Council of University of California Staff Assemblies

CUCSA Fall Quarterly Meeting

Fall Quarterly Meeting - September 7- 9, 2016

Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Fall Meeting Notes


Speaker Bios

Hotel Reservations - A block of rooms has been held at the Shattuuck Berkeley.

Address:  2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 

Phone: (510) 845-7300

Rate: $209/night on Tuesday through Thursday night.

Deadline to Book: Friday, August 12, 2016

For those NOT direct billed to UCOP –Those who need to make their own reservation can use the following link to book online:
You may also call (402) 537-6806 and mention UCSB Staff Assembly to receive the special rate.

For those direct billed to UCOP - For those of you with rooms direct billed to UCOP, your room will be reserved on a master rooming list with an arrival of March 2 and departure of March 4. Check with your campus delegate from last year to confirm who will be direct billed to UCOP

If you plan to stay nights other than the two that will be direct billed, please make a separate reservation. Only the two nights for the meeting can be covered by UCOP

Transportation – Delegates are responsible for getting to and from the hotel. Please ensure that your travel arrangements allow you to stay for the full meeting agenda (Wed noon – Friday 3pm). Please do not plan a return flight/train earlier than 5pm to ensure that you can participate in the full meeting agenda.

Travel by Air - The closest airport to the LBL is the Oakland International Airport (OAK). The airport is approximately 10 miles to the hotel. 

      Delegates NOT reimbursed by UCOP – Please make flight arrangements directly through your campus travel portal.

Delegates reimbursed by UCOP - Please make your airline reservations with UC Travel.  UC Travel will direct bill UCOP for your flight expenses.   During business hours (8a-5p PST), you can call Gay Kurahashi at (800) 235-8252 (selecting option “2”) or you can email your requests to Gay at  Please reference the “March 2016 CUCSA Meeting” and PTA0089785, and provide Gay with the following details:

Your contact information (e.g. cell phone number, email)

Outbound flight request:  Departing from: (airport)/Arriving at: (airport) Date/Time: _____

Return flight request: Departing from: (airport)/Arriving at: (airport) Date/Time: _____

Frequent Flyer# if applicable

Specific Flight Requests (e.g. airline, special meal)

TSA policy requires travelers to provide name (as it appears on government-issued ID the passenger plans to use when traveling), date of birth, and gender – see for more information.

Travelers should request the lowest fare tickets possible. If travelers plan to extend their stay on either end for personal reasons, an airfare quote for the business portion of travel only should be obtained from UC Travel at time of ticketing to demonstrate that the addition of personal travel is not increasing the cost of the airfare.  Please be sure to submit documentation of any airfare comparisons from UC Travel with your reimbursement paperwork.  If the cost of the airfare with personal travel is higher, the traveler will be required to pay the entire cost of the airfare out-of-pocket and seek reimbursement for the cost of business portion following completion of travel.


Ground Transportation

Attire – Business attire is required for the three days of meetings. On occasion, more casual dress is permitted. For an example of the typical “business” attire for this meeting, please refer to the photo on the CUCSA home page at (photo towards the bottom of the page).

Wednesday – Business casual (no jeans, gym shoes, halter tops, flip flops, etc.)

Thursday – Business attire.

Friday – Business attire.

Meals – All delegate meals will be provided by the host campus except as detailed below.

Wednesday – A catered deli buffet will be served for lunch. The delegate dinner will be at Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen, 2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. The cost of the dinner is $50 and will be reimbursed. Please plan to bring cash or check (made payable to UC Regents) on Wednesday at check-in.

Thursday – Breakfast will be provided at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Lunch will be catered in the meeting room. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the reception. Those interested in eating dinner will find many restaurants in close proximity to the hotel or a short cab/Uber ride away. 

Friday – Breakfast will be provided at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Lunch will be catered in the meeting room.


Speaker Biographies

Matt Newton (Vice President, Workplace Regional Manager, Fidelity)

Dwaine Duckett  (Vice President UCOP)

Terry Barton (Director Systemwide Staff, Development Programs, (UCOP)

Jason Valdry (Staff Advisor to the Regents Designate, Director of Technology Services, Claire Trevor School of the Arts (UCI)

Hyun Swanson  (Manager, Benefits Education, (UCOP)

Lawana Richmond (Staff Advisor to the Regents (UCSD)

Cindy Simmons (Associate Director, (UC Center Sacramento)

Ramesh Ramamoorthy  (Associate Laboratory Director - Energy Technologies (LBNL)/ Professor – Dept. of Material Sciences and Engineering (UCB)

Vera Potapenko (Chief Human Resources Officer and Diversity Officer (LBNL)

Lady Idos (Senior Diversity and Inclusion Analyst (LBNL)

Glenda Humiston (Vice President of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources)

Pamela Brown (Vice President of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP)


Post-Meeting Survey