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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

HEADLINE

Achieving the Extraordinary: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

Fifty years ago, UC San Diego founder Roger Revelle had one criterion for the fledgling campus: “It must be distinctive.”

Fifty years ago, UC San Diego founder Roger Revelle had one criterion for the fledgling campus: “It must be distinctive.”

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Inventing the Future

The first year of UC San Diego’s critical $50 million student support campaign, Invent the Future, has come to a close and the results are in. The University set an ambitious goal of raising $15 million for the first year of the campaign—a substantial increase in funds for scholarships and fellowships over the previous year. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends generously helped us surpass this goal, giving $17 million to undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

UC President Emeritus and UC San Diego Chancellor Emeritus Richard C. Atkinson and his wife Rita have made the largest gift to date to the campaign—more than $5.7 million for graduate fellowships. This gift will make a difference in students’ lives now, and in perpetuity.

Yet more funds are still needed. Fifty-five percent of our undergraduates need financial support and only 16 percent of our graduate students receive fellowship support. With your help, we can provide more scholarships and fellowships to ensure a diverse body of students from all social and economic backgrounds—some of whom may not otherwise have been able to attend UC San Diego.

Terrell Green is a recent Ph.D. graduate who ­received support from the prestigious Seibel Foundation. She plans to use her bioengineering background to help shape science and technology policy in government.

“If I hadn’t received fellowship opportunities, I would not have been able to study at this great institution,” said Green. “Fellowships allow you to focus on your research and excel, rather than worrying about ­finances.”

Undergraduate student Nicole Garcia received a Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. The microbiology major hopes to someday help find the cure for AIDS. “Students who receive support are given a chance to succeed that they otherwise might not have.”

For more on these outstanding scholarship recipients and others, visit InventTheFuture.ucsd.edu.

Remembering Lamont Ericson

Lamont Ericson, M.D., completed his ophthalmology residency at the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center in 1996 and went on to establish a successful practice in Utah.  Unfortunately, Ericson died in 2007 of pancreatic cancer. His classmates, professors, colleagues, patients and the many students he mentored remember him for his sharp intellect, kind heart and skilled hands. 

Now, Ericson’s name will live on in perpetuity at UC San Diego’s Shiley Eye Center. As a tribute to Ericson and his dedication to surgical education, faculty, staff and alumni at the Shiley Eye Center have set up a fund to name a new practice laboratory after him.

To contribute to the new lab in Ericson’s honor, please visit www.givetoucsd.ucsd.edu and key in “Lamont Ericson” in Option C on the Gifts Designation page, or call (858) 534-8017.

 

The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What's Next

Recent Gifts

A challenge gift from Ernest Rady led to a $5 million gift from Wells Fargo Bank, allowing for the expansion of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management to commence. The building will be named Wells Fargo Hall.

A new consortium of four research teams from UC San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies was selected by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to receive a $4 million grant to study neuronal circuits underlying higher brain function.

A $600,000 commitment to UC San Diego from the Sempra Energy Foundation will support the “Boundless Energy” exhibit and education program at Birch Aquarium. This collection focuses on innovative ideas for cleaner, ­renewable energy sources.

The Robertson Foundation for Government pledged $450,000 to create the Robertson Fellows Program, ­covering expenses to complete a master’s degree at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies with the goal of working for the U.S. Federal Government.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Q&A
Andy Nahas, 81

UC San Diego changed Andy Nahas, Marshall ’81. He came to the University as a shy freshman. By graduation, the economics major had served as a resident advisor and student leader, sang in front of hundreds and even gave a commencement address.

His extracurricular experiences at UC San Diego prepared him to succeed as a leader. In 1995, Nahas established The Prospect Fund based in Rochester, New York. The pay-for-performance hedge fund ­invests globally in companies making a positive difference in society. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan organization founded by former President Bill Clinton to address poverty, health, education and the environment.

Tapping into his passion for singing, Nahas released an album entitled “Timeless” (www.cdbaby.com/nahas) in 2000. To encourage and engage the elderly, Nahas performs professional-style concerts at nursing homes throughout the country. He has also entertained at hospitals, mental health institutions and homeless shelters.
With appreciation for his experiences at UC San Diego, Nahas gives back to the University’s Alternative Breaks program. Alternative Breaks allows students to travel abroad during their school breaks to provide humanitarian services. Scholarship support ensures that students can cover the cost of participating in the meaningful trips.

How do student life activities enhance a ­student’s education?
During college, people’s interest in leadership and exposure to real-life issues are nurtured. If we want to make the world a better place, it is important to have well-rounded students.

Why are you so passionate about Alternative Breaks?
Students have incredible enthusiasm for this program. Alternative Breaks gives students leadership skills and global knowledge, which they can integrate into their careers. Many will find ways to ­better address issues in society.

How did you decide to support Alternative Breaks?
Students must pay for the trips and several years ago I learned that if they are not able to raise enough funds to go, they may not be able to make the trip. Now, annual scholarships help alleviate this ­problem.

What have you gotten back by helping students?
Many new friendships, some of which will become lifelong. Helping others in this way has added more purpose and meaning in my life.

To learn how you can help students participate in Alternative Breaks, visit alternativebreaks.ucsd.edu.