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


March 17, 2006



A very warm thank you to our Trustees and their spouses for attending and participating in the March 8 Board of Trustees meeting. With your support, the committee meetings and evening reception were a great success. We enjoyed learning about the vision for UC Merced's schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences from Deans Jeff Wright and Maria Pallavicini, and thank them for sharing their knowledge and insight. Plans for the best solar concentration program in California and a UC Merced medical school are just two initiatives on these very busy deans’ plates. We also want to express our gratitude to Bruce Miller and Steve Rabedeaux for giving the Foundation Diplomats informative tours of the Kolligian Library’s McFadden-Willis Reading Room, the Classroom and Office Building, and the Science and Engineering Building.

Although the campus and community are very saddened by the news of Chancellor Carol Tomlinson- Keasey’s decision to step down as chancellor this August, we share her excitement about the next chapter in her life – writing a book about the process of building this UC campus. Carol will be part of the UC Merced psychology faculty when she returns from sabbatical. Many of our students will receive the benefit of learning first-hand from Carol, as well as witness her commitment to excellence and experience her tremendous energy and enthusiasm.

We intend to have several campus and community events this summer to honor Carol’s historic and pivotal leadership in founding the newest UC.



Bobcat Day
Students admitted to UC Merced for the Fall 2006 semester and their families will have an opportunity to learn all about the campus during the second annual Bobcat Day on April 8.

Students who have applied for admission to UC Merced in Fall 2006 are starting to receive notice of their admissions decisions, which means Bobcat Day and the student yield season are close at hand. To assist with Bobcat Day on Saturday, April 8 and other events planned for admitted students, the Office of Admissions/Relations with Schools & Colleges is seeking the support of volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities on Bobcat Day include the following options:
• Host a booth - share information with prospective students and their families
• Greeters - Welcome our special guests as they arrive at registration
• Tours - Join the student tour guides as they provide campus information
• Registration - Assist in the registration area

Foundation Diplomats interested in assisting with Bobcat Day activities are encouraged to contact Patricia O'Connor at (209) 724-4461 or poconnor@ucmerced.edu. In the coming days, Patricia and Carole Whitehill also will send out a mailing with additional information.

Board of Ambassadors members are encouraged to contact Jan Mendenhall at (209) 724-4407 or jmendenhall@ucmerced.edu for additional information about volunteer opportunities at Bobcat Day or to help out with other student yield activities throughout the month of April.



The Chancellor's Associates Annual Social and Musical Production is coming up on Tuesday, April 4, beginning with a 6 p.m. social hour at The Branding Iron in downtown Merced. Many thanks go to Greg and Kara Parle for graciously agreeing to host the reception at their restaurant. From the Branding Iron, members and guests will take a short trip by car or on foot to nearby Playhouse Merced, where a special performance of the musical "Godspell" will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

Please allow us to issue a friendly reminder to R.S.V.P. for this festive evening by calling (888) 713-3993 or e-mailing specialevents@ucmerced.edu by March 24. Also, we encourage you to invite prospective Chancellor's Associates members and provide their names with your response.

We are excited to welcome EECU (Educational Employees Credit Union), and Stefani Martinez and Chris Madril as the newest members of the UC Merced Chancellor's Associates, as well as express our gratitude to renewing members Lee and Suzanne Boese and Sheila Wishek.

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.



It is with sympathy that we acknowledge the recent passing of Clarence C. Olive. A longtime resident of Merced, Clarence Olive was an active member of the community and valued friend of UC Merced. Both he and his wife, Enid, graduated from UC Berkeley. They were among the early supporters of UC Merced and became members of the Legacy Circle through their generous support of the campus. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, his family and his friends.



Thanks to the generous donations of so many, the campaign to enhance the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center continues to move forward. To date, $1.356 million in gifts and pledges have been received toward the minimum goal of $1.365 million.

The Joseph Edward Gallo Gym Expansion Committee is still offering bleacher seats available for purchase at $1,000 each as part of the Bleacher Seat Campaign. Many donors have chosen to purchase several seats and named them for family members. In addition, naming opportunities are still available for rooms and other facilities in the Recreation and Wellness Center.

When construction reaches the point where the facility is closed in, an event is planned to thank and honor all donors. Please stay tuned for updated information.

To purchase a bleacher seat, inquire about naming opportunities or make another gift to support the Recreation and Wellness Center, please click here or contact Mike Campbell at (209) 724-4402 or by e-mail at mcampbell@ucmerced.edu.



Get out on the green and practice your swing because the Ma Kelley Memorial Shootout is heading your way on May 20 at the award-winning Stevinson Ranch Golf Club. For the second straight year, net proceeds from this annual golf tournament at Stevinson Ranch will be used to support the purchase of recreational equipment for UC Merced.

Originally established by George and Carla Kelley, Kevin and Cindy Kelley, Bob and Carrie Kelley and Bryan Kelley to support the favorite charity of their mother, the annual Ma Kelley Memorial Golf Tournament raised almost $30,000 to benefit campus recreation programs in 2005. Director of Campus Recreation David Dunham says these community funds are especially important because no state funds can be used to provide recreational and athletic services for students.

Marking the 11th annual tournament hosted by the Kelley family, the day will feature events for golfers and non-golfers alike. The scramble-format tournament is open to golfers of all skill levels who are invited to form three-person teams to compete. Highlights of the evening will include a dinner, live music and presentation of the tournament awards.

Invitations will be sent to all who participated in last year's event. Others are encouraged to contact David Dunham at (209) 724-4264 or by e-mail at ddunham@ucmerced.edu, or Mike Campbell at (209) 724-4402 or by e-mail at mcampbell@ucmerced.edu. More information will be shared in the next edition of UC Merced Update as well.



Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey to Return to Teaching, Scholarship

Carol Tomlinson-Keasey

After seven years as founding chancellor at UC Merced, Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey announced on March 8 that she plans to step down as chancellor to return to teaching and scholarship.

"It has been a tremendous privilege and honor to serve as chancellor of the University of California, Merced during this unique chapter of California's history," Tomlinson-Keasey said. "I am extremely proud of this new campus, its world-class faculty and the pioneering group of students whose diversity reflects the future of California. Now, after seven very intense and demanding years as chancellor, I am ready to pass the baton."

She plans a sabbatical leave starting Aug. 31, 2006, during which she will document the early history of UC Merced.

"All of us at the University of California owe Carol Tomlinson-Keasey a debt of gratitude for the tremendous energy, skill, enthusiasm, and devotion she has brought to the creation of the UC Merced," said UC President Robert C. Dynes, who will lead the search for the next UC Merced chancellor.

Tomlinson-Keasey’s accomplishments as chancellor have been too numerous to list completely. Since her first year, she has met regularly with community leaders to build support for the UC Merced campus. She also brought first-class academic deans, faculty and senior managers to help build the campus. In March 2000, she announced the creation of the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees. Since then, some $50 million in major gifts has been pledged or awarded to UC Merced.


Meetings Set to Engage Public in UC Merced Medical Education Plans

Maria Pallavicini

Maria Pallavicini


The San Joaquin Valley has fewer primary care physicians than the statewide average; suffers more health problems; and loses millions from the economy each year as residents seek care elsewhere. UC Merced aims to address these issues by serving as a leader in a Valley health alliance.

As a long-term goal, UC Merced plans to establish a medical education program using a regional, distributed model. This approach will leverage existing resources and create opportunities for real-world learning.

The announcement of UC Merced's plans to develop health sciences and medical education programs in the Valley marks the beginning of a process, which includes engaging the UC Office of the President, UC Board of Regents, governor, Legislature and Valley communities. UC Merced Dean of Natural Sciences Maria Pallavicini is leading meetings around the Valley to inform the public, obtain feedback and garner support for UC Merced’s health education efforts.

“The San Joaquin Valley must be united in its efforts to develop a stellar medical education program that serves the health needs of local residents,” said Pallavicini.

UC Merced Health Education Community Meetings

Visalia: Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, Sequoia A, 303 E. Acequia Avenue

Modesto: Monday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Great Valley Center, 201 Needham Street

Merced: Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., UC Merced, Classroom Building, Room 116, 5200 North Lake Road

Stockton: Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 2323 Grand Canal Boulevard

Bakersfield: Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Merced Bakersfield Center, 2000 K Street


Campus Undergoes Accreditation Review

With the recent visit and review by a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), UC Merced has taken the next step in the process that leads toward accreditation. Emphasizing academic quality and educational effectiveness, WASC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the nation.

University of California campuses and all institutions of higher education in the western United States undergo these reviews, which are especially important for UC Merced as a startup campus. Accreditation determines a university's eligibility to apply to federal and state agencies for additional financial aid resources, as well as apply for many grants. In addition, accreditation is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit and is a prerequisite for many graduate programs.

The three-day visit was the first for the WASC team, which met with top administrators, faculty, staff and students as part of its review. Visiting team members included Stephen L. Weber, president of San Diego State University; William Ladusaw, vice provost and dean at UC Santa Cruz; K. Patricia Cross, professor emerita of UC Berkeley; Manuel N. Gómez, vice chancellor at UC Irvine; and George Pernsteiner, acting chancellor of the Oregon University system.

For additional information about the accreditation process at UC Merced, please visit the Web site at http://accreditation.ucmerced.edu.


Students and Alumni Pay a Visit to State Legislators

Robert C. Dynes
UC President Robert C. Dynes speaks to UC alumni and supporters during UC Day 2006 in Sacramento. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis

For the first time, UC Merced took freshmen, transfer and graduate students along with a dedicated contingent of UC alumni from the San Joaquin Valley on the annual trek to Sacramento where they joined hundreds of UC graduates and supporters for UC Day 2006.

UC Day is the one time each year when alumni and friends of all 10 campuses come to Sacramento to discuss UC's achievements and contributions – and UC's continued need for state funding – with California's elected officials.

Meeting with 10 legislators representing the San Joaquin Valley or their staff, UC Merced delegates focused on the message that the 10th UC campus is now open and serving students. According to Director of Governmental Relations Larry Salinas, the legislators were thrilled to meet the students and students were excited to take a day to encourage elected officials to continue their support of UC Merced.

For the coming year, the campus is again seeking $24 million in funding from the state.

UC Day concluded with a campus dinner for UC Merced advocates who were joined by Senator Jeff Denham, Assemblymember Barbara Matthews and members of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration.



Alumni Network Hosts Spring Reception with Chancellor

April 13 marks the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network's Spring Reception with the Chancellor, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 13 in the foyer of the Classroom and Office Building. Bringing together UC alumni from across the Valley, this year's annual event will offer the first organized opportunity for Alumni Network members to visit the new campus.

UC Merced's graduating class of 2006 will be honored guests at the reception, where the students will discuss their Class of 2006 gift to the campus and related fund-raising activities.

Readers of UC Merced Update are encouraged to attend the reception, or contact Alumni Affairs Coordinator Stefani Martinez at (209) 381-6912 or by e-mail at smartinez6@ucmerced.edu to inquire about offering support for the class gift. Tickets for the reception are $20.


Family-Friendly Festival Puts Spotlight on Creativity

Coinciding with the national observation of Earth Day 2006, UC Merced's Fairy Shrimp Festival is making its debut on Saturday, April 22 for the campus and community. Presented by the Office of Student Life, this is the first of what will become an annual event celebrating the creative spirit and sustainable living.

This free, family-friendly festival puts the focus on high-quality, handmade arts and crafts, live music, refreshments, campus tours and other activities. UC Merced staff members also will be on hand to share news about campus programs. Guest speakers and information booths also will help increase awareness of environmental issues.

For more information about the Fairy Shrimp Festival, contact Jim Greenwood at (209) 381-4163 or by e-mail at jgreenwood@ucmerced.edu.



March 15, 2006
Modesto Bee
By David Bultena

Making connections was key to UC chancellor's success

It came as a disappointment, but not much of a surprise, that Carol Tomlinson-Keasey would resign as chancellor of the University of California at Merced campus. The reason it wasn't all that surprising is that her tenure of seven years is about average for heads of campuses in the UC system.

To say she will be missed is an understatement, but one can understand her desire to spend more time with family and eventually return to her teaching roots.

March 3, 2006
Fresno Bee
By Denny Boyles

UC Merced stumps for med school

Though most of their campus is still an active construction site, University of California at Merced officials say they're ready to take on the challenge of building the state's first medical school in 35 years.

February 25, 2006
Fresno Bee

Boosting Transfers
UC Merced tries to attract more community college students

For its opening year, the University of California at Merced fell short of its goal in attracting transfer students from community colleges. It had hoped to enroll 300, but had only 132 to start the fall semester.

The campus is bolstering its recruitment of transfers for next fall, aided by a $200,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Professor Jeff Yoshimi is heading the effort, and he sounds like a logical choice; Yoshimi once transferred from Pasadena City College to UC Berkeley.

February 17, 2006
Merced Sun-Star
By Laura Cook

UC students have eye on summer work

Cecilia Arredondo wants to live in the wild.

The University of California, Merced freshman found out about an opportunity to intern at Yosemite National Park at an Internship Fair on Thursday.


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