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Dean's Newsletter and Town Halls

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Dean's Newsletter

The Dean's Newsletter is produced on a monthly basis by the Office of Strategic Initiatives. It consists of a message from the dean as well as highlights of SOM news and upcoming events. The newsletter is distributed via Mailchimp.

Distribution Dates

The newsletter is sent out once per month, usually on the first work day of the month. If that date falls on a Monday or a campus holiday, the newsletter will be delayed to the next working day.

Adding Announcements to the Newsletter

You may submit items for inclusion into the newsletter by sending them via email to vladimir.oge@medsch.ucr.edu and/or ross.french@medsch.ucr.edu. Please do not send them directly to the dean or her office.

  • Ideally, your item should be sent no later than one week prior to the release date of the newsletter.
  • Please include as much information as possible. For example, if you are telling us about an award that someone has received, please provide us with the correct name of the award, the presenting organization, and, if possible, a link to a website with additional information.
  • Your item may be edited for length or clarity.
  • Due to space issues, we cannot guarantee inclusion in the newsletter
  • Your item may be shared on some or all of our SOM social media platforms in addition to, or in lieu of, appearing in the newsletter.

Adding Events to the Newsletter

You may submit special events for inclusion into the newsletter by sending them via email to ross.french@medsch.ucr.edu. Please do not send them directly to the dean or her office.

Only UCR SOM sponsored or co-sponsored events will be included in the newsletter. Events that are open to the campus community or general public should also be posted to the UCR Events Calendar (https://events.ucr.edu) and tagged "School of Medicine." Please also provide a link to your event page or RSVP form

Adding Recipients of the Newsletter

Employees: The newsletter is sent out to all full-time and part-time faculty and staff, as well as all medical students and biomedical sciences students. Employees are added by Human Resources during the onboarding process and it may take a few days for this process to take place. If you have a new employee who is not receiving the newsletter, please contact human.resources@medsch.ucr.edu.

Non-Employees: Other individuals, including campus administrators, donors, government officials and others may also be signed up for the newsletter. To do so, please email ross.french@medsch.ucr.edu with the individual's full name, email address and title. Please ensure that you have the individual's permission to add their email.


Dean's Town Hall

The Dean's Town Hall is usually held on a quarterly or as-needed basis. Since the pandemic began, it has been held monthly via Zoom.

Town halls include a report from the dean as well as other senior leaders and feature a question and answer session. Links to recordings of the town halls are sent out via email.

If you need access to a past recording, please contact the Strategic Initiatives team.

Asking Questions of the Dean

Questions may be submitted during the meeting using the available Zoom meeting tools.

Individuals wishing to submit a question in advance may do so using the Dean's Online Suggestion Box. This tool may also be used to submit comments or suggestions at any time.