Category Archives: Location of Choice

Princeton Review Includes UC Riverside Among Top 380 Colleges In Annual Guide

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on August 3, 2015.)

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The University of California, Riverside was included in the 2016 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 380 Colleges.” The profiles were published online on Monday, August 3 and the book is available for purchase on August 4.

A PDF of the university’s two-page spread in the book can be seen here.

The survey includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories. The book also includes 62 ranking lists of top-20 schools in a variety of categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 136,000 students attending the colleges, an average of 358 per campus.

Only 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in what the Princeton Review calls its “flagship college guide.” Be profiled in this guide is yet another way UCR is helping Riverside become a location of choice for students from around the globe.

UC Riverside has been a fixture on other Princeton Review lists, including the Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. UCR has also appeared on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges Guide.

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Not-So-Big Cities: Where Americans Are Moving

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Yuqing Pan and published in on August 26, 2015.)

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Among today’s urban migrants, Austin, TX, and Riverside, CA, hold more appeal than New York City and Los Angeles. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 18% of people who moved last year—that’s 8.5 million people—traded one metropolitan area for another, and a big chunk of them traded down for a smaller city not far away.

Los Angeles is still the top destination, with almost 245,000 people relocating from other metro areas, followed by New York City and Washington, DC. However, these big cities are also losing residents—more then they’re gaining. Almost 400,000 people quit The Big Apple last year, and 340,000 fled Los Angeles. (Note that this Census report looked only at people moving between metropolitan areas, and so didn’t count people moving between cities and small towns.)

Smaller cities such as Austin and Riverside—and not-so-small Houston—are gaining prosperity, with more people moving in than out.

A separate Census Bureau study showed that 10% of U.S. residents are dissatisfied with their current housing, neighborhood, local safety, or public services to the point that they want to move.

Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice‘ for people and organizations escaping the hectic lifestyle of big cities.

By the numbers: Top 10 urban migration paths

1. Los Angeles, CA → Riverside, CA: 90,494
2. Riverside, CA → Los Angeles, CA: 54,711
3. New York, NYPhiladelphia, PA: 26,957
4. San Jose, CA → San Francisco, CA: 24,536
5. Washington, DC → Baltimore, MD: 22,944
6. New York, NY → Miami, FL: 22,226
7. Baltimore, MD → Washington, DC: 21,457
8. San Diego, CA → Riverside, CA: 19,667
9. Philadelphia, PA → New York, NY: 19,336
10. San Francisco, CA → San Jose, CA: 18,680

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UCR Ranked 2nd In Washington Monthly Rankings

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Bettye Miller and published in UCR Today on August 24, 2015.)

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For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of California, Riverside second among national universities in its 11th annual College Ranking Survey.

It is the fifth consecutive year that UC Riverside has been ranked among the top 10 schools in the survey of universities, which considers civic engagement, research, and social mobility. Prior to the No. 2 ranking in 2014 and 2013, UCR was fifth in 2011 and ninth in 2012.

Washington Monthly editors said that ranking four-year colleges on measures of upward mobility, research and service “would make the whole system (of higher education) better, if only schools would compete on them,” instead of “the U.S. News-validated idea that the ‘best’ schools are the ones that spend the most money, exclude the most students, and impress a small circle of elites. We think that those criteria have helped lead the higher education system down its current ruinous path.”

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, UCR attracts students from across the country due to their great reputation and their outstanding scholastic achievements.

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Riverside Gets 3-STAR Rating For Sustainability

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Suzanne Hurt and published in the Press Enterprise on August 10, 2015.)

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A nonprofit that measures U.S. city sustainability has recognized Riverside as a 3-STAR community, city officials have announced.

STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities) Communities assesses environmental, economic and social sustainability as part of an effort to make cities more liveable. Riverside entered the rating system in November 2012, according to the nonprofit’s website.

The group rates a community’s built environment, climate and energy, natural systems, health and safety, equity and empowerment and other factors. The rating system uses data provided by cities and provides local officials with a way to set targets and appraise their own progress toward increased sustainability.

The STAR Community Rating System was created by ICLEI USA, the U.S. Green Building Council, National League of Cities and the Center for American Progress.

This rating is yet just another reason why Riverside is a location of choice for people seeking the most out of their city. Riverside provides welcoming neighborhoods, well-paying jobs, and a great education.

CBU’s Construction Management Program Receives Highest National Accreditation

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on July 29, 2015.)

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CBU’s Bachelor of Science Construction Management (CM) program has achieved accreditation through the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE). ACCE is the leading accreditation body for CM programs in the nation.

“The ACCE accreditation adds tremendous benefit to the Southern California construction industry at large in the development and training of accredited future industry graduates,” said Dr. Francois Jacobs, department chair and associate professor of CBU’s CM program.

Ryan Kahrs, a 2014 CM graduate, credits the “practical and hands-on experience” of the program with helping him secure a job locally. The internship he started with Tilden-Coil Constructors eventually turned into a full-time position after graduation.

Graduating students obtain several certificates as part of their degree requirements including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), OSHA 30 Hour (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and DBIA Fundamental Certificate (Design Build Institute of America). The CM program also requires all students to do an internship totaling 200 hours before graduating.

The construction management program began in 2012 with eight students. The enrollment for the upcoming fall semester is projected to exceed 40, with an additional 10 students enrolled in a minor in CM, Jacobs said.

Jacobs believes the ACCE accreditation will attract more students to the program including students from CM related community college programs where they can transfer their associate degree credits into a bachelor degree in CM at CBU. This accreditation  helps make CBU and Riverside a ‘location of choice‘ for students from across the globe.

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La Sierra & UCR Ranked In The Top 10 Colleges That Add The Most Value

(This article contains excerpts from The 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value List that was published by Money Magazine.)

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It’s not surprising that elite schools report high graduation rates, or that their alumni move on to high-paying jobs. Their high-achieving (and often well-to-do) students arrive with the talent and resources to thrive. What’s impressive is when a college can help students do far better than you’d expect based on their academic and economic backgrounds and the mix of majors at their schools. To compile this list, Money Magazine ranked colleges based solely on value-added grades for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment, eliminating schools with a negative grade in any of those areas or a graduation rate below 50%.

On this list Money Magazine ranked La Sierra 8th and UCR 11th  in the nation on a list of 50 universities and colleges lauded by the magazine for adding the most value to students’ education.

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This ranking helps La Sierra, UCR, and Riverside become ‘location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.

Athletes Get Warm Welcome And Hone Their Skills At Inland Venues

(This Article contains excerpts from the article written by Stephen Wall and published in the Press Enterprise on July 22, 2015.)

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Dakota bucked a bit, but Milagro was smooth in the saddle.

Changing horses was no big deal to Special Olympian Robert Seignious, who was fine-tuning his equestrian skills Wednesday, July 22, in Norco.

“It’s fun and I like to win medals,” he said with a smile.

The South Carolina resident was among the 10-member Special Olympics USA Equestrian team practicing for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which begin Saturday, July 25, in Los Angeles.

Nearly 350 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the country are training for 16 sports at Inland venues through Friday and are staying at the UC Riverside dorms for four days before leaving for Los Angeles..

After the morning workouts, competitors headed to downtown Riverside for an afternoon “Parade of Champions.”

Enthusiastic crowds lined Main Street to cheer on athletes who wore red shirts, waved American flags and chanted “U.S.A,” “U.S.A.” as they walked toward City Hall. About 100 athletes, coaches and trainers from Team Sweden preceded the Americans. The parade included the Martin Luther King High School band and cheerleaders from Poly High School in Riverside.

Riverside residents Holly Fajardo and her daughter Emily, 17, slapped high-fives with athletes as they walked in front of the Mission Inn.

“It’s important that they see the community supports them just like professional athletes,” Holly Fajardo said. “They don’t get the same recognition and they should.“

The care and compassion that Riverside showed towards our guests, truly demonstrated what makes us such a ‘unified city‘.  We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

Emily Fajardo, who graduated from King High in June, was part of a campus club that works to integrate special needs kids with the rest of the student population.

“You get to know how wonderful and unique they are,” she said. “You are drawn to them.”

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Grand Marshal Lauren Potter, an actress featured in the TV show “Glee,” was part of the procession. Potter is a Poly High graduate and has Down syndrome.

“I’m so excited to be with all these amazing athletes,” Potter, 25, said before the parade started.


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Earlier in the day, Seignious, 21, talked about riding horses at the No Drama Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Norco, which is hosting one of the practices.

The horse named Dakota was challenging to ride because it was the first time the animal had a male rider, said Marissa Brzescinski, the equestrian team’s head coach.

“He was getting a little out of control, so I got a replacement,” explained Seignious.

He returned to the arena and hopped on Milagro, practicing proper form and posture with coach Tom Walmsley.

“I feel like I’m on a jet,” is how he later described the experience.

Horses at the ranch are trained for competitive events and are “as safe as can be,” said Walmsley, who lives in Illinois.

The athletes who were honing their equestrian skills hail from nine states — Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri and Arizona.

Team captain Jeremiah Schedlock looked forward to showcasing his talents in front of big crowds in Los Angeles. He also wants to meet and socialize with people from other countries.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Schedlock, 24, who lives in Prescott, Arizona.


After Wednesday afternoon’s parade, athletes mingled in front of City Hall, dancing as they listened to recorded music blaring over loudspeakers.

Basketball players from Minnesota expressed gratitude for the support.

“It feels good to be recognized,” said Joseph Ajayi, 24. “It feels good to be part of something this big and this successful.”

Hearing the cheers was heartwarming, added Abel Mehari, 22.

“It’s a really rewarding experience that I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.

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As a gesture of friendship, Amy Norton, a triathlete from New Jersey, gave her American flag to a Swedish athlete and got a flag from that country in return.

Describing what it’s like to be in the world games, Norton, 27, said, “It’s just incredible.“

Her sentiment was shared by teammate Courtney Dreyfus.

“You‘re surrounded by so many new people,” said Dreyfus, 18, also of New Jersey. “You get to be in one of the biggest competitions in the world. It’s such an honor.”

Special Olympics USA Pre-Games Camp Coming to UC Riverside

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on July 8, 2015.)

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Special Olympics USA will hold Pre-Games camp activities at the University of California, Riverside. The team will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, Saturday, July 25 to Sunday Aug. 2.

Special Olympics USA consists of 344 athletes and 137 coaches and management staff. Athletes will compete in 17 sports at the World Games, in traditional and Unified Sports competition (where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete on the same team), including: aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, powerlifting, sailing, tennis, triathlon, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball.

“We are honored to host Special Olympics USA,” said Andy Plumley, UCR’s Assistant Vice Chancellor, Housing, Dining & Residential Services. “Along with the UCR Student Recreation Center, UCR Athletics and our City of Riverside partners, we will be hosting the team members as they make their final preparations for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.”

Head of Delegation Chris Hahn said. “The athletes of Special Olympics USA have been training for years for this moment — for the opportunity to showcase their abilities on the biggest competitive stage they’ll ever experience,” said “We are very grateful to UCR for giving our athletes the training facilities they need to prepare, the hospitality to make them feel welcome and comfortable, and the community support that will give them the confidence to go for the gold!”

The delegation will arrive on campus on Tuesday, July 21 to participate in four days of training sessions and social activities in Southern California designed to allow athletes to further bond as a team. The public is invited to come cheer on the “home team” from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. The City of Riverside will host the Parade of Champions starting on Fifth Street near the Riverside Convention Center. The parade will end at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St.

On Friday, July 24, the team departs for UCLA and USC, where they will be housed during the World Games.

Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice’ for people and organizations from all over the world. With our unmatched landscape, year-round outdoor activities, ample recreational options, and attention to healthy living make Riverside one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit.

MEDIA:. Athletes, coaches and Special Olympics USA leadership are available for interviews. Please contact Leigh Cheatham, Special Olympics USA Communications, for assistance: (803) 414-3300 or

About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games — being staged in Los Angeles July 25–August 2, 2015 — will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Riverside Box Art Project Uses Historical Art To Enhance A Sense Of Place

(This article contains information accessed from the webpage on July 9, 2015.)

Potential art sample from the Wallace J Miller Collection and Citrus Label Collection contained in the Riverside Public Library Local History Collection

Art and history come together as several utility boxes in the downtown area are “wrapped” with art reproductions from the early 1900s reflecting our singular history. Themes include our citrus heritage, social justice exemplified in the preserving of the Harada House, military history remembered by Camp Anza, the Gage Canal, and Riverside’s thriving business and educational interests. All art work is derived from the Library’s archives. Sponsored by a local business, each box displays a digital code referring the viewer back to our website detailing the background of the historical images represented on each box. Each box displays a small map showing the location of the other box’s in the area. An online map enables virtual and actual walking tours. The exhibit is planned to be unveiled in November 2015—just in time for the Festival of Lights. An inventive addition to this project is the creation of a “how-to manual” for others who may be interested in creating similar thematic box art in Riverside. This project will serve as a 3-year pilot to pave the way for beautiful public art throughout Riverside, enhancing a lasting and attractive sense of place.

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UCR Medical School Achieves Second Step In Accreditation Process

(This article contains excerpts from the article written Kathy Barton and published in UCR Today on June 26, 2015.)

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The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside has been granted provisional accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for educational programs leading to the M.D. degree in the U.S. and Canada.

Provisional accreditation is the second of three steps that all new M.D.-granting medical schools must complete, culminating in full accreditation. The UCR medical school was granted preliminary accreditation by the LCME in October 2012, which permitted it to recruit and enroll its first class of 50 students in August 2013. This coming August, the UCR medical school will enroll its third class of medical students.

“This is tremendous news, not only for the School of Medicine and UCR, but for the entire Inland Southern California community which is served by this medical school,” said UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “It is a credit to hard work of both the leadership of the School and the community that we have reached this milestone.”

“Achieving provisional accreditation is a major objective for the UCR School of Medicine,” said G. Richard Olds, UCR vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “Meeting the rigorous educational and infrastructure standards of the LCME demonstrates that this medical school has built a strong foundation for expanding and diversifying the physician workforce in Inland Southern California and improving the health of people living here.”

A survey team appointed by the LCME conducted a site visit of the UCR medical school in February, and the school was notified of the LCME decision this month.

The UCR School of Medicine, one of more than 15 new medical schools established in the U.S. over the last decade, is the sixth medical school in the University of California system. Establishment of the UCR School of Medicine was approved by the University of California Board of Regents in July 2008 and Olds, the founding dean, was appointed in February 2010.

The foundation of the UCR School of Medicine is the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, which for more than 30 years has partnered with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to train physicians. The UCR medical school maintains the tradition of the former two-year program at UCR, with about half of the seats each year designated for UCR undergraduate degree holders through the Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine.

“Achieving this second important step in the accreditation process is a testament to the dedication of the faculty and staff of the medical school in creating an optimal learning environment for our medical students,” said Paul Lyons, the school’s senior associate dean for education. LCME evaluation of the medical school for full accreditation status will be expected in 2017, the same year the UCR medical school will graduate its first class of medical students.

The medical school also offers a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences, a long-standing graduate degree program at UCR.  The school additionally operates five residency training programs in the medical specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry, and partners with Loma Linda University in a primary care pediatrics residency training program.

Accreditation is one of the top priorities when students are choosing a school to attend. UCR School of Medicine provisional accreditation makes not only the school of location of choice for students, but the entire city.