Celebrating UC San Diego Founders and Faculty

Founders Cake Party

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.

Breaking Ground for Additional Student Housing

Nuevo West Groundbreaking

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.

Fostering Academic Success

"Summer Bridge is a key academic support program that builds community and nurtures the unique strengths of our students." - Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego’s Summer Bridge program is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  A dinner was held over the weekend to mark the milestone.  Over the last four decades, the program has contributed to the retention, achievement, learning and development of thousands of entering UC San Diego freshmen by focusing on building community and fostering the unique strengths of our students.  Summer Bridge has grown from a three-week transition program serving 28 students to a five-week residential program serving 300 students.  At the event, Chancellor Khosla lauded the success of the program, thanking everyone involved in Summer Bridge and applauding the program’s alumni who are now in leadership positions using their education to improve our community and world.

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