At the Living the Promise Symposia set for April 19, participants will get to examine the concept of renewable nature, and learn how UC Riverside’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring:

  • Michael Allen, distinguished professor of plant pathology
  • Juliann Allison, associate professor of gender & sexuality studies
  • Marilyn Fogel, endowed professor of geoecology
  • Louis Santiago, associate professor of physiological ecology
  • Emma Aronson, assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology
  • Susan Straight, distinguished professor of creative writing.

A reception to close the evening will showcase artwork by Kellie Flint (MFA) and other academic displays. The symposium will take place at the Botanic Gardens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free admission. Registration required.

Launch of Innovation Space For Students, Faculty, and Researchers


University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble and Vice Chancellor Michael Pazzani invite students, staff, and faculty members for the Creat’R Lab Launch on Tuesday, April 18.

Creat’R Lab is an innovation space at UCR, where students can learn, break, experiment, design and create. This is where new technologies, scientific curiosity, and entrepreneurship come together to change the world.

Creat’R Lab will be located at the Orbach Science Library. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Program begins at 5:15 p.m.

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2017

UC Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery and Culver Center of the Arts at the UCR ARTSblock will present the annual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition through May 7. The 2017 exhibition will feature works by Dicky Bahto, Hollie Brown, Ashley May, Ahram Park, and Anna Wittenberg – five graduating MFA students in the Department of Art at UCR.

For 10 years, graduating students have showcased their work at the MFA Thesis Exhibition. It is the only graduate student exhibition that is presented off campus and in a public setting in all of Southern California according to Tyler Stallings, the artistic director at the Culver Center for the Arts at UCR.

For more information, visit the UCR ARTSblock exhibition page.

Tobacco Waste Clean Up

Volunteers are needed for “Butt Bash,” campus cleanup for cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable, meaning their toxic material never disappears.

Support the UC-wide smoke and tobacco-free policy by participating in “Butt Bash.”

  • Monday, April 17th: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19th: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Volunteers will meet at the Scotty the Bear bench outside of the HUB. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Cleanup is sponsored by the Wellness Program and Sustainability. All volunteers will be eligible to be entered in a $5 gift card giveaway courtesy of California Youth Advocacy Network.

César Chávez 5K Celebration

The 16th annual family-focused tradition, organized by UC Riverside’s Chicano Student Programs and other campus partners, occurred on April 8th. Money raised during the race was invested in scholarships for UCR students.

The event consisted of a 5k run/walk for adults and a 1k run/walk for children under the age of 12. There were vendors, music, and activities for children. View the result roster of the run.

Watch a slideshow recap of the event (photos by Carlos Puma):

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