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January 27, 2014


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Alumni Return to Orientation Retreat
Four alumni participants

(Left to right) Zack Gao (mechanical engineering, ’13), Lucia Perez Loera (political science, ’11), Sierra Long (history, ’13) and Duclemaria Anaya (history, ’11)


When Dulcemaria Anaya, UC Merced’s coordinator for New Student Orientation and Learning Assistance, took on the responsibility of planning the Orientation Student Staff Retreat earlier this month, she added a new twist — she invited alumni to join the group.

Alumni Events

Educators’ Reception – Jan. 30

California Room, Terrace Center, UC Merced

Merced Happy Hour – Jan. 31

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant, 3360 N. Highway 59, Merced

Science Cafe featuring Erik Menke – Feb. 10

Coffee Bandits Cafe, 309 W. Main St., Merced

Sacramento Happy Hour – Feb. 22

Paesano's, 1806 Capital Ave., Sacramento

Alumni have many opportunities to reconnect with UC Merced each year through on-campus and regional events. View the events calendar.


Go to events.ucmerced.edu to find out what’s happening on campus now.

For athletic events listings, visit athletics.ucmerced.edu/.


Fulbright Visiting Scholar

MTS Lecture Series

Understanding Politics Speaker Series

University Friends Circle – Feb. 4

University Friends Circle (UFC) will gather for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Branding Iron Restaurant, 640 W. 16th St., Merced. Loren Gonella, Merced County real estate broker, will give an update of national, state and local trends.

South African Singers Perform in Merced – March 6

Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre, an event sponsored by Arts UC Merced Presents.

Photography Exhibit Captures Movements in the '60s

Black Power * Flower Power, an acclaimed photography exhibit that captures the hippie culture in San Francisco and the African-American liberation movement in Oakland...


Graduate Studies: Chemistry and Chemical Biology
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Campus Begins 2014 with Ambitious Expansion Plans

2020 ProjectUC Merced is searching for a development team that will prove instrumental in financing and significantly expanding the campus’ size and capacity to enroll 10,000 students by 2020.

Enrollment at the newest UC campus, which opened in 2005 with 875 students, has surged to nearly 6,200, creating severe space limitations on campus. The 2020 Project is a critical step to accommodate rapid growth in enrollment, which is expected to reach 10,000 students within the next six years.

In early spring 2014, the university will open a competitive process by issuing a request for qualifications (RFQ) for one or more development partners. (The RFQ will be the first of a two-stage RFQ/RFP process.) The selected development team will design and build approximately 1.5 million square feet of new teaching, research and residential facilities on a 219-acre, university-owned site adjacent to the existing campus. The university aims to have a team in place by year’s end and begin construction in 2017.
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Natural Reserve Earns Regents’ Approval

Natural reserve mapThe protected land adjoining the northeast corner of campus is officially part of the UC Natural Reserve System now that the UC Board of Regents gave the proposed reserve final approval last week.

The Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve is the 39th reserve in the statewide system, adding more than 6,500 acres to the more than 750,000 acres already being conserved and studied. UC Merced’s reserve, though, is the first one in the San Joaquin Valley, and the first one in the heart of the greater Central Valley.
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Campus Receives Record Number of Applications for 10th Academic Year

Students walking on campusAs the 10th campus in the UC system approaches the start of its 10th academic year, the University of California, Merced, has received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission this fall.

According to admissions data released by the UC Office of the President, undergraduate applications to enroll in Fall 2014 hit 17,469, a 1.6 percent increase compared to Fall 2013 applications.

“Our growth reflects strong demand and increasing awareness of UC Merced as an excellent choice for students throughout the state who seek a UC-quality education in a small-campus environment,” Chancellor Dorothy Leland said.
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Professor Studies How Information Consumption Impacts Health Behaviors

Susana RamirezFrom sunrise to sunset, people consume all kinds of information from television, online and from other sources.

UC Merced public health Professor A. Susana Ramirez wants to know how all that information influences people's health decisions and behaviors. Quite often, misconceptions about leading a healthy life can have serious implications on a person’s overall health.
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Campus Pitches In for Day of Service

Professor Tom HansfordA day off meant a day of service for some UC Merced students and staff and faculty members who volunteered to help spruce up Luther Burbank Elementary School in Merced as part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

Associate Director of the Office of Student Life Vernette Doty coordinated the annual volunteer effort.

“I talked to Merced City School District and officials there identified Burbank Elementary as having several different projects,” Doty said. “Then we sent out a call to students, staff and faculty members, and close to 50 said they’d be there to help.”

Doty was pleasantly surprised when more than 80 UC Merced affiliated volunteers showed up to paint, rake, trim and more.

Some of the groups represented included the men’s basketball and volleyball teams, Bobcat Girls dance team, Black Student Union, fraternities and sororities, staff and faculty.
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