Staff Voice

Newsletter of the UC Davis Staff Assembly

October 3, 2014  |  Issue #163
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What's Below

Communication update  |  Breakfast with the Chancellor  | Police Accountability Board  |  Chancellor's STAR Awards  |  New Staff Welcome  |  What can UC Davis do to keep you?  |  Discount tickets to Kings game  |  Paid research study  |  Events - UC Davis Farmers Market, Career Journeys, Campus Community Book Project

From the Chair

Campus-wide communications focus groups

""In May, Staff Assembly conducted a campus-wide communications survey which looked at how UC Davis staff receive campus information and what helps or hurts their efforts to openly and honestly communicate their views upward. Staff Assembly, with the support of the Chancellor, has now begun working with two independent, third-party consultants to conduct five focus groups - three on the Davis campus and two on the Sacramento campus. In the next Staff Voice we hope to release sign-up information for staff interested in providing their honest insights on campus communications, which will greatly help us in offering recommendations campus leaders can implement to improve the way communications are handled across campus.

We are intent on populating each focus group with a
broad representation of staff, which is to say achieving a mix of academic and non-academic staff, field and office staff, and supervisors as well as line staff. Please give some thought to whether this is an opportunity that you'd like to take part in and keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks.

Lina C. Layiktez
Chair, UC Davis Staff Assembly

Important Updates

UC Davis and UCDHS staff enjoy a Breakfast with the Chancellor - Oct. 16

Fourteen UC Davis staff representing a variety of departments on both sides of the causeway sat down for breakfast with Chancellor Katehi, Provost Hexter and Chief of Staff Karl Engelbach. Each person applied for this opportunity to discuss issues that impact staff experiences on campus including, communication, staff mentoring students, educational support for staff, and the issue of mental illness - how to spot it and resources staff may need to appropriately respond and assist if needed.

The casual setting for these events makes it possible to have engaging, honest dialogue with our campus leaders, and they are listening. Please submit an application if you'd like to join us at an upcoming breakfast.

UC Davis Police Accountability Board fall quarterly meeting

The UC Davis Police Accountability Board (PAB) invites staff to its first quarterly public session on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Room D. The board will provide updates on recently completed trainings and orientations and will welcome public comment.

The board was formed in May to develop and promote accountability, trust and communication between the broader UC Davis community and the university's police department. The board’s membership includes representatives from various campus constituency groups, including Staff Assembly. PAB members will work with independent investigators from the Office of Compliance and Policy to review complaints and make recommendations to the UC Davis Chief of Police regarding charges of officer misconduct.

More information about the PAB and filing a complaint is available online at and by contacting or 530-752-2071.

Submit a nomination for Chancellor's STAR Awards

For the second year, nominations are being accepted for this campus-wide recognition program that honors policy-covered (non-represented) MSP/PSS student or staff employees for going "above and beyond" in supporting the campus' core values this past fiscal year. STAR Award nominations may be submitted by any member of the campus community before 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Past Chair of Staff Assembly, Rob Kerner, was among the first recipients of the STAR Awards in 2013 and noted, "receiving recognition from the Chancellor for service to UC Davis was an exciting and humbling experience. Earning a STAR Award was a great achievement in my career at UC Davis, and I encourage others to nominate those staff that are most deserving." Recipients will be publicly recognized for their "exceptional contributions" this December, which also comes with a $1,500 prize. Kerner partly attributes his selection to volunteerism and felt it "shined a light on those that volunteer their time - whether for UC Davis or other local well-meaning groups."

Visit the Chancellor's STAR Awards website for full details, the application form, eligibility requirements, and more.

New Staff Welcome

""New UC Davis staff members packed the ARC ballrooms on Wednesday, Oct. 15 for the annual New Staff Welcome lunch and resource fair organized by the Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee (SDAAC) and the Office of Campus Community Relations. Staff Assembly held a drawing and is pleased to announce the following winners of prizes donated by sponsors of the Thank Goodness for Staff picnic held in May.

Hey staff...  

Now that you're an employee at UC Davis, what can we do to keep you here? (asked at the New Staff Welcome)

Joe Lapp
Undergraduate Admissions

Continue to support a healthy and family centered lifestyle for all employees.
Joanna Villegas
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center

I would like to see resources that are intentionally created for young professionals, with additional help for folks from low income and marginalized communities.
Emily Taylor & Mary Clabaugh
Services for International Students and Scholars

It would be great if UC Davis offered a more flexible schedule for all employees, as having a good work-life balance is very important to everyone.

Did you know...

UC Davis night at the Kings - Feb. 3

UC Davis and UCDHS Staff Assemblies are pleased to offer discounted tickets to the Kings vs. Golden State Warriors game on Thursday, Feb. 3. Staff and their family and friends are welcome to purchase tickets at a discount of up to 40 percent off regular prices. Everyone who purchases two tickets before January 2 is automatically entered into a drawing for two tickets to a future Kings game. View the flyer for more details and a link to purchase tickets.
Postmenopausal women needed for a research study

""UC Davis Department of Nutrition researchers are seeking postmenopausal women who are 50-70 years of age and not currently taking medication for anxiety, depression, high blood pressure or cholesterol, to participate in a study looking at the effects of resveratrol supplements on cardiovascular health. Participation requires three study visits, each lasting approximately four hours, and consumption of either native resveratrol, ResA, or a placebo. You will receive copies of your laboratory results and compensation for your visits. For more information, or to join the study, call 752-2915, email researcher Jingyan Ren at, or visit the Resveratrol Study site.

Mark your calendar

UC Davis Farmers Market
Wednesdays, Oct. 8 - Nov. 12  |  11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Silo Patio

UC Davis Farmers Market brings farm-fresh, local and campus foods to the Silo Patio on Wednesdays, Oct. 8 through Nov. 12. At UC Davis Farmers Market, you can enjoy live music provided by KDVS, recipe sampling, prize giveaways, and good eats from on-campus vendors. Visit to sign up for the Farmers Market e-newsletter, learn more about accepted currency, find out what’s in season, and which farmers will be selling their goods at each market. Take a FarMar break Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Silo Patio!

Latino Staff and Faculty Association Fall Quarter General Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 29  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Mrak Hall - Room 204

Save the date for the Latino Staff and Faculty Association's Día de los Muertos-themed Fall Quarter General Meeting. All staff members are invited (and encouraged to bring a friend) to this brown-bag networking event for staff and faculty. Light refreshments will be served.

Career Journeys - Success Stories at UC Davis
Thursday, Nov. 6  |  12 - 1 p.m.  |  Student Community Center

A career is a journey, traveling from one professional endeavor to another, where despite carefully crafted plans, serendipity may reign. Does it seem as if successful people know exactly what they want to do in their professional lives and how to get there? This may be more myth than reality. Life lessons have suggested that success may be a combination of planning, perseverance and sheer happenstance. Staff Development and Professional Services has invited four panelists, including Staff Assembly Chair, Lina Layiktez, to share their career journeys. No RSVP is required. Contact SD&PS at 752-1766 or for more information. 

2014-2015 Campus Community Book Project
Various dates/locations through Feb. 2015  |  Author visit Feb 10, 2015

The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a means of promoting dialogue and building community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. This project, organized by the Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR), aims to improve both the campus climate and community relations, foster diversity, and promote equity and inclusiveness. This year's featured book is Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by animal behavior researcher, professor, inventor and best-selling author, Temple Grandin; who will be speaking on campus Feb 10. Read more about the project and this year's events on the CCBP website as well as Dateline. Direct any questions to the OCCR at 752-2071 or

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