Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio receives 2015 Winston Doby Impact Award



Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships has been awarded the Dr. Winston Doby Impact Award. She was presented the award during the 2015 College Access and Preparation (CAP) Forum for her work collaborating with community partners to advance the goals of inclusion and diversity.

The Dr. Winston Doby Impact Award

Dr. Winston Doby devoted more than 40 years to the University of California. An unflagging advocate for access and social justice in higher education for all students, he served as UCLA’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs from 1981-2000. In 2002, he moved to the UC Office of the President and became Vice President of Educational Outreach and, later, of Student Affairs. He retired in 2006 after a long and distinguished career.The Winston Doby Impact Award recognizes University of California professionals for their commitment to improving educational opportunities. Like Dr. Doby, recipients demonstrate an unwavering dedication to student access, advocacy, and social justice.

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UCI Costa Rica Program recognized by NASPA


The UCI Costa Rica Program has been recognized with the Bronze Award of the 2014-2015 NASPA Excellence Awards in the Housing & Residence Life, Contracted Services, Judicial, and Related Category.

UCI Costa Rica Program

The Costa Rica program is an alternative break program and academic experience sponsored by Student Housing and the Division of Student Affairs, in partnership with the Division of Undergraduate Education. The program allows sixteen UCI students to experience a global sustainability and cultural immersion program leading to an increased cultural competence and global leadership development. The participants serve as diplomatic ambassadors for UCI as they immerse themselves in the community and culture of Costa Rica.

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Darlene Boyd and the UCI Gifted Students Academy recognized by American Creativity Association


Darlene Boyd and the UCI Gifted Students Academy received the 2014 “Global Corporate Special Achievement Award” from the American Creativity Association at its recent meeting in Philadelphia. The UCI Gifted Students Academy is the third recipient of this prestigious award. To date this award has been presented to The Lego Group and Pixar Animation Studios.

For the past 30 years the American Creativity Association has recognized organizations and their strategies and solutions in the areas of creativity and innovation. This award recognizes top creativity and innovation practitioners and programming.

Darlene Boyd and the UCI Gifted Students Academy are being recognized for success in programming for youth in the area of creativity and innovation. In particular this program provides each participant with creative problem solving training, enabling students to become better creative productive thinkers.

The Corporate Special Achievement Award is presented to an organization that has made an outstanding creative contribution to the field of creativity or to society in general. Such contributions may take the form of invention, discovery, work or performance of art, research study, educational program, or special service to the community.

The UCI Gifted Students Academy has sustained itself in meeting the mission of creativity and innovation programming for nearly a quarter of a century. During this time the program has served nearly 10,500 US and international students, including students from Russia, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, England, Australia, Turkey and Qatar.

UC Irvine is No. 1 ‘Coolest School’ in nation

UC Irvine student Bryant Phung, right, and others work to install native plants into Middle Earth Housing areas as part of UCI’s water-saving efforts.
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UC Irvine has placed first in Sierra magazine’s eighth annual ranking of the country’s “Coolest Schools,” marking the fifth consecutive year the university has been included among the top 10 “greenest” campuses nationwide.

The Sierra Club publication’s September/October cover story spotlights what colleges are doing to address climate issues and operate sustainably. It commends UCI for its academic and research achievements in those endeavors; its three on-campus solar projects; and its energy efficiency goals that consistently exceed federal and state guidelines.

The Sierra ranking also acknowledges campuses that encourage environmental responsibility through research and education, student engagement and innovation. The complete list is available at

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UCI Campus Recreation Receives American Red Cross Award

UCI Campus Recreation’s CPR and First Aid Training program has been awarded a certificate of appreciation from American Red Cross.

UCI Campus Recreation Receives American Red Cross AwardTrac Lam, Daniel Nunez, Linda Kornosky, and Lou Gill (not pictured Erica Latta)

July 2, 2014 – The CPR and First Aid Training instructors at Campus Recreation have been awarded American Red Cross Certificates of Appreciation for their loyalty, consistency and persistency in equipping the UCI Community with valuable lifesaving skills for over 24 years. In addition to training volumes of people, the American Red Cross has designated Campus Recreation as a ‘VIP account’ and to qualify for this status, an organization must be supportive of preparedness, Health and safety training for the community and blood donation.

Campus Recreation provides lifesaving training courses occurring up to seven days a week, which, according to the Red Cross, is an extraordinary feat. Through Campus Recreation’s efforts of CPR/AED training, swim lessons, Lifeguarding, Disaster Preparedness and UCI’s Medical blood donation program, UCI Has been recognized for  excellence in authorized providers. Linda Kornosky of American Red Cross states; “That by continuing to partner with the American Red Cross – UCI  is contributing to the Red Cross’s ability to respond to disaster situations including fires in your community and it is for these reasons that we salute UCI as a whole and especially Campus Recreation for designing an effective skill based, lifesaving program.”

Campus Recreation offers ongoing CPR and First Aid certification courses as well as Lifeguard Certifications courses for the UCI community. For more information about Campus Recreation’s safety training programs, led by Trac Lam, Operations and Safety Coordinator, visit or call 949.824.3738

EPA deputy administrator joins UCI students for Earth-friendly lunch

Bob Perciasepe, the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy administrator, joined the cafeteria line today at the University of California, Irvine, where he shared a zero-waste lunch with students and commended the campus on its zero-waste and food recovery achievements.

Steve Zylius / UC Irvine Communications

Steve Zylius / UC Irvine Communications

UC Irvine’s zero-waste program diverts from landfills 83 percent of the campus’s total waste materials by recycling, reusing and composting. In addition, the university has increased its food waste diversion from 90 tons in 2010 to 500 tons in 2012, when it joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.

“UC Irvine is doing fantastic work as a participant in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. It provides a great example for universities across the nation,” said Perciasepe. “Through its efforts to prevent food waste, UC Irvine is saving money, protecting the environment and helping to curb climate change.”

Steve Zylius / UC Irvine Communications

Steve Zylius / UC Irvine Communications

UC Irvine’s Facilities Management recycle team, Waste Management of Orange County and Aramark Campus Dining Services have worked together to curb food waste since 2010, when Waste Management opened its food waste and organics recycling facility in Orange and accepted UC Irvine as a pilot-phase partner. Food waste delivered to the facility is processed and transformed into a Waste Management proprietary organic bio-slurry that has a number of sustainability applications, including the creation of green energy.

“This is just one aspect of UCI’s comprehensive waste management program and a great example of what can be accomplished when everyone works together,” said Wendell Brase, vice chancellor for administrative & business services at UC Irvine. “We are honored that Deputy Administrator Perciasepe chose to personally recognize the individuals and organizations responsible for this achievement.”

Steve Zylius / UC Irvine Communications

Steve Zylius / UC Irvine Communications

Other campus waste-reduction projects are supported through UC Irvine’s Green Initiative Fund. Important advances in university recycling programs include the following:

•  The addition of labeled lids to recycling bins on Ring Mall has expanded the commingled recycling project to all campus pedestrian pathways. Ring Mall recycling went from 0 percent to 50 percent in the first year of use.

•  Commingled bins in 170 classrooms have increased recycling from 0 percent to 75 percent in the first year of use.

•  Hydration stations around campus that promote refillable water bottle use have reduced the use of disposable plastic bottles by 14 tons. More than 509,000 reusable bottles have been filled.

•  Nearly 90 percent of campus events with more than 2,000 attendees are classified as zero-waste, thanks to the purchase of specialized bins.

“Through all of these projects and more, we are reducing the amount of waste we produce on campus and are recycling or composting materials that otherwise would have ended up in a local landfill,” said Anne Krieghoff, sustainability manager for UC Irvine’s solid waste & recycling program. “This summer, the California Resource Recovery Association honored UC Irvine with its 2013 Zero Waste Achievement Award. This recognition by the EPA is equally gratifying.”

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