Hit me with your best Zot!

Written by Mark Deppe, Assistant Director – Student Government & Student Media

We’re taking back the record!
As many of you know, UC Irvine has set the Guinness World Record for Largest Dodgeball Game during Welcome Week the past two years.  In 2010 we had 1,745 anteaters play in our inaugural event in The Bren Events Center.  Quickly outgrowing that venue, we moved the event to the ARC fields last year and had 4,488 excited students smash the record a second time.

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Giving Thanks

Welcome to our newest feature on the blog: Recognition Resources. At least once per
month we’ll provide an exclusive download for SA staff; typically the download will feature
thank you cards or similar methods of recognition.

In these tough budget times, it’s so important to let our staff know that we appreciate the
work they do. Since we don’t always have the budgets to provide recognition awards, praise too often goes unsaid. The purpose of this feature is to provide you with free printable tools to help spread the cheer and increase staff morale.

The first download is a set of flat thank you cards. Click on the thumbnail to download the
pdf, then print on cardstock or thicker paper. Cut them apart, write your praise and pass
them on. Then sit back and watch the magic of recognition.

Don’t worry; we’ll switch up the colors so they won’t always be so bold and neon.


Weekly Yoga in the Park for Staff and Faculty!

Written by Zabie Khorakiwala

It’s 3:00 p.m. The day is almost through.

You realize you’ve been plugging away at the computer all day long with no glimpse of sunshine. You probably didn’t take a break and definitely weren’t thinking about the snacks you were having throughout the day. 

You need a break.
Time to re-energize!

Staff wellness is so important especially as we think of how it may impact our ability to serve the needs of the students we work with on a daily basis. This is why I created a free weekly yoga class in the park for faculty and staff.

Yoga allows us to consistently cultivate gratitude towards our own body – which is something we often neglect in the craziness of life. We’re always thinking about giving to others and we consciously choose to prioritize our own needs last.

In November 2011, I became a certified yoga instructor through Core Power Yoga because of my passion for the practice and its ability to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga in the Park is a way for faculty and staff on campus to take one hour out of their day every Friday to actually take their lunch break and give back to themselves; to take an hour to be present, breathe, and de-stress.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for this beginner’s level yoga class.

Meets every Friday12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
on the lawn behind the Career Center
(diagonal to the Dr. White Room of the Cross Cultural Center)

First-time attendees just need to sign a waiver and bring their own yoga mat*
*If you don’t have a yoga mat and need one, let me know by the Thursday prior to the class

For anyone who would like to be added to the yoga list for updates and inspirational weekly quotes, please e-mail me at zkhoraki@uci.edu.

Employer Spotlight: Stacie Oshima, Career Counselor

Stacie Oshima is currently a Career Counselor at the UCI Career Center and works to help students further their career path. In addition to counseling, Stacie serves on the Glee Club, a committee of staff members who meet once a month to brainstorm ways to incorporate fun into the work environment. Stacie has worked for the campus since 2005 and continues to build strong relationships with the Career Center staff and students through her infectious humor.


Name: Stacie Oshima

Graduation year: June 1996, UCLA, Communication Studies Major

Current Position?
Career Counselor

Student Affairs involvement?
I’ve been a Career Counselor here since 2005, and prior to that, I was an academic advisor for the School of Business at Biola University and interned at the UCLA Career Center.  I wasn’t always in Student Affairs, though.  Back in the Stone Age (prior to my career change), I was a Marketing Manager at MGM Studios.

What has being involved in Student Affairs taught you?
To pursue passion (or whatever is important to you) in your work. To do work that is personally meaningful with colleagues who feel the same is like hitting the lotto!

How has your experience at UCI impacted who you are now and what you do?
 It has given me this amazing opportunity to do what I LOVE to do each day … like working with UCI students and helping them with their career development.  I remember how intimidated I felt as an undergrad trying to figure out what I wanted to do for my career, and now I’m blessed to help others in that same boat. Seeing them grow through this process is so rewarding.

What is one unexpected thing you’ve discovered while at UCI?
I’ve heard about the underground tunnels, but I think I’m too chicken (and too much of a germ-a-phobe) to check them out.

Any other connections to UCI to recommend?
My husband is a UCI alum and a HUGE Anteater basketball fan! Our family loves going to UCI basketball games and cheering on our team, and our three boys always look forward to getting a big high five from Peter the Anteater! Zot Zot Zot!!!

Tell us about Glee Club. What is your favorite thing about it?
Our fun-loving staff understands the importance of enjoying our work, our environment, and our team members – we are the Career Center, after all!  As such, we created our very own non-singing Glee Club. The club’s purpose is to create opportunities for fun and team building – and for some reason, most of our activities revolve around food. We have activities like themed potlucks (imagine “Christmas in August” with a white elephant gift exchange), a book club, and happy hours among other things.