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Students Put On Great Entertainment

Award-Winning Entertainment Available to UC Riverside Students

Associated Students Program Board Receives National Recognition

(January 7, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- From coffee house concerts to poetry slams, UC Riverside’s 17,000 students have access to top-notch entertainment, according to the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an association that links higher education with the entertainment communities.

The UC Riverside Association Students Program Board (ASPB) won three of the top awards offered at the West Regional Conference in Portland, OR recently, more than any other institution in an eleven state area that included California, Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii and portions of Colorado and New Mexico.

ASPB is a select group of 13 undergraduate students elected to provide entertainment for the undergraduate students of UCR. Their programs include concerts, films, cultural programs and festivals. A current schedule is available on the Web at:

It includes the Coffeehouse Series, a weekly film, Hip-Hop concerts from the acts “Common” and “Blackalicious,” a series of daily Homecoming Week events and activities, Highlander Spirit week events and giveaways.

“I’ve been to some events and they are really well organized this year,” said Nina Mufleh, a third-year student at UC Riverside majoring in political science.

ASPB won two of three programming awards presented during the conference held in November in Portland, OR. ASPB’s Coffeehouse Series, which featured performers each Wednesday during Winter, 2003, took the award for “Best Series or Continuous Preprogram.” The program featured a variety of up-and-coming musical acts as well as an “open mic” to highlight the talent of UCR students. The successful series now moves to larger facilities, the Commons Cafeteria.

An “East Coast vs. West Coast Poetry Slam,” won “Best Program with a Diversity or Multicultural Theme.” There were also various outstanding individual awards presented, including one for ASPB Director of Marketing, Adam Khan, who was named the “Outstanding Student from a four-year College” for his dedication to his position, his academic achievement and his marketing technniques.

“We feel fortunate to have him in ASPB,” said Dale Masterson, UC Riverside’s director of student involvement and service and the ASPB advisor. Masterson also credited student David Strunk and the cooperation of the dining services operation for the success of the Coffehouse series. He said students Tony Aguilar and Kiran Hashmi did a great job coordinating the Poetry Slam event, which featured a diverse line-up of poets from HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. “We are grateful to all the students of UC Riverside who come out to support these events,” Masterson said.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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