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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Time Capsule: 1960-2010

A marvel inside a miracle.

A Sampling of UCSD Highlights

Bricks and Motal Boards
First students (graduate students in Physics) enroll at UCSD in 1960 and the UC Regents change name from UC La Jolla to UC San Diego. UCSD Extension is created in 1967. The first four-year undergraduate class receives degrees in 1968.  Central University Library opens in 1970 (renamed Geisel Library in 1996). In 1975, Mandeville Center opens. In 1977, the Office of Academic Support and Instruction Services (OASIS) launches the Summer Bridge Program. The Center for US-Mexican Studies and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences are established in 1979. In 1982, the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts opens.  Graduate programs ranked among the top 25 in the nation in 1985. Powell Structural Systems Laboratory is dedicated in 1986. Faculty Club opens in 1988. In 1992, Birch Aquarium opens. In 1997, the Department of Theatre and Dance is ranked number 3 in the nation and the new Dance Studio facility opens in 1998. Also in 1998, the School of Engineering is renamed to honor Irwin and Joan Jacobs. The Preuss School admits first students in 1999. US News & World Report’s 2001 survey rates Theatre and Dance, Bioengineering, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Neurosciences among the nation’s Top 10. The von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism opens in 2001. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy opens in 2002. Rady School of Management begins classes in 2003. The Leichtag Biomedical Research building and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind open in 2004 as does the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse. In 2005, the University graduates its 100,000th student and UCSD Calit2 opens its new building. Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience opens in 2006. In 2007, UCSD successfully concludes its billion dollar campaign and a new Student Academic Services building opens. Price Center East opens in 2008. The Conrad Prebys Music Center is completed in May 2009, and phase one of the Village at Torrey Pines for transfer students opens. In 2010, research funding tops one billion dollars for the year.

Chancellors
Herbert York was named first chancellor in 1961. John Galbraith became UCSD’s second chancellor in 1964. William McGill was named third chancellor in 1968. William McElroy became fourth chancellor in 1971. Richard Atkinson was named fifth chancellor in 1980; Robert Dynes became sixth chancellor in 1996. Marye Anne Fox was named seventh chancellor in 2004.

Six Pack
School of Science and Engineering is named First College in 1963, and renamed in honor of Roger Revelle in 1965. John Muir College is launched in 1966, and its first students enroll in 1967. In 1969, a group of students demand that Third College be named “Lumumba-Zapata.” It opens in 1970 and in 1993, is renamed for the late Thurgood Marshall. Fourth College enrolls its first students in 1974 and is named Earl Warren College in 1977. Fifth College opens in 1988, and is named for Eleanor Roosevelt in 1994. Sixth College opens its doors to students in 2002.

Gamesmanship
UCSD’s first and only football team plays for only one season in 1969. In 1980, UCSD becomes a member of the NCAA Division III, and in 1981, the women’s volleyball team wins UCSD’s first Division III championship. In 1985, Canyonview pool opens. In 1988, the men’s soccer team wins its first Division III national championship. In 1995, the RIMAC recreation complex/arena opens and students reject a third bid to reinstate intercollegiate football. In 2000, UCSD Tritons begin competing in the NCAA Division II.

Nobels         
Currently, seven UCSD faculty are Nobel Prize winners.
• Renato Dulbecco, 1975, medicine.
• Harry Markowitz, 1990, economics.
• Paul Crutzen, 1995, chemistry.
• Mario Molina, 1995, chemistry.
• Robert Engle, 2003, economics. (co-winner with UCSD professor Clive Granger, who died May 27, 2009).
• Roger Tsien, 2008, chemistry.
• Eleven other Nobel Prize winners have taught at UCSD including physics professor Maria Mayer, only the second woman in history to win a Nobel Prize, in 1963.

Readin’, Writin’ and Riots
1965 Students toss the first watermelon from the top of Urey Hall. During 1968, the campus is the site of numerous anti-war demonstrations. In 1969, the Regents censure McGill for defending philosopher Herbert Marcuse and impose student tuition for the first time. In 1970, a student dies after setting himself afire to protest the Vietnam War. In 1978, the film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes features the Central Library as a space ship, and Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel gives the commencement address for Revelle College seniors. The last Fogcutters’ party is held in Mandeville Annex in 1983. Grove Caffe opens during 1986, in the Student Center.  In 1989, the new student Price Center, celebrates its grand opening. In 1991, the Mandell Weiss Forum opens. In 1995, the Cross Cultural Center opens. Over 300 demonstrators block La Jolla Village Drive to protest the end of affirmative action in 1996. The University opens a weekly farmer’s market on campus in 2005.

Hear Me, See Me
1969 Ike and Tina Turner, Santana, Pink Floyd and Hot Tuna perform at various concerts throughout the year.
1979 The first TGIF with live bands is held at Student Center. Walk’s Pub opens.
1982 During the first memorial Sid Vicious birthday party at the Triton Pub, kegs are served from coffins. Queen Elizabeth visits that same year.
1983 Nikki de Saint Phalle’s Sun God becomes the first Stuart Collection sculpture.
1984 The first Sun God Festival is held.
1993 UCSD-TV goes on air.
1997 President Clinton delivers the first all-college commencement address.
2005 The Stuart Collection’s 300-ton bear comes to campus.
2007 Former Vice President Al Gore visits.
2009 King of the Hill  creator Mike Judge, Warren ’85, returns to give keynote
speech to graduating class.

Prescription for Greatness
• 1966 UCSD leases county hospital in Hillcrest.
• 1968 First students enroll in School of Medicine.
• 1973 Regional Burn Center opens.
• 1976 Regional Trauma Center opens.
• 1981 University Hospital bought from the county and renamed UCSD Medical Center.
• 1984 designated one of original five national Alzheimer’s research centers.
• 1986 designated one of eight national centers for AIDS research and treatment.
• 1991 Shiley Eye Center opens.
• 1993 Thornton Hospital, and Perlman Ambulatory Care Center open.
• 1995 The Ratner Children’s Eye Center open.
• 2004 Certified as a Primary Stroke Center. 
• 2005 Moores Cancer Care Center opens.
• 2008 San Diego Center for Regenerative medicine founded.
• 2007 Designated one of six Autism Centers of excellence nationwide.
• 2007 Groundbreaking for Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.
• 2010 $75 million gift for Jacobs Medical Center announced.