Nominate a colleague for the Outstanding Staff Awards

Last chance to nominate a colleague or yourself for the annual Outstanding Staff Awards! The categories are Staff Who Make a Difference; People Helping People; Tartan Soul; and Staff Diversity.  Nominations are especially needed in the categories of Staff Diversity and People Helping People. Nominations close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11. The link to the nomination form is

All nominees will be announced at the next general Staff Assembly meeting on May 20. The top three nominees from each category will be invited to a special awards ceremony and reception at Chancellor Wilcox’s house. For more details, visit or contact the Director of Involvement and Recognition Stephanie Reyes for questions at or (951) 827-2738.

President Napolitano will hold webchat with staff, April 16, 2 to 3 pm

Join UC President Janet Napolitano and staff employees from across the UC system for a one-hour online conversation about topics of interest, including campus climate survey results, compensation and benefits, and investments in technology and infrastructure.

President Napolitano will share with employees her views on these issues, discuss her priorities for the university and also speak with staff about their concerns, hopes and challenges.

This is the second in a series of Google Hangouts between President Napolitano and various groups within the UC community to help foster open and ongoing dialogue concerning university issues. The president held a webchat with students in January, and a Hangout with faculty is being planned for later this year.

Go to to sign up for the web chat and watch for more details about the event in coming weeks.

In the meantime, save the date: Wednesday, April 16, 2 p.m., and plan to hang out with Janet.

More Did You Know?

Butt litter on campus drops

Did you know that a team of sustainability interns scour the campus for cigarette butts? Since the implementation of the tobacco ban in January, there has been a drop in butt litter. During Tobacco-free Butt Bash 2 Clean-up, held the first week of March, only 544 cigarette butts were collected. Last quarter, the sustainability team collected 1,388 cigarette butts.

Application to the UC to be Offered Earlier

The UC system will open the application period for undergraduate admissions on Aug. 1 rather than Oct. 1 beginning this fall. The change aligns with other highly selective universities and will provide students with more time to complete their applications. While the application period will open on Aug. 1, the submission period will remain Nov. 1-30.

The change will make a difference, especially for faculty committees deciding on changes to majors and programs offered on each campus. That process will have to be completed by July 15. “This change in timeline was discussed with the Academic Senate last April and there was support to make this change to benefit prospective students,” said Aimée Dorr, provost and executive vice president for UC Office of the President.

Questions are available from the office of Judy K. Sakaki, vice president of student affairs at or (510) 987-0158.

Cesar Chavez Run

UCR Chicano Student Programs and other affiliated organizations will present the 13th Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Highlights include a 5k Run/Walk and a 1k Kids Run for children 12 and under.  For event information please contact Chicano Student Programs at (951) 827-3821 or visit the event website at:

Applications for Larry L. Sautter Award Program Sought

Applications for the 2014 Larry L. Sautter Award honoring innovation in information technology are being accepted now through 5 p.m. on May 16.

The award recognizes innovative use of information technology in support of the university’s mission. The award is open to staff and faculty. Award recipients will be announced at the UC Computing Services Conference from Aug. 3-5, 2014 at UC San Francisco.

For more information, visit the Sautter Award website.

Free One on One Tobacco Cessation Support

Free one-on-one and group tobacco cessation support is now available to all staff, faculty and students. More than 70 percent of people who smoke want to quit, but few succeed without help. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you can do but it is the most important thing you can do for your health. UCR is offering various cessation services to support all staff, faculty, and students who wish to stop smoking and using tobacco products. For more information, go to

Go on the Fallen Fruit Walk

Tracy Kahn, the curator for the Citrus Variety Collection, will lead a campus walking tour of the citrus trees on UCR’s main campus. She will discuss the Citrus Variety Collection, the history of citrus at UCR, and describe the variety of fruits on campus that you can pick and eat! (Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles.)  No sign-up is necessary. Walkers will meet on  Wednesday, March 19, from noon to 1 p.m. meet at Scotty the Bear Statue by the HUB.

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