Global Entry is coming back to campus, by popular demand. The “trusted traveler program” of U.S. Customs and Border Protection will hold three days of interviews on campus, saving applicants from traveling to San Francisco International Airport (and around a six-month wait for appointments).
The UC Davis Travel Team arranged for the on-campus interviews and will host them at the Shared Services Center, 260 Cousteau Place, Suite 150.
Travelers enrolled in Global Entry receive TSA Precheck benefits through airport security, as well as expedited processing through customs when arriving at U.S. airports from foreign countries.
University travelers (and family members) who have applied and been conditionally approved for Global Entry membership may schedule to complete their interview appointments on campus, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
ProShare: All about networking with our colleagues
Registration is underway for a new session of ProShare, a program that aims to help Davis and Sacramento campus staff members develop and build connections with their colleagues across campus and across the causeway, for mutual guidance and support.
ProShare is for managers, aspiring managers and staff at all levels. The Administrative Management Group, or ADMAN, and Staff Assembly have been presenting this program annually since 2016.
The program works like this: Starting in January and running through July, participants will be assigned to small cohorts that will meet monthly for about 90 minutes. Within each cohort, each member will take a turn as the monthly host for programs that could include department tours, presentations to the group, and discussions of key management issues.
The program also includes three plenary meetings: kickoff, Jan. 25; mid-program event, April 19; and closing event, July 17.
Registration can be arranged online; look for the link on the ProShare 2018 webpage. The deadline is Dec. 15.
Foundation and Corporate Giving says, ‘Let us help’
Faculty and research scientists who are looking for private funding are invited to office hours this week with representatives of Foundation and Corporate Giving, a unit of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Foundation and Corporate Giving is partnering with the offices of Research and Graduate Studies in holding the office hours from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday (Nov. 29) in 1007 Kemper Hall. For details, contact Jenny Bickford by email or phone, 530-754-2088.
“We’re proactive about what a company or a foundation wants, and we can help shape the story about why UC Davis is the best place to make their investment,” said Shelley Maddex, assistant vice chancellor of Foundation and Corporate Giving.
Paul Dodd, associate vice chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, has partnered with Foundation and Corporate Giving on several successful grants. “Foundation and corporate grant-making is very different than federal grant writing,” said Dodd, explaining how Foundation and Corporate Giving has the rapport to help identify faculty who fit with particular foundations.
“Then, having the benefits of relationship and understanding the foundation’s goals provides an instant boost and acceleration of one’s chances of being funded,” Dodd said.
Maddex said these relationships save faculty time and energy. When there is a match, the office can help streamline the application process and put the applicant in a position to succeed. “Give us an hour of your time,” she said. “We’ll work with you and help you through some of the precision points that can make or break your proposal.”
Focus on HIV and World AIDS Day
UC Davis’ Focus on HIV Committee announced a number of events surrounding World AIDS Day.
Tonight (Nov. 28) brings the keynote address: “Let’s End AIDS Today,” by Ace Robinson, global health advocate with experience in leadership positions at HIV/AIDS organizations. His address is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 179 Chemistry Building. Co-sponsors: Focus on HIV Committee, Cross Cultural Center and Center for Student Involvement.
The Focus on HIV Committee will observe World AIDS Day, this Friday (Dec. 1) with a program from noon to 1 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Student Community Center. “Today we honor the lives lost and the many individuals living with HIV,” the event flier states. “Join us as we create a safe community space to share how HIV/AIDS has impacted your life.”
The Cross Cultural Center established the Focus on HIV Committee to bring awareness to HIV education on campus. The committee comprises students and staff from various departments and organizations that are committed to HIV education.
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, free, anonymous HIV testing will be available at the LGBTQIA+ Resource Center in the Student Community Center. The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, Health Education and Promotion, and Harm Reduction Services offer this testing from 2 to 4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, when classes are in session.
Behind-the-scenes email ‘hygiene’ getting an upgrade
A good email service includes good email “hygiene” — back-end processes that remove malware and block spam. This Saturday (Dec. 2), UC Davis will make improvements to its hygiene for all campus email systems, including Office 365 (used by most staff and many faculty) and DavisMail (used by undergraduates and many graduate students and faculty).
Information and Educational Technology is doing the work on a Saturday, but advises that there will be no downtime for email. And, when the work is done, few people are likely to notice any difference. The changes will make campus email more secure, especially over the long term.
IET administrators will be adjusting internal email headers and spam filter scoring, and move hygiene processing from servers located on campus to servers located in the uConnect cloud. Office 365 and DavisMail already operate in the cloud (as do many other services).
As the system is tuned, you might see a slight change in the lineup of messages that are labeled as spam. After Dec. 2, if you think you’re missing email messages that you normally would have received, check your email junk folder to see if the messages landed there.
Police offer Community and Cadet academies
The UC Davis Police Department is once again offering academy programs for students, staff and faculty and others in the community who wish to learn more about law enforcement, or, in the case of students, may be thinking of law enforcement as a career. Applications are due Tuesday, Dec. 12, for the following free programs:
- Community Academy — It will meet once a week for nine weeks, Jan. 10-March 7, offering a broad overview of law enforcement. Open to anyone in the community; students receive 2 units for completing the course.
- Cadet Academy — For seniors and graduate students, this program is a scaled-down version of a real police academy but still rigorous, meeting three times a week, Jan. 13 to May 12. Students will compete for full scholarships to police academy, and the top cadet will receive priority consideration for a job with the department. So far, the department has hired eight officers who went through the Cadet Academy as students.