UCR Staff Assembly, a volunteer organization made up of staff employees who serve as an advisory body to the chancellor, has a new executive board.

“It is an honor to be leading the UCR Staff Assembly for the 2016-2017 year and I am excited to be working with some great staff members on the executive board. Our mission is to enhance the staff experience here at UCR and we do this in three distinct ways,” said Robert Wolfer, Staff Assembly president for 2016-2017.

The three ways Staff Assembly works to highlight staff and their work, Wolfer said, is by offering:

  • Recognition activities: service milestone recognitions held at general meetings, peer-to-peer Get Recognized Program, and the annual Outstanding Staff Awards.
  • Engagement: throughout the year, Staff Assembly is involved in several events aimed at engaging staff, including our partnership with the Chancellor for the Fall Staff Picnic, the annual holiday event, and an end of year celebration. Each of these events are designed to be opportunities for staff to get together and get to know each other across campus.
  • Development: annually, the professional development committee of Staff Assembly distributes approximately $4,500 in staff professional development scholarships.
Staff Assembly executive board for 2016-2017. staff assembly

Staff Assembly executive board for 2016-2017.
staff assembly

Meet the team:

  • Robert Wolfer, president
  • Julie Salgado, vice president
  • Teresa Eoff, director of events
  • Cherie Pierce, director of professional development
  • Justin Kuo, director of communications
  • Wendy Wolfer, director of fundraising
  • Frank Figueroa, director of involvement & recognition
  • Jamal Myrick, director of involvement & recognition
  • Julianna Johnson, director of outreach
  • Penni Ebina, treasurer
  • Alex Huynh, secretary
  • Janna LeBlanc, immediate past president

“I would like to thank Chancellor Wilcox for his annual financial support, Vice Chancellor Anguiano for her tremendous leadership and guidance and our generous staff donors who participate in our Society ’54 fundraising program. A payroll donation of $5 a month is all it takes to be a part of enhancing the staff experience here at UCR,” Wolfer said.

Free Yoga and Tai Chi Classes

This fall, staff and faculty are welcomed to attend one-hour yoga and tai chi classes. Both classes are led by Amir Zaki, UCR Art professor, from noon to 1 p.m.

Yoga classes are every Tuesday at INTS 1111. Wear comfortable clothes and take a yoga mat.
Tai chi classes are every Thursday at INTS 1111. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.

Both classes are open for people with all levels of experience. This form of exercise can help with many areas, including energy, relaxation, strength, and mental clarity.

For questions or more information, contact Amir Zaki at amir.zaki@ucr.edu.

Public Lecture Will Focus on the Zika Virus

What is the history of Zika and its arrival in the Americas? Are there other ways the virus can spread? How exactly is it diagnosed?

Ilhem Messaoudi, an associate professor in the Division of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCR will answer these and other questions about Zika in a free public talk titled, “Zika: Myth and Reality.” She also will discuss where researchers are with finding vaccines and antivirals for this disease.

The hour-long talk will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 260, the Highlander Union Building.

Making Excellence Inclusive Certificate Program

The Making Excellence Inclusive (MEI) Certificate Program, which is part of the Chancellor’s Diversity Education Program, is a six-month program in which participants learn about the complexities of UCR’s diversity challenges.

Program participants will research, analyze and apply their new knowledge to actual situations in the UCR work environment and develop capstone projects designed for immediate or near-term implementation. It is a rare opportunity to meet and collaborate with coworkers from across the university. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 21.

For more information about the program, please visit the Diversity Certificate Program webpage at hr.ucr.edu/meicertificateprogram.html or contact Brittnee Meitzenheimer at extension 2-6676 or email at brittnee.meitzenheimer@ucr.edu.


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