As illustrated by the wonderful news that UCR alumnus Richard R. Schrock (‘67, B.A.) has won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, UCR’s star is clearly on the rise! And as further evidence, I am also pleased to share the good news that UCR successfully completed “Evolutions: The 50th Anniversary Campaign” eight months ahead of schedule, having surpassed our goal by raising $50.9 million in gifts, grants and pledges.
In addition to providing much-needed resources for student scholarships, fellowships and academic programs, the campaign generated support for several significant campuswide initiatives, including the UCR Palm Desert buildings, the Alumni and Visitors Center, the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts and our new Engineering II classroom building.
Just as UCR’s revolutionary breakthroughs in such fields as genomics research and nanotechnology impact our lives in countless ways, so, too, does the philanthropic support of our alumni, parents and friends benefit our next generation of scholars, researchers, artists and entrepreneurs. The resources provided by this and future campaigns ensure that UCR is able to effectively compete for corporate and foundation grants, recruit topflight faculty and preserve the UC promise of accessible education for the best and brightest California students. Within these pages, you will find outstanding examples of the dedicated and dynamic students and faculty whose dreams you support – those whose innovative work in our laboratories and classrooms is literally reshaping our understanding of the world around us.
My sincere thanks to each of the more than 10,000 alumni, parents and friends – nearly half of whom are first-time donors – who contributed to the success of “Evolutions. ”With your help, annual gifts to the UCR Fund increased by more than 55 percent during this effort. Given the increasingly important role that private support plays in maintaining and enhancing the quality and reputation of our fast-growing campus, this represents a significant step forward in our journey to establish UCR as a top-ranked, global research institution.
As together we celebrate this shared accomplishment – one of many such institutional success stories – know that your continued generosity helps secure UCR’s place among our nation’s most distinguished public institutions.
Who knows where the next UCR Nobel Prize winner will emerge?
Chancellor France A. Córdova
P.S. We are pleased to recognize our community of supporters in the Evolutions Campaign Honor Roll, found on page 21 and at www.giving.ucr.edu.