Celebrating the Campaign for UC San Diego

Victoria Brown, Alumnus Taner Halicioglu, Alumnus and Chair of the Campaign's International Leadership Commitee Ken Kroner, Jennifer Kroner, Thespine Kavoulakis, Chancellor Khosla, and Campaign Honorary Chairs Denny Sanford, Joan Jacobs and Irwin Jacobs

The Campaign for UC San Diego is now officially in the public phase.  The ambitious and historic 10-year, $2 billion fundraising effort was announced and celebrated Saturday night at RIMAC.  During the event, Chancellor Khosla shared another big announcement—a $75 million gift from alumnus Taner Halicioglu to establish the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science, which will unite brilliant minds across all disciplines at UC San Diego to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.  During the first four-and-a-half years—the quiet phase—UC San Diego has raised $1.3 billion toward the campaign goal, with contributions from more than 90,000 unique donors.  

At the celebration on Saturday, university supporters and friends learned how the latest transformative gifts are reshaping our campus and our planet and were treated to demonstrations of  faculty-generated technology.  They also discovered how the public phase of the campaign will further propel our transformation.  The gifts are enhancing the student experience by increasing undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and student services.  They are sparking research and innovation by boosting our number of endowed chairs and building collaborative, multi-disciplinary, transformational research programs.  They are modernizing our classrooms and laboratories, and creating a living and learning infrastructure that promotes collaboration and community.  

Join our quest to transform the lives of our students and our citizens, and help us make the world a better place.   

Fetch the Robot took selfies with attendees and then emailed them the photos.

Attendees used a Zappar code on displays around the room to learn more about faculty-generated technology.

In a suprise performance, alumnus Nathan East—who first appeared by hologram—joined his hologram on stage live to continue the music.