On Thursday, November 13, UCLA was recognized as the educational honoree at the Los Angeles Country Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Eddy Awards. Chancellor Gene Block accepted an award for Outstanding Leadership in Economic Development on behalf of UCLA. The award recognized the many ways UCLA has become an economic engine for the Los Angeles region. The event highlighted UCLA’s impact as one of the largest public employers in the country, as well as how UCLA’s entrepreneurial spirit is positively impacting the nation.
The Eddy Awards is a cocktail, dinner, and awards gala that supports the fulfillment of the LAEDC mission to attract, retain, and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. The Awards were introduced by the LAEDC in 1996 to celebrate individuals, organizations, and cities that demonstrate exceptional contributions to positive economic development in the region. Continue reading
On Thursday, October 30, the UCLA State Government Relations unit hosted Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas from the 54th Assembly District as part of the “Legislator to Campus” program. UCLA happens to be a part of Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas’ district. His day-long campus visit included meetings regarding enrollment, campus budget and finance, development, residential life, and campus architecture.
Enrou, a start-up formed by a group of UCLA students who formerly worked for the UCLA Volunteer Center, won the $400,000 prize at the inaugural Forbes Pressure Cooker on October 21, 2014. Ann Wang represented Enrou in the Pressure Cooker pitch contest. Wang, a UCLA alum, worked in the UCLA Government & Community Relations’ Volunteer Center during all four of her undergraduate years at UCLA. From 2010 to 2013, Wang created and executed a variety of service events. She also contributed to the Social Media & Marketing Internship Program where undergraduate students combine their passions for technology and community service.
The UCLA State Government Relations unit hosted Assemblymember Anthony Rendon from the 63rd Assembly District on Friday, October 24, as part of the “Legislator to Campus” program. His campus visit included meetings with faculty from the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to discuss the importance of water conservation and the innovative research being conducted by their researchers. Continue reading
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s Junior Legislator Program was hosted on campus by the UCLA Government and Community Relations’ State Government Relations unit. Bocanegra’s Junior Legislator Program is a leadership program designed to expose high school students from the 39th Assembly District to the complexities of government, business, and education by sponsoring monthly visits to Los Angeles community partners. Continue reading
On Thursday, October 14, 2014, UCLA launched its Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at the Semel Institute. Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was honored for his work in the legislature toward making Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence possible. The launch was made official when Senator Steinberg had the honor of cutting the ribbon that symbolized the center’s opening. Recently, Senator Steinberg presented a plan to members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden for mental health services to be implemented nationwide. Prior to UCLA’s launch of the center, UC Davis launched its Behavioral Health Center of Excellence on October 1, 2014.