News From the Staff Assembly

Outstanding Staff Awards

The Outstanding Staff Awards are presented annually, with finalists being recognized at the Spring General Meeting and winners being announced at the Annual Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony at the end of spring quarter. The awards consist of: Staff Who Make A Difference Award, People Helping People Award, Tartan Soul Award, Diversity Award, and the Volunteer of The Year Award. The nomination deadline is April 2. Nominate a candidate.

Staff Assembly Elections

Nominate yourself or someone else for a board position on staff assembly. Nominations close April 24 and elections will be held on Monday, May 11.

Community Partner Fair

The Community Partner Fair is on Wednesday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the UCR Highlander Union Building (HUB) 302.

Coordinated and sponsored by the UCR Staff Assembly, the annual Community Partner Fair (CPF) invites companies and organizations to the UCR campus to demonstrate their products and services to the staff, faculty and students of UCR. It’s a great opportunity for organizations to connect with individuals in over 200 UCR departments who purchase more than $60 million annually in products and services.

For questions, go to Community Partner Fair page or contact Liz Carrasco X2-1806.

Society 54 Challenge

Society 54 is made up of people who support the activities and programs of Staff Assembly through automatic payroll deduction. This spring, Staff Assembly will host the Society 54 challenge, a 54-day campaign to get as many staff members as possible to make a donation of just $4.50 per month.

New survey seeks staff opinions on working at UC

UC is launching a survey to learn more about what its non-represented (policy-covered) staff thinks about working at the university.

The survey aims to help UC better understand the views, experiences and needs of non-represented staff on topics related to working at UC, including career development, performance management and workplace collaboration.

This is the second staff engagement survey; the first was in 2012.  Results from that survey were shared with UCOP senior leadership and the chancellor or senior administrators at each location. By comparing the results of the two surveys, UC Human Resources will get insight into areas where progress has been made and areas that need further effort and focus.

About 20,000 of UC’s roughly 50,000 non-represented staff will be randomly selected to participate in the UC Staff Engagement Survey.  During the week of March 30, the representative sample of staff members will receive an email from Towers Watson, a firm conducting the survey on UC’s behalf, with an invitation to take the survey.

The survey is completely confidential. Individual responses to the survey and personally identifying information will not be shared with UC.

ARAG legal plan members have identity theft protection

Whether you’ve been a victim of identity theft or not, it’s good to know that, if you’re enrolled in ARAG, the UC-sponsored legal plan, you have identity theft services available to you. This benefit provides you with $1 million in identity theft insurance, as well as access to identity theft case specialists who work on your behalf to provide full-service identity restoration. You can also safeguard your personal information, and that of your family, by signing up to receive credit monitoring, Internet surveillance and child identity monitoring services. These are the same identity theft services that many UC employees already purchase through other companies.

To activate the full suite of these benefits:

Log into with your member user name and password.

On the right side of the home page, under “New Coverage Added!,” click on “Create Account.”

If you want to know more about how to take full advantage of these services, attend ARAG’s 30-minute webinar, How to use ARAG’s expanded ID theft services.  The webinar is being offered on March 26 at 11 to 11:30 a.m. and April 2, at 2 to 2:30 p.m. To register, visit this website and choose the time that works best for you.

More Did You Know?

From Farm to Home via UCR FarmShare

Did you know that soon you will be able to pick up a box of fresh produce on campus?

UCR FarmShare is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program— part of a national trend that brings fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs straight from local farms directly to universities, businesses and municipalities.Participants subscribe to UCR FarmShare and pick up their fresh produce weekly at the Market at Glen Mor at UCR.

Hear more about UCR’s Community Supported Agricultural program from Bob Knight of Old Grove Orange at the bell tower from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 or at two presentations on Thursday, noon at HUB 268 or 1 p.m. at The Barn. For prices, go to

Earn $75 with UC Living Well Webinars

UC Living Well is hosting several webinars to help employees learn how to register and navigate the Optum Wellness website, find support to make positive lifestyle changes, connect with a personal wellness coach who can offer proven support to help accomplish their goals and to learn how to earn a $75 Visa gift card.

The Schedule is:

  • Thursday, March 19 at 12:15 P.M.-12:45 P.M.
  • Thursday, April 16 at 12:15 P.M.-12:45 P.M.
  • Thursday, May 21 at 12:15 P.M.-12:45 P.M.
  • Thursday, June 18 at 12:15 P.M.-12:45 P.M.

To register, go to and click on the ‘Register’ link for the event desired. Then, fill out the form with your first name, last name and email address. Afterwards, click “Register Now.” A confirmation email will be sent out that will include a link to access the workshop on the day of the event.

For more information, please contact: Sandy Wilson, Optum Wellness Specialist, at 480-296-8696 and by email at

Walk & Talk with Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri will lead the next UCR Walk and Talk with Leadership series on Thursday, March 19. The walk will begin at 12:15 p.m. sharp at the Scotty the Bear statue outside of the HUB. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring your own water.

Created by the Wellness Program, the Walk and Talk series was created to encourage the campus community to get healthy, get moving, and get to know the campus. Every month, there will be a 30-minute “walk and talk” opportunity with a member of the UCR Leadership team.

For questions, please contact: Julie Chobdee at

César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk Set for April 4

UCR’s 14th Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk is set for 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4 starting at the UCR belltower. It was created to celebrate the legacy of César E. Chávez,a labor leader and Latino civil rights activist who helped found the United Farm Workers (UFW), and to raise critically needed funds for student scholarships at UCR

“We are asking people to recruit your friends and family, and set a fundraising goal,” said Estella Acuña, director of the Chicano Student Programs. There is a 5k Run/Walk that starts at 8:30 a.m. as well as a kids’ run for children ages 12 and under that starts at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person, or $80 for a team of five people.

Chancellor Wilcox Walk & Talk Rescheduled

Due to rain on Monday, Feb. 23, the Walk and Talk with Chancellor Wilcox has been rescheduled for April 30, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Walk and Talk series was created by the Wellness Program, and was created to encourage the campus community to get healthy, get moving, and get to know the campus. Every month, there will be a 30-minute “walk and talk” opportunity with a member of the UCR Leadership team.

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri will lead an event on Thursday, March 19. All walks begin at 12:15 p.m. sharp at the Scotty the Bear statue outside of the HUB. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring your own water. For questions, please contact: Julie Chobdee at

Vitamin D and Your Health

Why is Vitamin D good for your health? What is the appropriate dose? What are good sources of Vitamin D?

Anthony Norman, distinguished professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences emeritus, will review the fundamentals of Vitamin D and how it produces a biological response contributing to good health on March 4 from noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 302 North. Norman is an internationally renowned expert on Vitamin D.

The event is sponsored by the UCR Wellness Program for Faculty and Staff, School of Medicine, and the UCR Global Food Initiative Committee.

To register, go to the UC Learning Center at Enter your UCR NetID and password.

Type in “Vitamin D” in the search field and click “go.” Click on the title of the class you wish to attend and select Register. Review the activity details and select “submit” to complete your registration

If you have questions, please contact Julie Chobdee at extension 2-1488 or email

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