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May Newsletter
At the May 2 Parents Association meeting, is was announced that Perry and Mandella Wallace were selected as the 2015 Parent of the Year award recipients. The winning essay was submitted by their daughter Kymberlee. The award was established in 1989 to recognize UCR parents who make personal sacrifices to benefit children and whose lives have been an inspiration to their children and to others. Students were asked to submit an essay speaking to the dedication and sacrifice their families have made.

Read an excerpt from Kymberlee’s essay.

STEM graduates say the service is especially rewarding, not just in giving back, but in gaining a deeper perspective

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Highlander Day of Service Recap
Grad Fair
The inaugural Highlander Day of Service was held on April 25 where alumni, students, parents, and staff organized 25 projects, engaging over 530 constituents throughout California.

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Volunteer Opportunities
Get Involved and Get Rewarded
Parent volunteers are needed for the following activities. Earn participation points towards the coveted "Chancellor's Reserved Seating" section at your child's Commencement ceremony. Each volunteer activity is worth one point.
  • Be a part of Commencement! In just a few months, more than 4,000 graduates will be walking in UC Riverside’s 61st Commencement and we need your help! What do Commencement volunteers do?

    Only the most important jobs: Faculty & Official Party Line-Up, Host & Guest Services, Program Booth and much more.

    If you are interested in volunteering for Commencement 2015 please register online.

    For the schedule of ceremonies and more information about UCR Commencement, visit Help make the difference!
  • UCR Highlander Summer Orientations: The Parents Association is looking for parent volunteers to assist with events this summer! As a current parent your experience and perspective is extremely valuable for incoming students and their families.

    We are in need of parents to help this summer at Highlander Summer Orientations. There are several dates to choose from, check out the volunteer opportunities page at and let us know when you can help out!! Thank you!!

  • Parent Spotlights: Be the next family to be spotlighted in the monthly Parents E-newsletter and on the website. Submit 1 or 2 paragraphs to about what UCR means to you and your student and include photos!!
If you would like to volunteer for any of the activities listed above, contact Alyssa Cotter at (951) 827-2586 or email to get started. Earning points is easy and fun!

This is the first time Highlanders have received national recognition since 2008 when Marissa Alvidrez was named to the All-West Region Team. It is also the first time in program history two players have been honored in the same season.

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Housing Article: Coming Back Home
Grad Fair
"Your student has lived away from home now for over six months. They have hopefully learned a few things about living on their own. Things like how late to stay up, or more importantly how much sleep they need to be productive. My point is that it could be yet another transition for all of you—if your student is choosing to come home to live for the summer."

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Donor Appreciation Week
Grad Fair
During Donor Appreciation Week, April 20–23, 2015, UC Riverside students took the opportunity to give thanks to the donors that help make their education possible.

Students filled out thank you cards to donors, painted a banner thanking them, and recorded their thoughts in a video.

Watch the video.

Travel the Globe and Expand your Horizons
Mediterranean Artistic Discoveries
November 6-18, 2015
Contact the UCR Alumni Association for information at 951-827-2586

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