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Remarks and Writings

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
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