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Wow, is it March already?

In case we didn’t already wish you a Happy New Year, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, Chinese New Year (as well as any other cultural celebration that occurred since the start of 2014,) let us make up for it now. Time does fly when you’re having fun—and we hope that you are, wherever your day takes you at UC San Francisco. As always, we believe in constant improvement and ensuring that as many people in our community have opportunities to create balance in their lives. We present a few such improvements and, because our services are tailored for the UCSF community, please send along any ideas you may have about how we can Make Life Better Here for you.

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TRX® Suspension Workouts are here

Our members asked for it, and now they have it: the new TRX® Suspension Trainers on the main fitness floors at Millberry and Bakar Fitness & Recreation Centers. TRX® Suspension Trainers leverage one’s bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises for total body fitness. Look out for new introductory TRX® classes.

See what’s going on in Fitness & Recreation.

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Gadget geek out at Aldea Center

What do meeting planners clamor for besides great spaces and tempting catering? Gadgets! It’s all about the presentation and that’s exactly what the Aldea Center at Mount Sutro is delivering to guests and meeting planners. The Aldea Center recently completed a comprehensive audio visual system upgrade that included the installation of two new LCD monitors that can communicate to each other. The end result? A far more audience-friendly presentation and enhanced image clarity from the state-of-the-art monitors. In response to meeting planners, the Aldea Center also offers teleconferencing and video conferencing capabilities, too.

Visit the Aldea Center

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Housing welcomes the world

A lot of international scholars come to UC San Francisco in search of off-campus housing. It’s not as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to navigating the strange customs of California landlord/tenant relationships.
To make things easier, Housing developed a new International Scholars Housing page that even includes a Chinese translation page. The page acts as an exhaustive resource for scholars to help them secure rental properties (for example, whom to contact to get the power turned on!) Everyone at Housing hopes that our international students and scholars find their stay here welcoming and safe. Special thanks to Holly Nigorizawa and Heather Frank in the ISS office in helping us pull together the content and Chinese translation.

Visit the International Scholars Housing page.
For the Chinese translation, go here.

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Listen now: Chancellor’s Concert Series

“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” Our UC San Francisco customers seem to think so, especially those who can make it to the Chancellor’s Concert Series at Cole Hall (a series of live classical chamber music performances that has been a treat on campus for the past 15 years.) However, not everyone can get out of the office. So Arts & Events turned to technology and recently implemented online concert streaming. You can enjoy the music and watch from your computer or other Internet-connected device. And if you miss any, you can also visit the archive link and replay past performances. Thanks to online streaming, attendance has increased by 30%.

To view live or past performances visit us on the web.

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The number of electric vehicles that can be charged at the Rutter Center garage at Mission Bay. Coming soon to Parnassus: two new chargers which can accommodate up to 4 electric vehicles. Perhaps EV stations are just one of the reasons Transportation Services was awarded a Gold & “Best of” rating for Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2013, giving UCSF national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits and alternatives.

The number of customers who enjoyed meals in 2013 from the food trucks at Mission Bay. That’s a ton of happy campers enjoying a range of comfort foods from around the world, every Thursday, right at Mission Bay.

So far, the number of campus events funded as a result of the Love Your Vendor campaign since it launched in late 2013. Buying food on campus means Arts & Events can bring you live and streaming concerts, Block Party, cultural celebrations, and more. Show your love by shopping or dining at a Retail Services campus vendor.