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Founders Celebration Festivities Kick Off Nov. 12

UC San Diego is different. We don’t color within the lines. We don’t adhere to the norm. We embrace what makes us unique.

On Nov. 12-14, join us at Founders Celebration events as we celebrate the ways in which our scholarship, community and commitment have created a force for positive change in our region, our nation and our world. The entire campus community is invited to join in the festivities, which will include TED-style talks by faculty experts and researchers, a bustling fall carnival with treats and entertainment and special ceremonies honoring campus visionaries.

Founders Celebration is an annual event to commemorate the day UC San Diego was founded in November 1960. The multi-day celebration honors the vision of the university’s founders and steadfast supporters, as well as the hard work and commitment of faculty, staff and students. For more than five decades, dynamic collaborations between UC San Diego scholars and partners around the globe have resulted in unimaginable outcomes—such as creating the world’s first algae-based surfboard to monitoring health with wireless temporary tattoos and addressing the effects of climate and air pollution on food systems around the world.

“UC San Diego’s story is one of unceasing innovation and collaboration. That’s what we acknowledge each November during Founders Celebration,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “It is a time to come together to reflect on our history and the achievements of all who have come before us, to recognize the excellence of our campus community, and to advance a vision for our future.”

Founders Celebration 2015 Events

  • Founders Symposium: Brief talks by faculty experts

    Student showcase: 4-4:45 p.m., Nov. 12, Cross-Cultural Center
    Symposium: 5-7 p.m., Nov. 12, Price Center East Ballroom
    Free - open to campus and San Diego community members

    Thursday evening features our Founders Symposium, where six UC San Diego faculty experts will share their cutting-edge findings in brief TED-style talks. Their presentations will focus on two of the campus’ grand research themes: Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society and Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning, and Creativity. The program will also include an opportunity for audience members to participate in a question-and-answer session.

    Symposium presenters include:

    Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society

    • Jennifer Burney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy
    • Craig Callender, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy
    • Angela Booker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning, and Creativity
    • Emily Roxworthy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
    • Paul Niehaus, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Economics
    • Alan Daly, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Education Studies
  • Presentation of the prestigious Revelle Medals

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Nov. 13, Price Center East Ballroom
    Free - open to campus and San Diego community members

    Prior to Founders Day Festival, all are invited to celebrate with this year’s Revelle Medalists at a special ceremony. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Chancellor to a current or former UC San Diego faculty member. Three faculty emeriti, Cecil Lytle, Hugh “Bud” Mehan and Susan Shirk, will be presented with the Revelle Medal.

  • Founders Day: A festival for all

    Noon-2 p.m., Nov. 13, Town Square
    Free - open to campus and San Diego community members

    On Friday afternoon, Town Square will be transformed into a bustling carnival featuring a kaleidoscope of tasty treats, student entertainment and games. In addition, academic departments from across campus will host interactive booths showing how UC San Diego’s dynamic past has helped shaped the campus’ present as a place where discovery thrives.

  • Hullabaloo: Eat, play, dance

    8 p.m.-midnight, Nov. 13, Town Square and Matthews Quad
    For undergraduate students with valid UC San Diego ID

    When nighttime falls, the neon lights will flare and amusement rides will spring into action for Hullabaloo, a festival organized by A.S. Concerts and Events. Current undergraduate students are invited to eat, play and dance. The event will include free food, student-run booths and live performances.

    Visit the Founders Celebration website for more information about activities and events.