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March 16, 2020

UC Berkeley News

By Patrick Holmes| MARCH 16, 2020

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos sent the following message to the campus community on Monday:

March 13, 2020

UC Berkeley News

Eugene Whitlock, assistant vice chancellor for People and Culture, and Benjamin E. Hermalin, vice provost for the faculty, issued the following message the evening of Friday, March 13:

March 10, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

this updated message was sent to your supervisors and managers today for you to continue discussing alternative working arrangements in light of the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 situation.


Dear Supervisors and Managers:

March 2, 2020

UC Berkeley on Saturday publicly launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history, to raise $6 billion by the end of 2023.

The ambitious goal aims to secure UC Berkeley’s status as the world’s top public research and teaching university. The Light the Way: The Campaign for Berkeley, has already raised $3.4 billion since its quiet phase began Jan. 1, 2014.

February 29, 2020

The College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, has been renamed the Rausser College of Natural Resources in honor of a landmark $50 million gift by Gordon Rausser, former dean of the college and the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor Emeritus of agricultural and resource economics at UC Berkeley.

December 16, 2019

Happy Holidays VC Finance!

Watch a short holiday video for the VC Finance division.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. I truly appreciate you and everything you do in service of the university.

Happy Holidays!


Rosemarie Rae, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

November 15, 2019

November 14, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

This year there are changes to the way Composite Benefit Rates (CBR) are calculated and approved. In previous years, we worked directly with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to set the approved rates. Now that we have implemented UCPath, rather than work directly with DHHS, we will follow a standard process for calculating rates led by UCOP and will adopt their agreements with the federal government. 

November 4, 2019


In partnership with the Supply Chain Management team, the Accounts Payable team has transitioned the vendoring process on campus to the Controller’s Office. Vendoring is the process for adding new suppliers or updating supplier information in the Berkeley Financial System (BFS) database. With this move, the process for adding, updating, and paying vendors has been consolidated into one team.

October 31, 2019

UC Berkeley News

UC Berkeley is among the most environmentally responsible colleges, according to a new Princeton Review survey of some 413 American colleges and universities.

The survey found that Berkeley was the number 14 greenest college in the country, and the top University of California honored, with UC Merced coming in at number 20.

October 30, 2019

UC Berkeley Human Resources

Dear Colleagues,

September 26, 2019

September 23, 2019

Chancellor Carol Christ issued the following message to the campus community on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019:

Dear friends and colleagues,

As the academic year begins, I want to provide you with an update on the progress we are making with key campus initiatives. Thanks to strengthened financial foundations and extraordinary preparatory work by faculty, staff and students, we are putting the pieces in place for a new era of excellence.

September 14, 2019

UC Office of the President
Statement from UC President Napolitano on Public Education Facilities Bond
UC Office of the PresidentSaturday, September 14, 2019

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement today (September 14): 

August 29, 2019

Chancellor Carol Christ sent a message to the UC Berkeley community on Wednesday about an ongoing seismic assessment of the roughly 600 buildings owned or occupied by the university.

What’s happening?

Berkeley is in the middle of conducting seismic evaluations of the more than 600 buildings on campus. These evaluations are part of a coordinated effort by the UC Office of the President to assess the seismic safety of all buildings across the 10-campus system using new standards.

August 22, 2019

Chancellor Carol Christ gave the following remarks during the 2019 convocation ceremony to welcome new students to UC Berkeley:


Welcome to the transfer students, the Class of 2021!

Welcome to the freshmen, the Class of 2023!

My name is Carol Christ, and as chancellor it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the University of California, Berkeley, and to the next chapter of your lives.

August 7, 2019

BFS Community,
As the Controller's Office has communicated previously, the Payroll and Personnel System (PPS) is being retired because of the implementation of UCPath. The key deadlines to be aware of before the September PPS retirement are listed below. 
PPS "view-only" after September 26

July 25, 2019

Cal Answers HR Community,

We're pleased to announce we've updated the Cal Answers HR Workforce Detail dashboard to include reports on job funding data.

June 27, 2019

June 11, 2019

UC Berkeley News

UC Berkeley’s self-described “storyteller-in-chief” took her role to heart this week, reminding an audience of campus communicators that, “We are a story-telling species, and we are always writing history in the strands of the present.”