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Chancellor's Column

by: France A Cordova   (September 2003)

Dear Friends of UC Riverside,

This summer I celebrated my first anniversary as UCR’s Chancellor. It was an exciting inaugural year for me as I met so many people on campus and in the community. The year was marked with significant scholarly and research accomplishments by our faculty, staff, and students, and with significant challenges wrought by State budget cuts. I was deeply impressed by the way the campus pulled together through months of budget uncertainty to continue to deliver quality instruction, breakthrough research, and services to our growing campus.

This Fall we will welcome 17,000 students to campus, the largest student body in our history. We will also greet nearly 50 new faculty members across the spectrum of disciplines. We will continue to build new buildings for the sciences and humanities. We will continue to enhance regional partnerships, with the development of satellite education centers in the Coachella Valley and Temecula and a renewed commitment to be an ‘engaged’ university.

Our private and foundation gifts and research awards reached the $100 million mark for the first time. We made widespread improvements in instructional technology for classrooms, tackled important staff and student morale issues, enhanced research administration and opportunities for students to do research with faculty, and enriched library offerings and services.

We are approaching the fiftieth anniversary of our first entering class, which was in 1954. We’ll be devoting more space in this publication in the coming months to reflecting on UCR’s history and traditions. (We welcome historical photos; please send them to me for consideration for our publications and we’ll return them to you.)

In this issue we focus on technology transfer and the critical role it plays in making our campus a magnet for developing technology businesses. It is exciting to see how our discoveries in basic science and engineering can be nurtured and developed for the commercial environment.

I would like to give special congratulations to the nearly 3,000 recent UCR graduates, and a heartfelt thank you to the many staff and faculty who worked so hard to make our five commencement ceremonies so memorable. I am so proud of our newest alums! See the selection of photos on page 2.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Fiat Lux. If you see me on campus or around town, please say ‘hello.’

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