Student Housing After-Hours Maintenance Team

Hello Verano Place Community,

As a part of your Living-Learning experience, there may be a maintenance incident that occurs after-hours, requiring Non-office Hours Maintenance Staff to respond on-site in the evening or early morning hours. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the team who serves on a weekly rotating schedule as the responding maintenance staff to address plumbing, electrical or other issues identified as an emergency.

 

 

Holiday Notices, Decorations in Common Areas

Good Morning,

Many residents have begun to put up holiday decorations; we love seeing the beautiful decorations from all different cultures and traditions. Walking around Verano Place we have noticed some decorations going up in common areas such as walkways, hallways, courtyards, and on grass, trees and bushes in the common areas.

Consistent with our general policy around use of common areas, decorations in these areas are not permitted. Common areas are for the use and enjoyment of the community at large.  These areas may not be used for resident storage, decorations, or planting and should be kept free of debris and personal items. Decorating in these areas can create fire and safety hazards, attract rodents, and interfere with planned grounds and operations work.  If you have placed decorations or other items in a common area (any space or facility other than the interior your apartment and private patio/balcony) please relocate them to your residence.

Below is information on using a shuttle service for winter break travel and holiday decorating and safety tips.

Please contact the Verano Place Housing Office if you have any questions.

RIDE THE HOLIDAY SHUTTLE FOR WINTER BREAK

UCI Transportation is happy to offer complimentary shuttle service to support your travel plans during the winter break. Service will be provided between the main campus and John Wayne Airport, and between the main campus and the Irvine Transportation Center (Metrolink/Amtrak Station).

The shuttle will depart UCI at set times on Thursday, December 8, and Friday, December 9. Return service will be available at set times on Sunday, January 8, and Monday, January 9. To review schedules and make reservations, see:www.parking.uci.edu/services/campus/holidayshuttle.cfm.

 

For questions regarding the Holiday Shuttle, please email rideshare@uci.edu. We look forward to easing your travel stress during the upcoming campus break.

 

HOLIDAY DECORATING SAFETY TIPS

Immediately following Thanksgiving, people start decorating their homes for the holidays. During the holidays, your home is more susceptible to fire than at any other time of the year. For your safety and that of your loved ones, we encourage you to follow the tips listed below when preparing for the holidays.

 

 DECORATING AND SAFETY TIPS

  • Trees or other decorative materials should not be located in any area where they may block corridors, exit passageways, fire exits, doorways, or ramps.
  • All decorations should be flame retardant. Look for the California State Fire Marshal’s Seal of Approval on packages of decorative materials.
  • If you plan to place any decorations outside on your door or patio, use Command-type removable strips to hang the decoration.  Ensure any lights are rated for outdoor use.
  • Decorating is one way many residents get in the holiday spirit. If you plan use holiday lights, plan to have them removed by January 2, when the academic quarter starts up again.
  • Extension cords can create a fire and trip hazard. If you use extension cords locate one, long enough that you do not need to connect or daisy chain cords together. Additionally, extension cords, if used, should be equipped with LCD’ (Leakage Current Detection and Interruption) for circuit protection. This type of protection is available in Fire Shield brand extension cords and power strips available at most home improvement stores such as Home Depot.
  • Due to fire safety hazards candles or other open flame devices are not permitted inside any on-campus residential buildings.

 

HOLIDAY TREE SAFETY

Holiday trees can be one of the most hazardous items you bring into your home or office. A dry tree can be totally engulfed in fire within three seconds, generating such intense heat that it can ignite the furnishings and wall and window coverings in an entire room in less than one minute. Click here to view a video that illustrates what happens when fire touches a properly maintained, well-watered tree vs. a dry tree According to the U.S. Fire Administration, holiday trees account for 400 fires, resulting in 10 deaths, 80 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage.

 

A holiday tree purchased from a lot or cut on a tree farm can remain relatively fire-resistant if you follow these simple steps:

 

  Make a Fresh Cut

  • Fresh cut trees should be treated with flame retardant before being brought to campus. This is a common service that is provided by most tree vendors licensed by the California State Fire Marshal. Many large tree vendors that offer services such as flocking also offer this flame retardant. Check with your vendor before you purchase your tree and be sure to request this additional treatment.
  • Make a fresh cut at the base on a diagonal in order to open up pores clogged by sap. Cut off 2-3 inches. The fresh-cut surface should be creamy white. Otherwise, the tree will not be able to drink water.
  • After the cut is made, put the tree in water immediately to increase absorption. Hot tap water should be used for the first filling.

 Initial Watering

  • Choose a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
  • Rinse the tree stand with a mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree. This rinsing reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water.
  • If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in a cool place away from wind and sun.

 Water Daily

  • An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
  • If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and the tree will absorb no more water. So don’t forget to add water every day!

 Mini-Lights Produce Less Heat

  • Holiday tree fires started by short circuit or ground fault account for $4.9 million in damage in the United States every year.
  • Always check lights for frayed or cracked wiring and broken sockets before placing on a tree. Do not attempt to repair a worn light set. Throw it away and buy a new set.
  • Avoid overloading circuits.
  • Turn off tree lights when leaving the house or before going to bed.
  • Miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect.
  • NEVER use candles to light your tree!

 Keep Away From Heat Sources

  • Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, television sets or sunny windows. Keep rearranged furniture away from heat sources also.
  • Be careful not to block a door with the tree or with rearranged furniture.

 Remove the Tree Promptly

  • After the Holidays, remove the tree from the house before it dries.
  • Please place your tree at the nearest dumpster location.

 

More information can be found at http://www.ehs.uci.edu/gensafe/Home_HolidaySafety.pdf

Campus Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Events

From CARE:

 

We wanted to remind you of some of the events we’re hosting for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and share some exciting peer education opportunities with you!

 

Interested in being a Peer Educator?

Apply to be a Right to KNOW or Challenging All Men to Prevent Sexism (CHAMPS) peer educator! Being a peer educator provides an opportunity to develop invaluable leadership skills. Learn about issues related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking as well as be an important resource and leader for the UCI community.  Applications for Right to KNOW are due on April 22 and CHAMPS are due on April 29.

 

April 18th – April 20th, Gateway Commons – The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a participatory and visual exhibit designed to break the silence surrounding sexual violence and to illustrate its impact by displaying T-shirts designed by survivors of sexual violence. Students, staff and faculty can contact the CARE office to create a personal shirt to contribute.

 

April 20th, 7pm, Flagpoles –  UCI’s 19th Annual Take Back the Night

A keynote address will be followed by a candlelight vigil and march to raise awareness about sexual violence and to honor survivors. This program will feature music and dance performances, visual displays, refreshments, interactive activities and a raffle. The evening concludes with a Speak-Out where survivors tell their stories of survival and recovery. Sponsored by UCI CARE, ASUCI SPFB and student groups VIP, CHAMPS, and Right to KNOW.

 

April 27thDenim Day

The Denim Day campaign began as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. ALL are urged to wear denim or “Why Denim?” buttons on April 27thAlso, each year, individuals, student organizations, staff groups, and departments around UCI participate in a Denim Day photo contest. The winner of this photo contest will get a Pizza Party! Submit photos by email to care@uci.edu or Instagram your photos and tag us at UCICARE and use the hashtag #UCIDenimDay by 11:59pm on April 27th.

 

Submit Nominations for the Dynamic Womyn of UCI Awards!

This is a one of a kind celebration that focuses on the womyn who inspire us to take action, to fight for causes we believe in, and who make a difference each and every day.

The event will take place Thursday, May 26 | 3-5pm | Doheny Beach, Student Center.

We are currently taking nominations for this year at: http://tinyurl.com/dwnomination

Nomination Deadline: Spring Quarter | Week 5 | Monday, April 25.

You can RSVP to attend the event at: http://tinyurl.com/dwrsvp by ­­Week 8 | Friday, May 20.

Each Mind Matters- Wondering How to Get Involved?

Spread the Word
Each Mind Matters is gaining momentum every day as people like you join California’s Mental Health Movement. Together we can create supportive communities where no one feels alone.

Every person plays an important role in helping people feel comfortable by having open conversations and encouraging those who need it to seek support. Below are some things you can do to help.

 

Share the Facts About Mental Health

Share these facts and distribute to friends, family and colleagues:

Mental health challenges are very common. In fact, 50% of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetime.
Mental well-being is a fundamental component of the World Health Organization’s definition of health.
Half of all mental disorders start by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24.
Unfortunately, research shows that many people do not reach out for support. For young people, an average of 6 to 8 years passes from the time they first experience symptoms to the time when they get help.
People recover from mental illness all the time. With support and treatment, between 70% and 90% of individuals report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.
Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to their communities.
Show-Off Your Lime Green

Lime green is building momentum as the national color for mental health awareness. Wearing the lime green ribbon is a great way to open an honest dialogue with friends, family, classmates and co-workers about mental health. And it’s an easy way to show your support. It’s also easy to order! Get your lime green ribbon, wristband or other Each Mind Matters items at our online shop. Or wear it online by adding this twibbon to your profile on social media. Here are some more ideas to help you get creative while showing your support:

Post selfies wearing your lime green ribbon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Plus, encourage others to do the same. Use the hashtag #EachMindMatters.
Order a supply of lime green ribbons or wristbands and keep them in your desk, car, backpack or purse to offer to people when they ask about it.
Ask family members and friends to wear their support too.
Wear lime green clothes, paint your nails lime green or even put a streak of lime green in your hair! Let everyone know that Each Mind Matters.
May is Mental Health Matters Month

May is Mental Health Matters Month! Throughout the month, people from across California will come together to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and show their support for the issue. Get your free, downloadable toolkit and videos to get your community talking about mental health during the month of May!

Find out more ways you can support Mental Health Awareness at www.eachmindmatters.org 

Academic English Courses

International graduate students who need to pass either the TOEP or SPEAK exam, including those who have not yet tested and those who have failed a test recently, have an opportunity to work on improving English skills in an Academic English class this quarter. These courses are designed to support students who need to pass one of these exams in order to work as TAs for their departments. Low scores on the tests require students to take a class before repeating an exam. Even with scores that do not require a class, it is wise to prepare. Classes include personalized recording feedback and a personal tutor, and students gain a better awareness of how others perceive their spoken English and learn ways to improve.

The next TOEP test will be given at the end of fall quarter in mid-December. Several of the Academic English speaking and listening classes have openings now.

Currently there is availability in Academic English in the following Oral Language courses:

ESL PRONUNCIATION Course Code 20142

Ac Eng 23A, Sec. B, 2-unit Lecture; School of Humanities

Instructors: MINNIS, C. TuTh 3:30-4:50p, HH 112

ESL INTERM CONVERSATION Course Code 20150

Ac Eng 23B, Sec. A, 2-unit Lecture; School of Humanities

Instructors: HUMMEL, C. TuTh 3:30-4:50p, HH 217

SL ADV COMMUNICATION Course Code 20160

Ac Eng 23C, Sec. A, 2-unit Lecture; School of Humanities

Instructors: THIERCOF, D. MW 3:00-4:20p, HH 207

Help with Academic Writing is also available in Academic English in AE 28 Grammar:

GRAMMAR Course Code 20172

Ac Eng 28, Sec. B, 2-unit Lecture; School of Humanities

Instructors: JONES, R. TuTh 2:00-3:20p, IAB 129

GRAMMAR Course Code 20172

Ac Eng 28, Sec. B, 2-unit Lecture; School of Humanities

Instructors: JONES, R. TuTh 2:00-3:20p, IAB 129

GRAMMAR Course Code 20176

Ac Eng 28, Sec. D, 2-4-unit Lecture; School of Humanities

Instructors: LEE, G. MWF 3:00-3:50p, SST 120

If you have questions, contact Karen Lenz, at klenz@uci.edu

After School Childcare Available

The Verano After-School Program offers a safe and stimulating environment for children in grades 1 – 6th. Verano and Palo Verde residents receive a reduced rate. Regular activities include quiet time for homework, arts, crafts, sports, and healthy snacks. The program is open Monday – Friday, 2 – 5:45 p.m. and meets in the Old Recreation Center. Registration is required and enrollment is limited. For more information, contact: 949-824-5383. (LIC 304270323)

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