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Mitchelle Greenlee, Jennifer Abe, Jon Choe and Daniel Andrade

San Diego Area Fires Strike
Home with UCSD Faculty and Staff

Thousands of UCSD Employees Evacuate Their Homes;
Campus Becomes Safe Haven to 10,000 Students

Classes started up again and offices reopened their doors today at UCSD after fires raging through San Diego County forced the campus to close its doors for a week. The fires never threatened the campus itself. But thousands of faculty and staff members were swept up in the wave of evacuations that sent more than 500,000 San Diego County residents packing last week. It’s unclear for now how many members of the UCSD community lost their homes. More arrow

UCSD Volunteers Fan Out Across
County to Help Those Impacted by Fires

Students from the Reality Changers program get to know evacuees at Qualcomm Stadium.As fires were raging through San Diego County Tuesday, members of the men’s rowing team at UC San Diego drove up to the evacuation center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with a full load of donations. When they got there, up came a group of tall, athletic men to help then unload—members of the UC San Diego men’s basketball team. More arrow

More than 50 Burn Patients Treated at UCSD
Regional Burn Center as Fires Rage Through County

UCSD Medical Center Staff Come to Patients’ Aid
Despite Being Evacuated from Their Own Homes

Firefighters at UCSD Medical CenterThe UCSD Medical Center and UCSD Regional Burn Center have been through this before.  Four years ago when the Cedar Fires erupted, the hospital mobilized to care for the injured, and by the time the devastation had subsided, 23 patients were still being treated as inpatients, some with critical burns. All who were treated at UCSD survived. More arrow

Campus Reaches Out to Help
Employees Deal with Aftermath of Fires

Tom LeetWhat kind of help will be available for fire victims? How will employees get paid? Will employees who worked while the campus was closed get extra vacation? The fires that devastated San Diego County aren't out yet, but UCSD top administrators already have some answers to these questions. More arrow

UCSD in Nation's Top 25 for Peace Corps Recruits
Peace Corps National Director Visits Campus
Peace Corps (Photo / Victor W. Chen)UCSD has become one of the top 25 universities in the nation for the number of students it recruits into the Peace Corps. To mark the achievement, Ronald A. Tschetter, the national director of the Peace Corps, visited the campus Oct. 15. More arrow

“Active Shooter” Drill at UC San Diego
Tests Campus Teams and New Technologies

Emergency Drill (Photo / Victor W. Chen)A complete cross-section of the campus community — administrators, faculty, staff and students from every college and division — listened as Chancellor Marye Anne Fox praised the crisis-response drill that had just ended. "We hope the day never comes," she said from the podium in the tent behind the UCSD Police Department, "but we are more ready today than we were yesterday, and for that I thank each and every one of you." More arrow

Reconsidering Little Rock
Central High SchoolThe 50th anniversary of the attempt by nine African American students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.—and its application to current events—will be marked with a Nov. 13-15 symposium at the University of California, San Diego. All meetings are free and open to the public. More arrow

Forums Examine Women’s Status in the UC Workforce
Women in university careers (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Wanted: better childcare, more flexibility for staff members and better recruitment for graduate students and faculty. These were some of the topics discussed during two forums held on campus last week focusing on women in the UC workforce. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Wildfires Degrade SoCal Air Quality
USA Today
Oct. 28, 2007
     
  arrow Technology's Pipeline
Becomes Lifeline for Fire Victims

USA Today
Oct. 28, 2007
     
  arrow Glare of Fires Pulls Migrants from Shadows
The New York Times
Oct. 26, 2007
     
  arrow Have Lessons of Katrina Been Learnt?
BBC News
Oct. 24, 2007
     
  arrow Wildfire Response Was Better But Still Late
San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct. 28, 2007
     
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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor FoxI hope this letter finds you safe after the harrowing week we spent dealing with the Witch Creek, Harris and other wildfires in San Diego County. Everyone in our community has been affected in some way. Over 500,000 residents were evacuated and many, including UC San Diego employees, returned to find their homes destroyed or damaged. More arrow

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will hold a town hall meeting at noon Wednesday at the Price Center Theatre to provide participants with an opportunity to hear about activities to assist those affected by last week's wildfires. The town hall will include a brief overview of the crisis management process put in place during the fires and options to assist the San Diego community. Fox and other top administrators will be on hand to answer questions during a Q&A session. More arrow

Fire Resources Info

Campus Resources for Faculty and Staff Who Have Lost Their Homes
Satellite imagery of San Diego Fires (Photo / NASA) Have you been impacted by the San Diego area fires? UCSD stands ready to help. More arrow

San Diego Fires: Information and Resources
Need information of air quality? Insurance issues? Campus Support Servicees? Visit the UCSD Information and Resources page.

We Need Your Help
Do you know of a member of the UCSD faculty, staff or student body who was impacted by the fires in the San Diego area? Or someone who went out of their way to help those in the community that were affected by the fires? Please let This Week @ UCSD know. You can either click on our Got News? Button in This Week or email the editor directly.

What's Happening
Several campus events have been canceled due to the San Diego Wildfires including:

Halloween with
David Sedaris

CANCELED
Oct. 31, 2007
8 p.m.
AKWAY NYEWA 'A : COMING BACK HOME
POSTPONED
Nov. 1, 2007
6 p.m.
International Intervention in Humanitarian Crisis
CANCELED
Oct. 29, 2007
7 p.m.
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Philip Glass (Photo / Annie Leibovitz)
Amercian Premiere - Philip Glass ''Cello Concerto''
Nov. 3, 2007
8 p.m.
Mandeville Center
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The Latino Challenge
Earl Ofari Hutchinson:
The Latino Challenge to Black America

Oct. 29, 2007
6 p.m.
Robinson Auditorium
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The Long War
The Long War:
Loss and Nostalgia
in the Middle East

Nov. 8, 2007
7 p.m.
Robinson Auditorium
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