The Organizational Excellence (OE) Showcase will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The showcase will be a departure from the normal OE event format and will bring together diverse campus groups to present their OE-related projects and successes.

The OE Showcase is schedule for Thursday, May 25.

The showcase will be located on the lawn just outside of Hinderaker Hall, in a fair-style format, allowing individuals to find areas of particular relevance and interest to their work and to learn from other OE focused groups on campus.

Co-sponsored by OE, KUCR, Health & Wellness, and UCR Dining, Hospitality and Retail Services, the showcase will be an opportunity to share best practices and valuable lessons learned.

Free iced coffee and ice cream will be provided to attendees.

The event is free. Staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. Click here to register for the event.

If you would like to learn more about Organizational Excellence, visit their website:

Celebration of Teaching

The first ever Celebration of Teaching event will be hosted on campus on Thursday, May 18. There will be an award ceremony for the Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching (JET) Award and the Innovative Teaching Award.

There will also be recognition for academic advisors and new inductees to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The JET award specifically honors those assistant professors who demonstrate a commitment and determination of an outstanding teacher while pursuing an active research program.

The Innovative Teaching Award is awarded to faculty members who create and implement high-impact teaching methods and demonstrate exceptional passion in finding new and effective ways to help students learn.

  • Thursday, May 18: 2- 4 p.m. at HUB 302 South.

The event is open to all. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Physics Hackathon Recap

Hackathons are Silicon Valley inspired challenges to rapidly prototype hardware and software. Last weekend, the Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted its first ever Physics Hack Day to highlight the playful and creative side of scientific exploration.

The 24-hour event had UCR undergraduates in physics and mathematics develop creative ways to apply their computational and scientific backgrounds. Projects included generating and rendering 3D fractals, solving the double-pendulum problem in an electric field, and sonifying local weather data.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted its first ever Physics Hack Day. Samantha Tieu

The winning participants were Kenneth Caluya and Adam Christiensen.

Thanks to a donation by the local Cellar Door Books, winners of the inaugural event received signed copies of “We Have No Idea,” a new popular science book by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson. With funding from the Science Hack Day organization, the Society of Physics Students will send a delegation to the Science Hack Day: San Fransisco hackathon in October to experience a large-scale version of the event and to bring that back to UC Riverside next spring.

Faculty adviser professor Flip Tanedo and undergraduate Peter Bautista of the Society of Physics Students look forward to collaborating with the engineering school’s Citrus Hack to develop this into Southern California’s premiere science themed hackathon.

Additional sponsors of this weekend’s event included the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the UCR/NASA “Fellowships and Internships in Extremely Large Data Sets” program.

Recap: Living the Promise Symposium ‘Visions and Voices’

On May 8, UCR celebrated some of its best-known, best-selling authors and their unique visions of the world at the “Living the Promise Symposium: Visions and Voices.”

The event featured authors: Reza Aslan, host and executive producer of CNN’s documentary series “Believer with Reza Aslan”; Emily Rapp Black, who recently won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship; Tod Goldberg, winner of the Silver Pen Award; Susan Straight, a National Book Award finalist; and Peter Graham, associate dean for arts and humanities in UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS).

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New Army ROTC Cadets are Sworn In

Several UCR students participated in a swearing in ceremony with the United States Army ROTC on May 3. These new cadets officially joined the campus Army ROTC family.

Army ROTC swearing in ceremony on May 3, 2017. kelly mcgrail


Gone Global Celebrates Diversity

On April 26, Student Life and International Affairs presented Gone Global, a student organization showcase of cultural events and food. The event celebrated diversity across the campus.

Student organizations that performed were: Filipino Martial Arts Club, Ballet Folkorico, Senryu Taiko, and more. There was also a henna artist, balloon artist, and food trucks.

View a video recap on the Student Life YouTube and/or Facebook.

Student Life presented a student organization showcase, Gone Global, alongside a food fair sponsored by International Affairs on April 26 to celebrate diversity and cultural uniqueness. shanon m. langlie


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