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August 23, 2013


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Alumni Events

Scholars Bridge Crossing – Aug. 27

8:30 a.m., South Bowl
Help welcome our newest group of UC Merced Bobcats at the annual Scholars Bridge Crossing tradition. Chancellor Dorothy Leland will deliver brief remarks before you head up the hill to be the first in line to welcome the Class of 2017 to campus.

Alumni Career Chat: Law – Sept. 12

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Student Activities and Athletics Center, Room 219
The Student Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations host a career panel for students and alumni interested in learning about opportunities in the legal field – like what to expect in the first five years post-UC Merced. Learn more.

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

Alumni Advisors Program Launches

Several alumni have offered to help and guide our students by sharing tips and tricks for job searching, dos and don'ts for grad school applications and general expectations for what to expect after graduating from UC Merced. In response, we're piloting an Alumni Advisors program through which alumni can offer advice to students in a structured one-on-one, semester-long program. If you would like to participate or know an alumnus who would, please let us know.

Alumni Highlight: Hillary Brown, ’12

Alum Travels to U.K. for Master’s Program in Brain Sciences

Hillary BrownWith UC Merced in her hometown, Hillary Brown had an easy commute to her college campus.

She’ll log many more miles on the way to graduate school. Brown is headed to the University of Glasgow in Scotland for a year-long, master’s-level program in brain sciences. She starts in mid-September.

“I can’t wait to just dive in,” said Brown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Merced in 2012. “I’ve always wanted to visit the United Kingdom, so it’s kind of like two dreams coming true at the same time.”
Spending a year in Scotland is an exciting prospect for someone who’s never before lived abroad. Brown said a friend recommended the University of Glasgow partly because of its emphasis on research.


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

Women's Soccer – Aug. 27

3 - 5 p.m., South Bowl

Come support the UC Merced women's soccer team as they scrimmage against Ohlone College. Admission is free.

Women's Volleyball – Aug. 30

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m., Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center

Come support the UC Merced women's volleyball team as they take on Oregon Institute of Technology, followed by West Coast Baptist College, in NAIA action.

Admission is free for UC Merced students with CatCards, $3 for faculty or staff with CatCards and $5 for general admission.


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Building Earns Campus 11th LEED Certification

Social Sciences and Management BuildingThe U.S. Green Building Council has awarded platinum LEED certification to UC Merced’s Social Sciences and Management Building.

Every building project on campus has already or is expected to attain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, meaning it meets or exceeds standards for sustainability.

UC Merced is being built green from the ground up, with a deep commitment to sustainability in all forms, from landscaping and water to recycling and energy efficiency.

The campus has its Triple Net Zero Commitment to consume zero net energy, produce zero landfill waste and produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainability is a watchword in all the campus does.

Professor: Immigration Reform Should Consider Families, Social Ties

Tanya Golash-BozaImmigration judges should be allowed to consider a person's family and social ties to the United States before ordering the deportation of legal permanent residents for minor offenses, says a professor at UC Merced.

"The reason legal permanent residents can be deported for minor crimes — even if they have lived in the United States for many years — is that there is little to no due process in immigration courts," sociology Professor Tanya Golash-Boza said. "Under current laws, if a person has a prior conviction for a wide range of crimes, the judge has no judicial discretion."

Ninety-eight percent of all deportees are sent to Latin America and the Caribbean even though people from those countries do not make up 98 percent of all immigrants, she said.

"U.S. deportation policies are draconian and target specific populations," Golash-Boza said. "Unfortunately in the current immigration reform debate, this has little chance of changing."

Golash-Boza talked about her research into the policing, profiling and assimilation of male immigrants from Jamaica, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic at the American Sociological Association's annual conference.
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Writing Lecturer Reaches Students with Comic Books

L to R: John Bultena and J.H. Williams III

John Bultena (left) and J.H. Williams III


In John Bultena’s writing classes, students often explore new literary classics. Like “Batwoman Volume 1: Hydrology.”

Bultena, a lecturer in UC Merced’s Merritt Writing Program and recent panelist at San Diego Comic Con, uses comic books and graphic novels to reach students and teach new skills. He sees those books as another medium to communicate ideas about literacy, multiculturalism, the human experience and more.

Because this form of literature weaves together images and text, Bultena said students must develop different skills to navigate, understand and interpret the content.

“The pictures and words reflect each other and create meaning together,” he said. “This is a way for students to engage in literacy that coordinates the two.”
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Gift for Amphitheater, Research Strengthens Community Connections

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The ties between the community and UC Merced will grow stronger thanks to a gift from longtime campus supporters Joel and Elizabeth Wallace.

The Wallaces have given UC Merced $575,000 to establish the Wallace-Dutra Amphitheater and the Yablokoff-Wallace Health Science Research Endowment, which will support the campus’s Community Research, Innovations and Solutions for the Health of the San Joaquin Valley Network (CRIS).

“UC Merced has distinguished itself in many ways, and this gift supports two campus hallmarks — community and research,” Chancellor Dorothy Leland said. “Whether it’s through entertainment in the amphitheater or vital health research that serves the San Joaquin Valley, the Wallaces’ generosity will have a tremendous impact.”

Construction crews this fall will begin building an oval concrete stage and path, as well as run power to the amphitheater adjacent to Little Lake. When completed, the revamped area will provide a much-needed venue for outdoor events, including concerts or movies for up to 2,000 people. The amphitheater, managed by the Office of Student Life, will also be available for weddings or banquets. The concrete stage will be able to seat about 150 guests.

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