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Chancellor's Dinner Celebrates Excellence, Scholarships

Chancellor's Dinner Celebrates Excellence

The community is invited to attend the event, which will also raise money for scholarships.

(October 13, 2010)

Arthur and Peggy Littleworth will receive the UCR Medallion. Photo by Gabriel Acosta.Enlarge

Arthur and Peggy Littleworth will receive the UCR Medallion. Photo by Gabriel Acosta.

An award-winning chef, a UCR associate professor who combines hip-hop and theatre, a political science major who became mayor of his hometown and a Riverside couple committed to promoting educational opportunities are all being honored this month when UC Riverside holds the 2nd annual Chancellor’s Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 23 in the Highlander Union Building (HUB).

Alumni Robert Del Grande, Rickerby Hinds and André Quintero are recipients of the 2010 Alumni Awards of Distinction. Scholarship donors Arthur and Peggy Littleworth will receive the UCR Medallion.

Funds raised during the event will benefit UC Riverside’s existing scholarship and fellowship program.

“This evening is all about recognizing achievement, celebrating generosity and providing opportunities for future students,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White. “We invite the community to spend an extraordinary evening being inspired by the alumni, community partners, campus supporters and current students who help UC Riverside to excel on all fronts.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception that will include UCR student performing groups. Dinner will follow in the HUB ballroom.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $125. The RSVP deadline is Oct. 15. Information: Virginia Lerer at (951) 827-3144 or via e-mail at

Those honored are:

UCR Medallion: Community leaders Arthur and Peggy Littleworth

Arthur Littleworth was a member of the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education from 1958 to 1973, serving as president for 11 years beginning in 1962. Littleworth came under fire when, under his leadership in 1965, the board integrated Riverside schools, becoming the first city in the nation to voluntarily integrate.

A Yale Law School graduate, Littleworth has lived in Riverside since the 1950s. A partner in the Riverside law firm Best Best and Krieger he specializes in water law. More than two decades ago he was named a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court, and his final report in 1997 on a water dispute between Colorado and Kansas was unanimously upheld.

In 1987, Arthur funded the Arthur L. Littleworth Endowed Scholarship, which is given to a Riverside Unified School District graduate who will attend UCR. The couple continues to add to that scholarship fund.

Arthur is a past president of the Citizens University Committee; Peggy was been active in UCR’s Women in Philanthropy program.

Distinguished Alumnus: Robert Del Grande (’81 Ph.D.), founder of the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group.

Del Grande’s Ph.D. in biochemistry inspired him to look at the chemical process in the kitchen, answering questions that intrigued him, including. “What makes pancakes so delicious?”

Del Grande received the coveted James Beard Award and was also a Silver Spoon winner. Along the way, he helped make Houston a notable food town with more than 20 high-end restaurants. He has been a favorite with culinary magazines including Food & Wine, Food Arts, Saveur, Gourmet and Bon Appétit.

Alumni Service Award: Rickerby Hinds (’94 B.A.), UCR associate professor of theater.

Hinds is widely known as one of the first to use hip-hop, the urban subculture of rap music associated with African-American youth, to power theater pieces.

Hinds started out as a business and economics major at UCR but didn’t discover his calling until Martin Luther King Day in 1988 when he wrote a sketch for UCR’s African Student Programs. The connection with the audience made an impression.

He has written more than 15 plays that explore topics such as the struggles of inner city youth, child labor and slave history.

Outstanding Young Alumnus: André Quintero (‘96 B.A.), mayor, city of El Monte, Calif.

In high school Quintero attended Boys State, a summer leadership program in Sacramento. Participants run for positions and Quintero ran for governor and won. Along with 96 other young men, he was chosen to go on to Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.

He continued on the same trajectory at UCR. Quintero was elected to the ASUCR Senate as a sophomore. When he was 19 he was tasked with representing the UC student body to the UC Board of Regents and the Legislature as president of the ASUCR.

After law school at UCLA, Quintero became a deputy city attorney and neighborhood prosecutor. In November 2009, he was voted mayor of his hometown of El Monte.

Robert Del Grande Enlarge

Robert Del Grande

Rickerby HindsEnlarge

Rickerby Hinds

André QuinteroEnlarge

André Quintero

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