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Remarks and Writings

December 11, 2020
Re: Early Childhood Education Center Update To: Faculty, staff and graduate students Dec. 11, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   I am pleased to inform the campus that the decision has been reached to resume operations of the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). This reopening decision follows my requested consultation... Read More
December 9, 2020
Re: Building on the Legacy of Our Founders To: All faculty and staff Dec. 9, 2020   Dear Campus Colleagues,   Over the last few weeks I had the opportunity to meet some of our founding faculty and staff to learn more about the early days of UC Merced. I was truly inspired by what they told me. Their vision for what this... Read More
December 1, 2020
  In this op-ed for the APLU , Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz shares how UC Merced is creating a successful path to graduation for first-generation students through many pioneering programs.   The University of California, Merced — the youngest campus in the storied UC system — was built in California’s... Read More
November 23, 2020
Re: UC Merced Job Protection Plan To: All employees Nov. 23, 2020   Dear Campus Community   Earlier today University of California President Michael Drake asked each campus to meet a savings target for personnel costs by the end of June 2021 — with the primary operating principle of preserving jobs and preventing... Read More
November 20, 2020
Re: Giving Thanks To: All campus Nov. 20, 2020   To the Campus Community,   Every year at this time, UC Merced prepares for a long, quiet holiday weekend. Historically we have visited family or made space for loved ones to join us. We have paused for a moment to reflect in gratitude on what we have, and we have made... Read More
November 18, 2020
Re: Merced Promise To: All campus Nov. 18, 2020   To the Campus Community,   Last Friday I had the great pleasure to join with my Merced College counterpart, President Chris Vitelli, in signing the Merced Promise. This new pact binds our institutions together to create a more robust educational pathway for the young... Read More
November 10, 2020
Re: With Gratitude for All Who Have Served To: All campus Nov. 10, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   Today, the UC system hosts more than 2,000 military veteran students and their dependents, with many more among our alumni, who deserve our honor, care and respect. They come to learn, and we learn from them as well; our... Read More
November 4, 2020
Re: Research Excellence: Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory To: All campus Nov. 4, 2020   Note: Every other Wednesday, Chancellor Muñoz and other campus leaders will share updates on top campus initiatives with the campus community and valued external partners. This is the first such update.   To the UC Merced community,... Read More
October 30, 2020
Re: President Drake's Visit to Campus To: All campus Oct. 30, 2020   To the Campus Community,   When Dr. Michael Drake chose UC Merced in October as the very first campus to visit in his new UC presidency, he was touring a campus he had helped to conceptualize as a UC administrator and one he had evaluated early in... Read More
October 29, 2020
Re: Fall 2020 Commencement To: All students, staff and faculty October 29, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   There is no more significant and heartwarming celebration at a university than commencement. For this fall graduating Class of 2020 and their loved ones, we will host virtual ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 19 that we... Read More