Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 7, Number 20 | December 14, 2011

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Top: The UCR vs. USC game is played on a court adorned with the new logo. Above. The bookstore is already stocked with mechandise sporting the new logo.
New Athletics Logos Make Much-anticipated Debut
The new logo will be featured at athletics events and is part of the newly unveiled branding campaign led by athletics director Brian Wickstrom.
The new UC Riverside athletics wordmark logo and a new-look Scotty the Bear made their much-anticipated formal debut in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Student Recreation Center as the Highlanders menís basketball team hosted USC on Nov. 30.
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Credit/Debit Card Security Breach Affects Campus
Keep an eye on those card statements for anything that looks suspicious. UCR faculty, staff and students are among the people most likely to be impacted by a cyberhacker who compromised the security of campus cash registers at dining services outlets.
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Annual Holiday Party Features Fun, Games, Food
The UC Riverside Staff Assembly will host its annual holiday party from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at HUB 302. Tamra Johnson, director of events of Staff Assembly and human resources manager in the School of Business Administration, said that the party will once again feature a dozen games of skill based on the television show ďMinute to Win It.Ē
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UC Regents Approve Increase in Pension Plan Contributions
The University of California Board of Regents has approved an increase in retirement plan contribution rates for both UC and its employees. Faculty and staff will contribute 6.5 percent of their pay and UC will contribute 12 percent to the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) beginning July 1, 2013. Employees currently pay 3.5 percent and UC pays 7 percent.
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Cockerellís Bumblebee.
Scientists Rediscover Rarest U.S. Bumblebee
UCR entomologists recently rediscovered the rarest species of bumblebee in the United States, last seen in 1956, living in the White Mountains of south-central New Mexico.
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Scholarship Encourages Students to Pursue Library Science
Sara Stilley, a library assistant in the UCR Libraries, was well on her way toward completing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree when her graduate studies received a welcome financial assist: a scholarship from Inland Empire LEADS, a program aimed at recruiting and educating librarians to advance diversity and service in inland Southern California.
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P. Kirk Visscher and bees
Location, Location, Location: Itís Important even for Bees
House-hunting is full of decisions, for people and for honey bees. One early decision both face is where to live. UCRís P. Kirk Visscher, often in collaboration with Thomas Seeley at Cornell University, NY, has long been studying how honeybees make these decisions.
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Grant Aims to Help Low-Income, Hispanic Students Down Path to STEM Careers
A five-year, $3.93 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow the University of California, Riverside to continue efforts to help Hispanic and low-income community college students on a path toward bachelorís and advanced degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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