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Dec. 12 - Pioneering women’s sports; UAW strike update

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A freshly minted 2022 Anteater celebrates his commencement. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

A freshly minted 2022 Anteater celebrates his commencement. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Lindsay Dempsay was the first woman to serve as an NCAA Division 1 athletic director.

Linda Dempsay was the first woman to serve as an NCAA Division 1 athletic director.

UCI Podcast: Women’s athletics pioneer Linda Dempsay

When Linda Dempsay took the post of athletics director at UCI in 1978, she became the first woman ever to lead an NCAA Division I athletic program. At the time, she was only 39. Dempsay, now 84, spoke with UCI Podcast host Cara Capuano about her time leading Anteaters athletics and the changes she has seen in collegiate athletics over the course of her life.


UAW strike update

On Friday, the University of California and the United Auto Workers agreed to enter private mediation to assist in overcoming recent negotiation gridlock. Both parties agreed to the choice of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg as mediator. FAQs and updates are available on the provost's continuity webpage. Systemwide information is available on UC’s strike page.


Building a Practice of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Nonprofit Management
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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This Year's Flu Shot 'Good Match' For Current Strains, CDC Says

Healthline, Dec. 9
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of Program in Public Health

Tech stocks may pull out of their nosedive, but the sector won't return to its pandemic-era highs even when the Fed eases rate hikes 

Markets Insider, Dec. 11
Cited: Bill Maurer, dean of School of Social Sciences

Opinion: Trans families in Texas are right: DFPS investigations inflict trauma

The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9
Author: Kelley Fong, assistant professor of sociology


Her place to shine

Despite having a number of physical challenges, Leslie Lopez, a 2022 vocal performance graduate, demonstrated a passion for studying and singing opera at UCI. She now gives back to the community by working at the Los Angeles Opera, where she provides outreach and education to the public. Her story will be featured in digital advertising on LAist and NPR.org, and in a Segerstrom Performing Arts Center program print ad. She is one of the many changemakers from UCI who are enhancing lives locally and beyond.

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