The University of California, Riverside will continue to help underserved students succeed in college with the assistance of a $1.1 million Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the second time UCR has been awarded this competitive grant, which will disbursed over the next five years.
The Student Support Services (SSS) grant, known as the TRIO Scholars Program at UCR, is a federally funded grant program which provides outreach and services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, low income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with physical or learning disabilities. The program goals are to improve retention and graduation rates.
“For me,” said participant Arlene Padilla, “TRIO means having a support system that also serves as a second family on campus. They provide such great services that have made my college experience that much more enjoyable and hassle free.”
TRIO Programs include Upward Bound Programs, and an Educational Talent Search Program . Photo Credit: UCR Today
The TRIO Scholars program offers 140 participants a year academic, social, personal, and career advising and support, from program entry until graduation. Participants can access priority registration, a computer workstation, printing, workshops, academic advising, career counseling, information about financial aid and financial literacy, leadership development, and other resources.
Alicia Velazquez, executive director of the Educational and Community Outreach Programs at UC Riverside, was grateful for the renewed funding. “Having the Student Support Services (TRIO Scholars Program) grant on campus is a real honor. I look forward to continuing to provide supplemental services to 140 UCR students,” she said.
Brighitte Preciado, director of the SSS TRIO Scholars Program, sees it as an opportunity to impact many more lives in direct, meaningful ways. “Beyond the tangible benefits,” she said, “my hope for our TRIO Scholars is that they will develop a sense of community and find a strong support system. I am excited to be able to support UCR students through their collegiate journeys with the help of this grant.”
Student voices echo the importance of the academic and social support. “TRIO is an opportunity – a space for personal, academic, and social growth,” said participant Tevin Bui. “It offers resources to support their students and a sense of community that facilitates their growth. To its present and former scholars, TRIO is and will always be our home away from home.”
Programs like this are great examples of the Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar by demonstrating that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
The TRIO Scholars Program is open to eligible undergraduate students in all levels. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students interested in applying may obtain and submit an application at the TRIO Scholars Office, HUB 261. For more information, interested students can call (951) 827-6195.
Summer Science Camp will offer two weeks with unique experiences. Biomedical Science Week will take place from Mon., June 20 to Fri., June 24. Science Explorations Week will take place from Mon., June 27 to Fri., July 1.
Students in Biomedical Science Week will immerse themselves in the sciences within various healthcare professions. They will be able to explore Loma Linda University’s medical center, schools and centers with two days of learning that will include work with professionals and hands-on experience. They will spend time investigating areas such as pharmacy, nursing, radiography, epidemiology, emergency medicine, dentistry, prosthetics, and more. They will also spend a day training to become CPR and first aid certified.
During Science Explorations Week, students will have a weeklong journey through a wide-range of sciences. They will have access to the laboratories at La Sierra University and will experiment with and learn about optics, volcanoes, metallic flubber, rollercoasters, and other things. The camp will focus two days on lessons in chemistry and physics. Additionally, campers will spend a day at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim where students will learn about the properties of motion, and a day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach where students will learn about marine biology.
All students who wish to participate must submit an application by June 6. Students must be just entering or completing grades 9-12 and should be able to promptly attend each full day of camp for the week registered. Applicants who meet the requirements will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Camps like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. La Sierra University is dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These programs play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.
Space is limited. Tuition is $300 per week. For information and registration visit lasierra.edu/sciencecamp, or contact Program Coordinator Amy Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-785-2148. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. A campus map is available at http://lasierra.edu/campus-map/.
For the third-straight year and the fourth in the program’s 5-year history, California Baptist University Athletics have been declared the best in the PacWest by winning the Commissioner’s Cup. Since joining the PacWest in 2011, CBU has won four of five Commissioner’s Cups — becoming the first school to accomplish this feat.
The Lancers clinched the Commissioner Cup when CBU’s baseball team claimed the PacWest title on the last day of competition. In total, the Lancers have captured nine conference crowns this academic year – men’s and women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball and men’s and women’s cross country.
“I’m proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for winning the cup three years in a row,” said Dr. Micah Parker, CBU director of athletics. “Particularly, this group of senior athletes has been consistently outstanding in PacWest competition. The PacWest Conference continues to get better each year, so we’ve had to keep improving also. This accomplishment is a true blessing.”
The PacWest Commissioner’s Cup was established in 2007-08 to honor the athletic program with the best overall performance in that academic year. The competition is based upon average finishes. Each school’s conference finishes are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school.
CBU’s outstanding scholastic and athletic performance makes it a location of choice for students seeking not only a great education but a first-rate sports program.
The California Baptist University Lancers baseball team won its third ever PacWest conference title on May 9 by beating Azusa Pacific University, 6-5.
CBU, with a 38-11 season record and ranked sixth nationally in NCAA Division II, needed to win one of the double header set against APU on the last day of the regular season to claim the conference crown. The Lancers did not risk a second game showdown as they took care of business in the first game, their bats coming alive for an explosive late two-inning rally in the sixth and seventh. Trailing 2-0 going into the sixth, the Lancers scored six runs on six hits including a home run by Antonio Chavarria, his 10th of the year.
Jeremy McDonald, a senior lefty, navigated through seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, but more importantly limited APU from stringing together a flurry of runs. McDonald improved to 7-0 on the season.
The Lancers now await the regional play-off announcement to learn of its pairing at the NCAA Division II West Regionals, which will be held May 19–May 23 at a site to be determined.
CBU’s outstanding scholastic and athletic performance makes it a location of choice for students seeking not only a great education but a first-rate sports program.
Approximately 20 La Sierra Enactus team members, led by a six-member presentation team, competed May 15-17 against 118 universities and colleges from around the United States. During the final round, La Sierra took first place with second place going to John Brown University, third place going to Flagler College, and Heritage University in fourth place.
La Sierra will represent the United States during Enactus World Cup competitions in Toronto Sept. 28 – 30.
This is the La Sierra team’s seventh national title during its 25-year history, an unprecedented string of national wins. The team last brought home the national trophy in 2007, going on to win the world cup that year in New York City.
During competition, teams from each school give 24-minute, multi-media presentations on the impact of their school’s Enactus projects which aim to economically empower and sustain communities locally and in other parts of the globe through entrepreneurial endeavors. Panels of judges comprised of executives from America’s leading corporations decide winners during opening, semi-final and final rounds.
• Mobile Fresh, a partner project with Family Service Association in Riverside involves use of a renovated Riverside Transit Agency commuter bus that functions as a mobile grocery store bringing reduced-rate fresh produce and dry goods to areas with few supermarkets. The team, which manages marketing and educational programming for the project, took the Mobile Fresh bus to 40 locations throughout the Riverside area. They achieved 1,800 customer transactions per month this school year with 3,824 people directly impacted. Customers saved up to 50 percent on food costs.
• Enactus Field Station, Denkanikottai, India, where an Enactus Cow Bank micro-lending program started in 2013 has more than doubled the income of participating families who receive milk cows on loan from the team, sell milk, repay the loan and ultimately buy the cow while earning significantly higher income. The team has purchased and loaned 117 cows thus far. Cow Bank entrepreneurs have invested $154,740 into the local economy and none have defaulted on their loans. The field station last November also established a new micro-lending program involving sewing machines and a sewing school. Thirteen young women will complete the program in June, ready to earn additional income with their new skills.
• Innovation Camp in California schools impacted 840 high school students with lessons in innovation and human-centered design. Since 2012, more than 3,500 students from Canada, Mexico, India, China and the United States have experienced the program, creating new ideas and prototypes.
The team is also launching this spring a Riverside Water Project focused on the water crisis and a new program for the Family Justice Center Project that will provide financial literacy, training and employment assistance for victims of domestic violence.
“What a moment for La Sierra Enactus. We are so very proud of these students who have invested so many volunteer hours on significant projects that are continuing to impact hundreds of people in the local region and in India,” said La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey. “We are gratified and thankful that leaders from America’s top corporations also see the value in our students’ projects and have rewarded them for their superb work.”
La Sierra’s Enactus team is based out of the university’s Zapara School of Business. John Thomas, business school dean and an instrumental founder of La Sierra’s first team accompanies the Enactus teams to their competitions. He described how proud he was of the team’s achievement and their efforts to live out the business school’s slogan, ‘Create Value. Make a Difference.’
“These projects are making a difference and the students are doing it on their own time,” he said. “We were nervous, but our strategy worked out. We wanted to make sure the students believed in their projects. It was totally student empowered. We let the students lead.”
The business school is named after entrepreneurs and education philanthropists Tom and Vi Zapara who have supported the school and its Enactus teams for more than 20 years. This year, for the first time Tom Zapara, at age 93, attended the team’s national competition and had the opportunity to witness their first-place win. In a meeting with the team afterward he told them he believed he was divinely inspired by God to attend this competition.
The team’s first-place win caps a two-day competitive event that brought the team additional prizes and scholarships. These include first place in the Unilever Bright Future Partnership Competition and first place in the Johnson & Johnson Care Enables Progress Topic Competition. La Sierra student presenter Joe Rees won the $5,000 RILA/Unilever Retail Scholarship and the $10,000 Jules and Gwen Knapp Ambassador Scholarship, and was interviewed for a St. Louis Public Radio story on May 15 about the competition: news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-hosts-business-minded-socially-conscious-college-competition
In addition, John Razzouk, La Sierra’s Sam Walton Faculty Fellow, an Enactus designation, was named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow of the Year during the national expo. Two La Sierra Enactus students were also offered jobs by the Walmart corporation.
Razzouk, a business school alum who as a student led the team to its 2007 national and world cup victories, shepherds the Enactus teams through their projects and competitions.
“I was kind of speechless,” said Razzouk, describing his reaction when the team was announced national champion. “I was so proud. I felt kind of like a dad. We set out to prove what students are capable of,” and achieved that goal.
The team has come close to nabbing the top spot several times during the past nine years, placing second in the nation last year, third in the nation in 2009, and landing among the top eight teams in 2010.
Winning competitions like this helps La Sierra University and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.
Enactus, an international organization, has 533 universities and more than 16,800 students participating in its U.S. division. The organization began in 1975 as SIFE, or Students in Free Enterprise and changed its name in 2012 to Enactus.
Charles Wyman, Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and holder of the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), and Charles Cai, Research Engineer at CE-CERT and Adjunct Assistant Professor, both at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, have received a $1,297,725 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will fund research on developing commercially-viable processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials.
The award will support a project that aims to convert poplar wood into ethanol and polyurethanes based on novel platforms for pretreatment and lignin polymer synthesis. The patented method used by the Wyman/Cai team, called Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF), was developed as a versatile and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter into both biofuels and chemicals.
Partnering with the University of Tennessee Knoxville and MG Fuels LLC, this UCR project aims to bring industry closer to producing fuels and chemicals from biomass at high enough yields and low enough costs to become a viable alternative or replacement for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. The current research project is expected to increase revenue for bio-refineries and offset pretreatment costs to improve overall process economics.
“This project takes advantage of the unique ability of our novel CELF technology to effectively fractionate lignin from low-cost non-food sources of cellulosic biomass such as agricultural and forestry residues for conversion into polyurethanes that increase revenues for biorefineries while also enhancing ethanol yields,” Wyman said. Wyman leads a team of researchers at UCR’s CE-CERT who are advancing technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into sustainable transportation fuels.
This research is an extraordinary example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar, and UC Riverside is at the forefront. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support research and exploration in the scientific community. Creativity and innovation permeate all that we do, which makes our community a trendsetter for the region, nation, and world to follow.
UCR was one of seven institutions selected Monday (May 9) to receive a share of the $10 million joint investment by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) towards research that will drive more efficient biofuels production and agricultural feedstock improvements.
These awards were made through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), a joint program run by NIFA and DOE to develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of biomass and increase the availability of renewable fuels and bio-based products, helping to replace the need for gasoline and diesel in vehicles, and diversify our nation’s energy choices.
“Advancements in bioenergy research will help protect our national energy security, reduce pollution, and bolster our energy supply,” said Cathie Woteki, Under Secretary for USDA’s Research, Education & Economics mission area, in a statement. “Producing more renewable and bio-based energy can also revitalize rural communities with a new economic market and provide farmers a profitable and sustainable investment through on-farm energy resources.”
The USDA funded projects at UCR, the University of Montana; Dartmouth College; State University of New York; and North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The DOE funded projects by Ohio State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Two UCR students received some help towards their education this month. Carolyn Schutten and Nicolette Rohr both received a $1000 Anne Siebert Scholarship from Old Towne Preservation Assocation. Both students are pursuing a Ph.D. in Public History with Historic Preservation Specialty and are expected to graduate next year.
Our community uses land and repurposes historic structures to provide excellent jobs, support to businesses and steward our heritage and natural beauty. Riverside is working everyday to embrace intelligent growth within all facets of the community.
Established in 1986, The Old Towne Preservation Association is a public benefit nonprofit organization, committed to the preservation, protection and enhancement of Old Towne, Orange, California. The one square mile area of Old Towne Orange contains over 1,400 historically significant, pre-1940 structures. In 1997, Old Towne Orange became a National Historic District and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
OTPA established The Anne Siebert Academic Scholarship program to provide financial assistance opportunities to individuals pursuing degrees or certificates in the field of historic preservation at educational institutions in the greater Los Angeles area. The scholarship is administered and granted by the Old Towne Preservation Association, and is named in honor of the late Anne Siebert, a prominent local historic preservation volunteer and advocate. As a result, the community benefits from individuals whose commitment to our cultural resources will be strengthened, and who ultimately will contribute valuable leadership perspectives in the field of historic preservation.
For more information about the Anne Siebert Scholarship, click here.
Chemical engineering students from California Baptist University participated in the regional Chem-E-Car competition for the first time and came away with an impressive third place finish.
The annual competition pitted universities’ American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) clubs against each other to construct a fuel-powered miniature car that could travel a given distance. Fourteen cars competed in the final contest which was held at University of California, Riverside, on April 15-16.
“This was the exposure we needed as a smaller, relatively new club. We showed up with a very simple, large car that many people were surprised it even worked,” said Evan Schneider, a chemical engineering junior. “I’m really excited because I could never have expected our first try, knowing so little to turn out so well. It’s a confidence booster.”
The AIChE team at CBU consisted of seven chemical engineering students that garnered help from CBU faculty and mechanical engineering students, to design and build their shoebox-size car. With a short time frame and no prototype to work from, the team’s aim was to get into the competition with a functioning car, said Stephen Dueck, a chemical engineering junior.
To keep on schedule and costs low, students often designed parts themselves by recycling materials from the engineering shop. The students also found an efficient way to produce fuel by using a combination of sodium bicarbonate and hydrochloric acid for fuel.
“We turned what was essentially baking soda into fuel,” said Schneider, of the team’s fuel choice. “We didn’t over complicate things at all. It was probably the simplest car we could have built.”
Simplicity worked to the team’s favor, as they were able to build a car on time and for approximately $100.
The third place finish qualifies the team to participate in the national competition in November.
“A good performance shows… that we have students who are hard-working, enthusiastic and technically competent,” said Dr. Mark Anklam, professor of chemical engineering and chair of the program.
Achievements like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s Catalyst for Innovation pillar. Creativity and innovation permeate all that we do, which makes our community a trendsetter for the region, California, and the world to follow.
California Baptist University racked up several communication awards at the Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition hosted by the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA) on April 15. CBU students and the university’s Marketing and Communication Division combined for nine, top-three finishes in various categories.
The BCA awarded first place to Pursuit magazine in the Total Package category for student entries. Lauren Koski, a senior journalism major and the Pursuit editor-in-chief, won first place in the Feature Writing Division category for her story “The Quartet of the Vulnerable,” a story that depicts society’s most marginalized. Koski also won second place for her photographs accompanying a story of a CBU aviation student in flight.
“Through all three of CBU’s journalistic platforms — Pursuit magazine, TheBanner newspaper and Angelos yearbook — I have been challenged to seek and release truth through journalistic means, no matter if that is a beautiful truth or an ugly one,” Koski said. “In writing ‘The Quartet of the Vulnerable,’ I sought to explore the deeply convicting truths of what it means to love ‘your neighbor as yourself’ as Christ has commanded of us.”
Students Conner Schuh and Makenna Sones won second place for a photo series and an opinion/editorial piece respectively that were featured in the Banner newspaper.
CBU’s Marketing and Communication Division won five awards including second place in the Communication and/or Marketing Strategy category for “Put Faith in the Journey” campaign.
The BCA awards are the latest communication recognitions for CBU. In March, students, faculty and staff won 29 awards, 17 for students, from the American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire chapter.
Winning competition like this helps CBU and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams advanced to postseason play after strong showings at the PacWest Championships.
For the second year in a row, the women Lancers won the PacWest Championship. Additionally, freshman Erica Wang won the individual championship on a playoff hole and four other CBU golfers earned All-Tournament honors. The Lancers dominated the eight-team competition securing first place by 40 strokes (Read the full story here).
The Lancers will play at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif., May 2-4 for the NCAA Division II postseason.
The Lancer men’s golf team earned its second-ever bid to the NCAA Division II postseason, after a fourth-place finish at the PacWest Championships (Read the full story here). They were selected as one of 10 teams in the West to compete at the regional competition. The event will be hosted by Western New Mexico University at the New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M., May 2-4.
The Lancers are led by two standout and PacWest All-Tournament golfers Kavan Eubank and Greg Gonzalez, who lead the team with respective 18-hole scoring averages of 72.83 and 73.62. Eubank took fourth at the conference championships and Gonzalez took seventh.
Winning competitions like this help CBU and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education and highly competitive athletics program.