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Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Journey to the Beginning of Time
Building Bridges
New Frontiers
Alumni Weekend
Sound Career
Campus Currents
Chocolate Eaters are Thinner
Fallen Star
Harry Potter's World
Piranah-Proof Armor
A Second Geisel
Squid Holodeck
Fighting Fire in Space
The Elusive God Particle
Cool Music in Hot Iceland
Digging in the Digital Domain

Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


After attending a UCSD Alumni March 5 LinkedIn training event.

Let me echo some of the comments thus far. Not only was the LinkedIn presentation extremely useful to learn job search best practices and business development techniques, but I got a glimpse into the strategy and resources our own Alumni Association is preparing for its members. Get ready to experience the full potential of our alumni network.
Steve Massa, Marshall ’91

During March, the UCSD student body delivered a 58 percent “No” vote on a proposal to become a Division One school. We ran our own vote on the UCSD Alumni Facebook page (hardly scientific) and the vote was the opposite, 73 percent voted “Yes.” The vote also generated a lot of interesting discussion on our Facebook page.

I’m not unhappy with the results because I believe UCSD students will vote for the change when they are ready. Instead of asking students to each pay $500 a year for Division One, I hope supporters can find more pennywise solutions to accomplish the goals of increasing school spirit, campus prominence and alumni support.
Ryan Olson, Marshall ’00

Being on television or having a bigger program doesn’t make the school any worse than it is. Do you think UCSB, UCSC, UCI, or UCR are worse off because they have a D1 program?

They are great schools but keep in mind I’m not bashing on UCSD academics here. It’s a great school and I think the world of it.

College sports bring people together. You meet people, brag about how good UCSD is. But for me now, UCSD has decided its fate, and they’d rather continue to be the hidden University of California.
Matt Simanian, ERC ’84

In response to a posting on Facebook about Geisel celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

I worked in the Cataloging Department at the Central Library during my senior year of college (1979) as part of a retrospective conversion of the printed card catalog into an online database that was to become OCLC. It was my first library job and I liked it enough that I decided to apply to library school for my master’s degree. 30-plus years later, first as a medical librarian and now as an academic librarian, I am still enjoying my work.

Now, many of my students don’t even know what a “card catalog” is.
Cheryl Goodwin, Revelle ’79

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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.