Provost Cindy Larive to host the next Town Hall on March 6 at the HUB

The next Town Hall meeting will be on Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in HUB 302. This is an opportunity to learn more about several ongoing projects including the proposed Student Success Center, MRB1, and UCR’s progress in freshmen and transfer student enrollment and achieving its student success goals. Most importantly, this is a chance for the whole community to engage, ask questions, and have a conversation. Supervisors are encouraged to grant release time to staff, as appropriate, to allow them to attend.

The UCR community can provide questions or comments in advance using the linked survey. This survey will remain open after the Town Hall for follow-up feedback as well. After the event, a video of the Town Hall will be posted on the Ongoing Projects page, for those who couldn’t make it.

If you go:

  • Where: HUB 302
  • When: March 6
  • Time: Noon- 1 p.m.

Belltower Emergency Notification Test, Friday

This Friday at noon, the Belltower on campus will chime. This is a test for UCR’s Emergency Notification System, Alertus. To ensure the system is operational, it will be tested on the first Friday of every month at noon, and it will sound for about 30 seconds. The next test is Friday, March 2. If you have any questions, send a message to

Professor Emeritus to Launch Pop-Up Exhibit and Art Demo at Riverside Artswalk

John de Pillis trained as a commercial artist before getting his doctorate in mathematics.

John de Pillis, a professor emeritus of mathematics at UCR and cartoonist, will present a live iPad art demonstration at the Riverside Museum of Art on Thursday, March 1 from 6-8 p.m. His artwork will also be on display.

De Pillis’ appearance is part of the opening reception for The 52/52+ Project Exhibitions, a month-long series at the Artswalk that showcases the work of individuals who spent 52 weeks on a quest to incorporate creativity into their everyday lives.

As part of his digital drawing demonstration, De Pillis will project his improvised sketches from his iPad to a screen in the atrium.  

“The iPad provides new tools … a new medium … for artists to express and to experiment with new ideas,” reads de Pillis’ YouTube profile. Guests at Thursday’s exhibit are encouraged to rethink outlets of creativity in their own lives.

De Pillis, who trained as a commercial artist before getting his doctorate in mathematics from UC Berkley, said he hopes to “marry art and the mathematical,” for those aspiring to be more creative on a regular basis.

He has spent his career trying to integrate math into art and culture. His portfolio includes a collection of children’s books and “777 Mathematical Conversation Starters,” a 2002 work that examines the few degrees of separation between mathematics and topics that provoke interesting conversations.

de Pillis creates sketches on an iPad.

De Pillis’ illustrations can be seen in the current edition of The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and on his YouTube channel.  

Thursday’s reception is free and open to the public.

If You Go:

  • When: March 1
  • Time: 6 P.M.- 8 P.M.
  • Location: Riverside Museum of Art at 3425 Mission Inn Ave

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