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Staff News — March 21, 2011

UCLA among top 20 bicycle-friendly campusesBike Friendly U logo

UCLA is among 20 universities nationwide honored with the first‐ever Bicycle Friendly University designation by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Announced earlier this month at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., the award program recognizes colleges and universities that create exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive. Currently, five percent of students and two percent of staff and faculty — some 2,400 members of the UCLA community — commute to campus by bike.
 
UCLA earned bronze‐level status, based on UCLA Transportation’s wide-ranging efforts to enhance bicycling on campus. These include a designated campus bike route with sharrows affixed to the roadway; the Bruin Bikes program, which loans bike to campus departments for commutes to meetings and other uses; the Bike Library of 50 rental bikes for students; the Drive Bike Friendly safety campaign; and the award‐winning Bike‐U‐mentary short film.
 
"We are proud to earn the designation as a Bicycle Friendly University," said Dave Karwaski, manager of UCLA Transportation Planning & Policy. "It shows that even in Los Angeles, it is possible to create an atmosphere conducive to bicycling. … Our hope is that this success can be expanded and built upon."
 

In Memoriam: Phyllis Louise Jergenson

Phyllis Louise Jergenson, a staff member of the UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for 38 years, died in Los Angeles on March 10, from complications of heart surgery. She was 73.
 
Jergenson joined Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1964. She became director of Graduate Student Affairs in 1991, a position she held until she retired in 2002. A highly valued staff member, after her retirement she was asked to return to the department, where she continued to work until 2008.
 
Bringing high standards of professionalism to her work as well as a deep concern for others, Jergenson was a "second mother" to several generations of graduate students. She was much beloved by department colleagues and had many friends throughout the campus. Jergenson was also a staunch UCLA advocate as well as an avid Bruin athletics fan, holding season tickets to Bruins basketball.
 
Jergenson is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Dale; her sister, Marilyn McCarty; her daughter Sean Pine, assistant dean for curriculum and registration at UCLA School of Law; and by two grandsons.
 
A celebration of Jergenson’s life will be held on Friday, April 1, 4 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center, California Room. All are welcome to attend.