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Sept. 23, 2014


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Regional Chapter Update

UC Merced’s Alumni Association (UCMAA) continues to expand with the launch of the Fresno chapter – bringing the regional chapter total to six include. Local chapter leaders gathered earlier this month in Fresno to represent UC Merced as a part of the UC Alumni Reception with UC President Janet Napolitano.

Alumni staff members Sara Anastos and Jessica Duffy now lead the UCMAA Merced Chapter. Founded in 2013, the Merced chapter helps keep alumni in the area connected through networking socials, volunteer opportunities, and programs and events to engage current students with alumni. The Merced chapter recently hosted a social at the Vista Ranch and Cellars and is in the process of planning a Homecoming Happy Hour in downtown Merced in October. This event is one of many planned programs for Homecoming on Oct. 18.

To find out more about the UC Merced Alumni Association, visit alumni.ucmerced.edu.

Alumni Events

D.C. Happy Hour — Oct. 2
6 to 8 p.m., Capitol City Brewing, 1100 NY Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.

Homecoming — Oct. 18
UC Merced and Downtown Merced

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

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Association President Challenges Students to Find Opportunities or Make Them

Keith EllisSacramento-native Keith Ellis regrets not taking a couple opportunities that crossed his path at UC Merced. But, as he says, he needed time to sleep and attend classes. Ellis says current and prospective students should take a similar path.

“Seize every opportunity that comes your way. Sometimes you have to create the opportunity,” said Ellis, who majored in political science and management. “Don’t let anything pass you by.”


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

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


"Inequality for All" Film Screening at Merced Theatre

The Office of the Chancellor and UC Merced Blum Center will present a free screening of the film “Inequality for All,” on Sept. 25 with Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor.

University Friends Circle Lunch – Oct. 7

University Friends Circle (UFC) meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the California Room on campus.


Let the Journey Begin – Bridge Crossing 2014
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Robert Reich in Merced to Discuss Income Inequality

Robert ReichFormer U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, an author, UC Berkeley professor of public policy and economic expert is coming to Merced on Sept. 25 to show the film “Inequality for All” and engage with the audience afterward.

The event is sponsored by UC Merced’s Office of the Chancellor and the campus’s Blum Center for Developing Economies.
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Students Expand, Build Skills in New Souza Leadership Center

Margo F. Souza Leadership Center studentsShy in high school, Rachel Fang didn’t want to follow the same pattern as a UC Merced student.

“I decided that I was going to change,” Fang said. “I wanted to be more outspoken.”

Fang found the confidence, skills and foundation she needed by completing a variety of leadership programs on campus. Now she’s starting work as an intern in the Margo F. Souza Leadership Center.
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Climate Change Influencing Freshwater Mountain Runoff, Research Shows

Roger BalesAs the climate warms, sources of the water so critical to life everywhere on Earth are drying up.

By the end of this century, communities dependent on freshwater from mountain-fed rivers could see significantly less water, according to a new climate model recently released by University of California researchers.

For example, people who get freshwater from the Kings River could see a 26 percent decrease in river flow.
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New Financial Assistance for Middle Class Families

UCM studentsThousands of UC students soon could receive a check to offset some of their college-related expenses through a new state program aimed at assisting middle-class families.

UC officials estimate that roughly 24,000 UC students qualify for funding through California’s Middle Class Scholarship, which was approved by the legislature earlier this year and will make its first contributions to eligible students this fall.
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Extreme Changes in Seasonality Affect Soils’ Ability to Store Water and Carbon, Research Shows

Chelsea ArnoldExtreme changes in seasonality in the Sierra Nevada can have lasting impacts on meadow health and could mean less water and carbon storage in high elevation wetlands, according to research conducted at UC Merced.

The results of work by then-graduate student and current staff member Chelsea Arnold and Professors Asmeret Asefaw Berhe and Teamrat Ghezzehei, both with the School of Natural Sciences, indicate that changes in meadow soils and vegetation caused by extreme weather conditions in the mountains over the past three years have decreased the ability of those meadows to bank water and store carbon.
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Progress on 2020 Project Continues

Campus morning skyCampus planners continue to report progress on the 2020 Project, the university’s ambitious initiative to add new facilities to support total enrollment of 10,000 students by the end of the current decade.

Dan Feitelberg, vice chancellor for Planning and Budget, said the campus reached a major step in the process when the request for qualifications (RFQ) stage closed July 28. Six strong development teams submitted statements of qualifications. A detailed listing of the teams can be found online.

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