End of Fall 2010 Semester Message

December 7, 2010

Dear Divisional Colleagues,

As the semester draws to a close, please allow me to share a few thoughts. It goes without saying that our division, as well as the rest of the campus, continues to undergo significant challenges. As I noted in one of my earlier emails, I sincerely believe that the hard work and sacrifices we are undertaking now will allow Cal to emerge transformed and poised for excellence to benefit our current students as well as future generations of
Cal graduates. Staying focused on creating the best student experience will help to illuminate what feels like an uncertain path right now. Yes, difficult decisions are ahead of us and how we care for one another through this season of change remains a priority.

I want to thank each of you for continuing to serve our students, in small and big ways, whether publicly or behind the scenes. Your unflappable and open energy, willingness to learn and innovate, and ability to ask questions while providing solutions have been incredibly helpful not only for Operational Excellence but for our day to day work. None of us should take our unique ability to make a positive difference in the lives of students,
staff, and faculty for granted.

Some have expressed to me that this holiday season and celebration have not felt as festive or even appropriate as in past years. I understand this sentiment. While I do not discount individual feelings and experiences, I hope that we can still gather as a community. It is precisely in moments of uncertainty and consternation that coming together can make a difference. As a reminder, the divisional holiday event is Thursday, December 9 from 11:30-2:00 at the Alumni House. It is important to acknowledge the good work of everyone this semester and to take a moment to connect face to face with colleagues across the division. I hope to see you there so I might thank you personally.

My best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Harry Le Grande
Vice Chancellor