Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 4, Number 13 | July 9, 2008

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Above: A moving van is used to clear the contents of the Arts building after the basement flooded. Below: Some music scores were damaged by water.
Arts Building Will Be Down Until Mid-August
Staff and faculty continue to work from temporary quarters.
The clean-up and restoration of the Arts building continues after a flood and electrical outage June 23 forced the relocation of staff to temporary quarters in the CHASS Interdisciplinary building. Student affairs staff who evacuated the basement of Hinderaker Hall have set up shop in the Commons and in Costo Hall, and are likely to stay there. “It doesn’t make sense to move them back into the basement when we will have a student services building opening soon,” said Jim Sandoval, vice chancellor of student affairs.
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Economic Impact Exceeds $1 Billion
UC Riverside had a $1.1 billion economic impact in the state of California during the 2006-07 academic year, statistical modeling estimates show. This represents a 22.1 percent increase over the 2005-06 overall impact of $920 million. The university spent nearly $6.50 in Riverside and San Bernardino counties for every $1 received from the Inland area, according to a recent analysis of UCR’s economic impact.
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Career Center vanpoolers are (left to right) Pamella Rousseau, Jose Sanchez, Darryl Stevens, Frank Ramirez, Puja Pathak, Claudia Durón Burke and Jan McCorkle. Career Center staff hold images of fellow vanpoolers Karen McComb, Randy Williams and Sae Lee.
Alternative Transportation Picking up Speed
In the face of rising gas prices, the idea of driving to work every day can be daunting. Fortunately, UCR’s Transportation and Parking Services offers an Alternative Transportation Program to help alleviate the stress of paying at the pump, while improving the quality of the environment at the same time.
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Joseph Childers
Childers Named Dean of Graduate Division
English Professor Joseph Childers has been named dean of the Graduate Division, effective for three years beginning July 1. Childers joined the UCR faculty in 1989 and served on the Graduate Council from 1995 to 1998. During that time he served as vice chair of the council and chair of the review committee in charge of faculty oversight of external program reviews for the humanities and social sciences.
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Robert Ream
Fewer Students Drop Out When They Take Part in School Activities
Although high school graduation can be a joyous occasion as well as the first step toward a rewarding career path, it also represents an unattainable goal to a high percentage of Mexican-American youth. One factor playing a major role in high drop-out rates can be that Latino students may be comparably less involved in school-related activities, according to a UCR study.
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