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UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Aug. 26 - Public Service Loan Forgiveness town halls, 10 steps to student success

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Chancellor Howard Gillman serves barbecue chicken and hot links at the Staff Appreciation Picnic on the ARC Main Field on Thursday. Photo by Corey Tull

Chancellor Howard Gillman serves barbecue chicken and hot links at the Staff Appreciation Picnic on the ARC Main Field on Thursday. Photo by Corey Tull


Public Service Loan Forgiveness town halls

Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program has been expanded under a time-limited waiver that expires Oct. 31. Even borrowers who were previously ineligible or missed payments can now receive PSLF. Please visit the UC Public Service Loan Forgiveness page to check your eligibility and start your application.

Attend one of the upcoming #UCStudentDebtChallenge virtual town halls to hear experts from the U.S. Department of Education, UC faculty - including UCI Professor of Law Dalié Jiménez - and UC Human Resources explain how PSLF works and how to apply. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Aug. 31:

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Top 10 steps to student success

Whether you are coming straight from high school, took some time off to explore and work, or are transferring in from a community college, there will be new opportunities here – and new challenges. With that in mind, our team of undergraduate education experts has come up with a top set of tips to help you on this new journey.

Refreshing meals for back-to-school and work

Taking a lunch break allows your mind to rest, recharge and refocus – not to mention nourish your body – which can improve productivity for the rest of the day. Children especially need time to eat. According to the CDC, providing at least 20 minutes of "seat time" for children to eat their lunch is optimum. Studies show this increases consumption of food and key nutrients, including fruits and vegetables, and decreases plate waste.


Friday fun fact

Federal Research: For 2020-21, the top three federal sponsoring agencies for UC research were the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Flu vaccine required

The UC Office of the President’s executive order mandating flu vaccinations has been updated for 2022-23. This policy pertains to all students who are living, learning or working on any UC campus or facility. The deadline for the flu vaccination is Dec. 1. However, students are strongly encouraged to obtain a flu vaccine as soon as possible on or after Aug. 1. To schedule a vaccination appointment at the Student Health Center, log in to the Student Health Patient Portal.

Backstage at UC Tech

This year, more than 1,000 people attended the 40th anniversary of the UC Tech Conference, with equal numbers attending in person and online. Attendees included CIOs, sponsors, staff, volunteers and speakers with the vision to foster an inclusive and collaborative community of IT professionals that continually improves services and places the UC system at the forefront of higher education, research, patient care and public service.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Experts say significant grid investments needed to phase out gas-powered vehicles in California

KCBS (video), Aug. 25
Cited: Jack Brouwer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering

California Bill Could Restrict the Use of Rap Lyrics in Court

The New York Times, Aug. 26
Cited: Charis E. Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

Humbled by Looking Up at the Heavens

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 25
Cited: Paul Piff, associate professor of psychological science, graduate student Sean Goldy, and postdoctoral scholar Nickolas Jones


The Division of Student Affairs team was excited to reunite in person at their annual fall kickoff event. #ZotZot. Photo by Corey Tull

The Division of Student Affairs team was excited to reunite in person at their annual fall kickoff event. #ZotZot. Photo by Corey Tull

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6 new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded six new student cases of COVID-19. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.