Regents Approve Seventh College, Franklin Antonio Hall

Last week, UC San Diego received approval on two important initiatives at the spring meeting of the UC Board of Regents, the governing board of the University of California.

Recognizing that our current six colleges have exceeded their designed capacity, the Academic and Student Affairs Committee approved a motion to establish a new Seventh College at UC San Diego. The committee approval is a watershed step in the process to gain approval for the new college. Next up, on June 4, the Academic Senate will vote on the Academic Plan. Our goal is to open Seventh College in the fall of 2020.

The Finance and Capital Strategies Committee approved the design for Franklin Antonio Hall—a new 187,000-square-foot building that will house laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, meeting space, and a new auditorium and café. Designed to foster collaborations between various fields of research via shared laboratories and work areas, Franklin Antonio Hall is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

As a discussion point, I also informed the Regents that UC San Diego is now planning for another future college living and learning neighborhood, similar to the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood now under construction and set to open in early 2021.

The project would locate new undergraduate student housing together with a new college, thereby increasing housing while also decompressing our current over capacity colleges.

Our strategy aims to reduce the number of students per college, guarantee four years of housing to every undergraduate student and provide housing that is 20 percent below market rate pricing.

Creation of affordable on-campus housing in a collaborative, interdisciplinary living and learning environment was identified in the 2018 Long Range Development Plan as critical to achieving UC San Diego’s vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.

Environmental Chemistry Major Enid Partika Recognized as Outstanding Student Leader

On Thursday, University of California President Janet Napolitano honored UC San Diego student Enid Partika with the annual President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. She was one of two students systemwide receiving recognition.

Enid—a fourth-year environmental chemistry major—was recognized for her work to help advance the university’s carbon neutrality and Global Food Initiative efforts. She spearheaded a project to innovate, conceive and build an anaerobic digester.

Named the BioEnergy Project, the system turns food waste destined for landfills into usable products—including biogas for electricity and fertilizer for organic produce.

Enid and her team researched relevant literature and created a system that built upon existing success in the field of anaerobic digestion by integrating hydroponics, solar power and biogas production into a single system.

The team also established a student-run collection program to gather food waste from campus dining halls, restaurants and grocery stores nearby.

More than 41,000 pounds of food waste were collected and the equivalent of 6,637 pounds of carbon dioxide were eliminated from the air due to her ideas and the efforts of all the students on the team.

But Enid didn’t stop there; she became a member of the team that communicates the science of the project to audiences both on and off campus.

Because of what was learned from this project, UC San Diego committed to building additional anaerobic digestion installations on campus as a way to meet long-term campus objectives—such as the mandate to be a zero-waste campus and transition to carbon neutrality in all campus operations.

I’m so very impressed with the success of this project—not only by the ingenuity and thought leadership Enid demonstrated, but also by the community outreach and general public education surrounding the science.

Passion Builds Momentum with u.give

u.give 2019

Today at 6 a.m. UC San Diego launched our first-ever day of giving that we’re calling u.give. In honor of our founding in 1960, u.give offers 1,960 minutes—or 32 hours—to consider what about UC San Diego excites you and to make a gift to support your passion.

Perhaps you are passionate about saving a species or preventing a student from going hungry. Or maybe you want to support scholarships, campus culture, or groundbreaking research and innovation. Whatever the cause, whatever the dollar amount, your gift matters. Every drop in a bucket makes a ripple. Your gift builds momentum to drive change.

Chancellor's Associates ScholarsToday, I’m supporting the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program with a gift to the scholarship fund. Since its beginning in 2013, the program has helped bring more than 850 student scholars from underrepresented local communities to UC San Diego and helped them succeed in college. Access to higher education matters to me, and that’s why I give to scholarships.

What matters to you? I know I can count on you as the entire UC San Diego community unites to show our Triton pride by making a gift of any size today.

Together we can make this first u.give day a day the campus will always remember.

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