Celebrating the Campaign for UC San Diego

Victoria Brown, Alumnus Taner Halicioglu, Alumnus and Chair of the Campaign's International Leadership Commitee Ken Kroner, Jennifer Kroner, Thespine Kavoulakis, Chancellor Khosla, and Campaign Honorary Chairs Denny Sanford, Joan Jacobs and Irwin Jacobs

The Campaign for UC San Diego is now officially in the public phase.  The ambitious and historic 10-year, $2 billion fundraising effort was announced and celebrated Saturday night at RIMAC.  During the event, Chancellor Khosla shared another big announcement—a $75 million gift from alumnus Taner Halicioglu to establish the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science, which will unite brilliant minds across all disciplines at UC San Diego to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.  During the first four-and-a-half years—the quiet phase—UC San Diego has raised $1.3 billion toward the campaign goal, with contributions from more than 90,000 unique donors.  

At the celebration on Saturday, university supporters and friends learned how the latest transformative gifts are reshaping our campus and our planet and were treated to demonstrations of  faculty-generated technology.  They also discovered how the public phase of the campaign will further propel our transformation.  The gifts are enhancing the student experience by increasing undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and student services.  They are sparking research and innovation by boosting our number of endowed chairs and building collaborative, multi-disciplinary, transformational research programs.  They are modernizing our classrooms and laboratories, and creating a living and learning infrastructure that promotes collaboration and community.  

Join our quest to transform the lives of our students and our citizens, and help us make the world a better place.   

Fetch the Robot took selfies with attendees and then emailed them the photos.

Attendees used a Zappar code on displays around the room to learn more about faculty-generated technology.

In a suprise performance, alumnus Nathan East—who first appeared by hologram—joined his hologram on stage live to continue the music.

Strengthening Connections

Chancellor Khosla with featured speakers John Skrentny, Shelley Wright and Luis Alvarez

After presenting at the March Regents meeting in San Francisco last week, Chancellor Khosla traveled to Palo Alto for a UC San Diego and You event.  The program is designed to deliver groundbreaking research and other exciting projects happening on campus with our alumni and friends where they live.  The Chancellor emphasized the importance of alumni engagement before elaborating on the re-visioning of the campus and the public launch of the Campaign for UC San Diego later this week.  While in Northern California, the Chancellor also participated in an Innovators Roundtable with several alumni who discussed how to enhance innovation in San Diego and on campus, as well as build connections between our region and the Bay Area.

Chancellor Khosla with alumni at the Innovators Roundtable

Sharing UC San Diego’s Community Outreach and Impact

At today’s University of California Board of Regents meeting, Chancellor Khosla provided a presentation on UC San Diego’s community outreach and impact.  He talked about UC San Diego’s efforts to improve college access and affordability—particularly for local students from underserved communities—including the creation of the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship.  Two student scholars joined him at the meeting to talk about the impact of the scholarship on their lives.  The Chancellor then highlighted numerous campus partnerships that have increased educational opportunities throughout San Diego County, including Birch Aquarium’s K-12 ocean science outreach.  The future Innovation, Cultural and Innovation Hub was also cited as an example of UC San Diego’s efforts to connect a wide range of campus programs to the downtown innovation community and more closely link diverse neighborhoods throughout San Diego’s urban core. Watch the Chancellor’s presentation.

In seeking Regental approval for the Campaign for UC San Diego, the Chancellor gave a second presentation about the launch of the public phase of the campaign next week, expressing the importance of the fundraising initiative for the transformation of our campus and our greater community.  

Chancellor's Associates Scholars Preston Hale and Michael Markulin

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