UCLA Administration

News & Views

Fall 2019

A quarterly celebration of our 11 administrative units, their dedicated staff and our successes as a team. 

Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck chatting with participants at the Leadership Forum (November 2018)

happy holidays from Michael BECK 

It is hard to believe that 2019 is nearly over and we are on the cusp of 2020. It seems like just a few years ago we were worried about Y2K. UCLA’s annual winter closure this year provides a few extra days to relax and recharge. I hope that you make time to breathe deeply, relax, and focus on those who matter to you most. I am grateful for all that you do to make UCLA the best that it can be and look forward to a new year filled with new opportunities for our continued success as a team.

Read Michael's message 

Housing and Hospitality produces 98 percent of the bread served in UCLA's residential community restaurants and Plateia, located in the Luskin Conference Center.

Fresh Baked Goods on the Hill

UCLA is commonly regarded as a national leader in college dining. Executive Pastry Chef Richard Ruskell and his team of 30 baking professionals from Dining Services at Housing & Hospitality now produce all of the pastries, desserts and about 98% of the bread served in UCLA’s residential community restaurants and Plateia (the fine dining restaurant located in the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center).

Read more about fresh baked bread and other delectables



Keeichi Ono from OCH Maintenance at UCLA Housing and Hospitality Services.

Staff Spotlight: Keeichi Ono

Keiichi Ono is the Assistant Director for Housing Maintenance Operations and part of the Housing & Hospitality team. “Keech” has served the university for over 30 years, tirelessly employing his comprehensive knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems, carpentry, plumbing, and other skilled crafts work as both technician and lead. His career has seen to the maintenance and care of nearly the entire campus and even underneath as a tour guide of UCLA’s steam tunnels. (Photo by Enrique Rosas/UCLA)

Read more about Keech's career

UCLA Administration Leadership Team at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.

Ask the ADMINISTRATION Leadership Team (ALT)

Jack Bracken, Lab Safety Officer at Environment, Health & Safety, asks a question related to air quality during wildfire events. "During our recent spate of wildfires, I have had researchers call me to ask ‘Why does it smell strongly of smoke in my lab and building but not outside?’ when the air quality index (AQI) is listed as moderate."  (Photo by Eric French/LAFD)

Read the answer

Researcher Maher El-Kady in the UCLA Laboratory. (Photo by Mit Muni/UCLA)

Lab Portal Supports Research Faculty

The Lab Portal is a service-focused program meant to reduce inefficiency encountered by academic departments and their faculty when starting, moving or closing research labs at UCLA. The program and its team members reside within the research safety division of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S). In support of their mission, they “provide services and resources to facilitate the safe and efficient transfer of space during these changes and thereby reduce delays to research activities.” (Photo by Mit Muni/UCLA)

Read more about the services provided

New hydration stations have improved bottle-filling capabilities.

25 Thirsty Buildings

As part of an initiative to increase bottle-filling capabilities in UCLA campus buildings, Facilities Management (FM) recently kicked off the “25 Thirsty Buildings” project. This initiative to transition from plastic water bottle usage to tap water is another step to move UCLA closer to zero waste to landfill.

Quench your thirst



The Business Transformation Office staff has grown to over 200 people since 2017.

Transformation the BTO Way

UCLA’s Business Transformation Office (BTO) was formed in late 2017. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Omar Noorzai, the team has grown from a few people to over 200, and went from working out of a small office at the Wilshire Center to now occupying a 30,000 sq. ft. office space in the Oppenheimer Tower. And the team continues to grow! What's the secret behind BTO's growth?

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BTO provides opportunities for development at all levels, regardless of your job title.

Career Spotlight: BTO

To respond to the increasing campus demand for innovative solutions and BTO services, and to foster professional growth, Executive Director Omar Noorzai and Program Director Ming Fu regularly assign challenging work and mini-projects to everyone on the team.  From ensuring access to financial data is granted with appropriate security controls in place, to running the office like a well-oiled machinery, Neetika Varma and Elizabeth Garcia-Solorzano go above and beyond to get the job done and are nothing short of an absolute pleasure to work with.

Read more about Neetika and Elizabeth


Sam Dawson thanks the generous blood donors who helped to save her life.

Blood Donations Save Lives

On March 20, 2018, Samantha Dawson was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Soon after receiving the devastating diagnosis, she underwent two surgeries.  Then, over the next eight months, she endured six sessions of chemotherapy.  During these difficult months, Samantha continued to work and give her all to UCLA as an administrator at the Chancellor’s Office.  For her final round of treatment, the doctor determined that a blood transfusion was required, so she ended up receiving two units of blood at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 

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The Central Ticket Office offers discounted tickets for over 13 special attractions and theme parks.

CTO Provides Ticket Discounts

The Central Ticket Office provides faculty and staff with the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for theme parks, movie theaters, transportation passes, UCLA Athletic events, and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA events.  

Check out the available discounts

Royce Hall 148 with fresh paint, new furniture, and other upgrades.

Summer Classroom Refresh Projects

Facilities Management (FM) collaborated with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly the Office of Instructional Development) to complete several classroom refresh projects this past summer in its continuous efforts to provide quality learning environments for students and faculty.  The spaces included two lecture halls and two classrooms in Bunche Hall, two lecture halls in Haines Hall, three small classrooms in Royce Hall and one classroom in Dodd Hall.  All of these spaces were in need of upgrades to facilitate improved learning environments. The work included upgrading the finishes, seating, audio visual systems and lighting to improve these lecture spaces.

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Creative Director Magyn Kydd accepted the awards on behalf of the Housing and Hospitality Communications and Marketing team.

Housing & Hospitality Earns Design Awards

Housing & Hospitality’s Marketing and Communications team earned two Awards of Excellence and two honorable mentions at the 49th annual University & College Designers Association design conference, held October 12 in Portland, Oregon. Awards were given for the BruinPlate Cookbook, published in support of the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA, and for Housing’s summer hostel website.

Read about the awards



IT Services staff pose with Joe Bruin at their annual picnic.

IT Services Annual Picnic

On September 10, IT Services hosted its Annual Staff Picnic.  Staff gathered for a business meeting, catered lunch, and games.  The theme for this year's picnic was “Back to the 80s,” and attendees were invited to dress in their 1980s best. 

Check out the festivities


Recipients of the March 2019 True Bruin Values award.

Staff Recognition Awards 

As the success of UCLA Administration and its 11 units can be attributed to its dedicated, industrious and innovative staff, it is important that we recognize and honor those across our organization who make noteworthy contributions. Read about recent award recipients and their contributions to making UCLA the best it can be.

True Bruin Values Award

Service Excellence Award

Events and Transportation staff are ready to greet visitors to the annual Rideshare Fair.

Out and About on Campus

If you capture a great shot of UCLA Administration staff at an event, on the job, or just out and about enjoying the day, please email it to [email protected] with a brief description for publication in News & Views

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