Lactation Accommodation Program Expands

UC Riverside’s Human Resources announced that effective immediately faculty, staff, and students have access to six lactation rooms and alternative options to ensure nursing mothers have a private space.

On campus the three private lactation rooms are located:

  • Sproul Hall, room 2113
  • Pierce Hall, room 2214B
  • Human Resources University Village, suite 208 room A

Each room is equipped with a table, electrical outlet, mini refrigerator, microwave, comfortable chair and a multi-user hospital grade Medela breast pump.

Three additional restricted access locations are also available to faculty, staff, and students in these locations:

  • Child Development Center
  • Center for Environmental Research & Technology (Ce-Cert)
  • UCOP IntelliCenter

Click to reserve a room and lear more about UCR’s lactation program.

FarmShare Program Partners With Sage Mountain Farms

Beginning Jan. 12, UCR’s FarmShare program begins its new season. This time, participants will receive fruits and vegetables from Sage Mountain Farms, located in Anza, a community about 20 miles east of Temecula, off Highway 371.

A small box, for two to three people, starts at $120. To sign up: sagemtfarm.csaware.com/store.

Pickup days/time: Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. during the UCR Farmer’s Market.

For more information, email: UCRFarmersMarket@ucr.edu. You can also visit UCR Wellness Program. Get to know more about Sage Mountain Farms.

UCR Extension Center Participates in Binational Cultural Exchange Program

A four-week cultural exchange program at UC Riverside came with an unexpected surprise for Antonio Carrillo, a 22-year-old college student at Universidad Tecnológica de Jalisco in Mexico. Upon his arrival in November, he was expecting to stay with a Mexican host family. Instead, he was welcomed by a Filipino family. And Carrillo loved it.

“It was not what I expected, and it was amazing. The family was wonderful,” said Carrillo, one of 24 total Mexican students from Jalisco and Puebla. They were part of Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000, an academic and scientific cooperation between Mexico and the United States. Students concluded their stay on Dec. 2 with oral history projects, all presented in English.

Proyecta 100,000 is an effort by President Enrique Peña Nieto to send 100,000 Mexican students to the United States, and receive 50,000 U.S. students in Mexico by 2018. This is aligned with President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, which supports student mobility between the U.S. and countries in the Western Hemisphere. More than two dozen U.S. higher education institutions across the country are participating in this binational partnership, including the UC system.

“Between 2014 to now, the UC system has received 454 Proyecta 100,000 students,” said Veronique Rorive, assistant director of UC-Mexico Initiative, housed at UCR. The UC-Mexico Initiative was launched in January 2014 to stimulate development of new programs and partnerships involving academia, government, corporations and foundations on both sides of the border.

These students participated in four-week programs at UCR, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, and UC San Diego. The first year UCR offered two four-week sessions, hosting about 200 Mexican students, Rorive said.

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Marijuana Still Banned at the UC

The University of California prohibits the use, possession, and sale of marijuana in any form on all university property, including university-owned and leased buildings, housing, and parking lots. Marijuana is also not permitted at university events or while conducting university business.

California voters recently approved Prop. 64 legalizing the use of recreational marijuana among people over the age of 21, but that did not change UC policy. Marijuana remains prohibited on all university property and at all university events, except for approved academic research that complies will all federal registration and licensing requirements.

Federal law still prohibits the use or possession of marijuana, and institutions receiving federal funding must establish policies that prohibit marijuana use, possession, and distribution on campus and in the workplace. Violating the university’s policies may be grounds for discipline or corrective action, which may include required participation in a treatment program, with a maximum penalty of dismissal.

For more information, visit: www.ucop.edu/marijuana-and-drug-policy.

Winter Gear Available to Rent at the SRC

The UCR Student Recreation Center has gear rentals, available to members and non-members alike.

An individual may rent up to two of each item.

Here is a partial list of items available:

  • Backpack (internal frame): $6 for SRC member, $7 non member
  • Camping stove (2 burners, propane no included): $6 for SRC member, $7 non member
  • Tent (2 person): $5 for SRC member, $6 non member
  • Snow goggles: $3 for SRC member, $4 non member
  • Snowboard package (board and boots): $21 for SRC member, $25 non member

For a full list of rentals, visit excursions.ucr.edu.

The UCR Farmer’s Market Can Help with Holiday Shopping

You still have time for last minute gift shopping. The UCR Farmer’s Market opens every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lot 14, between Lothian residential hall and the Market at Glen Mor.

This Thursday, Dec. 8, shoppers can expect to find the following vendors on site:

Peace Love Driftwood– Driftwood & reclaimed wood art: wreaths, frames, signs, Christmas trees, ornaments

Made with Love by CindyHugs– Custom denim vests, handmade, hair wraps, hair bows, bibs, doggy bandana’s

Vanny Orchards– Apothecary items such as aroma sprays, beard oil, candles and lip moisturizers

Sola Foods– Jams, salsa, preserves, pesto and marmalade

Dissertation Soaps– Beer soaps, vegan soaps, beard oils

7 Deadly Confections– Vegan baked goods

Sage Mountain Farm– Organic vegetables, jams, eggs, beef and pork

Sweet Caroline– Organic baked goods

Mother of Light– Essential oils

Bare Bees Honey– Raw all natural honey

Majestic Garlic– Garlic spreads and Hummus

Brothers Products– Olives, hummus, garlic spreads, pita bread

Superfoods– Acai bowls

Donate A Toy and Watch A UCR Basketball Game

For the second year in a row, UC Riverside Athletics is partnering with the Riverside Police Department to put smiles on the collective faces of area children during the holidays, by participating in the Fill-A-Cruiser Toy Drive.

At each of the next two home basketball games, women basketball, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m., and men’s basketball, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m., the Riverside Police Department will have a squad car on hand accepting donations of unwrapped toys.

Fans who bring gifts will be admitted to the games for the discounted group price of $5 for men’s basketball and $3 for women’s basketball.

 

Thursday Nights Live Allows for Fun After Work

UCR staff and faculty are encouraged to attend Thursday Nights Live, a weekly event featuring refreshments and live music. The event is open to staff, faculty, friends, and family.

Born from a collaboration between different departments at a campus leadership retreat, Thursday Nights Live seeks to strengthen the sense of community and identity on campus.

Don’t miss the upcoming events:

  • Thursday, Dec. 1: Better Late
  • Thursday, Dec. 8: Brothers Igniting a Groove

All events will be at the HUB Plaza, 5:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

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UCR’s Department of Music Presentations Through December, and Beyond

UCR Orchestra and UCR Concert Band

Nov. 30: 8 p.m. at the University Theatre

Ruth Charloff and Samuel Andress, conductors. $10 General, $8 Students/Senior citizens, $6 Children ages 12 and under; Parking: $5.50 in Lot 6  (no fee with UC permit)

Trauma, Loss and Transcendence

Dec. 1-2: 7 p.m. at the Culver Center of the Arts

A sound/video installation dedicated to the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino mass shooting. Stacey Fraser, soprano. Justin DeHart, percussion. Martin Jaroszewicz, composition, programming and live-electronics. Paulo C. Chagas, composition and live-electronics.

Free and open to the public – no ticket required.

Holiday Choral Concert: UCR Chamber Singers

Dec. 1: 8 p.m. at the Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Jonathan Keplinger, pianist, with the UCR Chamber Orchestra. Ruth Charloff, conductor.

Free and open to the public – a free ticket is required. Parking: Complimentary permits at the Kiosk.

Dec. 4: 3 p.m. at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside

Free parking and admission – no ticket required.

A Concert of Spanish Songs: Music of Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla

Dec. 2: 8 p.m. at the Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Nancy Lee Harper, piano. Peter Terry, tenor. Free and open to the public – a free ticket is required. Parking: Complimentary permits at the Kiosk.

Admission

  • Though admission is free for some events, a ticket might be required. One ticket per person will be distributed at the venue one hour before the performance. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • $10 General, $8 Students/Senior citizens, $6 Children ages 12 and under.
  • Tickets: (951) 827-4331
  • Tickets are available online and at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office, Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour before each performance.
  • Show your UCR alumni card to receive the student price.

Information: (951) 827-3245;  performingarts@ucr.edu

To view more events, visit UCR’s Music Department calendar of events.

Humble Beginnings Concert by Rocky Peter

UC Riverside graduate, American Idol contestant, and 2016 Rio Olympics singer, Rocky Peter Ajoku, will perform at UCR on Saturday, Dec. 3.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local schools in Riverside. His performance, scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University Theatre, will include special guest Audriana.

Rocky Peter Ajoku will perform at UCR on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. ucr file

Rocky Peter Ajoku will perform at UCR on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.
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Ajoku is the epitome of resiliency. Born in the U.S. and practically raised without parents in his mother’s hometown in Africa, Ajoku worked all through his childhood to feed himself, his younger brother, and his mother. As a teen he eventually made it back to Fontana and attended Chaffey Junior College before transferring to UCR. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in biological sciences.

During his time at UCR, Rocky never gave up on his dream of music and was often seen walking from class to class playing his guitar and singing for the campus community.  Upon graduation, with no family support, Rocky battled through homelessness, but again persevered as he was selected as a contestant on American Idol, which led to his participation in the U.S.-based Nobel Peace Prize Forum this past summer.

He most recently sang in the 2016 Rio Olympics. To honor UCR, Rocky has come back to the campus to host his first ever self-promoted concert at the University Theatre.  The concert is being hosted through Legends Community Service Group (a UCR student organization) with a goal to raise $1,500 in scholarship money for local Riverside middle and high schools.

Tickets are $30 per person. Purchase them online.

Inauguration of George Brown Collection at Tomás Rivera Library

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the George Brown Papers Collection officially became available at the Tomás Rivera Library. The materials document the life and career of late Congressman George E. Brown, Jr., who represented Inland Southern California for nearly 30 years. Brown became known for his support of science and defending civil liberties and human rights.

Several dozen guests attended the reception on Nov. 17, including: Brown’s son, David Brown; local activist Jane Block; former California State Assemblyman John Longville; Bobi Johnson, principal policy consultant to Assemblymember Chris Holden; Gloria Macias Harrison, UCR alumna and Board of Trustees clerk for San Bernardino Community College District; former congressional aide and attorney Dennis Hernandez; and former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Marta Brown, a native of San Bernardino, said she feels proud that UCR houses her husband’s work, especially because the university sits within the district he represented.

Hans Johnson, director of the George Brown Legacy Project, said he and other supporters want to promote these archives for scholarly research. The group is forming a leadership circle to create incentives, such as fellowships, for future UCR and Cal State San Bernardino researchers.

“Before there was a Howard Dean, before there was a Bernie Sanders, there was a George Brown,” Johnson told the audience the day of the collection’s inauguration.

The George Brown Papers Collection includes over 1,000 boxes of letters, photographs, and documents that show Brown’s support for science, the environment, and the economy, among many other issues. This special collection is available on the fourth floor of the Rivera Library. It was organized and cataloged by Collections Management Librarian Jessica Geiser.

On Nov. 17, 2016, the George Brown Papers Collection officially became available at the Tomás Rivera Library. Guests included (left to right) George Brown's son, David Brown; former California State Assemblyman John Longville; George Brown's widow, Marta Brown; Gloria Macias Harrison, UCR alumna and Board of Trustees clerk for San Bernardino Community College District; Hans Johnson, director of the George Brown Legacy Project; local activist Jane Block; and Bobi Johnson, principal policy consultant to Assemblymember Chris Holden. sandra baltazar martinez

On Nov. 17, 2016, the George Brown Papers Collection officially became available at the Tomás Rivera Library. Guests included (left to right) George Brown’s son, David Brown; former California State Assemblyman John Longville; George Brown’s widow, Marta Brown; Gloria Macias Harrison, UCR alumna and Board of Trustees clerk for San Bernardino Community College District; Hans Johnson, director of the George Brown Legacy Project; local activist Jane Block; and Bobi Johnson, principal policy consultant to Assemblymember Chris Holden.
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