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Remarks and Writings

September 16, 2022
To: All employees Sept. 16, 2022   To the campus community,   It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Gillian Wilson, Ph.D., as our new vice chancellor for research, innovation and economic development at UC Merced.   Dr. Wilson has served as senior associate vice chancellor for research and economic... Read More
September 15, 2022
Re: Approval of Organized Research Unit Status for Community and Labor Center To: All employees Sept. 15, 2022   Dear Colleagues,   In August I was honored to confer the designation of Organized Research Unit (ORU) on the UC Merced Community and Labor Center upon the unanimous recommendation of the Academic Senate. An... Read More
September 14, 2022
Re: Moving “Boldly Forward” To: Faculty and Staff Sept. 14, 2022   Dear Colleagues,   I am excited to announce UC Merced’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Boldly Forward: The Campaign for UC Merced.” In concert with our first strategic plan and our new “first. further... Read More
August 24, 2022
Re: Welcome Back, Bobcats To: Faculty and staff August 24, 2022   Dear Campus Community, Welcome to an exciting new semester and academic year — a year promising a stronger sense of belonging on our campus and one that will usher in a litany of successes. Despite broad challenges facing higher education — a... Read More
August 17, 2022
As one of the most diverse universities in the state, equity and inclusion are threads woven into everything we do here. We take great pride in our diversity – with over 80 percent of our undergraduates identifying either as students of color, first generation, or from limited income households. We support and meet the needs of our... Read More
July 14, 2022
Re: 2022-2023 Budget Call Update To: Faculty and staff July 14, 2022   Colleagues,   In May, UC Merced completed its 2022-2023 budget call cycle. As you may recall, the term refers to the formal process of campus leaders proposing resource and personnel expenditures for their units based on projected needs; it was the... Read More
June 17, 2022
Re: Observing Juneteeth To: All campus June 16, 2022   Dear UC Merced community,   On Monday, June 20, the University of California, Merced will formally observe Juneteenth, a day of significance for everyone concerned with the dignity of humankind.   Juneteenth was first celebrated in... Read More
May 27, 2022
Re: Recent Acts of Violence To: All campus May 27, 2022   To the campus community:   This has been a month of tragedies across the nation. In Buffalo, N.Y., in Orange County, and now in Uvalde, Texas our consciences have been shocked by the inhumanity of these events. We join the nation in its mourning.   Our... Read More
May 18, 2022
Re: Appreciating Our Staff To: All employees May 18, 2022   Colleagues,   As we close out the spring semester, I could not be prouder of this institution and of each one of you.   We have weathered what I hope is the worst of the pandemic and have done so with a resilient sense of community and an undaunted... Read More
April 28, 2022
Re: A Sincere Thank You To: Faculty and staff April 28, 2022   To the UC Merced... Read More