UC San Diego’s Visitors Tour Program offers free tours to local residents, new faculty and staff, first-time visitors and the general public. These Sunday afternoon tours are led by knowledgeable adult volunteer guides. Walking tours are conducted the first Sunday of every month, while tours are by bus for the remaining Sundays of the month.
Tours highlight campus history, art and architecture. Guides focus on the history of the university, iconic Stuart Collection sculptures, the evolution of UC San Diego’s six colleges, green building strategies and other notable points of interest across the 1,200-acre campus.
As Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life at Muir College, Patricia Danylyshyn-Adams has been living on campus for the past 40 years – yes ‘living.’ She has been working with student affairs since she arrived in San Diego in 1977, helping students adjust to life away from home and living with roommates in a residence hall setting. Her apartment in Tioga Hall, where she raised her own two daughters, has become a little slice of home for students to visit and even pet her cats.
As one of the newest Visitor’s Tour Program guides, she has put her vast knowledge of UC San Diego to good use, enhancing the tour script with her own experiences and anecdotes about the university’s history.
Danylyshyn-Adams fell into being a tour guide almost by accident after being invited to speak at one of the program’s luncheon events. “I like contributing what I know to the tours,” she said. “Just based on what I know from working here for so long, like how I was Nick Woodman’s—Mr. Go Pro—residential dean.”
These free tours are offered to help the general community get to know the UC San Diego campus a bit more. “We even get some alumni,” said Danylyshyn-Adams. “They probably want to see how much the campus has changed since they’ve been here. When I first started working here, I could walk across campus and I’d recognize everybody.”
Although Danylyshyn-Adams is planning on retiring soon, she still hopes to continue on as a tour guide. “I call it the golden handcuffs because there’s so much to take advantage of, there’s so much opportunity and everything the campus offers,” she said. “I like talking about my job, what the campus does for the community and that’s why I’m having a hard time putting my head around retiring. Because when I retire, I don’t just walk out of my office and go home to my bed. I can’t go to my home so it’s changing my entire life.”
The next tour available, a bus tour, will take place on Nov. 18. For the full schedule of tours and to register, visit the UC San Diego’s Tour Program website here.