Staff Assembly Starts the Year With a New Board

UCR Staff Assembly, a volunteer organization made up of staff employees who serve as an advisory body to the chancellor, has a new executive board.

“It is an honor to be leading the UCR Staff Assembly for the 2016-2017 year and I am excited to be working with some great staff members on the executive board. Our mission is to enhance the staff experience here at UCR and we do this in three distinct ways,” said Robert Wolfer, Staff Assembly president for 2016-2017.

The three ways Staff Assembly works to highlight staff and their work, Wolfer said, is by offering:

  • Recognition activities: service milestone recognitions held at general meetings, peer-to-peer Get Recognized Program, and the annual Outstanding Staff Awards.
  • Engagement: throughout the year, Staff Assembly is involved in several events aimed at engaging staff, including our partnership with the Chancellor for the Fall Staff Picnic, the annual holiday event, and an end of year celebration. Each of these events are designed to be opportunities for staff to get together and get to know each other across campus.
  • Development: annually, the professional development committee of Staff Assembly distributes approximately $4,500 in staff professional development scholarships.
Staff Assembly executive board for 2016-2017. staff assembly

Staff Assembly executive board for 2016-2017.
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Meet the team:

  • Robert Wolfer, president
  • Julie Salgado, vice president
  • Teresa Eoff, director of events
  • Cherie Pierce, director of professional development
  • Justin Kuo, director of communications
  • Wendy Wolfer, director of fundraising
  • Frank Figueroa, director of involvement & recognition
  • Jamal Myrick, director of involvement & recognition
  • Julianna Johnson, director of outreach
  • Penni Ebina, treasurer
  • Alex Huynh, secretary
  • Janna LeBlanc, immediate past president

“I would like to thank Chancellor Wilcox for his annual financial support, Vice Chancellor Anguiano for her tremendous leadership and guidance and our generous staff donors who participate in our Society ’54 fundraising program. A payroll donation of $5 a month is all it takes to be a part of enhancing the staff experience here at UCR,” Wolfer said.

Free Yoga and Tai Chi Classes

This fall, staff and faculty are welcomed to attend one-hour yoga and tai chi classes. Both classes are led by Amir Zaki, UCR Art professor, from noon to 1 p.m.

Yoga classes are every Tuesday at INTS 1111. Wear comfortable clothes and take a yoga mat.
Tai chi classes are every Thursday at INTS 1111. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.

Both classes are open for people with all levels of experience. This form of exercise can help with many areas, including energy, relaxation, strength, and mental clarity.

For questions or more information, contact Amir Zaki at

Public Lecture Will Focus on the Zika Virus

What is the history of Zika and its arrival in the Americas? Are there other ways the virus can spread? How exactly is it diagnosed?

Ilhem Messaoudi, an associate professor in the Division of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCR will answer these and other questions about Zika in a free public talk titled, “Zika: Myth and Reality.” She also will discuss where researchers are with finding vaccines and antivirals for this disease.

The hour-long talk will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 260, the Highlander Union Building.

Making Excellence Inclusive Certificate Program

The Making Excellence Inclusive (MEI) Certificate Program, which is part of the Chancellor’s Diversity Education Program, is a six-month program in which participants learn about the complexities of UCR’s diversity challenges.

Program participants will research, analyze and apply their new knowledge to actual situations in the UCR work environment and develop capstone projects designed for immediate or near-term implementation. It is a rare opportunity to meet and collaborate with coworkers from across the university. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 21.

For more information about the program, please visit the Diversity Certificate Program webpage at or contact Brittnee Meitzenheimer at extension 2-6676 or email at


More Did You Know?

Town Hall Oct. 10 Outlines Progress Toward Strategic Goals

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox provided the UCR community with an update on progress toward the campus strategic plan – “UCR 2020” – at a Town Hall meeting Oct. 10 at the HUB. Among the topics discussed, here’s a quick run-down of progress:

  • The campus this fall enrolled approximately 23,000 students.
  • Overall research grants are annually growing larger, with a total of about $140 million in grant funding for the last academic year.
  • UCR is serving as a national exemplar for diversity among its undergraduate population. Meanwhile, Wilcox said that more needs to be done to diversify the graduate student population, faculty, and staff demographics.
  • The budget process is more streamlined so there are fewer individual financial transactions.
  • Deans have much more spending authority than they used to have, as a new budgeting approach is now in use which better empowers academic leadership to manage college, school, and department finances.

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Get Out To Vote Efforts On Campus

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a couple of events to help prepare for the presidential election.

UCR’s Women’s Resource Center and the League of Women Voters present “Your Vote is Your Voice” to discuss pros and cons of each measure, on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at HUB 355.

The second event, titled “Trump vs Clinton: How Gender Plays a Role” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. at HUB 367. This conversation is presented by Jennifer Merolla, professor of political science.

Refreshments will be provided at both events.

For more information visit or call (951) 827-3337.

Film Speaks on Blaxicans and Afro-Mexican Culture

“Nana Dijo” or “Nana Said,”  explores the black experience in Latin America. This documentary will be screened on Oct. 13 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at INTS 1113.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Exequiel Ezcurra, UC MEXUS director and UCR professor of plant ecology. Panelists include Rickerby Hinds, UCR professor of Theatre, Film & Digital production; Gertrude Lopez with Moreno Valley College UMOJA community coordinator; and Kendall Smith with Moreno Valley College Department of Communications.

For free parking on lot 1, mention this event to the kiosk attendant. To RSVP visit

‘Orange Roots,’ A Special Exhibition at the Rivera Library

“Orange Roots: The Remarkable Story of Two Trees, a Pioneer Town, and the University of California, Riverside” is a new exhibition at the Tomás Rivera Library. It will be on display through June 2017.

A welcome reception will be held on Nov. 10.

“‘Orange Roots’ brings to life the exciting history of Riverside, and how the Washington Navel orange tree revolutionized citrus,” said Krista Ivy, librarian at UCR and curator of the exhibit. To read the the whole story and RSVP for the reception, visit

Prof. Rudy Ruibal Memorial Service at the Alumni Center

Professor Emeritus Rodolfo “Rudy” Ruibal, a founding member of UC Riverside’s Department of Biology whose passions included lizards, frogs, and making beautiful jewelry, died Aug. 30 at the age of 88, just six months after the death of his wife of 68 years, Irene Shamu Ruibal.

The family is planning a memorial service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center. Reservations are requested. RSVP via email to Claude Ruibal,

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Free Chair Massage at SRC This Fall Quarter

SRC South is offering free chair massages every Tuesday and Thursday during fall quarter, from  5 p.m.-8 p.m.Messages will be given on the second floor, until Dec. 9. It’s a first come, first serve basis and this service is open for SRC students and members. Only one session per day and three sessions per month are permitted.

Parking Lot 32 Completed

Lot 32, adjacent to parking lot 30 off Martin Luther King Blvd., is now open for staff, faculty, and students.

Parking lot 32 was completed before the fall session began. andrew stewart/TAPS

Parking lot 32 was completed before the fall session began.
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Lot 32 also has an information kiosk off Canyon Crest Drive and is opened weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has 261 spaces primarily available to gold permit holders, but it’s also accessible to blue and red permit owners, said Andrew Stewart, superintendent for UCR’s Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS).

Lot 32 also has a permit dispenser, which allows daily permits to be purchased.

People with Twitter accounts can follow @UCRTAPS to obtain up-to-date parking availability reports throughout the day.

Memorial Service for Professor Emeritus D.V. Gokhale

Professor Emeritus D.V. Gokhale, a member of the Statistics Department passed away earlier this year.

Professor Emeritus D.V. Gokhale ucr file

Professor Emeritus D.V. Gokhale
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Gokhale was among the first faculty members hired for the newly formed Department of Biostatistics, shortly thereafter renamed the Department of Statistics. He was 79 years old at the time of death.

He spent his entire career at UCR, save for a few short-term visiting assignments. He retired from UCR in 1999, but remained active in the department through research with colleagues and periodic voluntary teaching.

Gokhale studied under a Fulbright travel grant through the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the 1960s. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and spent some time at the University of Pune, India, before being hired at UCR in 1970.

People are welcomed to share memories about Gokhale via an online page: Some of these memories will be shared during the campus memorial service, scheduled for Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at The Barn. The tribute is hosted by Department of Statistics faculty. A dinner will follow the service.

For questions regarding the event, email Jill Smith, at

‘Walk and Roll’ Set for Oct. 7

The campus and local community “Walk and Roll” will be held on Friday, Oct. 7. UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Vice Chancellor Ron T. Coley, Vice Chancellor James Sandoval, leaders from the City of Riverside, and the California Department of Rehabilitation will lead the walk.

The event is part of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox (left) will help lead the Walk and Roll on Oct. 7 at UC Riverside. SANDRA Baltazar MARTINEZ

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox (left) will help lead the Walk and Roll on Oct. 7 at UC Riverside.

Students, faculty, staff and local community members are encouraged to arrive at the university flagpole near Hinderaker Hall at 11:45 a.m. for a walk around the campus. Booths with disability resources and career information will be positioned along the path.

Participants will receive bottled water, snacks, and have an opportunity to win prizes.

To read the full story and obtain details on other National Disability Employment Awareness Month events, visit


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