A Special Message from Andy Plumley
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Auxiliary Services 

Homecoming tradition at UCR goes back to its early days, when UCR had a football program. The campus held an annual parade and student groups would create floats and vote for a Homecoming King and Queen. This tradition continued until the campus discontinued the football program in 1976. UCR won the divisional championship that year … so you can say our football team has been undefeated since 1976!

So we did not have Homecoming again until 1982. Students and Student Life decided to try to reprise Homecoming and associate it with our Basketball program. They did not attempt a parade, but decided to have the students vote for a Homecoming King and Queen which was to be announced during halftime. I was working as an Assistant Resident Director at A-I and one of my RAs thought it would be funny to nominate me for Homecoming King. Another ARD at A-I was nominated for Homecoming Queen by one of her RAs. We both thought we did not have a chance to win. However, one of the polling places was in the A-I lobby. Unbeknownst to us, the student staff launched a campaign to have all the residents vote for us … we won by a landslide.

I am not sure if the event was considered a success, but I will note that Homecoming was discontinued the following year and did not come back until many years later.

Today, Homecoming is a time for the campus to come together … alums, students, faculty and staff … and share in our common experience. I will always see fellow Highlanders I have not seen in a while, along with a core group of friends with whom I go to the games. UCR is a place of care, commitment and comradery … and Homecoming is time to reflect and enjoy!

Go Highlanders!

Andy Plumley
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Auxilary Services

UCR Dining's Got You Covered

Running late for class? Stop by the Growl Grill to grab a quick bite to go. Missing those home-cooked meals? Grab a plate or two from Savor at the Market at Glen Mor or Savor Express at Lothian Restaurant. You and your friends just can't decide what to eat? The HUB Food Court will satisfy almost any craving. With convenient locations all around campus, UCR Dining's got you covered. Explore your options below:


Residential Dining
• Aberdeen-Inverness Restaurant
• Lothian Restaurant

Food Trucks
• Bear Tracks Coffee Truck
• The Culinary Chameleon
• Growl Grill
• Moo Moo Truck

• Scotty's Convenience Stores
• SHOP @ Market at Glen Mor

Campus Dining
• The Barn
• Bytes
• The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
• The Habit Burger Grill at Latitude Fifty Five
• HUB Food Court
• Ivan's at Hinderaker
• Market at Glen Mor
• Starbucks
• Subway


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More Bang for Your (Bear) Buck

Bear Bucks - not to be confused with Dining Dollars – is a purchasing option that can also pay for food on-campus (Scotty’s, food trucks, restaurants) but goes further by paying for everything else for sale from a UCR register like textbooks, makeup, UCR apparel and supplies. Bear Bucks can also be used at vending and copying machines at the libraries or used off-campus at Denny’s, Rite Aid, Goodwin’s Organic Market and other participating merchants (see list). Bear Bucks roll over year-to-year and never expire until the funds are requested to be refunded when you leave school.

There are several ways to deposit funds into your account. For more information, click the link below.

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We are excited to announce that your laundry rooms are being upgraded with new washers and dryers. In addition, the Bear Bucks payment method is being replaced with the new WaveRider payment system, which will allow you to use your credit/debit card to pay for your laundry.

For more information on the WaveRider system please click here.

We hope you enjoy the upgrades and new technology. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your friendly Resident Services Office!

Using the Campus Safety Escort Service

The UCR Campus Safety Escort Service (CSES) is safe, easy to use, and free. It’s available to students, staff, faculty and anyone else who needs a safety escort.

There are four ways to get a safety escort:

  1. Call the dispatcher at (951) 827-3772.
  2. Pick up any red phone on campus that reads “Campus Safety Escort Service” and it will automatically connect you to the dispatcher desk or UCPD.
  3. Stop by the dispatcher desks at the HUB information desk or Rivera Library to request a safety escort in person.
  4. If you see a safety escort on campus (look for the yellow shirt and ID badge), just wave them down and they will walk you to your destination.
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UCR Emergency Notification System

UCR is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. UCR engages in a broad array of activities supporting this goal, including comprehensive training for police and other safety related personnel, disaster and emergency preparedness planning, as well as a host of other activities aimed at preventing problems before they occur.

To enhance UCR's emergency preparedness, the campus has employed an emergency communications system that builds on existing methods of information distribution and communication, and will greatly expand UCR's ability to quickly and reliably communicate with students, staff, and faculty in an emergency.

UCR encourages everyone on campus to sign up for this new emergency notification service, and also to become aware of the various programs, initiatives, and practices already in place aimed at making the campus the as safe and secure as possible.

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10 Tips for Eating Healthy at the Residential Restaurants


Ultimate Fall Study Package - Now Available

Need some fuel for those late night study sessions? Residents be sure to remind your families that Housing Services is sponsoring a care package program run by SWAKU. 

If you missed out on SWAKU's Halloween care package, it's not too late to order the Ultimate Fall Study package.

SWAKU is an optional program that enables families to order individual care packages or enroll in multi-event package plans. For pricing and package delivery information, click the link below.

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