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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Interview with the Chancellor
RAE: A Poet Post-Pulitzer
Car Talk
Movie Maven
Campus Currents
Penguins in Peril
Boundless Birch
Flash Gordon
Stamp of Approval
As Smelled on TV
Toxic Colors
Bio-fuel Accelerator
Tissue Engineering
Name that Worm
3D Pyramid Scheme

Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

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Media Minutes

Visual Arts M.F.A. grads Matt Coors '11 and Louis Schmidt '11 have teamed up to open Double Break, a new art gallery/shop in San Diego's Bankers Hill neighborhood that will feature rotating art exhibitions, programming and products.

Johnny Gill, M.F.A. '10, has a recurring role as "Damian Winslow" on NBC's Harry's Law, created by David E. Kelley and starring Kathy Bates. The show premiered in January 2011 and recently received two Emmy nominations.

Liza Johnson, M.F.A. '96, directed Return, a film about a soldier returning home from duty who struggles to adjust to regular life. Return is Johnson's feature directorial debut and the only film from the U.S. to be featured during the Cannes Director's Fortnight.

Nick Norton, Warren '08, released his first CD, String Quartet No. 1: London in April 2011. It is available on iTunes, as is his soundtrack to Jay Drose's film, The Southern Question, released in May 2011.

Jonathan Josephson, Marshall '05, co-wrote, produced and directed Wicked Lit, opening this fall at LA's Unbound Productions, a theater company that adapts classic horror literature for alternative stages.

Jessica Damrow Sherman, M.F.A. '00, is directing The Circle Players of New Jersey in a September 2011 production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It.

Actor Barnaby Carpenter, M.F.A. '98, recently appeared in the 2011 short film, Air We Breathe, in the leading role of "John Foster." The film tells the story of Foster, a struggling writer who is losing his grip on life, love and family when a journalist unwittingly seeks him out to initiate a relationship.

Do you work in the arts and entertainment industries? Please share your latest updates with us at mediamin@ucsd.edu.

Caught on Camera
They ogled the octopuses at Birch Aquarium; heard five-minute lectures on brains, China and design; and took in a late-night party at the base of the Snake Path. During Alumni Weekend 2011, nearly 2,000 alumni, families and friends came back to campus for four days of exclusive events that provided opportunities to reconnect and celebrate their alma mater's 50th Anniversary.

Save the date for next year's Alumni Weekend—May 31-June 3, 2012—and in the meantime, enjoy some photos below from this year. (More photos online at alumni.ucsd.edu/alumniweekend.)

Oh, the Places You Can Go!
Have you ever dreamed of exploring the Galapagos, sailing to Athens, tasting in the vineyards of France or discovering Vietnam and Cambodia? 2012 could be your year to cross those places off your must-see travel list. But before you book your next trip, consider traveling with UCSD Alumni! With a range of tours to destinations across the globe, UCSD Alumni offers trips that are perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all and encounter something new.

Led by experienced travel companies, these one-of-a-kind group-travel programs combine leisure with lifelong learning opportunities, and provide an insider's perspective to the local culture—and all at a discounted rate exclusive to alumni. For a list of upcoming trips, visit alumni.ucsd.edu/travel (select "Alumni Group Travel").

Share a Start-Up Story

Have you founded a company or worked at a company started by a UCSD alum? We want to know - for the stories behind these companies, for networking, for mentoring, and just for war stories about successes and failures. Drop us a note at alumnieditor@ucsd.edu so we can build a database of activity.


Career Aspirations
Looking to meet other Triton alumni professionals who work in your industry? UCSD Alumni currently has three career-oriented affinity groups: the Entertainment Alliance for alumni working in film, tele­­vision, theater and performing arts, gaming and media; Financial Professionals Network (FPN) for alumni working in banking, corporate finance, management consulting, accounting and other financial industry fields; and Capitol Tritons for alumni working in government and politics. This fall, two new groups—Legal Alliance and Educators Network—will launch.

"These are highly competitive industries and UCSD Alumni is proud to give our alumni a leg up and a powerful network to support them in their careers," says Seth Klonsky, Muir '04, assistant director of affinity engagement. "We encourage all alumni to join, as these networks are only as good as the talent they represent."
In addition to putting on special events featuring key guest speakers and programs designed for networking and professional development, each affinity group also publishes a member directory to facilitate further connections both online and offline. Members are also encouraged to volunteer to lead programs and offer themselves as mentors to current students and recent grads. For more information, contact Seth Klonsky at sklonsky@ucsd.edu.


Aimee Bender, Revelle '91
Award-winning author Aimee Bender, Revelle '91, first thought of herself as a writer at age 7.

Agustín Orozco, Muir '93
During the summer before his freshman year, Agustín Orozco, Muir '93, enrolled in the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) Summer Bridge program.

Theresa Bish, Marshall '80
When her brother Vincent, Muir '73, was diagnosed with schizophrenia 30 years ago, Theresa Bish, Marshall '80, was spurred to action.

Pete Selleck, Warren '93
Pete Selleck knew he wanted to be a teacher when he was a history student at UCSD. History ignited his passion for social justice, and sparked his interest in teaching children to read.


Reading the Future
With two business ventures already under his belt, Michel Kripalani, Marshall '89, was prepared to face growing pains and hurdles in the development of his new digital app venture, Oceanhouse Media. MORE

One Smart Cookie
Founded in 2009, Simply Nic's herbed shortbread cookies were born from a recipe that Nicole Wilkins Bergman, Warren '95, inherited from her mother-in-law. MORE

Diego Takes on Post-Triton Life