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Newsletter of the UC Davis Staff Assembly

April 7, 2017  |  Issue #216
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What's Below 

From the Chair | Adopt The Pantry | TGFS | Brew Competition | PAB | Picnic Day | Career Tracks | Athletics | Financial Wellness | TODS | Change Management | Staff Spotlight | NEW | Farmers Market | Well-being Corner

From the Chair

4_07_17 sv chairThis week, Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee (SDAAC) and Staff Assembly received the great news that our Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant had been accepted!
This grant will be used to bring together a workgroup of staff to interpret data related to hiring trends, pipeline trends, and attrition rates of staff of different backgrounds. This data is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan that the Office of Campus Diversity has pulled together.
In a month or two, we will host an afternoon workshop for about 30-40 staff members to review the data and make recommendations. Keep an eye out for a call to participate in this workshop!
Thank you to the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant Committee for helping staff take ownership of their data!

Darolyn Striley
Chair, UC Davis Staff Assembly

P.S. Don’t forget about our ongoing “Where’s the chair” contest!  Look for more information on the staff website!  
Clue for the March 10 chair location: Lasers! Robots! Spaceships! This engineering building is rumored to have it all!

Staff Assembly is adopting The Pantry!

uc davis the pantry logoThe Staff Assembly is adopting The Pantry the week of May 8, and we need volunteers to help us staff it!
The Pantry provides up to three meals or personal items a day for UC Davis students. It’s a student run organization that operates almost entirely on donations from the community. Without your help, and the help from others like you, The Pantry would not be a sustainable program. We are looking for staff to volunteer an hour of their time during the week of May 8, handing out food and personal items to UC Davis students. Interested? Sign up on this form! We will be in touch the week of April 24 with final assignments. Hope to see you there!

All things TGFS

Wednesday, May 24|  11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Russell Field 
2017 tgfs logoVolunteer sign-ups - Staff Assembly appreciates the hundreds of staff and administrators that volunteer to help with TGFS. The event is successful because of you!  To sign-up please see the TGFS webpage - volunteer sign-ups

Sports - Something for everyone!  This year we are offering Golf, Tennis, Volleyball (registration is closed), and a 5k Fun Walk/Run. For details and registration see the TGFS webpage - sports

Meal Tickets  -  A designated person in your department or unit should assign one person to purchase tickets for their staff. They will ask you for your lunch option and purchase the tickets with their department recharge number using the link below. Staff are welcome to attend the event without a meal ticket and bring their own lunch. Please see the TGFS webpage tickets and meal options or use this link to order.

Vendor Showcase Booths - Campus departments, and staff with businesses are invited to submit an application to table at TGFS and share your programs, resources, services, and successes with attendees. Registration fees and details can be found on Staff Assembly’s TGFS Vendor Showcase site.
Logo - The annual TGFS logo contest is open! Find out how to submit your logo on the contests page.
List of committee members
Spot the Pin - Show your spirit by wearing your Staff Pin to the picnic. The TGFS Spot the Pin Committee will be giving out hundreds of tickets for a prize raffle. Don't have a pin but want one? Staff Pins are available for $10 at the UC Davis Bookstore. 
Guess the Weight - Our 2017 TGFS Guess the Weight contest is underway!  This year’s special guest for our photo is “Miss Bee Haven” located at The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The contest rules are simple, guess the weight of “Miss Bee Haven,” (the bee base is not included in the weight) and her friends in the photo. The guess closest to the actual weight, without going over, will win a Southern California vacation – 3 day/ 2 night hotel stay in Anaheim or San Diego, and 2 adult 1-day Disneyland or SeaWorld tickets. If there is a tie, the winner will be decided by a drawing. Start calculating and buzz on by the TGFS both on May 24 to be part of this staff tradition to enter your lucky guess! 
      2017 Guess the Weight photo with people and miss bee haven

Staff and Faculty Brewing Competition and Tasting Event 

Registration is now open!  Please visit our Facebook page, and the website for details to register to brew and/or taste. This year’s brews will be ambers and stouts. The best of show prize will be the opportunity to work with the Head Brewmaster at Three Mile Brewing Co. to produce their winning beer recipe and have it sold at the taproom in downtown Davisbeer tap logo. There will also be awards for Judge's Choice and People’s Choice in each category as well as a Best Label Award (by the vote of the attendees).
Friday, June 23, 2017
AGR Room and Moss Patio, Alumni Center 
Judging 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Team Set-up 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tasting Event 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Police Accountability Board

The UC Davis Police Accountability Board (PAB) is an independent board composed of representatives of the UC Davis community. Working with independent campus investigators from the Office of Compliance and Policy, the PAB is charged the PAB is charged with independently reviewing and making recommendations regarding investigations of complaints made by members of the campus community and the general public in a fair and unbiased manner. You do not need to be a UC Davis student, staff or faculty member, or a U.S. citizen, to file a complaint.
To learn more about PAB or ask any questions, the next Quarterly Public Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in the Garrison Room on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Union. For more information about the Police Accountability Board or to learn about the complaint process for visit     

Picnic Day is April 22

picnic day 2017This family friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, Student Organization Fair, Children’s Discovery Fair, Parade and much more.

Career Tracks project moves ahead on schedule

uc davis hr community  logoOver the last month, the UC Davis compensation team has been working closely with mapping partners across campus to collect feedback on preliminary Career Tracks mapping. The compensation team is now reviewing all change requests in preparation for the final validation phase of the project, which will begin on July 12. At that time, mapping partners will participate in final validation review and approval. For more information on the project timeline, or to identify the designated mapping partner in your area, please visit the Career Tracks website.
Initiated by President Napolitano, Career Tracks is a replacement classification system for non-represented positions throughout the University of California. Over the past few years through pilot implementations, 30% of the total UC Davis non-represented population has been transitioned into Career Tracks payroll titles. With additional resources from the Office of the President, the Career Tracks project is progressing at an accelerated rate, with full implementation scheduled for December 1, 2017.
For more information
Visit the Career Tracks website to learn more. If you have questions, please feel free to email the project team at

UC Davis Aggies!

uc davis athleticsStaff members have the opportunity to catch plenty of Athletics events over the next two weeks with UC Davis spring sports now in full swing! 
Beginning this weekend, staff can attend two women’s tennis matches on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 against UC Riverside and Long Beach State respectively. In addition, men’s tennis competes against UC Santa Barbara following the women’s tennis match on Saturday afternoon. Also this weekend, women’s water polo competes against Hawaii in a Big West conference match beginning at noon at Schaal Aquatics Center.
Next week features a slate of baseball and softball series, as baseball faces off against Cal Poly, and softball takes on Cal State Fullerton. Baseball’s series with Cal Poly begins on Thursday, April 13 and is highlighted by the Friday night game which will be played at Raley Field in Sacramento. Softball’s series with Cal State Fullerton begins on Friday April 14 at 3 pm, and is followed by a doubleheader on Saturday. For tickets and more athletics information, please visit

Financial Wellness 

ucdavis worklife and wellness logoWould you like an easy way to significantly increase your unit’s wellness that doesn’t require bringing athletic shoes to work?  Seven out of ten American workers say financial stress is their most common cause of stress. Financial pressures can impact productivity, engagement and employee health. As there is a natural connection between the workplace and key financial decisions including income, saving for retirement and health benefits, we aim to increase people’s financial literacy and skills by providing tools and information to help people reach a state of financial wellness.

WorkLife and Wellness can visit your staff meeting to do a 15 minute presentation on the importance of Financial Wellness for both personal and workplace well-being. We can then help you arrange for free onsite follow-up workshops for future staff meetings from professional financial educators on specific topics including Budgeting, UC Retirement Programs and Debt management. This is a free, no-cost, minimal effort process that can increase unit camaraderie and decrease stress, thereby increasing productivity in your unit/ sneakers or sweating required! Check out the WorkLife and Wellness Financial Wellness page for details about this and other resources to address Financial Well-being.

Take our Daughters and Sons to work day!

adult teaching kids plantingDavis Campus TODS is Thursday, April 27. Let us know if you are interested - register to show intent.

Take our Daughters and Sons (TODS) is an annual national celebration of employers hosting children at their workplace. Designed to be more than a career day, TODS not only exposes girls and boys to what a parent or mentor does during his/her workday, but shows children the value of their education and provides an opportunity to share how they envision their future and begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment. Kids will have the opportunity to see how our UC Davis community functions, instructs, learns and grows.

Fundamentals of Change Management Workshop

.uc davis organizaional excellence logoIf you are curious about the field of change management, an upcoming workshop may be of interest.  It is titled Fundamentals of Change Management and is an experiential learning program that provides participants with an overview of the fundamental concepts and organizational benefits of effective change management.  During the workshop, participants will:
  • Establish a shared definition of change management
  • Better understand how change management impacts organizational outcomes
  • Understand the research and best practices around change management
  • Understand the interconnection between change leadership, change management and project management outcomes
  • Develop an awareness of the three phases of organizational change
  • Apply the Prosci ADKAR model for individual change
  • Identify resistance to change and learn about some tactics to address it 
The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. You may register via the campus learning management system. This is a great workshop for anyone who would like increased understanding about the change management discipline.
Hope to see you there!

Staff Spotlight

Michelle Vyvlecka, Analyst II, Student Academic Success Center
Awarded the 2016 Larry Vanderhoef Staff Scholarship
picture of scholarship winnerHow did the receipt of the scholarship impact your work and life? In order to reduce the need for loans, I work full-time and have various side jobs to supplement my income and pay for my part-time MBA program. An essential part of any program is developing relationships and connections inside and outside of the classroom and this scholarship has allowed me to reallocate my time after work to participate as an Event Planning Officer with the MBA Networking Association at CSUS. Because of the financial support from my scholarship, I have gained experience in working with professionals in the public and private sector at professional development/mentorship events, shared my praises of being an employee at UC Davis with fellow graduate (and prospective graduate) students at outreach events, had more time for volunteer work to stay connected with the community without compromising time for my coursework, and allocated time to continue to work with high school students as a tutor while modeling a more efficient work/school/social life. The continuation and ultimate completion of my program would not have been as consistent without the award and I am very appreciative for the opportunities this scholarship has given me to spend more time engaged in my program.
What advice would you give interested staff? APPLY! I did not apply until after my first year of my program. Even though I heard about the scholarships and was eligible to apply, I was overwhelmed with the idea of another task to complete in my already busy life. The scholarship process is very straightforward and does not require much additional time. Gather the needed application information early, apply when time permits before the deadline, and reach out to the Staff Assembly if there are any questions (they are very helpful!).

The 2017 Staff Assembly Scholarship awardees will be announced early May. The 2018 Staff Scholarship applications will be available January 2018.

Register today!

new employee welcome logo
New Employees are invited to attend the UC Davis New Employee Welcome (NEW) event Thursday, Apr. 27 at the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom. Join us for a full breakfast, engaging presentations from senior leadership, networking opportunities, a campus resource fair and an optional guided campus tour. Each quarterly event hosts different keynote speakers. This quarter we will hear from Office of Campus Community Relations, Campus Planning and Sustainability, Distinguished Professor of Brewing Science, Charlie Bamforth and more! 

Event Program - 8:15-11 a.m., Optional Walking Tour - 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
RSVP today by completing the online registration form. Please contact for questions.

Farmers Market is back for Spring Quarter

uc davis farmers market logThe Farmers Market makes its debut on April 5 for the Spring 2017 quarter!  The market is from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday except May 10 on the West Quad.
Farmers selling their crops will include The Fruit Factory with citrus, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, dried fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots to follow in season), Toledo Farms with red and yellow onions, red and yellow potatoes, assorted vegetables, including carrots, cabbage, greens, celery, lettuce. Heirloom tomatoes, apricots, corn, figs to follow in season and when the harvest is ready, Gotelli & Sons Cherries with Cherries.

Well-being Corner

well being logoWin $5 in UC Davis Farmers Market Vouchers! The Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being program is promoting fruits and vegetables this month by providing $5 UC Davis Farmers Market vouchers! To get yours, send a photo of your favorite way to eat fresh, local produce to

Midday Mindfulness Meditation - Monday's, April 10 and 17, from 12 -1 p.m. at the Vanderhoef Studio, Mondavi, and Monday, April 24 from 12 -1 p.m. at the Arboretum Gazebo with Neesha Patel, Ph.D. Please register at search for 'midday'. 

Biking with Confidence - Thursday's, April 13, 20, 27, and  May 4, from 12 - 1 p.m. at Transportation Services. Please register at search for 'biking'.

Do you play nice with others? - Understanding personality types and how to better navigate interpersonal relations in the workplace. Wednesday, April 12,  from 12 - 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center with Jane Anastos. M.A. Please register at

If you have questions for the above classes, please contact Stacey Brezing at

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