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Announcements and Updates

Update on Campus Backfill Projects

March 12, 2021 | The university is moving forward on some backfill projects that were put on hold because of current financial restraints. Interim Chief Financial Officer Kurt Schnier provides details. [Learn More]

Meet Finalists for Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer

March 8, 2021 | Please register to meet the three finalists for the position of vice chancellor and chief financial officer via live webinar. The candidates will give a statement and answer pre-selected questions (submit possible questions to popd@ucmerced.edu). Registration is required for each virtual event. [Learn More]

2020-21 Performance Appraisal Process Begins

March 5, 2021 | Human Resources announces the start on March 8 of the 2020-21 performance appraisal process. [Learn More]

March 2021 DFA Update

March 4, 2021 | Includes the debut of the CBS2 website and a profile of Senior Custodian Mary Leon. [Learn More]

Telework Extension and Returning to In-Person Work

Feb. 23, 2021 | Human Resources announces telework agreement extension to June 30, along with the goal to begin returning staff to in-person work July 1. [Learn More]

Updates on Oracle Procurement Resources

Feb. 23, 2021 | A message to faculty updates training, live support and streamlined processes to ease transition to the Oracle financial platform. [Learn More]

Procurement Support and Resources

Feb. 5, 2021 | A message to faculty lists resources and support from Procurement and related areas to help the transition to the Oracle financial platform. [Learn More]

February 2021 DFA Update

Feb. 1, 2021 | Information about the next DFA Open Houses and an update on CFO search. [Learn More]

In Remembrance of Sofia Mortera

Jan. 21, 2021 | Sofia Mortera, a member of the Center of Business Services and Solutions team, passed away in late January. She was "a beautiful soul," her family said. [Learn More]

Re-prioritizing Backfill Projects

Jan. 19, 2021 | Interim CFO Kurt Schnier announces that financial strain resulting from the pandemic will necessitate delays and re-prioritizing of backfill projects in SE1, SE2, COB2 and the Kolligian Library. [Learn More; Fiscal Responsibility page]

Learning Curve on New Financial Systems

Jan. 11, 2021 | Interim CFO Kurt Schnier and Controller Kim Groesbeck urge colleagues to be patient as they learn the get comfortable with financial systems launched Jan. 4. The message includes links to resources and trainingInformation. [Learn More]

January 2021 DFA Update

Jan. 7, 2021 | Information about the next DFA Open House, plus updates on CFO search and the major project launches. [Learn More]

Voluntary Separation Program

Jan. 7, 2021 | As part of efforts to reduce costs because of financial shortfalls, UC Merced is offering a Voluntary Separation Program for eligible employees. [Learn More; Fiscal Responsibility page]

Alpha Financials project launches new systems

Jan. 4, 2021 | The launch of financial systems based on the Oracle Cloud platform is announced by Provost Gregg Camfield and Interim Chief Financial Officer Kurt Schnier. [Learn More]

CFO Search Update: Candidate Criteria, Committee Members

Dec. 16, 2020 | Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz announces Chief Financial Officer search criteria and the members of the search committee. [Learn More]

ECEC to Resume Operations

Dec. 11, 2020 | The Early Child Education Center will resume services in spring 2021, Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz announces. [Learn More]

December 2020 DFA Update

Dec. 7, 2020 | Information about CFO search, DFA Open House dates, strategic planning. [Learn More]

DFA Open Houses, Strategic Planning Engagement

Nov. 30, 2020 | Dates set for more Division Open House events on Zoom. Staff also invited to participate in meetings about Imagine 2030, the campus-wide strategic planning initiative. [Learn More]

November 2020 DFA Update

Nov. 2, 2020 | Information about the leadership transition team, plus Chancellor Muñoz's priorities for the university. [Learn More]

Changes to Leadership Duties During CFO Transition

Oct. 7. 2020 | With Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration/CFO Mike Riley leaving UC Merced to begin a new position at UC Berkeley, here are the temporary assignments of Mike’s duties to other colleagues and departments as the CFO search committee performs its duties. The transitions are effective as of Nov. 1. [Learn More]

October 2020 DFA Update

Oct. 5, 2020 | Departing CFO Mike Riley thanks his DFA colleagues. Update on flu vaccination program. Profile on Gina Vieira. [Learn More]

Interim VC/CFO Mike Riley Leaving for New Role at UC Berkeley

Sept. 21, 2020 | Interim Vice Chancellor/CFO Mike Riley, who has overseen the transition in oversight of campus auxiliary services and steered UC Merced through the perilous financial waters of COVID-19 response, will resign from UC Merced S. t1 to begin a new position at UC Berkeley. [Learn More]

September 2020 DFA Update

Sept. 1, 2020 | Chief Financial Officer Mike Riley thanks Division staff for their efforts in preparing for fall semester, plus profiles of Dining Director Kunal Sinha and CBS2 Executive Director Terri Harris. [Learn More]

How to Order PPE from Bobcat Buy; Locations of Sanitizer Vending Machines

Aug. 24, 2020 | Information from Procurement: How to order personal protection equipment through Bobcat Buy; where to find the sanitizer vending machines on campus; and how to ship lab supplies and equipment to personal addresses. [Learn More]

University Store has New Website, New Operator

Aug. 14, 2020 | Here's the latest information about ordering textbooks and maintaining Inclusive Access pricing at the University Store site, which is now operated by Follett.

August 2020 DFA Update

Aug. 3, 2020 | The debut of a new format the division's monthly newsletter. There's a welcome from Chief Financial Officer Mike Riley and news about CBS2, Procurement and new staff. [Learn More]

ECEC to Remain Closed for Fall Semester

The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) has been closed since March. As the coronavirus pandemic in the Central Valley and beyond continues to worsen, we have made the difficult decision to keep the ECEC closed throughout the fall semester. [Learn More]

July 2020 Update from the Interim Vice Chancellor

July 6, 2020 | In recent weeks, I’ve visited with many of you in department meetings held on Zoom. It’s wonderful to see your faces.  I’ve told you how much the campus community sees and appreciates your hard work. [Learn More]

Cost-saving Measures Ensure Spending is Prioritized

June 29, 2020 | UC Merced is experiencing a series of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure spending is prioritized, the following controls and restrictions on expenditures are effective immediately. [Learn More; Fiscal Responsibility page]

Measures Taken for Campus Sustainability

June 8, 2020 | Chief Financial Officer Mike Riley shares some of the measures being taken to mitigate financial risks to UC Merced because of the coronavirus health crisis. [Learn More; Fiscal Responsibility page]

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; Fiscal Responsibility page]

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]

Acknowledgments, 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].

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