Inside UC Merced
April 2020 | Spring Update from Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Michael Riley, and Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer Nicole Pollack
September 2018 | Fall Update from Vice Chancellor and CFO Veronica Mendez
Announcements and Updates
June 2020 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
June 1, 2020 | To say May was an impactful month is an understatement. We honored co-workers for UC service milestones. We learned UC alumnus Juan Sánchez Muñoz will be UC Merced’s next chancellor. But the death of George Floyd and the resulting anger and anguish expressed in protests nationwide deserve our immediate attention. [Learn More]
Celebrating Service Awards to be held remotely May 18
May 8, 2020 | Please join us as we honor 29 staff members from the Division of Finance and Administration for reaching UC service milestones. There will be two events May 18, both accessible on Zoom. [Learn More]
May 2020 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
May 4, 2020 | I’ve had the privilege of visiting meetings of units and teams throughout our Division. On every occasion, I’ve been inspired by the professionalism and resiliency exhibited by my colleagues as we make our way through the changes brought by the COVID-19 crisis. [Learn More]
April 2020 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
April 17, 2020 | These past weeks have confirmed to me that tough times bring out the best in us. I continue to be awed by the incredible efforts everyone in the Division has put into realigning our campus to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. [Learn More]
COVID-19: Position control and fiscal responsibility guidelines
April 9, 2020 | In consultation with the UC Office of the President, we are evaluating various models to plan for potential financial impacts and help guide future decision making as we navigate the unknown future. In this process, we are implementing several proactive actions to protect jobs and continue the university’s mission. [Learn More]
Alpha Financials project update; informational website is up
April 1, 2020 |The Alpha Financials project for implementation of the Oracle Financials Cloud system will lay the foundation for enhancements and projects that will dramatically improve access to our financial data and transform how we work. The Alpha Financials team has launched a website with extensive information about the project. [Learn More]
March 2020 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
March 3, 2020 | Is it March already? Wow. Time flies when you’re working with a great group of people. Here’s what’s happening in and around the division. [Learn More]
February 2020 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
Feb. 2, 2020 | There’s fog on our commutes, students back on campus for spring semester, and a new Super Bowl champion (and DCC contest winner)! Welcome to February. I have a few things to share. [Learn More]
Acknowledgements, remarks at 2020 Kick-off Breakfasts
Jan. 31, 2020 | Prepared remarks by Michael Riley, Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, for Kick-off Breakfasts held Jan. 15 at the Pavilion Dining Center and Jan. 17 at the Downtown Campus Center.
Business and Financial Services job postings for internal applicants
Jan. 15, 2020 | The Division of Finance and Administration will open recruitment in January for several positions in its Business and Financial Services unit. Some of the positions will be internal recruitment and open only to UC Merced employees, allowing current staff the opportunity to advance their career. [Learn More]
January 2020 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
Jan. 6, 2020 | Welcome to a new decade and a new year chock-full of exciting changes at UC Merced. As we flip the calendar to 2020, here are some updates I want to share. [Learn More]
December 2019 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
Dec. 2, 2019 | As we return from an extended weekend of big meals, Black Friday shopping and the kick-off of the holiday season, here are some updates I want to share as we wrap up the year and look forward to 2020. [Learn More]
November 2019 update from the Interim Vice Chancellor
Nov. 4, 2019 | You know it’s November when Daylight Saving Time ends and you’re counting down the days to turkey and stuffing. As we start the new month, here is a recap of recent news and some things to look forward to as we approach the end of the year. [Learn More]
DFA staffing and organizational updates
Oct. 17, 2019 | Bianca Khanona has been appointed as Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Financial Planning and Analysis. The division also has created a new department that supports the Alpha Financials Project. [Learn More]
Update: Staff Assembly Town Hall questions and answers
October 2019 | A Staff Town Hall was held March 26. Here are updated answers to questions from town hall attendees. Answers are provided by departments and service groups in the Division of Finance and Administration. [Town Hall Questions and Answers ]
October 2019 update: leadership searches, Strategic Plan, Halloween contest
Oct. 7, 2019 | Fall is in full swing, and October brings crispness to the air, pumpkin spice in your coffee, and Halloween spider webs to your porch. As we approach the halfway point of fall semester, here is some news to pass along. [Learn more]
AFI update from Interim Vice Chancellor Michael Riley
Sept. 25, 2019 | Alan Coker, Associate Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary Enterprises and Fiscal Innovation (AFI), has decided to move on from UC Merced. Alan helped drive a restructuring of the university's affiliated services that will continue to provide convenient, customer-driven and cost-effective goods and services. [Learn more]
Mapping out our future with a Strategic Plan
Sept. 16, 2019 | As the 2020 Project nears completion and student enrollment approaches 10,000, the Division of Finance and Administration has developed a long-range strategic plan that sets priorities for projects and initiatives in the years to come. [Learn more]
Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief of Staff announced
June 27, 2019 | As we close as the fiscal year in a few days, and start anew, I want to take a moment to share with you the results of the Chief Human Resources Officer search as well as additional updates in the Division of Finance and Administration. [Learn more]
Michael Riley on the UC-wide Cool Campus Challenge
April 11, 2019 | As UC Merced representatives to UCs Global Climate Leadership Council, I want to add my encouragement to other emails you may have received asking you to participate in the Cool Campus Challenge. [Learn more].
A message regarding staff member Tammy Petree
Jan. 10, 2019 | It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of the death of UC Merced staff member Tammy Petree after a lengthy battle with cancer. [Learn more].
Transition update to the Division
Nov. 26, 2018 | As I begin to work with CFO/VCFA Veronica Mendez and our Finance and Administration teams to transition into my new role as Interim CFO/VCFA, I would like to let you know some of the steps I will take to ensure stability with the . . . [Learn more].
Update: merit increases for 2017-18
I am pleased to announce the University of California Office of the President has approved merit increases for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The authorized increase — announced July 19 and effective July 1 — is 3 percent of the pooled salaries for merit-eligible staff. . . . [Learn more].
Update on Supply Chain Modernization Initiative
July 18, 2018 | I am writing to provide you with good news regarding the campus’s ongoing work to update the efficiency of its procurement systems. Beginning this fall, Finance and Administration’s Office of Procurement and Contracting Services will begin implementation of Bobcat Buy. [Learn more].
Changes within the Division of Finance and Administration
May 31, 2018 | As we near the close of another productive fiscal year, I am writing to let you know about some transitions and organizational changes within the Division of Finance and Administration designed to help us maintain sustainable business practices while promoting excellence in service. . . [Learn more].