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Thursday, October 9, 2003
Only 2 Days Until the Runaround


10 a.m.
Basic Electric Safety
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
College of Chemistry
New Tools for Chemical Neurobiology: Photoswitchable Ion Channel Ligands
Matthew Banghart
120 Latimer Hall

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Water of Pt(111): Structure and Chemical Bond
Hirohito Ogasawara, Stanford U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


1 p.m.
Optimal Aeroacoustic Shape Design Using the Surrogate Management Framework
Alison Marsden, Stanford U.

Origins: Chicken Parmigiana, Pasta & Vegetable
Fresh Grille: Chipotle Chicken Sandwich
Menutainment: Spinach Fettucini with Roasted Vegetables & Garlic Bread
Choice of Roasted Teriyaki Chicken; 3 way Combo Platter Chicken Enchilada, Chili Verde, Beef Taco, w/Rice & Beans & Cheese; or Spinach Mushroom Stuffed Rock Sole in a Light Lemon Cream Sauce, with Two Sides
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.
Full Menu

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies at their first meeting of the FY2003-2004 year met with a number of speakers and discussed a wide range of topics, including the budget, communications, changes in health care options, and heard about development plans for the host campus, UC Davis. The Council meets on a quarterly basis, rotating among campuses and laboratories, to discuss issues of importance to staff and to provide feedback to the Office of the President and the UC regents. This advisory body is made up of staff delegates from each of the 10 campuses, the UC Office of the President, the Los Alamos National Lab and the Berkley Lab.

The council was privileged to meet with Dr. Richard Atkinson during his last month as UC President. Former President Atkinson met regularly with the council during his tenure as President. Atkinson noted, "I'm not here to give a speech but to be part of an open exchange." Beyond budget issues, delegates were interested in increasing the voice of staff in the UC system. When asked about the topic of a non-voting staff representative to the Board of Regents he replied, "I'm in favor of it. There's no real opposition to it, but some regents do, however, have a concern about the board becoming too large."

Other representatives from the UC Office of President made presentations and participated in discussions. Dr. Jerry Kissler, Associate Vice President for Budget Planning spoke candidly on the topic of the state budget and it's relevance to the University of California budget. David Bell, chair of the council, stated that he believed that the presentation and discussion was a eye-opener to council members not only as citizens of the University but also as citizens of California and that CUCSA goes on record to support the effort to bring a human face to this crisis for the University. Communications Director Paul Schwartz solicited the council's input on ways to increase communications throughout the UC system. The council heard about the process guiding changes in health care options and the efforts to minimize disruption to the lives of UC staff from Executive Director Michelle French, UCOP Human Resources and Benefits Policy and Program Design.

"One of the highlights of each meeting is the opportunity to hear from the host campus on issues that are of importance to them and their staff," said Linda Rutkowski, Senior LBNL delegate. Dennis Shimek, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at the Davis campus told the council that staying focused at home and at work is the essence of work/life balance - as well as a productive employee force. "Employees are not only employees but they also have lives," Shimek told the delegates. He also praised the Principles of Community and its role in campus dialogue. "It's been a highly effective guide to civility and behavior on campus, and that's why so many of us take it seriously. It says, ‘this is who we are and what we believe it.’"

UC Davis Assistant Vice-chancellor for Campus Planning Robert B. Segar shared comprehensive plans for UC Davis that include housing, transportation and services all within a very reasonable distance from campus. The council is particularly interested in efforts to provide affordable housing for staff.

The next meeting of the council will be the first week in December at the UC Santa Barbara campus. For more information on CUCSA, please see


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