CARE Welcomes New Assistant Director

Karla Aguilar joined the Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE) center as an assistant director and advocate. CARE is a service created to assist survivors of sexual assault and focuses on supporting, educating and empowering the victim (students, staff and faculty).

CARE is a program supported by President Janet Napolitano’s office and has been implemented across the entire UC system.

Aguilar started on the job on June 8 and is no stranger to the campus.

Karla Aguilar, CARE assistant director and advocate. UCR FILE

Karla Aguilar, CARE assistant director and advocate.

In 2012 Aguilar graduated from UCR with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and ethnic studies, with a concentration on violence against women and indigenous communities. She obtained as master’s in social work from the University of Southern California and worked as a program manager and advocate at Occidental College prior to starting at UCR.

Aguilar joins CARE Director and Advocate Naddia Palacios, who was hired in 2015. With both women on campus the goal is to continue working with different organizations on campus, such as UC Police and the health center, to promptly respond to sexual assault victims.

“We discuss [the circumstances] and empower victims,” said Aguilar, who as an undergrad worked at UCR’s Women’s Resource Center as a student assistant. “We explain the different steps and services offered and we have them make their own decision.”

Support for the victim can range from simply offering a safe space to discuss her/his situation, to helping them navigate the court system, Aguilar said.

To reach CARE:

UCR Wellness Program Now on Twitter

The UCR Wellness Program is officially on Twitter. Follow @ucr_wellness to receive tips on healthy living, as well as posts regarding upcoming programs, events, educational activities and other healthy lifestyle news happening at UCR.

Twilight Tours At The Botanic Gardens

This summer, nature lovers can enjoy an evening at the UCR Botanic Gardens. Two “Summer Twilight Tours” are scheduled for the coming weeks:

  • Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Tours are led by docents. Fees are $7 for members of the Botanic Gardens and $10 for non-members.

Reservations are required. To make a reservation or obtain more information: (951) 784-6962 or email

To see what is in bloom, visit the Botanic Gardens website.

UCR Alumni Association Has a New President

Ken Noller is the UCR Alumni Association’s new president. Noller graduated from UCR in 1975 with a bachelors degree in history. He is a Riverside native who taught for 36 years at Gage Middle School and retired three years ago.

Noller is a life member of the UCR Alumni Association. He became more involved with the association when he started to serve on the scholarship committee. After years of serving on the committee, in 1998 a longtime friend encouraged him to submit an application for a board position.

Since then he has served in many roles on the board of directors including serving as chair of the advocacy, scholarship and membership and marketing committees.

Read more on Noller and his plans for the 2016-2018 presidency.

Local Rite Aid Now Sells UCR Athletics Gear

Rite Aid in the Canyon Crest Towne Center started selling UC Riverside Athletics t-shirts and sweatshirts.

The announcement came via UCR’s Athletic’s website on Monday, July 11.

“Be sure to stop in and check out their selection, and thank them for their support of the Highlanders,” the web post reads.


More Did You Know?

Student Rec Center 'Free Week'

For an entire week, the Student Rec Center will be available – free of charge – to the UCR community. The center offers group exercise classes, a pool, a climbing area (known as The Rock), basketball and tennis courts.

The center will be available from June 20-26; users must be eligible for SRC membership (student, staff, faculty or alumni), and an active membership is not required.

Hours of Operations
Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday” 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Visit the Rec Center for more details:

UC Riverside Receives an ‘A-plus’ on the Tobacco-Free Policy Report Card

UC Riverside earned an A-plus in a survey of California colleges making an effort to be smoke and tobacco free.

In the June 2016 edition of the California Public College and University Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policy Report Card, published by the California Youth Advocacy Network, UCR, as well as the other nine UC campuses, received an A-plus for providing a smoke-free environment. This includes the prohibition of e-cigarettes.

Through UCR’s Wellness Program, employees and students who want to quit smoking are offered free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

Visit the UCR Wellness Program to read about resources to help you quit smoking.

Academic Senate Election Results Are Available

UCR’s Academic Senate has this year’s election results posted on their website.

As of September 1, Dylan Rodriguez will serve as chair and John Cioffi will serve as vice chair.

Rodriguez will take the 2-year term position currently held by Jose Wudka, who has chaired the Academic Senate for two terms.

To view results, visit the Academic Senate website.

Screening: ‘The Last Man on the Moon’

UCR ARTSblock will be screening “The Last Man on the Moon” on June 24 and June 25 at the Culver Center of the Arts.

Admission is $9.99 for screenings programmed from 7-9 p.m. on June 24; 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on June 25.

“The Last Man on the Moon,” is a documentary directed by Mark Craig. It narrates the story of Eugene Cernan, a NASA astronaut who participated in three spaceflights between 1966 and 1972.

For details:

R’Garden Fundraiser

UCR’s R’Garden will be hosting a fundraising dinner party on Saturday, June 25, from 4-8p.m. The pre fixe dinner menu will feature

Tickets run $30 for a meat (salmon, chicken or beef) or $25 for vegetarian (chickpea and squash tagine, linguine with ratatouille or kale empanadas). The meal also includes sweet tea or lemonade, french bread, green salad (from R’Garden) and freshly baked cookies or fruit (from R’Garden and local farmers).

Seating is limited. To purchase tickets: or 858-722-4853. Dinner will be at the R’Garden, 1060 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Guests can also RSVP via the R’Garden Facebook page.

Kids Summer Movie Series

Staying home this summer? For children — and children at heart — Regency Theater at University Village has a Kids Summer Movie Series featuring movies every Tuesday, starting June 21 thru August 16.

In the movie mix are “Puss in Boots,” “Madagascar” and “The Lego Movie.”

For tickets, times and details: Kids Summer Movie Series.

Produce Directly From The Farm To Your Table

UCR’s Wellness Program is partnering with Dinning Services to offer staff and faculty the FarmShare program.

This is a  12-week produce program where participants receive produce directly from local farms.

FarmShare is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which leads efforts to deliver fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs to local businesses, including UCR.

Cost: A full share costs $28/week; a medium share costs $18/week. Several purchase options are available, including a two-week trial subscription.

Sign up: Online (, or during pick-up hours at the Market at Glen Mor.

Pick-up times: Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 4-5 p.m.

Details: UCR FarmShare

Bookstore Open During Remodeling

The Bookstore has been under a remodeling phase since early May, but it has remained opened.

By the end of the construction the bookstore will be consolidated to the upper level and the lower level will house the Career Center, which will be relocated from the Veitch Student Center.

Construction will generally occur during weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, some work may occur after these hours or on weekends reducing impacts of noise or traffic.

Construction is planned to be complete by approximately January 20th, 2017.

New Metrolink Line Will Provide Access to UCR Community

Metrolink has opened the 91/Perris Valley Line service, which extends service 24 miles from the Riverside–Downtown Station to South Perris. The extension will provide access to Metrolink service for residents in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

Two stops are adjacent to UC buildings; the Riverside-Hunter Park stop, three miles from UC Riverside, is next to the College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). The Moreno Valley/March Field is adjacent to the UCPath Center (the University of California system’s shared services center serving UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers). An RTC shuttle will service the Hunter Park station and stop at Bannockburn in UCR every 10 minutes. The shuttle will be free for students with a UCR ID.

For more information, go to

Film Boot Camp this Summer

UCR’s Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production will launch its inaugural Summer film production and festival.

The two-session program will train, film and edit an original film; the festival will feature this original piece. This Summer class, TFDP 170, requires registration. Contact Carmen Gomez, production manager:

The festival will include short films from faculty, alumni and current UCR students. Submissions are due Friday, August 1 and should be sent to

Filmmaker, Scholars to Discuss Ethnic Futurisms

A yearlong exploration of ethnic futurisms at the University of California, Riverside concludes with a conference on Thursday, June 9, that will feature scholars of science fiction and fantasy literature and a SF filmmaker.

The all-day conference, “Narrating the Future,” will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Center for Ideas and Society, located in College Building South. It is free and open to the public. Parking permits for Lot 6  may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

The event wraps up the yearlong Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms, a program of scholarly discussions, graduate-level courses, and public lectures, panels, readings, and performances funded by a prestigious $175,000 Sawyer Seminar grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It built on the success of a Latino science fiction conference UCR’s Science Fiction and Technoculture Studiesprogram presented in April 2014, an event believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

“The Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms has hosted an extremely fruitful year of conversations about speculative fiction and diversity, highlighting the dynamic and innovative work in the field by authors and other artists of color and holding a number of panel discussions among scholars of these fields,” said Sherryl Vint, professor of English and a co-principal investigator on the project. “Our events have explored how speculative fiction is a tool that can illuminate the ways that distinct experiences of colonialism, transnational flows of labor, and minority experiences of diaspora are shaped by a multitude of technosocial configurations.”

Artists, authors and scholars who visited UCR in the last year represent the cutting-edge of contemporary work in speculative fiction, she added. Read the full story here.


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