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NEWS BRIEFS: Measles Precautions Urged

By Dateline Staff on May 21, 2019 in University

Quick Summary

  • Police plan international academy
  • Chancellor changes: Santa Cruz, Merced
  • UC No. 1 for renewable electricity
  • UCRS advisory board election underway

Campus officials advised last week that international scholars at UC Davis can be vaccinated for measles or have their immunity tested at the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Margaret Walter, executive director of Student Health and Counseling Services, said the services are being offered as a convenience. They are not free and might be obtained for a lesser cost in the community, she said. 

Yolo County’s official measles webpage states that, as of May 19, the county had no confirmed cases.

Other members of the campus community also are urged to check their immunity.

Police plan international academy

The Police Department’s outreach and community inclusion unit is taking signups for a new, one-day International Community Academy to be held in September. Space is limited and seats are filling fast.

Police personnel will be addressing safety issues often encountered in the international community, but attendance is not limited to that community — all students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Topics: personal, bike and traffic safety; common campus fraud and scamming tactics; campus Police Accountability Board/compliance; and Safe Rides and Aggie Host student security.

The academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Emergency Operations Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration can be arranged online. Or contact Myra Abshire by email or phone, 530-752-7029.

Chancellor changes: Santa Cruz, Merced

Chancellor news from the Board of Regents meeting last week:

  • Cynthia K. Larive, provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Riverside, will move to Santa Cruz as that campus’s 11th chancellor. She succeeds George Blumenthal, who announced last fall that he would retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, after 3 years as chancellor. Larive joined the Riverside campus in 2005 and has held a variety of increasingly important, wide-ranging roles on the campus, including chair of the department of chemistry, divisional dean for physical sciences and mathematics, and vice provost for undergraduate education. Read more in this UC news release.
  • UC Merced’s Dorothy Leland announced her retirement at the end of the academic year, after almost eight years as chancellor. Nathan Brostrom, systemwide executive vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as interim chancellor pending a national search to fill the position permanently for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Bostrom served as cosponsor with Leland of the Merced 2020 initiative for campus expansion. UC San Francisco’s Paul Jenny will serve as the interim systemwide chief financial offer while Brostrom supports Merced. Jenny also will continue his full duties as UCSF’s senior vice chancellor of finance and administration. Read more in this UC news release.

UC No. 1 for renewable electricity

The University of California now uses more green power than any other university in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Since doubling its use of clean, renewable electricity over the past two years, UC has risen to No. 1 on the EPA’s Green Power Partnership Top 30 College and University list. UC also leads other U.S. universities in the amount of renewable electricity it generates on its campuses.

Voluntary renewable energy sources account for 25 percent of UC’s electricity purchases, according to the EPA. Since 2017, UC’s use of renewable sources of electricity has grown from 128M kilowatt hours per year to 273M kilowatt hours — the rough equivalent of taking more than 40,000 cars off the road.

“Over the next six years, UC will transition to 100 percent clean or renewable sources of electricity,” said David Phillips, UC’s associate vice president of Energy and Sustainability. “UC’s power company, which supplies electricity to its eligible campuses and medical centers, will hit that milestone even sooner, with all of its electricity coming from zero-carbon sources by the end of this year.”

Learn more about UC’s recent renewable energy and sustainability efforts.

UCRS advisory board election underway

Email notices went out Monday (May 20) to advise staff members of their opportunity to vote in an election to fill two open staff seats on the UC Retirement System (UCRS) Advisory Board. Three candidates are in the running:

  • Lucy E. Whyte — payroll/personnel specialist, UC Davis
  • Tiffany E. Wilson — systemwide academic HR analyst 3, UC Office of the President
  • Ruth S. Zolayvar, inpatient pharmacy technician III, UC San Diego Medical Center

Candidate statements in English.
Declaraciones de los candidatos en español.

The electorate comprises UC Retirement Plan members and Savings Choice participants in the defined contribution plans who are not members of the Academic Senate.

Eligible voters without UC email addresses should look for paper ballots sent by mail to home addresses. Election packets will include instructions for online voting, if people wish to forego their paper ballots.

More information: UCRS Advisory Board 2019 Elections and Elecciones de la Junta Asesora del UCRS del 2019.

Election results are due to be posted on the above sites by the end of June.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or dljones@ucdavis.edu. Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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