Police Arrest Three Robbery Suspects

Three Moreno Valley men have been arrested in connection with recent robberies near the UCR campus.

The suspects are Xavier Vining, 20; Doneal Lewis Cephus, 18; and Markeith Shavers, 19.

The arrests resulted from an excellent team effort displayed by both the Riverside Police Department and the UCR Police Department.  Neither agency is looking for any additional suspects at this time.

Five robberies were reported on Wednesday, Jan. 16, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. in neighborhoods around the UCR campus.

UCR Police Chief Mike Lane said his congratulations go to the whole team, but especially UCR Sgt. Seth Morrison, Detective Trish Harding and Detective John Enriquez. He also gave credit to students who had the presence of mind to offer good descriptions of the suspects in each case.

Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Riverside Police Department detectives Rick Cobb at (951) 353-7135 or Rick Wheeler at (951) 353-7134

Meet Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley: A Welcome Event

All UCR faculty, staff and students are invited to a welcome event for Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley, who will lead UCR until a permanent appointment is made. The welcome event will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at the University Theatre/Humanities 400. For information, please go to emp.ucr.edu/welcome.

Conoley comes from UC Santa Barbara, where she is the  dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. A first-generation college student, Conoley has sustained her academic career with a primary interest in interventions with children with disabilities. Conoley has won university-level teaching and professional awards and taken leadership roles in many professional organizations.

Diversity Recruitment Incentive Program Announces Winners

Last year, Joseph W. Childers, the dean of UCR’s graduate division, announced a competition for programs that did the best job of recruiting domestic, underrepresented, minority Ph.D. students to UCR. To be as fair as possible in determining winners, various factors —such as the growing population of the campus and the percentages of the underrepresented minority population for the past three years—were taken into account.

This year’s winners were announced in November. They are:

CHASS:   Psychology

CNAS:  Math

BCOE:  Materials Science and Engineering

Each of these programs will be awarded $32,000, which may be used to support graduate students in good standing in any cohort.

Two programs were very close runners-up:

CNAS:   Chemistry

CHASS:  English

These programs will be awarded $15,000 each, which may be used to support graduate students in good standing in any cohort.


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