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Founders Celebration 2015

Founders Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 12

Cross-Cultural Center, Price Center East and East Ballroom, Price Center

Short talks from extraordinary minds

Founders Day

Friday, Nov. 13

Price Center (Program)
and Town Square (Festival)

Entertainment, games, tasty treats and more

Hullabaloo

Friday, Nov. 13

Town Square and Matthews Quad

Live performances, rides and food

Founders Celebration

Join us as we commemorate the day UC San Diego was founded in November 1960. Celebrate the ways in which our scholarship, community, and commitment have created a force for positive change in our region, our nation, and our world. #ucsdfounders

Founders Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Reception

Time: 4–4:45 p.m.

Location: Cross-Cultural Center,
Price Center East

Program

Time: 5–7 p.m.

Location: East Ballroom, Price Center

Be the first to hear how new research happening at UC San Diego is a catalyst for real-world change. Six faculty experts will share brief presentations related to two of the campus’s grand research themes: understanding cultures and addressing disparities in society, and exploring the basis of human knowledge, learning, and creativity. Participate in the dialogue at the question-and-answer session that follows the talks.

Before the symposium, join us at the Cross-Cultural Center for an undergraduate showcase. Meet students who are focusing on innovation and service.

The reception and symposium are open to the public.

Speakers

Learn more about this year’s topics and speakers »

Founders Symposium

Founders Day

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Presentation of the Revelle Medals

Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Location: East Ballroom, Price Center

Founders Day recognizes UC San Diego’s founders, including Roger Revelle, whose vision was to attract distinctive and visionary faculty leaders to the campus. In tribute to this spirit, the Founders Day program honors ​Cecil Lytle​, ​Hugh “Bud” Mehan, and ​Susan Shirk​, this year’s recipients of the Revelle Medal, which is the highest award given by the Chancellor to a current or former UC San Diego faculty member.

Open to the public

Learn more about this year’s Revelle Medalists »

Revelle Medalists

Founders Day Festival

Time: Noon–2 p.m.

Location: Town Square

All are invited to a bustling carnival featuring a kaleidoscope of student entertainment, tasty treats and activities. Visit interactive exhibits from academic departments across campus to learn how UC San Diego’s dynamic past has helped shape the campus’s present as a place where discovery thrives.

Open to the public

Founders Day Festival

Hullabaloo

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Time: 8 p.m.–midnight

Location: Town Square and Matthews Quad

Each year, as part of the annual Founders Celebration, AS Concerts and Events (ASCE) presents Hullabaloo, a student-only festival with live music, free food and games. The urban center of UC San Diego will be transformed with a dance stage located in Town Square, amusement rides in Matthews Quad, and carnival food and student organization booths throughout the venue.

Student ID required

Hullabaloo

Academic Senate Faculty Research Lectures

Concurrent with Founders Celebration, the Academic Senate recognizes two faculty whose research has made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Join us in honoring the 2015 awardees as they present a lecture topic of their choice.

Yen-Le Espiritu

Yen-Le Espiritu, Department of Ethnic Studies

Critical Refugee Studies:
The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es)

When: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 2–4 p.m.

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club

Anita Raj

Anita Raj, Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine

The Global Health Impact of Gender Inequalities:
Girl Child Marriage and Violence Against Women

When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 2–4 p.m.

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club

Honors: 2015 Medalists

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will honor several visionaries with the Revelle Medal at Founders Day on Nov. 13, and the Chancellor’s Medal at the annual by-invitation-only Founders Dinner on Nov. 15. We are truly grateful to these remarkable individuals who have made an impact with their time, talent and treasure.

Founders 2014 Medalists

Revelle Medal Honorees

The Revelle Medal recognizes current and former faculty members for their sustained, distinguished and extraordinary service to the campus. The award is named in honor of UC San Diego’s founder Roger Revelle.

View past Revelle Medal Medal honorees.

Cecil Lytle

Cecil Lytle

Cecil Lytle is a world-renowned classical and jazz pianist, former professor and chair of the UC San Diego Department of Music, and former provost of UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College. Lytle has dedicated his life and work to providing educational opportunities for aspiring youth. He co-founded The Preuss School UCSD and played a key role working with parents, teachers and the community to establish Gompers Preparatory Academy, located in the Chollas View neighborhood of San Diego. He also established and raises funds for the Lytle Endowed Scholarship, which supports Preuss graduates who attend Thurgood Marshall College.

Hugh “Bud” Mehan

Hugh “Bud” Mehan

Hugh “Bud” Mehan has applied his research in sociology and education studies to make major contributions to educational reform in San Diego, helping countless students from around the county become better equipped to succeed in college. Mehan was the founding director of UC San Diego’s Teacher Education Program (now the Department of Education Studies) and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), which coordinates efforts at UC San Diego to improve the academic preparation of underrepresented students in the community through partnerships with K-12 schools and districts. He also played an integral role in the establishment of The Preuss School UCSD and Gompers Preparatory Academy.

Susan Shirk

Susan Shirk

Susan Shirk is considered one of the most influential experts on Chinese politics and U.S.-China relations. She is founding chair of UC San Diego’s 21st Century China Program, the nation’s largest and most prominent academic research program on contemporary China, and helped create UC San Diego’s renowned School of Global Policy and Strategy and the top-ranked Department of Political Science. Shirk has also directed the University of California systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and served as deputy assistant secretary of state (1997–2000) responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.

Chancellor’s Medal Honorees

The Chancellor’s Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed by UC San Diego to honor exceptional service in support of the university’s mission.

View past Chancellor’s Medal honorees.

Carol Vassiliadis

Carol Vassiliadis

Carol Vassiliadis has supported UC San Diego across a spectrum of fields, from medicine to history and the humanities. In honor of her late husband, Alkiviadis or “Laki,” she established the Alkiviadis and Carol Vassiliadis Fellowship for Cancer Prevention, which has given aspiring young scientists the opportunity to pursue cancer cures. She also provided significant funding to support the Healthy Eating and Living Program at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, and Jacobs Medical Center. Vassiliadis has also helped position UC San Diego as the top center for Greek studies in the western United States by establishing the Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Chair in Byzantine Greek History and supporting two other Greek history chairs. She serves as a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board and is a member of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Board of Visitors.

Hellman Fellows Fund

The Family of Chris and Warren Hellman

The late Warren Hellman; his wife, Chris; and their family established one of the first Hellman Fellows Programs at UC San Diego in 1995. The Hellman Fellowship has been a lifeline for scholars as they push the frontiers of knowledge on their path toward tenure and has benefitted more than 280 promising UC San Diego faculty members in disciplines from visual arts to nanoengineering. The successful UC San Diego program is now on all campuses in the UC System and is the only privately funded program established at all ten institutions. The Hellman Fellows Fund is now managed by two of Chris and Warren’s children, Frances Hellman and Mick Hellman.

Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated

Founded in 1985 when seven industry veterans came together in the den of then UC San Diego professor Irwin Jacobs’ home, Qualcomm Incorporated has played a pivotal role in UC San Diego’s rise to become one of the top 10 public universities in the nation. For 30 years, Qualcomm has actively supported the educational and philanthropic goals of UC San Diego. The company has invested in areas throughout campus, ranging from the School of Global Policy and Strategy to the Jacobs School of Engineering and Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute. Qualcomm has supported UC San Diego students with graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, and has fueled groundbreaking discoveries with funding for research and faculty chairs.