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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 2022-23 luncheon schedule is linked here. 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: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - "Tribology Lab and Mars 2020 Mission" presented by Professor Ashlie Martini.

Each December, UFC holds a Holiday Social in lieu of a Luncheon; thus, the next will be in January. Professor Ashlie Martini is a tribologist and professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Merced. She will explain her research and how her lab supported JPL's Mars 2020 Mission. The January UFC Luncheon will be held at the Merced Golf & Country Club, 11:30am-1:00pm.

>> A registration link for this will open here in December. <<

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, distributing Snacks for Scholars shortly before finals each semester, and participation in the UFC Book Club. Each May, the Annual Meeting and Scholarship and Awards Reception 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. 


  • November 1, 2022: Where Are They Now? - a panel of alumni Linda Barreto ('08), Uday Bali ('08) and Kristynn Sullivan ('15)

  • October 4, 2022: Welcome by Chancellor Juan sanchez Muñoz and 2021-2022 Student Life Updates by Vice Chancellor Charles Nies


We hope you will join us!