the current

the monthly e-newsletter of UC ANR Staff Assembly | July 11, 2023 | Vol. 2, No. 7

editor's note

Enjoy your new-look newsletter!

It's a brand-new year for Staff Assembly Council, so there's no better time to debut a fresh look and layout for The Current.

We'd love to know what you think. Email Mike at with your feedback and ideas for future stories and features. Thank you for reading and sharing!

meet the council

Staff Assembly Council members eager to learn about, improve UC ANR staff experience

Scattered across the state and filling a variety of roles and positions, the members of Staff Assembly Council are united by a common purpose to help make UC ANR an even better place to work, learn, grow and thrive.

Join us in welcoming (or welcoming back!) new SAC members for 2023-24: Jodi Azulai, Christine Davidson, Brooke Haley-Herevia, Sue Lake, Saoi Sope, Kathryn Stein and Andrea Warner.

Read bios of SAC members

learning & development highlights

July 10-14: Fostering Health and Well-Being Across Extension

Sponsored by the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals, this "virtual summer school" focuses on efforts at the organizational, managerial, employee and community levels to provide health and well-being programs and opportunities for employees and clientele. The week wraps up with a discussion of ways to tell our health and well-being story more effectively. 

Register for webinars

July 20: When to Use P-Cards Versus Travel Cards

Do you have a P-Card or Travel Card? During this July 20 webinar (noon to 12:30 p.m.), learn when to use them and the restrictions for both. This will be a helpful overview for both long-term and new UC ANR staff.

Presenters from the Business Operations Center will reserve time at the end for questions. A useful resource to review beforehand and afterward: Card Compare

Zoom link for webinar

important dates

Apply for Education Reimbursement funds by Oct. 31

UC ANR Staff Assembly provides financial assistance for career and professional training and development through the Educational Reimbursement Program.

If you participated or will participate in a training or career development activity between April 16, 2023 and Oct. 31, 2023, the next deadline to apply for reimbursement is Oct. 31, 2023.

All ANR career staff employees (represented and non-represented) who have completed the probationary period are eligible to apply, as well as all UCCE County paid staff employees in good standing.

Apply for reimbursement

did you know?

Pay for Family Care and Bonding income replacement at 100%

Editor's note: This new section of the newsletter will highlight benefits and resources available to UC staff.

Effective Jan. 1 of this year, Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) income replacement increased from 70% to 100% of eligible earnings.

Initially introduced in 2020, this program originally became effective on July 1, 2021 and provided 70% income replacement for up to eight weeks for employees who take approved leave to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

Income replacement increased to 100% of eligible earnings in January 2023.

The Current is your monthly Staff Assembly e-newsletter, distributed on the second Tuesday of each month (read archived past issues). All staff members at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources are part of UC ANR Staff Assembly. We on the Staff Assembly Council help advise senior leadership and advocate on your behalf, and we also organize programs and events that promote your professional development and personal growth. (Note: Academics are members of our counterpart entity, Academic Assembly.)