UCR Sustainability Seeking Volunteers for Tree planting Events

UCR Sustainability Seeking Volunteers for Tree planting Events

The UCR Office of Sustainability, working in partnership with UCR Grounds, is seeking volunteers for two-hour planting sessions on Thursday Nov. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. , Tuesday Nov. 18 from 12 to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will be instructed on the basics of tree planting, and their work will be supervised by Physical Plant Grounds staff, who will provide all the necessary equipment. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes.

The trees being added to the campus’ urban forest are part of the Green Trees for the Golden State Grant Program, administered by the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CAL FIRE).

To volunteer, please email Jenny.Low@ucr.edu.

UCR’s Research at the Heart of Times Higher Education University Ranking

UCR’s scholarly output is highly influential in the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which came out recently. UCR scored 91.5 in the citations category, which ranks 7th (tied) among all public universities in the United States.

Here is how UCR compares in the citations category with the list of top 20 public American universities in the Times Higher Education rankings (ordered by overall ranking):

  • UC Riverside 91.5
  • UC Berkeley 99.1
  • UCLA 95.3
  • U of Michigan 88.9
  • U of Washington 95
  • Georgia Tech 85.8
  • UT Austin 91.5
  • U of Illinois 77.8
  • U of Wisconsin 87.7
  • UC Santa Barbara 99.2
  • UC San Diego 96.4
  • U of Minnesota 82.9
  • U of North Carolina 91
  • UC Davis 80.4
  • Penn State 76
  • Ohio State 80.4
  • Michigan State 74
  • U of Arizona 74
  • UC Irvine 89.5
  • U Mass 78.7
  • U of Pittsburg 84.4

According to this annual ranking, UCR is listed as the 150th best university in the world.

The methodology for capturing influence measures how a university’s published work is cited by global scholars, judging from academic journals indexed by Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science database published between 2008 and 2012. Citations to these papers made in the six years from 2008 to 2013 are also collected.

“Our faculty are having a real impact in the creation of knowledge, as judged by their scholarly peers across the globe.  This is precisely why I am so excited to be a part of UCR,” said Paul D’Anieri, provost and executive vice chancellor.

See more about this ranking: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2014-15/world-ranking/institution/university-of-california-riverside

Hang out with Napolitano

UC faculty are invited to join President Janet Napolitano and their faculty colleagues from across the UC system at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for a one-hour online conversation on topics of interest. Bookmark it here: https://plus.google.com/events/cd7c8bmqfkbla93biekqiv6akgg.

Expected discussion topics during the Google Hangout include preserving UC’s quality and standing as the world’s top public research university, investing in UC innovation through the new UC Ventures fund, online education, maintaining access and affordability, and faculty compensation and benefits.

This is President Napolitano’s fourth Google Hangout with members of various UC groups, and is being held to further her goal of fostering an ongoing dialogue with the UC community. Previous hangouts were held with UC students, staff and alumni.

The panelists for this hangout are:

  • Mary Gilly, Academic Senate chair and business professor at UC Irvine (moderator)
  • Kimberly Lau, professor of literature, UC Santa Cruz
  • Lori Lubin, professor of physics, UC Davis
  • Ilhem Messaoudi, associate professor of biomedical sciences, UC Riverside
  • Rudy Ortiz, associate professor of natural sciences, UC Merced
  • Kris Pister, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, UC Berkeley

President Napolitano will take live questions from the online audience during the event for those that sign up to watch. Sign in with your Google account.

Faculty members who do not have a gmail address can still watch the Google Hangout live, but they will not be able to post questions. UC Policy on Sexual Harrassment

UCR’s Policy on Sexual Harrassment

The University of California, Riverside is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  UC Riverside does not tolerate harassment or sexual violence, and such behavior is prohibited both by law and by UC Riverside policy.

 The university will respond promptly and effectively to reports of harassment and sexual violence and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates University policies.  The University of California systemwide Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, and the UC Riverside Policies and Procedures for Responding to Reports of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence are both available online at http://titleix.ucr.edu/harass/policy.html.  In addition, the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities Organizations and Students is available online at http://conduct.ucr.edu/learnpolicies/index.html.

 The Faculty Code of Conduct (APM-015) prohibits a faculty member from entering into a romantic or sexual relationship with any student for whom that faculty member currently has, or should reasonably expect to have in the future academic responsibility (instructional, evaluative, or supervisory).  The policy is available online at http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-015.pdf.

 Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s policies mentioned above.

 UC Riverside’s Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office has the responsibility for complying with policies and procedures.  For information regarding reporting and resolution procedures, please contact the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office at (951) 827-7070, located at 349 Surge Building.  Additional information and resources are available on the Title IX web page at http://titleix.ucr.edu/.

 Reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence may be made to the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office, the UC Riverside Police, the Sexual Assault Resource Services Consultant, the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Labor Relations Office, the Office of the Ombudsperson, and to other campus administrators (managers and supervisors).

First Town Hall of the Year Scheduled

The Chancellor’s Town Hall for Fall is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 in HUB 302.  There will be a campus welcome reception for Paul D’Anieri and Ron Coley immediately after the Town Hall.

The Got Veggie? Challenge Begins Oct. 1

Eat your veggies! Haven’t heard that phrase since you were a kid? Get serious about eating vegetables with the four-week Got Veggies? challenge sponsored by UC Living Well. Join as an individual or a team, and commit to eating at least one cup of veggies every day. If you complete the challenge, you’ll earn 2,500 points toward a $75 Visa® gift card. Registration is ongoing; the challenge begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Oct. 28. To register, go to uclivingwell.ucop.edu/welcome.html and click on the “I want-I get” button.

Join a Latino Book Club

Jennifer Nájera, a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, helps lead a Latino book club at Cellar Door Books. This month they are reading Sonia Nazario’s book “Enrique’s Journey.” It is an unflinching journalistic account of a teenaged boy’s journey from Honduras to the United States to find his mother. “Given the current plight of Central American refugee children arriving to the United States, this book is not only vividly written but also extremely relevant,” Nájera  says.
The club will meet to discuss the book at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30 , at Cellar Door Books (5225 Canyon Crest Dr.).

Winter Holiday Closure Details

As in previous years, UCR plans to observe a Winter holiday closure during the 2014–2015 holiday season.  The campus is scheduled to close beginning Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.  This annual closure has allowed UCR to achieve significant energy savings and continues to be a highly effective approach to power conservation for a specific period of time.
University-paid holidays will be observed while the campus is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015.  However, four days (Dec. 26, 29, 30, 2014 and Jan. 2, 2015) 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 four 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 four days.

In accordance with regular procedures for scheduling vacation, 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.

Annual Santa Ana River Watershed Cleanup Day

The campus committee on stormwater management outreach is holding the Annual Santa Ana River Watershed Cleanup Day on Saturday, Oct. 4. Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful has organized the event and will provide lunch, T-shirts and community service hours. For details, go to www.krcb.com/pdf/Oct.pdf.

International Friendship Family Program

The International Student Resource Center’s Friendship Family Program is looking for volunteers. The program matches international UCR students with UCR faculty members, administrators, staff members and their families.
The purpose of the friendship family is to give students and families the opportunity to build relationships and share cultures in a unique, personal, and fulfilling way. This is not a hosting program; the students live on and off campus dorms or apartments. Some students are married and have families of their own.
After being paired, all students and families will attend a short training. The students and families are also invited to a welcome reception to meet, greet, and get to know one another. Students and families then arrange to spend time together on their own (either off campus or at UCR) as often as mutually desired.
Friendship Families may include their students in informal dinners, holiday celebrations, occasional family outings, or any other event that adds to the richness of the student’s experience in the United States.
The commitment is for the fall quarter, but many students and families may choose to remain in contact and maintain their relationships throughout the academic year.
If you would like to join the Friendship Family program contact Wendy Hernandez at (951) 827-3828 or via email at wendy.hernandez@ucr.edu.

Use Your FSA

If you are currently enrolled in UC’s Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), now is a good time to review your account information to make sure you are using all the funds in your account.
You will have until March 15, 2015, to use the funds in your account, but remember that you lose any balance you don’t use and claim by that date. You must be enrolled through Dec. 31 in order to participate in the grace period.
Sign in to your CONEXIS account on their website to view your balance and other account information.
Your review of your FSAs can help you plan for re-enrolling for 2015. You can re-enroll during Open Enrollment, which begins Oct. 30.

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