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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Searching for Genghis
Victims of War
Interview with the Chancellor
What's In a Name? The Long Saga of Third College
Spanish Archive
Campus Currents
Clarion Call
Plume Assignment
The Transformation of EBU1
Geckos of the Sea
Blue Whale Blues
Swedish Science Prize
The Measure of a Woman
The Mack 'N Biz
Breathe Plant, Breathe!
Hurt Locker Robots

Cliff Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


Keeping UC San Diego Affordable
The University offers a robust financial aid program.

UC San Diego has an important message for students and families who are facing financial difficulties: Help is available through financial aid. 
UC San Diego is committed to ensuring that talented and deserving students have access to the world-class education that the University offers, regardless of their economic status. “Our financial aid officers can show students options that will help them continue their education at UC San Diego,” says Ann Klein, director of UC San Diego’s Financial Aid Office.

More than half of the University’s undergraduate students receive need-based support with one-third receiving Federal Pell Grants and state Cal Grants.  Students who think they won’t qualify are directed to the “Five Myths of Financial Aid” on the UC San Diego Financial Aid Office website at fao.ucsd.edu

Prospective and current undergraduate students also have access to programs such as the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. Under the plan, California residents whose families earn less than $60,000 a year (up to $70,000 beginning in 2010-11), will have their UC system-wide fees covered by grants and scholarships from UC or other sources. For other families earning up to $100,000 (and up to $120,000 beginning in 2010-2011), UC offers other additional grant money.

In addition, UC San Diego’s Financial Aid Office website provides students with online tools to access continuing undergraduate scholarships, as well as helping students seek scholarships from private sources of funding.

“I couldn’t attend a school like this if I didn’t have scholarships backing me,” says freshman Nicole Garcia, the first in her family out of four generations to attend college. “I don’t have to worry that my studies are taking away money that could be used for doctor’s bills for my grandmother or necessities that need to be paid at home.”

To help fund scholarships and fellowships, UC San Diego recently launched the $50 million “Invent the Future” fundraising campaign. For more information, visit inventthefuture.ucsd.edu.
—Christine Clark, ’06

Outstanding Young Alumni Awardees
Bun-Ching Lam, Ph.D. ’81
Sam Popkin, professor, political science
LaVerne Ragster, Ph.D. ’80
Thom Sherman, Warren ’88

The Second Provost
In 1981, Faustina Solis became the second provost of Thurgood Marshall College, then known as Third. Solis, who established public health coursework for undergraduates and medical students at UC San Diego, had arrived at the campus in 1972 after a long career focused on healthcare for underserved populations. MORE


Numero Uno
With a 28-3 overall record and a 19-game winning streak, the men’s baseball team, coached by Dan O’Brien, Muir ’97, has risen to number one in the nation, as released in the latest Division II Coaches poll. The Tritons have their sights set on a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series. Stay posted—the Series is slated for May 22-29 in Cary, N.C.

Triton Three-Peat
Coach Scott McGihon’s swimming and diving team sent 28 athletes to the NCAA Division II Cham­pion­ships at Canton, Ohio, in March. Sophomore Alexandra Henley won the national title in the 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly while senior Dan Perdew three-peated in the 100 freestyle and captured the 50 freestyle for the second time in three years. As a team, the Tritons came in third on the women’s side and seventh in the men’s division.

Coaching Trio
Three former UC San Diego basketball players had successful runs as head coaches in the recent NCAA Basketball Tournament. At the Division I level, Randy Bennett, Revelle ’86, guided his St. Mary’s squad to an upset over Villanova and reached the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, in the Division I women’s tourney, Sue Semrau, Marshall ’85, took her Florida State squad to its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament and all the way to the Elite Eight. And finally, Greg Kamansky, Muir ’88, saw his Cal Poly Pomona club defeat Indiana to win the NCAA Division II national title.

Gimme Five!
Under third-year head coach Charity Elliott’s training, the women’s basketball team went to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the fifth consecutive time.


11 *UCSD Near You: The Promise of Biofuels— Boston
UCSD research decreases our dependence on foreign oil.
12 Environmental Systems Symposium & Reunion
Learn about UCSD’s Environmental Systems program and career pportunities.
14 Sun God Experience*
Alumni receive VIP access and private reception.
14 Webinar: Building Social Confidence
17 Rady Golf Classic
20 Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium
25 California in Crisis: What Went Wrong?
25 Webinar: Top 5 Financial Strategies
for Young Alumni

25 Alumni Travel: Tour to Italy’s Lake District
26–28 Pascal Dusapin’s chamber opera To Be Sung has its West Coast premiere at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

May 29–July 4 Mandeville Special
Collections Library Exhibition: San Diego Book Arts Juried Artists’ Books.

Arts Library Exhibit: Tom Swift Centennial Celebrate the centennial of Tom Swift, children’s literature hero.
1  *UCSD Near You: In Search of Genghis
San Diego.

3–6  Alumni Weekend

3 Inspiring Minds: Faculty Reception
4 Alumni & Family Night at Birch Aquarium
6 Alumni Brunch
5 Awards for Excellence
6 Alumni Surf Invitational

Information available at: alumni.ucsd.edu/alumni weekend.

8 *World Ocean Day at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
11am–3pm: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish!
11 Webinar: Writing a Winning Resume
11 All Campus Graduation Celebration
12 Commencement
16 Green Flash Concert*
6-9 p.m., at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Ages 21+ only. Enjoy live music from stellar bands.
22 Webinar: Cyber Security Issues for Non-Technical Computer Users

5 Alumni Travel: Cruise Russia and the Passage of Peter the Great
15 Alumni Travel: China & Hong Kong Group Travel
21 Green Flash Concert*
6–9 p.m., at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

July 12–October 1: Exhibit: “Dr. Seuss’ Boids & Beasties,” Main floor, Geisel Library
UCSD’s annual salute to Dr. Seuss, drawn from UCSD’s Seuss Collection.

Arts Library:
Annual Paper Theatre Exhibit & Festival
Celebrates scale-model paper theatre, the colorful Victorian-Era educational toy.
18 Green Flash Concert*
6–9 p.m., at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
22 17th Annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau Invitational
Raise money for cancer ­research and surf for a cure!
24 Webinar: The Entrepreneur in You

Arts Library:
10th Annual Toy Piano Exhibit & Festival
4 Alumni Travel: Canadian Maritimes
11 17th Annual Bruce Gorder 5K Walk for Melanoma
Help raise money for melanoma research at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.
Summer Send-Off Picnics
Greet incoming students and their parents at family-style ­picnics throughout California.

*Discounted pricing for UCSD Alumni Association members.

A complete list of alumni events, including registration information, is available. For information on ArtPwr and for other events go here.

Questions? Call (858) 534-3900 or (866) UCSD-ALUM.