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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

As I write this, it is tax time again. This annual event always confronts me with the past year’s pattern of saving and spending and reminds me of Mr. Micawber’s advice in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 19 pounds 19 and six, result happiness. Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 20 pounds ought and six, result misery.” MORE


“Hello, may I speak with Alex?” And so started the conversation—and one of the most moving experiences I have had in years. I was phoning high school seniors as part of an early admissions calling campaign. The calls are made by University and alumni leadership prior to the admission letters as a way to personally welcome students to UCSD. When I told Alex he had been admitted, I first heard a loud yell followed by even louder ones in the background. This young man, a high-achieving student from modest means, exemplified the hope and promise that is the very soul of what UCSD stands for... MORE

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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.


I just received the May issue of at|UCSD and want to add a note to those commenting on the date of the Ansel Adams photographs. I was a freshman in September 1965 and remember the campus well. I was one of the first 10 residents of Discovery Hall, Suite 250; a rowdy bunch rumored to have instigated the first watermelon drop from Urey Hall (early on known as Building B). The dining hall on the Revelle campus was not finished. For most of the first year (1965-66) we slogged through the muddy unpaved quad, over the bridge crossing old Hwy 101 and through the eucalyptus forest to get to the Camp Matthews mess hall.

After reading the January issue, I found a collection of 18 Kodachrome slides that I took in May 1965 during a high school, senior-year, spring-break visit I made with my father. They also include an image taken in July 1969 that includes me, student Carol Funk (Muir '91) and professor Jehanne Teilhet (Muir Art Department). The photo was taken by fellow student Steve Shauss. We are in a boat on a Louisiana bayou during a four-month field trip researching museums and collections in preparation for the enormous exhibition, Dimensions of Black curated by Professor Teilhet. I served as senior student manager and co-designer of the catalog. It opened in February 1970, and filled the entire La Jolla Museum of Art (now the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego).

By the way, I was the student who worked with the campus facilities department to lay out, relocate and equip the three Camp Matthews barracks buildings that became the student coffee shop. How could I have picked that purple, orange and green paisley wall- paper? Well, it was 1966 or so.
Robert Stearns, Muir '70


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