Campus Butt Litter on the Rise

Sustainability interns and volunteers who scour the campus for cigarette butts found that since the implementation of the tobacco ban in January, butt litter dropped, and then went up again.

Last October, the sustainability team collected 1,388 cigarette butts for Butt Bash 1. During the first week of March,  544 cigarette butts were collected during Butt Bash 2. In May for Butt Bash 3, 1,078 cigarette butts were collected on campus.

The increase in litter has been found in bushes, under piles of leaves, and hidden areas. Most of the litter was found by the Orbach Library, Sproul Garden, the Barn and the bell tower lawn.

Members of the athletics department, the Office of Sustainability  and the Alpha Phi Omega Service Organization participated in the clean up.

To address this, UCR Wellness Program Coordinator Julie Chobdee said, “We need the help of the entire UCR campus community to ensure the success of the smoke/tobacco-free policy. It is the responsibility of all staff, faculty, and students to comply with the policy and to education and inform those not in compliance. We hope that everyone will be proactive and contribute to a healthy, safe, and cleaner UCR.”

Commencement Needs You!

Commencement is less than two weeks away and volunteers are still needed for critical positions throughout the weekend of June 13 to 16. Commencement is a chance to say final farewells to students, congratulate new alumni and show support for their academic achievement. The commitment of a volunteer is minimal in comparison to the reward of seeing UCR students graduate. For questions, email Laura Blevins at

The following positions are still  open:

School of Business Administration – Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

  • Program Booth
  • Ushers

College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Group 2 – Sunday, June 15 at 8 a.m.

  • Line Leader
  • Faculty Robing Assistants
  • Program Booth
  • Ushers

College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Group 3 – Sunday, June 15 at 6 p.m.

  • Faculty Robing Assistants
  • Program Booth
  • Ushers

Positions especially need to be filled during the Sunday ceremonies.

Annual Steam Shutdown from June 17 to June 24

The Physical Plant staff will be shutting down the central steam boiler plant for annual maintenance of the system. The steam system provides heat for air-conditioning, hot water, sterilization, and laboratory processes in many campus buildings. Critical maintenance must be performed to ensure a reliable and energy-efficient supply of pressurized steam to campus facilities. The performance of this work is only possible with the system off.

The steam will be shut off at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17. Normal service will be restored to full operating pressure by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Air-conditioning settings will be adjusted to minimize overcooling of classrooms and offices.

Below is a list of the affected buildings:

  • Anderson Hall (P5325)
  • Athletics & Dance (P5334)
  • Batchelor Hall (P5501)
  • Biological Sciences (P5186)
  • Bourns Hall (P5261)
  • Boyce Hall (P5341)
  • Boyce East Vivarium (trailer) (P5387)
  • Boyden Lab (P5482)
  • Chapman Hall (P5215)
  • Chemical Sciences (P5414)
  • CHASS Interdisciplinary (P5372, P5403)
  • Custodial & Grounds (P5507)
  • Entomology (P5417)
  • Fawcett Lab (P5503)
  • Fine Arts (P5411)
  • Genomics (P5196)
  • Geology (P5335)
  • Greenhouses (Main campus)
  • Growth Chamber Facility (P5378)
  • Highlander Union Building (HUB) (P5191)
  • Hinderaker Hall (P5480)
  • Humanities & Social Sciences (P5307)
  • Insectary & Quarantine Facility (P5289)
  • Life Sciences & Lecture Hall 1500 (P5316)
  • Materials Science & Engineering (P5195)
  • Olmsted Hall (P5497)
  • Physics (P5504)
  • Psychology (P5373)
  • Pierce Hall & Pierce Annex (P5508)
  • Rivera Library (P5322)
  • School Of Medicine – Education (P5588)
  • School Of Medicine – Research (P5406)
  • Science Laboratory (P5416)
  • Science Library (P5418)
  • Soil Sterilization Station (By Lathhouse)
  • Spieth Hall (P5323)
  • Sproul Hall (P5523)
  • Student Academic Services (SASS) (P5614)
  • Watkins Hall (P5354)
  • Webber Hall (P5342)
  • Winston Chung Hall (EBUII) (P5194)

Use #UCRGrad14 on Social Networks

Want to see your photos on the big screen at commencement? Simply tag your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #UCRgrad14, or share them on the UCR Facebook page by May 30. We’re looking for pictures of your favorite memories of your years at UCR. 

Clearing the Air Scavenger Hunt

There’s still time for all UCR students, faculty, and staff to join the UCR Clearing the Air Scavenger Hunt! The hunt started on May 1 and ends on Monday, June 30. Take part in the hunt by taking note of how many “UC IS TOBACCO-FREE” signs you can find!. For details, go to

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