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International Affairs to Host Open House

Faculty, staff and students are invited to visit the new office and meet the staff that runs International Affairs, Education Abroad, and International Students and Scholars programs. The Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 339 Surge Building.

Light refreshments will be served. Guests are encouraged to RSVP by September 30 to Shanon Langlie at (951) 827-1118.

Donate Hours Via UCR’s Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program

The UCR Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program provides a mechanism for employees to donate vacation hours to employees who have exhausted their paid leave balances as a result of a catastrophic illness or injury.

Employees impacted may request use of donated hours in order to temporarily continue salary and benefits.

Donations can be made in one-hour increments. To donate hours, complete the Catastrophic Leave Donation Form and forward it to Alisha French in Human Resources. If you have questions, call Alisha French at extension 2-1434 or email catleave@ucr.edu.

Bourns Hall Lab Construction

Construction has begun around Bourns Hall, and some halls an pathways will be closed to the pedestrian traffic. For short durations, closures and detours will be necessary for pedestrian safety during the delivery of equipment.

Construction will generally occur during weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The work is planned to be completed sometime in March or April 2017.

School of Medicine Students Volunteer at San Bernardino Health Fair

On Sept. 17, students from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter at the UCR School of Medicine gave free health examinations to more than 150 people at a health fair in San Bernardino.

Patients, who traveled to the fair from various parts of inland Southern California, received free flu shots, screenings for blood pressure and diabetes, and foot exams. Cristina Tapia, a second-year medical student, volunteered her time, she said, to connect with and give back to the community. Serving the underserved is important also to Noah Ghossein, a first-year medical student; volunteering at the health fair was the most direct way for him to serve the community, he said.

UCR Medical School students, Cristina Tapia (second from the right) and Noah Ghossein (far right), test patients for diabetes, on Sept. 17 during the health fair in San Bernardino. iqbal pittalwala

UCR Medical School students, Cristina Tapia (second from the right) and Noah Ghossein (far right), test patients for diabetes, on Sept. 17 during the health fair in San Bernardino.
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For Haroun Mohammad, co-vice president of the AMSA chapter, the health fair offers an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the community. He hopes the UCR AMSA chapter’s participation in the health fair motivates more students in medical schools to volunteer their time to serve patients who have difficulty accessing healthcare. This was the fourth year the health fair was held.

Prizes were raffled among the patients. They also received food at no charge. In total, 15 students from the School of Medicine volunteered their time at the fair, along with three attending physicians and three residents.

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