Assemblymember Salas Looks To Uplifting Effects of Higher Education

Assemblymember Rudy Salas greets the crowd during a luncheon at UCLA.

Assemblymember Rudy Salas ’00, of the 32nd California Assembly District visited UCLA on Nov. 13 to discuss several major topics of interest including access to education and drought remedies, while also reconnecting with his alma mater.

Salas met with Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability Mark Gold to discuss the status of the UCLA Grand Challenge Sustainable L.A., and also the types of water storage research taking place on campus. The Assemblymember represents the Central Valley (Bakersfield, Arvin, Delano, McFarland, etc.) and serves on the Agriculture Committee.


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UCLA Alumni Show Political Experiences Are “More Than a House of Cards”

Panelists speak to a crowd of young alumni during a special event at the Grammy Museum.

It takes persistence, good relationships and a strong set of priorities to make it in politics, UCLA alumni panelists said in an event to cultivate young alumni advocates. Entitled, “More Than a House of Cards”, the Nov. 12 reception and panel at the Grammy Museum drew more than 100 people to discuss civic engagement.

The event included a panel with four UCLA alumni with political experiences: Neera Tanden ’92, President of the Center for American Progress and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton; 53rd District California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago ‘98; Maricela Gomez ’99, Paramount Pictures Director of Real Estate & Government Relations; and Moises Merino ’00, political consultant for Revolvis Consulting.


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Regents committees approve plan to enroll more Californians

The University of California Board of Regents Nov. 19 gave preliminary approval to UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan to increase enrollment of California undergraduates by 10,000 over the next three years, including 5,000 freshmen and transfer students in 2016-17.

The enrollment plan was approved by the Committees on Finance and Long Range Planning as part of their consideration of the university’s proposed operating budget for 2016-17.  The full Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Friday on the budget and the enrollment plan.


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Entertainment Experts Tackle Copyright Law Before U.S. House Judiciary Committee

A group of mostly entertainment industry experts spoke with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on copyright laws Nov. 10.

Copyright issues surrounding all facets of the entertainment industry were at the heart of a special roundtable discussion at UCLA.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee held the discussion on Nov. 10, which was part of the Committee’s national copyright review. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) first announced the Committee’s intention to undertake a comprehensive bipartisan review of U.S. copyright law at World Intellectual Property Day in April 2013.

The goal of the Committee’s review has been to determine whether the copyright laws are still working in the digital age to reward creativity and innovation. As part of the copyright review process, the Committee has held 20 congressional hearings, which have included testimony from 100 witnesses.


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UCLA community salutes military service members and veterans

UCLA honored veterans with a special ceremony on Wednesday at Wilson Plaza.

More than 350 UCLA community members — veterans, ROTC cadets, faculty, staff, alumni and friends — gathered in Wilson Plaza Nov. 11 for UCLA’s eighth annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor current military service members and veterans.

Thanking them for their service, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block talked about UCLA’s innovative programs that care for the physical and mental health needs of veterans and military service members and about the university’s 70-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles campus. There are new opportunities for further collaboration, he pointed out, as leaders develop a master plan to transform that campus into a 21st century space for veterans.


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Workshop Teaches UCLA Students How to Hone Their Advocacy Skills

Students and alumni participate in the inaugural UCLA Student Advocacy Workshop.

Approximately 30 UCLA students visited with UCLA staff and alumni in taking their first steps toward an enriching life of advocacy on behalf of the university and beyond.

The inaugural UCLA Student Advocacy Workshop took place on Oct. 28 at the James West Alumni Center.

After dinner, students were presented the many facets of UCLA Government and Community Relations (GCR), including the Volunteer Center, and then broke up into groups to strategize and role play potential future interactions with the elected officials impacting UCLA the most.

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