Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 9 | May 27, 2009

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“We have to stay together. We have to ask everyone on this campus to do a little more – and I know that we are already running so hard our tongues are hanging out,” Chancellor White told a crowd of about 400 who came to hear an update on the campus budget
Workload Likely to Get Heavier, but Layoffs Minimal
Chancellor seeks public comments and suggestions on how cuts can be carried out.
Chancellor Timothy P. White announced $17 million in cuts across the campus Thursday, saying such actions, and probably $2 million more, are necessary to preserve the core academic function of teaching. He said layoffs will be minimal and that furloughs will be a last resort. But there will be significant reductions in how much is spent on some programs and in hiring staff and faculty.
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Streamlined Campus Administration Improves Efficiency, Saves Money
Reorganization to save campus approximately $500,000.
UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White last week streamlined his administration by merging the administration and academic planning and budget units into a new finance and business operations unit, and redistributing some functions from each to his own office, the vice chancellor for student affairs and the executive vice chancellor and provost.
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Long-term Service Gets Noticed
Chancellor Timothy P. White recently announced a new program designed to acknowledge staff for their long-term service to the campus. The Chancellor’s Recognition of Staff Service Program maintains many of the elements of the existing program, introduces an additional recognition event and changes the way recognition pins and gifts are funded. The program is the result of recommendations made by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Staff Climate’s recognition work group, which formed following the release of the 2006 staff climate survey.
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COE Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report Ranking
UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering made notable improvements on the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools released April 23. Bourns improved its overall ranking from No. 38 to No. 35 among public schools of engineering.
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Ellstrand Receives Merit Award for Contributions to Botanical Science
Norman Ellstrand, a professor of genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been elected as one of this year’s four Botanical Society of America (BSA) Merit Award recipients. The BSA Merit Award is the society’s highest honor, granted for “outstanding contributions to botanical science,” recognizing truly exceptional scientists in plant biology. Some past recipients have also won the Nobel Prize, the National Medal of Science or been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
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Chancellor White hosted a reception at his residence to honor faculty who have been recognized this past academic year.
Annual Reception Honors Faculty
A faculty awards reception was held at the chancellor’s residence on May 14 to recognize faculty who have received significant Academic Senate or national awards for the 2008-09 academic year.
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Above and Beyond
Stan Morrison, director of athletics, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Mount Rubidoux District. Morrison is being recognized for his commitment to the community and in raising money and awareness for the Boy Scout program.
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