April 18, 2012


Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to take this opportunity to write to you about Staff Celebration Week on our campus. During this week, we take some time to express our appreciation to our staff for their many invaluable contributions to our campus community. UC Santa Barbara's excellence in research, teaching, and public service depends in countless ways on our dedicated staff members.

This year, events will be held from May 11-18. As we did last year, we will kick off Staff Celebration Week with our Staff Luncheon on Friday, May 11. Later that evening, a Family Movie Night will be held at the Pollock Theatre, with a restored version of the film The Sound of Music. The Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Staff Assembly, will be held on Monday, May 14. On Tuesday, our Professional Women's Association will host its annual conference, focusing this year on the theme "Wellness for Life" and featuring guest speaker Marcia Meier, an award-wining writer and former director of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. On Wednesday, May 16, ABOG, CSAC, PWA, and Staff Assembly will sponsor a Staff Social and Bazaar. Staff Assembly will hold its Cookie Contest on Thursday, May 17, and Staff Celebration Week will conclude with our 2nd Annual Chef Showcase and a new event, the Hot Wheels Car Show, on Friday, May 18.

Dilling and I are honored to join with our entire campus community in celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of all of our staff colleagues. In this difficult budget climate, recognizing the tremendous work of staff members across our campus and the support they give our students and faculty, and each other, has never been more important. Because we so deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication of our campus staff, Dilling and I have also made a special effort to continue to provide scholarships for staff to encourage and further professional development opportunities through the Dilling Yang Staff Scholarship program, and we are working to expand professional development programming as our way of saying thanks for all our staff does, day in and day out.

I hope you all will join me in supporting and encouraging participation by all of our staff colleagues in the activities of Staff Celebration Week. To learn more about the variety of activities planned for this week, please visit the CSAC website at http://csac.ucsb.edu/index.cfm.

Our staff members are an integral and valued part of our UCSB family. I look forward to seeing you at our Staff Celebration Week events.


Henry T. Yang