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An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

July 20, 2014
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

UCSF’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition Program (STAR) Program is an opportunity to recognize and reward exceptional work that helps UCSF successfully meet our common objectives. This program furthers UCSF’s Strategic Plan and, ultimately, our vision to advance health worldwide. While our goals are challenging, success in achieving them will have a dramatic impact on our ability to sustain the excellence of UCSF.

Due to the concerted efforts of many people across UCSF, several initiatives linked to the STAR FY14 department goals were accomplished that support our collective success. I appreciate the intensity of the work that many faculty and staff have invested, recognizing the extra determination to get the job done.

2014–15 STAR program

The STAR program will continue in fiscal year 2014–15. Similar to last year, there is the potential to provide cash awards for non-represented staff employees who demonstrate significant achievements and contributions in support of targeted strategic objectives.

This fiscal year we will continue with a goal in support of employee engagement, and each organization will institute one additional goal directly linked to the advancement of UCSF’s Strategic Plan. Supervisors will share details of this program in the coming weeks with employees providing information on how to participate. In July 2015, the UCSF leadership team will assess accomplishments against those goals and consider recognition awards up to $2,000 for MSP job levels and $800 for PSS job levels.

It is important to share upfront that the UC Office of the President retains the authority to discontinue this plan at any time. A decision to...

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July 16, 2014
Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am honored to have been appointed today by the UC Board of Regents as the tenth chancellor of UC San Francisco. It is a privilege to have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead one of the premier health sciences universities in the world. I believe deeply in UCSF’s public mission and our collective ability to transform health through research, education and patient care.

Over the past 32 years, I have had the honor of serving UCSF in a variety of ways, starting as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. There, I learned the critical role of the basic, curiosity-driven research that is the foundational strength of UCSF.

Early in my career, I also benefited from UCSF’s unusually collaborative and mutually supportive culture, an environment that demands excellence, but is also warm and supportive, with teachers and mentors who are equally as eager to see their students and colleagues succeed as they are to contribute. I am proud that this remains the culture of UCSF today.

I also have had the great fortune, as a clinician, to practice in UCSF’s neonatal intensive care unit. There, I was reminded daily of the nobility of our mission to improve the health and lives of the people we are privileged to serve, and to train the next generation.

These years have been an extraordinary experience and have instilled a deep respect for the core values that drive us at UCSF. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Toland Medical College, I am acutely aware of the rapid changes underway in all aspects of our work. UCSF has a well-deserved reputation for leading change. Now more than ever, we must nurture this...

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July 10, 2014
Community
Emergency
UC System

Dear UC San Francisco Community:

Earlier this year, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. While UC San Francisco (UCSF) recognizes the severity of the situation, we already have taken actions that resulted in an actual reduction in our water use from 1990 to 2013, even as square footage increased by 74.7 percent over that period.

Despite this commendable record, more is needed. I am writing today to inform you of the measures the campus is adopting as well as describe the individual actions you also can take to address the current crisis.

Current campus water-saving measures

In January, President Janet Napolitano issued her goal to have individual campuses and the system as a whole reduce consumption of potable water by 20 percent by 2020. UCSF committed to six strategic actions and has just completed its first Water Action Plan that outlines actions toward achieving this objective. These strategies include infrastructure and large equipment upgrades and retrofits. More information about the action items is available at Office of Sustainability–LivingGreen.

However, as stated, the Governor asks the state to reduce water consumption by 20 percent this year. We only can accomplish this through your immediate help in reducing our daily water usage.

How you can HELP:

Join your colleagues across the campus community in saving water in several ways:

· Workers and lab managers should have their labs and offices Living Green Certified as soon as possible to focus on water and energy saving strategies. Whenever possible, use less deionized, distilled or reverse-...

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July 9, 2014
Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share with you the results of the 2014 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score, or grand mean, increased from 3.72 to 3.81 points (0.09) on a five-point scale. Over the last three staff engagement surveys administered by Gallup, this constitutes an increase of .21, which marks meaningful progress. I encourage all of us to be part of this trend of increasing engagement at UCSF.

Building staff engagement is a shared responsibility. As the last two survey results showed, those units that participated in and made progress on action planning achieved significantly higher levels of engagement. There are several ways each of us can support this effort:

· Actively contribute to and participate in your unit’s action planning activities. You can expect to hear your unit’s specific results in the coming weeks.

· Share your ideas with your managers and peers in support actions to promote engagement in your unit.

· Look for ways to integrate engagement into day-to-day work.

Together, we help make UCSF a great place to work and ensure UCSF’s ongoing success as a leader in research, education, and patient care. I join you in this endeavor and am deeply grateful for all you do for UCSF.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor

May 27, 2014
Community
Emergency

Dear UCSF Community:

The tragic events that took place the night of May 23 in Isla Vista have had a severe and direct impact on the UC Santa Barbara community, as well as on the family and friends of the victims. We want to acknowledge that members of the UCSF community also are feeling a sense of grief, bewilderment and loss.

The students of UCSF have initiated a solidarity vigil for all UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees. The vigil will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., on Parnassus in Saunders Court.

Please also know that counseling services are available to faculty, staff and trainees through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, and, for students, through Student Health & Counseling.

In addition, we have strengthened our ability to warn faculty, staff, students, trainees and affiliates using the WarnMe mass notification system. If an imminent threat to life and safety were to occur, the UCSF police would activate the WarnMe system and members of the community would be alerted on their individual cell phone and other registered phone numbers. If you haven’t registered with WarnMe, I encourage you to take a few minutes and sign up.

Our faculty, staff, students and trainees constitute a large UC family, and this loss saddens and touches all of us.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor
Dean, School of Medicine

May 19, 2014
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Finance3 went live on March 10. A major initiative affecting a significant and diverse population of campus, this effort included converting twenty-nine central systems to the new Chart of Accounts and launching MyReports and UPlan—two new financial tools that will benefit our campus by providing better and more robust data that will inform our decisions moving forward.

The Finance3 project exemplifies the best of UCSF, with significant collaboration and extensive input from across the campus. We send our thanks to all of the people who worked tirelessly over the last two years to implement Finance3 including:

  • Finance3 Champions from across the campus
  • UPlan Coordinators from each of the Control Points
  • MyReports and UPlan departmental Subject Matter Experts
  • Think Tanks and Local Process Design Groups from the Schools and Central Administration
  • Finance3 Project Teams comprising representatives from Budget and Resource Management, Controllers Office, IT and the Program Management Office
  • Finance Functional Leadership Team

In addition, we extend our appreciation to everyone who attended the Finance3 town halls and to those who completed the extensive training offered. Thank you in advance for your continued dedication and patience as we transition to these two new tools.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor
Dean, School of Medicine

John Plotts
Senior Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration

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April 9, 2014
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

On April 28, you will receive a message from Gallup to participate in the third UCSF Staff Engagement Survey, which will be administered April 28 through May 16. UCSF leadership strives to build a work environment that supports staff engagement, one that is conducive to achieving our collective mission of advancing health worldwide. Gallup, known nationally for its excellence in data-driven research, will administer the 2014 survey.

One of the primary ways we gauge our success in building a supportive work environment is by periodically gathering the opinions of our staff. The Staff Engagement Survey provides staff members with an opportunity to express their voices candidly and confidentially. The 2013 survey results showed progress on staff engagement, and units across the campus and medical center have created and implemented quality action plans to continue this improvement. The 2014 Staff Engagement Survey will provide greater insight into the impact of these efforts, and help us plan future engagement activities that contribute to making UCSF a great place to work.

The survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and Gallup will hold your responses in complete confidence. Responses will be reported anonymously without reference to identity of any respondents. We will provide an assessment of outcomes of the 2014 survey once it is closed and analysis of results completed.

Please take time to reflect on your employment experience at UCSF and share your feedback through this important survey.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor

March 27, 2014
Community

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share with you that 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of UC San Francisco. This milestone presents a unique opportunity for all of us to reflect on UCSF’s rich and innovative history, integral role in San Francisco and leadership in the transformation of health worldwide.

Throughout the year, we will host a number of events to celebrate the anniversary, launching with the Founders Day Dinner on April 10, 2014 and culminating in the opening of the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on February 1, 2015. Other cornerstone events will take place around UCSF Alumni Weekend, also held in the spring, and the completion of Mission Hall in October 2014.

I am pleased to announce that Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD ’69, dean emerita of the School of Pharmacy, agreed to chair the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee, a group comprising faculty, alumni and volunteers who will oversee the planning process. A staff work group already has laid a solid foundation, and I am grateful for their commitment of time and energy.

Dean Koda-Kimble and I invite you to offer ideas for this occasion that both explore our campus’ history and consider its future. To ensure that the celebration period is reflective of the entire UCSF community, we have created a short survey to collect your suggestions. Please visit http://ucsf150.ucsf.edu to share your thoughts.

In the coming weeks, Dean Koda-Kimble will be in touch with additional information about the sesquicentennial celebration. As vital members of our campus community, your participation in this extraordinary celebration...

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March 27, 2014
Community

Dear Colleagues:

As members of the UCSF community, I invite you to read recently published stories about UCSF's multi-year financial planning and projections along with a snapshot of some of the numerous efforts across the enterprise to meet the challenges of our dynamic and competitive marketplace.

The stories are posted at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/02/111891/finance-overview

Sincerely,

John E. Plotts
Senior Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration

July 19, 2012
Community

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, July 18, I will present my recommendations on the “Future of UCSF” project to the UC Regents.

I invite you to listen to my presentation, which is scheduled for 12:00-12:30 p.m. on July 18. It can be heard live (audio only) via this link: http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2. Please note that the schedule may change based on other Regents’ agenda items. A summary and video clip will be posted on Thursday, July 19, at http://www.ucsf.edu/

This presentation will be the conclusion of an in-depth analysis of UCSF’s current business model, the challenges and opportunities facing the University over the next five to 10 years, and various strategies that my leadership team has considered with the goal of ensuring that UCSF remains a world-class health sciences university and a prominent center of innovation in the Bay Area and beyond.

Best,

Sue

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

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