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December 19, 2008


UFC Lunch Aims to Provide Economic Insight – Jan. 28

The University Friends Circle (UFC) will meet on campus Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Economics professor and County Bank Endowed Chair Shawn Kantor will speak to the current economic crisis. The UFC was formed to provide a forum for UC Merced staff and faculty, and their partners, to engage in open discussion and interact with members of the surrounding communities. Planned activities will be social, intellectual, public service and fundraising in nature. For information or to RSVP for the lunch, contact Judy Pfitzer-Boyer at (209) 228-4136.

Winter Holidays

The UC Merced campus will be
closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 1.


Literature Major Immersed in Life of Central Valley Poet

When Kacy Marume first sat in a class on the Great Depression taught by literature professor Jan Goggans and history professor Sean Malloy, she never dreamed she’d end up immersed in a related research project.

But now the UC Merced senior, who is majoring in literature and American studies, spends much of her available time poring over the literary estate of Wilma McDaniel. One of the Central Valley’s most prolific poets, McDaniel’s poems depict life and events in the area from 1936 to 2006. The Leo & Dottie Kolligian Library recently acquired the collection from McDaniel’s relatives. [more]

Kacy Marume


Here’s a look at the latest news from our Alumni Affairs Office:

• This month, the UC Merced Alumni Association is pleased to welcome 34 fall graduates. As members of the Alumni Association, graduates receive many benefits, including free e-mail forwarding for life. Best of all, membership is absolutely free. For more information, contact Alumni Affairs Coordinator Stefani Martinez Madril at (209) 228-ALUM.

• As the Class of 2009 builds momentum toward commencement on May 16, students are considering their class gift. The Senior Class Gift program was designed to encourage the practice of alumni giving while the students are still on campus. They will announce how they will leave their legacy at the beginning of next semester.

• More than 340 students enjoyed a quick snack in between studying for finals during the Fourth Annual Fall Finals Week Study Break, which was hosted by the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network in conjunction with the Office of Student Life. Thanks to all UC alumni who participated and donated items for the event.

For more information, please contact Alumni Affairs Coordinator Stefani Martinez Madril or (209) 228-ALUM.


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Campus Receives ‘Go Beyond’ Sustainability Award

The Science and Engineering Building receives an award for innovative design features.UC Merced's Science and Engineering Building received an honorable mention in the first Go Beyond Awards. The awards program, sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and R & D Magazine, honors individuals, organizations, projects and laboratory manufacturers that “go beyond” the status quo to minimize the environmental impacts of laboratories and other high-technology facilities.

The 239,000 square foot building, which was the first of three constructed when the campus opened in 2005, received the honorable mention in the new construction category. Judges said that the building’s innovative design features fulfilled a number of green building goals, including reduced energy consumption and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. The Go Beyond award winners were announced last month in the November issue of R&D Magazine’s Laboratory Design Newsletter.

Library Unveils Holocaust Exhibit

History majors John Lara and Amanda OesterreichThe UC Merced Library has opened its first-ever exhibit on the Jewish Holocaust named "The Holocaust: Genocide in History.”

When juniors Amanda Oesterreich, Paul Diaz and John Lara enrolled in History 190, a requirement of all history majors, they expected to devote the semester to an intense research project.

“I thought it was just going to be a really big homework assignment,” Diaz said. “Instead, it became very emotional.”

Ensuring history is not forgotten by the general public is the goal of UC Merced’s history program. The students’ goal with this specific project was to use the Holocaust as a 20th-century example of genocide, which continues today.

Artifacts for the exhibit — such as death camp guard and prisoner uniforms — have been loaned to the university by Michael Akers of Atwater, who has been instrumental in helping the library and students create the exhibit. The Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance has also loaned items from its permanent collection.

The students’ emotionally charged project is now a public exhibit in the Leo & Dottie Kolligian Library and will be on display until February. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library's normal business hours. For information: Gregg Herken, (209) 228-4362 or Emily Lin, (209) 658-7146.


UC Merced Receives Second PECASE Award

Mónica MedinaSchool of Natural Sciences professor Mónica Medina is the second UC Merced faculty member to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House.

PECASE recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers, who, early in their careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, innovative research and community service. Medina was recognized for her research on coral reefs. Her lab examines how different environmental stressors affect the life history of coral reefs.

Medina traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive her award during a Dec. 19 ceremony. She is one of 20 PECASE winners nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Other PECASE recipients hail from Yale, Stanford, Brown and Johns Hopkins universities.


Chancellor’s Associates Meet Renowned National Geographic Photographer


David Liittschwager, a contributing photographer to National Geographic and other magazines, presented his extraordinary photography and amazing explorations to a group of 130 Chancellor’s Associates members and guests on Dec. 5.

Liittschwager lectures and shows his work around the world in both fine art and natural history contexts. His photographs have been exhibited at major museums, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawaii and currently at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Upon parting, Liittschwager gave Chancellor’s Associates members an autographed broadside print of one of his masterpieces, “Ranzania laevis- Slender Sunfish.”


It’s with deep appreciation and gratitude that we extend the membership of renewing Chancellor’s Associates donors Donald and Betty Stewart, James and Andrea Sofranek, Pericles and Jana Cezar, Donald Stewart Jr. and Kelly Pirtle, Samuel and Kathleen Tenebaum, Nancy Holmes, Dan and Jan Mendenhall, Donald Barclay, Bruce Miller, Richard and Alice Escola, Mark and Marcee Samberg, Kirpal and Tripat Grewal and new members Sherman and June Kishi.

Chancellor's Associates are a diverse group sharing a common dedication to UC Merced. For information on joining the Chancellor’s Associates, contact Terisa Rose at (209) 228-4109.



UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
UC Merced Campus

More information will follow in your mailing packet and will be posted at trustees.ucmerced.edu. Contact Shannon Blackwood at (209) 228-4685 for login information.


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