It may seem like a long way off, but 2015 will be here before you know it. A small but earnest group representing UCI staff, faculty, alumni, students and community supporters has begun meeting regularly to scope out the most appropriate way to celebrate the occasion of UCI’s semicentennial.
We’re planning to start this September with a somewhat quiet rollout of anniversary-related actions. Why September? A couple of reasons: It marks 50 months before the anniversary of our first day of classes; so a monthly countdown of activities, which we are dubbing “50 to 50,” needs to begin then. Also this September we welcome as freshmen the class of 2015.
We know (quite well) that campus resources are limited, and starting now also helps in our search for community partners who could support our celebration through donations of money or in-kind services.
In our early meetings, we’ve talked about a number of efforts. Some are typical anniversary markers, some not so typical. We’re hoping you can help us with some feedback and input.
The UCI Libraries is looking into a project that involves historical documentation, including the digital archiving of some precious oral histories from key faculty members and administrators that have been collected over the years. It’s to be seen how that will manifest itself, but it’s likely to have some type of Web presence launched in fall 2015.
We’re developing a visual identity program, much like we did for our 40th anniversary, where campus units can incorporate the 50th anniversary logo into their own communications materials. Once that’s developed, we’ll post a link on this site and otherwise let campus communicators know about it.
We’d love to hear from you while we’re still in the early planning stages. What do you think of the ideas in development? What other ways should UCI celebrate its golden anniversary?