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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Campus Currents

Thurgood Marshall College
The college is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with events that underscore its philosophy of social justice and diversity. Actor James Avery, Marshall '76, performed a one-man show on the life of Thurgood Marshall, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard professor and PBS documentary writer/producer, lectured on genealogy. TMC is also sponsoring public outdoor art, including a 22-foot-high "Giant Chair" by set designer Caleb Levengood, M.F.A. '07.

John Muir College
The Modernist Muir campus is getting major upgrades. In keeping with John Muir's philosophy of environmental responsibility, green and sustainable concepts are part of the new design. An additional 275 apartment-style beds are being added to the college. Also, the Pines dining hall opened its doors in fall 2010 and students will eat at the newly renovated El Mercado later this year.

Revelle College
Tom Hayden—activist, founder of Students for a Democratic Society and former Calif. State Senator and Assemblyman—delivered a talk at UC San Diego in October. The event, co-sponsored by Revelle, focused on the power of student activism. "I think the environmental movement has been driven by the consciousness of young people," Hayden said, adding that he was interested in hearing what current students have to say about social action.

Earl Warren College
The Student & Young Alumni Engagement arm of Alumni Affairs recently formed a partnership with Warren to engage young alumni with the University. The program encourages alumni to hire current UCSD students as interns. "Alumni connect with the next generation of employees," says Provost Steven Adler, "and this partnership allows them to give back to their alma mater as professional mentors." Warren has housed the Academic Internship Program since 1975.

Eleanor Roosevelt College
Global health is becoming an urgent social concern and is now a new field of study at UCSD. The Global Health undergraduate minor, administered by ERC, is open to students from across the campus and is aimed at understanding and productively intervening in processes of health, illness and healing across the globe. The program is the first of its kind in the UC system.

Sixth College
Elizabeth Losh is the college's new director of academic programs. She will teach in the Culture, Art and Technology (CAT) sequence, recruit faculty for the program and help integrate academic programs with student life. She plans to follow a teaching model that reflects Sixth's educational philosophy of embracing new technology and understanding its historical and ethical implications.

—Christine Clark, ’06