On Friday, October 4, 2019, I was invited to take a tour of the construction site of the new North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. Take a look at the progress.
Opening next fall, the $400M development includes buildings varying in height up to 14 stories that will include:
- Approximately 2,000 new beds, resident facilities and support space for undergraduate students
- A new home for Sixth College
- New instruction and research space for departments and programs within the Divisions of Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities
- General assignment classrooms
- Residential life space for students and staff
- Ancillary maintenance and operational support space
Retail operations along Ridge Walk and the project promenade as well as a market and dining facilities will energize the neighborhood. The re-envisioned Craft Center will return to UC San Diego offering students, faculty, staff and local community members unique opportunities to connect, create and collaborate.
On Thursday, September 26, I joined faculty, staff, and alumni to welcome current and new Chancellor's Associates Scholars to UC San Diego. This year, 296 freshman and transfer students make up our largest and most diverse incoming class of scholars ever. It was great seeing so many people come out to support these new students and welcome them as Tritons. There are now more than 800 Chancellor's Associates Scholars on campus.
Through scholarship funding, benefits, services and programs, the Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program (CASP) recognizes and supports talented local students with great potential, financial need and motivation to academically succeed at UC San Diego.
The program represents UC San Diego's full commitment to support and develop scholars through to graduation. It provides a wide range of services and opportunities to ensure that they thrive as UC San Diego undergraduate students, and are fully engaged in academics, student life, and university experiences. Learn more on the CASP website.
Last Friday, I hosted 13 staff for lunch in my office as part of the annual Chancellor’s Lunchbox Club. It's one of my favorite lunches of the year because it gives me the opportunity to meet staff face-to-face and to personally thank them for their many contributions. I always encourage my guests to ask questions and share with me their experiences as staff members. I learn a lot and have a great time doing so.
This year 10 of the employees were chosen at random from 275-plus staff who signed up at the 2019 Staff Summer Celebration. They were joined by Staff Association Chair Luis Legaspi and Chair-Elect Bryce Besser, and one lucky staffer was nominated and selected by my assistant chancellors.
Attendees came to my office, received lunch, and conversed with me and each other about working at UC San Diego. Everyone left with a smile, bragging rights and a commemorative tin lunchbox embossed with an entertaining cartoon of me.
Thank you, Bob, Kyle, Ley, Erin, Jade, Roberta, Valerie, Sandy, Elsa, Ria, and Jody. It was a pleasure meeting you all. And thank you, Luis for your service this past year as the Staff Association Chair. Bryce, I'm looking forward to working with you this coming year.
Want to come to lunch next year? Find me and my staff at next year’s annual Staff Summer Celebration to sign up for the drawing. I'm looking forward to next year's Lunchbox Club and a chance to meet you.
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