The 27th annual Tomás Rivera Conference at UC Riverside will explore healthcare for some of society’s most vexing concerns – mental health, addiction and aging – and Latino medical workers and artists who use film, theater, music and comedy to spotlight health challenges and promote healing.
The conference, whose theme is “Community and Wellness: Latinas/os, Medicine and the New Health Humanities,” will be on Friday, Feb. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in UC Riverside’s Highlander Union Building 302, according to a UCR news release.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside; and conference Director Tiffany Ana López, a UCR theatre professor and the university’s Tomás Rivera endowed chair, will make opening remarks.
Playwright/actor Luis Alfaro will perform his solo play “St. Jude,” about his experience taking care of his father at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St. in Riverside.
The conference will include theater and music performances, a screening of the documentary “Code Black,” workshops, discussions and a roundtable. The workshops will be led by health professionals, artists, activists and scholars.
The conference is free, but reservations are required by the morning of the conference to reserve lunch and a place in an afternoon workshop, where space is limited. Parking costs $6 to $8.
As a community, we promote health and wellness in all forms. This attention to health and wellness makes Riverside a Location of Choice for people seeking a healthy lifestyle.
McKinney’s football team honored four seniors who recently signed National Letters of Intent, some to schools nearby and others well outside of routine driving distance.
2 of the 4 seniors Myron and Byron Robinson will venture more than 1,400 miles from McKinney to attend Riverside City College in California. The brothers had received interest from programs like Mary Hardin-Baylor and Trinity Valley Community College before opting to attend the California-based junior college.
“We still both have that desire to play [Division I football] and that’s why we went the JUCO route,” Myron Robinson said. “Riverside was our best decision because they have three corner-backs and all three just went [Division I football]. Those are now open positions and they have a good track record of sending guys to play [Division I football].”
The siblings worked in lockstep as the anchors of McKinney’s secondary, recording three interceptions apiece during the 2014 season, and look to maintain that same consistency in California. Off the field, Myron Robinson plans to major in law enforcement, while Byron Robinson eyes a career in broadcasting.
Offering great sports programs is just another way the RCC helps make Riverside a location of choice for college students from around the globe.
Seventeen Riverside City College students won medals – in 15 different categories – at the SkillsUSAregional event on January 31. Students who won gold medals qualify for the state competition in April.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into over 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations.
RCC students swept three categories – graphic communication, advertising design and photography – and claimed gold medals in six categories. Below is the students’ placement in their respective events:
Automotive Service: Gold Medal – Skyler Murdock, Silver Medal – Justin McMorris Graphic Communications: Gold Medal – Tiffany Vang, Silver Medal – Daniel Lamiell, Bronze Medal – Megan Moore 3D Animation: Gold Medal: Tyler Tom-Hoon and Mason Rosenquist Digital Cinema Production: Gold Medal: Javier Ochoa and Scott Turner Advertising Design: Gold Medal: Hasan Khodr, Silver Medal: Matt Torres, Bronze Medal: Kristina LoVerso Photography: Gold Medal: Don Welton, Silver Medal: Ned Magdaleno, Bronze Medal: Brianda Avila Welding: Gold Medal: Mike Herrera Screenprinting: Bronze Medal: Harrison Scullin
The regional event took place at three Inland Empire locations – RCC, Fontana High School and Universal Technical Institute’s Rancho Cucamonga campus.
RCC’s outstanding scholastic achievements makes Riverside a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.
Like a Phoenix rises from the ashes, a new beginning from local church Living Word will rise from the blaze. As a model of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar, Riversiders band together and move forward with a common interest.
An electrical malfunction burned down a church near downtown Riverside, leaving only the walls standing and causing an estimated $2.5 million damage, church and fire officials said. The three-alarm fire was reported at 1:08 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Living Word of Riverside. The single-story building at 4291 11th St. was built in the 1920s in the shadow of Mount Rubidoux and up the street from historic Evergreen Cemetery.
The fire began in an electrical junction box near the ceiling of the church’s main assembly area, according to the preliminary investigation. “We don’t know how it happened,” said Battallion Chief Michael Staley. “But we do know that’s where it happened.”
With the city’s help, Sunday’s services were held downtown in The Showcase section of the the Fox Performing Arts Center, where the pastor and congregation gave thanks for what God has given them – and expressed faith in the future. Even before the services ended, a city councilman pledged his support.
“I’m going to try to help them find a temporary home,” said Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner.
Gardner said he would speak to county officials Monday about the possible use of an old church that is part of the Fourteenth Street property The Press-Enterprise sold to Riverside County in 2013.
Among the high points of Sunday’s service was the arrival of city firefighters who delivered the church’s pulpit and a sign that reads Pray-Believe-Expect. Though the building served as a church its entire life, Pastor Edgy Gallegos said, it had become too small for his congregation. So the fire may have hastened the church’s expansion.
In a display of Riverside as 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.
Health is the #1 topic on everyone’s mind as they make New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, quitting smoking and exercising regularly are the top three New Year’s resolutions, together accounting for 3/4 of all the goals Americans set on January 1.
At BetterDoctor, they encourage you to use this year to take control of your health. But this may be easier in some locations than in others. Doctor access, doctor quality, recreational opportunities and health insurance options all vary widely from city to city. BetterDoctor crunched the numbers to determine which of the biggest fifty cities are the healthiest—and which have the worse habits and access to care. Riverside’s unmatched landscape, year-around outdoor activities, and attention to healthy living helped make #39 on the list, making it a location of choice for people seeking a healthy life style.
They used a data-driven approach to determine the healthiest cities in the United States, creating a 100-point composite index that uses the following three questions to assess health of a city:
1. Are residents fit and healthy? They used the American Fitness Index to assess fitness and general health of the residents. This composite index is comprised of many variables, including exercise rates, eating habits, chronic health problems and disease rates, access to parks and recreational activities and more.
2. Is medical care accessible and high-quality? They included the percentage of doctors in the city that are highly rated according to BetterDoctor’s comprehensive, seven-variable algorithm as well as the number of primary physicians per 100,000 residents.
3. Do residents have health insurance? They included the percentage of residents with health coverage to assess how feasible it is for residents to get medical care.
Percentage of the population with health insurance
Doctors per 1,000 residents
Percentage of doctors who are highly rated on BetterDoctor
Dining services for CBU is managed by Provider Food Services, which offers a variety of choices through the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s. Chick-fil-A, El Monte Grille and Wanda’s.
Best Campus Food ranks 1,175 colleges across the United States based on meal plan cost and more than 470,000 opinions from 64,000 students. A high ranking indicates the college offers a variety of healthy, quality food options that accommodate various dietary preferences and that the students are happy with the quality of campus food. Offering superior food is just another way that CBU helps make Riverside a location of choice for college students from around the globe.
Student applications for admission to UC Riverside this fall are up nearly 10 percent over last year. An increase was seen at campuses across the UC system, but Riverside’s 9.8 percent rise was well ahead of the 5.8 average for all campuses. Only UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz had higher increases.
Riverside led all campuses with its increase in student transfer applications. That number was up 7.9 percent.
In a statement, UCR’s director of undergraduate admissions, Emily Engelschall, said the school’s growing reputation is helping it attract more students.
“UCR is consistently ranked among the nation’s finest academic institutions, receiving special praise for the global impact of our research, our community service and our contributions to the public good,” Engelschall said. “These are some of the reasons that only begin to scratch the surface as to what attracts potential students to the UC Riverside campus.” UCR’s outstanding scholastic achievements have made UCR and Riverside a location of choice for many college students.
UCR received a record 47,669 applications for fall admission. Many students apply to multiple UC campuses; the average number is four. The school’s total enrollment this year is 21,700.
The campus had the second-highest percentage of Latino applicants. Those identifying as Latinos made up 42.3 percent of the 34,000 applicants.
California Baptist University (CBU)earned the no. 23 spot among online bachelor’s programs in the 2015 Top Online Education Program rankings released today by U.S.News & World Report. This is a jump up from no. 37 in 2014 and puts CBU second among California colleges ranked in the best online bachelor’s programs list.
CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies. Since 2013, the first year online programs were ranked by U.S. News & World Report, CBU has placed in the top 40 for three consecutive years. CBU now serves more than 3,400 students online throughout the United States, offering 30 online undergraduate majors and concentrations and 16 graduate majors and specializations.
“We are happy to be consistently top ranked since inception, especially considering CBU’s four short years offering online programs,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU. “We are even more delighted given the significant jump in our ranking to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.” In addition to the no. 23 spot for best online bachelor’s programs, CBU also was ranked among the best online graduate MBA and best online graduate education programs as evaluated nationwide for factors including faculty credentials and training.
CBU ranked no. 7 for faculty credentials and training in the online bachelor’s degree category, no. 3 for online MBA faculty and no. 1 for online Graduate Education faculty credentials and training.
“The ranking methodology reviews student engagement best practices, graduation and retention rates, student indebtedness, faculty credentials and training, as well as technological infrastructure. These are all key elements, central to our focus as we build and deliver programs that serve the adult student who seeks a quality, reputable degree in an online format, at a reasonable cost. This acknowledgement and ranking continues to support our mission and drive that quality and experience of faculty, innovative, cutting edge technology, and student support and service are at the heart of what we do at CBU,” said Poole.
Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. Fall 2014 enrollment at CBU totaled 7,957 students enrolled in 72 bachelor degree programs with 150 major concentrations, and 25 master degree programs with 45 concentrations. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education
With the popularity of online education, it’s great to see a local school excelling in providing top notch education via the internet. California Baptist University is always expanding and improving in a remarkable fashion. Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, CBU attracts students and professionals from across the country due to the great reputation and their outstanding scholastic achievements.
When the kids are gone and you no longer care about the quality of neighborhood schools, a new realm of possible places to live opens up. Rent.com compiled a list of the 10 top cities for empty nesters — their first — based on low crime, lower-than-average living costs, climate and convenient access to travel.
Rent.com’s Senior Brand Manager Niccole Schreck noted that there has been a cultural shift toward urban living among empty nesters. “For that reason,” she told The Huffington Post, “it is not surprising to see the cities that made our list are typically outside major urban markets with a plethora of activities, excitement and culture available to renters over 50.”
With the growing number of senior citizens in the U.S. it is important that cities
With the growing number of senior citizens in the U.S. it’s important that cities have great weather, apple recreational activities, and access to major highways. Being located in the heart of Southern California, Riverside provides all of those things at a reasonable price making it location of choice for not only senior citizens but for people of all ages.
5. Riverside, California
College towns make great retirement places because they come with a host of built-in cultural activities, not to mention pet sitters when you want to travel. UC Riverside is a great campus, and is also home to the Riverside Sports Complex. Riverside is also home to the parent Washington navel orange tree -– mother to millions of navel orange trees the world over and one of the two original navel orange trees in California.
California Thursdays started Oct. 23, and is already a hit at schools such as Hillcrest. The center worked with school food service directors, farmers and produce distributors to develop recipes that students enjoy and can be made from scratch with fresh ingredients grown in-state.
They’re an alternative to frozen, processed, prepackaged meals shipped from out of state and reheated for schools, according to the center, a nonprofit dedicated to education for sustainable living and based in Berkley. Sometimes produce from California is shipped to Chicago and other distant locations for processing before it comes back to schools, the center said.
The California Thursdays entree features broccoli buds andcelery slices from Salinas, sliced red peppers from the Coachella Valley, sliced onions and matchstick carrots, rice grown in California and chicken. Food service workers put the vegetables on baking pans with a little water and into the oven. The cooked vegetables are then placed on top of the chicken and rice.
Although the full entree of only California-grown food is a weekly feature, Alvord Child Nutrition Services Director Eric Holliday said his department works with Sunrise Produce to include as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible to serve students every day.
The fruit also has fewer preservatives and the apples aren’t waxed like the ones in supermarkets, said Lisa Marquez, vice president of sales for Sunrise, which works with farmers and 75 to 80 school districts in Southern California.
Holliday said schools try to educate students about food and teach them where it comes from. Those education efforts encourage students to eat more fresh foods that may be unfamiliar initially.
Located in beautiful Southern California, Riverside has weather that is conducive to the production of year-round produce and excellent recreational opportunities. Riverside is a location of choice for those that desire a healthy lifestyle.