Content Authored by: Imran Ghori

RTA offers two ways for UCR community to ride the bus

UC Riverside students, staff, and faculty members can once again use their R’Card to ride Riverside Transit Agency buses. Riders can simply swipe their campus identification card at the electronic fare box when boarding. They can also use the agency’s Go Mobile app to activate a pass on their smartphone. Learn how to activate your pass here . For...

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Spieth Hall gets a new roof

UC Riverside’s Spieth Hall has a new roof and an improved fume hood exhaust system as part of a recently completed renovation project. Replacing the aged roof on the building, which was built in 1957, was a major portion of the work, which began in summer 2022 and was completed this month. The old roof had leaks and areas where puddles would...

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Two engineering programs ranked among best online programs

Two online graduate programs at UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering are among the 2024 U.S. News Best Online Programs . The online master’s in information technology program was named No. 21 while the online engineering graduate program was ranked No. 30, moving up four places from last year. Among public universities...

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Library spotlights Writers Week authors

The UCR Library is offering the campus community a chance to delve deeper into the works of the authors featured at the 47th annual Writers Week Festival . In advance of the festival, which will be held Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 - 16, a pop-up exhibit is on display of the first floor of the Tomás Rivera Library. It’s the first time the library has...

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The Stable is now set to serve the campus

The Barn Stable held a grand opening celebration Wednesday, Jan. 31, to mark a successful launch of its lunch service. The UC Riverside dining lounge at the Barn had a soft launch for its full-service sit-down restaurant experience last fall . The venue also began hosting happy hour events including a weekly trivia night. The soft opening allowed...

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Two new campus buildings honored at Riverside beautification awards

UC Riverside’s new School of Medicine building and Student Health and Counseling Center won top awards in the city of Riverside’s annual beautification awards. The two buildings, which both opened last fall, were honored at Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson’s State of the City address Thursday, Jan. 25, as part of the Keep Riverside Clean and...

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UCR computer scientist joins Gates Foundation

Even before Frank Vahid became an educator, improving how students learn had long been on his mind. A professor of computer science and engineering at UC Riverside for almost 30 years, Vahid introduced new techniques to merge technology and learning in his classrooms. Vahid will now take what’s he’s learned to a national platform as deputy director...

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School of Business building enters next phase of construction

UC Riverside’s new School of Business building entered a new phase of construction recently as work moves forward for an August 2024 opening. In late December, the school and construction team celebrated the midpoint of construction as crews poured the final concrete placement for the frame of the building. “The super structure is what we call it —...

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New northwest campus pathway opens

A walkway providing easier access at the northwest corner of campus, including to a new student housing complex, is now open. The South Recreation Mall project began construction in spring and was completed this month. The new concrete path runs alongside the UCR Soccer Field and links through a new stairway to an existing path to the north next to...

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Professional association honors UCR Career Center

The UC Riverside Career Center and two of its directors received top honors from the Mountain and Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers at its recent conference. The center was named “Most Valuable Organization” by the association, which represents colleges, universities, and employers in career services and talent acquisition and has about...

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Scotty’s selling OJ, new sandwich and salad varieties, and more

Freshly squeezed orange juice is back for sale at the Scotty’s convenience store at the HUB. It’s one of several new food and beverage products that UC Riverside Dining Services recently added to its stores. Campus customers may have also noted some new sandwich, salad, and snack options this quarter. Mary Ann Person, operations manager for the...

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Highlanders join Festival of Lights

UC Riverside returned to the Riverside Festival of Lights this holiday season offering treats and photo ops with Scotty the Bear. More than 570 visitors stopped by the “Bold Hearts, Brilliant Minds” booth on UCR Night at the Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 8. Festival goers, including students and alumni, received UCR-branded cookies, light-up...

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UCR professor creates AI resource group for campus

Navigating the new world of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, can be difficult for the average user. Figuring out how to best use those tools in a university setting poses even more questions. A new Slack workspace offers UC Riverside instructors and staff members a forum to come to together to answer those questions. Rich Yueh, an assistant...

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UCR wins grant promoting faculty diversity efforts

UC Riverside’s Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology department is one of the recipients of the University of California Advancing Faculty Diversity Program awards for the 2023-24 academic year. The program provides support to increase UC’s faculty diversity efforts. Eight grants, totaling about $2.6 million, were awarded. The Advancing Faculty...

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After dark: Meet the campus crew working the night shift

At night, UC Riverside’s campus looks different as the daytime hustle and bustle gives way to a quiet stillness. But behind the scenes, a busy group of employees is responsible for keeping vital operations running. The overnight shift includes police officers patrolling the campus, custodial crews cleaning buildings, and Dining Services employees...

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UCR is moving to online phones

Just like telephone booths and rotary phones, traditional desk phones will soon be a relic of the past at UC Riverside. The campus is in the process of moving its phone lines to Zoom Phone Services, in which calls can be made or received on a desktop or laptop computer or smartphone. More than half the campus desk phone lines have been switched to...

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UCR joins Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28

UC Riverside will join Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28, encouraging donors to support campus programs, scholarships, and initiatives. This year, 29 different funds will be featured on the Giving Tuesday website as part of International Day of Giving. They include colleges, units, affinity groups, and programs supporting the university. The campaigns...

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UCR celebrates construction start for North District 2

UC Riverside and its community partners celebrated a unique collaboration Wednesday, Nov. 4 as construction begins on a new housing complex that will be home to future university and community college students. The North District Phase 2 project represents a first for both UCR and the Riverside Community College District, or RCCD, creating a...

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UCR wins three CASE awards for communications work

UC Riverside has received three awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, for its marketing work. University Relations won awards in three categories in the 2023 Best of District VII Awards, for the region representing parts of the western United States. In the storytelling in communications category, UCR was...

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UCR once again recognized for Fulbright engagement

UC Riverside is one of 46 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or HSIs, recognized by the U.S. Department of State as Fulbright HSI Leaders. The recognition, announced Monday, Oct. 30, acknowledges noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants and promotion of Fulbright program opportunities on campus in the previous year. The Fulbright program...

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