Fall is the best time to plant California-friendly perennials, shrubs, bulbs and wildflower seeds.

Stock up Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at the 33rd Annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale.

The inland area’s largest plant sale is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. You can find a list of available plants and a wildflower seed coupon on the website too, along with a short schedule of activities. 

Calling all early birds!

The Barn is now serving breakfast Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Stop by and enjoy the most important meal of the day.

Homecoming is happening Nov. 14

UCR has lots of events scheduled for the 2015 Homecoming Parent and Family Day on Nov. 14.

Visit the website to learn about all the activities scheduled for Homecoming weekend, and start making plans now! Seating is limited for many events, so register by Nov. 5.

UCR is Competing in a Systemwide UC Competition

UCR is participating in the Cool Campus Challenge, a UC event to get the word about UC President Janet Napolitano’s carbon neutrality initiative.

The challenge is a friendly competition to motivate and reward staff, faculty and students for reducing their carbon footprint in support of the UC system reach its Carbon Neutrality goals – as well as create a culture of sustainability across campus.

Participants will engage as individuals or teams, make pledges to participate in activities that reduce energy use, and earn prizes. Over the course of the campaign, different themes will be highlighted weekly and pushed through social media, email and other channels.

Read more about the Cool Campus Challenge and how you can participate here.

Leading Entrepreneur to Speak on Campus

Bob Stapleton

Bob Stapleton

UCR School of Business Administration will continue its Dean’s Speaker Series at 10:30 a.m. on Oct 21 with a talk by Bob Stapleton, an alumnus who is an entrepreneur and general manager.

Bob Stapleton co-founded two highly successful public companies, Western Wireless Corporation and VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile). Both companies were subsequently acquired for a total value in excess of $30 billion. Stapleton is an entrepreneur and general manager with 25 years of experience in building high-
performance organizations. He is a management adviser and investor in portfolio companies of leading private equity firms.

The talk will take place at the UCR Alumni Visitor Center and is free and open to the public.

The Dean’s Speaker Series brings successful leaders in the business community to share their expertise. Designed to foster critical discussions about business issues, it also provides networking opportunities between corporate executives and SoBA students.

Lunch is on a Roll

UCR Housing, Dining and Residential Services will be hosting the annual Food Truck Festival on Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. around the HUB patio and the Bell Tower areas.

UCR Housing, Dining and Residential Services will be hosting the annual Food Truck Festival on Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. around the HUB patio and the Bell Tower areas.

Fall Plant Sale Features Native Plants

The 33rd annual Friends of UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nearly 10,000 plants and more than 500 varieties of California native and California appropriate plants will be for sale. A partial plant list is available on the web site of the Botanic Gardens. Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Riverside County Master Gardeners, gardens staff and volunteers will be on hand to give advice and garden troubleshooting tips.

The Master Gardeners will also be selling organically grown cool-season vegetables, herbs and beneficial flowers. In addition, several free programs and demonstrations will be held.

Read more about the sale here or contact the Botanic Gardens through their website, through phone at 951-784-6962 or by email at ucrbg@ucr.edu.

GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction

Faculty from UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and from University of California, Davis will be part of a discussion about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) at the UCR Extension Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The “GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction” lecture will be a global food panel discussion with Greg Jaffe, director of biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C, moderating. The event is free, open to the public and is hosted by the Global Food Initiative at UCR.

Read here for more details.

New Business Strategies for Better Efficiency

UCR Organizational Excellence is a group of key initiatives that will transform the campus through focused activities beginning in four key areas: Streamline Business Processes, Instill a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation, Standardization of Business Processes, and Maximize Professional & Leadership Development.

Learn more about Organizational Excellence through this video.

Drink Dispensers Go High Tech at the HUB

It’s not exactly the same as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ordering his go-to beverage on the U.S.S. Enterprise (“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”), but the new drink machines at the Highlander Union Building (HUB) definitely have a Star Trek vibe. (“Tea, raspberry, iced,” anyone?)

It’s not exactly the same as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ordering his go-to beverage on the U.S.S. Enterprise
(“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”), but the new drink machines at the Highlander Union Building (HUB) definitely have a Star Trek vibe. (“Tea, raspberry, iced,” anyone?)

Exclusive Offer on the 2015-2016 All-Sports Pass

UCR Athletics presents UCR staff and faculty with an exclusive offer for the 2015-2016 all-sports pass. For only $50, the all-sports pass includes tickets for volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. This is an over $800 value.

For more information, contact Brandon Lopez at (951) 827-4653 or at highlandertickets@ucr.edu.

Keep up to date with UCR’s Intercollegiate Sports by looking at the Fall 2015 Home schedule. Go Highlanders!

UCR Catastrophic Leave Program

With the UC Catastrophic Leave Program, staff and fiscal-year academic employees can donate vacation time to help fellow employees that has run out. This is a good solution for those who have earned so much vacation that they are starting to max out.

Donations can be made in one-hour increments. To donate, simply download the Catastrophic Leave Donation Form and forward it to Alisha French in Human Resources at alisha.french@ucr.edu.

Questions?  Contact Alisa French at extension 2-1434 or email catleave@ucr.edu.

2015-2016 Winter Holiday Closure

The UCR campus is scheduled to close for the holiday season beginning Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

University-paid holidays will be observed while the campus is closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan.1, 2016. Dec. 28, 29, 30 are not paid holidays. Staff employees and those academic employees who accrue vacation leave are required to use vacation, compensatory time (if available) or take leave without pay for these work days.

In accordance with University personnel policies and applicable labor agreements, employees have the choice of the following options to cover the non-paid holidays:

  • Employees may utilize vacation days in advance of their actual accrual.
  • Newly hired employees may utilize vacation accruals prior to having completed six continuous months on pay status.
  • Employees with accrued compensatory time may elect to use it to cover the three days off or to offset the use of vacation time.
  • Employees who do not wish to use vacation or compensatory time off may request leave without pay based on departmental approval. In this case, employees will not lose hourly vacation or sick leave accruals for these three days.

Employees should notify their supervisors in advance as to which option or combination of options they choose to use.

For exclusively represented employees, these closure days will be handled in accordance with existing contract provisions and are subject to discussion and/or collective bargaining where applicable.

Comments or questions regarding application of personnel policies during the closure may be sent to Heidie Rhodes, Human Resources at heidie.rhodes@ucr.edu or extension 2-2463.

Comments or questions regarding application of collective bargaining agreements may be sent to Paul Wood, Employee and Labor Relations at paul.wood@ucr.edu or extension 2-5092.

Support UCR’s Guardian Scholars by Registering Your Ralphs Card

If you shop at Ralphs, you can link your card to the UCR Guardian Scholar program. That means each time you swipe your card you will make a donation to  help former foster youth. For more information or instructions, visit www.ralphs.com


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