Imagine yourself surrounded by fellow alums, boosters and parents of current students - in a champagne cellar, on an elegant yacht or in the living room of a restored Victorian home.
Whatever the site, envision learning from UC Riverside's experts about the human happiness response, the "shrinking business" of nanotechnology or the creation and production of art. You may hear a student jazz combo or an author reading from a recent novel, discover where the campus is heading in the next few years or celebrate once again UC Riverside's national leadership in fellows named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Imagine no more. UCR is doing all of these things through a new program, UCR Salons, when we take the campus beyond the campus to create friend-expanding experiences.
To re-energize relationships across the country, the university decided to "take the campus on the road." Last year, it began hosting salons so that small groups of alumni, parents and friends could meet informally and chat with leading faculty and senior administrators about today's UCR.
To date, UCR Salons have visited St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Oakland, Los Gatos, Oxnard, Temecula, Los Angeles and, of course, Riverside. These intimate events have provided new and old friends an opportunity to learn more about the cutting-edge research that is transforming the world, how business and industry are connecting with the university's academic and research agendas and how alumni and friends can reconnect by sharing time, expertise and financial support. Alumni and friends who have joined us include:
*In Atlanta, John and Sandra Glover, whose son Jeffrey is a doctoral student in anthropology, hosted the salon at the Piedmont Driving Club.
*In Dallas, Cindy Anthony ('74, French), daughter of former Dean Leland Shannon, and her husband, Jay Anthony.
*In Houston, Michael and Teresa Baker, generous contributors to Mayan archeological research in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
*In Los Gatos, John Fox ('73, Political Science), a partner with Fenwick & West, LLP.
*In Oakland, Kirk Miller ('73, Political Science), Brent Barnhart ('65, Political Science) and Dan Lantry ('88, Economics) who provide legal counsel for Kaiser Permanente.
*In St. Louis, Dr. Wayne Barnes ('69, Chemistry), son of Professor Emeritus Martin Barnes.
Most recently, UCR Foundation Trustee Richard Reinis and his wife, Lois, hosted a salon in their Brentwood home. Dean Patricia O'Brien brought guests up-to-date on the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Gluck Fellow Monte Fleming, a first-year graduate student, discussed the development of classical music, playing defining excerpts of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Shastacovich on the Reinis' grand piano.
Guests included some members of the Board of Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation - Muriel Gluck, Jon and Rosa Kaswick, and Betty Shelhamer - as well as Mark and Pamela Rubin, Kathy Jungsoon Seung, and Steve and Wendy Schall whose son is currently a UCR student.
The 2003 itinerary includes Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
For more information about the upcoming salons - to attend or to host - contact Barbara Brink at 909-787-2404 or Barbara.Brink@ucr.edu.