This year, the Class of 2015 will graduate at UCR’s 61st commencement ceremony to be held on June 12-15.

The commencement staff are looking for volunteers, who play critical roles in serving UCR graduates and their guests during the seven ceremonies. Volunteers can help with candidate check-in, candidate line-up, program sales/information booth, or work as ushers and guest services staff.

Interested in volunteering? Volunteer registration is open; for questions please email Jessica Martinez at call her at (951) 827-3144.

Clearing the Air: “AIR” Training Session

Since Jan. 2, 2014, UCR has been a smoke and tobacco-free environment. UCR Wellness Programs is asking all staff, students and colleagues to communicate the policy to each other. To help in this effort, UCR Wellness Programs is offering an interactive module called “AIR” (Approach, Inform, Refer). “AIR” includes the following:

  • Brief overview of the Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policy
  • Tips on how to approach and communicate with a tobacco user
  • Addressing non-compliance
  • Suggested scripts
  • Cessation resources

The Clearing the Air: “AIR” Training Session is now accessible through the UC Learning Center. This 15-minute training is completed online and will include a short quiz to test your understanding.

To register:

1. Go to the UC Learning Center
2. Enter your UCR NetID and password
3. Type in “AIR” in the search field and click “Go”
4. Find the title of the “UC Smoke & Tobacco-Free Policy AIR Training” class in the search results then click “Register”
5. Review the activity details then click “Next” and “Submit” to complete your registration.

To access the online training, return to the home page. It is under “On-Line Activities” in the “Get Started Below” box on the right side.

CERN Researchers Created a Parody on YouTube

Researchers at CERN created a parody of Howie Day’s “Collide,” now posted on YouTube. Written from a proton’s perspective, the video features images from CERN, NASA and SLAC. Jesse Heilman, a Ph.D. student at UC Riverside, sang, played guitar and wrote the lyrics. To watch the video and read the lyrics, go to

Incredible Bulk Trash Event set for June 20

The ninth annual Incredible Bulk Trash Event for Riverside residents and UCR students, faculty, and staff members will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lot 24. The drop-off allows local residents and the campus community to dispose of unwanted household products.

Participants can bring by unwanted bulky items, including furniture, refrigerators, mattresses and electronics at no cost. Household hazardous waste, such as antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint will not be accepted. The event is sponsored by the city of Riverside Public Works Department, and the university.

“Now in its ninth year, well over 100 tons have been collected, sorted, recycled and most importantly, kept out of street corners and vacant lots,” said Jeff Kraus, director of local government and community relations.

Kraus said the event is timed to coincide with the end of the school year when many students move out of their apartments and houses. Participation is limited to city of Riverside residents and the UCR community. Those dropping off items must show proof of residency or campus affiliation. Lot 24 is located on Canyon Crest Drive, between University and Linden avenues. For more information, call (951) 827-7073.

To access the online training, return to the Home Page. It is under “On-Line Activities” in the “Get Started Below” box on the right side.

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