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From Local to Global: Public Research Universities in the 21st Century

Public research universities serve a distinct and indispensable role in America’s educational landscape, producing research and scholarship that drive innovation and graduating thousands of educated citizens, leaders, and professionals in each state annually. But their impacts go far beyond their state lines, improving the lives of individuals around the country and the world. What challenges and opportunities does this new global scale bring for public research universities?


Chancellor Gene Block and Wasserman Dean Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco will be featured as part of From Local to Global: Public Research Universities in the 21st Century, an event that will be held on Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. at UCLA Robin & Albert Carnesale Commons, Palisades Ballroom.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:00 p.m.

RSVP by Wednesday, January 27 (Acceptances only)
617-576-5032 or mevents@amacad.org


UC Retirement: 2016

As a result of last year’s 2015 budget agreement with state leaders, the University of California (UC) is developing new retirement benefits for future UC employees (those hired on or after July 1, 2016). A task force, established by UC President Napolitano, has recommended retirement benefit options that are proposed for review and anticipated for presentation to the UC Board of Regents in March 2016. The full report and recommendations are available at: http://ucal.us/2016retirement.

In addition to the materials online, two webinars are scheduled in early February to discuss the recommendations and receive questions and/or comments from interested faculty and staff. UC Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava, who chaired the task force, will host the sessions.
The webinars are scheduled for:

  • Monday, February 1 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

In addition to the webinars, faculty and staff are encouraged to send in comments via the 2016 Retirement Benefits website.

Valentine Sale at the UCLA Store

Thursday, February 11, 7:30am - 7:30pm
UCLA Store, Ackerman Union, B-level


Save up to 50% at the UCLA Store’s annual Valentine Sale on Thursday, February 11
Sweet deals available in every department including 50% off all Red Tag Clearance merchandise:

• Computer Store – Save $50 on any computer in-stock, Mac or Windows
• BearWear  – 25% off all UCLA merchandise
• BookZone – Save 20% off the first two books; additional savings with the purchase of additional titles
• Essentials (office supplies and computer accessories) – Save 20%

Some exclusions apply and discounts are limited to stock on hand. Ackerman Union store hours are 7:30am until 7:30pm. Select savings also available at Health Sciences Store and Lu Valle Commons.
For more information call the UCLA Store at 310-825-6064.

Success in 2016: Intend to Act

The Staff & Faculty Counseling Center (SFCC) is offering a new six-week support group called “Success in 2016: Intend to Act.” Participants will focus on creating—and implementing—personal, work-related and career goals for the coming year. The group, which begins Feb. 5, is open to all UCLA employees.


The Intend to ACT group will focus on moving thoughts and ideas from a good intention to an action plan towards goal achievement; whether this is to get promoted, lose weight, or spend more time with your family. The group will be directed through a set of six groups focusing on setting goals in a self-reflected thought process. The group will learn the difference between goals and values and how a value-driven decision helps to achieve goals. The group will also learn how to recognize a decision point and how to take some time to think about how the choices will move the individual closer to a goal or move them further away. Group participants will learn how to make SMART goals in an effort to stop thinking about goals and start taking action. Finally, the group will learn to recognize roadblocks, obstacles, and common traps that get in the way of personal and work goals.


For more information about the work session, go to: https://www.chr.ucla.edu/employee-counseling/upcoming-events.


UCLA Basketball: Faculty & Staff Offers

Bruin Basketball is heating up the court this winter. Gather your family, friends or co-workers and make plans to see both UCLA teams take on Pac-12 foes in person with these great Faculty and Staff ticket offers:

Men's Basketball - Buy One, Get One
See your Bruins in a choice of a weekday or weekend matchup. Score buy one, get one free tickets in the upper-level ($23 seats) or lower-level ($73 seats), plus $1.25 per ticket fee. To order, click the button below, visit the Central Ticket Office or call (310) UCLA-WIN (825-2946). Max 8 tickets per account, per game. Use Promo Code: FACSTAFF

UCLA vs. Washington
Thur, Jan. 28 @ 7 pm


UCLA vs. Washington State - Junior Bruin Day
Sat, Jan. 30 @ 4 pm




LeaderShape Institute 2016












When: March 19 - 25
Where: Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, CA
What: The UCLA LeaderShape is a six-day overnight leadership institute for sixty UCLA students held during Spring Break.  Cluster Facilitators will have a 1-day (March 19) training before the start of the Institute. 
Housing, transportation to and from the facility, and food will be provided for you at the Gindling Hilltop Camp.
Role of the Cluster Facilitator:
The Family Cluster is the formal support and reference group for the participants during the week. The Cluster Facilitator serves as the group’s resource, catalyst, and coach. The Cluster Facilitator does not serve as a parent or gatekeeper. Instead, the Cluster Facilitator serves as a bridge between the Learning Community and learning application in the Family Cluster.

Application can be found here - https://orgsync.com/78701/forms/181022
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 12. You will be notified of your selection status by February 19.

Questions: Contact Kristopher Kaupalolo at kkaupalolo@saonet.ucla.edu or 310-825-4253.