UC Davis’ fifth annual Memorial Day Ceremony next week will include the unveiling of a memorial wall inside the Memorial Union, which in and of itself is a memorial to our Aggies lost in war.
The Gold Star Aggies Wall, built as part of the MU remodeling project that concluded earlier this month, is across from the information desk in the MU’s East Wing. Draperies are covering the wall until next week’s unveiling.
The campus and surrounding community are invited to the ceremony to be held Thursday, May 25. The program will start at 5 p.m. in the MU’s North Courtyard and conclude at 5:30 in front of the Gold Star Aggies Wall. A reception will follow.
As in years past, a flag display will be set up on the Quad the day of the ceremony. New this year, a flag display will also be put up on Vanderhoef Quad at the campus’s south entry. Each display will comprise 135 American flags — one for each Aggie student or alumnus killed in service to their country, from World War I through Iraq.
Reminders: E-waste drop-off, police board
E-waste drop-off — For university-owned items only, desktop size or smaller. They must be nonfunctioning and they cannot have university property stickers. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday (May 17), Hopkins Services Complex on Hopkins Road west of Highway 113. Aggie Surplus is not charging for the collection and will ensure all materials are recycled appropriately.
Police Accountability Board — The board will hold its quarterly public meetings — two meetings held simultaneously on the Davis and Sacramento campuses — on Wednesday (May 17). Members will split up, with some attending the Davis session and others the Sacramento session. The meetings will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
IET sends alerts on ‘WannaCry’ and phishing
Information and Educational Technology sent alerts last week about the global ransomware attack called “WannaCry” and phishing scams that “have looked more convincing than usual.”
The “WannaCry” attack began May 12. IET said in its alert that day that “no problems had been reported at UC Davis so far.” However, the email continued, “It is crucial that individuals make certain that their machines are current with all of their updates and patches.”
In a May 10 email, IET urged the campus to “be alert” for phishing scams. “Always be skeptical of emails that ask you for personal information,” officials said. “When a message urgently asks for your credentials, ignore the link proffered in the email, because it could redirect you to the scammer’s website. Instead, go to the service’s website directly. If the message says it comes from a bank, for example, then go to the bank’s site to enter your credentials. Don’t use the link in the message.
“When you receive phishing scams, delete them. If you respond to a phishing message, please contact the IT Express Service Desk immediately at 530-754-HELP (4357).
“UC Davis will never ask you for your passphrase by email. For more information, see this article in the UC Davis IT Knowledge Base.”
IN MEMORIAM: Bob Chason, retired administrator
Robert E. Chason, retired chief executive officer of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and a former administrator in Student Affairs on the main UC Davis campus, died May 8 following a brief illness. He was 73.
He held leadership roles at UC Davis for 27 years, starting in the Office of Student Affairs, where he served from 1979 to 1994 as an assistant vice chancellor and associate vice chancellor, and acting vice chancellor.
He joined the medical center in 1994 to guide day-to-day operations as chief operating officer and was appointed chief executive officer in 2002. He retired in 2006.