Keep Up with UCR Athletics News

Have you kept up with all the UC Riverside sports news? Athletes from our soccer, baseball, basketball, and track and field, are among some of the students featured by news outlets for their amazing performances.

Since early June, at least three UCR baseball players have been drafted by MLB: UCR pitchers Ryan Lillie, Alex Fagalde, and outfielder Mark Contreras. UCR golf coach Mary Ritchie was named one of the Inland Empire’s top 5 Women’s College coaches.

Catch up on more stories at the UCR Athletics homepage and show your Highlander spirit at upcoming sports games. Check out the athletic calendar.

Science Library Pathway Construction Project

UCR’s Architects & Engineers will be working on a six-week project near the Orbach Science Library. Construction began on June 19. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The project consists of removing, replacing, and modifying the existing concrete path in order to create a code compliant accessible walking path across East Campus Drive. The labor includes adding a new ramp and concrete pathway between the Chemical Sciences building and Orbach Science Library, Physics and the School of Medicine building.

East Campus Drive will remain open for most of the project. A detour route will be provided and published by A&E in the next few weeks.

Incredible Bulk Trash Event set for June 24

The annual UCR Incredible Bulk Trash Event will take place on Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in lot 24. The drop-off allows city of Riverside residents, UCR students, faculty and staff to dispose of unwanted household products.

Participants can bring by unwanted bulky items, including furniture, refrigerators, mattresses, and electronics at no cost. Household hazardous waste, such as antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint will not be accepted. The event is sponsored by the city of Riverside Public Works Department, and the university.

Participation is limited to city of Riverside residents and the UCR community. Those dropping off items must show proof of residency or campus affiliation. Lot 24 is located on Canyon Crest Drive, between University and Linden avenues. For more information, call (951) 827-7073.

More Did You Know?

Athletics Director Featured in Athletics Administration Magazine

Athletics Administration Magazine

This month’s Athletics Administration Magazine featured an article about UCR Athletics Director Tamica Smith Jones alongside 11 other women of color who are changing the face of athletics administration.

Each woman aims to demonstrate to all young athletes that there is a presence of women of color.

“One of the top achievements that I’m most proud of in my career so far is taking a leap of faith and having the courage to leave my hometown and support system to join Lynn Hickey’s team at UTSA,” Smith Jones recalls in the article.

Read the full article on page 60 of Athletics Administration Magazine.

Healthy Campus Initiative Survey

In order to ensure that the priorities, goals, and strategies of the Healthy Campus Initiative meet the needs of our campus community, staff, faculty, and students are being asked to participate in a short survey.

All responses will be used in planning new initiatives and programs for the campus. Results will be kept confidential and only be shared in aggregate format. Please note, your contact information will not be associated with your survey response.

Participating enters you into a drawing for several prizes. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes June 18.

Take the survey today.

For more information, contact

Canada Day Discusson June 30


July 1 is Canada Day. Join faculty members to discuss research and The True North’s global standing. A Canada-themed lunch will be provided including chicken poutine, veggie poutine, butter tarts, and nanaimo bars. Faculty from Canada or those that have studied in/conducted research on Canada are particularly encouraged to attend.

If you go:

  • When: Friday, June 30 at 12 noon
  • Where: University Office Building 210
  • RSVP by June 28

Due to space limitations, only 20 seats are available. This is a free event.

Summer Rhythm & Blues

The Summer Rhythm & Blues concert featuring B.I.G. will take place on the HUB patio. Presented by the Staff Assembly, the event is an afternoon of live music, relaxation, and refreshments.

There will be a dance contest, games, and raffle prizes. The first 100 attendees will receive a free giveaway.

If you go:

  • When: Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Where: HUB patio
  • Bring your own picnic chairs and/or blankets

Rep. Takano Provides Information on Graduate Medical Residency Slots in Veterans Affairs

During a lunch and Q&A hosted on campus by the UCR Governmental and Community Relations Office on May 31, U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, discussed the expansion of 1,500 graduate medical residency slots through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The extension of a section of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act made the new residency slots available.

In 2014, Rep. Takano was instrumental in authorizing the expanded residencies, and in extending the graduate medical education expansion program last year for another five years. This extension allows the UCR School of Medicine to apply for additional residency slots in the VA health system.

(From left to right): Richard Prather, the associate training director of the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program, Rep. Mark Takano, John Luo, director of the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program, and Kaitlin Chell, the director of federal relations in the UCR Governmental and Community Relations Office. Facing them, their backs to the camera, are two residents in the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program. ross french

At the luncheon, Rep. Takano, who played a major role in securing the School of Medicine residencies at the VA clinics in Corona and Palm Desert, discussed the future of the choice program, how the five-year extension benefits UCR, and the ways in which the VA residents are already making a difference.

Four UCR residents – Toshia Yamaguchi, Karla Lozano, Khai Nguyen, and Nathan Rogers – shared with Rep. Takano their experiences in the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program. The program launched in 2014. John Luo, M.D., the director of the program, and Richard Prather, M.D., the program’s associate training director, also spoke with Takano.

Other details on how the partnership between the UCR School of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will help add more psychiatrists to inland Southern California can be found in this Press-Enterprise article.

UCR Police Department Officers Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

On Tuesday, June 6, officers from the UC Riverside Police Department participated with other law enforcement agencies in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run as it made its way through Southern California.

UCR Police Department officers participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 6, 2017. Detective Brandon Anderson

Officers took over the torch on University Avenue between the I-60 freeway and West Campus Drive. Runners passed through campus on West Campus Drive to Canyon Crest Drive and then to Central Avenue where they handed off the torch to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) runners.

The runners were escorted by marked police vehicles to ensure their safety, as well as to bring attention to the Special Olympics.

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