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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

Article

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

Disponible en Español

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
Aug 29
2013

Fall Greeting for Faculty and Staff

Dear faculty and staff:   Welcome to the new academic year! I hope you were able to catch up on rest and relaxation during the summer months, even as many folks continued conducting research, teaching and performing important administrative duties...
Jun 12
2013

A Budget Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleague, I am very pleased to share some good news regarding the state budget with implications for the University of California and for our campus as it relates to the planned Classroom and Academic Office Building (CAOB). Over the past...
May 15
2013

An update on 2020 Project

Dear Colleagues:   I am very pleased to report that the UC Board of Regents’ Committee on Grounds and Buildings approved our proposed amendment to the UC Merced 2009 Long-Range Development Plan at its meeting in Sacramento today....
Apr 24
2013

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues,   How time flies! Another semester is almost over and soon we will be saying our goodbyes to graduating students.   We will be having two commencement ceremonies this year as a consequence of the steadily increasing...
Mar 14
2013

Update on 2020 Project

As mentioned in my most-recent campus update (Feb. 25), I requested a spot on the agenda of the UC Board of Regents meeting yesterday to make the regents aware of the urgent space needs of our growing campus and outline a path forward based on the...
Feb 25
2013

Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues, I hope the spring semester is proving to be an eventful and productive time for you. The University of California—and indeed public higher education in general—is off to a good start in 2013 thanks to the passage of...
Jan 22
2013

Spring Greeting to Students

Welcome back from the winter break! I hope each of you is returning invigorated and ready for an eventful semester. Most administrators have been at work since early January while you were away. I have been busy with transitioning two new members of...
Jan 07
2013

Release of Urban Land Institute Report

Urban Land Institute issues set of recommendations to guide expansion of UC Merced’s much-needed physical capacity over the next eight to 10 years As announced in September, 2012, UC Merced retained the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to help identify...
Jan 07
2013

Update on Campus Planning

Dear Colleagues: In my last campus-wide letter (Dec. 3), I mentioned that the final report from the Urban Land Institute would be available soon. As you’ll recall, we asked ULI to help us identify the most cost-efficient and programmatically...
Dec 03
2012

Chancellor Leland’s Campus Update

Dear Colleagues: As the end of the semester draws near, I have several updates to share with you regarding administrative appointments, the budget outlook for the University of California and our campus, and the two-year goals I submitted recently to UC...
Nov 07
2012

Post-Election Message from Chancellor Leland

Dear UC Merced Community, Thanks to our student leaders and the staff who supported them, UC Merced had a very successful get-out-the-vote effort yesterday. Many students, faculty and staff stopped by the campus polling site—2,000 at last count...
Oct 22
2012

Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues, With the 10th anniversary of Founders Day just around the corner, I want to take a few moments to provide you with an update on various matters. But first, allow me to say a few words about Founders Day. This is the name given to the...
Sep 17
2012

Urban Land Institute Campus Visit

Dear Colleagues: As you may recall, UC Merced recently retained the Urban Land Institute to help us determine the most cost-effective and programmatically viable alternatives for expanding our physical capacity during a period of ongoing financial...
Aug 23
2012

Welcome to New Academic Year

Dear UC Merced Colleagues: It is a pleasure to welcome you back for the 2012-2013 academic year. I hope the summer months afforded you a chance to travel, explore, stretch your minds, spend time with family and friends or otherwise renew and...
Jul 31
2012

Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear UC Merced Colleagues: The summer months are quickly drawing to their end. Although summer typically brings a smaller number of students to campus, the work we do to advance the mission of UC Merced continues full steam. I hope you have found some...
Jun 22
2012

Appointment of Interim Provost

Dear Colleagues: As I mentioned in my last update to the campus community, I have identified a strong, widely respected member of the UC Merced faculty to serve as interim provost upon the retirement June 30 of Keith Alley, who has served as executive...
Jun 01
2012

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues: The academic year is finally over, culminating in the annual commencement exercise that celebrates the academic achievements of our students. Over the years, each one of you contributed in a multitude of different ways to making that...
Announcements
Apr 21
2013

San Francisco Chronicle: UC Merced goes from shunned to popular

Sunday, April 21, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle UC Merced goes from shunned to popular Once-shunned campus now can’t expand fast enough to meet demand By Nanette Asimov   Merced --- Change is tough. People resist unfamiliar ideas...
Jan 22
2013

New Leadership Council (for managers and supervisors)

Colleagues: If you have attended any of the open forums I host regularly or read my periodic campus updates, you know my firm belief that communicating about our work with our colleagues is one of the most important responsibilities each of us has....
Aug 15
2012

New Provost and EVC at UC Merced

Dear UC Merced Colleagues: Following an extensive nationwide search, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Thomas W. Peterson, assistant director of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation and former dean of the University...
Jun 19
2012

New Campus Ombudsperson

Dear UC Merced Colleagues: I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Deidre "De" Acker as the campus ombudsperson, effective July 16, 2012. The position — a new one at our campus — will report to the Office of the Chancellor...
Remarks and Addresses
Oct 27
2012

Founders Day Remarks -- It Takes a Village: UC Merced from Vision to Reality

[As prepared for delivery] On behalf UC Merced students, faculty, and staff, I want to again thank the remarkable individuals recognized tonight with Founders Day medals. The “can do” spirit you’ve demonstrated over the years is woven...