Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 4 | February 25, 2009

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Dallas Rabenstein, a distinguished professor of chemistry, has been named executive vice chancellor.
Rabenstein Appointed to Serve as Executive Vice Chancellor
Dallas Rabenstein, distinguished professor of chemistry, takes over as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
Dallas Rabenstein, a distinguished professor who has served as a dean for the Graduate Division, has agreed to take over the role of executive vice chancellor and provost. “The executive vice chancellor and provost is a key leadership position on campus, in as much as it is UCR’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer,” said chancellor Timothy P. White in a message to campus. He said Rabenstein agreed to serve through June 30, 2010, which will be a critical period for the campus as leaders manage through a fiscal crisis.
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Staff Assembly Takes Its Meetings to the People
The campus organization meets at various hours and locations in an effort to reach out to staff who work non-traditional hours or off the campus proper.
UCR’s Staff Assembly is an important link between the entire campus, students, administration, faculty and staff. The organization provides information on programs and services aimed at engaging staff and the campus community in social events, philanthropic opportunities, scholarships and assistance programs.
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Staff and Faculty Invited to “Peoples” Inauguration Event
On March 17, the campus will hold an event designed, at least at first glance, to officially install Timothy P. White as the campus’ eighth chancellor. But White, who came to the campus last summer, said he wants the inauguration to focus on more significant things.
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White Delivers State of the Campus Address at CUC Meeting
Chancellor Timothy P. White spoke to the Citizens University Committee Feb. 18 at the UCR Extension Center about his optimism for the future of the campus. But he did not sugarcoat the difficulty the campus faces in this budget environment.
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Staff advisers to the regents Edward Abeyta (left) and Bill Johansen (right) with UC President Mark Yudof after a recent meeting to discuss various issues facing UC staff.
UC Seeks Applicants for Staff Adviser to the Regents
Two visitors to campus invited UC Riverside staff members to apply for a position as a staff adviser to the UC Board of Regents. But hurry, because the deadline is Monday, March 2. The people who currently serve in that role, Bill Johansen and Ed Abeyta, spent Wednesday, Feb. 18 touring UCR and meeting with staff, faculty and students to get new ideas and best practices that can be shared with other campuses, and to hear stories about the everyday realities of staff that can be shared with the UC Regents.
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Campus operator Grizel Romero is one of three operators who are the voice of UCR.
One Ringy Dingy, Two Ringy Dingies, 400 Ringy Dingies
Answering 400 to 600 calls a day, UCR campus operators like what they hear.
With years of experience as campus operator Ellen Meryweather thought she had heard it all. Then one day she got a particularly memorable call. “‘I have ants in my pants,’ is what I thought she said,” Meryweather said. After some further questioning she was able to clarify.
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