San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network Hosts Summer Barbecue August 11

New UC Students, UC Alumni Invited to Annual Student Send-Off Event

MERCED --- The San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network will present its Annual Summer Barbecue on Saturday, August 11 in Merced. Highlights include a send-off for new UC students from Merced County and an election of Alumni Network officers for the 2001-02 year.

All University of California alumni, current UC students and students planning to enroll at UC campuses this fall as freshmen or first-year transfer students are invited to attend this casual outdoor affair. New UC students also are encouraged to come with their parents.

Outreach to future UC students is an important mission of the Alumni Network, with a particular focus on encouraging more San Joaquin Valley students to take advantage of a University of California education, said Stuart Hayden, president of the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network. This event also allows alumni to congratulate new UC students, who in turn can connect with alumni and other students heading off to UC campuses this fall.

In addition to development of current and future UC students, the Alumni Network provides Valley alumni with social and professional networking opportunities, as well as information about the Universitys latest activities and achievements. Members of the Alumni Network also are involved in promoting the welfare and development of the University of California and the UC Merced campus.

Alumni Network membership is free and available to all individuals who have earned at least 12 units of credit from any of the University of California campuses. Almost 600 UC alumni living in the San Joaquin Valley are Alumni Network members.

The Annual Summer Barbecue will begin at 6:30 p.m. on August 11 at the home of UC alumni Ed and Karen Spinardi, 3231 North Willow Run Drive in Merced. The cost per person is $12, with checks made payable to University Committee Merced. New UC students are welcome to attend as guests of the Alumni Network.

Alumni wishing to attend the event should contact Sheryl Lichtig Wyan by calling (209) 724-4408 or sending e-mail to Sheryl.Lichtig@ucop.edu. The deadline to respond is Wednesday, August 8.

Information about the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network also is available online at < www.ucinthevalley.org>.

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