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By Dave Jones on March 18, 2011 in University News

Active shooter training March 30

How to escape, take cover, hide and play dead, and, as a last resort, how to tackle and get a weapon away from a gunman. These are among the topics of the campus Police Department active shooter training, a 90-minute program on advice and strategies to increase your likelihood of surviving a shooting incident.

The next active shooter training, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, is intended for students — but everyone on campus is welcome to attend. There is no charge, and no advance sign-ups are required: just show up to Freeborn Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Lt. Matt Carmichael, (530) 752-5350 or

TRANSITION: Carter-Dubois joins provost’s team

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter this week announced the appointment of Marie Carter-Dubois as assistant executive vice chancellor.

Carter-Dubois moves to the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost from the School of Education, where she serves as assistant dean for Administration and Finance.

She succeeds Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor Bob Loessberg-Zahl, who has a new assignment in Administrative and Resource Management.

Hexter said Carter-Dubois will serve as chief operating officer for the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and as his principal staff adviser.

Before joining the School of Education Carter-Dubois held senior positions in administration and finance at Stanford University and UC San Francisco. She completed most of her formal graduate education in France: She received a Master of Business Administration from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris; and a joint master's degree in corporate strategies from Paris-Sorbonne University and Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance from the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Hexter said Carter-Dubois will start her new position on a full-time basis on March 21, after spending part of this week making the transition.

Construction work set for spring break

A majority of students will be away next week for spring break, but for those of us left behind, be mindful of some construction projects that may slow you down, whether you are walking, bicycling or driving.

On campus, AT&T will be installing a fiber-optic cable under Hutchison Drive between Lot 41 (across from the Life Sciences Building) and Hutchison Drive’s east end, at A Street. Officials said Lot 41 will still be accessible, with only a few parking spaces cordoned off.

There will not be any digging — only the insertion of the cable into an existing underground conduit. Still, the project will bring trucks and other equipment onto Hutchison.

In the city, street repairs are planned along Second Street between B and H streets.

Update: Children’s day at work

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day includes something for parents, too: a talk by Jamie Woolf, author of Mom-in-Chief: How Wisdom from the Workplace Can Save Your Family from Chaos.

Her free talk on leadership in parenting is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Hamilton Room in the Heitman Staff Learning Center.

The Chancellor’s Child Care Advisory Committee also announced a storyteller program from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cabernet Room at the Silo.

The committee continues to compile a list of children’s activities that are planned elsewhere around the campus, with departments and other units encouraged to organize tours and demonstrations, or set up poster displays. In fact, the organizers said: “Many of the activities and information boards you have available for Picnic Day (April 16) will work.”

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day also offers an opportunity for job shadowing.

Ideas and planning tips are available online, from the national office of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The theme this year is "Invent the Future."

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, for ages 8 to 12, offers an introduction to a wide variety of career opportunities, and also is intended to show future employees how they can integrate their professional and personal lives. At colleges and universities, the day comes with an added benefit: an introduction to higher education and campus life.

All UC Davis faculty, staff, students and their youth guests are invited to participate in the campus's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Officials said release time is appropriate with advance supervisory approval.

More information is available online. The website includes a link for the TODS activity sheet; departments should fill this out and return it by March 24.
Questions can be directed to Sandy Batchelor, (530) 754-8791 or

IN MEMORIAM: Celebration of life for Nancy Seyden

A celebration of life for UC Davis employee Nancy Seyden is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Stonegate Clubhouse, 919 Lake Blvd., Davis.

Seyden, who died Jan. 22, worked in Disability Services for 33 years, and is remembered for her leadership in that field, not only on campus but at the state level.

Organizers if the celebration of life said the event will include memories, music and food. A memorial website includes information about her life, as well as some of her children's stories (including one recording).



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