Campus Master Plan Workshops Set for Feb. 24

Two Campus Master Plan workshops are scheduled for Feb. 24. The first is for campus students, staff and faculty, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m in Winston Chung Hall 205/206. The second is for the surrounding community from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at University Extension, Rooms A & B. The event will be an opportunity for the UCR community and friends to inform the vision of the campus’ physical future. Participants can voice opinions on a variety of issues such as architecture, design, sustainability, traffic, transportation, and more.

CAFE Launches at UCR

UCR is launching CAFE, the California Agriculture and Food Enterprise. Led by professor of genetics Norm Ellstrand, it is an institute that will act as an umbrella for UCR interdisciplinary research and other activities associated with food and agriculture in the broadest sense. Ellstrand said the membership is very diverse: “We have researchers studying everything from the psychology of gardening to the interaction of diet and health to crop improvement during environmental challenges.”

To celebrate CAFE’s launch, the Global Food Initiative and the Global Studies program will host a lecture with writers Gustavo Arellano (Taco USA) and David Karp (food writer for Los Angeles Times and more) on Jan. 28, from noon to 2:30 p.m., at the Alumni and Visitor’s Center .

Uta Barth in the NYT Crossword Puzzle

The clue for No. 42, across in the New York Times’ Jan. 24 crossword puzzle was this: German-born photographer Barth. The answer, of course, is UTA. Uta Barth is a professor of art emeritus atUCR who is known internationally for her abstract photography. Last year, she won a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards in the country. She was born in Berlin, Germany.

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Mission: Possible is Back!

Mission: Possible is Back!

Mission: Possible 2, a 10-week Team Wellness Challenge, is back by popular demand. To join, members of the UCR community need to form a team of four and complete missions assigned by the wellness team. The missions focus on daily healthy habits such as nutrition, activity, and stress management. As a team, participants need to complete four or more missions to win prizes. To learn more, attend the event kick-off on Thursday, Jan. 22, noon – 1 p.m. in HUB 302 South.
To register, go to the UC Learning Center at Enter your UCR NetID and password, type in “mission” in the search field and click “Go.” Click on the title of the class you wish to attend and select “Register.” Review the activity details and select “Submit” to complete your registration. For questions, contact Julie Chobdee at (951) 8271488 or email

Guardian Scholars Food/Toiletry Drive

The Guardian Scholars Program provides emotional and financial assistance for UCR students who were emancipated from foster care. These are students that many times do not have the same family support that traditional students do, and if not for the program, these students would not have even their most basic needs — such as food and shelter — met.

The program is collecting nonperishable items to help stock the GS food pantry. According to Alyssa Heckmann, GS program coordinator, the pantry is stocked with plenty of toothbrushes and toothpaste, but other toiletry items would be appreciated. They also have a student who is lactose intolerant, and another with a gluten allergy, so those specialty items are also needed.

Gift cards to Subway, Starbucks, and places within walking distance of the campus are also appreciated, so that Guardian Scholars have food options when the campus closes during the break.

Items can be dropped off at:

  • Alumni & Visitors Center administrative suite
  • Events Management & Protocol

If you would like to participate, please deliver items by Friday, Dec. 12.

You can also support the Guardian Scholars program by donating to Dance Marathon. We have a matching donor up to $25,000—so every dollar donated counts as two!

For more information on items to donate, please contact Kristin Seiler  at x22586 or

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