IN BRIEF: Coffee, Parking, Free Coursera

Employee in mask retrieves a pastry from display case.
Sophomore Viviana Caballero serves a muffin at the Peet's inside the Silo on Monday (July 20). (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)


Coffee is available once again at the Silo, with the reopening of Peet’s. Its summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays (closed on weekends).

The nearby Crepe Bistro and Silo Market are also open on weekdays, starting at 9 a.m.

Other dining options on campus are limited: Latitude and Scrubs Café are both open for to-go orders only — Latitude is open every day and Scrubs is open on weekdays. The Coffee House remains closed. All other Peet’s locations on campus are closed.

A full list of Dining Services eateries and their hours of operation is available online.

Parking permits are back

Transportation Services announced last week that parking permit enforcement will resume Aug. 1, after having been suspended since mid-March due to the pandemic. Also, most permit fees are going up Sept. 1. Learn more.

A reminder for those of you who formerly paid your permit fees by payroll deduction: Transportation Services canceled all payroll deductions in June — so, if you want a permit, you’ll need to sign up again, if that’s how you wish to pay. You should have received an email last week advising how to re-enroll in payroll deduction. You’ll find the information here.

Transportation Services says: “If you need a permit for August, take action by July 27.” Even then, you may not receive your permit by Aug. 1. “We’re flexible,” Transportation Services says. “Our enforcement teams understand this, and will be providing a grace period for vehicles with a registered permit that is not displayed.”

But, hold on. You should also note, there’s no need to get a permit if you’re still working from home. And if you need to come to campus occasionally, you can buy daily permits. The daily fee is $10, and it is not going up Sept. 1.

Free Coursera offer extended

Good news from Continuing and Professional Education about UC Davis’ free-enrollment deal for the bulk of the Coursera catalog for online learning: The offer has been extended through the end of the year.

The deal, which gives staff, faculty and students access to more than 4,000 Coursera courses at no charge, first took effect last spring. At that time, you had until July 31 to sign up and until Aug. 31 to complete your course or courses. Now, with the extension, you have until Sept. 30 to sign up and until Dec. 31 to finish.

Learning is self-paced, and video lectures, peer-reviewed assignments and community discussion forums create a robust, engaging online academic experience. Degree and MasterTrack programs are not available as part of this offer.

Also last spring, Continuing and Professional Education announced a new benefit for staff, faculty and students: free enrollment in UC Davis’ own courses in Coursera. That benefit is ongoing.

This webpage, Professional Development Opportunities for UC Davis Employees, includes enrollment links for Coursera and Continuing and Professional Education classes.

Blood bank collects 71 pints

Vitalant reported collecting 71 pints of blood the collection event Monday (July 20) in The Pavilion. Eighty people registered (not everyone can complete the donation process, for a variety of reasons), including 22 new donors.

“With one pint saving up to three lives, as many as 213 patients’ lives will be transformed because of the lifesaving blood drive hosted by UC Davis, its amazing student directors and vital sponsor, the Internship and Career Center,” said Sandra Harper, donor recruitment representative.

Vitalant’s next Blood and Marrow Drive in The Pavilion is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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