Beautifying the Landscape

A team of UCR landscapers worked on a renovation project that transformed an arid space into a decorative, serene, xeriscape garden, located in front of the CHASS Interdisciplinary building (across from the Arts building).

The work began with about 30 volunteers on Highlander Day of Service this past April. Volunteers helped turn the soil and ripped away dry vegetation. A few weeks later — before UCR’s commencement ceremonies — UCR landscapers worked quickly to revitalize the area and welcome the thousands of visitors who come across campus for graduation ceremonies.

This renovation was one of three beautification projects on campus, said Toshio “Tos” Ishida, assistant director of Landscape and Refuse Service with Facilities Services.

Raymond Bolles, landscape supervisor, said it was important to complete the project before graduations in order to give visitors “a warm welcome with an esthetically pleasing garden.”

UCR Citrus Products for Sale on Campus

Some of the new UCR citrus products are now available on campus. Currently at the Scotty Store in the HUB are items within the Citrus Collection, including citrus olive oil, citrus vinegar, honey vinegar, and Parliament Citron Chocolate bars.

Several items are also available in the Market at Glenmor and the Barnes & Noble bookstore on campus.

The citrus for the products was sourced from UCR’s own Citrus Variety Collection, comprising more than four trees each of 1,000 different citrus varieties and citrus relatives growing on our campus. The collection dates back to 1910 as resource for the UC Citrus Experiment Station and continues to be a resource for teaching, research, development of new citrus cultivars, and a diversity of community outreach activities on our UCR campus.

Altogether more than 7,000 pounds of fruit from more than 60 different varieties, including a number of UCR developed cultivars, contributed to these products. Use of UCR’s citrus in these unique products allows people to “taste” UCR while enhancing the sustainability of the UCR Citrus Collection.

For more information regarding the Citrus Collection, visit

Several of UCR’s citrus products are for sale on campus stores. UC Riverside Residential Dining Services

Keep Up with UCR Athletics News

Have you kept up with all the UC Riverside sports news? Athletes from our soccer, baseball, basketball, and track and field, are among some of the students featured by news outlets for their amazing performances.

Since early June, at least three UCR baseball players have been drafted by MLB: UCR pitchers Ryan Lillie, Alex Fagalde, and outfielder Mark Contreras. UCR golf coach Mary Ritchie was named one of the Inland Empire’s top 5 Women’s College coaches.

Catch up on more stories at the UCR Athletics homepage and show your Highlander spirit at upcoming sports games. Check out the athletic calendar.

Science Library Pathway Construction Project

UCR’s Architects & Engineers will be working on a six-week project near the Orbach Science Library. Construction began on June 19. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The project consists of removing, replacing, and modifying the existing concrete path in order to create a code compliant accessible walking path across East Campus Drive. The labor includes adding a new ramp and concrete pathway between the Chemical Sciences building and Orbach Science Library, Physics and the School of Medicine building.

East Campus Drive will remain open for most of the project. A detour route will be provided and published by A&E in the next few weeks.

Incredible Bulk Trash Event set for June 24

The annual UCR Incredible Bulk Trash Event will take place on Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in lot 24. The drop-off allows city of Riverside residents, UCR students, faculty and staff to dispose of unwanted household products.

Participants can bring by unwanted bulky items, including furniture, refrigerators, mattresses, and electronics at no cost. Household hazardous waste, such as antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint will not be accepted. The event is sponsored by the city of Riverside Public Works Department, and the university.

Participation is limited to city of Riverside residents and the UCR community. Those dropping off items must show proof of residency or campus affiliation. Lot 24 is located on Canyon Crest Drive, between University and Linden avenues. For more information, call (951) 827-7073.

Athletics Director Featured in Athletics Administration Magazine

Athletics Administration Magazine

This month’s Athletics Administration Magazine featured an article about UCR Athletics Director Tamica Smith Jones alongside 11 other women of color who are changing the face of athletics administration.

Each woman aims to demonstrate to all young athletes that there is a presence of women of color.

“One of the top achievements that I’m most proud of in my career so far is taking a leap of faith and having the courage to leave my hometown and support system to join Lynn Hickey’s team at UTSA,” Smith Jones recalls in the article.

Read the full article on page 60 of Athletics Administration Magazine.

Healthy Campus Initiative Survey

In order to ensure that the priorities, goals, and strategies of the Healthy Campus Initiative meet the needs of our campus community, staff, faculty, and students are being asked to participate in a short survey.

All responses will be used in planning new initiatives and programs for the campus. Results will be kept confidential and only be shared in aggregate format. Please note, your contact information will not be associated with your survey response.

Participating enters you into a drawing for several prizes. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes June 18.

Take the survey today.

For more information, contact

Canada Day Discusson June 30


July 1 is Canada Day. Join faculty members to discuss research and The True North’s global standing. A Canada-themed lunch will be provided including chicken poutine, veggie poutine, butter tarts, and nanaimo bars. Faculty from Canada or those that have studied in/conducted research on Canada are particularly encouraged to attend.

If you go:

  • When: Friday, June 30 at 12 noon
  • Where: University Office Building 210
  • RSVP by June 28

Due to space limitations, only 20 seats are available. This is a free event.

Summer Rhythm & Blues

The Summer Rhythm & Blues concert featuring B.I.G. will take place on the HUB patio. Presented by the Staff Assembly, the event is an afternoon of live music, relaxation, and refreshments.

There will be a dance contest, games, and raffle prizes. The first 100 attendees will receive a free giveaway.

If you go:

  • When: Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Where: HUB patio
  • Bring your own picnic chairs and/or blankets

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