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Remarks and Writings

January 17, 2023
Re: Welcome Back To: All campus Jan. 17, 2023   Dear campus community,   Welcome back to UC Merced for the spring semester of 2023. We hope to see great things happen on campus in coming months, such as the rollout of new public art and a groundbreaking for our long-awaited medical education building. Our new women... Read More
January 13, 2023
Re: Furthering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy To: All campus Jan. 13, 2023   Dear campus community,   On Monday we honor and celebrate the enduring legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday, one in which civic engagement and voluntarism are encouraged. The City of Merced and UC Merced... Read More
January 3, 2023
Re: Dugan Named VC/Chief Information Officer Jan. 3, 2023   To the UC Merced community,   I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Nick Dugan the university’s first Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer. Nick has served as interim Chief Information Officer since February.   He began at UC... Read More
December 14, 2022
Dear Campus Community, As we approach our annual holiday break, a period we hope can offer rest and renewal, I want to remind you of the extraordinary year we have had at UC Merced — the 20th anniversary year of our groundbreaking: Another record high first-year class joining our community. The launch of our Boldly... Read More
November 17, 2022
Re: A New Designation for UC Merced To: All campus Nov. 17, 2022   To the campus community,   UC Merced has been named an Agricultural Experiment Station by the University of California — the first time in more than half a century that a campus has been so designated.   This new designation by President... Read More
October 25, 2022
Re: Twenty Years AgoTo: All campusOct. 25, 2022 Dear Campus Community, Twenty years ago today, ground was broken for what would eventually become UC Merced: a beacon of exploration and knowledge, shining in the fertile valley. Faculty members and graduate students began to arrive in 2003 and began setting up research laboratories and... Read More
October 10, 2022
Re: Indigenous Peoples Day To: All campus Oct. 10, 2022   Dear Campus Community,   Today, Oct. 10, we mark National Indigenous Peoples Day —recognizing the role of native people in the long history of California, including the land where UC Merced now stands.   In 2021 we dedicated our Toloma Grove... Read More
October 7, 2022
Re: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Limited Waiver Program To: Faculty and Staff Oct. 7, 2022   Colleagues,   I write to you today to urge you to take advantage of a temporary program that may save you thousands of dollars in student loan debt. As you may have heard, the Biden Administration expanded the Public Service... Read More
October 5, 2022
Re: The State of the University To: All campus Oct. 5, 2022   Dear Bobcats,   Reflecting on all that we’ve accomplished together over the past year in my annual State of the University address, it is evident that UC Merced is positioned to continue exceeding expectations as the youngest research university in... Read More
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