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November 18, 2011


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Alumni Network Annual Fall Study Break — Dec. 12

The San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network will provide snacks and stress relievers for students preparing for finals at the annual Fall Study Break, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

SJV UC Alumni members and UC Merced alumni, faculty and staff are invited to help. Contributions of individually wrapped goodies such as granola bars, rice crispy treats, nuts, etc., are welcome. For information, contact alumni@ucmerced.edu or visit alumni.ucmerced.edu/sjvuc.

CatSpots Discounts

More than 80 Merced-area businesses are participating in CatSpots, a discount program for alumni, students, faculty and staff. Collegiate Alumni Association members can take advantage of a wide variety of special offers and discounts... [more]

Alumni Highlight

Alum Invests in Merced from Abroad

Yang LiWhen Yang Li graduated from UC Merced in 2009, he realized how special the campus was and how much the experience had changed him.

"UC Merced has given me the opportunity to grow and discover my gifts,” Li said, “It has provided me with the tools, the strategy and the encouragement I needed to pursue my dreams. It has given me a shot at going to the next stage of my life.”

Li is currently working on a master’s degree in public policy at the National University of Singapore, thanks to the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship he was awarded last year.


Impact: Holding Cells with Lasers
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MTS Lecture Series

Psychological Sciences Talk Series

Frontiers Lecture Series

Energy Speaker Series

Merced Symphony Fall Concert – Dec. 3

The Merced Symphony’s fall concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium.

Music Director Henrik Jul Hansen will lead the orchestra in Ludwig van Beethoven’s landmark Third Symphony, “Eroica,” the music that ensured the composer’s place as an innovator. Also featured is Felix Mendelsohn’s beautiful “Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings.”

Tickets can be purchased online at arts.ucmerced.edu. They are $30 for general admission and $5 for UC Merced student.

For more information, contact Gail Benedict at 209-228-4566 or at arts@ucmerced.edu.

University Friends Circle
– Dec. 13

The University Friends Circle (UFC) will meet for a holiday social from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the home of Doug and Judy Boyer. Playhouse Merced’s Classic Christmas Carolers will entertain with a short program.

The cost is $20 for members, $25 for guests. For information on joining the UFC or to RSVP, call 209-384-8811 or email ufc@ucmerced.edu. The reservation deadline is noon Dec. 8.

The UFC provides a forum for UC Merced staff and faculty, and their families, to engage in open discussion and interact with members of the surrounding community.


Chancellor’s Associates Holiday Social – Dec. 1

Chancellor's Associates members are invited to attend a Holiday Social on Dec. 1 at UC Merced. For information on joining the Chancellor’s Associates, UC Merced’s annual giving society, contact Lisa McMullen at 209-228-4202.


Total amount of awards in October:

Total amount of awards from July 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011:




Students Win National Marketing Scholarship

HSI scholarship competitors & advisors

Undergraduates Stephanie Badillo, Lauriano Bucio and Joselyn Delgado use concepts learned from advisors S.A. Davis and Mark Harris to win the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Scholarship Competition.


A group of UC Merced undergraduates was one of five teams honored during an awards dinner in Washington, D.C., earlier this month for submitting a winning proposal in a marketing competition.

Last spring, the students —Joselyn Delgado of Los Angeles, Lauriano Bucio of Long Beach and Stephanie Badillo of San Diego — entered the $100,000 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Scholarship Competition sponsored by Sam’s Club, a national retail business. Participants had to develop a plan to increase the company’s visibility in Latino populations.
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Bobcats Prep for Historic Home Opener

Men’s basketball team

UC Merced men’s basketball team is ready to take on Fresno Pacific University during its first home game on Nov. 19.


The UC Merced men’s basketball team will attempt to follow the women’s volleyball team’s lead this weekend and earn a win in their first home contest at the NAIA level.

The Golden Bobcats take on Fresno Pacific University at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center. After two road games to open the season, the nonconference battle will be the first for UC Merced on campus.

And if the turnout for the volleyball home opener — a UC Merced win over Pacific Union College on Sept. 22 — is any indication, the Bobcats can expect a large, friendly crowd.

“Our team is very excited about playing in the first official home basketball game this Saturday at UC Merced,” coach John Sykes said. “We’ve been preparing for this since we started practicing a month ago. If we just work hard and do our best, good things will happen for us.”

Conference to Connect Researchers, Community to Help Area Youth

UC Merced will host a conference next month to connect innovative researchers with community members working to improve the lives of Central Valley youth.

“Building Healthy Youth in Merced County: Community Engagement and Scholarship” will showcase successful research and evidence-based programs that can promote positive youth development in Merced County.

The conference is being organized by the campus’ Chancellor’s Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship. The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the campus’ California Room. The deadline to register to attend is Nov. 28.

Stanislaus Hall Claims Victory in Water Battle

Students in UC Merced’s nine Valley Terraces residence halls saved nearly 90,000 gallons of water in October, part of the Water Battle 2011 water conservation competition.

Stanislaus Hall took first place in the competition, which pitted residence halls against each other to see which could conserve the most water, and was recognized during a post-competition awards ceremony earlier this month.


Professor Shares Research Findings at Conference

Rudy OrtizProfessor Rudy Ortiz presented his research into obesity and blood pressure last month at the American Physiological Society’s “Physiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Gender Disparities” conference at the University of Mississippi in Jackson.

In a study of more than 1,700 adolescents between 13 and 17 years old, Ortiz and his research team found that obese boys were 3.5 times more likely to develop elevated systolic blood pressure than non-obese boys, but similarly obese girls were 9 times more likely to develop elevated systolic blood pressure than their non-obese peers.

Systolic blood pressure, which is represented by the top number in a blood pressure reading, is the amount of force that blood exerts on blood vessel walls when the heart beats. High systolic measurements indicate risk for heart disease and stroke.


Ray Siblings Agree on Best Choice for College

Erin, Justin and Dylan Ray

Erin, Justin and Dylan Ray are enjoying the benefits UC Merced has to offer — from smaller class sizes to research opportunities.


Siblings Erin, Justin and Dylan Ray don’t agree on everything. But they do see eye-to-eye on the top choice for a college education: UC Merced.

All three now are students at the University of California’s newest campus. They say they were drawn to UC Merced because of its size, age, academics and wide range of research and other opportunities.

Sharing the same campus was just another bonus, say the trio from Ridgecrest in northeastern Kern County.

“It’s great having my family at UC Merced,” said Erin, 26.
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Students Focus on Positive in New TV Talk Show

Homa Kamin, Maryam Ebadi Trumpf, Danielle Carmack

UC Merced students Homa Kamin, left, Maryam Ebadi Trumpf, center, and Danielle Carmack have launched the Central Valley Talk Show as a way to promote the campus and community to the area.


UC Merced students Homa Kamin, Maryam Ebadi Trumpf, and Danielle Carmack have launched the Central Valley Talk Show as a way to promote the campus and community to the area.

UC Merced senior Maryam Ebadi Trumpf was baffled when she heard negative comments about her newly adopted hometown.

Trumpf, a transfer student from Walnut Creek, fell in love with UC Merced, the surrounding area and everything they offer. So she and two friends decided to fight negative perceptions by focusing on issues and positive aspects of the community.

Their platform is the Central Valley Talk Show, which premiered in September on channels 95 and 97 in the Merced area. Episodes run at 8 p.m. Fridays and are available on the show’s website. Visitors to the website can participate in a forum and suggest topics for future shows.
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