UCLA Staff Assembly
November 24, 2020
In this email:
Staff Assembly News
  • Join us in supporting staff scholarships
  • Winter Wonderland Virtual 5K
  • Learn@Lunch: Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA
  • Learn@Lunch: UCLA Sustainability
  • Fitness for Fun: Gyrokinesis 
  • Watch recording of Learn @ Lunch: Basic Investments 101 - Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets 
  • Watch recording of Learn @ Lunch: People-Animal Connection
  • BruinTEK Forum Recap
  • Want to boost your role in the fight against COVID-19? Join CA COVID Notify!
  • Prepare for a top-notch MBA program with UCLA Extension. UCLA Employees save 25%
Join us in supporting staff scholarships

Join us in supporting staff scholarships

Last week we launched a new SPARK campaign with the goal of raising scholarship funds for deserving employees. I hope you consider investing in us. Please, learn more about our campaign by visiting spark.ucla.edu/StaffAssembly, and consider making a donation of any amount.

Last year, UCLA Staff Assembly ran a successful SPARK campaign enabling us to provide scholarships to UCLA’s talented and dedicated staff members. These funds allowed them to capitalize on opportunities such as enrollment for classes through UCLA Extension and registration fees for professional conferences. This was made possible by the generous support of many of UCLA’s 40,000+ staff members and the larger Bruin community.

Thank you for your support!

Support Staff Scholarships
Winter Wonderland True Bruin Virtual 5K

Winter Wonderland Virtual 5K


Friday, November 20, 2020 through
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Join us November 20th - December 16th for our Winter Wonderland Virtual 5k. Fitness Fun for any level and ability! Three award categories, enter all 3 for more chances to win. Check out all the detail on our website. 
Joining a Pod Meeting with Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA

Learn@Lunch: Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA


Wednesday, December 2, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Join us for an opportunity to see what it's like to participate in a "Pod" meeting, hear goals for 2021, learn about our Health Equity Grant Program open to all Staff, and more!
Taking the Dread out of Zero Waste with UCLA Sustainability

Learn@Lunch: UCLA Sustainability


Tuesday, December 8, 2020      
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


During this engaging hour with UCLA Sustainability, guests will learn about common waste misnomers, Winter Quarter “office hours”, sustainability in the times of a pandemic, understanding your city’s local programs, and more!
Fitness for Fun: Gyrokinesis 12/9, 11:10 AM

Fitness for Fun: Gyrokinesis


Wednesday, December 9, 2020
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM


Come join us for our last class of 2020! UCLA Staff Assembly is excited to offer bring back our Fitness for Fun classes to help keep Bruins moving during the current campus closure. Each session will spotlight different UCLA Recreation (FitZone, Group X and Yoga) classes offered virtually each quarter. Our goal is to provide a fun, active learning experience for you and your colleagues across campus. 
Watch recording of Learn@Lunch: Basic Investments 101 - Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets
Watch recording of
Learn@Lunch: People-Animal Connection
2020 Bruin TEK Forum

BruinTEK Forum Recap

We had over 90 staff attend this year’s virtual forum. Thank you to our amazing lightning keynotes, Lucy Avetisyan, Nutit Katz, and Rajit Gadh, as well as our many panelists who engaged in topics ranging from technology tools, to professional development and managerial skills. Congratulations to our Raffle winners!

$700 UCLA Extension Gift Certificate winner:

  • Tanya Williams, UCLA Conferences & Catering

UCLA Store gift card winners:

  • Kim DeBacco, Online Teaching & Learning (Academic Planning & Budget)
  • Rod O’Connor, Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Rex Lorenzo, CAT-CCLE

We hope to see you all next year at Bruin TEK Forum, and invite staff to send us an email if you would like to get involved. 

BruinTEK Planning Committee
Staff Assembly, BruinTech, and AMG

Add California COVID Notify to your phone

Want to boost your role in the fight against COVID-19? Join CA COVID Notify!

As you may (or may not!) have heard, UCLA is piloting CA COVID Notify, a new exposure notification system from Google and Apple that can quickly notify you if you have likely been exposed to COVID-19 so you seek medical attention sooner and reduce risk of exposing your friends, family and the Bruin community.
This pilot is open to all UCLA students, staff and faculty. We encourage you and all members of the UCLA community to participate by activating the system on your mobile device, especially if you are coming to campus or are in close contact with others who are coming to campus.  Members of the UCLA community who choose to share their positive tests using CA COVID
Notify during the pilot period must have had their tests conducted at a UCLA-based testing center. For those who are entirely remote, but within California, and do not get tested at a UCLA-based testing center, participating in this system is still of benefit as you will still receive a notification if you were potentially exposed to another participant who tested positive.

Participation in CA COVID Notify is voluntary. Opt in now (or later), and you can opt out at any time. However, you are strongly encouraged to participate as the effectiveness of the app depends on broad community use. Our collective efforts and the success of this program can help protect our Bruin community — and may eventually help all of California slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about how it works by watching this short video.
For more information, see this recent announcement from the UCLA Newsroom. In addition, more information about CA COVID Notify is available from the state of California website.

Take Your Future Further: Prepare for a top-notch MBA program with UCLA Extension

Prepare for a top-notch MBA program with UCLA Extension. UCLA Employees save 25%.*

Considering applying for an MBA program in the U.S. but need additional knowledge and guidance? Our certificate program is designed for individuals who completed an undergraduate program in a non-business related field and would like to apply for a top-tier MBA program in the U.S. 

Program Features:

  • High-quality, expert personal advisors to assist in applying to MBA programs
  • Full-time and part-time program options available
  • Curriculum and instructors are approved by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management

*UC employees can save 25% on the program costs. Discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Have questions? Contact jcaruso@uclaextension.edu for details.

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