Get ready to walk for good health May 21

The fifth annual UC Walks marches into campus this month. More than 5,480 people across the system participated in UC Walks last year, collectively covering nearly 10,700 miles. That’s about 2,000 more miles than in 2012, when walkers racked up 8,771 miles.

For more information on how to take part in the event, go to wellness.ucr.edu/walkingfit.html. Participants in this year’s UC Walks will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last.

UC Sponsors California Dream Loan Program Bill

UC sponsored SB 1210, a bill to create the California Dream Loan Program. The program aims to help undocumented students who are ineligible for federal financial aid. The bill could potentially benefit more than 2,000 UC students. To read more, go to www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-sponsors-bill-close-financial-aid-gap-undocumented-students.

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Tobacco Cessation Support Available

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Tobacco Cessation support in the form of the nicotine gum (4 mg) and nicotine patch (21 mg) are now available to all staff, faculty, and students. Improve your chances of quitting; for more information, go to tobaccofree.ucr.edu.

Free Screening of “Girl Rising” Scheduled for Thursday, April 24

UC Riverside Extension and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present the documentary “Girl Rising,” which shows how educating girls and young women in the developing world can transform families, communities and countries while breaking the cycle of poverty. The screening will be held Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. in the UCR University Theater. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Reservations can be made by calling (951) 827-4105. Free parking is available.

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 atu.cr/OutstandingStaffForm.

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 www.staffassembly.ucr.edu or contact the Director of Involvement and Recognition Stephanie Reyes for questions at Stephanie.reyes@ucr.edu 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 plus.google.com/events/c4saqghab1bsjc2beoc7gae540c 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.

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