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 Scot Fest 2013
Parents Day
Saturday, November 16
Register by November 6

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 Schedule of events for alumni and parents below.

Schedule of Events for Alumni and Parents

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

7:30–11 a.m.
8th Annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K Run*

Alumni, students, family, and friends: everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a morning of fun and exercise!  A fundraising event for UC Riverside student scholarships, the Spirit of the Tribes 5k Run is hosted by the Native American Student Programs office, honoring the Native American spirit and culture. Visit the Spirit of the Tribes website for more information and to preregister.

Location: Rivera Lawn

*Fee event

9–11 a.m.
Hike to the "C" (Sold Out)

This very challenging guided hike to UCR's famous symbol is a great way to "C" the campus from a different perspective.

Location: Trailhead

11 a.m.–Noon
Back to Class Presentation with Professor Pam Clute — Math4All (College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences)

Mathematics connects us to science, technology, engineering and the arts. For people to participate fully in society they must know mathematics or they will be cut off from a whole realm of human endeavors. This high-energy presentation with audience interaction is suited for anyone who wants to explore the power of mathematics as a vehicle for personal success and workforce productivity.

Location: HUB 302

11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lothian Residence Hall 50th Anniversary — Tours & Dining

All alumni (especially Lothian alumni!) are invited for tours of Lothian Hall including a special visit to the basement where generations of residents signed their names. Join us for a '60s themed Brunch and/or Dinner during this year's Homecoming. Brunch is served from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. for $9.95 and dinner is served from 4:30–8 p.m. for $11.95. Great meals are all-you-care-to-eat!

Location: Lothian Residence Hall

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Back to Class Presentation — Alzheimer's and Dementia — Exploring the Mysteries of Neurological Disorders (Sold Out)

From some of UCR's most distinguished faculty, learn about the latest in brain research and practical information you can use if confronted with these disorders.

Location: HUB 379

12:15–1:15 p.m.
Hike to the "C" (Sold Out)

This very challenging guided hike to UCR's famous symbol is a great way to "C" the campus from a different perspective. Allow two hours for this activity.

Location: Trailhead

Off Campus Academic Experiences — Education from a Global Stadium (Sold Out)

Designed to enrich students' academic experiences and develop the valuable communication, problem-solving, and intercultural skills necessary to succeed in today's global society, representatives from Off Campus Academic Experiences will explain the options available for enhancing the UCR experience with a wide range of study abroad programs or internships in Washington, D.C. or Sacramento.

Location: HUB 265

Gluck Presentation

A hands-on activity presented by a graduate student from the Gluck Program that will be fun for the whole family.

Location: ARTS 166

Back to Class Presentation with Professor Jan Blacher – Autism in Your Community and Why You Should Care (Graduate School of Education)

Autism is a high incidence disorder, one that most people will encounter at some point. This presentation will include a snapshot of the latest research about autism, including data from a recent campus-wide study of autism awareness at the University of California, Riverside, and the implications of these findings for Southern California.

Location: Sproul Hall 1340

Back to Class Presentation with Professor Sharon Walker – Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (Bourns College of Engineering)

Professor Walker works in the area of water quality and security, applying fundamental sciences to understand the fate of bacterial pathogens and emerging contaminants in water, allowing for the assessment of key infrastructure protecting public health. She will discuss her recent work as the part of the University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology on nanoparticle presence in water and assessment of the hazards they may pose.

Location: HUB 355

Back to Class Presentation with Professor Sherryl Vint – Alien Nation: How Science Fiction Television "Channels" Difference (College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences)

This talk will explore how depictions of aliens have changed throughout the history of science fiction television, responding to shifting contemporary anxieties. It will focus in particular the parallels between extraterrestrial aliens in science fiction and discourses of difference in immigration, which differently employs the term alien.

Location: HUB 302

Botanic Gardens Tour (Sold Out)

Take the trolley to the Botanic Gardens for a guided tour that will showcase UCR's living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.

Location: Botanic Gardens

Entomology Bug Petting Zoo (Sold Out)

Learn the ways insects react to predators; you'll even get to watch them in action!

Location: HUB 260

1–3:30 p.m.
Scot Fest

The 6th Annual Highlander Scot Fest will feature a food truck festival, student performances, games for the whole family, interactive college booths, photo booths, caricature artists, live music from KUCR, inflatables, and much more!

Visit the booths for Bourns College of Engineering, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Graduate School of Education, School of Business Administration, and College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Alumni Association Members: Show your membership card at the alumni booth and receive a free gift!

Location: HUB Plaza

4 p.m.
Homecoming Basketball Game vs. Montana State*

Wear your blue and gold, don your tartan, and show your UCR pride as you cheer on the Highlanders to victory as they take on the Montana State Bobcats. Get your tickets at or call (951) 827-4653.

Location: Student Rec Center

*Fee event

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Reunions, Receptions, Breakfasts & Luncheons

Friday, November 15, 2013

4:30–6:30 p.m.
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Alumni Reception

Alumni and friends of CNAS are invited to an alumni presentation, "Extinction! What Disappears and Why?" by Michael A. Arthur (Geology '71, M.S. '74), Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University.  A wine and cheese reception will follow, along with a special research poster display by CNAS undergraduate students from all the majors. Visit for more information and to RSVP.

Location: Genomics Building Auditorium

5–7 p.m.
Graduate School of Education Annual Homecoming Reception

Come home and reconnect with friends, classmates, and faculty while sampling wine and delicious appetizers to the wonderful sounds of jazz music. The event is free of charge for you and a guest, but reservations are required.

Location: HUB 302

Saturday, November 16, 2013

9:30–11 a.m.
Alumni Association Leaders Breakfast*

Alumni Association board members past and present are invited to meet new Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and the new Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni & Constituent Relations Jorge Ancona.

Location: The Barn

*$25 per person

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Asian Pacific Student Programs Alumni Reunion*

Reconnect with friends at a casual reception and meet fellow alumni, students and APSP staff past and present.

Location: HUB 268

*$10 per person Now free

12–2 p.m.
School of Business Administration (SoBA) Blues & Brews Reception (Cancelled)

Please visit the School of Business Administration booth at Scot Fest and visit the dean.

Business alumni are invited for casual event featuring great music and libations! Network with alumni and learn more about the business school.

Location: Anderson Hall Lawn

6:30–9 p.m.
Men's Basketball Alumni Reunion

Open to all former players, former coaches, staff, and friends. Includes ticket to the game, pre-game hospitality, and reunion reception at Yellow Chili Tapas Kitchen & Bar. RSVP by November 1 by to email or phone (951) 827-5432.

Location: Yellow Chili Tapas Kitchen & Bar in the Canyon Crest Towne Center

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Parents Day

Saturday, November 16, 2013

11a.m.–12 p.m.
UCR Parents Association Meeting*

UCR Parent Day package is $15 per person which includes parking on campus, UCR Parents Association Meeting, Homecoming and Scot Fest activities, plus a ticket to the Homecoming Men's Basketball Game.

The meeting will feature a welcome from Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, performances by the UCR Spirit Squads and a Faculty Keynote Presentation from Dr. Pam Clute, Executive Director of the Alpha Center.

For more information visit or call (951) 827-2586.

Location: HUB 302

*Fee event

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 Campus Store

Visit the Campus Store to get all your Highlander gear! Alumni Association members receive an additional 10% discount!


Friday, November 15:
8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Saturday, November 16:
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Register before November 6!

Register online or call (951) 827-2586.