The Top: 10 Activities to Kick Off the Fall Quarter

UCR has a full slate of activities ready to get this 2016-17 academic year started

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events.

Since summer is drawing to a close, this week, we are getting you pumped for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year by featuring the top activities to do and see at UCR for the fall! UCR is busily prepping the campus with a slew of activities to welcome the Highlander community to the new school year.

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1.New Student Convocation

Photo by Carrie Rosema


UCR’s annual New Student Convocation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Pierce Lawn. Beginning with a formal procession of faculty and administrators in full academic regalia, this ceremony will formally induct all incoming students into the UCR family. Remarks will be made by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri, and Associated Students President Shafi Karim. UCR faculty and staff are invited to attend this event.

2. Chancellor’s Staff and Faculty Picnic

Photo by Ross French

Photo by Ross French

The Office of the Chancellor and the Event Management and Protocol Office will host the annual Chancellor’s Staff & Faculty Welcome Picnic for all new and returning employees. It’s scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16  from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hinderaker Hall lawn. The event will provide a boxed lunch for UCR staff and faculty to enjoy.

3. September Walk and Talk with Leadership

Photo by Bethanie Le

Photo by Bethanie Le

The upcoming “walk and talk” will be on Friday, Sept. 16, with Diane Del Buono, associate of the chancellor, and Milagros Peña, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS). Open to all staff, faculty and students, the walk begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hinderaker Hall lawn. This is a great opportunity to get healthy, get moving, and to get to know the campus better. For questions, please contact: Julie Chobdee at

Hosted by the UCR Wellness Program, the Walk and Talk with Leadership series is a monthly, 30-minute “walk and talk” with a member of the UCR Leadership team.

4. Move-In Day

This year, for the first time, UCR will be hosting all the move-in events on the same weekend. With approximately 2,900 transfer and continuing students living in campus apartments and about 3,700 new freshmen making their home at the residence halls this 2016-17 school year, this is UCR’s largest on-campus housing population to date!

On Friday, Sept. 16, UCR will welcome the transfer and continuing students to their new on-campus apartments at Bannockburn Village, Falkirk, Glen Mor, International Village, Oban, Stonehaven, and The Plaza.

UCR’s three on-campus residence hall communities: Pentland Hills, Lothian and Aberdeen-Inverness (A-I), are opening their doors on Sunday, Sept. 18, to the freshman students. Typically accompanied by multiple family members, move-in day for UCR’s newest Highlanders will be a high-energy event filled with emotional goodbyes and new beginnings as they start their journey at UCR.

With more than 7,000 students and their family members coming on campus this weekend, members of the campus community planning to visit UCR should be prepared for considerable traffic and parking impacts.

5. UCR Fall Season Sports


The next home sports event is the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the UCR Ag Ops Course. Check out the Athletics Calendar to stay updated with the Highlander’s schedules for cross country, soccer, and volleyball this fall season.

6. Bee on the Search for UCR Magazine’s Fall Edition

A sneak peek of UCR Magazine's cover for the fall 2016 issue.

A sneak peek of UCR Magazine’s cover for the fall 2016 issue.

What’s all the buzz for the newest issue of UCR Magazine about? Find out when it gets released online and in print in late September. Bee sure to keep a look out for it in your mailboxes and at various locations across campus: UCR Student Recreation CenterUC Riverside LibraryAlumni & Visitors CenterUCR ARTSblock and Hinderaker Hall.

7. Botanic Garden’s Fall Plant Sale

Plants lined up to be sold at UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Plants ready to be sold at a past Sale at UC Riverside Botanic Gardens.

The 34th annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the inland area’s largest plant sale event with nearly 10,000 plants and more than 500 varieties of California native and California appropriate plants available for purchase.

8. Get a Taste of Fall with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Photo by Eric Yang

Photo by Eric Yang

Fall is the season for pumpkin everything, including Starbuck’s famous pumpkin spice lattes. You can grab this seasonal drink on campus at the Starbucks located at Glen Mor Market.

9. ARTSblock Fall Reception


On Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., UCR ARTSblock will be hosting its annual fall reception. Free and open to the public, the event will display exhibitions including, Unruly Bodies: Dismantling Larry Clark’s Tulsa; Instilled Life: The Art of Domestic Object from the Permanent Collection of UCR Sweeny Art Gallery; Laurie Brown: Earth Edges; and Rotation 2015: Recent Acquisitions. 

10. Check Out The New Remodels and Relocations on Campus

The newly remodeled UCR Campus Store. Photo by Sandra Baltazar Martinez

The newly remodeled UCR Campus Store. Photo by Sandra Baltazar Martinez

New year, new buildings. UCR was busy this summer with multiple construction and relocation projects, including:

  • The UCR Campus Store now sports its new, single-level floor plan, which includes a Marketplace, offering snack foods, bottled beverages and greeting cards; a beauty bar, featuring an array of cosmetic products; and a Campus Authors corner that focuses on literary works by UCR’s own faculty.
  • The collective International Affairs Office is open and ready to serve the community in its new home at the third floor of the Surge building.
  • And the Multimedia Library collections and services has moved from the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building South (INTS) to its new location in Rivera Library.

Stop on by and visit the newest additions to our ever-growing campus.

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