September 13, 2010

Dear Colleagues:
The Office of the President has announced plans to host an online town hall meeting later this month to discuss post-employment benefits, health care costs, UC's budget, and other important university issues.
This live, interactive Web Town Hall -- a first in UC history -- is intended to give faculty, staff, and retirees an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about UC benefits.
The event will be moderated by Penelope Herbert, staff advisor-designate to the Regents. Panelists will include Nathan Brostrom, executive vice president for business operations; Peter Taylor, chief financial officer; Dwaine Duckett, vice president for human resources; and Provost Lawrence Pitts, executive vice president for academic affairs of the UC system.
I encourage you to participate in this forum. The live webcast will take place on Friday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please note that the date has changed from UCOP’s original announcement in the UC newsletter. The webcast will be archived, so that you can access and view it at your convenience. A transcript will also be made available. Details on accessing the webcast are given below and in the announcement posted on The Future of UC Retirement Benefits website at
What:     UC Systemwide Town Hall
When:    Friday, September 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: (no login required to view event)
Q: How do I submit questions or comments?
A: Participants will need a UStream account to post questions or comments during the Town Hall. (You do not need an account if you wish to simply view the event.) Signing up for a UStream account is a simple process that takes about a minute, and the instructions for doing so are here: After you have an account, you will be able to "join the crowd" at the UC webcast site ( and post questions or comments once the webcast is underway.
The Future of Retirement Benefits website also provides a forum for questions and comments about UC benefits. You can submit a question or comment at any time at Frequently asked questions and answers are posted at
Q: What if I am unable to participate at the time of the live webcast?
A: You will be able to view an archived copy of the webcast or obtain a transcript of the proceedings at
Henry T. Yang