A Spooking Good Time
Halloween Costume Competition
© Patricia Marroquin
The computer science department's Circus (above) was among the ghoulish groups participating in Staff Assembly's annual Halloween costume competition at the Hub on Oct. 31. The winning group came from Housing & Residential Services.  John Gaffney, faculty housing coordinator, took first-place for the most creative costume, while Michelle Adderly from the College of Engineering was similarly recognized for having the scariest costume. The Halloween celebration also included the Spooky Halloween Contest, with the chemistry department named spookiest of all. Runner-up department was Student Health Services. Winners received gift cards from UCen Dining Service, the UCSB Bookstore, Jamba Juice, Pizza My Heart, and the Bagel Cafe.
Eat Fresh, Buy Loco
Marc Fisher
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Bearing the slogan "Eat Fresh, Buy Loco," a riff on the nickname for roaring student crowds at campus sporting events, the Gaucho Certified Farmers Market celebrated its grand opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Marc Fisher (above), senior associate vice chancellor for administrative services. Born from a staff initiative known as Gaucho U, the Farmers Market will take place every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in parking lot 23. "We did a survey last spring and had 6,000 responses, mostly from students, saying absolutely, yes, you need to do this on campus," said Roane Akchurin, manager of the Community Housing Office and co-chair of the farmers market committee. "We're a volunteer army —we all have other jobs — but we're doing this on the side because we feel like it serves the campus and, hopefully, the greater community."
Open Enrollment Continues Through November 26
Open Enrollment continues through midnight on Nov. 26, and human resources will host a variety of related events throughout the month.
        A Fair With Presentations will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in Corwin Pavilion. Representatives from the 2014 medical plans, Optum, CONEXIX and Fidelity, as well as staff from the campus's benefits office, will give presentations about the various medical plans and be available to answer questions.
        The first presentation, UC Care/Optum, will begin at 10 a.m. A presentation on Health Net/Optum will follow at 11:15, and a second UC Care/Optum presentation will take place at 12:30 p.m. The presentation on Blue Shield HSP/Optum will begin at 1:45 p.m.
        A pair of 90-minute Town Halls on Thursday, Nov. 7, will give faculty and staff members an opportunity to hear from UCOP leaders about why health plan changes are being made. Representatives from the new health plans will be on hand to preview the plans and answer questions about them. The morning Town Hall begins at 10 a.m., and the afternoon at 1 p.m.
        Other workshops include side-by-side comparisons of all medical plans on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 21, and an overview of the Blue Shield Health Savings Plan on Friday, Nov. 15. All three will take place in the MultiCultural Center Theater.
        Additional information and details about Open Enrollment are available at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu.
Leslie Ridley-Tree (left) and Alexis McCurn
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Leslie Ridley-Tree (left) and Alexis McCurn
The Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Endowment Fund is meant to benefit outstanding students facing a barrier to education — whether it be financial need or learning disability. Ridley-Tree has been supporting such students at UCSB since 1998. During this period, more than 220 students have benefited from Ridley-Tree's generosity. "I believe in education," Ridley-Tree said. "I believe that the only way that one can progress in life is through knowledge." more

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