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Area 51: It’s the most well-known secret facility ever created, a world-renowned military installation whose mere mention immediately conjures images of aliens, top secret technology and vast government conspiracies. Era 51: It’s the theme of the University of California, San Diego’s Founders’ Celebration, November 17-19, and is meant to evoke today’s traditions, tomorrow’s innovations and 51 years of achieving the extraordinary. What do the two have in common? They both celebrate the desire to explore, create and achieve, and they’re both something many people can have fun with.
“UC San Diego’s Founders’ Celebration will have something for everyone,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “During our ‘Era 51’, the events will celebrate our heritage, showcase our visionary leaders and innovations that make us a top 10 public university, and honor some of the extraordinary people who have made UC San Diego’s mission possible.”
Founders’ Celebration will kick off with the Founders’ Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 17. Called “Flash Forward from 50: A Sneak Preview of UC San Diego’s New Directions in Research and Discovery,” the no-cost event will highlight the university’s innovative spirit and show how new transformative, interdisciplinary initiatives are shaping the campus’s future in education and research. The symposium begins at 5 p.m. and will take place in the new Medical Education and Telemedicine Learning Building on the UC San Diego campus. Featured speakers will include:
Following on the heels of the Founders’ Symposium will be Founders’ Day on Friday, Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in Town Square. One of the university’s newer traditions, Founders’ Day is a free event commemorating the day the campus was officially founded in 1960 and will highlight UC San Diego’s history as well as celebrate the university’s future. The festivities will feature a brief program and a fun street festival atmosphere with affinity booths, raffles and prizes, music by the UC San Diego Pep Band and a sampling of innovative fare provided by some of San Diego’s most popular food trucks including Tabé, Flippin Pizza, Green Truck, Corner Cupcakes and Super Q.
That evening, the Founders’ Day fun will continue with “Hullabaloo,” a student-oriented festival that celebrates 51 years of UC San Diego’s commitment to creating a vibrant student life. “Hullabaloo” boasts a dance stage featuring both student talent and nationally touring acts; large-scale carnival rides; cuisine by local food trucks; and student organization-run games and booths. For more information on “Hullabaloo,” visit http://hullabaloo.ucsd.edu.
Founders’ Celebration activities will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 19 with the Founders’ Dinner honoring the 2011 Chancellor’s Medal awardees. One of the highest honors given by UC San Diego, the Chancellor's Medal recognizes exceptional service in support of the university's mission. The campus’s RIMAC Arena will be transformed for an evening of celebration and tribute to the individuals whose generous support has been integral to making innovation possible. Guests will first enjoy a reception in an early California garden-like setting, before moving on to an intimate dinner with Chancellor Fox and recipients of the Chancellor’s Medals, who include:
“I am delighted to honor these remarkable visionaries with Chancellor’s Medals; they are truly citizens of the highest order," said Fox. “As we look forward to the next half century, it is only fitting that we recognize these outstanding leaders who have helped make UC San Diego so extraordinary.”
Founders’ Dinner is $250 per person, with proceeds benefiting undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships as part of UC San Diego’s $50 million student support campaign, Invent the Future. Tables are available for $2,500. Visit foundersdinner.ucsd.edu to register.
As a precursor to the main events, UC San Diego is also hosting two activities designed to get the campus and community excited about Founders’ Celebration. These include:
All Founders’ Celebration and related events and activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit www.learnlive.ucsd.edu/founders.
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