Chef Val Offers Cooking Tips

Exercising and eating well go hand-in-hand. That’s why Chef Val is working with the Student Recreation Center’s (SRC) personal trainers. Together they will offer SRC members fitness and nutrition sessions.

For SRC members the cost is $5 per session or $35 for 10 weeks.

Cooking workshops include healthy alternatives to treats, making pre-workout snacks and incorporating macronutrients to the diet. The last joint session in August will be on August 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. For details visit SRC.

Chancellor’s Visit to Mexico Strengthens UC-Mexico Initiative

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox will travel to Mexico on August 12 to sign two memorandum of understandings (MOUs). The first is with Mexico’s Ministry of Culture (formerly known as CONACULTA), and the second with ANUIES (Mexico’s National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions).

UC Riverside is the executive sponsor of the UC-Mexico Initiative, a binational relationship led by President Janet Napolitano. The Initiative encourages UC and Mexican professors to work together in areas such as environment, energy, arts and culture, education and health.

During the upcoming trip, Wilcox will meet with colleagues at FUMEC (US-Mexico Foundation for Science, Guillermo Fernández), ITAM (Rafaél Fernández de Castro and Allert Brown-Gort), and SRE (Department of Foreign Affairs, Ana Luisa Fajer), among others.

The UC-Mexico relationship is a constant priority for Napolitano. According to Mexico’s National Autonomous University’s (UNAM) digital newspaper, Gaceta, Napolitano recently met with UNAM’s Rector, Enrique Graue Wiechers at UC Berkeley. The meeting also included Wilcox and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks (click here to read Gaceta’s Spanish-language article).

New Director of EEO & Affirmative Action

Nicole Butts has been appointed  UCR’s Director of EEO & Affirmative Action effective June 29, 2016.

Butts most recently served as the manager of Equal Employment & Affirmative Action at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Nicole is a board member and program chair for the Greater Los Angeles Industry Liaison Group, an employer association focused on equal opportunity/affirmative action matters in support of greater workplace equality.

She is a member of the California Diversity Council and the Association of Talent Development, and is a regular expert presenter on affirmative action at the annual Society for Human Resources Management National Conference.

Butts received a bachelor’s degree in education from Howard University, and her master’s degree in human resources development from Bowie State University. She is certified as a senior certified professional by the Society for Human Resource Management, a senior professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and a strategic human resources business partner by the Human Capital Institute.

ARTSblock Has a Summer Full of Exhibitions

The UCR ARTSblock has a summer full of films, events and exhibitions. Many of these run until 2017.

Among the exhibitions are “Unruly Bodies: Dismantling Larry Clark’s Tulsa,” which runs until January 2017. Visitors can also watch “For the Record…,” a series of single-channel video works highlighting Viet Nam during the French colonialism, the housing crisis in 2011 and the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989.

Visit the ARTSblock website for a full exhibition schedule.

Peace Corps Vehicle Will Visit UC Riverside

On August 23 the Peace Corps West region will be sending its Peace Car to UC Riverside; the smart cart is on a 13-state tour that aims to market and recruit for Peace Corps.

The Peace Car will also make other local stops, including Joshua Tree and other national parks to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

For a tentative itinerary and to find out more about the Peace Car, visit Peace Corps West Region.

CNAS Dean’s Office Moves to Geology Building


The CNAS Dean's office has moved into the Geology building. CNAS Dean (olive green blouse) Kathryn Uhrich, speaks with (left-right) Provost Paul D'Anieri, Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy Umar Mohideen, Physics and Astronomy Professor Kenneth Barish, Vice Provost for International Affairs Kelechi Kalu, Academic Senate Chair and Physics and Astronomy Professor José Wudka and Dean Emeritus of Nematology and Plant Pathology Seymour Van Gundy. The team help a reception on July 29, 2016. iqbal pattalwala

The CNAS Dean’s Office has moved into the Geology building. Dean Kathryn Uhrich (olive green blouse) is seen here speaking with Dean Emeritus of Nematology and Plant Pathology Seymour Van Gundy as Provost Paul D’Anieri, to her right, listens. In the foreground are (left to right) Physics and Astronomy Professor Kenneth Barish, Divisional Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics Umar Mohideen, Academic Senate Chair and Physics and Astronomy Professor José Wudka and Vice Provost for International Affairs Kelechi Kalu. The reception was held on July 29, 2016 in the new location for the Dean’s Office.
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More Did You Know?

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.


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.

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