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Retired CHASS History of Art professor funds new student research travel grant

UCR’s Department of the History of Art has created a new student research travel grant. Started in 2021, the Françoise Forster-Hahn Graduate Travel Award will allow students to extend their research experience outside of campus and fund their trips to research to any country. The grant is sponsored by a former UCR History of Art...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |
Flora Beri Simo Sunjo

Smart, dependable, go-getter

In her role as a financial analyst for the Department of Psychology, Flora Beri Simo Sunjo is responsible for networking with others, hiring for labs, providing complex analysis and troubleshooting. “During the pandemic, I have had to schedule Zoom meetings with Flora to process the Psychology recruitments," said Alisha French, a human resources analyst for...
By Jessica Ruiz Vega, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
20:20 Vision

Personal reflection, self-discovery and the therapeutic nature of performance

In March 2020, life suddenly stood still on the UCR campus and overnight we had to adapt to online learning. As it became clear that a possible two-week hiatus was quickly turning into a year-long water treading, the driving forces in the Theatre, Film and Digital Production Department (TFDP) became resourcefulness and flexibility. I was...
By Dr. Bella Merlin, Director of 20:20 Vision and Professor of Acting and Directing Theatre, Film and Digital Production |
Janice Henry

Leader, mother, Tik-Tok enthusiast

Janice Henry is a key member of CHASS Student Affairs. Serving as the CHASS Enrollment Management Supervisor, she has become the first supervisor of the new enrollment management team for CHASS. In her role, Henry works closely with the Registrar's Office, CHASS department chairs and faculty, and assists students with enrollment. She is also the...
By Jessica Ruiz Vega, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Zaid Yousef

Remote challenges lead to innovation

Saws, welders and sculpting tables are just some of the resources CHASS art students are used to having access to. Since campus closure in March 2020, the Department of Art has had to find new ways to support its students. To create a space that mimics in-person learning, Art laboratory supervisors Andrea Hidalgo and Jason...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |
Honors Students attend faculty fellow's office hours

With honors comes many benefits

Small classroom sizes, individualized support, and one-on-one opportunities with professors and alumni are some of the many benefits of UC Riverside’s University Honors. The program offers an immersive undergraduate experience to a select number of UCR students who meet the academic requirements. Since 2010, the number of University Honors student enrollment has increased from 1.4%...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |
News 20211029

Performing Arts faces unique COVID-19 challenges

As COVID-19 continues to impact UCR, students are facing unique challenges within the CHASS performing arts departments which include Dance, Music, and Theatre, Film, and Digital Production (TFDP). Acting classes conducted via Zoom begin with a wellness check-in for the students and professors to keep in touch with their own feelings. Talking through emotions during...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |
Bryan Bradford

‘I want students to know that we’re all invested in seeing them succeed’

Beginning with campus closure in March 2020, UCR departments and programs have been challenged to find different ways to support students and faculty. For Bryan Bradford, it's also meant taking on more responsibilities. “We’ve had to make departmental adjustments due to the pandemic, and Bryan has always been willing to lend a helping hand,” said...
By Karen Gudino-Flores, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications  |
Humanities Building

CHASS Dean's statement on the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol

On January 6th we bore witness to insurrectionists storming the U.S. Capitol. We stand with Chancellor Wilcox’s statement in condemning “…in the strongest possible terms the horrific mob attack…”. This event is not singular but is rooted in a longer history of racism and antiblack violence, expectations of who government is meant to serve, and...
By The CHASS Dean’s Office |
UCR Career Center

Despite campus closure, UCR finds way to connect

Despite UCR’s transition to remote learning, several on-campus resources are still available to students online. Here’s some of those resources. Career Center The Career Center at UCR is the number one place to go when you are looking for resources for higher education, job opportunities and someone to talk to regarding major changes. It provides...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Julie Salgado

CHASS Staff Spotlight

Julie Salgado and Brittany Fraser are part of the CHASS Facilities team at UCR. Since the beginning of campus closure in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been assigned new responsibilities in CHASS. They have also faced various challenges. Below, they share how they have learned and grown from this experience. Julie Salgado...
By Arlyn Valles, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Highlanders Vote

Voting Matters

The Nov. 3 election will give voters the opportunity to decide elections for state and federal officials, including the U.S. president. Decisions made by voters will lead towards addressing issues such as COVID-19, the economic recession, and racial injustice. But historically, university students do not vote in high numbers. Many students attend colleges far from...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

S2P: Hacking Humanities

Just as humanities are crucial to scientific research, scientific analysis is necessary when developing public policies. In October 2020, UCR's Center for Science to Policy (S2P) held its first Policy Hackathon. A team of graduate students, led by developmental psychology Ph.D. student Agnes Varghese, included graduate students with psychology, engineering, business, microbiology, and neuroscience concentrations...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Rupert Costo

Rupert Costo: A Legacy at UC Riverside

Rupert Costo saw a vision to establish a university in Riverside. If you’ve ever visited Costo Hall on UC Riverside’s campus, you are familiar with Rupert Costo. Costo Hall, located near the Highlander Union Building and home to many Ethnic and Gender Program offices, is named after Costo and his spouse, Jeannette. He was a...
By Lina Tejeda, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |
Kappa Kappa Gamma

How COVID-19 is affecting UCR Greek life

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting everyone, including UCR’s fraternities and sororities. “Since we no longer can meet in person, we have Zoom chapter meetings, exec meetings, and sisterhoods,” said third-year psychology major and Kappa Kappa Gamma President Laura Rush. “Our goal has been to keep the chapter as interactive and engaged as possible, while also...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |
North District

Gearing Up and Winding Down

In February, CHASS welcomed Crystal Petrini as Department Manager to the departments of English and Philosophy. Petrini is responsible for all administrative and financial transactions, “and a little bit of everything else,” Petrini said. Previously, Petrini was the financial analyst for Alianza UCMX, a system-wide institute that is headquartered at UC Riverside. It provides funding...
By Ian Peltz, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Jade Sasser

Making a sustainable impact

Jade Sasser is a driving force. As an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at UC Riverside since 2014, and one of the founders of the sustainability studies major, Sasser has significantly contributed to UCR and in our Inland community. Sasser has involved her students with UCR’s R’Garden and R’Pantry, two campus resources that...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Wash Tétewan

UCR Becomes First UC to Offer Local Cahuilla Language Series

In Winter 2019, UC Riverside offered CAH001, an introductory course to the Cahuilla language, a local Native American tribal language. UCR became the first UC to offer an Indigenous language series that fulfills graduation language requirements to all students. This series is especially important because UC Riverside is situated on the traditional lands of the...
By Lina Tejeda, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Micro-Operas 2019 Team Photo

From Kendrick Lamar to 'Tiger King'

Multi-award winning composer Dana Kaufman approaches music in revolutionary ways, and encourages her students to do the same. The Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Composition is the composer of a new, Netflix original Tiger King-inspired micro-opera titled Exotic v. Baskin: The Micro-Opera, commissioned by the Carlow Arts Festival in Ireland. The performance premiered online during...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
Dean Milagros Peña

Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues: I am writing to let you know that I have been selected to be the next president of SUNY Purchase College. Purchase College like UCR is a tremendous institution with committed colleagues like you in our student’s success. I have been truly fortunate to be at UCR and to have so many of...
By Milagros Peña, Dean/College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences |