UCR Students Return to Campus for 2013–14 Academic Year

Welcome Week, Convocation and Block Party highlight the first week; Classes begin Sept. 26

smiling students and graphic

Students will return to the UC Riverside campus beginning September 22nd. Original image courtesy Robert Brumbaugh, Housing, Dining and Residential Services

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  —  The 2013–14 academic year is nearly here and students at the University of California, Riverside will find a full-slate of Welcome Week activities on tap, including a pair of annual campus traditions; the New Student Convocation on Monday, Sept. 23 and the 15th annual Block Party on Friday, Sept. 27.

But before classes can begin on Sept. 26 or any of the Welcome Week events can take place, about 3,400 students have to be moved into UCR’s three on-campus residence hall communities during Move-In Day on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teams of Residential Life staff and students will unload cars and help students move in to their halls in a highly-choreographed event that features staggered arrival times and the goal of getting cars onto campus, unpacked and moved to a long-term parking lot in less than 30 minutes. Thinking of arriving early? Don’t bother, as early arrivals must wait in a holding lot until their appointed time.

“Move-in-day is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ day for our staff. We have approximately 100 career staff and 150 student staff coordinating the move in, along with an additional 60 staff from Transportation and Parking Services directing traffic,” said Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor for Housing, who will be welcoming students and parents himself – unless they arrive in a rented truck. “I have a standing joke with parents that we will have UCPD escort them away from campus if they arrive in a U-Haul.”

There are several welcome events scheduled for Sunday night, and on Monday afternoon all first-year students will be officially welcomed into the UC Riverside family and have the chance to meet new Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and hear from representatives of Student Affairs, the UCR Alumni Association, Associated Students of UCR and the Faculty Senate at the annual New Student Convocation. The event, which begins at 4:45 p.m., will be held in two separate venues, with freshmen at the Student Recreation Center and transfer students and overflow at University Lecture Hall. Wilcox will speak at both venues. The convocations are not open to the public.

Following the convocation, Interim Director of Athletics Jim Wooldridge and coaches and student-athletes from UCR’s intercollegiate athletics teams will get the crowds fired up for an exciting year of Highlander sports with the R’Side Rally.


The poster for the 2013 Block Party at UC Riverside

The first full day on campus will wrap up as housing residents and first-year transfer and commuter students will attend the R’Side Celebration at the Highlander Union Building. The event will feature fair-style food, fun and games including a bounce house, and music from DJs and the bands Torches and DWNTWN.

With classes scheduled to begin Thursday, both new and returning students will have a couple of days to find their way around campus and attend meetings and seminars that can help them avoid pitfalls and excel academically.

The week will be capped off by the 15th Annual Block Party hosted by Associated Students Program Board.  This UCR-only event will feature performances by the band Young the Giant, rapper Schoolboy Q, and British singer/rapper Cher Lloyd.

“This is by far the most diverse line up that we’ve assembled yet,” said Edozie Onumonu, chairpoerson for ASPB. “We work hard to appeal to as many people as possible in order to create a common Highlander experience.”

Onumonu said that in addition to the music, students can enjoy great food prepared by student organizations and food trucks, student organization performances, and attractions including photo booths, henna tattoos, caricatures, and a virtual graffiti wall.

Students can gain admittance with a valid UC Riverside ID. Members of the Alumni Association are eligible to receive one free admission and may RSVP for the event through the Alumni Association website

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Edozie Onumonu (for concert-related media requests)
Tel: (951) 827-3625
E-mail: edozie.onumonu@gmail.com

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