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Sep 08

2017

When I need inspiration, I turn to the 600 undocumented students attending UC Merced

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Nothing ever inspires me as much as walking around the UC Merced campus and talking to our students. When I’m feeling tired or discouraged, I can...

Sep 07

2017

Congress must do its part

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  Open Forum on Immigration A young girl was brought to this country by parents who sought a better life, who instilled her with their work ethic,...

May 31

2017

Even if Trump abandons Paris Agreement, we won’t stop fighting to save the planet

The scientific community agrees: Climate change is real, it is driven by human actions and it is getting worse. Californians understand this better than...

Apr 02

2017

KSEE 24 Sunday Morning Matters: UC Merced 2020 Project

Growth model leads the way in creativity and innovation. UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and City of Merced Mayor Mike Murphy appeared on the...

Mar 23

2017

Creativity, collaboration key to addressing medical education

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BY DOROTHY LELAND AND ADAM GRAY In 1988, the University of California Board of Regents approved the location of the 10th...

Feb 03

2017

Why Trump should continue DACA

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Much has been said over the past several months about America and what it means to be an American. Here’s what I call an American: a...

Messages to Campus
May 18
2012

An Update for UC Merced Students from Chancellor Leland

Dear UC Merced Students: I am writing today to provide you with an update on the funding and budgetary discussions held at the University of California Board of Regents meeting this week in Sacramento, along with their potential impact on UC Merced...
Mar 20
2012

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues, I hope the semester is going smoothly for you. With spring fast approaching and the academic year's end just two months away, our beautiful campus seems more energized than ever. On a recent weekend, I took a stroll through campus...
Jan 17
2012

Spring Semester Greeting for Students

Dear UC Merced Students, Welcome back to campus! This is a great time of the year here in Merced, made more so by your return to campus and the start of another academic semester. It would be hard to miss the construction on campus. We are in the midst...
Dec 05
2011

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues, It's hard to believe the end of the semester is imminent and final exams are around the corner, not to mention the ensuing holiday season. The academic year thus far has been personally very rewarding, and as I continue to meet more...
Oct 24
2011

Monthly Campus Letter - October 2011 (includes survey)

Dear Colleagues: Signs of autumn—shorter days, cooler temperatures—are gradually more visible, and our faculty and students have successfully pushed through mid-term assignments and exams. In my fourth month on the job, I continue meeting...
Sep 19
2011

An Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Faculty and Staff, I have been off campus more often than not recently, tending to university business in the Bay Area, meeting with our Foundation Executive Board and the UC Board of Regents, and then meeting this week with various members of our...
Sep 09
2011

Reflections from Chancellor Leland on Sept. 11

Dear Campus Community Members, As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy approaches, I hope you will join me in taking time to reflect on both the lives lost on that fateful day and where we stand as a global community a decade later. In a...
Aug 30
2011

Welcome to Staff - Academic Year 2011-12

Dear Staff Members: Welcome to the 2011-12 academic year. I am excited to be back in my home state and serving at the helm of this fine institution. I'd like to extend a special welcome to new staff and faculty who are joining the university. This...
Aug 30
2011

Welcome to Faculty - Academic Year 2011-12

Dear Faculty Members: Welcome to the 2011-12 academic year. I am excited to be back in my home state and serving at the helm of this fine institution. I'd like to extend a special welcome to new faculty who are joining the university. This year...
Jul 06
2011

Letter to Faculty and Staff

Dear Campus Community, It is a distinct pleasure to be back on campus and officially begin serving as your new chancellor. I've been eagerly anticipating this moment since my introductory visit here in May, shortly after the UC Board of Regents...
Remarks and Addresses
May 12
2012

Chancellor Leland's Remarks at Commencement 2012

[as prepared for delivery] Good evening. This is such a special time in the life of UC Merced students as we gather to celebrate the academic accomplishments of the graduation class of 2012. I am honored to be here with you, at my very first...
Mar 28
2012

Remarks at Investiture Ceremony

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland San Francisco, CA [As prepared for delivery]   Thank you, Chairman Lansing and President Yudof. It is a tremendous honor for me to be here tonight with all of you — the many people who have lent both...
Mar 09
2012

Education Powering A Green Economy

Chancellor Dorothy Leland "Education Powering the Green Economy" Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala Fresno, CA March 9, 2012 [As prepared for delivery] Good evening. Buenas noches. It is such a pleasure for me to be...
Oct 03
2011

Chancellor Dorothy Leland Inaugural Address

UC Merced: Realizing the Promise As Prepared Thank you, President Yudof, for that generous introduction — and thanks also for the equally kind sentiments expressed by Regent Ruiz and the leaders of our exceptional faculty, talented staff and...
Jul 19
2011

Remarks On UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education

Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today to learn more about UC Merced's research and academic programs that are contributing to the long-term health of the San Joaquin Valley and the entire state. As most everyone knows, California faces...
Announcements
May 07
2012

Chancellor Leland Announces New Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations

Dear UC Merced Colleagues and Friends: The seventh academic year at UC Merced is quickly winding down with the last day of instruction tomorrow, final exams next week and commencement on Saturday, May 12. I write today to provide you with an update on...
Feb 07
2012

Update on Allocation of Space for Administrative and Support Staff

Dear Colleagues: Following several months of data gathering and analysis, we want to share with the university community the initial results of our review of administrative and support staff space challenges. This review confirmed a serious deficit of...
Jan 17
2012

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues: Welcome back to campus for the spring semester. I hope 2012 is off to a very good start for each of you. The return to campus following the winter break always comes with an upswing of activity and news from the state legislative arena...
Nov 10
2011

Message from Chancellor Leland Regarding Veterans' Day

Dear Campus Community, UC Merced brings people from diverse walks of life together to learn and engage in the processes of discovery that will help us build a better world. Some UC Merced community members are veterans, and even more of us have veterans...
Oct 07
2011

Chancellor Announces Launch of Search for the Next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Dear Colleagues, Dr. Keith E. Alley, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, has indicated his intention to retire no later than July 1, 2011, after many years of exemplary service to the University of California, Merced, and a long and distinguished...
Aug 17
2011

2011-12 Merit Program

Dear colleagues: Today, UC President Mark Yudof announced plans to begin implementing merit-based salary increases across the university system for faculty members at all levels and non-represented staff members who earn less than $200,000 per year....
Jul 15
2011

Announcement Regarding WASC Initial Accreditation

Dear UC Merced Campus Community: We are thrilled to share with you the news that UC Merced has earned initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This is excellent news for our campus as it marks a significant...
Statements
Nov 28
2011

Chancellor Leland Statement on Peaceful Protest Held on Campus During Regents Meeting

Chancellor Dorothy Leland of the University of California, Merced, has issued the following statement on protests held on campus today: "Today marked a milestone of sorts for UC Merced, when one of our first significant peaceful assemblies was...
Nov 20
2011

Chancellor Leland Statement on Protest Incidents

Chancellor Dorothy Leland of the University of California, Merced, has issued the following statement on recent protest incidents at other UC campuses: "Free speech and nonviolent protest have an honored place in American society and on college and...
Oct 20
2011

Chancellor Leland Statement on Retirement of Congressman Cardoza

MERCED, Calif. — Chancellor Dorothy Leland of the University of California, Merced, has issued the following statement on the retirement announcement by Congressman Dennis Cardoza: "Congressman Dennis Cardoza has been a strong and valued...