Don't Forget Key Dates For Health Benefits

UC is offering new health benefits in 2014, including the Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, which features a UC-funded health savings account; and UC Care, UC’s own PPO plan that offers members access to UC doctors and hospitals.

For more information on the changing health benefits for employees, go to the following events:

  • Town Hall for Information on Health Benefits — Oct. 30, 10-11:30 a.m.; noon-1:30 p.m. at the Highlander Union Building, Room 302 North
  • Benefits Overview Workshops —  Oct. 29, Nov. 6, 15, 26; noon-1 p.m. at the HR Employee Development Center
  • Benefits Fair — Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Highlander Union Building, Room 302 North

UCR’s Fall Enrollment

Fall enrollment numbers are in, and this school year, UCR has 21,297 students. Find more details here:

2013 Donate-A-Cell Phone Campaign

The Women’s Resource Center will collect deactivated wireless cell phones in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month until the end of October. All phones collected will be donated to the Wireless Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to be reprogrammed to access 911 and providing air time to potential victims of domestic/relationship violence.

All wireless cell phones will be accepted regardless of model, make and age. Your cell phone donation may be made in person at the WRC, 260 Costo Hall, or via campus mail. A tax-deduction form may be obtained when you donate a phone.

Economic Forecast Conference Registration Open

Registration remains open for the 2013 Riverside/San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference hosted by UCR’s School of Business Administration and Beacon Economics on Oct. 29 at the Riverside Auditorium & Events Center, formerly known as the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

Jordan Levine, director of economic research at Beacon, will present a California and Riverside/San Bernardino forecast. Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon, will present the international and national forecasts.

The forecasts will be followed by panel discussion called “Development After Redevelopment: How Cities Can Grow Their Economies Without California’s Redevelopment Agencies.” Participants include: Robert Wassmer, chairperson and professor in the Department of Public Policy at California State University, Sacramento, and Robert Swayze, principal at Altadena-based Economic Development Results LLC.

The conference begins at 7 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The forecast and redevelopment discussion will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

For more information about the event visit: 

GSOE Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 6

Interested  in pursuing a teaching credential, master’s, or doctoral degree? The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) would like to invite you to their Open House event to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Highlander Union Building (HUB) 302 North.

Meet the faculty, students, and staff from GSOE and ask questions. The following will be covered:

  • Teaching credentials, Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy program offerings
  • The application process
  • The benefits of an education degree from GSOE
  • For more information, go to

Oliver Stone Event Time Change

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and his co-author, Peter Kuznick, will screen an episode from their Showtime series “The Untold History of the United States” at UCR on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in University Theatre.

After the screening, Stone and  Kuznick, a professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, will discuss their 10-part documentary series in a question-and-answer session moderated by Shaun Bowler, associate dean of UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Stone and Kuznick will be available afterward to sign copies of their companion book.

The event, hosted by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society, is free and open to the public.

Help Fund Chancellor Wilcox's Promise

Since its launch in mid-September, The Promise for Education crowd-funding effort has brought in more than $1 million in new scholarship money, with an additional $1 million pledged.
Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox has pledged to host a pancake breakfast at the HUB for students, faculty, and staff.  Please help him reach his goal of $10,000 in scholarship donations to benefit UCR Highlanders.
You can join us in supporting UCR students through this important initiative by going here:

All-Sport Faculty/Staff Gold Card Available for $50

UCR faculty and staff can avail of the All-Sport Faculty/Staff gold Card for $50, and go to 100 athletics events this year. To learn more about the All-Sports Gold Card, call (951) 827-4653 or visit the website.

UCR BMW Golf Challenge

Go head-to-head with other UCR departments to win the UCR BMW of Riverside Gary McCord Golf Challenge. The event will be held on Nov. 2-4. For $2,500, your college or department will get a foursome in the tournament, which includes a Saturday Night Social, and two days of golf on Sunday and Monday. For more information about this fundraising tournament, visit the website. To sign up, contact Jordyn McDonald at (951) 827-5432 or

UCR Hosts the 2013 Native American Professional Development Conference

On Oct. 11 and 12, the Native American Professional Development Conference (NAPDC) will be held at UCR.  Ssponsored by the University of California American Indian Counselors & Recruiters Association (UCAICRA), it brings together Native American professional staff working in higher education as well as undergraduate and graduate students for networking and professional development toward the goal of advancing their careers. Activities include workshops, speakers, networking sessions and a dinner.
Information on registering for the conference may be found on

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Among many classes, talks and events is a free self-defense class, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Student Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room A. Register in advance.

Discover how to defend yourself against dangerous situations and people. Classes are fun, relaxed and interactive with lots of opportunities for questions. To register or for more information, call the Women’s Resource Center at (951) 827-3337.

The Long Night of Arts and Innovation

UCR faculty, staff and students will showcase highlights of campus arts and sciences at the 2013 Long Night of Arts and Innovation, which starts in downtown Riverside at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Inspired by the Long Night of Science in Erlangen, Germany, this free event will showcase projects from UCR that range from spider silk genetics to “Gangnum Style” dancing. La Sierra University, California Baptist University, Riverside Community College, the Riverside Unified School District and the Alvord Unified School District will also bring exhibits. Nearly 6,500 people attended the event last year. Free shuttles will run from UCR Lot 1 to the UCR ARTSblock in downtown Riverside from 5:30 p.m. to just after midnight. A full schedule of events at the Long Night of Arts & Innovation can be found on  

The Loveridge Legacy

Ron Loveridge receives kudos at the dedication of the Loveridge Plaza at Riverside City Hall.

Ron Loveridge receives kudos at the dedication of the Loveridge Plaza at Riverside City Hall.

Ron Loveridge, Riverside’s former mayor and a longtime UCR political science professor, was honored Sept. 10 at City Hall with the dedication of Loveridge Plaza. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and others gathered to take stock of Riverside’s many improvements during Loveridge’s 32 years in local, regional and state politics.

UCR Athletics All-Sport Faculty/Staff Gold Card Available For $50

The UCR Athletics All-Sport Faculty/Staff Gold Card is now available for $50 — which amounts to more than $650 in savings. A Gold Card gets you in 100 regular-season home athletic events such as men and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and track and field. For a list of all athletic events, go to To purchase your Gold Card, contact Bryan Avolio at (951) 827-4653 or This offer is for UCR faculty and staff only; each member can purchase up to two gold cards.

UC Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day at the Rose Bowl

UCLA Athletics is hosting UC Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 12, for the UCLA vs. California football game. Discounted tickets are available and cost $10 to $25. To order click on, enter promo code UCRFCST, and verify that you are a UCR faculty or staff member by signing in using your UCR email address. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) UCLA-WIN (825-2946).

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