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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

I hope you noticed our cover. If it doesn't signal change, we aren't doing our job. First, we have a new name, Triton magazine (more on that later). And more importantly, we have a new chancellor. Pradeep K. Khosla, a distinguished electrical and computer engineer and dean of engineering at Carnegie Mellon, became UC San Diego's eighth chancellor when Marye Anne Fox stepped down on August 1.

We will miss Marye Anne and we welcome Pradeep.

The idea of transition and change is a particularly appropriate topic during an election season. Our leaders are replaced at intervals (sometimes not as often as political partisans would wish). And yet whatever the change, or transition, the social organization continues, modified, hopefully for the better, but it continues. Preparing for the interview with Chancellor Khosla, I was reminded of an incident when I was seven. I was happily ensconced in a Saturday matinee at the local Regal cinema in Donaghadee, my home town, a fishing port on the Irish Sea. The movie was about kings, knights, sword fights, jousts and bloody sieges. And although I can't remember the name of the movie or much of the plot, I do remember one line. "The king is dead, long live the king." My seven-year-old brain couldn't process that. How can you be dead and not dead?

I brought the conundrum to my father, who explained that the king represented the country, so the man could die but the king (or queen), as the ruler and government, continued. In this period of elections, I am constantly reminded of this continuity.
No matter how much we fight for a party or a candidate, in the belief that things will change, we can also be assured that there will be a continuity in government. So too with UC San Diego. Our new chancellor, Pradeep Khosla, brings with him both the promise of change and the promise of continuity. When asked what three words came to mind when he thought of UC San Diego he said, "Excitement. Opportunity. Entrepreneurship." Those words are indeed part of the University's DNA. UC San Diego is now over fifty years young and still striving, changing and exploring.

We increasingly use the words "world class" to describe UC San Diego's ascent into the top ranks of academia, but Chancellor Khosla astutely added a caveat when he noted, "a university cannot impact the world without first thinking about its neighborhood." Our feature on Christopher Yanov, Muir '06, and his non-profit organization Reality Changers (page 22), reminds us that service to community is a profound part of the UC San Diego experience. This is exemplified further in the profiles of the six scholarship recipients. Though the focus is on the students, the message of philanthropy benefiting the next generation is paramount. "We train well-rounded graduates," Khosla also says in his interview, "who will make this world a better place." Both those who give, and those who receive, exemplify that statement.

As to our new cover, it is the other change, a big one for us. at|UCSD magazine will now be known as Triton magazine. This follows a drive within the University to distinguish itself from the alphabet soup problem—the Us, Ss and Ds of the two other San Diego universities. So I hope you will welcome the new name. It is a change but, to continue the theme of this letter, a transition with continuity. The very first publication on campus was the Triton Times. And so fifty years later, we have returned to our roots.

Long live the king!

Raymond Hardie, Editor
alumnieditor@ucsd.edu

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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.