UC San Diego is joining the Big West Conference, paving the way for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I reclassification. The announcement was made at a news conference at RIMAC Arena. The Chancellor said this move has been a long time coming for our Tritons and Triton family, and it was made possible by our students who initiated and voted for the Division I referendum, and our Academic Senate and faculty members who endorsed the move. He also noted this move will significantly increase UC San Diego’s visibility, elevate the student experience, enhance our sense of community, and heighten our school pride and unity. Read more about this exciting news.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders, Chancellor Khosla, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl Edwards
UC San Diego is officially 57 years old. Founded on November 18, 1960, the campus commemorates the anniversary every year with Founders Celebration. This year’s series of events included Founders Symposium, Founders Faculty Celebration and a Founders cake party.
The symposium’s theme was “An Evening of Nonconventional Wisdom” and featured two presenters – Professors Tajana Rosing and Rob Knight – who shared their revolutionary research. Three 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 Paul Drake, Marilyn Farquhar and Don Helinski. Hundreds of campus members also enjoyed UC San Diego birthday cake on Library Walk.
UC San Diego continues its ambitious efforts to add student housing on campus as part of our overall physical and intellectual transformation to enhance the student experience and create a living and learning infrastructure. Today, the campus held a groundbreaking for the Nuevo West housing project.
UC San Diego recently opened Mesa Nueva housing and will break ground on Nuevo East next year. In all, the three housing projects will add more than 3,500 beds for graduate and professional students. UC San Diego’s goal is to add more than 10,000 beds to make the university one of the top primarily residential campuses in the University of California system, and enable us to provide a four-year housing guarantee for undergraduates and Ph.D. students at 20 percent below market cost.
The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will also break ground next year, adding 2,000 beds for undergraduate students and providing a new home for Sixth College.
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