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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...

Announcements
Jul 29 2015

Winners of the Inaugural Chancellor's Innovation Awards

Dear colleagues, I am excited to share with you the results of the inaugural Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. This program, which I announced last February, was created as a vehicle for recognizing and rewarding staff members who develop...
May 27 2015

Chancellor’s Innovation Awards

Colleagues, From its founding, UC Merced has distinguished itself as a center for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. These qualities are as important today as they were at the beginning. We face challenges that will require us to be a leader among...
Feb 04 2015

New Innovation Awards for Staff

Colleagues, From its founding, UC Merced has distinguished itself as a center for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. These qualities are as important today as they were at the beginning. We face challenges that will require us to be a leader...
Messages to Campus
Jul 14 2015

Chief Campus Counsel Elisabeth Gunther

Colleagues, As many of you know, Elisabeth Gunther has been serving as UC Merced’s campus counsel in a part-time capacity since 2008. As the campus has grown in size and complexity, her work with UC Merced has increased and, as of the...
May 21 2015

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear colleagues, Congratulations on wrapping up our 10th academic year last week! Final exams were administered, papers read, projects evaluated and grades assigned. Much behind-the-scenes work was also completed to ensure the year ended on a high note...
May 14 2015

A Budget Update about the Governor's May Revise

As everyone hoped would happen, UC President Janet Napolitano and Governor Jerry Brown have reached a compromise resolution with respect to UC funding for the next few fiscal years that brings more resources into the UC and minimizes student tuition and...
Mar 18 2015

An Update from Chancellor Leland on the Presentation to the Regents

Dear faculty and staff, I want to report back to you on the 2020 Project update I gave this morning at the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. As I explained in my note to you earlier this week, this was an informational session to bring the...
Mar 16 2015

An Update on the 2020 Project

Dear faculty and staff, One of our top priorities over the last few years has been to find creative means of adding sufficient new facilities by the end of the decade to ease existing space constraints and support enrollment growth to 10,000 students,...
Dec 19 2014

A campus update from Chancellor Leland

Dear faculty and staff, As we begin to wrap up the fall semester, I’d like to provide you with an update on campus developments that potentially affect all of us and answers to questions that have surfaced recently. Strategic Workforce Planning...
Dec 18 2014

Campus Update

Dear Faculty and Staff, As we begin to wrap up the fall semester, I’d like to provide you with an update on campus developments that potentially affect all of us and answers to questions that have surfaced recently. Strategic Workforce Planning...
Dec 11 2014

Holiday giving opportunities

Dear colleagues, It’s that time of year when we celebrate the merriment and good will of the holidays. I would like to take a moment to thank you for your continued dedication and enormous personal contributions to the success of UC Merced...
Nov 07 2014

Proposed long-term stability and financial aid plan

Dear UC Merced students and families, You might have heard by now about a proposal to implement a new five-year plan for low, predictable tuition increases that will allow students and families at all income levels to budget for the total cost of...
Nov 05 2014

Sexual-violence-prevention protocol and resources

Dear students, You may be aware of California’s recently passed “Yes Means Yes” legislation that sets new standards for ensuring sexual contact among college students is consensual. The law also specifies how reports or complaints...
Sep 17 2014

Campus Update

Dear colleagues, The fall semester is in full swing and now that the crunch of the first few weeks is over, it is a good time to provide you with my first campus update for this academic year, our 10th. This will be a year in which many initiatives...
Jun 30 2014

Land Purchase Marks Significant Progress in 2020 Project

Dear colleagues,   I wanted to share some good news that shows significant progress in Project 2020, our accelerated growth plan that will bring the campus to 10,000 students in the next six years.   The campus is the top bidder for a...
Jun 06 2014

A campus update from Chancellor Leland

Dear colleagues:   With the spring semester over and summer underway, UC Merced is a bit quieter even though we continue to serve a growing population of students in our summer sessions. But summer is typically a time when faculty members can...
Apr 09 2014

VC Jane Lawrence

Dear students and colleagues,   I wanted to inform you of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jane Lawrence’s decision to step down this summer from the day-to-day responsibilities as vice chancellor. As a founding vice chancellor, Jane...
Statements
May 27 2014

Chancellor Message on UCSB Tragedy

The UC Merced community is deeply saddened by the senseless and tragic deaths of six UC Santa Barbara students during a shooting rampage this weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the students who were killed and...