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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

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.

The novelist George Orwell wrote, “at fifty every man has the face he deserves.” But does an institution have a human face? I posit that a university does, or more precisely this University, UC San Diego, now has over 130,000 faces—yours, the faces of its alumni. You are the reason for the existence of these buildings atop this charmed mesa, you are the reason that Nobel prize winners and brilliant teachers of all ilk trekked westward and southward to teach. And so what is this fiftieth? In many ways it is what you, as an alum, make of it. It is what you will give back in terms of community. A university is basically only its students and only its alumni, there is no other reason for its existence. Over the last two years, as we plowed through folders of photos for our Witness2History articles, we have been constantly reminded of this. UC San Diego is an intensely people place—shaped by the students, as much as it shapes them. The various styles of clothes and haircuts peer out at us from the snapshots, professional portraits and student publications—generations of learning and growing. And during its short but intense 50-year lifespan, UC San Diego has graduated into the top rank of world institutions of learning—and that means that you, as one of its alumni, have graduated into the top rank of world citizens, because if the place that educated you is top rank, you must be, too.

How does it feel? Do you think you have the face you deserve? We think you do.

Raymond Hardie, Editor

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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.