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Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Higher Ed Matters: Archive for September, 2011

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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi: What a week!

September 25th, 2011 @ 11:07 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

About 4,000 students attended the UC Davis New Student Celebration.

It’s been an exciting and eventful week at UC Davis. This is the third school year that I’ve had the privilege to welcome new faces to our vibrant campus. On Tuesday, we kicked off our inaugural UC Davis New Student Celebration – a program designed to welcome first-time students – freshmen and transfers – to a four-year college campus. More than 4,000 students packed the ARC Pavilion and were treated to an hour-long program complete with lively music, dance performances and interesting speakers. They even had a chance to engage in conversation with each other by submitting text messages about their plans for their time at UC Davis, messages that appeared on large screens across the pavilion. It was fascinating to see the messages flash on the screens and hear the laughter echo throughout the room. It showed me that our students are thrilled to be here and they are ready to take on the world.

Hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members attended the Convocation.

Wednesday, we held our traditional annual Convocation where we welcomed our faculty, staff, students and members of our community. I also took the opportunity to announce a new plan – the 2020 Initiative – to grow our student enrollment by 5,000, foster economic growth in our region and create new jobs on and off campus. I had a chance to meet with several community leaders after the ceremony and I received an outpouring of support for our future plans. A recent editorial in The Sacramento Bee called our plan an ambitious, yet refreshing one that will call for the support of the entire region. I agree, and I welcome thoughts and ideas from you as we move forward with the details of this initiative. I ask that you submit comments on the 2020 Initiative to: future@ucdavis.edu and I look forward to accomplishing our goal together.

New students gathered on Hutchison Intramural Field following the student celebration.

Although the welcome ceremonies are over, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to our entire campus community. To our new students, I wish you the best of luck; you worked hard to get to UC Davis and I know you will work hard during your time here. I encourage you to get involved in the array of activities on our campus and have fun along the way. Many wonderful experiences await you and not all of them are inside the classroom. To parents, I want to assure you that your students are getting a first-rate education and are embarking on an experience of a lifetime. UC Davis is a nurturing and supportive community and has so much to offer. I invite you to stay involved in your student’s education by visiting our Aggie Family Pack website. I look forward to the year ahead and again, welcome you to the UC Davis family.

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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi: Conversation of Women, Economics and Health

September 20th, 2011 @ 11:00 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Moderator Bonnie Reiss (left) and Matina Kolokotronis. (Orange Photography)

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to take part in an international economic summit focused on empowering women, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the keynote address. In her remarks, Clinton emphasized that we must look to advance the rights of women not only to grow our economies, but also to ensure economic prosperity for all nations and all people.

As part of the women’s summit, I joined UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann to co-host a policy discussion with a diverse group of women leaders who are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest public health challenges. Susan and I invited UC Regent Bonnie Reiss, a long-time advocate of higher education, to serve as the moderator. The panelists included: Ann Lee-Karlon, vice president of portfolio management and operations, Genentech Inc.; Matina Kolokotronis, president of business operations, the Sacramento Kings; Diane Havlir, professor of medicine, UCSF; and Patricia McDonald, vice president of technology and manufacturing, and group director of product health enhancement organization, Intel Corp.

It was fascinating to hear each of the women’s perspectives and remarkable stories of the challenges they have faced in their leadership roles. I believe these stories help us imagine and invent our future as women; they help us find our opportunities and responsibilities and they also help empower us.

Bonnie asked each panelist to offer all the attendees a piece of advice to help them go out and solve the world’s public health challenges. Their responses: support and encourage women to go into science, technology, engineering and mathematics; look at what you do authentically and use that to make a difference; form and value public-private partnerships; encourage the government to invest in HIV/AIDS treatment and research; and urge women to be role models for other women.

It was an honor to be part of this discussion and to take part in this historic event. I invite you to read the final declaration of the APEC Women and the Economy Summit and share your thoughts with me.

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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi: Shared Service Center Initiative is a model for other universities

September 10th, 2011 @ 4:43 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

On Thursday, I joined other administrators at a town hall to update the UC Davis community on the progress of our Shared Service Center – set to launch in February 2012. I was pleased to see such a great turn out of people eager to learn more about the opportunities this project will provide for UC Davis as we move forward. A year ago, we began the challenging process of reshaping our administration to deliver the best possible service at the lowest possible cost. Today, I am happy to report that we are on track to accomplish our goal. I am proud of the attitude and interest of those involved with this project and for their belief in our university and their commitment to the success of the Shared Service Center. We can now see the end of the tunnel, and I am confident that as we develop our organization to continue delivering high quality service, we will become a model for other universities to follow. And this project will help us focus on the issues at the center of what we are here to do and the people we are here to serve – our students and our academic mission.

If you have a moment, I invite you to read more about Thursday’s town hall and our Shared Service Center effort.