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Halloween Costume Competition
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A Spooking Good Time
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.
Community Emergency Response Training
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22 UCSB and local high school students have completed the campus's Community Emergency Response Training program
The campus' Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program has graduated its newest group of first responders. On Oct. 28, 22 UCSB and area high school students completed three full days of training in emergency preparedness, including disaster medical operations, light search and rescue an fire extinguisher training. more
With a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, investigators from a wide range of disciplines have established a new graduate program focused on network science, and they are working to recruit and educate students into the growing field. The grant empowers UCSB graduate students to train for research of complex social, biological and computer networks in the new era of Big Data. more
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
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
Marc Fisher
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Eat Fresh, Buy Loco
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."
Medical Plan Forum
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With Open Enrollment set to begin a few weeks from now, faculty and staff members turned out in droves on Thursday, Oct. 3, to hear Dwaine Duckett, UC's vice president for human resources (right) discuss UC Care, the new medical plan that will replace Anthem Blue Cross PPO and Anthem Blue Cross PLUS. Employees expressed their concerns over the change, particularly how it will affect quality and continuity of care. The Town Hall Meeting, which also included Tricia Hiemstra (left), director of human resources at UCSB, took place in Corwin Pavilion. It was sponsored by the Academic Senate, with Senate chair Kum-Kum Bhavnani (center) moderating the discussion. more
Galen D. Stucky
Galen D. Stucky
For his outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and his important contributions to the American Chemical Society (ACS), chemistry professor Galen D. Stucky has been named a 2013 ACS Fellow. He was recognized for his development of powerful synthesis paradigms for the assembly of organic/inorganic composite, multifunctional systems. The ACS is the world's largest scientific society. more
The British periodical Times Higher Education has ranked UCSB number 33 on its list of the world's top 200 universities. Among U.S. universities, the campus is ranked number 23. In addition, of the top 50 universities offering degrees in engineering and technology and in the physical sciences, UCSB is ranked number 20 in both categories. more
UC has launched a six-week crowd-funding campaign called Promise for Education to engage students, faculty, alumni, celebrities, businesses, politicians and supporters in a novel drive to raise money for student scholarships. more
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