Full Slate of Events on Schedule as 2014–15 School Year Commences at UC Riverside

Classes begin Thursday, October 2, 2014

The UCR Pipe Band leads the procession at the 2013 Convocation. The freshman class of 2014 will be welcomed by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox at this year’s convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in the Student Recreation Center Arena. Photo by Carlos Puma

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The 2014–15 academic year at the University of California, Riverside gets underway with the first day of classes on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. But the campus will come to life beginning on Monday Sept. 29, 2014 with a series of events as part of the annual Highlander Welcome, a two-week long series of events that help kick off the school year.

  • The class of 2018 will be formally welcomed to campus on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:45 p.m. at the annual Freshman Convocation, which will be held in the Student Recreation Center Arena. The event includes a formal procession of faculty and administrators in full academic regalia and remarks by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri, and the Associated Students President Nafi Karim. Immediately after the event at about 5:45 p.m., the class will be dismissed to the Bell Tower for the R’Side Celebration.
  • On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri will present “Anarchy in [the] Ukraine: How Ukraine’s Crisis Represents ‘Post-Post-Cold War’ Politics” at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1128 of the Interdisciplinary Building South (INTS). It is free and open to the public, with parking available in Lot 1.
  • On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Student Recreation Center will celebrate the opening of the student-funded SRC South Expansion by trying to set a Guinness World Record by having as many as 1,000 students popping bubble wrap for a full two minutes in the SRC North arena at 11 a.m. Following the “Pop ‘Til You Drop” event, the new SRC South will hold an open house and members of the campus will be able to explore the new facility.
  • The annual Block Party festival will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Bell Tower mall. The event will include food from food trucks and student organizations, information tabling, carnival rides and games, and a concert featuring hip-hop artist Vic Mensa, the band Magic!, and DJ Dillon Francis.The concert, which is open to UCR students, including graduate students and UCR Extension students with valid identification and UCR Alumni Association members who RSVP through the association. More information is available at the Block Party website and questions may be sent to blockpartyucr@gmail.com
  • On Wednesday, October 8, UCR will host the first Nooner of the year with the theme “Scotty’s Spiritfest.” It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower and includes ice cream, airbrush tattoos, screen printed shirts and other free giveaways.
  • At that time the Bell Tower will also play host to the Student Involvement Fair, where they can learn about some of the 350-plus student organizations on campus.
  • On Thursday, October 9,2014, the campus will celebrate Professor Juan Felipe Herrera’s two years as California’s poet laureate at the Unity Poem Fiesta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arts Building. The event will include free food, art, music, dance and poetry performances, including the reading of excerpts from the “Incredible & Biggest Poem on Unity in the World.”
  • Later that day, UCR undergraduates will be treated to free pizza between games of the UCR Soccer doubleheader. The women’s team host UCI beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the men hosting Cal Poly at approximately 8:00 p.m. A valid student ID is required for admission.

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