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October 24, 2008


Community-University Collaborative Workshops
Oct. 25

UC Merced will host its first Community University Research and Action for Justice exchange Saturday, Oct. 25. The exchange, which is a series of collaborative workshops, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free but space is limited. Advance registration is required; box lunches will be provided. To register, contact Judy Patin, jpatin@ucmerced.edu or (559) 241-7475.

Martial Arts Tournament
Oct. 25

The Martial Arts Club will host its first-ever home tournament Saturday, Oct. 25. The University Martial Arts Championships at UC Merced will take place in the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center. Chancellor Steve Kang will deliver the opening address at 9:45 a.m., and competition will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Admission is free for UC Merced students who show their CatCard at the door; non-student admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For information, contact Chris Abrescy, cabrescy@ucmerced.edu.

Mind, Technology and Society Talks Nov. 3

This semester’s Mind, Technology and Society cognitive science talk series is all about language. The series is funded by a gift from the Glushko-Samuelson Foundation and features talks from accomplished scientists in the field of language and thought. Talks are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Conference Room, KL 232.

Next month’s speakers are
Nov. 3 – Mary Hegarty of UC Santa Barbara
Nov. 10 – Greg Bryant of UCLA
Nov. 17 – Tamara Swaab of UC Davis
Nov. 24 – Seana Coulson of UC San Diego.

For information, contact Teenie Matlock, tmatlock@ucmerced.edu.

Frontiers Lecture Highlights Solar Energy Technologies
Nov. 15

Professor Carlos Coimbra of the School of Engineering will present the November lecture in the Frontiers of Science and Engineering Lecture Series at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. His presentation, "The Present and the Future of Solar Power Utilization in California," begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 15.

The Challenger Center is at 3460 Challenger Way, Atwater. For more information, visit http://www.challengersjv.org/Lecture.html.


Cutting-Edge Energy Program Keeps Alums Here for Grad School

Kevin Balkoski and Uday Bali

Kevin Balkoski and Uday Bali were awarded the Dan David Renewable Energy Fellowship on Sept. 26 in support and recognition of their contributions and ongoing research in the field.

The two are grad students who chose to return to UC Merced after receiving bachelor’s degrees in environmental engineering, emphasizing sustainable energy. Although either one could have pursued advanced degrees at any of an impressive selection of universities, both cited the same reasons for heading back to this campus. Read more.

Interdisciplinary Nature Pays Off for Alumna

Annie HsuUC Merced prides itself in allowing students opportunities to explore all fields of interest. It's not uncommon here to find humanities majors working in scientific laboratories. That borderless culture leads many students to explore educational and professional areas in ways that would not be possible on other campuses.

Annie Hsu is living proof of that fact. Although she was an economics major, an interest in computers led her to a part-time position on the classroom support team in 2005.

In May, she graduated with a degree in economics and a passion for computers. Looking around at her options and reflecting on how much she had enjoyed her part-time role in tech support, Hsu decided to pursue the opportunity to make it a full-time position. Read more.


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Campus Unveils New Athletics Logo

View photo collage of Athletics logo launchUC Merced is sporting a new look. Well, at least its athletics teams are. Campus officials unveiled a new athletics logo that marks a definite move toward competition-minded branding.

“In light of our initiative to create a divisional intercollegiate athletics program, we wanted a sportier image,” said David Dunham, director of recreation and athletics for UC Merced. “Our new Golden Bobcat is definitely leaner and meaner than his predecessor.” Read more.
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Childhelp Founders Win Spendlove Prize

Sara O’Meara and Yvonne FeddersonChildhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson were awarded UC Merced's Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize for their lifelong commitment to helping children in need.

The award was established by Sherrie Spendlove in honor of her parents to recognize a scholar, author, artist, or citizen whose work exemplifies the delivery of social justice, diplomacy and tolerance in local and global society.

"Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson are the social justice champions of children everywhere," Spendlove said. "They have demonstrated that two people working together with much will and determination can positively change the lives of millions of people." Read more.


Art Professor Honored For Her Exquisite Theatrical Costumes

Dunya RamicovaAfter more than 30 years in the field of design, and still counting, award-winning UC Merced arts professor Dunya Ramicova is to be honored among 110 female designers in an international exhibit of the history of theatrical design.

“Designing Women” will be hosted by the New York Public Library for Performing Arts from Nov. 17 through May 2, and will feature the works of an elite group of women from 1890 to present who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of scenery, costume, lighting and projection design.

Throughout her career, Ramicova has had what she calls the extreme good fortune of having worked with the likes of Peter Sellers and John Adams. She primarily designs costumes for contemporary opera, theater and independent film.

“I do a lot of costume design for new opera works, which I like a lot,” she said. “I have been privileged to work with the best and most brilliant artists and playwrights of the 20th century.”

Included in the “Designing Women” exhibit will be about half a dozen of the costumes Ramicova designed for works produced by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, most of which are from “The Voyage;” the 1992 Philip Glass opera commissioned to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas.

“Costume design is an amazing profession because you actually work with different artists, directors, singers, actors, composers, dancers, choreographers – a designer must work closely with everyone involved in a production.”

Ramicova shares the lessons of her unique experiences with her students at UC Merced, including first-hand knowledge of the people she teaches about in her theater classes. Students gain a privileged perspective on the history of clothing, costumes and fashion in her related classes, and she also teaches drawing and watercolor.


Toyota Donates $600,000 and Five Hybrid Vehicles to Expand Education Programs

Toyota Foundation DonationRepresentatives from Toyota visited the campus to present a check for $600,000 and five hybrid vehicles to support environmental education programs at Yosemite National Park and the university.

The donation was facilitated through the park’s nonprofit fundraising partner, The Yosemite Fund. The park will use Toyota’s contribution to support the Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP), a partnership between Yosemite, UC Merced and California State Parks. The internship program provides students with work experience in a park, wilderness education, a living stipend and the opportunity for possible future employment with the park. Read more.


Yudof Calls UC Merced an 'Asset to the Community'

UC President Mark Yudof addressed the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees and Diplomats on Oct. 15 at the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus.

Yudof discussed the effect of the new state budget on higher education. He reinforced the need to increase private philanthropy efforts during the challenging years ahead instead of pulling back.

Yudof commended UC Merced for having the second-largest increase in freshmen and the largest increase of transfer students in the UC system. He noted that out of the 10 UC campuses, the Merced campus has the most diverse student body.

“UC Merced is more than a place to educate the next generation; it is a tremendous asset to the community,” Yudof said. “As this campus grows, it will bring people to the Valley. People who will live there and work there.”

He closed by thanking the board members for their continued commitment and dedication to the UC Merced campus and the communities it serves.


Annual Holiday Reception - Dec. 4

Chancellor’s Associates members are invited to the annual Chancellor’s Associates Holiday Reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library. A formal invitation will be mailed out in the next few weeks.


It’s with deep appreciation and gratitude that we extend the membership of Chancellor’s Associates donors Ahmad Foroutan and Sima Asadi.

There is still time to join the Chancellor’s Associates and attend this year’s holiday reception. Chancellor's Associates are a diverse group sharing a common dedication to UC Merced. Your annual gift of $1,000 or more will help support UC Merced's greatest needs.

For information, contact Terisa Rose at (209) 228-4109.


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