Honoring UC San Diego Supporters and Visionaries

“This evening is about celebrating UC San Diego’s 56th anniversary and our supporters who have helped us to become one of the best public research universities in the world.” – Chancellor Khosla

Peter C. Farrell, Kwan So, Chancellor Khosla, Marion So, Richard Hertzberg, Carol Dean Hertzberg, Daniel Yankelovich

The Chancellor’s Medal is one of the highest honors given by UC San Diego for exceptional service in support of the university’s mission.  It is awarded every year at the Founders Celebration dinner, which took place on Saturday night.  This year’s recipients are Peter C. Farrell, Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg, Marion and Kwan So, and Daniel Yankelovich.  Before presenting the medals, Chancellor Khosla thanked UC San Diego’s supporters for energizing our culture of challenging convention in order to unlock mysteries, transform lives and make our world a better place.

Farrell revolutionized the way we treat sleep-related breathing disorders through his career as ResMed’s founder and through his support of the Peter C. Farrell Sleep Center of Excellence at UC San Diego; he has also directed gifts to the university to support several other areas of campus – from The Preuss School to the Rady School of Management.  The Hertzbergs are helping us to address some of our world’s most pressing challenges, like broadening college access and protecting our environment; their lead gift established the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  The Sos have supported UC San Diego for four decades, contributing to multiple areas of campus – from fellowships and endowed chairs to undergraduate education and health sciences; they have also helped position UC San Diego as one of the world’s top universities for education and research on contemporary China.  Yankelovich has a goal of finding solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems, with aligns with the university’s mission; he established the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UC San Diego to address issues like social mobility, inequality, education and policy.  Read more about this year’s medalists.

A 3-D printer created mini chocolates in the shape of Geisel Library.

Celebrating UC San Diego Past, Present and Future

Chancellor Khosla with this year's Revelle Medal recipients: Roger Reynolds, Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Palmer Taylor.

UC San Diego’s Founders Celebration is taking place this week with the Founders Symposium at Birch Aquarium last night, the Founders Faculty Celebration this afternoon and the Founders Festival.  This year’s commemoration marks the university’s 56th anniversary.  The symposium featured three main faculty speakers – Professors Kang Zhang, Christina Gremel and Mark Hanna – who talked about their revolutionary research, as well as interactive exhibits.  Four Revelle Medals were awarded at the Founders Faculty Celebration to recognize visionary faculty with a record of accomplishment in advancing UC San Diego’s mission; the recipients are Y.C. Fung, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Roger Reynolds and Palmer Taylor.  The Founders Festival was held in Town Square with free food, live music and numerous affinity booths.

Founders Faculty Celebration

Founding faculty were asked to stand and be recognized.

Founders Symposium at Birch Aquarium

Several Chancellor's Associates Scholars attended the Founders Symposium.

Founders Festival in Town Square

Welcoming the Inaugural Director of the Inter-Tribal Resource Center

Jesse Peltier, Brody Patterson, Brandon Lawrence, Glynda Davis, Elena Hood, VC Becky Petitt, Burgundy Fletcher, Sierra Trujillo, Akiko Garcia, Crystal Ben

Campus and community members gathered recently at the Student Services Center to welcome UC San Diego’s inaugural Director of the Inter-Tribal Resource Center Elena Hood.  Chancellor Khosla talked about the importance of strengthening ties between the university and our local Native community, and providing resources and programming on campus for our Native students.  He also mentioned the expansion of the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship to all admitted California students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.  Both the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt emphasized UC San Diego’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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