Inside UCR
News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside | Volume 5, Number 17 | October 28, 2009

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Features & News

The Science Library will be named after Chancellor Orbach
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Orbach Returns to UCR for Library Renaming
The public ceremony and a symposium honor a champion of science.
Former chancellor Raymond L. Orbach will return to campus next month and he will stay forever — if not in body then in name, as the campus officially renames the Science Library the Raymond L. Orbach Science Library. The ceremony, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Science Library atrium, is the culmination of an effort, started two years ago by then-acting chancellor Robert D. Grey.
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UC Commission on the Future Visits Campus
The UC Commission on the Future is sending representatives to UCR next month to hear comments from staff, faculty and students and the campus community on how best to continue to preserve educational access and excellence within the university system, even as the campus faces steep budget cuts. The commission, which is co-chaired by Russell S. Gould, chairman of the UC Board of Regents and UC President Mark G. Yudof, appointed five work groups: size and shape of UC; education and curriculum; access and affordability; funding strategies; and research strategies.
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It’s Open Enrollment Time
The University of California Open Enrollment period begins tomorrow, Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. and will run through 5 p.m. Nov. 24. During open enrollment, UCR employees may change to a different medical plan or dental plan, enroll eligible family members in those health plans, and enroll or re-enroll in a health or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA). FSA participants must re-enroll each year.
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Student enrollment increased by 7.5 percent over 2008-09.
UCR Enrollment Tops 19,000
UC Riverside has a new enrollment record. The campus reached 19,439 students this year, a 7.5 percent increase over last fall. “UCR is increasingly a campus of choice,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Demand is increasing and the quality of our applicant pool continues to increase. More of our continuing students are also choosing to remain at UCR, evidence that our efforts related to student success and enhancing the quality of student life are paying off.”
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UCR’s AGSM Named to Best Business Schools List
UCR’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) has been named one of the nation’s premier schools of business according to the 2010 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, “The Best 301 Business Schools.”
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CEE Student Teams Win EPA P3 Competition Awards
UCR is one of four California universities to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition, which encourages college students to apply technology in innovative ways to tackle global environmental challenges. UCR is the only university in California, and one of only five in the nation, to win two of the 43 P3 Phase I awards given this year.
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Foreclosures Most Adversely Affect Those in Need
In a study that has implications not only for California but the nation as well, Vanesa Estrada Correa, assistant professor of sociology, found that foreclosures have disproportionately affected low-income and minority communities. Estrada Correa analyzed more than 30 years of homeownership and foreclosure data, mortgage-lending practices and government policies aimed at increasing homeownership rates and decreasing the racial gap in homeownership. In “The Housing Downturn and Racial Inequality,” which ran in the Oct. 15 issue of Policy Matters, Estrada Correa found that policies and programs aimed at decreasing the racial gap in homeownership also left minority homeowners more vulnerable to foreclosure. The report is available online at www.policymatters.ucr.edu.
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Virtual Town Hall Meetings Have Positive Influence
Personal interaction with a member of Congress, even online, has a significant and positive impact on a constituent’s views of the official and their likelihood to become more politically engaged, according to a study by Kevin Esterling, associate professor of political science, the Congressional Management Foundation and researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Northeastern University and Ohio State University.
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