Checking In With Chancellor Might: Brighter Days

Checking In With Chancellor Might: Brighter Days

In a go to to the Craft Heart for Thursday Ideas, above, Chancellor Might and LeShelle acknowledge the middle for having produced 8,100 face shields and seven,000 fabric masks within the early levels of the pandemic, and word the forthcoming registration dates for the middle’s spring courses. In questions and solutions, the Mays supply encouragement to college students for finals.

To the UC Davis Neighborhood:

As we look ahead to spring break, the outlook is vibrant. We’re additional easing restrictions and anticipating the in-person return of a few of our hottest occasions. In the event you’re planning to journey throughout spring break, you’ll want to learn our spring break testing steering. Our asymptomatic testing program will stay in place initially of spring quarter, so plan forward and make your appointments. There are two modifications starting March 28: Those that are overdue for a booster shot will probably be required to check each 4 days, and college students in residence halls who’re present with their booster can transfer again to testing each 14 days.

Campus management displays and opinions information frequently and we’ll adapt, if wanted. Provost and Government Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan shares my dedication to open and frequent communication with you. With regards to loosening COVID-19 protocols, we’ll present a minimum of two weeks’ discover by way of e mail, social media and updates to the Campus Prepared web site. After all, we all know how rapidly situations can change in the course of the pandemic. If we have to tighten restrictions on brief discover, we’ll do every little thing potential to share data as quickly as potential. 

Masks strongly really helpful

As of this writing, in response to the Davis campus’s COVID-19 Dashboard, our positivity price is lower than one-tenth of 1% (0.08% to be actual). That’s very encouraging. We’re lifting UC Davis’ indoor masks mandate on March 19, in alignment with federal, state and native public well being tips. Nevertheless, masks are nonetheless strongly really helpful and proceed to be required in well being care settings (together with testing kiosks), on public transit and in sure different places. We assist everybody who chooses to proceed to masks indoors, together with those that are immunocompromised or in any other case involved. Please assist us create a campus setting that’s snug for everybody, no matter their selection about masking.

Yolo County Public Well being Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson lately addressed why lifting the masks mandate is the appropriate factor to do, partially due to the effectiveness of “one-way” masking. “As a result of we now have masks that each match and filter properly, not all people needs to be masked for any person at excessive threat to be properly protected in opposition to COVID,” she mentioned in a Davis Enterprise article. Confer with Sisson’s video explaining the modifications and the way to make sure that your masks suits properly and is most protecting. Additionally, in case you missed it, an article in The Sacramento Bee featured our profitable Wholesome Davis Collectively initiative.

Relaxation assured, we’ll stay simply as vigilant about our public well being within the months forward.

After being appointed chancellor however earlier than taking workplace, Gary S. Might started engaged on his plan “to create a hub of innovation, financial growth and group engagement in Sacramento.” Greater than 5 years of planning culminated with the ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 16.

Lengthy earlier than the Aggie Sq. groundbreaking, Quarter at Aggie Sq. had already immersed dozens of undergraduate college students in modern coverage — and really human points — and helped them become involved with associated group organizations.

Dealing with uncertainty

I want to reiterate that our campus group stands in assist of all these at UC Davis who’re personally impacted by the disaster in Ukraine. Be taught extra in Dateline about out there group assist and one-on-one counseling.

I’d additionally wish to share a message from Dr. Peter Yellowlees, chief wellness officer at UC Davis Well being. He describes how many people really feel helpless and unsure about Ukraine and he presents three methods for coping. It’s good recommendation for everybody in these unpredictable instances. The world is filled with uncertainty and all of us want to seek out methods to handle and adapt to alter. The pandemic has proven us that. I recognize your ongoing flexibility and understanding.

Scholar sweepstakes

The Aggie Public Well being Ambassador program is internet hosting one other sweepstakes for college kids for winter quarter. Any scholar who’s compliant with the UC Vaccine Coverage and updated on their vaccines by March 28 will probably be robotically entered right into a drawing to win an iPad. Eight winners will probably be chosen on March 29 and notified by way of their UC Davis e mail. Good luck!

Tutorial flexibilities prolonged

The Tutorial Senate has prolonged tutorial flexibilities for the spring and summer time quarters. The undergraduate Handed/Not Handed (P/NP) and the graduate Passable/Unsatisfactory (S/U) deadlines are June 2 for spring quarter, July 22 for Summer time Session I and September 2 for Summer time Session II. Undergraduate college students contemplating P/NP grading ought to first evaluation this FAQ. Additionally, as in fall and winter quarters, in-class last exams could also be administered remotely, if the trainer so chooses and follows the Tutorial Senate tips. Learn the Tutorial Senate’s up to date insurance policies and tips.

The Tutorial Senate plans to return to regular tutorial insurance policies in fall 2022.

A office reimagined

We’re additionally supporting staff with elevated flexibility by reimagining our office. The pandemic modified how and the place we work. UC Davis listened to staff who wished hybrid and distant work preparations and created agreements that profit each staff and their departments. In some circumstances, working remotely can improve worker satisfaction, enhance productiveness and save house. Because of everybody who offered enter and the groups that helped form our versatile work program: the Sacramento campus’ Digital Office Program and the Davis campus’ Office Reimagined Workgroup.

Spring graduation and extra

I’m excited to debut our consolidated undergraduate ceremonies at UC Davis Well being Stadium June 10-12; college students who need to take part can register on-line, starting at 9 a.m. Monday, March 21. Graduate college students eligible to take part in graduation have been notified and may register right here earlier than Might 9.

Planning is properly underway for the in-person return of each Picnic Day (April 23) and Thank Goodness for Workers (Might 11), the place you’ll have an opportunity to soak yours really within the dunk tank. Athletics are additionally in full swing. Go Ags!

Girls’s Historical past Month

In honor of Girls’s Historical past Month, I encourage you to be taught extra in regards to the unbelievable accomplishments of ladies at UC Davis. Examine 55 Outstanding Girls of UC Davis highlighted as a part of UC Berkeley’s 150 Years of Girls Historical past Venture, in addition to these groundbreakers:

  • Pam Ronald, who lately received the celebrated Worldwide Wolf Prize in Agriculture for her pioneering work in world rice sustainability
  • Diana Farmer, chair of the Division of Surgical procedure at UC Davis Well being and the primary feminine fetal surgeon on the earth
  • Estella Atekwana, dean of the Faculty of Letters and Science and a pioneer in biogeophysics
  • Jamie Peyton, chief of the Integrative Medication Service on the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Educating Hospital, who pioneered the usage of fish pores and skin to deal with animals burned in wildfires

Welcome, new Aggies!

UC Davis noticed a record-breaking 110,189 candidates in search of to enter as freshman and switch college students in fall 2022. The campus group will help welcome newly admitted freshmen, who’re being notified in the present day. Celebration Week kicks off Monday, March 14. Search for #New2UCDavis on social and take part with your personal welcome messages.

There’s little question the phrase is getting out about this unbelievable college. UC Davis is on the rise. Or as they are saying in Athletics, we’re within the midst of an Ag-scension. Thanks all for every little thing you do to make UC Davis shine. Go Ags!


Gary S. Might