It’s never been easier to get connected and impact the future of UC Riverside.
UC Riverside is on the rise, and as one of 120,000 alumni, you’ve helped to propel us to new heights. We hope you have fond memories of your experience on campus and would like to be a part of the university’s continual growth.
This February, we are asking you to participate in the 2020 Alumni Roll Call to help us continue to engage or reconnect with you and provide future Highlanders with a transformative experience of their own. Your participation will ensure UCR has your most up-to-date and complete contact information and help us understand how you would like to get involved and help shape an exciting new slate of Highlander alumni events, networking opportunities, and career services.
All UC Riverside alumni, including UCR Extension certificate holders, are encouraged to take part in the roll call and have the opportunity to win one of 10 amazing VIP experiences!
We want to know where our alumni are and what they are doing.
During the roll call survey, we’ll ask you to confirm your preferred address, and to provide your professional title, career field, and a bit of demographic and contact information so we can stay connected. After the results are gathered and analyzed, we will share how your opinion will help shape future programming and services.
Help us to develop new programming and learn what’s already available to you.
Have you been looking for opportunities to give back? UCR offers our alumni a number of ways to stay connected to campus, current students, and fellow Highlanders. As a UCR alumnus, you have the support of your campus community for life.
The UCR Alumni Association offers career services to support and unite a strong network of successful, influential alumni who can assist you with your career. We provide networking opportunities, career conferences, campus events, and job search tools throughout your professional journey.
UCR’s top-ranking education has given rise to Highlander alumni with incredible career success, well-deserved accolades, and lifetime achievements. We invite established and up-and-coming professionals to share their experience and knowledge with young alumni, recent graduates, and currents students. With alumni spread across the nation and the globe, we’re always excited to learn what our alumni are up to and welcome you to reconnect with the Highlander community by serving as a panelist or mentor and sharing your career accomplishments and expertise with others.
In addition to career services, we give alumni the opportunity to experience UCR in your area, celebrate distinguished alumni, and extend a warm welcome to our newest graduates.
Want to step it up a notch? Alumni networks offer you the opportunity to establish new friendships, connect with professionals in your industry, or gather with other fellow alumni in your area as frequently as you would like. Join us for a professional sporting event, a summer performance, or to volunteer with your peers or advocate on behalf of your alma mater.
You can also join fellow alumni, parents, and friends of the university to help us promote and protect the value of a UCR education and advocate for greater access to college for California high school students’ during our annual trip to Sacramento to meet with elected officials.
If you can’t make it back to campus or volunteer your time, we ask you to join an amazing group of donors and become a philanthropic leader with a gift of any size. Together, we can continue to offer a world-class education that not only changes students’ lives, but positively impacts the future of our campus, surrounding community, and the world.
Our hope is that all our alumni achieve great success and build a life-long relationship with the university. Please take the time to complete the roll call and encourage Highlanders in your personal network to do the same!
Act now for a chance to win one of the following exclusive VIP experiences!*
GREENBAR DISTILLERY TOUR
In true Highlander fashion, enjoy tasty Scottish treats and a unique behind the scenes tour at the Greenbar Distillery in downtown Los Angeles. Owner, and proud UCR alumna, Litty Matthew ’91 will share stories of how she created the world’s largest collection of organic spirits along with fun facts about the art of craft distillery. True to their eco-friendly roots, these radically sustainable master mixologists always plant a tree for every purchase made. (Note: Tasting tickets not included.)
LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS TOUR
Ready to run wild? Don’t miss your chance to meet UCR alumna Denise Verret ’88, CEO of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and join her team for an extraordinary journey through the heart of the park. Exotic animals, breathtaking floral displays, delicious eats, and a host of family-friendly activities are yours to enjoy, along with four complimentary one-day passes.
JOSHUA TREE ADVENTURE
This wildflower season, grab your favorite hiking boots (or jump in a UCR four-wheel drive) with up to two of your guests and head out to explore the stunning beauty of Joshua Tree National Park in the company of UCR Ecologist Cameron Barrows. During this guided backroads tour, you’ll learn how climate change shapes this unique landscape, and what UCR researchers are doing to help protect it. This walking/driving expedition will be tailored to your and your guests’ level of fitness. Two free nights (up to $250 per night) at a nearby hotel in Palm Springs, plus a gourmet picnic, will round out this unique outdoor adventure.
BASKETBALL NIGHT OUT
Calling all LA Lakers and Clippers fans! Join UCR Men’s Basketball Coach, David Patrick, for a pre-game dinner plus four tickets (up to $120 each) to see one of your favorite Southern California NBA teams in action. Or if college hoops are more your thing, you and a guest can join UCR Athletics Director Tamica Smith Jones at one of the Final Four games in the 2021 Women’s NCAA Tournament.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS/UCR ARTS EXPERIENCE
Relax in luxury and be dazzled by the brilliant Festival of Lights holiday display (November 23 – January 6) at the historic Riverside Mission Inn. This package includes two free hotel nights (up to a $500 value). You’ll also enjoy a private tour of the famed UCR California Museum of Photography, the largest photographic center in the western United States, while exploring a dynamic mix of exhibitions, performances, and film screenings happening at UCR ARTS. (This VIP experience will be available for up to three of the winners.)
LAS VEGAS MOB MUSEUM TOUR
Want to know what really happened in Vegas? Take a trip to the strip and journey back in time at The Mob Museum with New York Times best-selling novelist and award-winning journalist Tod Goldberg. As the author of Gangster Nation, Gangsterland, and The House of Secrets, Tod knows where all the bodies are buried. Plus, as director of UCR’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, he spins an unforgettable tale. Throw in museum tickets plus a $500 voucher for your choice of Vegas hotel, and it would be a crime to miss it.
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE
Lights! Camera! Action! Experience the glitz, glamor, and award-winning cinematography on display at the 2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Includes a $500 gift card to enable you and a guest to customize your experience by purchasing access to regular or special film screenings. Swing by UCR Palm Desert Center for lunch with award-winning creative writing faculty and a former studio head to get an insider’s view of the screen trade.
Time to get your cosplay fix! Join two of UCR’s comic-creating faculty superstars at the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con. John Jennings is an Eisner-award winning graphic novelist, illustrator, and curator who recently launched the imprint Megascope, dedicated to giving voice to comic creators and artists of color. Nalo Hopkinson is a celebrated science fiction and fantasy novelist and was selected by Neil Gaiman to help reboot his iconic Sandman Universe. You’ll have the rare opportunity to mingle with these influential comic creators, getting the inside scoop on their creative process and the comics industry. Includes lunch plus $500 toward the purchase of 2021 San Diego Comic-Con passes.
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME OR GRAMMY MUSEUM TOUR
Join UCR alumna Nwaka Onwusa ’09, curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for an exclusive guided tour of this legendary venue. Can’t make it to Cleveland any time soon? Southern California residents also have the option to join Nwaka for an equally fascinating visit at The Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Museum tickets and lunch for two also included…feed your mind, body, and musical soul.
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM TOUR
Immerse yourself in a mind-expanding afternoon at the Palm Springs Art Museum with UCR professor Jim Isermann as he guides you on a private tour of his latest exhibition: Copy. Pattern. Repeat. An internationally recognized artist known for his bold, decorative, geometric works, Jim has designed numerous sculptures and architectural installations throughout and beyond Southern California. Enjoy the art of conversation over lunch with one of UCR’s most innovative minds.
THE BARN GIFT CARD
Receive a $599 gift card good for one year at The Barn, UCR’s iconic campus eatery and music venue. Enjoy the very best of Highlander hospitality, while sampling our signature citrus-infused menu items, catching a concert with friends, relaxing on our beautifully renovated new patio, and reliving old memories while making new ones. (This VIP experience will be available for up to three of the winners.)
* Note: All VIP experiences exclude travel and other incidentals.