Like many of you, our thoughts are with the people of Texas, Louisiana and all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The storm’s high winds and historic rainfall have had a devastating impact on the region. We are deeply saddened by the hardships caused by Hurricane Harvey to so many families. We recognize that the road to recovery will be a long one, and want to pass along information on how the University of California is mobilizing to assist and how you can help support those affected by this storm. In addition to our efforts, there are large-scale organizations dedicated to providing disaster assistance, as noted in the statement from the University of California. We send our thoughts and best wishes to all affected.
Six new community leaders are joining UC San Diego’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB) this fall. At this morning’s CCAB orientation, Chancellor Khosla welcomed the new members and emphasized UC San Diego’s commitment to foster and strengthen positive relationships between our campus and our community. CCAB is composed of talented, experienced and motivated citizens of San Diego who are advocates for UC San Diego. Board members advise the Chancellor on the university’s role in the community, and support the formulation and execution of advocacy plans and programs related to increasing the community’s understanding of the positive impact UC San Diego has on the region’s development and progress.
The 24th annual Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational was held recently to benefit the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. Dozens of surfers participated in the tournament and more than 500 people enjoyed traditional Polynesian dancing, music and a tropical buffet. Among the attendees was surfing world champion Kelly Slater, who also served as Honorary Chair. This year’s Rell Sunn Award was presented to John Mendelsohn, founding director of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Since its inception, the event has raised over $8 million for cancer research and care.