Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 16 | October 14, 2009

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Top: Chancellor Timothy P. White speaks during the town hall meeting.
Bottom: Paula G. Lemire, an administrative assistant from NPPS administration, asks about the START program.
Chancellor Announces Strategic Planning Process, New Actions to Close Budget Deficit
UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White announced plans to embark on a new strategic planning process and shared new actions that are designed to close the university’s $51 million budget gap at the first Town Hall meeting of the academic year on Sept. 30. The strategic action plan, dubbed “UCR 2020: The Path to Preeminence,” is chaired by Dallas Rabenstein, executive vice chancellor and provost, and will provide a framework for the growth of the campus and investment for the next decade. A key organizing principle of the process is the goal of UCR becoming a member institution of the Association of American Universities.
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Strategic Plan: A Path to 2020
The campus has launched a strategic planning effort to provide a framework for growth and investment in the next decade. Called UCR 2020: The Path to Preeminence, it is being led by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein and involves 115 faculty members, staff, administrators and undergraduate and graduate students in eight subcommittees. The steering committee is chaired by EVC Rabenstein, with Academic Senate Chair Tony Norman serving as vice chair. The steering committee also includes subcommittee chairs plus Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Operations Gretchen Bolar. Ten senior staff members support the steering committee and the subcommittees.
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A-I Celebrates 50 Years
On Sept. 23, Housing Services held an event kicking-off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Aberdeem-Inverness, UCR’s first residence hall.
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WASC Forums Open to Campus Community
This month, members of the UCR community will have the opportunity to weigh in on the campus efforts to be reaccredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). During the visit Oct. 27 through 29, the WASC team will hold four forums: one for faculty, one for staff, one for students and one for the community as a follow-up to the education effectiveness report, which was filed with WASC in July. The faculty meeting is 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28; the staff meeting is 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Oct. 28; the student meeting is 4:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27; and the community meeting is 4:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. All the forums will be held in HUB 367 except for the student forum, which will be held in HUB 379. In addition, a confidential e-mail account has been set up at to serve those who cannot or do not feel comfortable attending the forums. E-mail comments will go directly to the WASC team.
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“Gray Fridays” in Store for Some Business Services
Get those financial transaction requests in early in the week. Gretchen Bolar, vice chancellor for finance and business operations, said that several units will be “going gray” on Fridays. As a result, checks will only be printed and issued three days a week.
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Office of Instructional Development Put Out Call for Grant Proposals
The Office of Instructional Development is seeking proposal applications for a series of faculty and student grants aimed at improving the undergraduate learning experience at UCR. The Instructional Innovation and Undergraduate Mentorship Grant is aimed at faculty interested in making instructional enhancements, mentorship of undergraduates, and research that creates a link between the university and the community. Faculty are encouraged to review the grant guidelines for ideas on projects that are considered for funding.
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Fund Raising Hits $20.5 Million
Level of giving called “heartening” because some fund-raising totals dropped by 50 percent or more.
UCR raised more than $20.5 million in cash private support last fiscal year, a 4 percent drop from the previous year. “This level of giving is very heartening in light of the significant decline over the last year in the assets of both foundations and individuals,” said Georgia Elliott, interim associate vice chancellor for development, noting that some other universities dropped by 50 percent or more. “It is a tribute to the loyalty of our donors in these turbulent times that they continue to be so generous in support of UCR,” she said. “It is also a testament to the positive impact that Chancellor Timothy White has had during his first year as he shared his vision for the campus’ growth.”
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The Chancellor Speaks – Every Friday
UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White is writing a personal letter each Friday to thousands of UCR’s key stakeholders. The Friday Letter, delivered electronically to students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors, key lawmakers and community leaders, is designed to provide transparent, regular communication, to inspire pride, to keep UCR’s audiences connected, and to highlight the way individuals impact the campus’ success and prominence.
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UCR Shaking at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15
The campus is asked to drop, cover and hold during the Great California Shakeout.
UCR will participate in an earthquake drill on Oct. 15 as part of the Great California ShakeOut. The event will involve millions of Californians, providing them with an opportunity to prepare for the “Big One.” Involving the participation of students, faculty and staff, the exercise will simulate the response to a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault.
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