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Chancellor's Message

by: France A Cordova   (May 2003)

Hello dear friends and supporters of UC Riverside,

We are nearing the end of another academic year and looking forward to the momentous occasion of graduation. For those readers who are family members of graduating seniors, I applaud you for the support and encouragement you have provided your students during their time with us. Congratulations! Please know that the faculty and staff will share your pride as our students step forward to receive their diplomas and begin their journey into their chosen career paths.

It gives me great pleasure to note the recent accreditation achieved by the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. The recognition of excellence in management education bestowed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International is a distinguished honor. I want to recognize the faculty and its leadership for the qualities that were cited by the reviewers in recommending the school for accreditation: the strong core of senior faculty, the faculty planning process introduced by Interim Dean Peter Chung, strong enrollment growth, a high degree of student satisfaction with faculty accessibility and advising services, excellent computer laboratory facilities and technology support, a fruitful partnership for undergraduate education with the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and a high quality faculty. Congratulations AGSM!

In this issue we have focused on the dynamic changes taking place in information services – in particular, the library. Advancing technology has made it possible to access a world full of information with just the touch of a keystroke on a computer.

Simultaneously, students and scholars from across the globe can experience the richness of information available here at UC Riverside and within the University of California system, which collectively offers the largest library on-line in the nation.

I would like to give a special thank you to all who participated in making my inaugural ceremonies in March so memorable. We have included a selection of photos from the events on page 2. To access the Web site containing more materials from the inaugural activities, including a Web cast of the Academic-Community Roundtable on Creating a New Curriculum on Higher Education and the investiture ceremonies, visit

I hope you enjoy this issue of Fiat Lux. If you see me on campus or around town, please say “hello” – I would love to hear from you!

France A. Córdova

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