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.

UCR’s Donation Locations for Spark of Love Toy Drive

Hosted by ABC7 and Southern California firefighters, Spark of Love is a toy drive to make a difference in the life of a child in need during the holidays.

To get involved, donations of new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment can be dropped off at these locations on campus from Dec. 1 to Dec. 18:

  • WCH 458
  • CHASS 4123
  • SPROUL HALL 1353
  • Pentland Hills **
  • Aberdeen-Inverness**
  • Lothian Residence Hall**
  • Glen Mor
  • Housing Administration
  • Bannockburn Campus Apartments

**At these locations, the last day to donate will be Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Tori Wurm with CHASS Facilities at (951)-827-2683 with any questions.

Counseling Available to Students, Faculty and Staff

School of Medicine Group Grief Counseling Sessions – Open to All
School of Medicine psychiatry faculty will provide three group grief counseling sessions open to all members of the UCR campus community. They are scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. this Monday, December 7, at the UC Intellicenter located at 14350 Meridian Parkway in Riverside. During these sessions, UCR psychiatry faculty and resident physicians will facilitate a group discussion enabling participants to share their emotions, process their feelings, and develop strategies for coping. Ample parking is available. To sign up, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/somgriefcounseling, which will also serve to gain access to the secure building.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
The Faculty and Staff Assistance program has trained clinicians available 24 hours a day to provide support services, either face to face or by telephone. There is no charge to employees or their family members for these confidential services. For more information, please call (951) 781–0510 or (800) 266-0510 or visit: http://hr.ucr.edu/employee/fsap.html

University Carillonneur David Christensen Has Been Playing Weekly Bell Tower Concerts for 29 Years

Christensen’s next performance will be the Holiday Carillon Recital on Dec. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the UCR bell tower.

The concert will ring in the winter season with arrangements of traditional holiday music, featuring the popular song “Up On the Housetop” along with folk songs from the Netherlands arranged by Leen’t Hart and carols from Germany, France, and England.

Get a feel of the recital through this video of Christensen’s performance of “A Christmas Peal” at last year’s holiday concert.

All UC Campuses Have CARE Advocates to Help Prevent Sexual Violence on Campus

As part of the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault established by UC President Janet Napolitano, all 10 UC campuses are equipped with a “Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE): Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct.”

Every CARE Advocate Office includes full-time trained staff to make sure that the web resources are unified and consistent at each campus. UCR’s user-friendly, one-stop portal for quick access to campus resources and important information is at http://www.sexualviolence.ucr.edu.

Read about Naddia Palacio, UCR’s new CARE advocate, here.

Don't Forget! Open Enrollment Closes Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.

This is a final reminder to make any changes to your 2016 benefits by 5 p.m. Tues., Nov. 24 when Open Enrollment closes.

Visit the Open Enrollment website for details on UC benefits and 2016 plan changes. Then sign in to your account to make changes using the Open Enrollment application.

This is your annual opportunity to review your benefits and make changes. You will be able to enroll or change your medical, dental, or visions plans; enroll or de-enroll dependents; and enroll or re-enroll in Health/Dependent Care FSA.

Read more about Open Enrollment and your benefits here.

UCR Invests in Ways for Staff and Faculty to Stay Healthy Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally

Check out this new video from UCR Wellness Program.

Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 30

A Town Hall meeting with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox has been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the University Theatre. Space is limited so arrive early.

For those unable to attend in person, the discussion will also be webcast live here.

Any questions or comments you would like Chancellor Wilcox to address at the Town Hall Meeting can be sent to townhall@ucr.edu.

Discounted Coffee for Being Environmentally Friendly

There’s a way for you to save the planet and get your daily coffee fix at a reduced price at the same time! All you have to do is bring your own mug or thermos during breakfast hours and UCR dining facilities will discount your bill by 20 cents.

2016 Open Enrollment is Here

Open Enrollment for 2016 health benefits opened on Oct. 29 and will end on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.

This is your annual opportunity to review your benefits and make changes. You will be able to enroll or change your medical, dental, or visions plans; enroll or de-enroll dependents; and enroll or re-enroll in Health/Dependent Care FSA.

Make sure you have the best coverage for 2016 by reading more about open enrollment here.

Department of Music’s Fall Concert Schedule

You can find out what is happening on campus an any given day, including the complete list of fall concerts and lectures from UCR’s Music Department, by going to this link: UCR Happenings.

The Outpost Concert Series, featuring Aron Kallay on microtonal piano, is the next event hosted by UCR’s Music Department and UCR ARTSBlock. It will be on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Culver Center of the Arts. Aron Kallay is a Grammy-nominated pianist and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene whose performances often integrate technology, video, and alternate tunings. This concert is free and open to the public.

UCR Restaurants Have Vegetarian and Vegan Options

It is easy to be vegan or vegetarian with UCR Dining’s wide variety of menu items and substitutions. Find out what delicious vegan and vegetarian meals are available at UCR restaurants here.

Hummingbirds Sing with Their Tail Feathers

Do you doubt? Check out this video created by UCR’s Professor of Biology Chris Clark.

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