Engaging Alumni Leaders

Chancellor Khosla chats with Black Alumni Council members Cilleana Bradley '80 and Mike McCraw '78.

Chancellor Khosla stopped by the annual retreat of UC San Diego’s Black Alumni Council to speak with the 20 members about our Strategic Plan goals, our student recruitment and yield efforts, and our initiatives to provide more scholarship support for students.  The Black Alumni Council was established in 1980, and is the oldest diversity council in UC San Diego Alumni.  The Council’s goal is to positively and proactively represent UC San Diego’s Black alumni and to foster a sense of community and connection amongst alumni, current Black students, faculty and staff. 

At the retreat, the Chancellor particularly focused on our need to recruit a more diverse student body at UC San Diego and the challenges we face, which led to a productive conversation about the Council’s role in helping the university with student recruitment and retention.  The Council’s members plan to ramp up their fundraising efforts for scholarships and propose a new mentoring program for Black students at UC San Diego.

From left to right: Marcia Strong, ’88; Mike McCraw ‘78, Ed Spriggs ‘70, Sac Carrethers ‘74, Manuelita Brown, MA ‘76

Sharing an Appetite for the UC San Diego Library

“The UC San Diego Library provides the foundation for our campus to advance knowledge and discoveries in everything from public policy and the arts, to healthcare and science.” – Chancellor Khosla

Chancellor Khosla with UC San Diego supporters Arthur and Molli Wagner, who received the Chancellor's Medal last year.

Friends and supporters of the UC San Diego Library enjoyed a special dinner inside the west wing of Geisel Library on Friday night.  The annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser featured delectable food, a silent auction, and keynote speaker Noel Riley Fitch, the internationally recognized biographer and historian who talked about her book “Sharing Julia Child’s Appetite for Life.”  During the event, Chancellor Khosla thanked all of our Library supporters for their generosity and for recognizing the importance of the Library to our campus and our community. 

He talked about the critical role the Library play’s in our research, teaching and patient care, noting that every student, researcher and professor depends on access to the latest materials and digital resources.  The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, also presented the 2014 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy to Dorothy Gregor for her role in the growth and success of the Library.  Geisel Library is named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, for the generous contributions they have made to the library and their devotion to improving literacy.  Audrey Geisel was the lead sponsor for Dinner in the Library.

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender with Dorothy Gregor, recipient of the 2014 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy.

Chancellor Khosla with Julia Brown, UC San Diego Foundation trustee and 2012 recipient of the Chancellor's Medal.

Creating Community Connections

Dr. Fredrick Walker, Chancellor Khosla, George Knox, VC González, Art Flippin

Chancellor Khosla met with members of the Sigmi Pi Phi Fraternity, best known as Boulé, to talk about UC San Diego’s strategic plan goals and vision, and our efforts to diversify our campus.  The Chancellor was invited to address the group by Dr. Fredrick Walker, who is a member of Boulé  and also the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.  During the meeting, the group discussed ways to improve the recruitment and retention of African-American students and faculty at UC San Diego.  The Chancellor also introduced UC San Diego's new Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs Juan González and talked about the positive impact of UC San Diego in our community.

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