Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox provided the UCR community with an update on progress toward the campus strategic plan – “UCR 2020” – at a Town Hall meeting Oct. 10 at the HUB. Among the topics discussed, here’s a quick run-down of progress:

  • The campus this fall enrolled approximately 23,000 students.
  • Overall research grants are annually growing larger, with a total of about $140 million in grant funding for the last academic year.
  • UCR is serving as a national exemplar for diversity among its undergraduate population. Meanwhile, Wilcox said that more needs to be done to diversify the graduate student population, faculty, and staff demographics.
  • The budget process is more streamlined so there are fewer individual financial transactions.
  • Deans have much more spending authority than they used to have, as a new budgeting approach is now in use which better empowers academic leadership to manage college, school, and department finances.

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Get Out To Vote Efforts On Campus

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a couple of events to help prepare for the presidential election.

UCR’s Women’s Resource Center and the League of Women Voters present “Your Vote is Your Voice” to discuss pros and cons of each measure, on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at HUB 355.

The second event, titled “Trump vs Clinton: How Gender Plays a Role” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. at HUB 367. This conversation is presented by Jennifer Merolla, professor of political science.

Refreshments will be provided at both events.

For more information visit or call (951) 827-3337.

Film Speaks on Blaxicans and Afro-Mexican Culture

“Nana Dijo” or “Nana Said,”  explores the black experience in Latin America. This documentary will be screened on Oct. 13 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at INTS 1113.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Exequiel Ezcurra, UC MEXUS director and UCR professor of plant ecology. Panelists include Rickerby Hinds, UCR professor of Theatre, Film & Digital production; Gertrude Lopez with Moreno Valley College UMOJA community coordinator; and Kendall Smith with Moreno Valley College Department of Communications.

For free parking on lot 1, mention this event to the kiosk attendant. To RSVP visit

‘Orange Roots,’ A Special Exhibition at the Rivera Library

“Orange Roots: The Remarkable Story of Two Trees, a Pioneer Town, and the University of California, Riverside” is a new exhibition at the Tomás Rivera Library. It will be on display through June 2017.

A welcome reception will be held on Nov. 10.

“‘Orange Roots’ brings to life the exciting history of Riverside, and how the Washington Navel orange tree revolutionized citrus,” said Krista Ivy, librarian at UCR and curator of the exhibit. To read the the whole story and RSVP for the reception, visit

Prof. Rudy Ruibal Memorial Service at the Alumni Center

Professor Emeritus Rodolfo “Rudy” Ruibal, a founding member of UC Riverside’s Department of Biology whose passions included lizards, frogs, and making beautiful jewelry, died Aug. 30 at the age of 88, just six months after the death of his wife of 68 years, Irene Shamu Ruibal.

The family is planning a memorial service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center. Reservations are requested. RSVP via email to Claude Ruibal,

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Free Chair Massage at SRC This Fall Quarter

SRC South is offering free chair massages every Tuesday and Thursday during fall quarter, from  5 p.m.-8 p.m.Messages will be given on the second floor, until Dec. 9. It’s a first come, first serve basis and this service is open for SRC students and members. Only one session per day and three sessions per month are permitted.

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