the current

the monthly e-newsletter of UC ANR Staff Assembly | Nov. 14, 2023 | Vol. 2, No. 11

your UC benefits

Open Enrollment, ending Friday, 11/17, is your chance to enroll in benefits and make changes

Open Enrollment is your opportunity to make adjustments to your medical and dental plans, FSA contributions, and other benefits.

This year, with medical plan premiums increasing, it's more important than ever to consider your options and choose carefully for you and your family.

Learn about the changes and get informed by visiting the UC Open Enrollment page. Make all of your selections on UCPath by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.

Learn more

ambassadors program

Welcome to our newest Ambassadors

The Ambassadors program would like to welcome two new members who are representing San Bernardino County: Princess Nola, community nutrition educator, and Marilynn “Kiska” Ljungberg, community health specialist.

As Ambassadors, Princess and Kiska will represent their local office at monthly Ambassador meetings, communicate opportunities for Staff Assembly to serve ANR staff, and promote Staff Assembly and ANR activities. Princess and Kiska are equally excited about representing their local office and playing an active role in building community. 

As we get deeper into fall, Princess said that she gets into the holiday season with baking. “Usually, I find a new recipe to bake almost every weekend and I only seem to like baking in the fall,” she added.

Kiska, meanwhile, enjoys going for calm walks while playing Gypsy Kings in her ears. “While working out, though, I have been jamming out to Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga,” Kiska said. 

Meet your local Ambassador

holiday festivities

Seeking Winter Fair (Dec. 21) volunteers!

Lead a fun game via Zoom or help organize the much-anticipated fair! Get in the spirit of the holiday season by volunteering to help with UC ANR's annual Winter Fair, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 21 (2-3:30 p.m.). Give our hard-working Program Support Unit staff the break they need after supporting ANR programs throughout the year.


learning & development highlights

Nov. 16: Understanding Your Timesheet

Join Payroll Manager Anne Marie Scott on Nov. 16 (noon to 12:30 p.m.) to learn how to develop employee and supervisor/approver understanding of the Time Reporting System (TRS) and timesheet deadlines. Part of the Business Operations Center Quarterly Webinar: Our Two Cents series. (Note: Rescheduled from original Nov. 2 date.) Join here.

Nov. 30: Conflict Competence: Getting to the Root of Group Conflict

While conflict is often attributed to interpersonal dynamics or "people problems," conflicts are commonly symptoms of other solvable issues. In this course (Nov. 30, noon-1 p.m.), leaders of groups or teams will learn a structured approach to identify and address root causes of group conflict. Learn more.

important dates

Register for Strategic Visioning sessions; first one is Dec. 7

There's still time to register for your preferred Strategic Visioning feedback session.

All UC ANR staff are highly encouraged to attend a session to share your thoughts on the organizational Strategic Vision that will guide our work through 2040.

Check the list of dates and locations (including virtual opportunities via Zoom), and then sign up to attend your preferred session.

Register today

Photo contest deadline extended until Nov. 15

Under the theme of "ANR in Action," submit your beautiful, artistic, funny and utterly compelling photos for the 2023 UC ANR Photo Contest.

Three top winners will receive $50 gift cards, and two honorable mentions will get $25 gift cards. Enter by Nov. 15.

Full details

did you know?

Give your peers some kudos in Celebration Corner

Has an UC ANR colleague done something extraordinary that deserves some extra applause and recognition?

Just send an email describing the accomplishment to for possible inclusion in the new Celebration Corner feature of UC ANR's monthly Employee News e-newsletter.

Spanish language support available through NOS

Since 1981, the News & Information Outreach in Spanish (NOS) team has been an invaluable resource in preparing and disseminating research-based information and public outreach to Spanish-speaking Californians. Their goal is to work with you to effectively reach Latino audiences.

Learn how NOS can help you through their translation, video and editing services.

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.)