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Looking back at 2020

Despite a turbulent year, the University of Redlands community came together with resilience, innovation, and genuine care to meet our most challenging moments. Here, we take time to remember a year unlike any other.  

Just a few of the highlights of 2020 are listed below.

January

Bulldogs celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. week.

February

U of R was lauded as one of the year’s top producers of Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright students in the United States.

Women's lacrosse coach and professor Suzette Soboti secured her 200th career win.

March

The U of R launched an online certificate in GIS; other certificates launched in 2020 were a business location analytics certificate and an LGBTQ leadership certificate.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hitfaculty began delivering personalized instruction through virtual classes, including in subjects such as sciencemusic, art, and theatre.

April

U of R faculty and students participated in a virtual performance, “The Longest Time—Quarantine Edition”; it has more than 2.6 million views on YouTube, and Billy Joel applauded the pandemic parody of his song via email.

U of R donated 10,000 pounds of food to the Family Service Association of Redlands.

A partnership between U of R and Loma Linda University provided a homeless walk-in medical clinic on the Redlands campus.

The College celebrated its 2020 graduates in innovative new ways.

May

San Francisco Theological Seminary celebrated graduates at a virtual commencement.

U of R’s Employee Emergency Fund was launched to provide employees with financial support for urgent, unanticipated needs.

June

U of R recommitted to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, led by Christopher Jones Jr., the University's first-ever senior diversity and inclusion officer.

The U of R partnered with Esri to give away 14,000 trees in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles regions.

July

The School of Business promoted its new master’s degree in business analytics, which would launch in the fall.

August

The School of Education celebrated a virtual commencement with new Naslund Endowed Dean Mario Martinez.

September

College students worked to increase voter registration efforts and engagement with Bulldog Vote.

October

Homecoming 2020 became known as Homestaying, with more than 750 alumni joining 30 online events.

Giving Week 2020 raised more than $284,600 for students in immediate need during the COVID-19 pandemic and other priorities.

November

San Bernardino County opened a COVID-19 testing site on the Redlands campus, thanks to a collaboration with U of R.

December

The 73-year-old tradition of the Feast of Lights transformed into a gorgeous virtual presentation.

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that regardless of our beliefs or where we are in the world, Bulldogs are here for each other. We hope to see you all healthy, happy, and safe in 2021.

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