The Wellness Program is encouraging the campus community to get healthy, get moving, and get to know the campus. Every month, there will be a 30-minute “walk and talk” opportunity with a member of the UCR Leadership team. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox will lead the walk on Wednesday, April 27. The walk begins at 12:15 p.m. sharp at the Scotty Bear statue outside of the HUB. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring your own water. For questions, please contact: Julie Chobdee at See the full Walk & Talk schedule for 2016.

UCR Ranks No. 5 Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions

This year, UCR has 20 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, making it No. 5 among the  top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide. This is the third year that UCR has placed among the top HSIs in the country for volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 432 alumni from UCR have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

California also produces more Peace Corps volunteers than any other state nationwide. More than 29,899 California residents have served overseas as Peace Corps volunteers and 915 residents are currently serving.

  The Career Center is hosting a Peace Corps Recruiter for an info session and on-campus interviews in May.

Academic Advisors Wanted

UCR undergraduate academic advisors can get paid to to learn and use predictive analytics to further develop advising skills. The First in the World-Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (FITW-MAAPS) project is looking to hire two experienced UCR undergraduate academic advisors to advise undergraduate majors at UCR from June 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019. The study will determine whether and how much advising helps improve student retention and graduation rates. For more information, attend one of two workshops:

  • Wednesday, April 27 at 3:30 to 5 p.m., Pierce 2301
  • Friday, April 29 at 3:30 to 5 p.m., Pierce 2301

R.S.V.P to Barbra Wallace, the advising lead for the UCR FITW-MAAPS Project, via email at

2017 Vendor Changes for UC’s Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) plans

With Blue Shield of California’s rate guarantees expiring, a UC work group of benefit professionals, faculty and staff evaluated other vendors through a formal request for proposal process. After a thorough review, UC has selected Anthem to replace Blue Shield as the claims administrator and network provider for the following UC plans:

  • UC Care
  • Health Savings Plan (HSP)
  • Core
  • Blue Shield Medicare plans

Anthem will also administer behavioral health benefits for these plans, replacing Optum. Prescription drug benefits for PPO plans will be administered through Optum Rx.

Changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2017. For more information, read the UC Net story here.

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