NEWS BRIEFS: Builders Sought for Student Housing

Map of Orchard Park Project
The new Orchard Park will comprise family housing to replace apartments that the campus closed in 2014, and additional units for single graduate students.

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  • Management Skills Assessment Program
  • Staff engagement survey deadline extended
  • 5 Aggies attend NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum

UC Davis is seeking proposals to build housing to provide more than 2,775 beds for students with families as well as graduate and transfer students, to open by 2020. The successful proposals will optimize affordability and build community.

The request for proposals released June 2 combines projects at Orchard Park and West Village to attract proposals from a predetermined pool of eight developers. The developers, vetted by the UC Student Housing Initiative, are expected to deliver beds more quickly than the traditional RFP process.

“Our goal is to provide students with affordable housing options that are close to the UC Davis core campus,” said Emily Galindo, associate vice chancellor and executive director of UC Davis Student Housing.

The Orchard Park Project calls for 200 affordable, two-bedroom apartment units to serve UC Davis students with families, replacing a like number of apartments on the site that closed in 2014. UC Davis also is seeking an additional 700 beds for single graduate students, but developers are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that exceed the target.

The West Village Transfer Student Housing Project has a target of 1,875 beds of apartment-style student housing, most of which (approximately 1,000 beds) will be master-leased back to UC Davis to serve transfer students and continuing undergraduate students.

Developers may respond to one or both projects. UC Davis aims to identify a developer or developers with whom to begin negotiations by mid-September 2017.

More information is available online.

Management Skills Assessment Program

Applications are being accepted for UC’s Management Skills Assessment Program, designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors, managers and professionals for future leadership opportunities at UC.

The next MSAP program is scheduled for Oct. 9-12 at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead, for employees from around the UC system.

UC Davis is seeking campus and health system applicants to fill seven slots. “We strongly recommend that department heads discuss the program with supervisors, managers and professionals who exhibit potential for management development and encourage them to apply,” the announcement states.

More information is available online. The site includes a link to the UC MSAP website, where you will find a link to the online application form. Completed applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 29.

For more information, contact a UC Davis Management Skills Assessment Program coordinator: Kristin Davis, 530- 752-3700 or; or Kristi Dorsch, 916-734-2673 or

Staff engagement survey deadline extended

The UC Office of the President announced a one-week extension for completion of the latest staff engagement survey.

A survey firm working for UCOP distributed the survey the week of May 15 to some 20,000 nonrepresented employees selected at random. Not sure if you received the invite? Search for it by subject line, “2017 Staff Engagement Survey Invitation,” or sender, “”

This is UC’s third systemwide engagement survey, as the university seeks to learn more about the experiences, views and needs of its nonrepresented (policy-covered) staff. (Union-represented employees are not included in the survey because UC receives their feedback through their union representatives during the collective bargaining process.)

“If you were invited to participate … don’t miss this opportunity to share your feedback,” states an article on UCnet. Meaningful survey results depend on the responses of as many participants as possible. The 2015 engagement survey drew 46 percent response.

The survey is completely confidential; individual responses and personally identifying information will not be shared with UC.

The Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) developed the survey in collaboration with systemwide Human Resources and Willis Towers Watson, a national firm specializing in work force opinion research. Given the necessary levels of caution among UC staff about clicking on links in emails from unfamiliar senders, please be assured that Willis Towers Watson is UC’s trusted partner.

5 Aggies attend NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum

Five Aggie student-athletes attended the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Career in Sports Forum, June 1-4, in Indianapolis. Invitations went to a total of 230 student-athletes, all with an interest in working in the sports industry.

The Aggie participants: Darius Graham and Brynton Lemar, basketball; Yonni Michovska, gymnastics; Elijah Ontiveros, baseball; and Brianna Warner, softball.

Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports, and who were viewed as leaders on their campus, were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools.

“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the association,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes, postgraduate scholarship recipients in a nontraditional academic setting where they can learn directly from successful leaders, which can have a positive impact on their future after graduation.” 

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