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Founders Day Festival Fun Happens Nov. 18

On Friday, Nov. 18, all are invited to join in Founders Day Festival, featuring live music, interactive booths and delectable appetizers. It’s all part of Founders Celebration, an annual series of events held to celebrate our campus’s 1960 founding and recognize past and present change makers who have the courage to see things differently.

“From the beginning, UC San Diego has embraced new perspectives, and we continue this precedent today by doing trailblazing work that makes a difference,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Founders Day is a chance for the campus community to look at how far we have come and celebrate our unique vision for the future.”


The campus community is invited to attend the free event, which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in Town Square. Join colleagues and meander more than a dozen affinity booths featuring games, raffles and prizes. Partake in chicken and waffle skewers, creamy truffle macaroni and cheese and other tasty dishes. And show off your moves on the dance floor to the tunes of cover band Liquid Blue—which includes Jennifer Nowinski, an alumna who performed in Daughters of Triton (DOTs) acapella group for seven years while earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC San Diego.

This year’s theme is “Re-See Everything,” which is meant to evoke the curious nature that is characteristic of UC San Diego scholars. Rather than taking a conventional approach to problem-solving, our faculty and students are constantly arriving at creative solutions—from fighting poverty with wireless donations to critically examining excess through prose and partnering with spiritual leaders to combat climate change.


For those who are interested in volunteering at Founders Celebration, there are many opportunities available. UC San Diego’s Volunteer50 Program is seeking your support from Thursday, Nov. 17th through Saturday, Nov. 19th for event set-up, welcoming guests, ushering, directional assistance and event teardown. Shifts are available on a first come, first served basis, and will fill quickly. Volunteers will receive a meal, T-shirt, and special Volunteer50 giveaway. Click here to sign up today.

Other Founders Celebration events include Founders Symposium, an invite-only program happening Nov. 17, featuring short talks from three faculty members who are doing cutting-edge work. A private lunch will be held Nov. 18 to recognize this year’s esteemed Revelle Medalists and celebrate the collective achievements of the university’s founding faculty members.

In addition, undergraduate students can eat, play and dance at Hullabaloo, a free nighttime festival held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 18 in Town Square and Matthews Quad. Organized by A.S. Concerts and Events, Hullabaloo features delicious food, thrilling amusement rides and live performances by nationally touring artists. And on Nov. 19, an invite-only dinner will be held to honor this year’s Chancellor’s Medalists and donors whose generous philanthropy has driven innovation at UC San Diego.

Learn more about Founders Celebration 2016.