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December 2017


Best Selling Author Shola Richards Visits UCR

Shola Richards, best selling author and Director of Training and Organizational Development at UCLA Health, participated in UCR's 9th campus-wide Organizational Excellence (OE) event, Making Change Work. Richards presented 8 Keys to Master Change, which include accountability, attitude, communication, conflict, recognition, role fluidity, support, and trust in a dynamic, engaging, and often humorous fashion. He led the packed house in a change exercise teaching participants how to use the keys to diagnose issues, clearly define solutions, and reinforce shared commitment. Richards also stressed the importance of focusing on what we can control today, because, as he noted, tomorrow's not here yet. Importantly, Richards discussed the fact that people go through change together, and introduced participants to the African word ubuntu, which translated means, "I am, because we are." Richards said that ubuntu is key to how to effect change and make change work. The entire workshop can be viewed at the following link UCR OE Change Management Event: Making Change Work. Richards' powerful presentation begins at minute 23:10.

Exciting Events, Initiatives, and Resources

UCR Citrus Collection Gifts for the Holidays

UCR Citrus Collection Gifts for the Holidays

UC Riverside's Dining Services has partnered with local companies such as Parliament Chocolates in Redlands and the Temecula Olive Oil Company to create a carefully curated assortment of gourmet products that embody the history, culture, and flavors of UC Riverside. These delicious high quality products are made with produce from our University Citrus Variety Collection as well as honey harvested from research colonies housed in various locations on campus. "The idea to explore ways to make products from UCR's vast orchards began with our Chancellor's wife, Diane del Buono, who was worried about fallen fruit and what we could do about it," said David Henry, executive director of dining, hospitality & retail services, "over 7,000 lbs. of what would have been fallen fruit went into our Citrus Gift Collection this year." Henry describes the orchards at UCR as "an endless research and development kitchen that resides in the fields." Plans are underway to further the line of UCR products to include pomegranate items. UCR currently houses a pomegranate tree orchard with several varieties of pomegranates thanks to PhD student, John Chater's research. The following article highlights Chater's research: Family Tree: A legacy of pomegranate research plants its seeds at UCR.

To learn more about UCR Citrus Collection products or to order online, please visit If ordering online, you can easily ship directly to family and friends in other locations, however you may see a small discount for some items purchased on campus versus over the web. Citrus Collection products can be purchased at three convenient campus locations, Scotty's Convenience Store at the HUB, The Market at Glen Mor, and the campus Barnes and Noble bookstore.


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UCPath is Coming Soon!

UC Riverside is set to transition to UCPath for all staff and faculty on January 2, 2018. R'Shared Services Staff along with several BAS staff who have been participating in developing our Future Operating Model, will be working over the winter break to be sure that payroll processing and systems testing are managed smoothly. It is important to note that your paycheck will look different in 2018. These differences include changes that typically occur at the beginning of each year and changes that will occur as a result of the UCPath implementation. Some key changes include:

  • New employee ID numbers, which appear on the UCPath paycheck and in the UCPath Portal
  • Paycheck statements will be available in the UCPath portal two days before pay day
  • Vacation and sick leave balances will be shown in the UCPath portal, rather than on Paychecks
  • Employees can view their leave balances in the portal

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your supervisor, R'Shared Services Center, UCR Payroll office, or click on the UCPath Portal "Ask Us" button at www.fomucpath.ucr.


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UCPD Community Toy Drive

UCPD has once again partnered with Toys for Tots to become a toy drop off site for the 2017 holiday season campaign. Now through December 15th, you can join UCPD in supporting children in our local community by bringing a new, unwrapped toy(s) to the UCR Police Station lobby at 3500 Canyon Crest Drive. UCPD will be accepting toys for children from toddler age through 12 years old. Please note, realistic looking weapons or gifts with food will not be accepted. Contact UCPD's Crime Prevention Unit with any questions at For additional information about Toys for Tots, please visit

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The Habit Grill Soft Opening - Line of Excited Patrons

WOW! The Habit Burger Grill Donates $4,648 to R'Pantry

On November 14, the Habit Burger Grill celebrated its soft opening and charity day at UCR by donating 100% of its proceeds to R'Pantry. "This generous donation from the Habit is the largest single financial donation that we have received and gives us a greater ability to meet the needs of our students," said Grecia Marquez-Nieblas, R'Pantry coordinator. R'Pantry currently serves 400 - 450 students per week. The Habit's donation will help purchase approximately 25,000 lbs. of shelf-stable foods such as pastas and canned foods along with milk and eggs. "Financial donations like the one from the Habit Burger Grill, allow us to directly meet the needs of our students based on the feedback we receive from them regarding what their needs are. For example, if students request more milk one week, having financial resources allows us to provide more of that item," Marquez-Nieblas said.

In addition to supporting our campus community by donating to R’Pantry, the Habit Burger Grill transformed the space in Latitude 55 which included new paint, seating, artwork, televisions in the seating area, kitchen re-design and new equipment at their own expense. "They also put in a huge effort to install a pollution control exhaust system to operate the space without negatively impacting the campus air quality," said Robin Hungerford, director of retail dining & hospitality services. "We are exploring additional and on-going ways to partner with our vendors and R'Pantry," said Hungerford.

R'Pantry is a collaborative campus-wide effort in partnership with staff, faculty, student government, and Dining Services to end student food insecurity on campus. If you have a passion for this or similar work, you can get involved with the Basic Needs Working Group that oversees pantry operations and will address student emergency support in the coming year. Please email for additional information.


Vice Chancellor’s Message

Ron Coley

Dear BAS Colleagues,

It is my hope that you will take great pride and satisfaction in the wonderful things happening throughout BAS as we wrap up 2017 and head into the new year.  As a campus and as an organization, we have been through many changes. I appreciate your willingness, flexibility, enthusiasm, and patience as we face these changes together. Your efforts and continued commitment to excellence are becoming well known and are inspiring others in the higher education community.

As highlighted in our first newsletter article, on November 30, we hosted an Organizational Excellence (OE) event focused on change management. In case you missed it, I highly encourage you to watch the video of our Making Change Work OE event. If you don't have time to view the entire session, please watch the Chancellor & Provost's messages and the presentation given by our keynote speaker, Shola Richards. Attendees received a book entitled Employees Survival Guide to Change by Jeffrey Hiatt. Please contact my office after viewing the video if you would like to receive a copy of the book or if you would like to be connected with another staff member who attended the event.

The results of our 2017 BAS Client Satisfaction Survey are in and will be released to the campus community later this week. As you review the reports, please keep in mind that our survey is a tool we use to help us partner with our clients and determine which areas we need to focus on to better serve their needs. Please reach out to a member of your department's leadership team if you need help with reading or understanding the results of the survey and how they may apply to your area of influence or responsibility. 

Finally, I share the sad news that Rob Gayle, our former Campus Architect and revered member of BAS, passed away on Thanksgiving morning. Rob will be forever remembered for his kindheartedness and brilliant contributions to the beauty of both the UC Riverside and UC Berkeley campuses. 

Wishing you and your loved ones the very best of health and happiness throughout the holiday season and in the coming New Year. Please send your comments, feedback or information about your Wow! moments to

Best regards,

Ron T. Coley
Vice Chancellor
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