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.

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 judy.sakaki@ucop.edu 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: www.cesarchavez5k.com.

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