More than two billion people worldwide don’t have access to much needed eyewear due to income, distance, or disaster.

Eyes of Hope has partnered with Vision Service Plan (VSP) Global to work with local communities to collect gently used eyewear. UC Riverside is supporting that effort. Collection boxes have been placed at the front offices of:

  • UCR’s Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS), 683 Linden Street
  • Fleet Services (building adjacent to TAPS)

Everyone is encouraged to donate their old eyewear, which will be cleaned, refurbished, and then given to doctors and schools to use on global eye care missions.

People interested in helping can drop off their eyeglasses between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. TAPS will have the collection boxes available until the end of December.

New Names for Three CNAS Departments

Three departments in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences have changed their names.

The Department of Biology is now the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.

The Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is now the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology is now the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology.

New chairs are Russ Hille (Biochemistry), Laosheng Wu (Environmental Sciences), Helen Regan (Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology), Manuela Martins-Green (Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology), and Isgouhi Kaloshian (Nematology).

UCR Extension Partners with Riverside County to Help Foster Children

UCR Extension partners with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services to provide training to prospective foster families through the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program.

Riverside County is home to more than 4,000 children who are no longer living with their families because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment.

In an effort to get these children into committed, nurturing, and permanent families, UCR Extension is partnering with Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services to provide training to those interested in fostering a child in need.

Fostering a child can make a lifelong difference to not only the child, but also to our community. Foster parents help children reach a fuller potential, and this guidance leads them to becoming responsible future citizens. Every child deserves to be part of a safe, loving, and stable family, and giving a home and positive life experience to a child in crisis comes with endless rewards.

The RFA trainings meet at the UCR Extension Center or at the UCR Palm Desert Center, and are conveniently scheduled on weekends. To learn more about this program, call (951) 827-2650 or email, or visit the Children’s Services Division at

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Community Partner Celebration and Fair

Community Partner Fair 2017

On August 23, dozens of community partners congregated on campus for the inaugural Community Partner Celebration and Fair.

The fair was hosted by Undergraduate Education and the Highlander Early Start Academy. This year, incoming students in HESA have the opportunity to participate in service learning throughout their first year.

The fair gave HESA students the opportunity to talk with a variety of community organizations, and to think about where they would like to serve and learn.

Among the participating community organizations were: Eastside Reconciliation Coalition, GRID Alternatives, The Write of Your Life, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, and Autism Society.

Bird Walk and Breakfast

Join Norm Ellstrand, distinguished professor of genetics, expert birder, and participant in the UCR Avifauna Project for a guided bird walk tour in the UCR Botanic Gardens from 6:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Participants will view up to 50 different bird species on the fall bird walk. The two-hour walk will be followed by a wrap-up session and continental-style breakfast. Participants are encouraged to take binoculars. This event will occur rain or shine. Limited attendance.

Tickets are $10 for UCRBG members and $15 for non-members.

For reservations: or 951-784-6962. Please mail your check, payable to “UC Regents” to UCR, BEES Admin Unit, 2460 Geology, Riverside, CA 92521.

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