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Amy Shadkamyan from the Office of Emergency Management asks, "What are some of the biggest differences between working for a City Municipality and a University?"
Thanks for the great question, Amy. There are many similarities to being the Vice Chancellor for Administration and a City Manager as both positons are responsible for public safety, transportation, parking, facilities, grounds, human resources, public utilities, and information technology. In Pasadena, the City Manager is the CEO and has responsibility for all other facets of the municipal operation, except the City Attorney and the City Clerk Offices. I don't have to attend City Council meetings every Monday night as Vice Chancellor, which is a real plus, but UCLA does seem to be missing the 5.5 mile parade viewed by hundreds of millions of people every New Year’s day from across the globe. Possibly the most significant difference with being the Vice Chancellor at UCLA is that the positon is also responsible for overseeing the housing and hospitality operations that house approximately 20,000 students, faculty, and staff in University-owned housing and prepares approximately 35,000 meals per day. I enjoyed working with so many wonderful people in Pasadena and am even more impressed with the employee talent at UCLA and the commitment they have to serving the campus community. The energy and innovative spirit at UCLA is so impressive and enjoyable to witness. Go Bruins!
All the best,
Facilities Management maintains building systems and infrastructure for over 25 million square feet of occupied building space on the campus and in the medical center. That's a lot of space! FM also maintains the 42-megawatt Co-Generation Plant that supplies the majority of electricity, air conditioning, heating and steam for UCLA.
There is never a dull day at FM. Whether they are renovating and repairing historic buildings, creating state-of-the art new facilities, or grooming our campus lawns and gardens, we can count on FM to deliver high quality, innovative services.
Here are a few current FM projects worth reading about!
Bike Share is a service that makes public bicycles available for individuals to share on a short-term basis. With 130 bikes at 18 hubs conveniently located throughout UCLA and Westwood Village, Bike Share is perfect for errands and quick adventures. The bikes can be unlocked from one hub and returned to any hub in the system, making bike share ideal for short, one-way trips.
All Bruins should feel a great sense of pride that UCLA consistently ranks among the best universities in the nation and abroad. The combined efforts of the ten operational units that comprise UCLA Administration provide the backbone for all campus services and are critical to the University's success. Kudos to you for all you do to provide world-class services, programs, and facilities that further the University's mission of education, research, and public service.
The UCLA Office of Emergency Management with Environmental Health & Safety developed Bruins Safe, an essential tool to enhance your safety at UCLA. Bruins Safe is your official source of information during a campus-wide emergency, providing notifications and instructions from campus emergency response personnel. Download the app at the UCLA App Store.
First-rate customer service for all our campus clients is a top priority. In each issue of News & Views, we'll honor one UCLA Administration employee caught in the act of providing exemplary customer service. Kindly submit photos with a brief description via email to email@example.com.
A great big thank you to Steve Salazar, an electrician who has worked for UCLA FM for 25 years and is well respected among his colleagues. His service at the Fowler Museum on September 23 enabled plumbers and engineers to address a pump failure in a flooded machine room without fear of electrocution. His response to the situation was so quick and efficient that the 800 people attending an event at the museum were completely unaware of the problem. Well done, Steve!
In recognition of his outstanding service during a crisis, we are sending Steve and a companion to watch UCLA trounce Arizona State on November 11 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.