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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

The Hump! Now that brings back a lot of memories, doesn’t it?

If, like me, you used to celebrate Friday afternoons at the Hump, listening to live music on the adjacent gym steps and hanging out with friends while sipping on free beverages, I am certain you remember the spot.

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So Happy Birthday you’re fifty. But what does being fifty mean?

Whatever way you look at it, it is a touchstone—a time when we look both back and forward.

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A c c o l a d e s

Excuse this brief interruption while we take a moment to congratulate ourselves. The UCSD Alumni Association was recognized in three different categories by the Council for the Advance­ment and Support of Education (CASE) at the CASE District VII conference in San Francisco, in November.

The Association won three Awards of Excellence for its creative use of technology, new programs and general interest magazine. It received a gold medal award for its innovative “AlumnIdea” crowdsourcing microsite that allows alumni to give interactive feedback; a gold medal award for the “Discovery Ambassador Initiative,” a program that reconnects alumni with the University; and a silver medal award for the magazine, which we hope you are happily perusing.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I am very fortunate to have the honor of serving as your UCSD alumni president during the 50th Anniversary of UCSD.

My name is Ira Rubenstein and I am a 1987 Revelle graduate. During my undergraduate years at UCSD, I was able to participate in the creation of many new programs for future students, from being part of the planning of the original Price Center to working on the very first Sun God Festival. I felt privileged at that time to be part of a group of students who were so driven to build and change their University. Today, 25 years later, I feel that same sense of privilege as I step forward to ask you all to join us in helping build an even better Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association has recently made great strides. In the last two years alone, thousands of alumni and friends have returned to campus annually for Association events that range from sold-out lectures to a sold-out family night at the Birch Aquarium. We have also witnessed record-breaking results in student philanthropy, alumni advocacy and giving. As a result, alumni engagement is on a major upward trajectory. These indicators are vital to improving UCSD’s rankings in national indexes and thus increasing the value of your diploma. With all this success, I know we can do even more.

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