University of California, Riverside

Chancellor's Dinner

2014 Chancellor’s Dinner

2014 Chancellor’s Dinner Benefits Merit Scholarships, Recognizes Excellence

Celebrating the 28th anniversary of the UC Riverside Alumni Awards of Distinction, more than 300 campus friends, students, leaders and donors gathered together for the Chancellor's Dinner on October 18, 2014. Colorful lights transformed Highlander Union Building's main ballroom into a showcase for the stories of UCR's outstanding alumni, scholarship recipients and the donors who make those scholarships possible. Chancellor Kim Wilcox spoke of the transformative role that UCR plays in the lives of its more than 21,000 students and thanked all those who contribute their personal and financial resources to sustain the institution's mission.

This year, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to Shah Selbe '04 for his work and research on ocean conservation. Partering with organizations such as the Center for Ocean Solutions and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Shah earned the recognition of the National Geographic Society as one of their 2013 Emerging Explorers. The Alumni Service Award was presented to Bill Kroonen '60. In addition to serving on the Desert Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education and the Riverside County Board of Education, Bill has volunteered on behalf of many Coachella Valley community organizations over the years, including the educational programming committee for the UCR Palm Desert Center. Michael Devirian '66, a former ASUCR President, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his extraordinary career at JPL and NASA. Among his many achievements, Michael worked as Mission Control for the Mars Mariner and Lunar Lander Missions from 1966-70. He was also the operations manager for the Hubble Space Telescope and Camera Installation. Chancellor Wilcox presented the UCR Medallion to Pamela and Mark Rubin in recognition of their impact on UC Riverside and the greater Riverside region through their vision for building community, leadership and philanthropy. The event was sponsored by the UCR Alumni Association and the UCR Foundation.

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