Content Authored by: Imran Ghori

Rising to the top

The first baker usually arrives at 5 a.m. each morning at UC Riverside’s Glasgow Residential Restaurant, switching on the ovens and preparing pastries, bagels, and other items for breakfast service. It’s only the start of the day for the bakery, which is staffed until 9 p.m., and produces thousands of freshly made baked goods each day ranging from...

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More than 40 new water stations installed on campus

Finding a chilled and filtered drink of water at UC Riverside is easier than ever. The UCR Healthy Beverage Initiative, part of the larger UC Healthy Beverage Initiative, has completed installation of 47 new hydration stations and water fillers throughout campus. The installations, which were delayed in part due to the pandemic, began last year and...

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Student Success Center wins national award

UC Riverside’s Student Success Center has won another top award for its design from a national industry group. The Design Build Institute of America recognized the new campus building with an award for excellence in its educational facilities category. The project had been previously honored in August from the Western regional division of the group...

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New campus counsel says UCR helped pave her way to college

When Lorena Peñaloza begins her new role as UC Riverside’s chief campus counsel it will be a homecoming of sorts for the Inland Empire native. Peñaloza, who has served as chief campus counsel at UC Santa Cruz since 2017, will join UCR on Jan. 3, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced Friday, Nov. 4. As a high school student growing up in San Bernardino...

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Fulbright awards will fund students’ research in Vietnam and Chile

Two UC Riverside doctoral students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Hays fellowships that will fund their research abroad. Sean Keenan, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in history, and Hannah Snavely, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology, were notified Sept. 23 that they were awarded Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad...

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Parking program waives fees for community events

Event organizers can plan better for parking and save on costs with the return of the rebranded Community Parking Program. Transportation and Parking Services brought back the program, which had been paused at the start of the pandemic, earlier this year. The renewed program is informing event planners of its return. Under the program, campus...

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Pioneering artist’s mural on display at Rivera Library

A leading figure in Southern California’s modernist movement, painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright often incorporated cross-cultural influences in his colorful, abstract murals. One of those paintings has now found a home at UC Riverside at the Tomás Rivera Library. The large mural, painted in 1970 and titled “Diaspora,” is a good fit for the diverse...

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New dining plan opens up restaurants to campus

UC Riverside’s Dining and Hospitality Services is opening its two residential restaurants to the whole campus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner through its Community Dining Plan. The plan, launched in early October, provides commuter students, faculty, and staff a more convenient option for dining regularly at the Glasgow and Lothian...

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The Barn now serving up lunch

The Barn at UC Riverside is now open for lunch. The expanded hours – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday – are another step in the dining and entertainment venue’s return to full operations. The Barn restaurant had a soft opening Oct. 17 and began promoting its lunch options to the campus this week. Much of fall quarter has been spent training...

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SOM project marks major milestone

UC Riverside’s new School of Medicine building project recently passed a major milestone with construction more than halfway complete. Construction crews celebrated a topping-off of the new building last month, placing the top steel beam on the five-level structure. Many of the main elements of the concrete structure, including walls, columns, and...

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UCR to join ShakeOut on Thursday

It’s time to get ready for the 13th Annual Great California ShakeOut. UC Riverside will join more than 9.4 million Californians in testing earthquake preparedness as part of the drill on Thursday, Oct. 20. Students, staff, and faculty members will be asked to “drop, cover, and hold on” for 1 minute during the earthquake drill that will start at 10...

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New look for the UCR events calendar

The UC Riverside events calendar has a new look that allows events to stand out with more prominent images. The redesign, which launched Monday, Oct. 10, features a cleaner layout that emphasizes images along with the title, date, and time of the event. The process for creating and submitting events remains the same. UCR uses the Localist platform...

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UCR among top 100 for Hispanic students in magazine ranking

UCR Riverside is ranked among the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanic Students, according to an annual magazine list. The campus was No. 53 for total enrollment among four-year schools on the list by Hispanic Outlook magazine, which ranked colleges and universities with the most Hispanic students and degree-earners in various disciplines...

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Meet UCR’s new faculty members

For fall quarter 2022, UC Riverside welcomed 34 new permanent faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Learn more about the new faculty below: College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Sahin Acikgoz, an assistant professor of religious studies, is a member of the executive committee of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program. They...

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State Department recognizes UCR for Fulbright engagement

UC Riverside has been named one of 43 Fulbright Hispanic Serving Institution Leaders by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The designation, announced Tuesday, Oct. 11, recognizes noteworthy engagement by Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or HSIs, with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship...

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Fall campus parking tips

With UC Riverside parking lots filling up again this fall, the campus community is advised to know their parking options and plan ahead. The first week of the fall quarter saw parking lots getting crowded as more classes and students have returned to in-person instruction. On some days, Lot 30 was full by 11 a.m., according to Transportation and...

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Facilities Services projects spruce up campus

UC Riverside classrooms received a fresh shine while campus grounds were spruced up as part of 195 summer projects completed in advance of the fall quarter. Facilities Services completed the deep cleaning of about 100 classrooms as well as many restrooms, lecture halls, common spaces, and lounges as part of the regular maintenance in advance of...

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Facilities Services seeks to streamline project request process

UC Riverside’s Facilities Services has launched a new request process for campus construction and maintenance requests that is aimed at increasing efficiency. The change, which will be implemented over the coming months, affects how schools and colleges submit new faculty projects such as interior remodeling and other space adjustments. Adam...

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Batchelor Hall renovation upgrades aging building

A renovation project at UC Riverside’s Batchelor Hall is expected to give the aging building a major upgrade. The project, which began in December, will replace old and outdated mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems at one of the oldest campus buildings. Fire sprinklers will be installed, and the building will get a new roof as part of the...

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The Barn expands indoor dining

The Barn at UC Riverside has opened its main restaurant for indoor dining. It’s the latest step in a gradual reopening of the iconic campus dining and entertainment venue since a renovation and expansion project was completed in April 2020. Over the summer, the main restaurant opened to customers during the same afternoon and evening hours as the...

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