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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Frontiers

UC San Diego was never a place for the fainthearted. And it still isn’t. It challenges its students to think across disciplines, to build their own majors, to be inventive and creative in classrooms and labs, and generally to dare question tired formulas and established intellectual norms.

A day could start on a surfboard, and end in a lab creating the software program Pascal. Begin in a genetics lab, and finish in an acting studio. Or start in an engineering class, and conclude in an archaeology seminar on a lost DaVinci mural.
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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.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dimensions of Black
I read the Looking Back column from January with great interest, as I had taken Jehanne’s Non-Western Art class in the mid-late 80s. She was a force of nature!

At that time, she was not only teaching at UCSD, but was also the head curator of art galleries in New Mexico (native art, in Taos, I believe) and Tahiti (I think both native art and Gauguin). At the end of our class, we held a large Polynesian feast on property owned by a professor emeritus, which included a rare vacant lot with a view of La Jolla Cove. There was a Haus Tambaran, Polynesian dancers, kava drink, and we pit-roasted a whole pig, four Mahi-mahi and fifty chickens. Jehanne really knew how to throw a party!

After reading the article, I decided to Google Jehanne, and was saddened to learn she had passed away (from a brain tumor) in 2002. A great loss of a champion of native arts, and a great lady.

Eric Simpson, Muir ’90

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