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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

$148. I remember the amount vividly because I waited in long lines to pick up this check, my Cal Grant financial aid check, each month during my five years at UCSD. Thousands of us would get up early and gather on the lawn, often waiting for hours. Sometimes the staff gave us water, lemonade or popcorn. Often we read through the schedule of classes or talked with friends. The lines were long, but we waited because these checks paid for our books, food and rent. I waited because without my $148 Cal Grant check, I could not have completed my degree.

It has taken over 20 years for me to realize that the people that made my grants possible were the citizens of California. Taxpayers helped me get through UCSD. They helped buy my food, pay my rent, and send my tuition payments to UC Regents. And all these years, I never said thank you, because I never thought to find out where the money came from.

But I so wish that I had, because when I see what my education at UCSD has made possible for me and my family, I want to express my gratitude to every person who supported me.
Today 68 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Support from alumni and friends contribute to aid packages that also include State, Federal and UCSD funding. And although many people are helping our students, so many more of us can. Imagine if everyone gave back as a thank you for the education they received, if they gave back by advocating for education to the State or Congress, or by supporting student scholarships. It took me 20 years to realize that we never get there alone and that millions helped me graduate.

Imagine 130,000 UCSD alumni expressing gratitude to their fellow citizens for the gift of their education. Imagine the power of those alumni supporting and advocating for higher education.

We can make a difference. As I found out, it’s never too late.

Armin Afsahi, Revelle ’90, publisher

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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.