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By Clifton B. Parker on February 5, 2010 in University News

State of the Campus

The Academic Senate, as it does every winter quarter, has invited the chancellor to deliver a State of the Campus address. This year’s address will be Linda Katehi’s first since she became chancellor last August.

The annual messages generally focus on faculty issues.

Katehi’s address is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Feb. 11 in the new UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom (at the campus's south entry), leading off a meeting of the senate’s Representative Assembly.

You can watch a live webcast; look for a link from the UC Davis home page.

Vanderhoef nominated

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef is one of six people nominated by U.S. Senate Democrats to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, an 18-member board that advises the education secretary on accrediting agencies.

The other Democratic nominees are Daniel Klaich, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education; and state Rep. Cameron Staples of Connecticut.

The Republican nominees are Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Anne D. Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni; and Michael Poliakoff, former vice president for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of Colorado system.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 ...

Aggienaut Stephen Robinson is headed for the International Space Station. His liftoff in the Endeavour shuttle is scheduled for 4:39 a.m. EST (1:39 PST) Feb. 7.

Robinson graduated from UC Davis in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

He has gone into space three other times. This time around, he is scheduled for a two-week assignment on the space station.

Management Skills Assessment Program

Applications are due by Feb. 18 for the UC system’s Management Skills Assessment Program, designed for “high potential employees whom we want to support in their career development at the University of California.”

During the weeklong program, officials said, participants are given the opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate their management skills. In addition, participants receive feedback from managers.

This year’s program is scheduled from May 3 to 7 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove. The departmental cost is $875, including meals and lodging; transportation expenses are extra.

Application materials and more information. Questions should be directed to Nan Long, (530) 752-9682 or, at Staff Development and Professional Services.

Saturday shoppers bus

Unitrans is running a new Saturday shoppers shuttle. The O line, a combination of the A and C lines, is intended to provide more convenient service to several Davis shopping destinations.

The O line serves the downtown core (Second and Third streets), Farmers Market, Target store and University Mall, with direct service from the East Fifth Street corridor and the Amtrak station, as well as the UC Davis campus (including the Segundo, Tercero and Cuarto student residence areas).

The new line also provides better access to the temporary location of the Yolo County Library on Pena Drive.

The O line runs hourly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., similar to the P, Q, J and W lines, which also run on Saturdays, along with Yolobus 42A and 42B.

More information is available online, or by phone, (530) 752-BUSS (2877).

Media contact(s)

Clifton B. Parker, Dateline, (530) 752-1932,