Administration Rises to the Challenge
In the face of adversity there is opportunity, and I am so proud of how quickly and effectively Administration facilitated the transition to support remote working, teaching and learning. As usual, Administration is at the forefront of managing the campus response and I could not be more proud of how effectively Administration team members have managed the emergency operations center; facilitated the transition of tens of thousands of students, faculty and employees to a remote environment; and worked from home to provide the continuation of operations despite the additional challenge of working with young children at home and juggling work responsibilities with home schooling and other family obligations. I am especially grateful for the employees assigned to essential functions who continue to report to campus to support hospital, housing, research, remote teaching and working, and other critical campus operations.
Succession Planning at UCPD
Promotions at UCPD are highly competitive so training and working in multiple divisions is critical to a successful career. To prepare officers, UCPD provides opportunities to apply for special assignments and rotates duty assignments so that everyone gains the knowledge, skills and experience to respond and take action. Per Lieutenant Scott Scheffler, "If something happens on campus, all PD officers are officers first and then rank second. You are expected to take action and respond as an officer. If others are available, you back-away and set-up command to supervise and manage the situation." Rotating assignments provides the opportunity to learn new skills, see how different parts of the department work and ensures a well-rounded knowledge base of how UCPD and the university operate.
Staff Spotlight: Alexandra Norris
As a senior safety specialist for Environment, Health & Safety and a member of its Safety and Compliance team, Alexandra “Alex” Norris serves at the forefront of UCLA’s safety training and programs campus-wide. A highly interpersonal team, Safety and Compliance works on its 1-to-1 relationships with all staff members performing hazardous tasks through consultations, inspections and the investigation of work-related injuries. For this unit “Safety First” is the name of the game. Alex also supports the logistics unit of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), ensuring essential staff on campus receive the personal protective equipment necessary to succeed.
Ask the Administration Leadership Team
As UCLA strives to follow the safer at home orders issued by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, staff, faculty and students are doing all they can to ensure the continuity of UCLA’s mission of education, research and service. Despite the uncertainty of this unprecedented time, many Bruins are looking forward with optimism and have reached out to ask, "When do you anticipate that staff will be able to return to campus?"
An empty nest
In the spring and summer it is common to find young birds away from their nests. Concerned students or staff often think the birds need rescuing, but it depends. It's important to remember that nests are unsafe places to be; it's easier for a predator to kill four chicks that are in the same cup of sticks and hair than four chicks that are in four different parts of their parents' territory. As a result, parents will push their chicks out of the nest. Knowing when a young bird is old enough to be out of the nest is key to knowing if it's appropriate to intervene.
A taste of Plateia - at home
The past couple of months have been like nothing we’ve seen before as academic courses were moved online, events were cancelled and restaurants closed their dining rooms, among other things. The Luskin Conference’s Center’s restaurant, Plateia, which is operated and managed by UCLA Housing & Hospitality, was no exception. With this in mind, we thought we’d bring Plateia to you by empowering you to make one of our popular recipes at home.
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.
Hidden but not Forgotten
As UCLA nears the end of its 101st academic year, we would like to take a look back to nearly a century ago when, on October 22, 1927, the first structure on campus was completed: Arroyo Bridge. Hidden, but not forgotten, this architectural marvel continues to ferry unsuspecting Bruins across Dickson Court, from Murphy Hall to the flagstaff at the end of the plaza. Beneath Dickson Court, the bridge also grants access to UCLA’s maintenance tunnels, which connect to all major buildings on campus. A tour of the tunnels provides a unique perspective of campus.