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Inside UC Merced

August 2020 | The Summer 2020 edition features an introduction to Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz, fresh views of the completed Merced 2020 Project, and inspiring words of resilience from members of the campus community.

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

January 2020 | Winter Update from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Gregg Camfield, and Interim Vice ChanceAllor and Chief Financial Officer Michael Riley

September 2019 | Fall Update from Interim Vice Chancellor and CFO Michael Riley, and Vice Chancellor and Chief External Relations Officer E. Edw. Klotzbier

April 2019 | Spring Update from Interim Vice Chancellor and CFO Michael Riley

January 2019Winter Update from Interim Vice Chancellor and CFO Michael Riley

September 2018Fall Update from Vice Chancellor and CFO Veronica Mendez

Announcements and Updates

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]

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]

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]

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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