The Top: Bucket List for UCR Staff and Faculty

Ten activities that every Highlander should accomplish before the academic year ends!

Photo by Carlos Puma

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events. With the 2014-15 school year drawing to a close, we have a few last-minute suggestions for your UCR bucket list before summer hits!

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

1. Volunteer for Commencement

Class of 2014 graduates at the School of Business Administration ceremony.

Class of 2014 graduates at the School of Business Administration ceremony.

Be a part of the most momentous occasion for UCR students by volunteering for Commencement! Volunteers’ efforts make each of the ceremonies special for the graduates.

2. Eat at the New Market at Glen Mor

Stop by UCR's newest on- campus dining location, Glen Mor Market!

Stop by UCR’s newest on- campus dining location, Glen Mor Market!

From homestyle meals to-go at Savor to fresh grill items at Sizzle and a Starbucks coming in summer 2015, UCR’s newest campus dining spot, Market at Glen Mor, is definitely worth checking out!

3. Take a Walk at the Botanic Gardens

Add basking in the beauty of the UCR Botanic Gardens to your UCR to-do list.Photo by: Bethanie Le

Add basking in the beauty of the UCR Botanic Gardens to your UCR to-do list.Photo by: Bethanie Le

Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, UCR’s Botanic Gardens with its 40 acres of garden space, abundance of plants and miles of trails is a destination every Highlander must experience.

4. Hike to the “C”

Make the hike up to the "C" before the school year ends!

Make the hike up to the “C” before the school year ends!

Located at the very top of Box Springs Mountain, the large, concrete “C” at UCR is the largest (132 feet long!) and topographically highest “C” in the UC system! The rewarding view from the top of the “C” is a sight that every Highlander should see during their time here!

5. Watch a Show by Performing Arts Students

See the works from the creative minds of UCR Highlanders through various performances by the arts students. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Deatley

See the works from the creative minds of UCR Highlanders through various performances by the arts students. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Deatley

Throughout the year, free choir, dance and theater performances are held at UCR to showcase the hard work of artistic Highlanders.

Here are some upcoming concert dates to keep in mind:
Japanese Drumming Demonstration
MAY 26 at noon – ARTS Building Amphitheatre Steps
A spirited 30-minute outdoor demonstration of Japanese drumming featuring members of the UCR Taiko class. Rev. Shuichi Thomas Kurai will be directing.

UCR is Composing Concert
MAY 28 at 8 p.m. – Performance Lab, ARTS 166
New works by graduate and undergraduate UCR composers for string quartet, piano, percussion and electronics – featuring the UCR String Quartet, Frances Moore, director; TJ Wang, piano; and Justin DeHart, percussion.

UCR Choral Society and UCR Chamber Music Ensembles
MAY 29 at 8 p.m. – Performance Lab, ARTS 166
UCR Choral Society performs the Poulenc “Gloria and Ave Maria,” the Fauré “Ave Maria,” the Duruflé “Agnus Dei” from “Messe Cum Jubilo,” the Duruflé “Ubi Caritas” and the Stravinsky “Pater Noster.” G. Edward Bruner will be conducting.

UCR Chamber Music Ensembles feature Vivaldi’s “Spring Concerto” and Poulenc’s “Sextet” along with performances by student chamber ensembles. Frances Moore will be directing.

Twilight Carillon Recital
MAY 30 at 6 p.m. – bell tower
Music by Bach, Bizet, and Handel, plus selections from Handel’s Firework music and two selections from “Les Pêcheurs de perles” by Georges Bizet played on the magnificent 48-bell carillon housed in the bell tower. The recital will be performed by David Christensen, the university carillonneur.

Interactive Electronic Music Recital
JUNE 4 at 7 p.m. – Culver Center of the Arts
“New Works for Dance, Music, and Visuals by UCR Students” uses a variety of methods. Visuals, movement, and sound collide into a unique combination. Ian Dicke is the instructor.

UCR Andean Ensemble: Mayupatapi
JUNE 4 at 8 p.m. – Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Celebrating Hatun Puncha-Inti Raymi: Music of the Andean Highlands, the Ecuadorian Indigenous Solstice Festival, and more! Jessie M. Vallejo will be guest directing.

6. Visit UCR’s ARTSBlock

The California Museum of Photography, one of the three components of UCR ARTSblock.

The California Museum of Photography, one of the three components of UCR ARTSblock.

Composed of the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, UCR ARTSblock features numerous exhibits, artworks, performances and screenings year-round for you to enjoy!

7. Attend a Student Recreation Center Class

Prepare for summer by signing up for an Adult Lap Swim & Stay Fit Class at the Rec Center! Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

Prepare for summer by signing up for an Adult Lap Swim & Stay Fit Class at the Rec Center! Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

With Zumba, swimming lessons, yoga, cooking demonstrations and more, there is a class at the Rec Center for everyone!

8. Go to a “Walk and Talk with Leadership”

A Walk and Talk on April 30 with Chancellor Kim Wilcox leading the way.  Photo by Mojgan Sherkat

A Walk and Talk on April 30 with Chancellor Kim Wilcox leading the way. Photo by Mojgan Sherkat

Every month, there is a 30-minute “walk and talk” opportunity with a member of the UCR Leadership team hosted by UCR Wellness Program. The Walk and Talk series was created to encourage the campus community to get healthy, get moving, and get to know the campus.

Your next opportunity to participate will be on Monday, June 1 with Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Steven G. Brint. The walk begins at 12:15 p.m. sharp at the Scotty Bear statue outside of the HUB. Don’t miss out!

For questions, please contact: Julie Chobdee at julie.chobdee@ucr.edu.

9. Attend a UCR Athletic Event

Come see UCR Men's Baseball face the UCSB Gauchos tomorrow, May 21!

Come see UCR Men’s Baseball face the UCSB Gauchos tomorrow, May 21!

It’s not too late to show your Highlander pride by supporting UCR Athletics! As a matter of fact, there is a UCR Men’s Baseball game today (May 21) at 6 p.m. in Riverside. The team will play against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.

10. Take Pictures at the UCR Sign, Bell Tower, Scotty the Bear Statue and the Orange Behind the Humanities Building

The UCR sign and the bell tower are two campus icons that you must take a picture in front of for your bucket list! Photo by Carlos Puma

The UCR sign and the bell tower are two campus icons that you must take a picture in front of for your bucket list! Photo by Carlos Puma

Photos (or selfies) in front of the UCR sign, bell tower, Scotty the Bear statue and the orange behind the Humanities Buildings are key additions to your UCR scrapbook.

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