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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
Changing Realities
The Gift of Scholarship
Interview with the Chancellor
Three-Dimensional Career
Comic Community
Campus Currents
Birch Celebrates 20 Years
Waggle-Dance Blues
Burning Man Theatre
Where the Wild Seadragons Are
Bird in the Hand
The Nanowire Forest
Reel ArtPower
Honey, I Shrunk the Computer
Pirates in Print
Cannabis Relief for MS

Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Got News? Submit A Class Note
New job? New baby? Just moved and want to reconnect with friends? Send us a Class Note by email to classnotes@ucsd.edu. Be sure and include your name, college, and class year.


What does it mean to be part of the UCSD alumni community? (What does it mean to be a Triton?) In its simplest form, membership in this highly-valued community is the sharing of similar cultural values—a diverse, world class education, not to mention abundant sunshine, surfing and the Sun God. And we've built a new website to foster this community, no matter where you live. The website and revitalized online community, alumni.ucsd.edu, was built exclusively for you, and we think you will like it. You'll find job boards, career resources, alumni directories and much more. And while you're there, be sure to submit a Class Note and tell us what you've been up to. You may be featured in an upcoming issue of Triton magazine.

For others, the alumni community is a family affair. Take the Fuogs of Yorba Linda, Calif. whose three daughters, Gretchen, Veronica and Sarah attended UCSD. Read about their Triton journey in "Looking Back".

And even if you're far from campus, perhaps traveling or living abroad, you can showcase your UCSD alumni pride with our Traveling Sun God. Our feathered friend has been given the Flat Stanley treatment and is ready for his primetime close-up.

Our alumni community is strong, and continues to get stronger with each graduating class. So we encourage you to get involved.

What does community mean to you? Tell us at alumnieditor@ucsd.edu

Traveling Sun God
From the Coliseum in Rome to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Corcovado in Rio de Janiero to Arches National Park in Utah, the Sun God is quite the jet-setter. Pick up your own traveling Sun God (a la Flat Stanley) at the Alumni Office, or print out your own at alumni.ucsd.edu/sungod and take your multi-colored friend on a globe-trotting adventure.

Be sure to post your photos in the "Traveling Sun God" album on the UCSD Alumni Facebook page and tell us a little about your trip.

Alumni News

Media Minutes
Sheryl Oring, M.F.A. '11, was awarded the first ever artist in residence at Lindbergh Field by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Yvonne Venegas, Warren '06, M.F.A. '11, was featured in the "Photography in Mexico" exhibit at SFMOMA. Margarette Johannes, Muir '96, was awarded a contract to create a 30' x 8' mural that will greet visitors at the Palm Springs Aerial Tram's Mountain Station Interpretive Center.

Vinh Nguyen, ERC '04, is working as a freelance visual effects artist in Los Angeles. He has worked on films such as 300 and Benjamin Button and most recently completed work on The Amazing Spiderman. Marquita Davis, M.F.A. '11, was featured in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for her documentary short Magellan Doesn't Live Here. Michael Rozzen, Warren '94, is a producer at KGTV Channel 10 in San Diego.

Peter Kairoff, Muir '77, is a classical pianist and music professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Julie S. Chai, Marshall '95, is the garden editor of Sunset Magazine. David Fisher, Muir '90, co-authored the textbook, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, published by CRC Press, which was released last spring. Paul Haddad, Marshall '88, recently wrote High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan's History of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Glory Years (1977-1981) published by Santa Monica Press.

Paloma Young, M.F.A. '06, won a Tony for her costume design for the play "Peter and the Starcatcher." Kirsten Brandt, Muir '94, directed the San Diego Repertory Theatre's revival of "Zoot Suit" this summer, with fellow alumnus, Raul Cardona, Muir '01, in the lead role as El Pachuco.

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

UCSD Alumni Announces New Board Members
UCSD Alumni announces the appointment of nine new members to its Board of Directors. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including law, finance, biotechnology and software engineering.

1. Charles Bergan, Revelle '87, M.S., '88, leads software development for QUALCOMM's corporate research and development division.
2. Manuelita Brown, M.S. '76, is a nationally recognized sculptor, who served as director of UC San Diego's Honors Achievement Workshop, an academic support program for science and engineering students.
3. Robert Brownlie, Marshall '85, represents corporations and their officers and directors in complex business, securities, corporate litigation and related Securities and Exchange Commission and enforcement actions.
4. Sheldon Engelhorn, Revelle '72, is a former executive vice president for Novex, which was founded in 1987 with Richard Chan, Muir '74.
5. Jeff Fenton, Revelle '80, is a senior staff information assurance engineer with a major Fortune 500 company.
6. Kristina Larsen, Marshall '93, is the assistant vice chancellor for academic personnel at UC San Diego.
7. Tony Lopez, Revelle '07, is vice president at The Pollakov Financial Group.
8. Honorable Richard Monroy, Marshall '85, is a veteran prosecutor who has spent more than two decades fighting crime in the San Diego community.
9. Matt Newsome, Revelle '91, vice-president and regional director at Cubic Transportation Systems, began his tenure as president, when Ira Rubenstein completed his two-year term in June.
10. Peter Preuss, M.A. '67, founded Integrated Software Systems Corp. (ISSCO), a San Diego-based software company. He and his wife, Peggy, established the Preuss School, UCSD, a charter school for middle and high school students.
11. Ira Rubenstein, Revelle '87, is executive vice president of Digital Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox, where he oversees the digital marketing activities
for the domestic theatrical group.

The Board of Directors oversees the strategic development of UCSD Alumni and represents more than 150,000 alumni on the forefront of the sciences, business, the arts, and political service in California, throughout the nationand around the world. The new directors will join the 31-member board and provide counsel and advice to University leadership.

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 Tiles

Biggest Class Gift Ever
Twenty dollars doesn't buy you much these days. But for $20 and some change, UC San Diego's graduating class had the opportunity to leave their legacy, and help incoming students begin their own.

Since its creation in 1991, the Student Foundation's Senior Class Gift has encouraged graduating students to make a small contribution to support scholarships for incoming students. This year, more than 1,300 members of the Class of 2012 made gifts, totaling $26,739.48.

Charity Stone, Warren '13, a mother of two, says the scholarship has alleviated many of the pressures of being a full-time student. As she now enters her senior year, she says she plans on donating to the Senior Class Gift herself.

"It's not just $20.13. That can be squandered over dinner," Stone says. "It's a gift of relief for strains you cannot see."

The Student Foundation has funded about 60 scholarships since the inception of the program.

A partnership with the UC San Diego Bookstore has increased contributions to the Senior Class Gift by bundling graduation essentials in a "Triton Pride Pack."

And it's not just about the dollars—the gift is also a way foster a sense of giving among the newest members to the UCSD alumni community.

"Our hope is that if seniors give back while they're still students, they'll also give back as alumni," says Brandon Buzbee, ERC '06, UCSD Alumni outreach and engagement director.

Campus Canoodlers
Are you a campus canoodler?

Did you and the love of your life meet on campus?

We want to hear all about it!

Our students have wooed and been wooed on our beautiful campus since 1960. Happy couples have seen their romance bloom on the very first day of freshman orientation and over cold cups of coffee in Geisel circa finals week, in the middle of a post-Sun God house party and over "notes" passed in POLI 163D.

Whether your love is a result of a (intended) short fling or the stuff of legends, send us stories and photos of your epic Triton romance. We will be publishing a feature in the January 2013 issue of the magazine and on our website.

Let us know how our writers can contact you for further information. Write to us at alumnieditor@ucsd.edu or at alumni.ucsd.edu/canoodler.


Daryl Sterling Jr., Warren ’01
Daryl Sterling Jr., Warren ’01, isn’t like most professional athletes. When he was eight years old, he lost a leg, following a car accident, and he never played sports growing up. Then in his 20s, he discovered his love of table tennis. And despite numerous challenges, Sterling has been a professional table tennis athlete since 2009, touring such countries as Romania, Italy and Argentina.

Katy Chang, M.F.A. ’02
Katy Chang, M.F.A. ’02, wanted to learn about the Middle East, beyond what she was seeing in the nightly news.

Mark Johnson, Revelle ’88
Spain, Belgium, France—just some of the places San Diego resident Mark Johnson, Revelle ’88, traveled to when compiling Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life. The book’s moniker comes from the team’s affinity for argyle. The tradition, which has brought them a bit of luck, is incorporated into all their racing uniforms.

Paloma Young, M.F.A. ’06
Who was young Peter before he appeared in Peter Pan? Or more importantly, what was he wearing? Paloma Young, M.F.A. ’06, must have gotten it right—she was recently recognized for her work in Peter and the Starcatcher at the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Costume Design of a Play.


Doggie Couture
It all started with a hoodie, two Louis Vuitton purse straps and a scruffy dog named Coco. Miniature dogs in fanciful clothing may seem reserved solely for reality show stars and socialites, but not for Anastasia Torres-Gil, Warren '83.

Coffee Crusader
With a background in math and engineering, and after 11 years teaching high school math, Nathan Westwick, Marshall '97, decided he wanted to do something different. Five years ago, he launched Wild Goose Coffee and began selling fresh-roasted coffee at farmers markets in Redlands, Calif. The company has since expanded and moved to a larger roasting facility, allowing for distribution to cafés near and far. The Wild Goose team is small with a total of five employees. Currently, Westwick is in charge of business expansion, while his brother runs production and roasting.

Diego Takes on Post-Triton Life