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Remarks and Writings

September 9, 2019
Dear Campus Community, At UC Merced, we create new knowledge while educating outstanding young women and men, most of whom are the first in their families to go to college. Our faculty and staff make UC Merced feel like home to nearly 9,000 students, and those students throw themselves into their work and, with our help, improve their future... Read More
March 15, 2019
Dear Campus Community, Like you, I was saddened and deeply troubled to learn about yesterday’s horrific attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand. With heavy hearts, we stand today in solidarity with and support for the Muslim members of our campus community, the Merced community and the world. Working every day in an institution... Read More
December 18, 2018
Dear friends and colleagues, As I reflect on another year at UC Merced, I am continually heartened by the sense of community that makes this such a wonderful place to work, live and learn. I am also amazed at all we have accomplished. Our campus continues to grow, our faculty continue to break new ground and blaze new trails in critically... Read More
October 31, 2018
Dear Campus Community, Over the week, our nation has endured hateful attacks targeting African Americans, Jews, and leading donors and politicians associated with the Democratic Party. In each instance, the target of the hate has been positioned as “other”... Read More
September 16, 2018
Dear Campus Community, I write to you today in celebration of some significant milestones in our campus’s young history, and with gratitude for all the hard work so many of you have put into building a university that is now truly coming into its own. Last spring, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) came to town... Read More
August 21, 2018
Dear Students, Welcome to an exciting new year at UC Merced! I’d like to extend a special welcome to our new first-year, transfer and graduate students. Although your first days on a new campus can be daunting, soon you will develop new relationships, learn how to get around and find everything you need, and begin exploring the many... Read More
May 15, 2018
Dear Faculty and Staff, Commencement weekend is a highlight of the academic year, and this year we were blessed with two days of great weather, inspiring speakers, talented singers, and a joyous celebration of our wonderful students and their families. I am so very grateful to each of you who not only spent your working hours dedicated to... Read More
May 1, 2018
Dear Campus Community, I know many of us have been concerned about possible threats to our campus community caused by a Facebook post by one of our students. The post that created the alarm included a photo of a man who committed a mass shooting, killing six people and wounding eight others, in Isla Vista in May 2014. As soon as Public... Read More
March 7, 2018
Dear Campus Community, Yesterday, a group of our students were tabling on Scholars Lane, with signs that promoted messages that were clearly intended to create an unwelcome environment for our nearly 600 undocumented students. The incident disturbed many of us, as it runs counter to UC Merced’s Principles of Community . Our... Read More
March 6, 2018
Dear Campus Community, It is hard to believe, but in just six months the first buildings of UC Merced’s unprecedented, international award-winning campus expansion will open. When the project is entirely complete in Fall 2020, it will provide much-needed space for teaching, research, student housing, athletics and student life. Yet,... Read More