Staff Assembly’s Community Week to Celebrate the People of UCR

Awards, barbeque, UCR Walks and planter makeover project highlight week of events

people sitting at tables picnicing

UCR employees enjoy a boxed lunch and the opportunity to visit with colleagues during the 2012 Staff Assembly BBQ. The 2013 event will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Photo by Ross French

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  — With the 2012-13 academic year rapidly coming to a close, the Staff Assembly of the University of California, Riverside will celebrate the contributions of staff, faculty and students during the second annual UCR Community Week.

Community Week begins on Monday, May 20 and features four days of lunchtime activities, including:

  • The Staff Assembly General Meeting in HUB 302 on Monday, May 20 at noon.
  • The Community Week Barbeque on the Hinderaker Lawn on Tuesday, May 21 at noon. (RSVP required)
  • The UC Walks event at the UCR Track on Wednesday, May 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Pre-registration requested)
  • The Beautify UCR gardening makeover between Pierce Hall and the Orbach Science Library on Thursday, May 23 at noon.

“UCR Community Week comes in a year when the campus community has experienced a great deal of transition,” said Tim Willette, the 2012-13 SA president. “I hope that these events will serve to remind us all that, through the dynamic changes, the mission of ‘Living the Promise’ for all of us-students, faculty, and staff-is a vibrant constant. We can, as a campus community, celebrate this week, this year, and look forward to a future that shines bright for us all.”

staff planting

With the speed and efficiency of a NASCAR pit crew, a group of staff, students and faculty made over a planter near the Culinary Chameleon in 2012. Photo by Ross French

Robert Wolfer, the 2012-13 vice president and incoming president for 2013-14, explained that the events are held during the lunch hour to “allow the majority of employees to participate while minimizing the impact on working hours and post-work family time.”

In addition to the slate of events, students and employees will have the chance to send “Thank You  BEAR-y Much” cards to their peers to show how much their work is appreciated. Cards will be available at each of the events.

Staff Assembly Director of Events Tamra Johnson said the cards make a major impact by telling “unsung heroes” across the campus that their hard work is being recognized.

“It is easy to have someone do a job well and not give them the praise they deserve. This was a way staff and faculty could be thanked for the little things they do,” she said.

Monday’s general meeting will feature the quarterly Staff Assembly service recognition awards, the introduction of the newly-elected members of the 2013-14 Staff Assembly Executive Board, and the formal installation of Wolfer as president of the board.

Despite the fact that he will become president at the meeting, Wolfer said that his favorite part of the general meeting is the opportunity to “recognize the years of service that our staff members have dedicated to UCR.”

Tuesday’s Staff Assembly barbeque will bring together staff and faculty members for a catered picnic lunch on the lawn outside Hinderaker Hall. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP online.

Scotty the Bear mascot with students at UCR Walks event

UCR mascot Scotty Highlander cheers on the crowd during the 2010 UC Walks event.

The fourth annual UCR Walks will be held in conjunction with the system-wide UC Walks program. Participants will do as many laps as they can around the track during the 90-minute event. Participants will get raffle tickets for each lap they complete, with a drawing to be held at the event’s completion. Individuals who wish to walk are encouraged to pre-register online.

The final event of the week will be the very popular Beautify UCR, where faculty, students and staff will refurbish a planter area between Pierce Hall and the Science Library.

“With the help of a dedicated team from Grounds, we will be planting, mulching, and sharing in another moment that serves to remind all of us that we are a community that is growing,’” Willette said.

Questions regarding Community Week may be addressed to Johnson at

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Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Tamra Johnson, director of events

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