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Thursday, Dec. 11: Celebrate the season with your UCOP colleagues

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UCOP is getting ready to party!

It’s almost time for the Winter Celebration, this Thursday, Dec. 11, where President Napolitano, Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom and other UCOP leaders will be there to help us eat, drink and be merry.

As always, an important part of the celebration will be giving back to the community. This year UCOP will support the East Oakland Community Project (EOCP), a multiservice organization that offers emergency and transitional housing to the homeless in Alameda County. Gifts will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 19.

The giving tree has now been installed in the Franklin lobby, where you will find gift tags labeled with items to be purchased. You can participate by donating items for EOCP residents (like rain ponchos, umbrellas, scarves, etc.) or by purchasing wish list items for five EOCP families. There’s no need to wrap the gifts; just select a gift tag from the giving tree and purchase the item. Be sure to label it with the gift tag and deposit it by Dec. 19 in the large gift boxes in the Franklin lobby.

If you’re located in a building other than Franklin and would like to participate, you can make an online donation to the EOCP, place clearly marked gifts in your outbox for pickup by UCOP Mail Services, or contact Donna Collins at for an assignment of a gift to purchase and bring over to Franklin when you have a chance.

On the big day, festivities will begin with morning treats at both Franklin and Kaiser locations from 8 to 9 a.m., with musical entertainment by violin duo Gregory Sykes and Margaret Wu from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. in Franklin Lobby 1. The party will continue at Franklin from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on three different floors, in Lobby 1, 5320 and the 12th-floor President’s Conference Room. All three locations will have beverages and bites both sweet and savory, including the famous fresh turkeys carved by UCOP leadership in Lobby 1. The UCOP Singers and Uke-Cs will also perform at 2:45 p.m. in Lobby 1.

All OP staff are encouraged to decorate their personal spaces as well as create displays in public areas to add to the seasonal spirit. Be sure to check these safety guidelines before purchasing and planning your decorations.

The party, funded entirely through donations from UCOP managers, is management’s way of showing appreciation for staff’s outstanding contributions throughout the year.

Hope to see you there!

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  1. Chris Orr December 11, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for adjusting to the wild weather and making treats available at Kaiser, too. Good work at the last minute!

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