Last year, UCR began to consider how and where Organizational Excellence principles would best be applied across campus. First, distinguished guests from other universities and organizations shared their own OE experiences. Following their presentations, UCR engaged stakeholders, researched best practices and asked questions to determine what OE might look like on campus.

On Wednesday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the campus community will have a chance to share the journey that UCR has been on. OE workgroups will present their research, findings and recommendations. The next step to chart UCR’s path forward will be to consider how to best capitalize on the progress made thus far.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP.

Seventh Annual UC Walks Riverside Set for May 18

The seventh annual systemwide UC Walks will be held on May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wear your walking shoes to work and join your colleagues at the UCR outdoor track! The theme this year is sports team/fitness attire.

The more laps you walk, the more chances you have to earn prizes. KUCR, Scotty the Bear, various health and fitness booths, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Vice Chancellor Ron Coley and Athletic Director Tamica Smith-Jones will be in attendance. In addition, participants receive a T-shirt, healthy refreshments and giveaways. If you miss the walk, you can earn a T-shirt by walking anytime that same day for a minimum of 15 minutes (or approximately 1 mile) and completing a pledge card for the walk.

Sponsored by UCR’s Faculty Staff Wellness Program, Staff Assembly, The WELL, Student Health Services, Recreation, Wellness Ambassadors and UCR Athletics, UC Walks is a UC Living Well wellness activity. It is open to all faculty, staff and retirees.

For more information, check out the UC Walks flyer and the promotional video.  For questions please contact Julie Chobdee at extension 2-1488 or

Hundreds from the UCR Community Took Part in the Second Annual Highlander Day of Service

On April 23, more than 450 UCR alumni, students, parents, staff, and community members participated in community service projects throughout the country (and London!) as part of UCR’s second annual Highlander Day of Service. Highlanders volunteered for a variety of activities, including food drives, beach cleanups, and beautification projects.

This year, 3,640 pounds of food was sorted for Feed America, 447 plants and 65 yards of repurposed mulch were installed on the UCR campus, 100 rabbits were fed and cared for, seven bags of trash were removed from the shore of Thames, and 132 feet of the “C” was painted!

Read more about the accomplishments from 2016’s Highlander Day of Service on the UCR Alumni Blog.

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