Recent News https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss Recent News for UC Davis Leadership en Message to Campus Community Regarding Student Employees and Paychecks https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/message-campus-community-regarding-student-employees-and-paychecks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Message to Campus Community Regarding Student Employees and Paychecks </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 08, 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-standing-chin-in-hand-1000_1.jpg?h=b8ff4f87&amp;itok=bYEQEo-9" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May has a serious expression as he looks out a window." 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=" I want to acknowledge and apologize once again for the considerable frustration and anger that some of our undergraduate student employees have expressed in person and in writing regarding being paid on time. Leaders across campus have been working diligently all week to identify those impacted and get students, faculty and staff correctly paid for their work. I can assure you that this has been our highest priority. I do want our community to understand the scope of this issue. UC Davis has about 40,000 employees, and the vast majority are receiving paychecks and direct deposits generated correctly and on time. However, I fully recognize that if you are a student who did not get paid correctly and on time, that does not matter. About 500 faculty and staff reported issues, and those cases were reported and are being addressed. About 300 undergraduate students, most of whom are employed with ASUCD, did not receive payment on time. This is not acceptable. I take my responsibility for the welfare of our students very seriously, and I am very concerned about the impact this has had on them. We are doing everything we can to fix this problem. Today, we corrected pay information for 95 students employed by ASUCD who were not being paid at the correct rate. The team is preparing retroactive payments for about 40 of those students today, and the rest will be paid on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are doing everything we can to make sure this does not happen again. For background, some (but not all) of these issues are related to UCPath, the new University of California payroll and management system that UC Davis migrated to on Oct. 1. All 10 campuses are required to adapt the new system, and UC Davis staff worked around the clock for more than a year to prepare our systems and our employees for the migration. However, many of the issues pre-date the transition to UCPath and are a result of our campus’s own hiring and onboarding processes, both of which will receive our immediate attention, review and improvement. Having said that, we recognize that some in our community were not aware of how to prepare for UCPath. We recognize the need for better communication to students about Trailhead, the student employee resource center located in Dutton Hall, and online information. If you are a student in need of emergency funds, please apply online for a UCPath Emergency Pay Advance. Financial Aid will expedite approval, generally the same day. You will be notified of approval by email and can go to the Cashier&#039;s Office in Dutton Hall to receive cash. Advances are up to $1,000, interest-free and are due on January 15. Today, we received and approved 12 applications and these students can receive cash immediately at Dutton Hall. Finally, we need your help. Please notify your supervisor immediately and contact basecamp@ucdavis.edu if you haven&#039;t yet received your pay so that we can assist you. Please provide your full name, department and hours worked by day to make the process as efficient as possible. This is an urgent problem. We are focusing on solutions right now, as we have been since we first became aware of the issues. Thank you for working with us to get this right. We will make every effort to rectify the current problems and make sure they do not reoccur in the future. "> <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"><div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p>I want to acknowledge and apologize once again for the considerable frustration and anger that some of our undergraduate student employees have expressed in person and in writing regarding being paid on time.</p> <p>Leaders across campus have been working diligently all week to identify those impacted and get students, faculty and staff correctly paid for their work. I can assure you that this has been our highest priority.</p> <p>I do want our community to understand the scope of this issue. UC Davis has about 40,000 employees, and the vast majority are receiving paychecks and direct deposits generated correctly and on time.</p> <p>However, I fully recognize that if you are a student who did not get paid correctly and on time, that does not matter. About 500 faculty and staff reported issues, and those cases were reported and are being addressed. About 300 undergraduate students, most of whom are employed with ASUCD, did not receive payment on time. This is not acceptable. I take my responsibility for the welfare of our students very seriously, and I am very concerned about the impact this has had on them. We are doing everything we can to fix this problem.</p> <p>Today, we corrected pay information for 95 students employed by ASUCD who were not being paid at the correct rate. The team is preparing retroactive payments for about 40 of those students today, and the rest will be paid on Tuesday and Wednesday.</p> <p>We are doing everything we can to make sure this does not happen again.</p> <p>For background, some (but not all) of these issues are related to UCPath, the new University of California payroll and management system that UC Davis migrated to on Oct. 1. All 10 campuses are required to adapt the new system, and UC Davis staff worked around the clock for more than a year to prepare our systems and our employees for the migration. However, many of the issues pre-date the transition to UCPath and are a result of our campus’s own hiring and onboarding processes, both of which will receive our immediate attention, review and improvement.</p> <p>Having said that, we recognize that some in our community were not aware of how to prepare for UCPath. We recognize the need for better communication to students about Trailhead, the student employee resource center located in Dutton Hall, <a href="https://ucpath.ucdavis.edu/student-resources-ucpath">and online information</a><em>. </em></p> <p>If you are a student in need of emergency funds, please <a href="https://myawards.ucdavis.edu/Forms/FormSelection.aspx">apply online</a> for a UCPath Emergency Pay Advance. Financial Aid will expedite approval, generally the same day. You will be notified of approval by email and can go to the Cashier's Office in Dutton Hall to receive cash. Advances are up to $1,000, interest-free and are due on January 15. Today, we received and approved 12 applications and these students can receive cash immediately at Dutton Hall.</p> <p>Finally, we need your help. Please notify your supervisor immediately and contact <a href="mailto:basecamp@ucdavis.edu">basecamp@ucdavis.edu</a> if you haven't yet received your pay so that we can assist you. Please provide your full name, department and hours worked by day to make the process as efficient as possible.</p> <p>This is an urgent problem. We are focusing on solutions right now, as we have been since we first became aware of the issues. Thank you for working with us to get this right. We will make every effort to rectify the current problems and make sure they do not reoccur in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </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> Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:25:00 +0000 Gary S. May 2176 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor’s Statement on Email Messages https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-statement-email-messages <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor’s Statement on Email Messages</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">October 25, 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-standing-chin-in-hand-1000_0.jpg?h=adc07fc3&amp;itok=l4rPZsw1" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May has a serious expression as he looks out a window." 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 issued the following statement today (Oct. 25): Someone using the presumed pseudonym of “John Smith” has targeted faculty and students in our ethnic studies programs with an email message repeating the message, “It’s okay to be white.” The police have been notified, and they are investigating. Whoever is out there thinking this is a smart or fun thing to do needs to move on. You’re not smart or funny. Your act is tiresome. As I said in 2017, when fliers with this same message were found across campus here and at other universities across the country, of course, it’s okay to be white, or brown, or black, or gay, or straight, or rich, or poor, or Muslim, or Jewish, or Catholic, or Protestant or disabled. All are welcome at UC Davis. Let’s not be goaded or intimidated by this nonsense. The person or persons behind this are trying to divide us. They want to provoke a reaction and portray it as evidence of growing anti-white discrimination on college campuses. UC Davis has been and should continue to be a forum for wide-open dialogue on an unlimited range of ideas, including those that many find disturbing. Anonymous emails, however, are not dialogue. Support for social diversity and equity is not a put-down. This is not a zero-sum game. All can be valued. All can be supported. All can be successful. White supremacy, hate and intimidation have no place here. We’re not going anywhere. "> <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"><div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p><em>Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (Oct. 25):</em></p> <p>Someone using the presumed pseudonym of “John Smith” has targeted faculty and students in our ethnic studies programs with an email message repeating the message, “It’s okay to be white.”</p> <p>The police have been notified, and they are investigating.</p> <p>Whoever is out there thinking this is a smart or fun thing to do needs to move on. You’re not smart or funny. Your act is tiresome.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellor-responds-provocative-fliers">As I said in 2017</a>, when fliers with this same message were found across campus here and at other universities across the country, of course, it’s okay to be white, or brown, or black, or gay, or straight, or rich, or poor, or Muslim, or Jewish, or Catholic, or Protestant or disabled. All are welcome at UC Davis.</p> <p>Let’s not be goaded or intimidated by this nonsense. The person or persons behind this are trying to divide us. They want to provoke a reaction and portray it as evidence of growing anti-white discrimination on college campuses.</p> <p>UC Davis has been and should continue to be a forum for wide-open dialogue on an unlimited range of ideas, including those that many find disturbing. Anonymous emails, however, are not dialogue. Support for social diversity and equity is not a put-down. This is not a zero-sum game. All can be valued. All can be supported. All can be successful.</p> <p>White supremacy, hate and intimidation have no place here. We’re not going anywhere.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </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> Fri, 25 Oct 2019 22:37:42 +0000 Gary S. May 2156 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor’s Message on Hate Fliers https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-message-hate-fliers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor’s Message on Hate Fliers </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">September 23, 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-standing-chin-in-hand-1000.jpg?h=b1a95d5d&amp;itok=TGdN3vCV" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May stands, a hand on his chin." 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="A message from Chancellor Gary S. May: As the UC Davis community prepares for a new academic year, we’ve learned that neo-Nazi and white supremacy fliers were found on campus today. Campus police have been notified and are investigating.  We are sickened that any person or group would invest any time in such cowardly acts of hate and intimidation. They have no place here. We encourage our community to stand against anti-Semitism and racism. Our Principles of Community remind us to “strive to build and maintain a culture based on mutual respect and caring.”  If you need support, please reach out to the following: Students — Student Health and Counseling Services Faculty and staff — Academic and Staff Assistance Program Ombuds Office The safety and well-being of the UC Davis community remains our priority. Thanks for doing your part to foster a campus climate that is welcoming and inclusive. Report hate crimes 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><strong>A message from Chancellor Gary S. May:</strong></em></p> <p>As the UC Davis community prepares for a new academic year, we’ve learned that neo-Nazi and white supremacy fliers were found on campus today. Campus police have been notified and are investigating. </p> <p>We are sickened that any person or group would invest any time in such cowardly acts of hate and intimidation. They have no place here. We encourage our community to stand against anti-Semitism and racism. Our <strong><a href="https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/principles-community">Principles of Community</a></strong> remind us to “strive to build and maintain a culture based on mutual respect and caring.” </p> <p>If you need support, please reach out to the following:</p> <ul><li><strong>Students — </strong><a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/">Student Health and Counseling Services</a></li> <li><strong>Faculty and staff —</strong> <a href="https://www.hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/asap">Academic and Staff Assistance Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://ombuds.ucdavis.edu/"><strong>Ombuds Office </strong></a></li> </ul><p>The safety and well-being of the UC Davis community remains our priority. Thanks for doing your part to foster a campus climate that is welcoming and inclusive.</p> <p><a href="https://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu"><em>Report hate crimes here.</em></a></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> Tue, 24 Sep 2019 03:30:39 +0000 Gary S. May 2111 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor’s Statement on Kendra Chan https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-statement-kendra-chan <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor’s Statement on Kendra Chan </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">September 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-gary-may-looking-left_0_0_0_0.jpg?h=4a000103&amp;itok=DAjjk95A" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May looking to the 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="Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (Sept. 4): ChanWe have learned that Kendra Chan, a UC Davis alumna, and her father Raymond “Scott” Chan, of Los Altos, were among the victims of the tragic Conception dive boat fire off the coast of Southern California. Our entire UC Davis community mourns with their family and friends. Kendra’s fascination with marine ecology will continue to inspire everyone she touched. She pursued her scientific curiosity with great zest at UC Davis, from working at our Bodega Marine Lab for two summers to studying biodiversity in the Stachowicz Lab. As the co-president of Davis SEEDS, she supported fellow students in making the transition from college to career. Kendra made her mark at UC Davis. We are grateful for her contributions to our campus community and her dedication to creating a healthier planet. We will remember her. "> <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 issued the following statement today (Sept. 4):</em></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="Headshot of Kendra Chan" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="56a9bc29-5810-4061-8d9a-a6e27f4ff850" src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/inline-images/kendra-chan-usfw.jpg" /><figcaption>Chan</figcaption></figure><p>We have learned that Kendra Chan, a UC Davis alumna, and her father Raymond “Scott” Chan, of Los Altos, were among the victims of the tragic Conception dive boat fire off the coast of Southern California. Our entire UC Davis community mourns with their family and friends.</p> <p>Kendra’s fascination with marine ecology will continue to inspire everyone she touched. She pursued her scientific curiosity with great zest at UC Davis, from working at our Bodega Marine Lab for two summers to studying biodiversity in the Stachowicz Lab. As the co-president of Davis SEEDS, she supported fellow students in making the transition from college to career.</p> <p>Kendra made her mark at UC Davis. We are grateful for her contributions to our campus community and her dedication to creating a healthier planet. We will remember her.</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, 04 Sep 2019 21:32:08 +0000 Gary S. May 2071 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor’s Statement on Margery Magill https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-statement-margery-magill <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor’s Statement on Margery Magill </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">August 29, 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-gary-may-looking-left_0_0_0.jpg?h=2da2bc29&amp;itok=9rxANG1H" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May looking to the 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="Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (Aug. 29): MagillMargery Magill, a UC Davis alumna, was killed in a random act of violence in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening. The entire UC Davis community mourns with Margery Magill’s family and friends. Margery’s incredible passion in the fields of food security and international agriculture will continue to inspire us. She worked tirelessly to help people, animals and serve as a role model to others. She sought to empower women and students through her work as a UC Davis Study Abroad advisor and program coordinator with the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. We remain grateful for the impact she made on so many people at UC Davis and far beyond. Margery’s loss is deeply felt by all of us. "> <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 issued the following statement today (Aug. 29):</em></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="Margery Magill" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad3510d9-79a0-478b-9171-8274e7691425" src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk1166/files/inline-images/margery-magill-crop.jpg" /><figcaption>Magill</figcaption></figure><p>Margery <span>Magill</span>, a UC Davis alumna, was killed in a random act of violence in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening. The entire UC Davis community mourns with Margery <span>Magill’s</span> family and friends. Margery’s incredible passion in the fields of food security and international agriculture will continue to inspire us.</p> <p>She worked tirelessly to help people, animals and serve as a role model to others. She sought to empower women and students through her work as a UC Davis Study Abroad advisor and program coordinator with the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.</p> <p>We remain grateful for the impact she made on so many people at UC Davis and far beyond. Margery’s loss is deeply felt by all of us.</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, 29 Aug 2019 19:38:34 +0000 Gary S. May 2066 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor’s Statement on Sacramento City College President Michael Gutierrez https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-statement-sacramento-city-college-president-michael-gutierrez <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor’s Statement on Sacramento City College President Michael Gutierrez </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">August 14, 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-gary-may-looking-left_0_1.jpg?h=c673cd1c&amp;itok=Agi6IPjL" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May looking to the 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=" Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (Aug. 14): We were saddened to learn that Sacramento City College President Michael Gutierrez sustained major injuries during a crash on Highway 50 in West Sacramento on Monday morning, while on his way to the college’s satellite campus in West Village. We extend our heartfelt support to President Gutierrez, his family and to all of the students, faculty, staff and friends of Sacramento City College. Our entire UC Davis community wishes you well and stands ready to support you on the road to recovery. "> <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"><div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p><em>Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (Aug. 14):</em></p> <p>We were saddened to learn that Sacramento City College President Michael Gutierrez sustained major injuries during a crash on Highway 50 in West Sacramento on Monday morning, while on his way to the college’s satellite campus in West Village.</p> <p>We extend our heartfelt support to President Gutierrez, his family and to all of the students, faculty, staff and friends of Sacramento City College. Our entire UC Davis community wishes you well and stands ready to support you on the road to recovery.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </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, 14 Aug 2019 22:35:42 +0000 Gary S. May 2046 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor’s Statement on Gun Violence https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellors-statement-gun-violence <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor’s Statement on Gun Violence</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/4326" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dljones</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">August 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_0_1.jpg?h=cd543608&amp;itok=s7OR75Bv" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May, portrait, serious, chin in hand" 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 issued the following statement today (Aug. 4): We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the victims of the shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, this weekend.  The instances of gun violence over the last week — including close to home in Gilroy last weekend — have left the nation stunned and horrified once more. Gun violence has been a public health hazard for far too long, and we cannot become numb or complacent to it.  The Violence Prevention Research Program based at UC Davis studies the causes, consequences and prevention of violence, particularly of firearm violence. This work is more crucial than ever. We mourn with communities around the nation that have been devastated by gun violence. We share the frustration of inaction. We ask how many more people have to lose their lives to gun violence before we do something about it.  While our community has not been directly affected by these recent tragedies, many feel vulnerable because of the messages of hatred created by some of the assailants. If you are a student in need of support, please contact Student Health and Counseling Services. Employees who need support can contact the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). "> <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 class="p1"><em><span>Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (Aug. 4):</span></em></p> <p class="p2"><span><span>We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the victims of the shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, this weekend. </span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span><span>The instances of gun violence over the last week — including close to home in Gilroy last weekend — have left the nation stunned and horrified once more. Gun violence has been a public health hazard for far too long, and we cannot become numb or complacent to it. </span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span><span>The <a href="https://health.ucdavis.edu/vprp">Violence Prevention Research Program</a> based at UC Davis studies the causes, consequences and prevention of violence, particularly of firearm violence. This work is more crucial than ever.</span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span><span>We mourn with communities around the nation that have been devastated by gun violence. We share the frustration of inaction. We ask how many more people have to lose their lives to gun violence before we do something about it. </span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span><span>While our community has not been directly affected by these recent tragedies, many feel vulnerable because of the messages of hatred created by some of the assailants. If you are a student in need of support, please contact <a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/"><span><span>Student Health and Counseling Services</span></span></a>. Employees who need support can contact the <a href="https://www.hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/asap"><span><span>Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)</span></span></a>.</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> </div> Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:09:03 +0000 dljones 2006 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Compassion in a Time of Fear https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/compassion-time-fear <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Compassion in a Time of Fear</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">July 14, 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_0.jpg?h=cd543608&amp;itok=QIYAJY0W" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May, chin in hand" 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 issued the following statement today (July 14) in support of UC President Janet Napolitano’s declaration that UC “will not be a willing participant” in large-scale immigration raids that she said “are designed to strike fear in our immigrant communities.” We wholeheartedly endorse and agree with President Napolitano’s statement. Our immigrant communities are what make universities, this state and this nation so unique and so strong. If anyone needs support, we encourage you to contact our AB540 and Undocumented Student Center. The center’s website includes updated responses to frequently asked questions about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). All of us must do what we can to be compassionate in an atmosphere of fear. We remain committed to doing all we can to foster an inclusive and welcoming community.” Gary S. MayChancellor "> <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 class="MsoPlainText"><em><span>Chancellor Gary S. May issued the following statement today (July 14) in support of UC President Janet Napolitano’s declaration that <span>UC “will not be a willing participant” in large-scale immigration raids that she said “</span>are designed<span> to strike fear in our immigrant communities.”</span></span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We wholeheartedly endorse and agree with <a href="https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-statement-immigration-raids-immigration-and-customs-enforcement">President Napolitano’s statement</a>. Our immigrant communities are what make universities, this state and this nation so unique and so strong.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>If anyone needs support, we encourage you to contact our <a href="https://undocumented.ucdavis.edu/">AB540 and Undocumented Student Center</a>. The center’s website includes updated responses to <a href="https://undocumented.ucdavis.edu/news/daca-faqs-reflect-recent-supreme-court-announcement">frequently asked questions about DACA</a> (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>All of us must do what we can to be compassionate in an atmosphere of fear. We remain committed to doing all we can to foster an inclusive and welcoming community.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Gary S. May</span></strong><br /><span>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="/news/messages/chancellor-messages" hreflang="en">Chancellor&#039;s Messages</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 14 Jul 2019 18:17:37 +0000 Gary S. May 1996 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Commencement https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/betty-irene-moore-school-nursing-commencement <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 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">July 13, 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/20190613-nursing-graduation-8577.jpg?h=4ca67d3a&amp;itok=h-Rw3f8t" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. 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="The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing commencement speech as delivered on June 13, 2019 at the Mondavi Center.    Thank you Interim Dean Ward, distinguished members of the stage party, faculty, staff, friends, families – and most importantly – the graduating students of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing!  I am so honored to be able to celebrate such a joyous and memorable occasion with you. I feel a certain affinity for the School of Nursing. I spent a lot of time there when I arrived at UC Davis in 2017. I remember the official ribbon cutting and opening gala for the opening of Betty Irene Moore Hall. I remember the pride as we showed off its state-of-the-art features, and I feel that same pride as we celebrate the School’s first commencement. Graduates … today, you take your place among the first 500 alumni of this distinguished school! The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is ranked among the 50 best graduate nursing schools in the country. That’s remarkable, especially when you consider the school was founded just 10 years ago. This school represents the best of what can be accomplished with a clear vision, strong support, dedicated faculty, and unwavering determination. Now imagine: What might you accomplish in the next 10 years? You are the healthcare leaders, providers, clinicians, researchers, and educators of tomorrow. As a UC Davis graduate, you have an excellent foundation of skills and knowledge to accomplish anything you set out to do. I’ll talk more about that in a moment. I see much more than an ocean of caps and gowns out there. I see more than the next generation that’s going to change the world. What I see are heroes who are ready to make a difference. Now a hero doesn’t need a cape or magic powers to do that. A hero can make a difference through their everyday actions.  A hero is someone who strives to help others. A hero inspires us through their tenacity. A hero makes the world a better place. At the end of the day, a hero gives us faith that a better tomorrow is possible.  Healthcare professionals are among our greatest heroes. Helping others and leading with scientific knowledge are at the very heart of your mission. You pushed hard to get here today. Many of you balanced work, family, financial, or personal challenges with the demands of your studies.  But you never gave up. You pressed on – all the way to this glorious day. Many of you are now heroes in your family. You may be the first in your families to earn a graduate degree. Perhaps you had to overcome Imposter Syndrome, but that cap and gown prove there’s no doubt you were meant to be here. So today, we celebrate you – our UC Davis community of heroes.  I’m talking about people like Brandon Coustette, who’s graduating with a master’s degree in nursing. While completing his master’s coursework, he worked as a paramedic in the Emergency Department at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Last November changed his life and the lives of many others. He was at the Surgical ICU at UC Davis Medical Center logging some preceptor hours when he heard the news about a wildfire not far from Chico. As the magnitude of the fire became clear, Brandon headed home to check on his family. The fire came within just a quarter-mile of their home. Brandon spent that night working in the emergency department, doing what he could to help evacuees arriving for treatment. He did this knowing some of his own family members lost their homes to the fire. Brandon and his wife continued to reach out, taking in several displaced families in the aftermath of the Camp Fire. “It was a crazy time,” Brandon says. “I was wrapping up burned feet during the day, then coming home at night to help my own family members.” If that wasn’t enough, he also raised money so hospital staff could provide gift cards to fire victims. They knew a little extra gas or food money would go a long way for people in need. The whole experience only confirmed that Brandon was on the right path – and now he has the tools to make a difference as a registered nurse. He found his home in emergency medicine.   Many of you have similar stories to tell. When the devastation in Paradise became clear, many nursing students rushed to help, even if it meant studying for finals would have to wait. Our heroes are people like Ashley Hurst, who’s graduating as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ashley has quite a resume already. She worked as an ICU nurse and served as a bilingual doula. She helped with HIV/AIDS outreach in Mexico and spent time in emergency medical service in Costa Rica. But at UC Davis, she found her passion – serving women, children and our most vulnerable communities. She spent the past year doing a clinical rotation at a Spanish-speaking Dixon Clinic, where she served those in need, including migrant workers and undocumented residents. The experience reinforced her commitment to address health disparities among the underserved and ensure they receive the care they need and deserve. By the way, Ashley juggled all of this as a single mom with two young children – not easy. So, this day is a tribute to her dedication.  As highly educated and skillfully prepared health professionals, you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to make the world a better place. Health care is changing. Family nurse practitioners and physician assistants are assuming greater roles in primary health care. Hospital stays for patients are getting shorter. More are recovering from home thanks to new diagnostic tools for home care. More and more, we’re using telecommunication technology to deliver a broad spectrum of health care services to people in remote and underserved regions.​ You are part of a new vision of health care. You are the change agents we desperately need to keep our communities healthy and ensure that everyone has access to quality care, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, or socio-economic class. Just remember: with great power comes great responsibility. Heroes don’t just think of themselves, but how they can help society. For the graduating students in the School of Nursing, that means providing compassionate care, shaping healthcare policies, improving delivery systems, leading health teams, educating future clinicians, and using technology to improve outcomes. You have the power, not only to transform, but to save lives. You can improve the health outcomes for a single individual or you can improve the well-being of entire communities. These powers are not to be taken lightly. You come from different backgrounds and you took different paths to get here. So too will the course of your careers look very different. You will go on to become nurses, physician assistants, family nurse practitioners, nurse leaders, and health experts.   Regardless of what brought you to this day, or the life that you envision for yourself in the future – know that you are ready. The fact that you are here today is a testament to your tenacity. You’ve already had an impact far beyond Sacramento. During your clinical rotations and preceptorships, you’ve benefited communities throughout Northern California. You’ve embraced our mission of serving the underserved. You’ve helped immigrant populations, people experiencing homelessness, and many more. You survived pathophysiology and became an expert at starting an IV.  You learned and trained in one of the most state-of-the art facilities at UC Davis – Betty Irene Moore Hall. You practiced high-risk scenarios in simulated environments. You learned how to listen and ask questions and propose solutions. You have the clinical skills, but more importantly, you have the heart. The college experience is also defined by what is learned beyond the textbook and the classroom. You learned what it means to be part of a community that cares. You learned about and practiced cultural humility and inclusiveness. And you developed critical thinking skills that will serve you well no matter where you go from here. As you continue to progress in your careers, pay it forward. As Dr. Ward mentioned, I believe that the measure of our success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others. This is what a hero does. I think of one of my own heroes, Dr. Augustine Esogbue, who took me under his wing when I was an undergraduate. We called him Dr. E, and he was the first Black engineering professor at Georgia Tech. I wanted to be like him. We all did. He had the stylish clothes, the intellect, the fancy cars. But more importantly, he had the spirit of giving back. Dr. E was there for me. He was the role model I needed – a Black man finding success and respect in engineering. He was there to answer questions, and he was there to encourage me toward my goals. Dr. E was there when I got my PhD at Berkeley, and he was there during the ceremony when I became chancellor of UC Davis. Soon it will your turn to give back. I guarantee that a young person will look up to you. They will dream of graduating from college and taking on the world. They will aspire to be PAs and nurses, health educators and clinicians, and all the great things you will become. Take them under your wing and show them what’s possible. Be an example of what a person can become through hard work, passion, and dedication. Now I know you’re ready to walk across the stage and get out there to celebrate with your families and friends. So let me wrap this up. A hero’s journey never ends. Keep this spirit with you in the next chapters of your lives. There will be many adventures and new beginnings. But don’t forget that heroes also know how to have fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh. Explore. Keep an open mind. Remember, the hero is also shaped by adversity. Know that there will be challenges, and keep pushing through the obstacles that try and get in your way. Let me conclude by going back to the definition of a hero.  You are striving to help others. You are working to make this world a better place. You give us faith that a better tomorrow is possible. Congratulations classes of 2019! Go. Be great!   "> <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 class="paragraph"><em><span><span><span><span><span>The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing commencement</span></span> speech as delivered on June 13, 2019 at the Mondavi Center. </span></span></span></em></p> <p class="paragraph"> </p> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thank you Interim Dean Ward, distinguished members of the stage party, faculty, staff, friends, families – and most importantly – the graduating students of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing!</span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I am so honored to be able to celebrate such a joyous and memorable occasion with you. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I feel a certain affinity for the School of Nursing. I spent a lot of time there when I arrived at UC Davis in 2017. I remember the official ribbon cutting and opening gala for the opening of Betty Irene Moore Hall. I remember the pride as we showed off its state-of-the-art features, and I feel that same pride as we celebrate the School’s first commencement. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Graduates … today, you take your place among the first 500 alumni of this distinguished school!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is ranked among the 50 best graduate nursing schools in the country. That’s remarkable, especially when you consider the school was founded just 10 years ago. This school represents the best of what can be accomplished with a clear vision, strong support, dedicated faculty, and unwavering determination. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now imagine: What might you accomplish in the next 10 years?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You are the healthcare leaders, providers, clinicians, researchers, and educators of tomorrow. As a UC Davis graduate, you have an excellent foundation of skills and knowledge to accomplish anything you set out to do. I’ll talk more about that in a moment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I see much more than an ocean of caps and gowns out there. I see more than the next generation that’s going to change the world.<strong> </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>What I see are heroes who are ready to make a difference. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now a hero doesn’t need a cape or magic powers to do that. A hero can make a difference through their everyday actions.  </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A hero is someone who strives to help others. A hero inspires us through their tenacity. A hero makes the world a better place. At the end of the day, a hero gives us faith that a better tomorrow is possible. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Healthcare professionals are among our greatest heroes. Helping others and leading with scientific knowledge are at the very heart of your mission. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You pushed hard to get here today. Many of you balanced work, family, financial, or personal challenges with the demands of your studies.  But you never gave up. You pressed on – all the way to this glorious day.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many of you are now heroes in your family. You may be the first in your families to earn a graduate degree. Perhaps you had to overcome Imposter Syndrome, but that cap and gown prove there’s no doubt you were meant to be here.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So today, we celebrate you – our UC Davis community of heroes.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’m talking about people like Brandon Coustette, who’s graduating with a master’s degree in nursing. While completing his master’s coursework, he worked as a paramedic in the Emergency Department at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last November changed his life and the lives of many others. He was at the Surgical ICU at UC Davis Medical Center logging some preceptor hours when he heard the news about a wildfire not far from Chico. As the magnitude of the fire became clear, Brandon headed home to check on his family. The fire came within just a quarter-mile of their home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brandon spent that night working in the emergency department, doing what he could to help evacuees arriving for treatment. He did this knowing some of his own family members lost their homes to the fire. Brandon and his wife continued to reach out, taking in several displaced families in the aftermath of the Camp Fire. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It was a crazy time,” Brandon says. “I was wrapping up burned feet during the day, then coming home at night to help my own family members.” </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If that wasn’t enough, he also raised money so hospital staff could provide gift cards to fire victims. They knew a little extra gas or food money would go a long way for people in need.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The whole experience only confirmed that Brandon was on the right path – and now he has the tools to make a difference as a registered nurse. He found his home in emergency medicine.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many of you have similar stories to tell. When the devastation in Paradise became clear, many nursing students rushed to help, even if it meant studying for finals would have to wait.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our heroes are people like Ashley Hurst, who’s graduating as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ashley has quite a resume already. She worked as an ICU nurse and served as a bilingual doula. She helped with HIV/AIDS outreach in Mexico and spent time in emergency medical service in Costa Rica.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But at UC Davis, she found her passion – serving women, children and our most vulnerable communities. She spent the past year doing a clinical rotation</span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>at a Spanish-speaking Dixon Clinic, where she served those in need, including migrant workers and undocumented residents. The experience reinforced her commitment to address health disparities among the underserved and ensure they receive the care they need and deserve.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>By the way, Ashley juggled all of this as a single mom with two young children – not easy. So, this day is a tribute to her dedication.</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As highly educated and skillfully prepared health professionals, you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to make the world a better place.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Health care is changing. Family nurse practitioners and physician assistants are assuming greater roles in primary health care. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hospital stays for patients are getting shorter. More are recovering from home thanks to new diagnostic tools for home care. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>More and more, we’re using telecommunication technology to deliver a broad spectrum of health care services to people in remote and underserved regions.​</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You are part of a new vision of health care. </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>You are the change agents we desperately need to keep our communities healthy and ensure that everyone has access to quality care, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, or socio-economic class. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Just remember: with great power comes great responsibility. Heroes don’t just think of themselves, but how they can help society.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For the graduating students in the School of Nursing, that means providing compassionate care, shaping healthcare policies, improving delivery systems, leading health teams, educating future clinicians, and using technology to improve outcomes. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You have the power, not only to transform, but to save lives. You can improve the health outcomes for a single individual or you can improve the well-being of entire communities. These powers are not to be taken lightly.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You come from different backgrounds and you took different paths to get here. So too will the course of your careers look very different. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>You will go on to become nurses, physician assistants, family nurse practitioners, nurse leaders, and health experts.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Regardless of what brought you to this day, or the life that you envision for yourself in the future – know that you are ready. The fact that you are here today is a testament to your tenacity. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You’ve already had an impact far beyond Sacramento. During your clinical rotations and preceptorships, you’ve benefited communities throughout Northern California. You’ve embraced our mission of serving the underserved. You’ve helped immigrant populations, people experiencing homelessness, and many more.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You survived pathophysiology and became an expert at starting an IV.  </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You learned and trained in one of the most state-of-the art facilities at UC Davis – Betty Irene Moore Hall. You practiced high-risk scenarios in simulated environments. You learned how to listen and ask questions and propose solutions. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>You have the clinical skills, but more importantly, you have the heart. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The college experience is also defined by what is learned beyond the textbook and the classroom. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You learned what it means to be part of a community that cares</span></span></span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You learned about and practiced cultural humility and inclusiveness</span></span></span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>And you developed critical thinking skills</span></span></span><span><span><span> that will serve you well no matter where you go from here. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As you continue to progress in your careers, pay it forward.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As Dr. Ward mentioned, I </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>believe that the measure of our success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others. This is what a hero does. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I think of one of my own heroes, Dr. Augustine Esogbue, who took me under his wing when I was an undergraduate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We called him Dr. E, and he was the first Black engineering professor at Georgia Tech. I wanted to be like him. We all did. He had the stylish clothes, the intellect, the fancy cars.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But more importantly, he had the spirit of giving back. Dr. E was there for me. He was the role model I needed – a Black man finding success and respect in engineering. He was there to answer questions, and he was there to encourage me toward my goals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dr. E was there when I got my PhD at Berkeley, and he was there during the ceremony when I became chancellor of UC Davis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Soon it will your turn to give back. I guarantee that a young person will look up to you. They will dream of graduating from college and taking on the world. They will aspire to be PAs and nurses, health educators and clinicians, and all the great things you will become.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Take them under your wing and show them what’s possible. Be an example of what a person can become through hard work, passion, and dedication.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now I know you’re ready to walk across the stage and get out there to celebrate with your families and friends. So let me wrap this up.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A hero’s journey never ends. Keep this spirit with you in the next chapters of your lives. There will be many adventures and new beginnings. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But don’t forget that heroes also know how to have fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh. Explore. Keep an open mind.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Remember, the hero is also shaped by adversity. Know that there will be challenges, and keep pushing through the obstacles that try and get in your way. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let me conclude by going back to the definition of a hero.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You</span></span></span><span><span><span> are striving to help others. You are working to make this world a better place. You give us faith that a better tomorrow is possible.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations classes of 2019!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Go. Be great!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="paragraph"> </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/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> Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:16:17 +0000 Gary S. May 2011 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu Chancellor: Another Heartbreaking Loss https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/chancellor-another-heartbreaking-loss <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chancellor: Another Heartbreaking Loss </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">June 20, 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-gary-s-may-looking-left.jpg?h=2000f1d1&amp;itok=KudsTO3t" width="1280" height="720" alt="Chancellor Gary S. May looking to the 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=" The UC Davis community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Sacramento police officer Tara O’Sullivan. We know all too well the heartbreaking loss of a young police officer killed in the line of duty.  At times like this, we are reminded of those in our communities who are dedicated to protect us at any cost. We extend our condolences to officer O’Sullivan’s family, friends and fellow officers of the Sacramento Police Department. We grieve with you. 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"><div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p>The UC Davis community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Sacramento police officer Tara O’Sullivan. We know all too well the heartbreaking loss of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. </p> <p>At times like this, we are reminded of those in our communities who are dedicated to protect us at any cost. We extend our condolences to officer O’Sullivan’s family, friends and fellow officers of the Sacramento Police Department. We grieve with you.</p> <p><strong>Gary S. May</strong><br /> Chancellor</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </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, 20 Jun 2019 21:00:00 +0000 Gary S. May 1976 at https://leadership.ucdavis.edu