AVC Message: Voter Registration, Upcoming Elections, and Higher Education Legislation


IMG_4325With the conclusion of the Republican and Democratic Convention, the 2016 election campaign has moved into the final phase.  While a great deal of attention will be focused on the Presidential race, I would ask you to not lose sight on the important congressional and legislative races also on the ballot.

Government & Community Relations will be hosting several candidates forums in these races, so please check back with our calendar of events closer to the general election for further information. 


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U.S. Intelligence Makes Pitch To UCLA For More Research Partnerships

IARPA Director Dr. Jason Matheny talks with several UCLA faculty members before a breakfast roundtable. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

The United States national intelligence community could be fertile ground for UCLA research, and in more ways than a typical outsider might think, said a federal director during his visit to campus on Thursday.

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Director Dr. Jason Matheny visited with more than 30 UCLA officials and faculty members who represent disciplines ranging from engineering, to medicine to nanosystems.

“UCLA has so much talent in so many disciplines,” Matheny said during an informal morning breakfast at the James West Alumni Center with faculty and graduate students. “The research interests of faculty and students here are highly relevant to much of the work that IARPA funds. One of my goals is to increase awareness at UCLA about IARPA’s research programs, which offer funding opportunities for faculty and students.”

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Once homeless, Vietnam veteran turns to UCLA for a fresh start

Last week, Vietnam veteran Rick Martinez joined a group of younger veterans with disabilities at the UCLA Anderson School to develop entrepreneurial skills. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

As a homeless Vietnam veteran in the 1980s, Rick Martinez had to seek shelter nightly — sometimes at UCLA or the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus. At one point, to get out of bad weather, he stayed warm and comfortable in the staircase at the top floor of a Holiday Inn alongside the 405 freeway.

“If anyone came, I was just going to say I was looking for the bathroom,” he recalled. “That turned out to be my home for about two months.”

The unpredictable symmetry of life was not lost on Martinez when he found himself decades later back at UCLA, this time as a participant of the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities that ran July 9-17. And the hotel the program put him up in during the course? The Hotel Angeleno — formerly the Holiday Inn.

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UCLA Advocate In Action: County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Takes Action As a True Bruin

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl has plenty of awards and memorabilia in her office, including a piece from UCLA. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

When Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl left Hollywood behind and moved forward toward a new life of public service, she only had one institution in mind for a reboot: UCLA.

No matter what has happened in her life since being accepted to the university in the late 1950s, she has never strayed too far from connecting to the Bruins.

“I only wanted to go to UCLA,” she said. “When I was a child actor, nobody in my family had gone to college. I actually only applied to UCLA, I didn’t apply anywhere else. I was accepted with honors. And for $58 a semester, I got a full four-year, or actually as it turned out, five-year education.”

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New State Budget Allows UC To Expand California Enrollment

The following letter about the newly ratified California state budget from UC President Janet Napolitano was distributed on June 27:

Dear Friend of UC:

I am writing to provide you with an update on the state budget for the University of California, which has been signed into law by the Governor.  While State revenues fell far short of January projections, leading to a tighter than expected budget environment, we are pleased with the budget agreement the Governor and the Legislature reached. This budget provides critical new funding for important UC priorities including student outreach and support, efforts to improve diversity, increasing California enrollment, and innovation and entrepreneurship activities at our campuses.

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