May 1, 2015

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 1-8. We will kick off Staff Celebration Week with our Staff Social, Drawing & Craft Bazaar on Friday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m. at the RecCen Pavilion Lawn. The Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Staff Assembly, will be held Monday, May 4, from 12-1 p.m. in the SAASB Courtyard. The 11th annual Staff Assembly Cookie Contest will be held during the noon hour on Thursday, May 7, at the Student Resource Building. Wrapping up the week is our Staff Celebration Luncheon on Friday, May 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Faculty Club Green.

Dilling and I are honored to join with our entire campus community in celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of all of our staff colleagues. Recognizing the tremendous work of staff members 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 Scholarship program, and we are working to expand professional development programming as our way of saying thank you for all that our staff does, day in and day out.

I hope you will all 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

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


Henry T. Yang