UCR, UC Working on a New Payroll System for All Employees

Through the systemwide UCPath initiative and in an effort to streamline human resources, academic personnel, benefits, and payroll processes, the University of California has created a UCPath Center that will eventually serve more than 220,000 UC employees across 10 campuses, five medical centers and other university facilities.

The center is a central, systemwide shared services organization based in Riverside. Among the improvements is the replacement of the nearly 40-year-old Payroll & Personnel System (PPS) with a single PeopleSoft implementation called the UCPath system.

UC Riverside is among the pilot campuses for this new system, which has been in the works for several years and is currently in the middle of a year-long test cycle to ensure that campus-level data is properly integrated with UCPath.

Simultaneously, UCR has embarked on a comprehensive Organizational Excellence effort called the Future Operating Model (FOM) initiative. In tandem with UCR’s participation as a pilot UCPath campus, the FOM initiative provides UCR with an unprecedented opportunity to transform its business processes in ways that will most effectively meet the needs of the campus in the UCPath environment.

The systemwide UCPath and the local FOM initiatives are known as UCR’s FOM|UCPath project.

The FOM|UCPath project is scheduled to launch in winter 2017. For more information and updates about the FOM|UCPath project, visit the project website fomucpath.ucr.edu or email questions to fomucpath@ucr.edu.

To learn more about the UCPath center, visit: ucpathproject.ucop.edu.

UCR’s Organizational Excellence Team Presents in Two National Conferences

UC Riverside Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley, UC Regent Maria Anguiano, Kimberly Villanueva, interim director of strategic project management within the UCR office of Planning and Budget, and Jason Rodriguez, strategic initiatives analyst, financial planning and analysis also within the UCR office of Planning and Budget, recently presented at two national conferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The team represented UCR at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI) conferences.

(Left to right) Jason Rodriguez, UC Regent Maria Anguiano, Kimberly Villanueva, and Ron Coley (not photographed) represented UCR at two national conferences where they spoke about Organizational Excellence. courtesy

The annual conferences bring together 2,000 to 3,000 higher education business officers and change managers from across the country to discuss topics relevant to higher education.

UCR’s group presentation, titled “How to Start a Grassroots Movement: UCR’s Organizational Excellence Initiative,” highlighted the value and importance of UCR’s unique, bottom-up approach to Organizational Excellence (OE). The presentation and discussion inspired conference attendees to think beyond traditional approaches to campus efficiency measures and to consider the power of shifting a culture towards collaboration and innovation.

Villanueva and Rodriguez are also part of the Organizational Planning Committee. Anguiano is UCR’s former vice chancellor for planning and budget.

5th Annual UC Summer Barbecue in the UK

Every year over 2,000 University of California students go to the United Kingdom and Ireland on semester, year-long and summer study abroad programs. For many of those students, the life-changing experience is not possible without a scholarship.

UCR runners (left to right) Stephanie Ostrich, Flor Garcia and Violet Del Toro. courtesy

Recently, two fundraising efforts supported the effort. Through the Great California Cake-Off bake sale and raffle ticket sales, over $700 was raised to help support Team UC’s fundraising goal for UC study abroad scholarships.

On Sunday, July 9 Team UC fundraised further at the Virgin Sports Westminster 10k, a route through the heart of the city, with the help of University of California alumnae, students, family, and friends. Among the 27 participants were UCR alumni Stephanie Ostrich and Violet Del Toro, and current student Flor Garcia. The three raised over $500.

Team UC in total raised over $4,500.

Information Session Saturday, August 12, 10-11 a.m. at UCR Extension Center

By Suzanne Hartzell

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Could you benefit from upgrading your digital design skills? Many jobs increasingly require more digital creativity than ever before and you may be looking for a way to add these skills to your tool box. Or you may be interested in pursing a career as a digital designer. Our new creative workshop could be just the answer.

UCR Extension’s Introduction to Digital Arts and Graphic Design Workshop helps you get a solid footing in the fundamentals of design production.

Get a solid footing in the fundamentals of design production in UCR Extension’s new creative workshop, “Introduction to Digital Arts and Graphic Design.” This 5-week workshop, offered both in Riverside and Palm Desert this fall, offers an introduction to the use of the Adobe Creative Software Suite, and helps students gain an understanding of graphic design. The program, delivered in a hybrid format, combines online instruction with three face-to-face Saturday meetings, and provides a solid foundation in the basics of digital arts and graphic design.

Lead instructor John Lane has worked with UCR Extension since 2009, and developed this program especially for the new designer. “I am excited to be part of the team teaching this new creative workshop where entry-level artists can learn the fundamentals of the design production processes and be introduced to the use of the Adobe Creative Suite including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat. Also, this hands-on workshop provides the direct experience of working as a graphics professional. Completing this introductory workshop prepares students to succeed in the next step:  the 150-hour, three-month Digital Arts and Design Academy, coming in winter 2018.”

John Lane will conduct FREE Information Sessions via Live Webcast at the UCR Extension Center on Saturday, August 12, from 10-11 a.m., or at UCR Palm Desert on Saturday, October 7, from 10-11 a.m.

Workshops run September 23-October 28 at UCR Extension Center and online and November 4-December 9 at UCR Palm Desert Center and online.

Use Your Parking Permit at Other UC Campuses

Did you know that your campus parking permit can be honored at other UC campuses? That means you can attend meetings at other UC schools, or invite UC colleagues to UCR, and not have to worry about paying for hourly parking.

That’s because all 10 campuses participate in a parking reciprocity program. Best option before visiting a campus, though, is to read on permit reciprocity.

Faculty and staff who work at another UC and pay for a long term (quarter or annual) parking permit issued from that campus, may receive up to five days of complimentary parking each fiscal year at UC Riverside.

UC colleagues can obtain a complimentary UCR parking permit by presenting their valid faculty or staff parking permit along with a photo identification at the main campus kiosk or the Parking Services Building. All vehicles are required to have a valid UCR parking permit to park in any UCR campus lots.

Locations to pick-up a complimentary parking permit are:

  • Parking Services Building: Located on campus at 683 W. Linden Street
  • University Kiosk: Located on W. Campus Dr., South of University Avenue

Reciprocity of parking permits is not extended to students.

For full details and more information on parking reciprocity at other campuses: parking.ucr.edu/permits/reciprocity.html.

Twilight Tours Planned at Botanic Gardens

The Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens are holding two “Twilight Tours” at the Botanic Gardens. The docent-led tours are scheduled for Friday, July 14 and Friday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The strolls last about 90 minutes and are followed by refreshments on the patio. The cost is $7 for Friends of UCRBG members and $10 for non-members. There is a nominal fee for parking on campus.

Reservations are required. Please call 951-784-6962 or email ucrbg@ucr.edu to make your reservation. Send your check payable to “UC Regents” to University of California, 2460 Geology, Attn: Twilight Tour Event, Riverside, CA 92521. Please specify which tour you plan to attend. You may also pay at the door by check or with exact change only.

If you go:

  • Friday, July 14: 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 18: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $7 for Friends of UCRBG members; $10 for non-members.
  • Reservations: (951) 784-6962  or email ucrbg@ucr.edu
  • For more information: www.gardens.ucr.edu.

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