UCSD to mark Founder’s Day on Thursday

By Kathy Day
Staff Writer

Fifty years ago Thursday, the University of California at San Diego was officially established.

To mark that event — which has changed the face of what was a rolling plot of land covered with brush that had been home to three military camps — campus officials are throwing a party.

In her online message, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox described it as “an unprecedented, multi-media extravaganza to … honor the history and traditions of the university, reflect on how far we’ve come and look forward to the future. “

Festivities start at 2:30 p.m. in the Town Square, with snacks and entertainment and special spots for each of the six colleges as well as the graduate and professional schools to host their students and alumni.

A processional will celebrate the history and people of the past, and at 3:30 pm. a long list of keynote speakers, from former UC president and UCSD chancellor Robert Dynes to a selected student speaker, will regale the crowd with their memories.

Throughout the day and into the weekend, performances, receptions and lectures are also planned around the campus, include a reunion lunch of the founding classes and faculty and a ‘60s party.

And just to add to the fun, the 26-foot-high “Bear” that is part of the Stewart Collection of sculptures sprinkled around the campus will have a new accessory – a 35-foot long scarf in honor of the anniversary. It was knitted by eight community members and friends of the university to highlight the university’s 50 years of achievement, according to a press release.

Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to take a picture with the 180-ton bear for a photo contest –– the winning prize is $100. The competition runs through Thursday.

For detals on the festivities and lots of history about UCSD’s history go to http://50th.ucsd.edu/events/index.php.

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Posted by Kathy Day on Nov 16, 2010. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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