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Remarks and Writings

July 14, 2023
Re: Excessive Heat To: Faculty and staff   The heat wave gripping the western United States— expected to last through next week — is great cause for concern and for caution. As the Central Valley faces triple-digit temperatures, I trust campus managers and supervisors will exercise every opportunity to keep our community... Read More
June 29, 2023
To: All campus June 29, 2023   Diversity, access, and inclusion remain top priorities of UC Merced and of the entire University of California, as President Drake affirmed today. While our campus was founded long after California voters forbade affirmative action programs, as an institution and as a community UC Merced has achieved... Read More
June 14, 2023
Re: Juneteenth To: All campus     Dear Campus Community,   As we approach the annual Juneteenth holiday, I want to take a moment to reflect upon this important event in American history and highlight its significance for our campus community.   The origins of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, can be... Read More
June 5, 2023
Re: Pride To: All campus     UC Merced celebrates Pride Month, even as American political discourse about diversity and inclusivity has become harsher and, in many cases, simply irrational.   Universities have a special responsibility not only to foster civil discourse leading to intellectual advancement and,... Read More
May 17, 2023
Re: One for the Books To: All campus     Colleagues,   UC Merced has held another outstanding commencement weekend, with three ceremonies to mark the accomplishment of nearly 1,500 scholars.   Thank you to all who worked hard to ensure these momentous occasions showed off the best of this university... Read More
April 27, 2023
Re: Thank you! To: All campus April 24, 2023   To the UC Merced community, Along with all of you who volunteered on Bobcat Day, April 22, I was elated by the record-high number of attendees and their deep interest in all that UC Merced has to offer them and their futures. Thousands... Read More
April 19, 2023
To the UC Merced community, The excitement is growing. UC Merced drew thousands of prospective students and their relatives and friends to admissions events in Santa Clara, Sacramento, Anaheim and Los Angeles over the past few weeks. Families are clearly deeply invested in... Read More
April 11, 2023
Re: Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost To: All campus   Dear campus colleagues,   I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marjorie Zatz as Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVC/P), effective June 1. Dr. Zatz will remain in the Interim EVC/P role until a national search has been completed and... Read More
March 22, 2023
Re: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Transition To: All campus   Dear campus colleagues,   It is with mixed emotions that I announce that after five years of service, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Gregg Camfield will be stepping down from his role, effective May 31. Provost Camfield plans to take a year... Read More
March 16, 2023
To: All campus Re: Growing Partnerships with Mexican Universities... Read More