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Lunch Program and Events

One of the hallmarks of University Friends Circle’s programming is our monthly luncheons featuring outstanding UC Merced professors or local Merced area subject experts.

Luncheons are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month during the academic year, October through April. A printable PDF of the complete 2023-24 luncheon schedule will be linked here in late September. Members are encouraged to attend and are invited to bring guests who may be interested in that month’s topic or in a future membership in UFC. Interested persons who are not yet UFC members are also welcome, but registration and lunch payment are required in advance. 

NEXT LUNCHEON: Welcome and Student Life Update, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in the Lakireddy Grand Ballroom of UC Merced. REGISTER by Sept. 29!

In addition to monthly luncheons, members are invited to participate in a variety of special events and initiatives. This includes the annual UC Intercampus Trip, UC Merced athletic events (Save the Date: Oct. 27!), distributing Snacks for Scholars shortly before finals each semester, and participation in the UFC Book Club. Each May, the Scholarship and Awards Reception and Annual Meeting are held jointly. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to meet the recipients of the UFC Scholarship and Community Service Award and engage with the students who directly benefit from UFC’s fundraising efforts. 


  • The Food Innovation Initiative was presented in April by Professor Josh Viers, watershed scientist with expertise in resource management and environmental decision making.

  • Tribology Lab and Mars 2020 Mission presented in February by Professor Ashlie Martini and students.

  • Where Are They Now? - a November panel of alumni Linda Barreto ('08), Uday Bali ('08) and Kristynn Sullivan ('15)

  • October 4, 2022: 


We hope you will join us!