Fall Plant Sale Features Native Plants

The 33rd annual Friends of UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nearly 10,000 plants and more than 500 varieties of California native and California appropriate plants will be for sale. A partial plant list is available on the web site of the Botanic Gardens. Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Riverside County Master Gardeners, gardens staff and volunteers will be on hand to give advice and garden troubleshooting tips.

The Master Gardeners will also be selling organically grown cool-season vegetables, herbs and beneficial flowers. In addition, several free programs and demonstrations will be held.

Read more about the sale here or contact the Botanic Gardens through their website, through phone at 951-784-6962 or by email at ucrbg@ucr.edu.

GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction

Faculty from UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and from University of California, Davis will be part of a discussion about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) at the UCR Extension Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The “GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction” lecture will be a global food panel discussion with Greg Jaffe, director of biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C, moderating. The event is free, open to the public and is hosted by the Global Food Initiative at UCR.

Read here for more details.

New Business Strategies for Better Efficiency

UCR Organizational Excellence is a group of key initiatives that will transform the campus through focused activities beginning in four key areas: Streamline Business Processes, Instill a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation, Standardization of Business Processes, and Maximize Professional & Leadership Development.

Learn more about Organizational Excellence through this video.

Drink Dispensers Go High Tech at the HUB

It’s not exactly the same as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ordering his go-to beverage on the U.S.S. Enterprise (“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”), but the new drink machines at the Highlander Union Building (HUB) definitely have a Star Trek vibe. (“Tea, raspberry, iced,” anyone?)

It’s not exactly the same as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ordering his go-to beverage on the U.S.S. Enterprise
(“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”), but the new drink machines at the Highlander Union Building (HUB) definitely have a Star Trek vibe. (“Tea, raspberry, iced,” anyone?)

More Did You Know?

Exclusive Offer on the 2015-2016 All-Sports Pass

UCR Athletics presents UCR staff and faculty with an exclusive offer for the 2015-2016 all-sports pass. For only $50, the all-sports pass includes tickets for volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. This is an over $800 value.

For more information, contact Brandon Lopez at (951) 827-4653 or at highlandertickets@ucr.edu.

Keep up to date with UCR’s Intercollegiate Sports by looking at the Fall 2015 Home schedule. Go Highlanders!

UCR Catastrophic Leave Program

With the UC Catastrophic Leave Program, staff and fiscal-year academic employees can donate vacation time to help fellow employees that has run out. This is a good solution for those who have earned so much vacation that they are starting to max out.

Donations can be made in one-hour increments. To donate, simply download the Catastrophic Leave Donation Form and forward it to Alisha French in Human Resources at alisha.french@ucr.edu.

Questions?  Contact Alisa French at extension 2-1434 or email catleave@ucr.edu.

2015-2016 Winter Holiday Closure

The UCR campus is scheduled to close for the holiday season beginning Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

University-paid holidays will be observed while the campus is closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan.1, 2016. Dec. 28, 29, 30 are not paid holidays. Staff employees and those academic employees who accrue vacation leave are required to use vacation, compensatory time (if available) or take leave without pay for these work days.

In accordance with University personnel policies and applicable labor agreements, employees have the choice of the following options to cover the non-paid holidays:

  • Employees may utilize vacation days in advance of their actual accrual.
  • Newly hired employees may utilize vacation accruals prior to having completed six continuous months on pay status.
  • Employees with accrued compensatory time may elect to use it to cover the three days off or to offset the use of vacation time.
  • Employees who do not wish to use vacation or compensatory time off may request leave without pay based on departmental approval. In this case, employees will not lose hourly vacation or sick leave accruals for these three days.

Employees should notify their supervisors in advance as to which option or combination of options they choose to use.

For exclusively represented employees, these closure days will be handled in accordance with existing contract provisions and are subject to discussion and/or collective bargaining where applicable.

Comments or questions regarding application of personnel policies during the closure may be sent to Heidie Rhodes, Human Resources at heidie.rhodes@ucr.edu or extension 2-2463.

Comments or questions regarding application of collective bargaining agreements may be sent to Paul Wood, Employee and Labor Relations at paul.wood@ucr.edu or extension 2-5092.

Support UCR’s Guardian Scholars by Registering Your Ralphs Card

If you shop at Ralphs, you can link your card to the UCR Guardian Scholar program. That means each time you swipe your card you will make a donation to  help former foster youth. For more information or instructions, visit www.ralphs.com


UCR FarmShare: It's more than a menu, it’s a mission – available to UCR staff, faculty, and students!

You can now sign-up for UC Riverside’s Fall Farmshare!

What is a FarmShare? It’s a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program – part of a national trend that brings fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs straight from local farms to universities, businesses and municipalities. Choices are mostly organic and includes artisanal varieties as well as supermarket favorites. UCR is partnering with Old Grove Farm Share to provide the opportunity to eat healthy and buy locally.

Participants subscribe to UCR FarmShare and pick up their produce weekly at the Market at Glen Mor at UCR. You can purchase either full or medium shares. A week’s full share includes: 5 types of seasonal fruits, 5 types of seasonal vegetables, and one herb.

It’s a 10 week program that begins Thursday, October 1, and runs through Thursday, December 10, 2015. The program is 10 weeks, not including the Thanksgiving holiday. (There will not be any opportunities to skip weeks, so please make arrangements with a co-worker or family member to pick up your share, or it will be donated).

The pick up location will be at the Market at Glen Mor at UCR on Thursdays from 11 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.. There is convenient temporary parking in the lot next door.

A full share costs $28/week; a medium share costs $18/week.

You can sign up online. Several purchase options are available. For more information on the program, please visit the UCR FarmShare site.

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