Beginning September 2011 – 50 months prior to October 2015 – UCI is designating monthly a regularly scheduled activity as a “50 to 50” event. These highlighted events exemplify the UCI experience, and, when the event details are compiled at the conclusion of the anniversary celebration, will provide a comprehensive overview of what makes UCI one of the world’s great public research universities.
Events are subject to change.
New Student Convocation: On Sept. 19, UCI alumni from the first class will attend and give brief remarks to class scheduled to graduate in 2015. Each student will receive a magnet that lists 50 things that fellow students encourage new Anteaters to do/accomplish/experience during their tenure at UCI.
Robert Cohen Festival (PDF): Two days of events (Oct. 28 & 29) to honor Claire Trevor Professor of Drama Robert Cohen, a founding member of our faculty, for his industry and campus contributions. Included are workshops, theoretical presentations, performances of Waiting for Godot (directed by Cohen) and The Misanthrope (translated by Cohen), as well as the official ribbon cutting for the theatre named in his honor.
Discovery of a Lifetime: F. Sherwood Rowland and the Ozone Layer: The Langson Library fall exhibition honors UCI’s 1995 Nobel laureate. The opening event (Nov. 18) features a talk by Ralph J. Cicerone, National Academy of Sciences president and UCI chancellor emeritus.
UCIPD Holiday Teddy Bear Drive: Each year, the UC Irvine Police Department collects donations of new Teddy Bears, other stuffed animals and toys to benefit the children at UC Irvine Medical Center and other organizations.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Day of Service: People across the country honor King’s legacy by volunteering, making the holiday a “day on” rather than a “day off.” UCI service projects in 2012 include assembling food boxes Jan. 16 at the Orange County Food Bank in Garden Grove.
Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law: UC Irvine School of Law’s annual lecture series commemorates the esteemed life and public service of the late Al Meyerhoff, a renowned labor, environmental and civil rights lawyer who brought a landmark case to stop sweatshop conditions for 30,000 workers on the Pacific island of Saipan. On Feb. 15, Charles Ogletree Jr., founder of Harvard Law School’s Houston Institute for Race and Justice, lectures on “President Obama’s Election and Pursuit of a Post-Racial America.”
Tribute to Donald McKayle: Celebrities Debbie Allen and Della Reese join Chancellor Michael Drake and his wife, Brenda, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for a star-studded fundraiser and celebration March 8 in honor of renowned dancer/choreographer Donald McKayle, dance professor emeritus. Event proceeds go toward the Donald McKayle Endowment Fund for Modern Dance.
Literary Orange: Started in 2007 as a joint venture of OC Public Libraries and UC Irvine Libraries, the annual event seeks to enhance an appreciation of reading and literature by connecting writers and readers for a day of panel discussions, keynote speakers and book signings. Taking place April 14 in the UCI Student Center, the 2012 festival features talks by best-selling authors Paula McLain and Lisa See.
Living Peace Series: Jordan’s Queen Noor will discuss her work in global conflict prevention May 2 at the UCI Student Center. Featuring conversations with international leaders committed to making the world a healthy, sustainable and compassionate place, this remarkable series began when Center for Living Peace Orange County and UC Irvine partnered in 2010-11. Among those previously featured are His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Charlize Theron and Sir Richard Branson.
Learning by Doing at the Farm: Beginning in 1968, UCI was host to an experiment that brought indigenous people from Guatemala, Mexico and Samoa to an undeveloped plot on campus known as the Social Sciences Farm. “Learning by Doing at the Farm,” an exhibit of photographs and documents from the UCI Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives, will be on display in the Contemporary Arts Center’s Outreach Gallery June 7 to July 20.
UCI Olympians: The Summer Olympics return July 27, and once again, UC Irvine athletes and coaches will proudly represent the U.S. The men’s water polo and volleyball teams will field Anteater alumni, and UCI coaches will serve as assistants for the women’s volleyball (Paula Weishoff and Jamie Morrison) and water polo (Dan Klatt) squads. Former UCI grad student Amber Neben will ride with the cycling team. Heading into the 2012 London Games, Anteaters have won six Olympic gold medals, 16 silvers and one bronze.
New Swan Shakespeare Festival: An intimate, open-air Elizabethan theater has taken over UC Irvine’s Gateway Commons. The New Swan offers two-tier seating for 125 people and hosts the campus’s inaugural New Swan Shakespeare Festival from Aug. 9 to 26. This first season of what will be an annual event features reimagined versions of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Merchant of Venice.”
Welcome Week: From Late Night at the ARC to Zombie Attack!, Student Life & Leadership and ASUCI team up to provide a wide array of Welcome Week events for the entire UCI community Sept. 24-30.
Bookstore Author Series: The Hill (formerly The UCI Bookstore) hosts a free book signing event with renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Center’s Global Viewpoint Lounge. At the signing, guests may enter to win free tickets to the sold out lecture by Dame Goodall that evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Pacific Ballrooms. Additional information regarding the lecture can be found at www.livingpeace.uci.edu.
Center for Global Leadership Distinguished Speaker Series: This Merage School of Business annual series highlights the leadership perspectives, ethical frameworks, decision-making processes and insights of top business leaders in the industry. The 2012-13 presentations begin with a talk by George Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
UCI Basketball: The Anteater basketball season swings into full gear in December at the Bren Events Center. The men’s squad has three home games this month: Dec. 4 vs. San Diego Christian, Dec. 18 vs. LSU, and Dec. 29 vs. UC Davis, kicking off Big West Conference action. The women’s team hosts two pre-conference tilts: Dec. 5 vs. Idaho and Dec. 9 vs. Cal State Bakersfield.
What Matters to Me and Why: A Jan. 16 talk with Hung Fan – molecular biology & biochemistry professor in the School of Biological Sciences and director of the Cancer Research Institute – continues a series of informal discussions encouraging reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university.
Visitor Night at the Observatory: Approximately six times a year, the UCI Observatory welcomes the public to look at stars and planets with its telescopes, learn to use a night sky map to locate favorite constellations and listen to a lecture on an exciting topic from a UCI astrophysicist. On Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m., Tammy Smecker-Hane, physics & astronomy associate professor, presents Navigating the Night Sky.
Winter Bulb Festival: The UCI Arboretum’s popular Winter Bulb Festival, March 2 and 3, is centered around its beautiful South African bulb garden. The garden features rare and unusual species bulbs from Southern Africa with familiar names such as Gladiolus, Watsonia, Spiraxis and Babiana. These are the wild ancestors of our modern hybrids, with flowers in many unique colors and shapes. Experts from the UC Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about the garden.
Dance Escape: The UCI Department of Dance presents its annual concert of new dances created by graduate student choreographers. Faculty member Chad Michael Hall is artistic director. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19; and 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20; at Claire Trevor Theatre. Tickets are $11-$15. Call 949.824.2787.
Twentieth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium: The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program allows hundreds of undergraduates to present the results of their faculty-mentored research or creative activities in a professional setting. The 2013 symposium takes place 7:30 a.m.-4:50 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the UCI Student Center. Admission is free, with RSVP required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Service Awards Ceremony: The 2013 Service Awards Ceremony takes place 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in the UCI Student Center’s Pacific Ballroom. This year’s ceremony, sponsored by Human Resources with support from Staff Assembly, honors more than 700 staff employees who are celebrating five to 40 years of service to the University of California. The Excellence in Leadership Awards, a program sponsored by Staff Assembly, also are awarded at this event.
Summer Camps: Activities for nearly every age take place all over campus during the summer months. Athletics sponsors numerous sports camps. Arts offers academies in performing and visual arts, as well as a Mathobotix camp. Campus Recreation has camp sessions ranging from archery to cooking. Even Engineering has FABcamp this month.
UCI Soccer: The Anteater soccer season kicks off this month, with both the men’s and women’s teams seeing action. Coach Scott Juniper’s women’s team hosts three matches, beginning with an exhibition vs. Texas A&M Aug. 14. The season opener features UC Berkeley Aug. 23, followed by a visit by UNLV Aug. 25. The men’s team, under Coach George Kuntz, faces Marist Aug. 30. All home matches take place at Anteater Stadium.
Anteater Involvement Fair: The entire campus community is invited to Aldrich Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, for this annual Welcome Week event. Featuring more than 400 booths, a performance stage and sponsored giveaways, it’s a great opportunity to find new involvements. All students are encouraged to attend so they can meet and greet fellow Anteaters with similar interests.
Humanities Collective: The primary mission of the UCI Humanities Collective is to support School of Humanities faculty and graduate student research. In that the Collective also seeks to connect that research to public life, it offers a regular schedule of public events. This month the schedule includes a screening of “The Untold History of The United States,” followed by a Q&A with creators Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100.
Immunology Fair: The Institute for Immunology hosts the 11th Annual UC Irvine Immunology Fair Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, at Calit2. The event includes oral presentations/posters, as well as distinguished speakers including Gail A. Bishop, University of Iowa; Dr. Betty A. Diamond, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; Pamela J. Fink, University of Washington; and Steven F. Ziegler, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
Fourth Annual Holiday Stocking Stuffer: UCI staff members assemble and stuff holiday stockings to benefit Olive Crest. Coordinated by Staff Assembly’s Community Relations Committee, this year’s event takes place noon-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Multipurpose Science & Technology Building, Room 112.
Gassmann Electronic Music Series: GEMS presents several electronic music events during each academic year, featuring some of the most interesting musicians and scholars in the field. The series includes concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and master classes. The series continues with “Synthesizers Live!” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Winifred Smith Hall. UCI music students perform their original compositions and arrangements for “electronic chamber ensemble” of synthesizers and electronic sound processors.
Health Care Forecast Conference: The 23rd annual conference, sponsored by The Paul Merage School of Business, focuses on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the health care market. The Feb. 20-21 gathering provides a unique venue for dialogue among government and business leaders and academics, who share their perspectives and forecasts on key economic and political issues which impact the health care industry.
UCI Baseball: The action swings into high gear at Anteater Ballpark during the month of March with home games against USC, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Grand Canyon and UC Riverside.
ICEPAG: The Clean Energy Conference: ICEPAG (the International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation) is a three-day (April 1-3) international colloquium – organized by UCI’s Advanced Power & Energy Program and the National Fuel Cell Research Center in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy – focused on clean energy systems and covering the topics of sustainable power generation, energy utilization and grid ramifications.
10th Annual Human Security Award Ceremony: The Human Security Award is presented annually to an individual or group whose actions have made a dramatic difference in helping protect and empower the world’s most vulnerable groups and communities. On May 7 in the Student Center’s Crystal Cove Auditorium, the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs honors Ken Rutherford, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient and co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network.
UC Irvine 2014 Commencement Ceremony: In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Irvine campus’s June 1964 dedication by President Lyndon Johnson, an all-graduate ceremony takes place Saturday, June 14, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim with the keynote address by President Barack Obama.
National Choreographers Initiative: Four new ballets are created as part of the intensive 3-week process of the National Choreographers Initiative, now in its 11th year. Artistic Director Molly Lynch, UCI alumna and dance associate professor, invites four choreographers of note, as well as sixteen professional dancers from ballet companies across the country, to participate. At NCI Discovery 2014, the works-in-progress are performed at the Irvine Barclay Theatre Saturday, July 26.
Student Parent Orientation Program: Each summer, SPOP offers a comprehensive 2-day, 1-night orientation for domestic and international freshmen that includes academic advising, class registration, information on important student resources and services, social activities, and lots of opportunities to make friends.
World Record Attempt: Now an annual tradition, attempting (and succeeding) in setting a new standard in the Guinness Book of World Records is part of Welcome Week festivities for entering students. Past records have been set in largest dodgeball game and largest water-pistol fight. This year’s attempt (for largest pillow fight) takes place Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Anteater Recreation Center fields.
Shocktoberfest/Midnight Magic: A concert, festival and basketball competitions comprise this annual kickoff event at the Bren Events Center. Celebrating the start of the school year and the college basketball season, this year’s festivities begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
New Narratives: The series, which aims to move talk into action with yearlong interactive events and opportunities to promote healthy intergroup communications and collaboration, continues 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, with “Conflicts in the Middle East: Navigating the Narratives.” Through a panel discussion and interactive workshop at the Newkirk Alumni Center, students and other participants may learn how to fact-find regarding the current state of the Middle East.
Distinguished Faculty Awards: The Irvine Division of the Academic Senate honors Senate members for their outstanding research, teaching and service at a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, ceremony at the Newkirk Alumni Center.
Homecoming: The 2015 Homecoming Celebration, Saturday, Jan. 31, will feature UCI’s best and brightest. As well as the traditional family fun activities, entertainment and basketball game, alumni will have an opportunity to visit Reunion Corner and attend unique discovery programs hosted by each UCI program or school.
Dance Visions: As UCI celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Department of Dance is thrilled to present a revival of Founding Chair Eugene Loring’s iconic 1938 American ballet “Billy the Kid.” The program also includes works by outstanding faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle and Donald McKayle. Performances are offered Feb. 11-15 in the Claire Trevor Theatre.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence: The Department of Psychology & Social Behavior presents a colloquium with Steven Pinker in honor of UCI’s 50th Anniversary. Pinker, a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, speaks 4 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Student Center’s Crystal Cove Auditorium.
Celebrate UCI: This annual event features an outdoor festival, open house and car show. Wayzgoose, UCI’s oldest tradition, is a student-run festival in Aldrich Park – filled with food and games for UCI and the community. Events and parking are free.
Lauds & Laurels: The annual UCI Alumni-sponsored gala – this year being held Thursday, May 14 (with 6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. dinner) – honors outstanding members of the UCI community for their service to the university, the community or their profession.
UCI 50th Commencement: Ceremonies for UCI’s 50th graduating class stretch over four days in the Bren Events Center, and 7,057 Anteaters will participate. Ten school-based events will be held June 12-15, featuring addresses by renowned leaders in business, technology, athletics and law.
Global Compassion Summit: The XIV Dalai Lama returns to UCI, spreading the message of the value of peace, kindness and universal compassion throughout the world. The summit takes place July 5-7 and is the official world celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, featuring world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, speakers and performers from around the globe.
Staff Appreciation Picnic: Staff Assembly hosts the “Anteaterest” picnic ever at the 25th Annual UCI Staff Appreciation Picnic Aug. 27 in Aldrich Park. Activities include: Competition for Best Show Your UCI Pride Department Display; “Best” Oldest UCI T-Shirt Contest; Coolest UCI Water Balloon Toss; and 3-Legged Race for UCI.
Libraries 50th Anniversary Fall Exhibit: The UCI Libraries opens “Ready, Set, ZOT!: UCI Athletics Since 1965,” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium and at Langson Library. The exhibition documents the dedication to excellence, commitment to success, and perseverance in the face of adversity that built today’s UCI ‘Eater Nation.
Festival of Discovery: Celebrate UCI’s Bright Past and Brilliant Future Oct. 3 with a day to remember in Aldrich Park. Enjoy interactive explorations of how UCI students, faculty and UC Irvine Health are impacting the world around us. Join us for a community celebration including food trucks, cover bands, family friendly activities and more.