Robert Wolfer Receives the Outstanding Staff Award

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Former Staff Assembly President Robert Wolfer and Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox pose for a picture in 2013.

The Council of University of California Staff Assemblies, known as CUCSA, has awarded UC Riverside’s Robert Wolfer, past Staff Assembly president, the Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding Staff Award.

CUCSA is the umbrella organization for Staff Assembly units across the UC system. This recognition was announced during the Staff Assembly General Meeting on May 9. Wolfer served as Staff Assembly president for two cycles and has been involved with the organization for eight years. Wolfer, who has been employed at UCR for 25 years, is now the information technology manager in the Graduate School of Education.

“It was quite an honor and humbling at the same time,” said Wolfer, who said the award took him by surprise. A United States Army veteran of 14 years, he was deployed in 2003 while working at UCR.

Receiving such a distinction in honor of Kevin McCauley, a former chief of staff at the Office of the President, is a huge accolade, Wolfer said.

Various campus colleagues spoke about Wolfer’s dedication at the May 9 presentation,.

Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor of Auxilary Services, described him as selfless, caring, and dedicated.

Julie Salgado, current Staff Assembly president, also offered praise.

“He is the energy that brings staff together on this campus,” she said.

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Live video of the May 9 Staff Assembly General Meting:

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Vigilance Program For Elders Sees National Recognition

Dr. David Franklin

The Riverside County Elder Abuse Forensic Center, directed by neuropsychologist Dr. David Franklin, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the UCR School of Medicine, has received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties.

An evidence-based program, the center focuses on protecting the elderly from financial and physical abuse as well as neglect. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

“I am delighted the National Association of Counties has recognized our efforts with this honor,” Franklin said. “Our outstanding experts from medical, legal, social services, behavioral health, and law enforcement agencies have worked hard and consistently to prevent elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect. This team of experts provides unique resources — in-home geriatric assessments, in-home cognitive and capacity assessments, as well as joint investigations and visits — that most other counties lack.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories, including children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, and civic engagement.

Award-winning counties will be recognized in July in Nashville, Tennessee.

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