IN BRIEF: 300-Plus Laptops Are on Loan


UC Davis has loaned more than 300 laptop computers to students for remote instruction and  has more loaners available.

Staff from several departments came together in March — when the pandemic forced the university to switch to remote instruction — to gather and prepare laptops to loan to students without computers of their own or whose computers were not up to the task of remote learning. There is no charge for the loaners.

As of Oct. 9, the program had loaned 336 laptops to students, including 50 computers since the start of September.

“We have a healthy inventory of laptops remaining and expect we will have enough inventory to continue the program for the academic year through 2021,” said Anita Nichols, director of Client Success for Information and Educational Technology, or IET.

IET oversees the process, which has received support from Aggie Surplus, UC Davis Stores, Development and Alumni Relations and others.

Students can apply for a loaner laptop online, and can arrange for a time to pick it up on campus or have it shipped to their home.

Brush 34: Home sweet home

The UC Davis Fire Department’s wildfire unit has finally returned home. Brush Truck 34, which left campus Aug. 13 and has returned only to switch crews and get a new windshield, was released from the Zogg Fire on Thursday (Oct. 8).

The Zogg Fire, in Shasta County, was 56,000 acres and 99 percent contained as of this morning, according to Cal Fire.

When Brush 34 returned to campus, it carried Capt. Paul Rush, engineer Ben Rizzo, and firefighters Cara Martinez and Avery White.

Police Accountability Board public meeting

The UC Davis Police Accountability Board will hold its fall quarter public meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Register here for the virtual meeting.

Held each quarter during the regular academic year, the public meetings provide the opportunity for Davis and Sacramento campus community members and others, including people from the surrounding communities, to learn more about the board’s work and how to file complaints, and to raise concerns.

The informal meetings follow an office hour format.

Learn more about the Police Accountability Board.

Your calendar, your way, free from Repro

Calendar samples with UC Davis images

Wishing you a Happy New Year, early, Repro Graphics is again offering free, personalized calendars for UC Davis employees. The calendar program is a way for Repro Graphics to demonstrate its variable-data printing capabilities — that is, each calendar is customized for the individual who orders it.

You can automatically highlight university holidays, and add special events of your own choosing, say, someone’s birthday or maybe even Groundhog Day (limit of four highlighted dates per month). And you get to choose from 10 university-themed images for your calendar picture.

Limit one calendar per person. Orders are due by Friday, Oct. 30. Calendars will be delivered to Davis and Sacramento campus mail stops.

More information, including the link to the order form.

And, now, a word from our sponsor: Repro Graphics can produce custom calendars for your department or unit, starting at just $1 each (based on a minimum quantity of 300). Repro Graphics says: “Send us your photos and personalized dates and we promise to get your completed calendars back to you by the end of 2020.” For more information, send an email to

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