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Food Chain Cluster Safety Training 2017

May 19, 2017

On May 16, 2017, Safety Coordinator Leslie Oberholtzer presented on "Safety & Health in the Office Work Environment" at the Food Chain staff meeting.  A copy of the PowerPoint presentation along with links referred to in the presentation are shown below.


Meet the new faculty members for 2016-2017

May 17, 2017

At the recent Food Chain Cluster staff meeting on May 16th, 2017, Kelly Wade (CAO) presented an overview of the new faculty members that came on board 2016-2017 for the departments of Animal Science and Nutrition.

Eight new faculty members joined the department of Animal Science and four have joined the department of Nutrition.  Many faculty have already started and are housed in their offices and labs and others will be moving to campus in the coming months.


Aggie Travel has Landed!

November 28, 2016

Welcome to AggieTravel! Your new expense reporting system is now live!  This third wave roll-out applies to all staff within the following divisions: College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, ANR, College of Engineering, IET, and Student Affairs.

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New Online Survey Tool Available at UC Davis

October 26, 2016

UCD now has access to an online survey tool named Qualtrics.  Qualtrics is similar to SurveyMonkey and is available to UCD faculty, students, and staff at no cost.  If you have been using SurveyMonkey (or another online survey tool), you may want to consider switching to Qualtrics.   For those of you who do human subjects studies, please note that the campus Qualtrics team has indicated that use of Qualtrics might be possible for some human subject data, but its use would need to be explicitly approved in your IRB protocol.   To sign up to use the tool, just go to:  

Jennifer Gunter joins Food Chain Cluster Administrative Team

October 23, 2016

Jennifer Gunter has joined the Food Chain Cluster as the assistant to the chair in Animal  Science (she is replacing Estefany Villasenor's recently vacated position).  Jenny comes to us from the Primate Center and has been on campus for 12 years. 

Heidi Edgington joins Food Chain Cluster Administrative Team

March 01, 2016

Welcome Heidi Edgington to the Nutrition Dept/Food Chain Cluster  as the new Department chair support and academic personnel coordinator. She has been doing a great job filling in from the Temp Pool for the past 8 months and we are very excited that she is officially joining our Food-Chain team! Please stop by and say hi and welcome her to the department/cluster.  

Congratulations to Estefany Villasenor

February 29, 2016

Estefany Villaseñor has accepted a promotional opportunity within the Chancellor’s office here on campus. Her last day will be March 11th. Estefany will be greatly missed!  She has been a valued member of our Animal Science family and for the FoodChain cluster for the past 9 years.  Estefany played a vital role in the organization and running of the department with her creativity, thoughtfulness, forward thinking, get things done, and stay on top of things attitude. The Chancellor’s office will be fortunate to have such a dedicated and prepared person in their unit. 

Leslie Oberholtzer receives campus Safety Star Recognition Award

December 11, 2015

Congratulations to Leslie Oberholtzer who received the campus Safety Star Recognition Award! This award was established by campus to recognize campus employees making a contribution to improve the culture of safety at UC Davis. Leslie is the Safety Coordinator for the department of Animal Science. She joined the department in 2014.

2015 Cluster News

August 26, 2015
  • Sylvia Whitley retires after many years of service - best wishes Sylvia! (June 2015)
  • LaRena Romero and Leah Montez join the Food Chain Account Management team. The updated Account Manager and Purchaser Assignments document is available online. (June 2015)
  • Shylia Perez has accepted the position of Personnel and Finance Manager for the Food Chain Cluster.   Shylia has 15 years of campus experience serving in many roles ranging from personnel, finance, to supervisory. (April 2015)

2014 Cluster News

October 26, 2014
  • Jennie Sandoval joins Animal Science as the new Animal Biology and Avian Sciences Graduate Group Coordinator - November 2014
  • New wireless access points  are live on the 1st and 2nd floors of Meyer Hall
  • Kelly Wade accepts Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) position for Food Chain Cluster - April 2014
  • Curt Finley retires after 35+ years! - July 2014
  • New IT status page debuts - April 2014