UCR Helps UCLA After Water Main Break

A 93-year-old water main broke on July 29 near UCLA, sending an estimated 20 million gallons of water onto the campus. The 30-inch water pipe is controlled by the L.A. Department of Water and Power. While no injuries were reported from the flooding, the ensuing flood made national news and caused extensive damage to Pauley Pavilion and many other structures on campus, including three parking garages.
More than 900 vehicles — owned by staff, faculty, students and visitors — were damaged by the flood. To help the owners find out more about filing claims with the DWP and answer other insurance-related questions, Erica Healander and Richard Rycraw with the UCR Office of Risk Management headed over to UCLA to assist its staff.

Dean Malilay, the Risk Manager at UCLA, successfully coordinated volunteers from various UCs, made over 300 damaged vehicles centrally available, and staged a location where owners could sign in, and obtain claim information. Rycraw said, “It was interesting how smoothly everything went.  Every owner I came in contact with was very appreciative of UCLA’s effort to get the vehicles back to their owners and help them start the claim process.”

According to Healander, director of Risk Management, “We went to UCLA to help our counterpart there because it was the right thing to do. Our efforts, even if on a different campus, affect the entire UC, which in turn benefits UCR.  Of course we hope our counterparts return the favor if we ever need it.”

Riverside Ranked 8th Coolest City in America by Forbes

Riverside has been ranked eighth in Forbes magazine’s list of coolest cities in America. The ranking was based on things like diversity, local attractions, age, population growth and the arts. There was no human polling. Also on the list were  cities such as Austin, San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles — which tied for 16 with San Jose.

More Did You Know?

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

Did you know that there’s a program for personal concerns such as alcohol and drug-related matters, family and marital problems, financial difficulties and legal concerns? The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is UCR’s way of encouraging employees who may be having problems to seek professional help. For more information, call (951) 781-0510 or (800) 266-0510. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, and is strictly confidential.

A Meeting on UCR’s Institute of Agriculture

UCR’s CAFE (California Agriculture and Food Enterprise) is a nascent institute that will act as an umbrella for UCR interdisciplinary research and other activities associated with food and agriculture in the broadest sense. It is in its very earliest stages of development with preliminary involvement from CNAS, CHASS, SOM, BCOE, and SPP.
If you have an interest in contributing to creating to this effort, please attend the exploratory meeting in 2158 Bachelor Hall at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 25. If you are interested, but cannot attend, please let Norman Ellstrand know via email at ellstrand@ucr.edu.

Campus Butt Litter on the Rise

Sustainability interns and volunteers who scour the campus for cigarette butts found that since the implementation of the tobacco ban in January, butt litter dropped, and then went up again.

Last October, the sustainability team collected 1,388 cigarette butts for Butt Bash 1. During the first week of March,  544 cigarette butts were collected during Butt Bash 2. In May for Butt Bash 3, 1,078 cigarette butts were collected on campus.

The increase in litter has been found in bushes, under piles of leaves, and hidden areas. Most of the litter was found by the Orbach Library, Sproul Garden, the Barn and the bell tower lawn.

Members of the athletics department, the Office of Sustainability  and the Alpha Phi Omega Service Organization participated in the clean up.

To address this, UCR Wellness Program Coordinator Julie Chobdee said, “We need the help of the entire UCR campus community to ensure the success of the smoke/tobacco-free policy. It is the responsibility of all staff, faculty, and students to comply with the policy and to education and inform those not in compliance. We hope that everyone will be proactive and contribute to a healthy, safe, and cleaner UCR.”

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