April 25, 2016

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 April 25-May 1. We will kick off Staff Celebration Week today, Monday, April 25, with our Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Staff Assembly, at 12 noon in the SAASB Courtyard. The Staff Celebration Luncheon and presentation of staff awards will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Faculty Club Green. The Staff Social and Craft Bazaar will be held on Friday, April 29, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Recreation Center Pavilion Lawn. Wrapping up the week is our first annual Gaucho Family Pool Party on Sunday, May 1, from 12:30-4:30 pm at the Recreation Center Pool.

Both Dilling and I are tremendously appreciative and enthusiastically supportive of the activities of Staff Celebration Week. Each and every year, it is a privilege to join with our entire campus in celebrating the many accomplishments and contributions of all our dedicated staff colleagues. We are honored to recognize the tremendous work of staff across our campus and the key role our staff colleagues play not only in our prestigious academic stature, but our outstanding campus facilities and infrastructure, and the committed support you give our students, faculty, and each other. 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 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 http://csac.ucsb.edu.

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