UC Merced Update - Launching the future!


Welcome to this edition of UC Merced Update, providing you with an inside look at recent campus news and development.

Editor's note: Beginning with this issue, UC Merced Update is moving to a monthly distribution schedule. By enhancing the strategic use of our communications resources, our goal is to provide you with information of improved quality and usefulness.

MARCH 2, 2005



We want you to be the first to know about a terrific event that will benefit UC Merced students and will take place on April 29. To honor their mother, George, Kevin, Bob and Bryan Kelley of Stevinson Ranch Golf Club have annually held the Ma Kelley Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit a non-profit organization. They have selected the purchase of recreational equipment for our student activities as the purpose of this year's event, to be known as the Ma Kelley Shootout. George is a UC Merced Foundation trustee, and both he and Kevin are members of the Chancellor's Associates.

Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in the tournament on three-person teams. Non-golfers also are invited to come along to offer support for their favorite players on the award-winning course, or just to enjoy the dinner and auction that will follow the tournament.

Please watch for detailed information about the Ma Kelley Shootout to arrive in your mailboxes within the next week, and save the April 29 date.



On March 9 – just one week from today – our next Board of Trustees meeting will take place at the UC Merced Center in Fresno. We thank the many members who have already let us know of your plans to attend and encourage others to respond at your earliest convenience. Responses can be submitted by mail using the RSVP card enclosed in the informational packet you recently received, by calling Robin McIntyre at (209) 724-4416 or by sending an e-mail message to specialevents@ucmerced.edu.

In addition, suggestions are still welcome for Fresno area VIPs who should be invited to our formal evening reception at the Fresno Grizzlies 600 Club. Please complete and fax the VIP form from the packet of meeting information to (209) 724-4499 or contact Robin at the phone number or e-mail address listed above.

We look forward to seeing you in Fresno next week.



Updates from Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey and Director of Admissions Encarnación Ruíz will be the highlights of a working lunch planned for Foundation Diplomats on March 9 at the UC Merced Fresno Center. These presentations will offer you the latest news on campus development and current information about the student applications/admissions process.

Following the meeting, Diplomats will embark on a tour that includes a stop at the Legion of Valor Museum, a drive along Fresno's famous Blossom Trail, a visit to the Reedley Mennonite Quilting Center and an exploration of historic Fresno. The bus will end up at the Fresno Grizzlies Stadium for a private tour before the evening reception at the Fresno Grizzles 600 Club with VIPs from the region.

We hope that many of you are able to join us in Fresno.



Members of the Board of Ambassadors: Please mark your calendars for a meeting on March 24 that is designed to provide an overview on planning student life practices at UC Merced and engage you in the support of the first students on campus. First, you will hear about the recommendations made by student leaders and student affairs staff members at other UC campuses during last fall's Maclise Intercampus Student Think Tank. With its focus on areas including student and campus traditions; recreation on and off campus; and cultural events and programs, the conference helped lay a foundation for development of the out-of-classroom student experience.

A campus-community partnership is critical in order to serve the interests and meet the needs of students, and we will discuss ways in which you can help create a successful student experience. We encourage you to join us for this important session and to watch for forthcoming details about the meeting.

For additional information about the Board of Ambassadors, please contact Director of Development/University Relations Jan Mendenhall at (209) 724-4407 or by e-mail at jmendenhall@ucmerced.edu.



Late spring will bring our 3rd annual Chancellor's Associates tour of the campus site, and wait until you see how construction has advanced since last year. The exact date is still being determined for this special affair, which will include a reception at Lake Yosemite. Please stay tuned for further information.

Those of you whose memberships are up for renewal between January through March should have received your annual renewal notices. Thank you to our members who have already renewed. It also is our honor to welcome Tom and Saundra Nevis as the newest members of the Chancellor’s Associates. If you have any questions about the notices, please contact Dawn Yesitis at (209) 724-4452 or by e-mail at dyesitis@ucmerced.edu.

For additional information about the Chancellor’s Associates, please contact Associate Vice Chancellor Mike Campbell at (209) 724-4402 or by e-mail at mcampbell@ucmerced.edu.



UC Friends and Alumni "Show the Colors" in Sacramento

Lee Andersen, Marsha Bond and Barbara Matthews  

Merced County Superintendent of Schools Lee Andersen, future student and staff member of UC Merced Marsha Bond, and Assembly member Barbara Matthews converse at the UC Day campus dinner in Sacramento.


Hailing from Bakersfield to Merced, friends of the campus and UC alumni came together on Feb. 15 to "Show the Colors" of the University of California during UC Day 2005. UC Day is the one time each year when the Alumni Associations of the University of California join with alumni, donors and friends of the 10 campuses to carry UC's systemwide voice to Sacramento.

Led by Merced County Superintendent of Schools and San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network (SJVUCAN) President Lee Andersen, the UC Merced/SJVUCAN delegation met with legislators and key legislative staff members from all 12 Senate and Assembly districts in the San Joaquin Valley. The delegates discussed issues of importance to UC in this year's budget and also took the opportunity to thank legislators for their support of UC Merced's funding requests during the past several years. In turn, we would like to thank all the participants for taking time out of their work and school schedules to join us for UC Day.

One highlight of the day was an all-UC reception featuring UC President Robert Dynes. For their efforts to shape the future of higher education, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez was presented with the Legislator of the Year Award and Regent Joanne Kozberg was acknowledged as the UC Advocate of the Year.

UC Merced supporters also attended a campus dinner, with special guests Senator Jeff Denham, Assembly member Barbara Matthews, representatives from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration and legislative staffers. Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey presented a progress update emphasizing the pending opening of the campus and thanked attendees for their help with turning the goal of a 2005 opening into reality.

Campus Benefits from Experience and Scholarship of Michael Teitz

Michael B. Teitz

Michael B. Teitz

A professor emeritus of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Michael B. Teitz is doing triple duty as the first Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor at UC Merced. With more than 30 years on the Berkeley faculty, Teitz also has received numerous honors for his scholarly achievements, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In addition, he brings knowledge gained from his active involvement in several start-up organizations – most recently as a strategic planner for the development of the PPIC – and has served as a consultant for the U.S. government and abroad.

"We were especially interested in the contributions Michael Teitz could make in the areas of general advice and mentoring, especially to junior faculty members; issues of university governance; and partnership development with organizations such as the Great Valley Center and the PPIC," says Dean of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Kenji Hakuta. "He is providing valuable assistance with faculty searches in the areas of public policy and economics as well."

Although a newcomer to UC Merced, Teitz has focused on urban planning, economic development and regional development in the Valley for many years, and he is pursuing avenues for further policy-related research on the region. "The Valley is an extraordinary region in so many terms – its physiology, climate, history, soil and more – and also a likely region for the next urbanization. That combination makes it irresistible," he says.

What the scale, speed and location of the Valley's growth could look like and the implications of urbanization are the subject of a report released by the PPIC in February. Authored by Teitz, Charles Dietzel and William Fulton, "Urban Development Futures in the San Joaquin Valley" explores four possible scenarios for urbanization based on different public policy decisions. While the scenarios offer distinct projections on several issues, they all point to the likelihood of major urbanization and significant loss of farmland. Not intended to predict a specific future for the Valley, Teitz says the report does scope out broad-brush illustrations that can help the region's leaders make policy choices today that will help secure a better tomorrow.

To download the full report of the research brief of "Urban Development Futures in the San Joaquin Valley," please visit
http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=341. More information about Teitz is available online at

David Kelley’s Nano/Solar Research Makes The New York Times

David F. Kelley

David F. Kelley

As a result of his cutting-edge research, Professor David Kelley of the School of Natural Sciences recently found himself in very good company in a premier location. He was included in a nanotechnology article in The New York Times along with several prominent colleagues from well-respected institutions.

The article, "Tiny is Beautiful: Translating ‘Nano’ Into Practical," by science writer Kenneth Chang, appeared February 22, 2005. It discussed several promising applications of nanotechnology, including Kelley’s work constructing nanodisks only four atoms thick from exotic semiconductors.

"The disk shape reduces the space between particles, which should allow electrons to hop more easily between them," Chang explains in the article. "Because nanoparticles almost always contain flawless crystal structure, Dr. Kelley hopes that his nano solar cell will be more efficient at capturing light and turning it into electricity."

Grants Extended for Campus Writing Programs

Dean Kenji Hakuta of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and UC Merced Writing Project Director Pauline Sahakian have been awarded second-year funding of $198,600 for a three-year grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC). Also, the two received renewed funding of $43,200 from the UC Office of the President, a grant authorized by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The CPEC grant supports a partnership between the UC Merced Writing Project and the Merced City School District to help teachers understand the state writing requirements for K-8 students and develop the best strategies for teaching writing. Focusing on technical assistance to K-12 teachers, with concentration on English learners, Sahakian says the NCLB funds are directed toward building teacher leadership to promote student achievement consistent with California standards.



Chancellor's Forum Puts Focus on Critical Research and Campus Opening

UC Merced is planning an enlightening series of Chancellor's Forum lectures to be held throughout the San Joaquin Valley to increase awareness and generate enthusiasm for the university's grand opening this fall. The lectures will introduce UC Merced faculty members to Valley communities and will highlight university research that is of particular importance to the region. Topics such as renewable energy, immigration, urbanization and water resources are among those that will be addressed.

Lectures are scheduled to be held at UC Merced educational and outreach centers in Bakersfield, Fresno and Merced and at a location to be determined in Modesto. More details will be coming soon and information will be provided in an upcoming issue of UC Merced Update.



February 26, 2005
Merced Sun-Star
By Doane Yawger

Professor at UC Merced helps to educate youngsters in science

It's no secret American students lag behind their counterparts around the world in scientific understanding.

Dr. Christopher Viney, a professor of engineering at the University of California, Merced, would like to reverse that trend.

February 21, 2005
Modesto Bee
Staff Report

Editor's note: The total number of full-time faculty members noted in this article is incorrect. UC Merced currently has hired 34 faculty members not including administrative faculty members.

UC Merced adds 9 professors

The School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced has added nine first-time faculty members in recent months as the university prepares to open its undergraduate program in the fall.

February 16, 2005
Merced Sun-Star
By David Chircop

Merced set to update its plan for growth

A lot has changed in Merced since the city's general plan was last mapped out in 1997 -- most notably growth and the relocation of the University of California, Merced, campus in 2000.

The city planning department recently took the first step in updating the 14-chapter plan that serves as a blueprint for Merced's growth and development.


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