NEWS BRIEFS: WarnMe Test Set for Wednesday

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  • Campus to end fire management pact with city
  • Police Accountability Board to meet Feb. 15
  • Mandela fellowship program returns this summer
  • Grad Slam needs volunteer judges
  • Comment sought on scope of campus plan’s EIR
  • Police investigate brandishing, possible hate crime
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Make sure your contact information is up to date for the test of WarnMe and Aggie Alert that is scheduled for Wednesday (Feb. 8). The test will go out about 11:50 a.m. on all devices registered with the emergency notification system — including work and personal emails and phones.

The system draws on employees’ work contact information as published in the university’s online directory and includes students’ official UC Davis email addresses. Members of the campus community are also asked to update or add personal contact information, which is not published.

Others without email accounts can subscribe to receive messages and update contact information at the community registration page.

Read the full story about the test and learn more about emergency communications

Campus to end fire management pact with city

UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht has led the campus and city fire departments since Jan. 1, 2014. Now, in a formal notice to the city, the university says it will end the shared-management agreement.

University officials hope that the city will continue to collaborate on a number of service delivery improvements that were implemented under the shared management agreement. There are many examples that have made our shared communities safer, such as a “dropped boundary” approach to emergency response using all resources in the community, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries, to get firefighters to emergencies as quickly as possible, said Kelly Ratliff, interim lead for Finance, Operations and Administration.

“We are grateful to Chief Trauernicht and the staff of both departments for their hard work, and we are committed to maintaining a high level of service in our shared community,” Ratliff said.

Read more.

Police Accountability Board to meet Feb. 15

The Police Accountability Board, or PAB, will hold its winter quarter public meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Two meetings are scheduled: They will run simultaneously from noon to 1 p.m. on the Davis and Sacramento campuses, with some board members at the Davis meeting and others at the Sacramento meeting.

Here are the locations:

The board invites the public to attend to learn more about the board’s work and how to file a complaint, and to raise any issues or concerns. Meetings like these are held every quarter of the regular academic year: fall, winter and spring.

Mandela fellowship program returns this summer

UC Davis has been selected to host the second energy institute for young African leaders who are tackling energy challenges in their countries.

Considered the most sustainable university in the world, UC Davis will offer “Sustainably Extending Energy Services: A Stakeholders Approach” for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

Last year, UC Davis pioneered the fellowship’s first energy-themed institute for 25 participants from sub-Saharan Africa, where — according to the U.S. Agency for International Development — two out of three people lack access to electricity.

Read the news release.

Grad Slam needs volunteer judges

With double the number of competitors signed up for the UC Grad Slam at UC Davis, the organizers are looking for double the number of volunteer judges from among faculty and staff for the first round.

Eighty-seven master’s and Ph.D. students are signed up. Their task: Explain their research in an interesting way for a general audience in three minutes or less. Subjects range from the hard sciences to the humanities.

All UC campuses are holding preliminaries, and the 10 winners will square off in the UC Grad Slam on May 4.

UC Davis Graduate Studies will hold its first, or qualifying, round on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Faculty and staff from all disciplines are invited to serve as judges on shifts that will run for 45 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (judges are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their shifts). “Help us assess the students’ three-minute presentations,” the organizers said. “No teaching or research experience is required to judge.”

Ten presenters will advance from the qualifying round to the final round at UC Davis, where they will vie for prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. The first-place winner will advance to the UC Grad Slam, where the top prize is $5,000.

The volunteer judge application is available online. For more information about Grad Slam judging responsibilities, contact Kathryn Raley, event and engagement analyst, by email.

Comment sought on scope of campus plan’s EIR

The campus planning team this week holds a second meeting for public comment on the scope of the environmental impact report to be prepared for the university’s updated Long Range Development Plan, or LRDP.

The first such meeting was held Jan. 25, and the second meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the Davis City Council conference room at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. UC Davis planning staff will be available to discuss the LRDP’s potential impacts, mitigation measures, project alternatives and the environmental review process.

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, the university has released a formal notice of preparation of the EIR, and that notice is available for review online and on paper. Comments are welcome until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, by email or U.S. mail to Matt Dulcich, Assistant Director of Environmental Planning, Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship, University of California, 1 Shields Ave., Davis 95616. Written comments also can be submitted during the Feb. 8 meeting at City Hall.

More information is available on the Campus Tomorrow website.

Police investigate brandishing, possible hate crime

Campus police continue to investigate two incidents that resulted in emergency text and email alerts during the weekend. No arrests had been made.

BRANDISHING — Two unidentified men are accused of brandishing firearms and making threats after being denied entry to a private party at the apartment complex on Parkway Circle, near the intersection of La Rue and Orchard roads. No one was injured in the incident that occurred just after midnight Sunday (Feb. 5).

The suspects had not been apprehended; they were last seen on foot, going west toward the Russell Park Apartments.

The report gives these descriptions: black, 5-foot-7, in his 20s, with a large Afro hairstyle in a ponytail, and wearing a red hoodie and jeans; and black, about 6-foot-1, in his 20s, with cornbraided hair, and wearing a black leather jacket and light colored jeans.

POSSIBLE HATE CRIME — Police are looking into the discovery of a package of pork tenderloins on the front doorstep of an apartment whose residents are Muslim, at the Russell Park Apartments. The meats turned up some time between 6 p.m. Feb. 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 5.

Both cases are unsolved. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 530-754-COPS (2677).

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