Highlander Hall/HR Building Set for Demolition

Demolition of Highlander Hall, adjacent to the HR Building, located on the south side of University Avenue at the 60 Freeway, began the week of Sept. 12.

Highlander Hall demolition diagram. UCR

Highlander Hall demolition diagram.

The contractor will begin installing temporary fencing surrounding the site, which will close off public access to Parking Lot 50 for the duration of the work. The project goal is to demolish these two buildings to allow for the eventual construction of a future project on the site.

Abatement/demolition activities will begin on Sept. 20. Site utility demolition and earthwork will begin around the first week of November and end by early December. Throughout construction, measures will be taken to protect pedestrians from construction activity. For short durations, closures and detours will be necessary for pedestrian safety. Throughout the project, there will be trucks entering and exiting from the site onto University Avenue. The contractor will have flagmen to control pedestrian traffic across the eastern University Avenue driveway.

For safety and security reasons, the fenced construction laydown area, located in Parking Lot 50 will be closed to the public at all times. Construction will generally occur on weekdays, however, some work will occur in the evening or on weekends, as it becomes necessary.

Individuals with permits for Parking Lot 50 who need information on alternative parking options should contact Marylynn Newbrander at marylynn.newbrander@ucr.edu.

Governmental & Community Relations Office Now Point of Contact for Campus Voter Registration

UC Riverside’s Governmental & Community Relations office is now the point of contact for campus voter registration efforts and polling site coordination (UCR Alumni & Visitors Center).

This effort was previously coordinated by the office of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jim Sandoval.

To inform students, and the campus community, how to register to vote in the upcoming November 8, 2016 elections, visit the updated site: www.vote.ucr.edu

People can also follow via Twitter at @UCRAdvocacy.

Basketball Clinic For Kids and Families

UCR’s men’s basketball team will be hosting a free youth clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, September 17 at Andulka Park, 5201 Chicago Ave. in Riverside.

Youth will interact with the players, will learn the fundamentals of the sports, and much more.

For questions, contact Nico Romero at nico.romero@ucr.edu or (951) 310-2827.

New Student Convocation on Sept. 20

All incoming students are encouraged to attend the ceremonial induction into the UCR family designed to promote the shared values of the university – integrity, accountability, excellence and respect.

The ceremony, scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Pierce Lawn, will begin with a formal procession of faculty and administrators in full academic regalia. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri, and the Associated Students President will present remarks.

Students who live on campus should plan to walk to the Convocation. Students who are coming from off campus may park in Lot 30.

Questions about the New Student Convocation should be addressed to the Office of Event Management & Protocol at (951) 827-3144 or by e-mail to specialevents@ucr.edu.

Check out a photo gallery of the bookstore.

Staff and Faculty Invited To October’s Organizational Excellence Event

The campus-wide Organizational Excellence event, set from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, October 12, is meant to focus on the roles of collaboration and professional development.

The invitation was made in a campus-wide email sent by Vice Chancellor of Planning and Budget Maria Anguiano. “Our October event will highlight the importance of collaboration and community in driving excellence, challenging our borders on what is possible and considering what we can accomplish when we move towards excellence together,” she said in the statement.

People who want to attend mush RSVP by September 23 at: http://oe-thepathforward.eventbrite.com.

More Did You Know?

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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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 ucrbg@ucr.edu.

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.


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