UCLA Library Announces New Senior Fellows Cohorts

April 1, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On March 27, the UCLA disclosed in a press release that the UCLA Library will welcome 20 top managers of academic libraries from across the nation for its 2024 UCLA Library Senior Fellows program. The biennial residential program will be held in July, focuses on management perspectives, strategic thinking and practical and theoretical approaches to issues impacting academic libraries, preparing fellows to pursue advanced leadership roles in the field.

“As a 2018 fellow, I value how much the UCLA Library Senior Fellows program intentionally built a cohort of not just good colleagues, but good friends and good advisors from across many different parts of the academic library landscape,” said Athena Jackson, the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. “The immersive experience and length of the program allowed for trust to be built and ideas to be shared candidly with a goal towards honing our skills as leaders and learners.”

Over 300 fellows have attended the program since its inception in 1982, and about 100 of its alumni have gone on to become library directors, including about 60 at Association of Research Libraries institutions.

“The UCLA Library Senior Fellows program has been nothing short of transformational for academic libraries,” said Janice Welburn, program director and a member of the 1999 cohort. “I am eager to welcome our new cohort to campus for a series of lectures, panels, workshops, and field trips and look forward to the lively debate, discussion and new friendships that will follow.”

The program is one of the longest-running leadership development program in the library profession, the UCLA Library Senior Fellows program is administratively hosted and supported by the UCLA Library.

The 2024 cohorts will arrive on the UCLA campus July 8 for a three-week residential program. Cohort members include:

-Michelle Armstrong, associate dean, Albertsons Library, Boise State University

-Tamika Barnes, associate dean for Perimeter library services, Georgia State University

-Nicole Branch, dean, University Library, Santa Clara University

-Gina Costello, associate dean, technology initiatives and special collections, Louisiana State University

-Shamella Cromartie, associate dean for organizational performance and administration, Clemson University Libraries, Clemson University

-Michael DeMars, associate dean of public services, Cal State Fullerton

-Kerri Goergen-Doll, associate dean of libraries, Oregon State University Libraries and Press

-Adriana Gonzalez, senior associate dean, University of Arkansas

-Mihoko Hosoi, associate dean for collections, research and scholarly communications, Penn State University

-Alexia Hudson-Ward, associate director of research, learning and strategic partnerships, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

-Heather James, interim dean of library, Foley Library, Gonzaga University

-Melissa Mallon, associate university librarian for teaching and learning, Vanderbilt University

-Danianne Mizzy, dean of library services, Montclair State University

-Katherine O’Clair, associate dean for academic services, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University

-John P. Renaud, associate university librarian for research resources, UC Irvine

-Alexandra Rivera, associate dean for diversity, inclusion and organizational development, Michigan State University Libraries

-Sandy Rodriguez, associate dean of special collections and archives, University of Missouri-Kansas City

-Lidia Uziel, associate university librarian for research resources and scholarly communication, UC Santa Barbara

-Amy Warner May, associate director of scholarly resources, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

-Roger Zender, associate university librarian, creation and curation services, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

By Trevor

Parking Permit Scam Targeting UCLA Students

January 30, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On Sunday, January 28, the UCLA Police Department announced on their Facebook page a parking permit scam that is targeting UCLA students.

Authorities are warning students about the scam that involves a perpetrator impersonating a student that attempts to sell a parking permit in exchange for a digital payment.

UCLA parking permits can only be purchased from UCLA Transportation and are non-transferrable. Anyone who encounters someone trying to sell them a UCLA parking permit are asked to report them by calling (310) 825-1491.

By Trevor

Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested By UCLA PD

January 30, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On January 23, the UCLA Police Department noted a suspect responsible for a sexual battery has been taken into custody.

It was reported on January 19 at around 2:10 p.m., the suspect grabbed the victim’s buttocks near the Inverted Fountain. At 6:07 p.m., the suspect grabbed another victim’s buttocks near Pritzker Hall.

The suspect was described in a news alert as a male, Indian or Middle Eastern in his 20s with short black hair. He was wearing a blue and gray jacket, gray sweatpants, black sneakers, a black backpack and headphones.

The victims in each sexual battery are UCLA students.

The UCLA Police Department would like to remind the campus community to:

• Dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
• For non-emergencies, program the UCLA PD 24-hour phone number into your cell phone 310-825-1491.
• Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Report any suspicious activity to the police.
• Do not leave doors to buildings propped open.
• Secure your residence by locking all windows and doors.
• Avoid poorly-lit or deserted areas when walking at night.
• Utilize the UCLA Safe Ride Service and UCPD CSO evening escorts.

The name of the suspect has not yet been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

UCLA’s Powell Cat Passes Away

March 12, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—UCLA’s unofficial mascot known by students and staff as the Powell Cat passed away on Thursday, March 9. The cat was found under a tree near its home, in front of Kaufman Hall.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. According to Powell Cat’s official Instagram, which was run by a staff caretaker, the cat was alive at around 9 a.m. that day. At around 4:09 p.m. the account confirmed Powell Cat’s death. There are plans to have a memorial gathering which will be on Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m. The location has yet to be announced. Updates can be found on Powell Cat’s Instagram.

Many students took to social media to post their memories of the cat and their condolences. Students said Powell Cat was a friend and source of joy on campus and expressed their shock at their sudden passing. Many students gathered outside Kaufman Hall on Thursday afternoon to check on the cat following a post in the UCLA subreddit around 3 p.m. first alleging Powell Cat’s death.

Powell Cat was a stray that was first discovered on UCLA’s campus back in 2015. Kathleen Brown, a staff member at the UCLA Library who was one of Powell’s caretakers, explained to NBC that the history is unclear but that it is possible that Powell’s mother, renamed Midgeley, could be the one who lived inside Powell Library. Everyone suspected that the cat was probably born around 2013. 

Throughout Powell Cat’s life UCLA staff members took it upon themselves to provide food, snacks, water and other necessities for the cat. 

A UCLA student who chose to remain anonymous spoke with Canyon News in an interview. “Powell Cat was a beloved member of my school and community. They were the reason I looked forward to coming to campus. They were our unofficial mascot for myself and many students,” the student explained. “I would sit beside them, greet them hello and goodbye, wish them well, give them pets and playtime, take pictures, like many other students and faculty would.”

The same student informed Canyon News that students are urging the UCLA Campus to erect a permanent memorial for Powell Cat. “I feel that a memorial of Powell Cat should be erected, because as I’ve said, they were a beloved member of UCLA and gave the proper morale that students including myself needed on a bad day. I would say they constantly served us with their presence and we owe them our gratitude,” the student concluded. 

By Christianne

Nurses Address Unsafe Patient Conditions At UCLA

February 28, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—Nurses affiliated with the California Nurses Association, which represents more than 18,000 nurses at the University of California, are calling upon the University of California – Los Angeles to address unsafe patient practices within their facilities.  

“We have tried to warn UCLA about the existing patient safety issues with shared rooms,” said Mary Gay Dacquel, RN, in a news release from the California Nurses Association on February 27. “UCLA has ignored our recommendations and refused to tell us their plan after the [California Department of Public Health] waiver expires.” 

According to CNA, issues have been going on for months and they are deeply concerned about “the patient care conditions and the lack of patient privacy and dignity due to the ongoing use of shared rooms and hallway beds.”

“Putting two patients into a room meant for one makes our incredibly tough and demanding job even more stressful,” said RN and CNA Nurse Representative Thuy Nguyen. “Not only do we have to navigate twice the number of visitors and equipment in a small room meant for just one patient, the cramped space also means patients lose their privacy and potentially expose each other to Covid-19. This should only be a practice when absolutely necessary, not a band-aid for deeper failures by management to plan for inevitable surges in patients.”

The group of unionized nurses plans on holding a demonstration in front of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday, March 1. This follows another demonstration that will be held by RNs at the University of San Francisco concerned over the same issues. They plan on organizing on Tuesday, February 28, between 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCSF Parnassus Medical Center, 505 Parnassus Avenue in San Francisco. 

Studies have shown when nurses are assigned too many patients to safely care for at once, the patients are at an increased risk for preventable medical errors, avoidable complications, increased length of stay, readmissions, and even death. Studies have shown that assigning nurses too many patients to safely care for at once also leads to ongoing moral distress and job dissatisfaction.

According to the U.S. News, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is ranked #5 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 7 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 17 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility that works to instruct upcoming medical professionals. The evaluation of UCLA Medical Center also includes data from Mattel Children’s Hospital.

Also ranked the #2 hospital in California & Los Angeles metro area and nationally ranked in the top 5 in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, UCLA Medical Center excels at caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients in these specialties and more. It is rated High Performing in nearly all procedures and conditions.

By Christianne

Two Female Students Assaulted On UCLA Campus

February 8, 2023 ·

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WESTWOOD—On February 6, the University of California-Los Angeles campus police reported at least two females were assaulted by the same individual on Sunday, February 5. Both incidents occurred near campus parking structures.

The first incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on February 5 by UCLA Parking Structure 1 located on Gayley Avenue nearest LaConte Avenue. A male approached the victim demanding money.

According to reports, the suspect grabbed the victim, held her hands together, and would not let her go claiming to have a gun. He was attempting to kidnap the young woman when she was able to break free and get away.

The second victim reported she was approached at approximately 6:45 p.m. the same day. The assailant approached the woman, threatening her close to Parking Structure 7. She was also able to escape and report the incident.

One of the women reported she was walking with a friend on campus Sunday evening when a man approached them and blocked their path. “The entire time I was thinking about how I could escape the situation,” she told UCLA campus police.

The suspect is described as a Black male between 25 and 40 years of age and standing approximately 5 foot and 10 inches tall. He has dark hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a dark blue shirt with white lettering on it at the time of the assaults.

UCLA Police sent a “Attempted Burglary/Assault” alert and posted it on the campus police Twitter page. 

UCLA has a section on its website for student safety under “Residential Life” titled “Living in Los Angeles” that notes the following:

While the UCLA campus and nearby Westwood neighborhoods are generally safe, it is important that you help educate your students about personal safety. Some tips that you may want to discuss with your student are:

• Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave. Take your keys with you, even if you leave for only a short while.
• Avoid bringing large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items to college. Leave them in a secure location at home.
• Make sure your purse or backpack is securely closed. Carry purses close to your body.
• Carry enough cash for cab fare, bus fare or telephone calls in case you become uncomfortable and need to go home.
• When walking or exercising, use a well-traveled route, walk purposefully, be observant, and avoid being out alone at night.
• To travel within the campus, call the free Campus Escort Service, a friend, or wait for a campus shuttle to help you get home.
• Report to the police any unusual or suspicious activity or persons.

By Sharon