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UCLA Staff Highlight

UCLA Staff Assembly was honored to present Jane Bitar with this year's Chancellor's Excellence in Service Award. The prestigious award recognizes, encourages, and reinforces the performance of staff members who have greatly contributed to UCLA's ongoing mission. "With 37 years of experience, Jane is truly a UCLA Bruin," said a staff member who nominated her.

"With her years of service and dedication to the UCLA mission of outstanding higher education - no one is more deserving than Jane Bitar." Another staff member noted that "Jane Bitar, in my judgment, is the single finest staff person I have worked with in the past half century." Congratulations, Jane!

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Like father, like son

"It was very difficult for someone my age to be there," said Herrera, who now works as a lead stationary operating engineer in UCLA Housing and Hospitality Services. "In the colleges and universities, the left - the guerrillas - would try to recruit you, and in the street the soldiers tried to recruit you. You weren't safe anywhere. So one day, I told my father I needed to leave."

It was a difficult choice filled with risk and struggle, but one he says he would choose again and again. This sentiment holds true now more than ever as Herrera and his wife, Nora, prepare to watch their son, Kevin, graduate from UCLA on June 15 with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and with a minor in evolutionary medicine.

Visit UCLA Newsroom for the entire story of a proud UCLA staff member and his son. Photo cred: Rebecca Kendall/UCLA.

UCLA Staff Assembly Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Thank you to all those who attended last week's UCLA Staff Assembly 2018 Scholarship and Awards Recognition Ceremony! Congratulations to all the awards and scholarship recipients and thank you to the 2017-2018 UCLA Staff Assembly Board and all those who contributed throughout the year to make these scholarships possible!

Read more about the event in this feature from UCLA Newsroom.

Fall Quarter Aqua H.I.T. (High Intensity Training) Class

The Aqua H.I.T. summer session class starts Tuesday, June 26. Once you're done with your work day, join a great water workout!

Aqua H.I.T. is a deep water, high energy, intense workout designed to improve strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Appropriate for all swim levels. Equipment (floating belt, water weights) is provided.

Days: Tuesdays/Thursdays

Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, Family Pool

Fitness Pass required- can be purchased at the John Wooden Center cashier for $35 per quarter. Guests will be asked to sign-in and sign a waiver before each class. For questions contact Maria Larios at 310-825-3411 or youthswim@recreation.ucla.edu.


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