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How Commuter Students Can Get the Most Out of Their UCLA Experience

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There’s no reason to let a little distance come between a commuter student and an authentic college experience.

You may not be residing on the Hill or in Westwood’s Weyburn Terrace—with Diddy Riese cookie sandwiches nearby—but that doesn't mean UCLA can’t feel like home.

To start off your year, link up with fellow travelers at a commuter meetup hosted by the UCLA Bruin Resources Center and UCLA Transfer Student Center on Sunday, September 24. The afternoon of community building will begin at the Bruin Bear and conclude with a dinner and party in Westwood.

Live the Bruin life by checking out all the ways you can get that True Bruin experience.

Get Involved

Finding a niche within the Bruin community is one of the best ways for a commuter student to feel engaged with the campus.

UCLA has one of the most active programs of extracurricular student activities in the nation, with over 1,000 organizations for undergraduate and graduate students. Seek out an activity that speaks to a passion or gets you excited.

Undergraduates can find out about these groups at the Enormous Activities Fair planned for September 26 and for new graduate students there's the Graduate Student Orientation scheduled for September 19.

Commuters can exercise that Bruin spirit with a UCLA Recreation membership. Purchase a fitness pass or play on an intramural sports team. Recreation has tons of classes and activities every quarter.

Public service is part of the University’s mission and volunteering is more than a noble pursuit—it’s a great way to spend time with likeminded Bruins. View opportunities through the UCLA Volunteer Center website. There are also many student clubs devoted to community service.

Seek out Resources

At UCLA Transportation we offer many programs, promotions and free benefits   for student commuters, and we'll help you find the most convenient and affordable way to get to campus. Students who use alternative transportation such as transit, biking or carpooling can join our Bruin Commuter Club, which provides even more incentives like free Zipcar hours, discounted daily parking and emergency rides home.

Get Social

Stay connected to campus by following UCLA’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). The social media channels provide regular updates about University news and happenings. And don’t forget the traditional avenues for campus information: Read the Daily Bruin and tune in to UCLA Radio.

Enter the Fan Zone

Support your team! With so many men’s and women’s athletic programs ranging from basketball and football to gymnastics and water polo there’s a sporting event everyone can do an Eight-Clap for.

Work it Out

Clock in time on campus by working for UCLA. A campus job is a good way to earn money, make friends and hang around University grounds. Parking Services is currently hiring and for more job listings visit the UCLA Career Center’s BruinView website. Most campus employers (including us) are willing to work around a student’s schedule.

Start a Conversation 

The best way to get to know UCLA? Interact with the campus population! Chat up a classmate and form a study group. Next caffeine refill at Kerckhoff or Jimmy’s, talk to someone in line. Banter with other BruinBus passengers at the stop or while you ride around campus.

Remember, no matter where you are coming from every student arriving at UCLA is part of the class of optimists.

 

 

The Perks of Being a UCLA Parking Student Employee

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As a student, the moment you set foot onto the UCLA campus, you become a Bruin, defined by qualities like integrity and excellence. Why not share that True Bruin spirit with others coming to campus through a job with UCLA Transportation? Gain experience, earn money, have fun and work in a supportive team atmosphere!

Parking Services is seeking students to become valet attendants at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Student valet attendants serve as UCLA ambassadors, greeting visitors and parking vehicles.

There are tons of advantages to being part of the UCLA Transportation team. Just ask Elizabeth Gomez, an International Development Studies major who has worked as a valet attendant for over a year.

A Flexible Schedule

“Working for Parking Services is so nice," Elizabeth said. "Supervisors are really understanding about your schedule and that’s huge when you are a student.”

For Elizabeth, a typical shift involves clocking in at base, which serves as Parking’s headquarters. There she receives a briefing from a supervisor about the expected amount of customers for the day and a review of the calendar to see if anything major is happening that might impact traffic. She’ll also be notified if any VIPs are coming in.

After that she’ll head to the job site where the day consists of valeting cars. While you do need to pull off parallel parking, a big responsibility is welcoming customers.

Valet attendants support the arrival and departure of vehicles by greeting visitors, receiving and inspecting customer vehicles, notating damage, issuing valet permits and driving vehicles to a parking spot.

Excellent Pay & Parking

It doesn’t hurt that, at $14.50 an hour, the job pays well and offers a schedule that won’t exceed 20 hours. Student parking assistants are also eligible to purchase a campus parking permit.

While Elizabeth doesn’t have to worry about her car since she typically commutes using our BruinTAP for transit pass, she does enjoy her driving day job. She explained what exactly makes the gig at Parking Services standout among the BruinView job listings.

A Caring Workplace

“Honestly, what I like most about this job is that I can come in and know that my day is going to get way better because my supervisors, coworkers and work environment are so warm and uplifting – which is not something I think a lot of people might be able to say about their campus jobs.”

The hospitality isn’t reserved just for campus visitors, according to Elizabeth.

“At Parking they don’t just look at you as an employee, they see the whole person. You get really close to your supervisors and they genuinely care to the point where you can come and talk to them about anything — that’s something which is very rare and special among campus jobs. It makes you want to work that much harder when you know your supervisor is concerned about you. I like the environment so in turn I perform better, and that actually helps me do better in all areas of my life.”

Positive Team Atmosphere

Students contribute daily to the work and services provided by Parking Services, and serve as an integral part of the UCLA Transportation team.

“All the employees are nice, and everyone is friendly," Elizabeth continues. "It’s inevitable you become like a family which is really awesome."

As valet attendants at the hospital, students have an opportunity to bring a dose of Bruin cheer to patients and their family and friends and at the same time gain useful skills that will help them beyond their time at UCLA.

Elizabeth noted that because these positions don’t require a specific background, you can apply without a lot of experience. As long as you have a driver license, are patient and willing to learn, everything will be taught to you.

 

To learn how you can join the UCLA Transportation team visit our Student Employment Opportunities website or call (310) 206-1959.

 

UCLA Installs First Solar-Powered EV Charging Station

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20170621_102021_resizedElectric vehicle (EV) commuters can now drive home on sunshine with the installation of the University’s first solar-powered charger in Parking Lot 36, located at Kinross Avenue and Veteran Avenue in Westwood. Bruins and campus visitors can power their green mode of transportation from this environmentally-sound source of energy.

The latest sustainable solution on campus, the new charging station is a transportable setup from Envision Solar that fits in a standard-size parking space and doesn’t reduce parking availability. The station can service multiple EVs at a time and charges power day and night.

Six to eight hours of charging will provide enough renewable energy for a ride home.

This new charging station is part of an effort to make the campus more EV-friendly. Another sun-powered charger will soon be available for use in Lot A behind Murphy Hall.

Four types of Level 1 and Level 2 EV charging stations are already available for the UCLA community and visitors for “top-off” charging in Structures 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 32, MP and SV. Level 1 is free to permit holders and Level 2 costs $2 an hour.

UCLA is charging ahead with plans to install more stations, with close to 400 places where EVs can be plugged in. The goal is to convert 2% of all permit spaces into EV charging spots by the end of the year.

So how does an solar EV charger work? Photovoltaic (PV) energy is captured through a small solar grid attached to a steel plate that sits on the ground. PV panels on top are attached to a battery storage unit in front of the parking stall that is connected to three 110 volt outlets, which provide a Level 1 long-term, low-level charge.

Moving throughout the day, the solar power generator optimizes its position as the sun moves. Electric motors tilt the array 15 degrees in three directions, angling east to catch sunrise, and south and west. This sun tracking technology generates up to 25% more electricity than fixed solar arrays.

The solar panels produce enough electricity each day to fully charge a lithium-ion battery pack that holds 22.5 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Built portable yet tough, the charging station is strong enough to withstand L.A.’s powerful Santa Ana winds and has on-board energy storage that can stay powered during a blackout or other grid failure.

 

Celebrate Earth Month With These Campus & Local Events!

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Green Globe On Moss - Envinronmental ConceptWe think every month should be Earth Month, and that we should always do what we can to protect this environment we live in.

This month in particular, however, is chock-full of activities on campus and in the community to celebrate our beautiful planet. This year's Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22.

Check out the list of upcoming events:

Professionals in Environmental Sustainability Roundtable
April 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355

Steering Connected and Automated Mobility in the Right Direction: The 10th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment
April 13, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Earth Day calligraphy on watercolor background
California Endowment, Downtown

Energy Innovation Conference
April 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

BioBlitz 2017 at UCLA
April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Nest at Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Profit and Social Goods
April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Environmental Health Sustainability Fair
April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kerckhoff Grand Salon

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Impact Across Careers
April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screens Film Festival: The Age of Consequences
April 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Briges Theater

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Designing Inclusive Systems
April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Sixth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards
April 19, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Moss Theater at New Roads School
Santa Monica

Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo
April 20, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Downey

E3's Earth Day Fair at UCLA
April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dickson Plaza

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Investing for Impact
April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screen Films Festival: Death by Design
April 20, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Bridges Theater

Climate Day LA
April 21, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Theater at Ace Hotel, Downtown

Green Screen Film Festival: Gatekeepers of the Art
April 21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Patagonia, Santa Monica

Our National Parks at 100: Confronting Change & Committing to Science
April 23, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University

E3'S Earth Month Speaking Panel
April 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
De Neve Plaza Room A/B

LA Business Council Annual Sustainability Summit
April 28, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center

UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative 2017 Celebration #DreamRevolution
May 4, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Canyon Living Ampitheater

Green Gala
May 24, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Carnesale Commons: Palisades Ballroom

 

Nissan Offering Bruins $10K Toward LEAF Purchase

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nissanleafThis offer has just been extended!

Now through the end of September, Nissan is offering all UCLA staff, faculty, and students a $10,000 incentive to be used toward the purchase of a 2017 Nissan LEAF.

Those with valid Bruin ID cards who decide to purchase a LEAF—which is an electric vehicle (EV)—will also qualify for a Clean Fuel Permit. With this permit, you’ll be able to receive complimentary Level 1 EV charging in various parking lots and structures across campus.

Here are more reasons to seriously consider buying an EV:

  1. No oil changes ever
  2. Never buy gas again
  3. Potential state HOV lane access
  4. Up to 107 mile range
  5. 24 months of complimentary public charging off campus
  6. Eligible for UCLA Clean Fuel Parking Permit (includes daily Level 1 charging on campus)

For more information about this deal, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact your local Nissan dealer. Additional Nissan incentive information can be found at bit.ly/uclanissanleaf.

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