The Top: Highlights of 2014

A look back at the biggest moments of 2014

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox was formally invested by UC President Janet Napolitano at the investiture ceremony on April 24. Photo By: Carrie Rosema

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Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events. This week, we are featuring the year of 2014 in photos. From UCR becoming a tobacco-free campus to Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox’s Investiture, 2014 was a great (and busy) year for all Highlanders!

If you have a favorite spot you’d like featured or an activity you’d like to share, email lille.bose@ucr.edu.

January 2014: UCR Becomes Tobacco-free

A man dressed as a cigarette reminds the UCR community about UCR's tobacco-free policy. PHOTO BY ROSS FRENCH

Paul Wood, employee and labor relations specialist, wore a cigarette costume to remind the UCR community of UCR’s tobacco-free policy. PHOTO BY ROSS FRENCH

UCR began 2014 by officially becoming a tobacco-free campus as of Jan. 2.

February 2014: UCR Dance Marathon 2014

Members of the Dance Marathon 2014 board hold up the amount raised at the event.

Members of the Dance Marathon 2014 board hold up the amount raised at the event.

On Feb. 22, the third annual UCR Dance Marathon event raised a record-breaking $47,744 for the Guardian Scholars Program. The money went to scholarship funds for students emancipated from the foster care system. Dance Marathon 2014 had more than 400 dancers in attendance and an anonymous donor chipped in a $20,000 matching gift. Read more about it here.

March 2014: Winston Chung’s Campus Visit

Winston Chung visited the UCR campus on March 9, for a tour of the facilities of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and an update on research funded through his generous support.

Winston Chung visited the UCR campus on March 9, for a tour of the facilities of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and an update on research funded through his generous support.

Inventor, business leader and Fellow of the Bourns College of Engineering Winston Chung visited the campus on March 9 for a tour of the facilities of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and an update on research funded through his generous support. The visit was the first time Chung returned to campus since 2011, when he was honored as the inaugural fellow of the college during commencement ceremonies. Chung’s $10 million gift in 2011 established the energy research center, along with the Winston Chung endowed professorships in energy, innovation and sustainability.

April 2014: The blue bell tower

Photo By: Ross French

Photo By: Ross French

For the third year in a row, UCR started off the month of April by illuminating the bell tower in blue light in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

April 2014: Solar-Table Installation

Photo By: Ross French

Photo By: Ross French

Thirteen solar tables were fully installed and operational on April 24. These environmentally friendly units provides the UCR community with more opportunities to plug in their wireless devices. Read more about these solar tables here.

April 2014: Chancellor Wilcox’s Investiture

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox was formally invested by UC President Janet Napolitano at the investiture ceremony on April 24. Photo By: Carrie Rosema

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox was formally invested by UC President Janet Napolitano at the investiture ceremony on April 24. Photo By: Carrie Rosema

The investiture of Kim A Wilcox as the ninth chancellor of UCR was held on April 24 at the Student Recreation Center. About 1,000 people attended the event, with guests from around the University of California system and other national academic institutions. A large public reception near UCR’s iconic bell tower followed the event. Learn more about it here.

April 2014: “A Piece of My Mind”

Theater professor’s show tackles stroke survival from personal experience.

Theater professor’s show tackles stroke survival from personal experience.

“A Piece of my Mind,” written and performed by Eric Barr, professor emeritus of theatre, was held on April 26 in the Studio Theatre.The play is a frank examination of Barr’s heart infection, surgery and ultimately, his survival from near-fatal strokes. The show covers his rehab, recovery, and his return home after months in hospitals and nursing facilities. While death was always a potential outcome, “A Piece of my Mind” is a celebration of life and the human spirit. Read more about Barr’s play here.

May 2014: Veteran’s Day Display

On May 23, the UCR Veterans Services along with volunteers from many other campus groups, honored the lives of Americans that was lost in all U.S. wars through a display on the UCR Flag Pole Lawn.

On May 23, the UCR Veterans Services along with volunteers from many other campus groups, honored the lives of Americans that was lost in all U.S. wars through a display on the UCR Flag Pole Lawn.

On May 23, the UCR Veterans Services along with volunteers from many other campus groups, honored the lives of Americans lost in all U.S. wars through a display on the UCR Flag Pole Lawn. There were 6,778 U.S. flags on the University’s Flag Pole Lawn in remembrance of the 6,778 troops lost to date in the ongoing War on Terror.

May 2014: UCSB Candlelight Vigil

Photo Courtesy of: Christine French

Photo Courtesy of: Christine French

UCR students organized a candlelight vigil on the night of May 28 to memorialize the victims of the Isla Vista tragedy and to show support for the entire UCSB campus community.

June 2014: Commencement 2014

UCR graduates at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences commencement ceremony held on Sunday, June 15, at Pierce Lawn.

UCR graduates at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences commencement ceremony held on Sunday, June 15, at Pierce Lawn.

More than 5,400 students were eligible to participate in the 60th commencement ceremonies at UCR. The university welcomed friends and family to campus for seven ceremonies across four days, from June 13 to 16. Congratulations Class of 2014!

September 2014: Opening of Glen Mor 2

Students moving in the newly constructed Glen Mor 2 on Sept. 22.

Students moving in the newly constructed Glen Mor 2 on Sept. 22.

The newly constructed Glen Mor 2 Student Apartments housed its first set of residents  on Sept. 22. The 334,000 square foot apartment complex is located at the corner of Big Springs Road and Valencia Hill Drive and it includes beds for 800 people, a parking structure, swimming pool, community spaces, academic resource center, computer lab, fitness center and a dining emporium for both residents and nonresidents.

September 2014: Freshman Convocation

On September 30, all first-year students were officially welcomed into the UC Riverside family at the annual New Student Convocation. Photo By: Peter Phun

On September 30, all first-year students were officially welcomed into the UC Riverside family at the annual New Student Convocation. Photo By: Peter Phun

On September 30, all first-year students were officially welcomed into the UC Riverside family at the annual New Student Convocation. An estimated 2,900 freshmen filled the floor and grandstands of the Recreation Center, with another 100 to 200 students watching a video feed in an overflow room at the nearby MAC gym of the SRC South. The R’Side Celebration, which featured food and music, followed afterwards.

October 2014: Student Recreation Center Expansion Opening

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Student Recreation Center  celebrated the opening of the student-funded SRC South Expansion. Photo By: Ross French

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Student Recreation Center celebrated the opening of the student-funded SRC South Expansion. Photo By: Ross French

On Oct. 3, 2014, the Student Recreation Center celebrated the opening of the student-funded Student Recreation Center South Expansion by trying to set a Guinness World Record by having about 1,000 students pop bubble wrap for a full two minutes in the SRC North arena. New amenities include an outdoor pool and aquatics facilities, the MAC court, indoor jogging track, climbing wall and 20,000 square feet of weight room and cardio fitness facilities. New tennis courts, as well as basketball courts, are built on the southeast corner of the existing 9-acre complex.

October 2014: The California Unity Poem Fiesta

The California Unity Poem Fiesta at UCR on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 celebrated Juan Felipe Herrera's two years as California Poet Laureate.

The California Unity Poem Fiesta at UCR on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 celebrated Juan Felipe Herrera’s two years as California Poet Laureate.

UCR Professor Juan Felipe Herrera’s two successful years as California Poet Laureate along with his project, “The Most Incredible & Biggest Poem on Unity in the World” were celebrated during the California Unity Poem Fiesta on Oct. 9.

Highlights of the event included booths with hands-on poetry activities; readings of excerpts from the 170-page unity poem by students from Bethune Elementary School in Moreno Valley and other contributors; UCR’s Mayupatapi ensemble performing African-Colombian music; and free tacos for the first 500 guests. Speakers included Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox; Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Andrew Winer, chair of the Department of Creative Writing; and Herrera.

November 2014: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Solar Farm

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new West Campus Solar Farm was held at the UCR Community Garden on November 13.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new West Campus Solar Farm was held at the UCR Community Garden on November 13. Chancellor Kim Wilcox and John Cook, director of sustainability, walk through the solar farm during the event.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new West Campus Solar Farm was held at the UCR Community Garden on Nov. 13. This 11-acre site will produce 3 megawatts of electricity and the projected savings to the university is $4.3 million over the length of the contract. Read more about it here.

November 2014: UCR Business School Receives $2.5 Million Gift

Jeff Kaatz, Kim Wilcox, Gary Lastinger, Erin Lastinger, Samantha Anderson, Erik Anderson and Yunzeng Wang stand side by side at the Victoria Club on Nov. 13, 2014

From left, UCR Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development Jeff Kaatz, UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, Gary Lastinger, Erin Lastinger, Samantha Anderson, Erik Anderson and UCR School of Business Administration Dean Yunzeng Wang. The Andersons and Lastingers are affiliated with the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation.

The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation announced that it is giving $2.5 million to the UCR School of Business Administration to create three endowed chairs for faculty members and provide scholarships for graduate students from Inland Southern California.The gift is the latest show of support from the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, and was announced at a gala on Nov. 13 at the Victoria Club in Riverside that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the naming of The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM). The foundation has made previous gifts exceeding $8 million.

November 2014: Highlander Scot Fest

The 7th Annual Highlander Scot Fest had fun and games for the entire family! Photo by: Carlos Puma

The 7th Annual Highlander Scot Fest had fun and games for the entire family! Photo by: Carlos Puma

On Nov. 15, the 7th annual Highlander Scot Fest, a pre-game celebration, included a food truck festival, carnival-style games, college booths, photo booths, caricature artists, music and more. Scot Fest led directly into the UCR Men’s basketball Homecoming game against UC San Diego at the Student Recreation Center Arena.

November 2014: UCR Men’s Basketball Homecoming Game

The gym was also packed with Highlander spirit as the UCR basketball team defeated UC San Diego. Photo By: Carlos Puma

The gym was also packed with Highlander spirit as the UCR basketball team defeated UC San Diego. Photo By: Carlos Puma

The UCR Men’s basketball Homecoming game against UC San Diego at the Student Recreation Center Arena resulted in UCR winning the game with a score of 75-52. Homecoming & Parents’ Day 2014, held on Nov. 14 and 15, had a record attendance of 3,000 parents, alumni and campus community members.

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