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November 23, 2010


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Finals Week Study Break

AlumniCalling all alumni: The days of stressing over finals are over for you; now you can support current students at the Fall Finals Week Study Break. Join the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network and help pass out snacks and other goodies to students at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library. Come reminisce about your college days — whether at UC Merced or another UC campus — and remind students that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

To donate snacks or receive more information, contact Stefani Madril.

UCTV Taps Alumni Talent Pool

Now in its second decade, UCTV is opening its airwaves to UC alumni interested in showcasing their broadcast-quality video content in its "Alumni Showcase".

Selected programs will reach more than 22 million households nationwide on satellite and cable, and millions more around the globe on UCTV's website and YouTube and iTunes-U channels.

If you're a UC alum and would like to submit a video for consideration, review the requirements and contact Special Projects Manager Victoria Powell at 858-822-4485.

Stay Connected – Update Your Contact Info

Have you moved or changed contact information? Update your information now.


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


View details of the MTS Lecture Series, Energy Speaker Series and Psychological Sciences Colloquium.

3-D Research from Turkey on Display in Library

Forte in TurkeyUC Merced Professor Maurizio Forte’s innovative research that captures archaeological sites in 3-D will be on display in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library through Dec. 17.

Forte and a team of student researchers from campus spent the summer at Çatalhöyük in Turkey. Teams of archaeologists from around the world are studying this well-preserved Neolithic site. Researchers have found artifacts, dwellings and wall paintings.

Forte’s research allows the site to be preserved digitally using high-powered scanners. Scholars from around the world can then use the 3-D renderings to explore the ancient settlement.

With the use of virtual models, 3-D stereo pictures and other multimedia elements, visitors to the library display can be transported back in time to this ancient settlement.

University Friends Circle –
Dec. 7

The University Friends Circle will host the December Program at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Room 355 of UC Merced’s Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library. A $10 fee includes a special presentation by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Keith Alley, student music and hors d’oeuvres. Please note that you do not have to be a current UFC member to attend the event, but the event fee will still apply for members and non-members and will be accepted at the event.

For information on joining the UFC or to RSVP, send an e-mail by Dec. 1 to smarquez2@ucmerced.edu or call 209-228-4190.

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 communities.

Arts UC Merced Presents … UC Merced Choral – Dec. 10

Lorraine Walsh directs UC Merced Chorale's annual Sounds of the Season concert Dec. 10, featuring the largest ensemble yet (more than 50 voices) singing classic holiday favorites along with never-performed vocal jazz arrangements. Denise Bumgarner accompanies UC Merced’s choir, soloists and jazz vocal quartet in some of the most beautiful music ever written. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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


Holiday Reception Features Chief Ranger for National Park Service – Dec. 2

Chancellor's Associates and their guests are invited to attend the Chancellor's Associates Holiday Reception Dec. 2. Come discover the renowned Yosemite Leadership Program and National Parks Institute at UC Merced through the eyes of one of the visionary leaders who inspired their creation, Chief Ranger for the National Park Service Steve Shackelton.

RSVP to specialevents@ucmerced.edu or 209-228-RSVP.

For information on joining the Chancellor’s Associates, contact Lisa McMullen at 559-241-6595.


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Silicon Valley-Based Entrepreneurs to Lead UC Merced’s Foundation Board

Josh Becker


Robert Tinker


The UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Silicon Valley business leaders Josh Becker and Robert Tinker as its new chair and vice chair, respectively, for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Becker, who has served on the board since 2002, succeeds Joann Bertges, an executive vice president of Wells Fargo Bank. Tinker replaces Sue Foster, director of corporate giving for Foster Poultry Farms. Both Bertges and Foster remain on the board.

Becker is a venture capitalist with New Cycle Capital of San Jose, which is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurial businesses within the extended “green” economy and domestic emerging markets. He is also chairman of the board of Full Circle Fund — an alliance of leaders of emerging businesses who address public problems through philanthropy and public-policy advocacy — and he is cofounder of the Freedom Prize Foundation, which rewards and encourages the deployment of technologies that reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

Program Will Help Cities Address Climate Change

Many large cities in the Valley, including Sacramento, Stockton and Fresno, have already started planning for climate change. But smaller cities often lack the financial resources or staff time to commit to these programs or hire consultants.

A new program organized by the Great Valley Center — a partner of UC Merced — will offer free assistance to local governments in the San Joaquin Valley to help them develop an inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately offer recommendations on how each city can reduce the amount of energy used in its own operations.

The Green Communities Program, funded by PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission and implemented with the help of ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability, will pay interns from UC Merced, University of the Pacific and California State University, Stanislaus, to work with staff members in participating cities.

Intercollegiate Sports Could Begin Next Year

AthleticsUC Merced continues to make progress is continuing toward an intercollegiate athletics program, and it is expected to apply in January for participation in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

A recent student survey, administered by Institutional Planning and Analysis on behalf of the Athletic Advisory Committee, was designed to gauge the students' interest in having an intercollegiate athletics program on campus, their preferences as to which sports should be included, and their openness to the possibility of a student fee to finance the athletics program.

Assuming there is interest, and assuming the NAIA application is approved, varsity competition is expected to begin in Fall 2011.


Ma Kelley Memorial Shoot-Out Nets $30K for Athletics

Stevinson golf courseThis year’s Ma Kelley Memorial Shoot-Out golf tournament will go a long way in helping student athletes defray some of their out-of-pocket expenses.

The tournament — played on one of California’s top-ranked courses, Stevinson Ranch — raised $55,155 and netted more than $30,000 to benefit UC Merced’s Recreation and Athletics.

Since 2005, the golf tournament has netted more $107,000 for UC Merced’s athletic programs.

“The Kelley family is delighted to host the tournament in remembrance of our mother, who was a champion for young people and their personal development,” said George Kelley, founder and president of Stevinson Ranch. “Sports and recreation have always been an important part of our lives and are vital to the success of a well-rounded person.”

Not only was this the highest net and yield in the tournament’s history, it also attracted the largest number of players.


Professor Publishes Groundbreaking Study on Teen Sexuality

Anna Song

Anna Song

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Psychological science Professor Anna V. Song coauthored a study that shows half of teens who have oral sex during the ninth grade will have intercourse by the end of the 11th grade, and most sexually active teenagers will begin engaging in oral sex and sexual intercourse within the same six-month period.

Song, working with UCSF pediatrics Professor Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, published the results online in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, available at http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/. The study also will appear in the March 2011 print issue of the journal.

The study is the first to track teens' sexual behavior over time to determine whether oral sex increases the likelihood of having sexual intercourse or acts as a protective measure delaying the onset of further sexual activity. The data, explain the researchers, yield important information about adolescent sexual development and the need to deliver more comprehensive sex education programs.


Undergraduate Finds UC Merced Experience Rewarding on Many Levels

Edirin EgbikuadjeMechanical engineering major Edirin Egbikuadje is taking advantage of all that UC Merced has to offer — from small class size to hands-on research experience to being captain of the men's soccer club team.

Edirin Egbikuadje has been juggling soccer balls for as long as he can remember.

Now, the senior mechanical engineering major is juggling a lot more — engaging classes, hands-on research and rewarding work on campus.

"My experience has been amazing," Egbikuadje said. "I really like the community here. Small feel, everybody knows your name."

View the videoThe ability to conduct research as an undergraduate has been the most important experience at UC Merced, he explained. Students at other campuses have not gotten the same opportunities to work side-by-side with renowned faculty as he has.

The Modesto native spent the past summer applying mechanical engineering knowledge in Professor Jian-Qiao Sun's lab working on model-based control design systems.
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