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Nov. 15 Founders’ Day Features Throwback to 60s Beach Scene

Founders’ Day Interactive Booths

  • Associated Students
  • Volunteer 50 and Info Booth
  • Staff Association
  • Division of Physical Sciences
  • UCSD Alumni
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Office of Graduate Studies
  • UC San Diego - The Six Colleges
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • UC San Diego Extension
  • Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Chancellor's Associates
  • UC San Diego Library
  • Postdoc and Visiting Scholars

It’s fun. It’s free. It’s a festival. Three great reasons why our Triton community—faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends—should attend Founders’ Day on Friday, Nov. 15. This year, Town Square will be transformed into a 1960s beach boardwalk featuring a brief program, tasty treats, musical entertainment and interactive activities including more than 15 booths.

Founders’ Day commemorates the day UC San Diego was officially founded in November 1960.

Attendees will enjoy a short program that shares the story of UC San Diego’s founding and milestone achievements. A festival follows in Town Square that is a throwback to a 60s beach scene with plenty of food and fun.

“Our annual Founders’ Day is a celebration of all Tritons, united and working together to make UC San Diego a thriving campus and global leader,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “I look forward to commemorating UC San Diego’s anniversary and sharing our campus pride and tradition with our community of Tritons.”

The chancellor has granted campus employees two hours of administrative leave to attend Founders’ Celebration events, including Founders’ Day festivities that offer attendees a chance to eat, play, relax and socialize. The processional and program are from 11:30 a.m. to noon; the festival is from noon to 2:30 p.m.

After the brief program, there will be plenty of time to check out the festival—from photos with King Triton, to free food concessions offering hot dogs, chicken sliders, corn on the cob and more. There will also be interactive booths featuring schools, divisions and departments across campus showcasing accomplishments and innovations over the past five decades. This may sound serious, but be prepared for lighthearted experiences plus giveaways. For example, the UC San Diego Library fortune telling booth recasts the iconic Library building as an Atlantean Triton Temple of Knowledge, where "mystic advisors" (librarians) will not only read the tea leaves, but also travel back in time through UC San Diego's glorious history.

Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

According to the Library's exhibit and events coordinator, Scott Paulson, the "temple of knowledge" will also feature an over-sized crystal ball, which will project images and video footage from UC San Diego's recent and distant past, including silent footage from the 1920s showing the nascent Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “We will have tarot cards and other fun fortune telling games at our booth, but visitors will be reminded that for the best information and knowledge, ask one of our sage librarians and tap into the Library’s amazing resources, which are available virtually 24/7,” he said.

Arts and Humanities assistant dean Marjorie Hardy said, “We believe that the founders had a vision to bring the creative arts into a dialogue with research scientists. Founder Roger Revelle was as much a humanist as a scientist, so through our booth activities, attendees will recognize that Arts and Humanities is a vital and active division on this campus.”

Hardy noted that the booth will feature real-time video where people can do interactive things—and they will be projected as part of a live crowd. As each person goes into the booth, they are added to the video crowd. Acoustical music from the music department and dancers from theatre and dance will entertain, along with a 60s theme hula hoop contest. Visual arts is taking existing photos of UC San Diego founders and featuring them in an Andy Warhol style to commemorate the 60s theme of the day. “Come to our booth,” Hardy encouraged, “and you will be amazed. After all, Arts and Humanities is the reigning champion, recognized as the best booth at last year’s Founders’ Day event.”

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

Founders’ Celebration Events at a Glance

And don’t forget these other 2013 Founders’ Celebration events and activities. Learn more on the Founders' Celebration website.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 13

Twitter Contest

Wonder how King Triton came to be our mascot? Leading up to Founders’ Celebration, a Twitter contest invites the campus community to help create the myth of King Triton and what led him to UC San Diego. More than 40 creative tweets have been entered into weekly drawings for a UC San Diego beach chair—see the tweets already entered here. The contest continues through Nov. 13.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 4-7 p.m.

Founders’ Symposium

The Loft and Price Center East Ballroom

As part of the annual celebration, Founders’ Symposium offers insights into world-changing initiatives being developed by UC San Diego researchers. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the Founders’ Symposium page.

Friday, Nov. 15, 8-11:45 p.m.


Town Square and Matthews Quad

A free nighttime festival for UC San Diego students with live performances, breathtaking rides and delicious food—need we say more? Student ID required. Students can pick up their wristbands at Founders' Day for this event. Visit the Hullabaloo website for information.

You Can Make a Difference

Tritons united: Your gift, large or small, when pooled with others can make an important difference in supporting ambitious and motivated UC San Diego students. In honor of Founders’ Celebration, please help us fund student scholarships. Give now to the UC San Diego Undergraduate Scholarship Fund (2222).