Encarnacion Ruiz, Director of Admissions at UC Merced on Recruitment of Students

Encarnacion Ruiz, the director of Admissions at UC Merced, discusses the process by which future UC Merced students are chosen and helped through the application and enrollment process.


UC Merced’s Bobcat Radio Presents A Conversation with The Undocumented

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Kim McMillon interviews undocumented UC Merced Students.
UC Merced’s Bobcat Radio Presents A Conversation with The Undocumented

“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as and of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”
— President Barack Obama

(Merced, CA — May 21, 2015) — There are approximately 7,000 – 13,000 undocumented students enrolled in college throughout the United States. In 2013, University of California President Janet Napolitano committed five million for financial aid and special counseling to undocumented college students enrolled in the University of California system. University official estimate that the ten-campus university system has about 900 undocumented students, who make up 0.38 percent of the 239,000 total student population.

Bobcat Radio’s latest show, The Collective, hosted by UC Merced graduate student Kim McMillon, discussed with three students born in Mexico their lives in the United States and their experiences crossing the border. A fourth student was born in the United States, and spoke of his parent’s journey as undocumented immigrants. The interview will air on Thursday, May 21 at 12 pm, and 7 pm at http://bobcatradio.ucmerced.edu.

“This conversation and many more are needed if we as a country expect to heal our issues around the undocumented, particularly students working towards better lives for themselves. Many of these young people had no choice in the decision of their entering the United States. Our hope is that programs of this nature will provide an important forum for discussions of this nature,” said host Kim McMillon.

For more information or if you have a show idea, email Kim McMillon at kmcmillon@ucmerced.edu.

Bobcat Radio was founded in 2010 to serve the University of California, Merced and bridge the gap between the UC Merced campus and Merced community by sharing music, ideas, and culture.

Arts in the Valley, April 2014, Merced, CA

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Kim McMillon interviews Marcus Anthony Shelby on Arts in the Valley.
Marcus Anthony Shelby is an accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and bassist who currently lives in San Francisco, California. Over the past 20 years, he has built a diverse biography. From 1990-1996, Shelby was bandleader of Columbia Records and GRP Impulse! Recording Artists Black/Note and is currently the Artistic Director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Orchestra, The Marcus Shelby Hot 7, and The Marcus Shelby Trio. Shelby was awarded a 2009 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship in Chicago for summer 2009 to conduct research for his commission to compose “Soul of the Movement”. Shelby was also a 2006 Fellow in the Resident Dialogues Program of the Committee for Black Performing Arts at Stanford University to conduct research for his commission to compose “Harriet Tubman”. Shelby also has had the honor of arranging for and conducting the Count Basie Orchestra featuring Ledisi, performing and recording with Tom Waits, and receiving the City Flight Magazine 2005 award as one of the “Top Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area”. As the 1991 winner of the Charles Mingus Scholarship, Shelby’s studies include work under the tutelage of composer James Newton and legendary bassist Charlie Haden. Shelby is also very active in music education and currently teaches at Rooftop Alternative School in San Francisco, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.

Arts in the Valley, May 2014, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA


Julia Carmen has been a healer for over 20 years. She was born with the gift of Curandora de Alma (Healer of the Soul). Her gift of being able to see a person’s true self/soul has guided clients to quiet themselves to hear their own divine soul/self.

“What I learned from Julia is a priceless gift that I can continue to utilize throughout my life. She’s not a magic, but she taught me how to see and manifest my own miracles” ~ J.F., student and client


Arts in the Valley, May 2014, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA


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Cynthia Graybeal has an Intuitive Practice and teaches Meditation and Channeled workshops at Unity Spiritual Center, Sonora CA and recently participated in their Unity Spirit, Mind, Body Expo!

She is a Certified Massage Therapist and studied at National Holistic Institute in Emeryville CA.

Cynthia channels Archangels Gabriel, Michael, Uriel and Raphael.
She does remote healing sessions.  Please ask about her Body Talk Sessions.  For a session or group workshop, please contact Cynthia at
Cynthia Graybeal <angels_94579@yahoo.com>.

Quantum Healing

Natural Healing for Body, Mind and Soul

Julie Williams, Holistic Therapist and Trainer.

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Quantum Healing is a completely natural form of consciousness Medicine that promotes transformation

At the source of the issue, producing direct

results with lasting change. This holistic approach

works with the physical, ancestral, emotional and energetic bodies to bring deep healing from within.

Effective For


Chronic Conditions

Ancestral Entanglements

Relationship Issues

Depression & Anxiety

Emotional Distress

Limiting Beliefs

Past Trauma

Arts in the Valley, 1480 KYOS AM, March 2014

Host Kim McMillon interviews Heike Hambley on Merced Shakespearefest production of “Romeo and Juliet.”  Shakespeare’s epic tragic love story “Romeo and Juliet” gets a Mexican twist, starting Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30 at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre,  301 W. Main St. Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for students. They can be purchased online at http://www.mercedtheatre.org, by calling (209) 381-0500, or visiting the box office. For more information, call (209) 723-3265 or visit http://www.mercedshakespearefest.org.

Host Kim McMillon interviews California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Upcoming Gig: 6/6 SF Jazz Poetry Festival
Posted by JFH | Monday, 4 April 2013 | Events
Juan Felipe Herrera & Alejandro Murguía at the San Francisco Jazz Festival! Thursday, June 6, 7:30pm · 9:00pm at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Host Kim McMillon interviews  Umar Bin Hassan, a member of the civil rights era Last Poets. He joined the group in 1969 after seeing the Last Poets perform in his native Akron, Ohio.

Umar recently appeared on the Jay Leno show with the Last Poets and Common. Umar backs up Common on his latest hit, On the Corner. Umar also appeared on MTV’s Making the Video for the single.

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African Americans of San Francisco, written by Jan Batiste Adkins, documents the contributions made by pioneers of the 1800s and present individuals who helped establish viable African American communities in San Francisco , California . Published in 2012 by Arcadia Publishing Company as part of the Images of America series, African Americans of San Francisco is a never-before-seen pictorial account of the lives and conditions for black residents and their social, political, and cultural contributions to the city.

In the 19th century, many slaves who came to San Francisco with their owners sought and found freedom in the free state of California . These early settlers developed churches, businesses, schools, newspapers, and social and cultural organizations that still exist in the city today. By the end of World War II, the African American population increased from nearly 5,000 residents to over 21,000, creating new black neighborhoods in San Francisco .

H. Elizabeth Burke is a spiritual teacher, past life and somatic healer, professional psychic, and a kapua in the Hawai’ian tradition who has worked in the field of healing for 25 years.

From 1983-1986 she went through both an harrowing kundalini awakening and shamanic initiation, that would change her forever. She emerged from this profound and life changing experience with full psychic abilities and a deep understanding of transpersonal experiences, embodiment, energy, and spirit.

Elizabeth Burke created Transforming Embodiment®, a spiritual and meditative inner approach and set of practices that marries somatic inquiry,past life integration, chakra and energy work, intuitive insights and mind-body healing.

Elizabeth has taught and lectured on the nature of consciousness, intuition training, Hawai’ian shamanism, meditation, the TE ® Practices for over 20 years.She has studied with Buddhist teachers, Taoist priests and Hawai’ian shamans. She holds a a master’s degree in somatic and contemplative counseling,was a body and movement therapist in the 1980’s and studied bel canto for over a decade.

Her books include: award-winner, Memory in Our Bones: Exploring the Mysteries of Mind, Body and Spirit© and The Practices of Transforming Embodiment: A Workbook of Meditations© due out 2012.



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Arts in the Valley Interviews for January 2014.

Host Kim McMillon interviews Lucinda Clark, the publisher of P.R.A. Publishing.  P.R.A. Publishing began as a grassroots program to promote the beauty and power of poetry. Founder/poet Lucinda Clark began with the idea of showcasing poets in an annual celebration; Poetry Matters is now in its eleventh year.  http://prapublishing.com

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Host Kim McMillon interviews Jeff Yager, a 23-year-old with a lot to share. In his debut young adult novel set in the near future, Atom and Eve, which he started writing at 19, there is a flu pandemic that is killing millions. Sixteen year old college freshman Ricky Romanello tests a new vaccine. But the vaccine turns out to have gender-bending unforeseen consequences. One of the subplots is the campaign of the first female presidential candidate, Kendra Martin. Will she win? If she does win, is the side effect of the vaccine the reason for it? The characters, plot, and subplots of this novel, and even the intriguing quotes that begin each chapter, have readers of all ages, from teen through adult, responding enthusiastically to this debut novel.
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The official website for the novel is:

Kim McMillon interviews Andrew Hill, the author of The literary novel series, HIDDEN CROW, is a collection of stories that begins in the Deep South, moves north to New York, and eventually to California. It chronicles the 100-year history of the Hathaway family from its sharecropping days in 1888 to the cusp years of Civil Rights and beyond. These linked, stand-alone stories about the unseen wounds of the Jim Crow past.  Before becoming a writer, Andrew Hill worked as a reporter and TV news anchor at KPIX-TV in San Francisco and WQXI-TV in Atlanta. Radio listeners in Monterey heard his voice each weekday morning as host of “Baroque ‘n Eggs” on Classical K-Bach (KBOQ-FM). Early in his career, he also hosted two daily talk shows on Atlanta’s Ring Radio (WRNG-AM).  http://www.andrewhillbooks.com/books.

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Kim McMillon interviews Noelle Hanrahan, the director of Prison Radio, an independent multi media production studio.  They produce content and  seek to distribute essays and productions throughout the world.  They have been very successful over twenty years producing content for radio, television, and films.   They are a 501c3 non profit organization a project of the Redwood Justice Fund.  http://www.prisonradio.org

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Kim McMillon interviews Gail Benedict, the co-founder of Arts UC Merced Presents about the upcoming performance of Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Merced Theatre on March 6.  In 2013, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala – celebrated over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape.

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