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UCR Celebrates Homecoming

Alumni College Debuts at Homecoming 2006

Activities Include '60s Reunion and Homecoming Basketball Games

(January 12, 2006)

Riverside,Calif. ( -- Alumni returning for this year’s Homecoming will get more than remembrances of things past; they’ll get an opportunity to sample today’s classroom. The Alumni Association of UC Riverside is launching its first Alumni College, a series of lectures designed to introduce former students to new subjects and teaching techniques.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming is “Reconnect, Reunite and Reminisce!” In keeping with that theme, Bill Cole, the organizer of the program, says the association wants to help members reconnect with the school in a more personal way.

“The Alumni College showcases what’s happening now on campus as compared to when they were here,” Cole says. “It’s a way to show how teaching methods and materials have changed. It’s a chance to forge a closer relationship with our alumni. We are very excited about it.”

This year, Homecoming runs Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, January 21. The Alumni College, also called Classes Without Tests, is offering four lectures on the final day of the celebration. They are:

  • “Writing for Our Lives: A Sampler by UCR Authors,” Maurya Simon, professor of the Creative Writing, in Humanities 1500 at 11a.m

  • “Nanotechnology and What it Means for the Inland Empire,” Dr. Robert Haddon, Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Bourns Hall, B118 also at 11 a.m.

  • “How Riverside’s Sewage Becomes Orange County’s Drinking Water,” Dr. Marylynn Yates, professor of Environmental Microbiology in Entomology Conference Room 161 at 1 p.m. and finally

  • “Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn About Sex from Animals,” Dr. Marlene Zuk, professor of biology, in Entomology Conference Room 161 at 2 p.m.

The sessions are free and open to the public. For reservations call (951) 827-2586 or (800) 426-ALUM (2586).

Other highlights of this year’s celebration include:

  • Thursday, January, 19 at 7 p.m. — UCR vs. UC Irvine men’s basketball at the Student Rec Center

  • Saturday, January 21, at 5 p.m. — UCR vs. Long Beach State men’s basketball at the Student Rec Center

  • Saturday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m., the 60s Alumni Reunion Dinner at the Mission Inn, Galleria Room, 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

  • Saturday, January 21, at 7 p.m. “Exhibition: Life Cycles: Reflections of Change and a New Hope for Future Generations,” at the UCR/CA Museum of Photography, 3824 Main Street, Riverside

  • Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m., the fifth annual African Student Programs Homecoming Celebration” at the Student Rec Center, Multipurpose Room C

    • The Associated Students Program Board has organized four days of student entertainment including a pep rally, a combination sponge relay/cheer competition and a bear decoration contest. A concert featuring Dashboard Confessional will be held Thursday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Student Rec Center.

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