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Cliff Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

STUDENT LIFE AND SPORTS ON CAMPUS

Interview with the Chancellor
Interview by Raymond Hardie

Editor: In the fall, UC San Diego will celebrate its founders. Why are these celebrations important?

Chancellor: They are important because this is a highly distinguished, but young university. It is considered by most of its peers as being the best of the universities opened in the second half of the 20th century or, equally, the youngest of the best.  It is important to celebrate that distinction at the beginning of our 50th year. We will launch the celebrations with a non-black-tie, signature event on November 13, followed by a campus-wide formal program on November 18, Founders’ Day. Then on Saturday, November 20, the Alumni Association will sponsor a special homecoming reunion for the first classes at Revelle Plaza, and there will be a “Sixties” party at the Faculty Club in the evening.

Editor: Who would you place among the most important founders of UCSD and why?

Chancellor: Any list of UCSD’s founders must start with Roger Revelle and the extraordinary work that he did, not only in science, but in convincing the local politicians and our community neighbors that Camp Matthews ought to be converted into a higher education institution. We have also had a great series of chancellors, my predecessors, who have brought distinction to the University. Then there are the college provosts, divisional deans, department heads and faculty.  There are also the Nobel Laureates, as well as the members of all the National Academies, and the artists and writers who have won Pulitzers, Guggenheims and Tonys, etc. It is a long and distinguished list.

Founders’ Day will give us the opportunity to recognize some of those who have been our stalwart supporters in the community. We will present Chancellor’s Medals to Pauline Foster, Audrey Geisel, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Jerome and Miriam Katzin, and Ernest and Evelyn Rady, as an expression of our gratitude for the leadership they displayed in many different ways during the years of our initial growth.

Editor: Do you also regard those first pioneer classes as founders?

Chancellor: Certainly the students who chose to come here before it had an established reputation did so on the basis that, since this was part of the University of California, the campus would have high standards and their degrees would have worth. And I hope those first classes will come back and celebrate with us.

Editor: Was there anything in the founders’ vision that could have predicted UC San Diego’s success as a generator of economic activity in this region?
Chancellor: When Roger Revelle assembled the coalition that politically addressed the barriers to founding another university in Southern California, it became clear that the University would contribute not only salary through a workforce, but intellectual ideas that could generate entrepreneurial ventures. Our recent economic impact study showed that the University contributes $5.7 billion annually toward the economy of San Diego County and $7.2 billion to the state of California. These are significant contributions to the economic health of the state and the region.  The founders knew that if you want a strong economy, you need strong universities—particularly public universities.

Editor: Do you think the University has lived up to the vision of its founders?

Chancellor: Well to be frank with you, I think it has far exceeded it. We are consistently ranked in the top ten public institutions in the world, and consistently ranked at the top level of all institutions in the world. We surpassed a billion dollars in external sponsored research this year: I know of only a handful of universities that have achieved that. It’s a nice counterpart to the billion that we raised in the recent capital campaign. All of that is unheard of for such a young university, so I think we have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations

SPORTS SHORTS

Battling All-Stars
The UCSD Baseball team, coached by Dan O’Brien, Muir ’97, concluded their season one step short of an NCAA Division II Championship after suffering a 6-4 loss to Southern Indiana in the final game. The Tritons were ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the season.

O’Brien was named the Division II National Coach of the Year and seven players garnered All-American honors. Brandon Gregorich, Warren ’10, was also named West Region Player of the Year, Matt Rossman, Muir ’10, West Region Pitcher of the Year, and Vance Albitz, Sixth ’10, was selected as the national Division II Defensive Player of the Year.

Young Hopes
It’s not often that a team with just one senior on its roster has the kind of hopes and expectations being harbored by coach Brian McManus’s 2010 Women’s Soccer squad. After going 15-5-2 last season with a unit that featured no seniors, the Women’s Soccer team, headed by All-American midfielder Lisa Bradley, Sixth ’11,
are looking to add to their program’s championship-packed legacy.

New Leadership for Volleyball
The Triton Women’s Volleyball team, coming off a stellar 29-3 2009 campaign, open 2010 with a new head coach. Ricci Luyties comes to UCSD after a six-year stint as head coach at Division I Southern Mississippi, where he was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in ’09.

Outstanding Student-Athletes
Water polo player Steve Donohoe, Muir ’09, and Track & Field Triton Linda Rainwater, Sixth ’10, were named UCSD’s Outstanding Male and Female Senior Student-Athletes for 2009-10. The selections were announced at June’s Athletics Recognition Dinner, and the pair received matching $500 post-graduate scholarship awards from the UCSD Alumni Association.

Donohoe was the National Division II Player of the Year in 2009. The versatile Rainwater was the NCAA Division II champion in the high jump as a junior and won the NCAA heptathlon title
as a sophomore.

COME ON DOWN

September
4-13 Alumni Travel: Canadian Maritimes
10 Alumni Webinar: Earthquake Preparedness 12:30 p.m. PST
11-12 Summer Send-Off Picnics
Greet incoming students and their parents at family-style picnics in California and Arizona.
15 Life After College: San Diego
Special event for new grads. Gain insight into the San Diego job market and strengthen your Triton network.
19 19th Annual San Diego Start! Heart Walk
Get movin’ with the San Diego Alumni Chapter, Balboa Park.
22 Lecture: Chocolate and Our Emotions
6 p.m., San Diego; Featuring Antonorsi brothers, Michael, ’85, and Richard, ’84, co-founders of Chuao Chocolatier.
24-26 Medical Alumni Reunion
Don’t miss the annual Medical School Alumni Weekend. somalumni.ucsd.edu
26 Enjoy $15 field reserved tickets, free UCSD t-shirt and the great company
of alumni, faculty and staff.
28 Alumni Webinar: Preparing Your Student for College Admissions Applications
12:30 p.m. PST
29-October 5 Alumni Travel: Tuscany
30-October 1 Lecture: UCSD by Design
Featuring Kurt Forster, a professor from the Yale School of Architecture.
ucsdbydesign.ucsd.edu

October
2 A Night in Napa
This fall, UC San Diego will celebrate 50 years of “Achieving the Extraordinary.” Join us for the Northern California kick-off to this milestone year.
6 Life After College: Orange County
Special event for new grads. Gain insight into the Orange County job market and strengthen your Triton network.
8 Alumni Webinar: What Your Competition Knows About Your Business
12:30 p.m. PST
9 Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective
MCASD La Jolla; October 9, 2010-January 23, 2011; The first full-career retrospective for Kim MacConnell, ’69, M.F.A. ’72.
9 ArtPower! Presents Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
8 p.m., Balboa Theatre; Steve Martin brings his lively music to San Diego. UCSD alumni receive 15% discount. artpower.ucsd.edu
11 Myriad Trio
8 p.m. Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD
Part of the fall Chamber Music concert series.
music.ucsd.edu
12 Life After College: San Francisco
Special event for new grads.
Gain insight into the Bay Area job market and strengthen your Triton network.
20 Life After College: Los Angeles
Special event for new grads. Gain insight into the Los Angeles job market and strengthen your Triton network.
October 22–24 Family Weekend
Family Weekend 2010 will provide an opportunity for families of current students to explore the campus.
22 Chancellor’s 5K
15th annual Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars.
23 Homecoming
Celebrate with fellow alumni, students and current athletes.
25 Camera Lucida
8 p.m., Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD
Part of the fall Chamber Music concert series.
26 Alumni Webinar: Politics and the November Election; 12:30 p.m. PST

November
4-5 Lecture: UCSD By Design
Featuring John Walsh, director emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
ucsdbydesign.ucsd.edu
8
Camera Lucida
8 p.m., Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD
Part of the fall Chamber Music concert series.
18-20 Founders Day
Alumni Reunions
alumni.ucsd.edu/founders

December
6 Camera Lucida
8 p.m., Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD; Part of the fall Chamber Music concert series.

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

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