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UCnetwork: May 2024

May 22, 2024
In the May issue of UCnetwork, we’re highlighting travel health benefits, applause-worthy staff, how your colleagues support mental wellness and more!

Summer travel plans? Your UC medical plan has you covered

Vintage suitcase, books and sunglasses
May 21, 2024
If you need medical attention while you’re traveling, here’s what you need to know to get the care you need.

Healthy minds: UC staff who support mental wellness

Emily Giovanelli sitting on a rock
May 20, 2024
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! To celebrate, we asked staff throughout UC to share how they support mental health — at work and outside of it.

UC Spotlight: May 2024

Winners of the UC Santa Barbara 2024 Staff Citation of Excellence Awards pose with Chancellor Harry T. Yang and Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Garry Mac Pherson.
May 17, 2024
UC Spotlight is a new UCnetwork feature that celebrates UC locations, teams and individual staff members who are helping to make UC a great place to work.

UCLA nurse’s invention may save millions of work hours

Veronica Pellegrino, RN
May 17, 2024
Veronica Pellegrino, R.N., designed the pill-package-opening device to save time and reduce repetitive stress injuries.

UC named “Most Sustainable Organization”

man working on beach
May 16, 2024
The accolade by EnergyCap, LLC recognizes UC’s wide-ranging and strategic approach to sustainability.

Jenny Kao named vice president and chief of staff to the president

Jenny Kao
May 15, 2024
Jenny has worked in the president’s office for nearly 25 years and has served President Drake from the beginning of his presidency as chief of staff. 

Honoring student diversity at UCSF

Graduates from UCSF’s professional schools and Graduate Division
May 13, 2024
For the new alumni recently honored at UCSF, graduation is an opportunity to represent and serve traditionally marginalized groups of people.

UC People: Kaya Mentesoglu

Kaya Mentesoglu
May 13, 2024
For more than two decades, Kaya Mentesoglu has served UCLA’s International Institute with key IT technology support.

Microaggressions, your health and how to cope

Chase Anderson and Brittany Bryant
May 13, 2024
Over time, these subtle and, sometimes, not-so-subtle slights can lead to everything from poor sleep to low self-esteem and even depression.