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News and Notes: Staff Assembly Hosts Event, Announces Election Results

June 5, 2018

Dining Partners with Staff Assembly for Salvage Social Hour

UC Merced Dining, in partnership with Staff Assembly, will host Salvage Social Hour Wednesday, June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 17th Street Public House, 315 Main St., Merced.

Appetizers and beverages featuring ingredients commonly wasted will be provided by the dining staff. For every pint sold during the event, the pub will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Staff Assembly scholarship fund.

Staff Assembly Announces 2018-2019 Executive Board

Voting results are in for the 2018-2019 UC Merced Staff Assembly executive board.

Online voting took place May 14-25 and 248 UC Merced non-student staff members cast their votes for several executive board positions. The new board goes into effect July 1, 2018, and the newly-elected officers are listed in bold:

  • President: Jeff Porto Jr.
  • Vice president: Priya Lakireddy
  • Secretary: Becky Mirza
  • Finance officer: Tonya Kubo
  • Finance Officer-Elect: Steven Lerer
  • Co-chairs for Programs, Events and Outreach: Ariel Banda and April Graves
  • Co-Chairs for Communications: Armando Contreras and Taylor Fugere

The next Staff Assembly general meeting takes place from noon to 1 p.m. June 18 in Room 362 of the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library. Visit the Staff Assembly website for more information about the organization.

UC Center Sacramento Interns Have Hand in Policy and Politics; Apply Today

One of UC Merced’s transformational learning opportunities is the UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) program, which provides students with opportunities to work at the state Capitol with political officials on policy issues.

Applications for the Spring 2019 semester are due Thursday, June 7. Students who participate in the UCCS internship can work in any one of the following areas:

  • Executive branch
  • Legislative branch
  • Business
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health care
  • Nonprofits
  • Law
  • Local government
  • Media

The program is open to third- and fourth-year students in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or above in any major. Second-year students with a 3.0 or better GPA in upper-division courses may also apply. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at UC Merced prior to applying. Students covered under DACA, AB 540 or considered undocumented are eligible to participate.

For more information, visit the UCSC website or email Rachel Seymour .

Registration Now Open for LGBTQ+ Ally Training

UC Merced strives to be a place where everyone recognizes and celebrates the identities, values and beliefs of our community.

The Queer Ally Program exists to further this principle by fostering an environment of empathy, acceptance and support for the LGBTQ+ members of our community by providing students, staff and faculty with a voice and safe zone.

Campus community members interested in becoming an effective ally are invited to participate in an upcoming training workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. June 12. During the workshop, participants will learn the skills and receive resources to support the LGBTQ+ community. The training will be held on campus, and the room number will be shared upon confirmation of registration.

Space is limited; early registration is required. To register, fill out the online form. For information, email De Acker or Angi Baxter .

Have You Registered for the Ethics and Compliance Forum? Sign Up Today

Space is still available to attend the 2018 Ethics and Compliance Forum on June 14. To register, sign into the UC Learning Center and select the magnifying glass to search for “forum.”

The forum — from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Room 110 of Classroom and Office Building 2 — will be packed with information about UC Merced’s ethics and compliance program and related topics. The Ethics and Compliance office hand-picked subjects that faculty and staff members ask about the most.

Subject-matter experts will cover emerging topics related to policies, records management and workplace behavior; phishing, cybersecurity, and other information technology-related matters; abusive conduct; and options for conveying improper behavior via Title VII, Title IX, whistleblower and the Office of the Ombuds services.

A general compliance briefing is part of the forum. Those who attend the forum will fulfill the general compliance briefing requirement that’s due by June 25. Employees who’ve already taken the general compliance briefing e-course are encouraged to attend the live forum, which has additional information tailored for UC Merced audiences.

Employees are invited to email questions to the Ethics and Compliance office no later than Friday, June 8.