Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and Marsha Loveridge Receive UCR Medallion

The fourth annual Chancellor’s Dinner celebrated excellence and raises support for merit scholarships

UCR Chancellor’s Dinner event included alumni awardees, and recipients of the UCR Medallion. From back row left: Karen White; Jeff Krynski; Timothy P. White; Mayor Ronald Loveridge; Steve Chen; Front row left: Marigold Linton; Christine Yamazaki; Mary Schuler; Marsha Loveridge Photo by Carrie Rosema.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside held a Chancellor’s Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 13 to raise support for the  best and brightest scholars, artists, leaders to pursue their academic dreams.

Chancellor Timothy P. White, who has made increasing scholarship funds a priority for the campus, shared the evening with alumni and community members at UCR’s Highlander Union Building.

The UCR Alumni Association and the Foundation Board of Trustees organized the event, which included dinner, student entertainment and UCR’s annual Alumni Awards of Distinction.

Chancellor White presented the UCR medallion to Ron and Marsha Loveridge, who have lived in Riverside for nearly 50 years.

Loveridge arrived as an associate professor of political science at UCR and his work to connect UCR students with internships and other opportunities often shaped their futures. It also shaped his.

As a member of the Riverside City Council for 15 years, and as Mayor for the last 18 years, Loveridge is widely recognized for his vision, leadership and transformative impact on the community.   

UC Riverside also awarded the 2012 Alumni Award of Distinction Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus Award — Marigold Linton ’58 BA Psychology

Marigold Linton is Cahuilla-Cupeno, and an enrolled member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.  She has taught at San Diego State University, University of Utah, Arizona State University and most recently at the University of Kansas.  Her research on very long term memory has been internationally recognized.  She has a number of significant national appointments including the Committee on Equality of Opportunity in Science and Engineering. She has received many awards and honors, most recently she was the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring which was awarded in the Oval Office in 2011.

Alumni Service Award — Christine Sato-Yamazaki ’93 BS Business Administration

Christine Sato-Yamazaki chairs the Veterans Network, a coalition of 25 Japanese American veteran and civic organizations in nine regions of the U.S. dedicated to advancing the national interests and awareness of the Japanese American World War II experience.  She is responsible for leading that coalition to develop a six city exhibition tour and national education program with the Smithsonian Institution centered on the Congressional Gold Medal.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award — Steve (Shaohui) Chen ’05 MS Computer Science, ’07 MBA Management

Steve Chen currently serves as the VP of Strategy Planning at Acorn Technology Corporation since 2007.  He is experienced at promoting US companies into Chinese markets through direct foreign investments, joint ventures and technology transfers.  Steve played a key role in securing more than $13 million for the Bourns College of Engineering from Winston Chung.

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