We can’t say “Happy New Year” without taking a look back at what might be one of UC Riverside’s most groundbreaking 12 months for students, research, and the university at large.
- We hired the first two Nobel Prize winners to our faculty; chemist ’67 won the 2005 prize, and physicist , who won the 2017 award.
- We became (U.S. News 2019 rankings) and Money Magazine named us the university in the West.
- We enrolled 23,365 students, an 11 percent increase in five years, showing the university’s swift gain in popularity.
- Frank Bidart '62 won the 2018 in poetry for his book "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."
- Executive Chef Burke Reeves in a national culinary competition after winning a , the first such award in UCR’s history.
- 100 percent of our medical students were matched with residency programs.
- We set a of donors in one day.
- Our researchers found the of animal life, 100 million years before the Cambrian Explosion.
- We welcomed our first full-time , Karina Guiterrez.
- Our solar panels powered more than 700 homes.
- Professor John Jennings won an Eisner award after being for his graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s “Kindred.”
- We watched former Highlanders pitcher help the Boston Red Sox win the World Series … and then sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Our softball team made its first ever postseason appearance.
- Our men’s the Big West Championship for the first time in UCR history.
- Alumna Anthea M. Hartig ’01 was named , the first woman to hold the position.
And there are many, many more. Here’s to all the milestones we’ve met that have defined the spirit of UCR. It’s been quite a year, Highlanders. Let’s do it again in 2019.