Chancellor's Friday Letters

Celebrating Year’s End

Celebrating Year’s End

December 18, 2009


The earth is nearing completion of its annual trip around the sun. Families and friends everywhere are celebrating the season according to their own beliefs and traditions. Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Eid-ul-Adha, Solstice… These holidays may differ in their origins and customs, but they hold in common many underlying values, such as thankfulness, charity, and family.

Our UCR family has endured a challenging year, as has our community, state and nation… indeed the world. While I acknowledge this and recognize the difficulties of our time, I am also grateful for you–our wonderful students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends–who are stepping forward to help us meet those challenges. It is your commitment, spirit, and ideas that will not only see us through but, as I have said before, assure that we emerge strong with unabashed ambition for all that is next. I am proud, too, of your generosity and the many ways you are supporting one another and others in our community.

Many of us use this time of year to give back in some way. Writer Oren Arnold suggested the most thoughtful gifts of all: “To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

I am sure each of you can think of other beautiful examples such as these. These are the gifts we treasure most. We can all think back to a teacher who believed in us, a friend who comforted us, a stranger who offered a hand. If our students learn nothing else at UCR, I hope they learn to value these moments, both given and received. I know I have, and for that I thank you.

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the season, I hope you have a joyous holiday and a wonderful New Year. My next Friday Letter will be January 8th.

With best wishes,


Tim White


What Do Spiders and Engineers Have in Common?

A discussion and live-music series hosted by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles will get an impressive start with UCR Professor Cheryl Hayashi and “Spiders: The Miracle Engineers,” at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8.

Time Machine to 1895

A $10,000 grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation will allow UCR Libraries to purchase a rare first American edition of H.G. Wells classic “Time Machine.”

Kudos to Fellows

Eight UCR faculty members have been named fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science: Yolanda Moses, Eric Chronister, Timothy Close, Richard Debus, Darleen DeMason, Timothy Lyons, Walid Najjar, and Daniel Schlenk.

Wondering what else is going on at UCR? It’s all listed at http://happenings.ucr.edu

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