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How do diasporic Ethiopians make their futures in Southern California?

Anthropologist Worku Nida and a team of international scholars have just launched an ethnographic study of how Ethiopian immigrants make their futures and good life through informal savings and insurance associations

By Holly Ober |

The Stable opens at the Barn

The Barn has moved to its next phase of reopening as it began service this week at the Stable dining lounge. The opening Monday, Nov. 29, was the first opportunity for the UC Riverside campus to experience the Stable, added to the Barn venue during its renovation and expansion project completed last year. The Stable is open Monday through Friday...

By Imran Ghori |

Pop-up pantry provides staff members with free groceries

UC Riverside staff members with basic food needs can now make use of a new pantry program providing free grocery items for UCR employees. UCR Staff Assembly, R’Pantry, and UCR’s Basic Needs department are partnering on the effort, which launched Nov. 19 with a pop-up pantry where volunteers distributed bags of non-perishable grocery items and...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus celebrates Homecoming 2021

Highlander spirit was back in force for UC Riverside’s Homecoming 2021, the largest in-person celebration since the beginning of the pandemic and the return to campus this fall. The festivities included a men’s basketball game, Scotty’s birthday celebration, presentations, networking events, fireworks, a concert, and a bonfire. Several virtual...

By University Communications |

UCR will take part in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30

UC Riverside will join Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30 with opportunities for donors to double their impact with matching dollars. This year, donors can choose from 60 different student programs, scholarships, and initiatives to support during the 24-hour window that begins at midnight. The campaigns represent a variety of campus groups. As part of the...

By Imran Ghori |

Back on the road again

It was a rare occasion for members of the UC Riverside vanpool group from Palm Springs. For the first time since the pandemic began, all five were together on a recent day in November for their daily commute. “It was fun,” said Dawn Loyola, a student services supervisor and member of the vanpool group. “I feel like I have a good group of friends.”...

By Imran Ghori |

Native American garden planned near the HUB

UC Riverside is working on plans to create a learning and living garden in the center of campus honoring the area’s Indigenous tribes. The Native American Garden is planned for a 20,000 square-foot area in the upper mall outside the Highland Union Building, or HUB. The mall is near Pierce Hall, which was recently renovated. “It’s in the campus core...

By Imran Ghori |

Homecoming 2021: Basketball, fireworks, a bonfire, and more

Virtual activities, along with in-person festivities, allow everyone to rejoice in Highlander spirit.

By University Communications |

Employee COVID-19 testing center moves to Pentland Hills

UC Riverside’s employee COVID-19 testing center has moved to a new location and is now available to all faculty and staff members and their families. Formerly at HUB 302, the testing center moved Monday, Nov. 15 to the Bear Cave meeting room at Pentland Hills. It is open Monday and Thursday from 8-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and...

By Imran Ghori |

UCR receives STARS Gold rating for wellbeing and climate action

The recognition comes from Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez |

New projects create a changed campus landscape

UC Riverside’s campus is a changed landscape for many students and employees who returned last month. Several major new buildings and projects have been completed over the last 18 months, including housing, instructional, parking, and research facilities. “Students and employees came back to a completely different campus,” said Drew Hecht, co...

By Imran Ghori |

Centering the human experience

Daryle Williams has been a visible presence at UC Riverside since becoming dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on Sept. 1. Whether welcoming students on their first day of class, getting to know faculty members, or even joining athletes for push-ups, Williams has taken to his new position with an enthusiastic energy. A prominent...

By Imran Ghori |

Let the burros be

Wild burros, long a part of the foothill landscape, have increasingly ventured on or near the UC Riverside campus in recent years. As students and employees returned to campus this fall, they have reported sightings and posted photos and videos of their encounters in areas including parking lots, student residence halls, and Watkins Road. Jason...

By Imran Ghori |

COVID-19 cases low on campus

UC Riverside’s COVID-19 cases remained low in the first two months of returning to mostly in-person work and instruction on campus. Seventy positive COVID-19 cases were reported among faculty, staff, and students between Sept. 5 and Oct. 27, according to the campus COVID-19 Management group. Students accounted for 40 cases while 30 cases were...

By Imran Ghori |

New School of Medicine building begins construction

UC Riverside began construction Friday, Oct. 22 of a new School of Medicine building that will allow for growing class sizes and increasing the number of physicians trained in the underserved Inland Southern California. Campus and community leaders celebrated the start of the project at a groundbreaking ceremony at the project site south of the...

By University Communications |

Engineering faculty join center to improve STEM pipeline for underrepresented students

Jia Chen and Vagelis Papalexakis collaborate with UT Rio Grande Valley on project

By Holly Ober |

Educating lawmakers about ways to diversify California’s teacher workforce

Education professor Thomas Smith helped present a policy brief to legislature staffers

By Holly Ober |

Employee COVID-19 testing center opens on campus

UC Riverside is opening a COVID-19 testing site on campus where employees can get tested regularly at no cost. The employee testing center held a practice run with a small number of volunteers Wednesday, Oct. 20 and is expected to open next week. Located at HUB 302 North, the center will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m...

By Imran Ghori |

What do bullous dermatoses have to do with depression?

UC Riverside medical student Yasmin Gutierrez joins a research team to explore the question

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Renovated Pierce Hall now open to students

Pierce Hall has opened to students for the fall quarter with a whole new look. One of UC Riverside’s oldest buildings, it underwent a nearly two-year renovation that was completed earlier this summer. Faculty and staff members finished moving into the building a few weeks ago. The outside building now features a fresh coat of paint and new lighting...

By Imran Ghori |