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We're excited to have you a part of the SMP family!

It's the beginning of yet another wonderful week at UC Merced. Have you had a chance to go to any of the numerous on-campus events? Did you find a club you'd like to be apart of during Club Fair? Maybe you've been hanging out with the new friends you've made? Whatever it may be, we hope you've found something fun to help you feel at home at UCM. If not, don't worry. There are still plenty of opportunities to come!

We are hard at work pairing all the mentees with mentors. So you should be contacted by your mentor soon if you haven't been already. Assuming you've filled out your mentor preference form, that is =). If not, be sure to do that as soon as possible as mentors are on a first come first serve basis. They're flying of the shelves so order now!


CATSPOTS Treasure Hunt

NEW Deadline: Friday Sept. 19th 12:30 PM
Participate for a chance to win a treasure chest filled with gift certificates and prizes from local businesses worth over $250! This is all you have to do:

1. Match the photos on our facebook events page with each CATSPOT business
2. Take a SELFIE with the object in the picture
3. Post your selfie on your personal Instagram or Twitter and hashtag #CATSPOTtreasurehunt and the business name

Each picture is one drawing to win the grand prize!
All details can be found here!

Healthy Living

Steps to Prevent the "Freshmen 15"

Have you heard of the Freshmen 15? According to recent studies including from Rutgers University, 1 in 4 freshmen will gain 10-15 pounds their first semester. No worries! We are hear to remind you of the importance of remaining healthy while eating yummy food. Below we offer resources you can use to balance your meals while maintaining your budget and not have to sacrifice your favorite foods.


Maintaining a healthy diet on campus can be tough due the high availability of high calorie, unhealthy, but delicious choices. However, there are so many healthy options in each on campus dining station. Additionally, the University's new nutritionist Jennifer Hobbs has implemented new standards so that every meal in the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center (DC) is healthier. Check out the resources below!
  • Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center (DC) 
    Each station provides a healthy option. For example, Blue Plate offers a vegetarian meal every day. Keep a lookout for the new Blue Plate schedule here! If you don't want to eat from the salad bar every day, you can try ordering a veggie burger or grilled chicken burger from the grill. 
  • Lantern Cafe (KL)
    The lantern offers a variety of healthy wraps and sandwiches. It also offers delicious baked goods and beverages. For healthier choices, try the oatmeal cookie or an unsweetened tea. 
  • Diesel Dogs (Outside of KL)
    Hotdogs are not the healthiest meals but if you find yourself craving one, try adding less toppings and condiments. Additionally, fight the urge to purchase the chips or churro as a side.
  • Marketplace/Marketplace Express (The Summits)
    The marketplace offers so many options and can be your best friend on those late nights when the DC is closed. However, you don't have to binge on high calorie snacks, instead try the organic fruits and trail mixes. 
  • Fork in the Road (Between SSB & SSM on Scholar's Lane)
    The fork in the road trucks are super convenient when your on the way to class and want that quick snack. Try choosing a small snack such as a banana or oatmeal in a cup to keep you energized longer. A fall schedule will go up here soon. 
For a full list of nutritional information on every On-Campus option click here!


Maintaining healthy eating habits while living off campus can provide its own challenges as well. No need to fret, we still got you covered ! Living off campus demands setting up time to cook meals and since most of us either don't know how to cook or struggle finding time to cook, we tend to give into eating fast-food. However, with a few steps we can make sure to remain healthy while eating some delicious food. 
  • Create a Monthly Budget
    One of the most crucial steps in making sure we can even afford a nice healthy meal is budgeting. Take into account how much you need to eat a day, generally three meals and two snacks daily. This can range from 10-30$ a day depending on how much you eat. Click here for a budget calculator and here for more tips on budgeting.
  • Find Local Grocery Stores & Farmers Markets for Fresh Groceries
    We are fortunate enough to live in the central valley which is surrounded by agriculture. This means we are close to organic and fresh produce. One popular farmers market occurs every Saturday at the Merced Flea Market. You can click here for directions! Another popular spot is Yang's Strawberry & Produce Stand open everyday! Directions located here. You can find many more by searching on the web. 
  • Weekly Newsletters/Coupons
    You can find these by searching online. Just search for your local grocer website and the weekly newsletter should be included. If you receive newspaper in the mail, there are typically coupons and weekly newsletter in them as well. 
  • Plan Out Meals
    You can also plan out your meals to save time. This can be done by cooking on weekends and freezing the meals in containers. While planning out meals try to include more veggies and less fried or fatty foods. For more information you can click here!

Merced Hotspots

Feeling bored? Need a break from school? We've got your back. Each week we will highlight one amazing place in Merced to finally answer that age ol' question, "What's there to do in Merced?" Well, the answer is PLENTY! This weeks Hotspot...
Bellevue Bowl
785 Bellevue Road,
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 358-6466

Located in Atwater, Bellevue Bowl is definitely one of the fun places to hang out with friends after a long day at school or work. Their service is fast and friendly. Pricing is a little on the high side. For a regular day, it is $4.50 per game per person, not including shoe rental. However, they do offer "specials" on certain days of the week. For example, during their Flashback Friday special, $13 will get you unlimited games from 10pm-1am including shoe rental (Not bad for a deal!) Make sure to check out their website for monthly events and special offers. So next time, grab a few friends and bowl your night away :)

Approved Events

Remember folks, as participants of the Success Mentor Program, you are required to attend 3 events. As always, we will provide you with a list of all approved events you can attend to fulfill this requirement. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your mentor!
SMP Events

Building Social Connections
Tues. Sept. 9th 11:00-12:00PM
Fri. Sept. 12th 4:00-5:00PM (Same workshop, different day)
Bobcat Lair (KL 169) 
By focusing on building social connections with roommates, classmates, professors, and more, we will share the knowledge and tools to help you build the right connections at UC Merced.
Non-SMP Events
Intro to SCM/Group Development
Tues, Sept. 9th 6:00-7:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

P.A.W.S. Leadership Seminar

Thurs, Sept. 11th 1:30-2:30 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event link

Help! I'm Already Behind On My Reading!
Mon, Sept. 15th 12:00-12:50 PM
California Room

Know Your Learning Preference
Wed. Sept. 17th 10:00 PM-10:50 PM
California Room
Resume Workshop 
Tues. Sept. 23rd 12:30-1:30 PM
SSB 250
Event link

Resume Workshop 
Wed. Sept. 24rd 10:00-11:00 AM
SSB 250
Event link

P.A.W.S. Leadership Seminar
Thurs, Sept. 25th 1:30-2:30 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event link
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University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

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