the world’s most respected schools about the interconnectedness between living beings. You’ve learned to think holistically about the environment we share with plants and animals.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As the ecologist Barry Commoner once said, “The first law of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>So, your education wasn’t just about the science and economics of food, crops, trees or landscaping. It was, more broadly — and just as importantly — about the interconnectedness between people and other living things. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This kind of ecological thinking — a hallmark of your college — puts you at a distinct advantage in helping the world become a better place.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You are the ones who will find ways to feed a rapidly growing planet.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You will lead the charge in building healthy communities, whether it’s a population of humans, animals or ocean dwellers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You will address the effects of climate change as the world’s population continues to grow. You are being empowered to do all these things and so much more.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>College of Letters and Science</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now, let’s hear it for the College of Letters and Science class of 2018! </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>More than 40 percent of undergraduates pursue their degrees through the College of Letters and Science.  And, almost half of our UC Davis alumni graduated from this college.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You represent the most diverse community of majors in a single college. We have future mathematicians in the house. We have wordsmiths who’ve studied classic literature, future geologists, psychologists and so much more.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>No matter which of the 53 majors or 60 minors you pursued in this college, now is your chance to shine.  After all, people who are dedicated to the study of humanities, mathematics, social sciences and the liberal arts are here to create a better world.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You are the future teachers and educators who will pass along your knowledge and enlightenment to generations of students.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You are the future scientists who will help us better understand our world and develop the technologies that shape the better tomorrow.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You are the writers, actors and dancers who will bring truth and beauty to the world through your self-expression.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You will thrive in a wide variety of careers, but you have a key thing in common. You graduated from a world-acclaimed university that fully embraces intellectual curiosity and versatility. You have been empowered to find success in a global economy that is driven by innovation, flexibility and diversity.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I congratulate you all and look forward to hearing about your success.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>College of Biological Sciences</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>And next, let’s give it up for the College of Biological Sciences</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Your college has earned a national and international reputation for excellence, so it’s no wonder that biology ranks among the most popular majors for all of UC Davis.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Your knowledge of life at the smallest cellular levels holds tremendous power.  Biological research may help us find cures for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease and many other great health challenges. Your knowledge of life’s scientific processes will lead to tremendous breakthroughs in feeding the world and making the planet healthier. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>You’ve learned a holistic approach to solving complex problems –– that solutions are often found at the nexus between different disciplines –– and that breakthroughs often occur when people with different expertise work together. This kind of learning environment will serve you well in the future, no matter what career you choose.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Keep this spirit of collaboration and a fascination with the mysteries of life close to you.  The world will be the better for it.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>College of Engineering</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>And, last but not least, my personal favorite, the College of Engineering! Just kidding, deans. I love all of my children. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>But you engineers know the ins-and-outs of circuit boards, and magnetic materials, computing and so much more. More importantly, you have an intense desire to create and innovate.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Your skills are critical in this Digital Age, as the pace of technological development moves at what seems like light speed. If you were a freshman in 2014, think of how the iPhone 6 was the hot technology. Now, it probably won’t even run the latest version of Instagram.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>However, I believe engineers have an even greater role to play. I’m calling upon you — the newest engineering graduates of UC Davis — to accelerate the advancement of innovations that truly make the world a better place.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Consumer technologies that serve the individual are fine. But, I encourage you to think bigger and bolder. You can get the public just as excited about technologies that better society – like those related to health, climate change and food security. Show the world what you’ve got, and how you can help make it better.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Michael O’Hearn</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>But, here’s the thing: No matter what degree you’re earning today — no matter which college you represent and no matter what route you took to get to UC Davis — we are all one community.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We come from different backgrounds and age groups and, in some cases, have overcome great challenges to be here.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’m thinking of Michael O’Hearn, a 62-year-old trumpet player who will earn a music degree today.<strong> </strong>He was diagnosed 30 years ago with a rare degenerative disease that left him unable to walk.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Michael came to UC Davis as a transfer student in 2014, where he soon became a fixture in our bands and started the Jazz Society of UC Davis. Michael, I love jazz, by the way. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Michael has not only been practicing the trumpet for his final performance with the commencement band, he has also been working with a physical therapist for this milestone today. So, look for Michael to rise from his wheelchair, to walk across this stage and receive his diploma. [Loud applause] Make sure you give him his props like that when he does.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Congratulations Michael, and to all of you who’ve shown incredible tenacity at UC Davis. We’re inspired by you all. <span>[Applause and a shout from a woman in the audience.] Sophia as well.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>‘We closed our campus, but opened our hearts’</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’ve seen the best in this community over the past year — especially in this past month — with our heartfelt response to the tragic Camp Fire in Butte County. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As we’re all painfully aware, the hazardous smoke that filled the valley made us take the unprecedented step of closing our campus for the safety of our students, staff and faculty. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I know this was a disruptive time for many, especially for those who were preparing for mid-terms. Maybe not so much for those students who were throwing rocks at the smoke. [Pause] I saw you doing that. [Laughter]</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I thank you for your patience during that time. More importantly, I thank you for the incredible outpouring of compassion for our neighbors to the north. We closed our campus, but opened our hearts.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Be an Aggie hero</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It reminds me how we celebrated “Aggie heroes” at our Fall Welcome event in September. That was our opportunity to shine a spotlight on students and their talents for the greater good of our university and the world at large.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now, I’d like to shine that spotlight on the Aggie heroes from our Sikh Cultural Association. As relief efforts were needed in Butte County, these students joined with other members of the campus community to collect and deliver food, clothing and household goods for the Salvation Army distribution center in Chico.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I know that many of you stepped up as well, like those who provided donations for Camp Fire victims through the UC Davis Fire Department. Others attended the fundraiser here in town that raised more than $65,000 in gift cards for displaced Butte County residents.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’m proud that UC Davis responded in these difficult times with such compassion and kindness. And this is the kind of spirit that I encourage you to follow today and all the days beyond.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Some of you may be off to graduate school soon. Others may be brushing up their resumés and ready to hit the job market.  But, no matter where you go next, I hope you take those “Aggie hero” values with you.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I hope you will think of ways to greater serve the public good. I hope you will find common ground with those who are different from you.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all of us directly. We are all made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>His point was that people are inherently interconnected, no matter what we look like, dress like, talk like or think like. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With your diplomas in hand, embrace this opportunity to make your mark on the world and be a force for good. No matter where you go, no matter what becomes your calling, be an Aggie hero.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduates and my best wishes for your future.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Go Ags!  </span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/speeches" hreflang="en">Speeches</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/speeches/chancellor-speeches" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Speeches</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:17:43 +0000 Gary S. May 1591 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Welcome Back After Campus Closure https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/welcome-back <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Welcome Back After Campus Closure</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">November 26, 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/uc-davis-chancellor-may-2.jpg?h=fbd8d16b&amp;itok=MCipoHAs" width="1280" height="720" alt="UC Davis Chancellor May" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="Dear UC Davis Community, Welcome back from both Thanksgiving break and our extended campus closure.  It was a difficult decision to cancel classes and close. Campus leaders have not had to make such a decision in more than 30 years. There were no hard-and-fast policies in place, either for our campus or at the University of California system level. We weighed every option at our disposal and every consequence of any decision. We considered the diverse needs and contributions of the 65,000 people who make up our Davis and Sacramento campuses. Ultimately, we reverted to our first priority: the health of our community. For each of you who supported essential operations during the seven days our campus was closed, we thank you. Because of you, basic student needs were met, technology functioned, and our patients and clients received first-rate care. The Camp Fire in Butte County is now 100 percent contained. That’s a relief, but let’s not forget the impact the fire has had on an entire community, with losses that are sobering. Some of our community members have felt the effects of this devastation, and they may be continuing to recover or adjust. You — students, faculty, staff and alumni — have been sensitive to this crisis, and you’ve donated your time or money or organized to help communities in need. During difficult times like these, your generosity reminds us of the compassion and kindness that connects us to one another. I know you’re ready to get back to studying, teaching and research. If you have questions about the remainder of the quarter, please see the information we have posted about academic scheduling and student support resources. If you’re looking for something to celebrate, support the UC Davis football team, which won our first Big Sky Championship and first conference title since 2009. You can purchase tickets to the first postseason playoff game at Aggie Stadium scheduled for this coming Saturday, Dec. 1. It’s great to see you all. Best wishes for the remainder of the quarter. Gary S. May Chancellor "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong>Dear UC Davis Community,</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Welcome back from both Thanksgiving break and our extended campus closure. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>It was a difficult decision to cancel classes and close. Campus leaders have not had to make such a decision in more than 30 years. There were no hard-and-fast policies in place, either for our campus or at the University of California system level. We weighed every option at our disposal and every consequence of any decision. We considered the diverse needs and contributions of the 65,000 people who make up our Davis and Sacramento campuses. Ultimately, we reverted to our first priority: the health of our community.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>For each of you who supported essential operations during the seven days our campus was closed, we thank you. Because of you, basic student needs were met, technology functioned, and our patients and clients received first-rate care.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Camp Fire in Butte County is now 100 percent contained. That’s a relief, but let’s not forget the impact the fire has had on an entire community, with losses that are sobering. Some of our community members have felt the effects of this devastation, and they may be continuing to recover or adjust. You — students, faculty, staff and alumni — have been sensitive to this crisis, and you’ve donated your time or money or organized <span><a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/camp-fire-caring-pets-and-people">to help communities in need</a></span>. During difficult times like these, your generosity reminds us of the compassion and kindness that connects us to one another.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>I know you’re ready to get back to studying, teaching and research. If you have questions about the remainder of the quarter, please see the information we have posted about <span><a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/closure-whats-up-with-academics">academic scheduling</a></span> and <span><a href="https://ucdavis-advocate.symplicity.com/care_report/index.php/pid560910?">student support resources</a></span>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>If you’re looking for something to celebrate, support the UC Davis football team, which won our first Big Sky Championship and first conference title since 2009. You can purchase tickets to the first postseason playoff game at Aggie Stadium scheduled for this coming Saturday, Dec. 1.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>It’s great to see you all. Best wishes for the remainder of the quarter.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 01:46:18 +0000 Gary S. May 1576 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Campus Closed Through Thanksgiving Break https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/campus-closed-through-thanksgiving-break <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Campus Closed Through Thanksgiving Break</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">November 18, 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/chancellor-gary-may-looking-left-960_3.jpg?h=c5cb8c8b&amp;itok=zjB3_dsY" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor May" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="Dear UC Davis Community, While we had hoped to re-open our Davis and Sacramento campuses on Monday, the air quality forecasts are not showing enough improvement toward the healthy categories. In addition, the Academic Senate leadership has recommended that classes be cancelled Monday through Wednesday. Based on this and other input, we have decided to close both campuses through the Thanksgiving break. The campuses will re-open and classes will resume on Monday, November 26. In consultation with the Office of the President, our Provost, the Academic Senate and Academic Federation are working on details about how the remaining days of the quarter will be handled. We’ll communicate about that as soon as possible. The UC Davis hospitals, clinical sites, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, residence halls and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. Fire and police services remain open. Additional guidance will be provided later today about how essential and non-essential employees should report to work. The Butte County fire has taken a horrific toll on many people and communities. The scale of this disaster is unlike anything we’ve seen in Northern California. Many of you have communicated your concern and sorrow, and many of you have found ways to help families recover. In this season of giving thanks, I hope each of you will consider how you can contribute in meaningful ways to communities, people and animals in need. The Aggie community is a generous one, and for that I’m grateful. Gary S. May Chancellor "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Dear UC Davis Community,</strong></p> <p>While we had hoped to re-open our Davis and Sacramento campuses on Monday, the air quality forecasts are not showing enough improvement toward the healthy categories. In addition, the Academic Senate leadership has recommended that classes be cancelled Monday through Wednesday. Based on this and other input, we have decided to close both campuses through the Thanksgiving break. The campuses will re-open and classes will resume on Monday, November 26.</p> <p>In consultation with the Office of the President, our Provost, the Academic Senate and Academic Federation are working on details about how the remaining days of the quarter will be handled. We’ll communicate about that as soon as possible.</p> <p>The UC Davis hospitals, clinical sites, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, residence halls and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. Fire and police services remain open. Additional guidance will be provided later today about how essential and non-essential employees should report to work.</p> <p>The Butte County fire has taken a horrific toll on many people and communities. The scale of this disaster is unlike anything we’ve seen in Northern California. Many of you have communicated your concern and sorrow, and many of you have found ways to help families recover.</p> <p>In this season of giving thanks, I hope each of you will consider how you can contribute in meaningful ways to communities, people and animals in need. The Aggie community is a generous one, and for that I’m grateful.</p> <p><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:03:36 +0000 Gary S. May 1571 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Our Response to Camp Fire Includes Relief Effort https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/our-help-camp-fire-includes-relief-effort <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Our Response to Camp Fire Includes Relief Effort</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/3486" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gary S. May</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">November 09, 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/chancellor-gary-may-looking-left_1.jpg?h=d2bfe2f0&amp;itok=WZ69oVaS" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May, serious, looking left" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Recent News" addthis:description="To the UC Davis Community: We are following the Camp Fire in Butte County with concern for all who have been impacted or whose loved ones, including animals, have been injured, displaced or lost. The UC Davis Fire Department, Medical Center and Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital have been responding and providing assistance. We will continue to offer support by activating all of the experts and expertise at our disposal. Our campus Fire Department, besides sending a fire engine and crew to the wildfire, is also launching a relief effort. The list of what’s needed includes face masks and personal hygiene items, baby products (and toys), and gift cards for food, as well as new or lightly used items like warm clothing and socks and shoes, and blankets and pillows. And food for pets, too. All this to help meet the critical needs of people and animals in the fire zone — some of whom have lost everything. The drop-off spot is the campus fire station on Kleiber Hall Drive, and the deadline is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Please click here for all the details. Meanwhile, if you are a student who needs assistance, please contact Student Health and Counseling Services. We have a resource for employees, too: the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). Our community is here for you. Please be safe. Gary S. May Chancellor "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: " " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>To the UC Davis Community:</strong></p> <p>We are following the Camp Fire in Butte County with concern for all who have been impacted or whose loved ones, including animals, have been injured, displaced or lost. <a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/fire-halted-outside-primate-centers-fence-line#CampFire">The UC Davis Fire Department, Medical Center and Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital have been responding and providing assistance.</a> We will continue to offer support by activating all of the experts and expertise at our disposal.</p> <p>Our campus Fire Department, besides sending a fire engine and crew to the wildfire, is also launching a relief effort. The list of what’s needed includes face masks and personal hygiene items, baby products (and toys), and gift cards for food, as well as new or lightly used items like warm clothing and socks and shoes, and blankets and pillows. And food for pets, too. All this to help meet the critical needs of people and animals in the fire zone — some of whom have lost everything. The drop-off spot is the <a href="http://campusmap.ucdavis.edu/?b=61">campus fire station on Kleiber Hall Drive</a>, and the deadline is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. <em><a href="https://fire.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-firefighters-gather-donations-camp-fire-victims">Please click here for all the details.</a></em></p> <p>Meanwhile, if you are a student who needs assistance, please contact <a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/">Student Health and Counseling Services</a>. We have a resource for employees, too: the <a href="https://www.hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/asap">Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)</a>.</p> <p>Our community is here for you. Please be safe.</p> <p><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages" hreflang="en">Messages and Announcements</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news/chancellor" hreflang="en">Chancellor</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 03:23:06 +0000 Gary S. May 1566 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu