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From internships to engagement

For former UC Riverside student interns Tracy Fong and Zachary Sells, their love story seems straight out of a romantic film. But, unlike the movies, their partnership is much simpler, more romantic, and completely true. The pair met right before their second year at UCR, after being hired as technology interns for the CHASS Dean's...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

More than a hobby

Monique Veloz has been creating art her entire life. Painting is more than a hobby for Veloz, it's a way of expressing emotion and giving back. "There's not one form of art, there are multiple forms," Veloz said. "Everybody needs an outlet. Whether it’s poetry, art or music, whatever makes you feel better about yourself...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

New Arts building installation to form a gathering spot for students

UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is expected to unveil its newest art addition, an interactive sculpture created by San Diego-based artist Roy McMakin. The message of “Things Change” or “Change Things” will be featured on steel signs mounted on steel poles, and will be scattered around a seating area. The project, proposed...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Professor Verghese completes research fellowship in India

Does more money and education make you less religious? That’s the question Ajay Verghese, professor of political science, hopes to answer with his research. A Fulbright scholarship in 2017 made it possible for Verghese to travel to India to begin his research. In July 2019, Verghese will travel on a three-month Senior Short-Term Fellowship, funded...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

CHASS commencement: 2019 graduates give thanks, look to future

As the sun dips low over the highlands, the sun sets on another chapter of UC Riverside’s graduating class of 2019. CHASS helped celebrate its new graduates during three commencement ceremonies, June 15-16, on campus at Pierce Lawn. Campus-wide, UCR celebrated 5,857 eligible graduates and welcomed nearly 40,000 additional family and friends during nine commencement...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

David Christensen: The man behind the carillon

As Highlanders make their way to classes, the Bell Tower chimes its reliable weekly tunes. Tucked away at the top of the Bell Tower sits UC Riverside carillonneur David Christensen, dutifully at his carillon. For more than three decades, Christensen has been performing for thousands of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the organ-style instrument...
By Lilian Tran, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

From Fake Houses to Fake Forests: UCR’s Arts Scene Shop Makes Magic

Behind every UCR performance is an unseen team of people helping the show live up to its full potential, including set and prop designers found in the Scene Shop of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The Scene Shop constructs elaborate scenery and props for performances and film productions, and handles all of...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

UCR Graduate Students Exhibit Work in UCR Arts Center

This spring quarter, four exceptional CHASS graduate students will be presenting their MFA projects in Riverside, at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. Pui Shuen (Tiffany) Chow, Kellie Flint, Merideth Hillbrand, and Ji Hyun Won will be displaying their thesis exhibitions on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 2pm. Kellie Flint, 3rd-year graduate...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

A Princess Comes to UCR

To many children, stories of magic, princesses and faraway lands are an important part of childhood. Thanks to an interdepartmental collaboration between three UC Riverside CHASS Departments, the Gluck Fellows Program and the Esther Hays Family Concerts, these stories of magic, princesses and faraway lands will be brought to the stage in a one-hour special...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Distinguished Professor Hedge Coke receives prestigious Chinese poetry award

Imagine bustling streets full of people, colorful shops and the sights and sounds of an international city. Now imagine a quiet village and a peaceful garden, surrounded by beautiful greenery and welcoming locals. Imagine delicious food, glistening awards, and an abundance of talented poets from all over the world. This is just a taste of...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Music Meets Politics: In conversation with CHASS Associate Dean Kiril Tomoff

Music and politics was essential to Kiril Tomoff’s life long before he became Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities within CHASS. Growing up, he was an amateur horn player who loved both performing and listening to orchestral music. In college, Tomoff was fascinated by the Russian language and wanted to be involved in foreign policy....
By Lilian Tran, Student Writer/Marketing & Communications |

Celebrating Over 50 Years of Community and Campus Service

"Your net worth is your network," Political Science Professor Ronald Loveridge often remarks to his students. In an office surrounded by high-profile photos with Loveridge standing next to President Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other high-powered politicians, it’s hard for students to disagree. Loveridge offers unique, anecdotal advice to all of his students, and has welcomed...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

UCR anthropologist creates international artistic workshops about migration

Susan Ossman is an artist, author, and professor of anthropology and global studies at UCR. Ossman’s art practice is centered in painting and installation. In recent years, collaborations she has initiated across anthropology and the arts have developed her skills as a curator, performer, and film/digital media producer. “Life is movement, if we stop moving...
By Patrick Anthony, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Reprogramming the brain, one game at a time

They are everywhere. You may already know one, or even be one. Every year, more than a thousand UCR students pass through the doorways of the Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-Being. Located in University Village, UC Riverside students participate in controlled, non-invasive psychological and neuroscientific research through interactive games and apps. “I...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Psychology department prepares patients for MRI's tight conditions

The Department of Psychology has a new and innovative way of preparing patients for scans inside a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, a narrow, tube-like structure that requires patients to lay completely still for several minutes. Psychology Professors Kalina Michalska and Aaron Seitz, along with four engineering students, Sebastian Shah, Sam Muku, Mena Mishreky, and...
By Chris Fleming, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

'She's truly the colleague we all hope for'

Dana Simmons has devoted her life to teaching. She is an associate professor in the department of history and has been teaching at UC Riverside for 13 years. “With very little, if any, compensation, Dana has been tireless in her efforts to advance the careers of women faculty,” said Goldberry Long, UCR professor of creative...
By Lilian Tran, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

New CHASS collaboration will expand student resources for film making

The department of Media and Cultural Studies (MCS) has partnered with the Theatre, Film and Digital Production (TFDP) department to create a multi-use space for undergraduate and graduate students. Located in INTS 2117, the room will double as both a laboratory and classroom, providing computers, editing software and other equipment for students while simultaneously allowing...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Anthropology Ph.D. student studies typhoon, aftermath it left behind

Shelley Guyton is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in UC Riverside’s Anthropology department, with a focus on cultural anthropology and Philippines culture. She expects to complete her dissertation and receive her doctorate by 2020. In 2017, Guyton traveled to the Philippines to research how typhoons affect Pacific Island countries, how the recovery can take years, and...
By Patrick Anthony, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Art Professor Amir Zaki leaves a creative mark in China, and on campus

You may have already seen Professor Amir Zaki on campus. On Tuesdays, you can find Zaki teaching his weekly free tai chi class to UCR students, faculty and staff, beneath the shaded trees between Hinderaker and INTS buildings. On Thursdays, he also teaches a free yoga class in the INTS round room. From yoga and...
By Lilian Tran, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Lee explores human evolution in “Close Encounters With Humankind”

Before becoming CHASS Associate Dean of Social Sciences and a professor of anthropology, Sang-Hee Lee was on the path to becoming a classical pianist. That is, until she was hit by a creative slump which felt like an eternity. “For me, I felt like my life was ruined because I was not going to be...
By Lilian Tran, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |
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