Fueling a Passion for Learning

From left: Catherine Friedman, Associate University Librarian; Don Chadwick, Director of Sports Facilities; Alex Butterfield, long-time friend of Audrey Geisel; Brian Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian; Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor; Suresh Subramani, Executive Vice Chancellor; Tammy Dearie, Associate University Librarian

Audrey’s Café is officially open for business in Geisel Library.  The café offers food and drinks, and a revamped area for studying and socializing.  Before cutting the Seuss-inspired daisy chain to mark the grand opening yesterday, Chancellor Khosla emphasized his support of student-centered initiatives to improve the academic and social experience of students at UC San Diego.  The new café is named for Audrey Geisel, who is funding the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative to transform interior public spaces in the library to meet the evolving needs of patrons.

Students, faculty and staff wrote thank you notes to Audrey Geisel for her generous support and shared what the Library and café mean to them.

Attendees were invited to have their photos taken to commemorate the grand opening.

Focusing on Students

Photo credit: AJ Peterson / The Triton

Chancellor Khosla spent time with Muir and Warren College students last week, after being invited to their College Council meetings.  He shared the university’s recent student-centered investments to improve the student experience at UC San Diego, and he answered questions about a range of issues, including student housing.  The Chancellor says he'd like to add up to 10,000 beds to campus; current projects will add 5,000 beds by 2020 for undergraduate and graduate students.

Offering the Opportunity of Education

“We are here to provide you with a world-class education and a wide range of opportunities so you can achieve your goals and dreams.” – Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego’s newest Chancellor’s Associates Scholars and their family members recently received a warm welcome from students, staff, faculty and university supporters at a celebratory reception at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego.  Chancellor Khosla opened the program by congratulating the students on their admission, encouraging them to choose UC San Diego, and thanking all of the people who’ve helped the students on their road to success.  He then awarded each scholar with a blue and gold honor cord, explaining that it signifies our pledge to help them throughout their academic career and that he hopes they’ll wear it again when they graduate as Tritons.

The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars program was established three years ago to support local, low-income students from UC San Diego’s three partner high schools.  It has since been expanded to include more high-achieving students with financial need and California students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.  This year, approximately 300 scholarships have been offered.

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