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November 29, 2022

The Give to UC Merced fundraising effort launched Tuesday, Nov. 29.
     On Tuesday, Nov. 29, UC Merced will kick off the season of giving by launching Give to UC Merced 2022. The campus’s annual fundraising initiative officially begins on Giving Tuesday — the traditional day of philanthropic support held the Tuesday after the...
In conjunction with Homecoming weekend, UC Merced has announced the formation of the first-ever board of directors for its Alumni Association. Christopher Abrescy (’09), Uday Bali (’08), Josh Bolin (’07), Jason Castillo (’09), Efferman Ezell (’09), Sam...
Although she’s the only full-time UC Merced staff member focused on alumni, Heather Buckner says the Alumni Affairs Office is definitely not about her. “Alumni should feel a connection to the university, not to me,” she said. Buckner said UC Merced...
Ann Hinesley-Perez's original academic plans didn't involve law school — or even UC Merced. Hinesley-Perez was born and raised in Merced, but with UC Merced still in development, she left town in 2003 to pursue a psychology degree at UC Berkeley. But...
A group of university supporters from various professions and backgrounds have something in common — they've joined UC Merced's Chancellor's Associatesand found a way to connect with the campus and stand behind its mission of education, research and...
Andrea Mercado has a knack for finding opportunity. She left her hometown of Lake Arrowhead in Southern California for college in Seattle, but a year later, her horizons opened up in a different direction. “I transferred to UC Merced my sophomore year...
Unlike many other schools, UC Merced allows freshman students to enter with a major of “engineering - undeclared.” For Matt Nelson, now looking back on his freshman year more than five years down the line, the option proved a distinct advantage. “I...
Josh Franco ('07) is exactly where he planned to be. Every step leading to his current job as a senior legislative assistant for U.S. Congressman John Garamendi has been carefully taken by Franco with his gifts for connecting with others and for...
Three UC Merced alumni — two from Southern California and one from Ohio — are working toward starting a business and making a difference right here in the San Joaquin Valley. Heather Poiry, Kevin Balkoski and Kevin Rico have started a new company called...

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