Life@UCR: Roundup of Campus Events

Food Week, Walk and Roll, campaign launch, and more

UCR launched its ‘Living the Promise’ campaign. ucr

UC Riverside is full of life. In this section, Life@UCR, we remind you of events coming up – and give you insight to some you might have missed.

Coming Up

Food Week Events

Fruit-topped drinks, eco-friendly coffee, citrus-flavored ice cream, free-range chicken, and other locally-sourced options will be the toast of the campus during the annual Food Week celebration, which lasts from Oct. 24 through Oct. 29.

Food Week is coming Oct. 24 to 29 at UC Riverside.

Food Week is coming Oct. 24 to 29 at UC Riverside.

The citrus-flavored ice cream, always a big hit, will be served from the Moo Moo Truck on the HUB Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on  Monday, Oct. 24.

Nearby, the Culinary Chameleon Food Truck will serve tacos made with local produce. Information tables will be set up to let people sign up for the FarmShare program, or to ask questions about food and nutrition of a Registered Dietitian who works for the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program. Another booth from Hollandia Produce of Carpenteria will offer lettuce, grown hydroponically, and sold with the roots still intact.

Food Week also launches a new weekly UCR Farmer’s Market, which will last from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 27 in Lot 14, near the Glen Mor market. The UCR Farmer’s Market will continue each Thursday, in the same area where people pick up FarmShare produce. Click here for more details.

Launch of Riverside’s Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center on Oct. 26th

A first of its kind for the region, EPIC is a partnership between UC Riverside, the County of Riverside, and regional innovation centers.

EPIC will focus on supporting entrepreneurs and innovators by:

  • Providing access to entrepreneurial training
  • Pairing innovators and startups with experienced mentors
  • Connecting startups to investors and partners
Launch of Riverside's Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC) is set for Oct. 26, 2016. ucr file

Launch of Riverside’s Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC) is set for Oct. 26, 2016.
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The event will include remarks from UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox along with Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Pazzani, and members from the Riverside innovation ecosystem.

At the launch attendees can listen to local start-up companies pitch to business leaders, investors & mentors. Visitors can also visit the technology showcase and meet members of the growing entrepreneurial community.

The event is scheduled from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Riverside County Administration Center, 4080 Lemon Street in Riverside. Click here for further details and to RSVP.

This Past Week

U.S. Under Secretary Ted Mitchell: ‘Clone’ UCR

Ted Mitchell, the U.S. Under Secretary for Education in the Obama White House, traveled to UC Riverside for a Friday afternoon talk on Oct. 14. And what he said was a challenge to the rest of the nation.

“I wish we could clone what is happening at UC Riverside and bring it to every college and university in the country,” he said. “You are showing the kinds of partnerships, the kinds of commitments, that need to be made if we are going to reach President Obama’s goal, to have the kind of higher education system that supports a diverse democracy.”

U.S. Under Secretary Ted Mitchell speaks at UCR on Oct. 14 about access to education. Carrie Rosema

U.S. Under Secretary Ted Mitchell speaks at UCR on Oct. 14 about access to education.
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He noted that his own time in office was coming to a close; he only has 98 more days before the inauguration of the next president. But he said during his tenure he is proud that the Department of Education has made college-going simpler.

He pointed with pride to the creation of a federal College Scorecard that uses data that is comparable from college to college and lets prospective students search for the factors that are important to them. “Diversity and inclusion matter to today’s students,” he said, because they know that “this is their world.”

He pointed to a simplified form for financial aid, a form known as the FAFSA. He said he and his daughter filled out the form in 29 minutes, tweeting their success to stir competition.  He also said the Department of Education introduced America’s College Promise, which would provide low income students to up to two years of college tuition free. While Congress has not funded the program yet, local communities have already begun implementing it, with 160 “promise” programs in operation so far. Read the full story.

UCR Launched ‘Living the Promise’ Campaign 

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive campaign. The University has already secured $155 million in gifts toward the effort, which will conclude in 2020.

The launch of “Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside” is a historic moment for the campus, which has gained widespread recognition for the research, teaching, and public service of its faculty, students, alumni, staff, and friends.

“All indicators of quality are rising at UC Riverside,” said Wilcox. “This is our moment to tell the compelling stories of impact and transformation that draw support for our students, faculty, and programs.

“The knowledge created here is vast: from air quality to public policy, from community-based medicine to regional economic development, the arts to engineering, plant genomics to biomaterials, and humanities to management. The campus is one of the leading research universities in the country and the world, and with the help of generous supporters, we are excited to begin the public phase of our fundraising campaign to continue to lead the nation into the future.”

The fundraising initiative is co-chaired by longtime UCR and community supporters Thomas T. Haider, M.D., president and CEO of the Haider Spine Center, and S. Sue Johnson, former UC Regent and board chair of the University of California system. Read the full story and view the photo gallery.

Walk and Roll Honored Talents of People with Disabilities

Dozens of people took a “Walk and Roll” through campus on Oct. 7 to mark National Disability Employment Awareness month. In his welcoming message, UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said that as a speech and language pathologist, he is proud of the campus for celebrating the diversity of mobility, hearing, sight, and perception.

He said it makes a difference to be honored and acknowledged. He recalled a former patient, a young boy whose speech was unintelligible to anyone but his mother and his grandmother. When a grocery checker understood him for the first time, he flashed a big smile at his mother. “It was the first time in his life that someone outside the family understood him.”

Others who spoke to the crowd of community members, staff, and students included Riverside City Councilman Andy Melendrez, UCR vice chancellors James Sandoval and Ron T. Coley and Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Jadie Lee.

Booths with disability resources and career information lined the path. Participants received “#InclusionWorks” t-shirts, bottled water, snacks, and prizes.

The walk event impressed Gabriela Changizi of LaVerne, who was on campus because her son Milaad is a freshman at UCR. Gabriela was a school teacher when in 2014 she tripped over a backpack and injured her spine and her knee.

“I just met some good people who will help me fix my resume,” she said of the booth run by UCR Human Resources. “This event was very helpful to the community and also to young people. They need to know that if you do fall, if you do get injured, there are still options for working. There is help out there.”

The Walk and Roll was one of four campus events planned by UCR Human Resources in partnership with the City of Riverside and the California Department of Rehabilitation to highlight the benefits of recruiting employees with disabilities and celebrating their contributions in the workplace.

Walk and Roll is a community walk around the campus that includes UCR leadership, representatives from the City of Riverside, the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and other community partners. This event took place at UCR on Oct. 7, 2016. ucr

Walk and Roll is a community walk around the campus that includes UCR leadership, representatives from the City of Riverside, the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and other community partners. This event took place at UCR on Oct. 7, 2016.
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