Guided tours showcase UCSD’s best

Jill Holmes knows the UCSD campus as well as — if not better than — any student, faculty or staff member.

She has been to the top of Geisel Library to see the carillon chime, uncovered the truth behind the university’s “secret” underground tunnels and has been inside the award-winning co-generation plant to see the mechanics behind providing energy efficient electrical and steam power to the campus.Holmes’ campus expertise and insider knowledge stems from her role as a volunteer guide for the UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program.

The Visitors Tour Program offers free, 90-minute guided tours of campus for area residents, new faculty and staff, first-time visitors, returning alumni and the general public. Guides lead visitors through the picturesque 1,200 acre campus, highlighting notable landmarks, award-winning architecture and one-of-a-kind art pieces while sharing the university’s history and accomplishments.

“UC San Diego has achieved so much in such a short time,” said Holmes. “The Visitors Tour Program is a great opportunity to show off the university and its remarkable achievements over the past 50 years.”

A proud alumna and former staff member, Holmes first came to UCSD in 1995 to earn her nurse practitioner’s certificate, then stayed on to work at the Senior Behavioral Unit (then located at Thornton Hospital) and later at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC San Diego. After retiring, Holmes found the Visitors Tour Program to be a great way to stay engaged with the university and join a network of people passionate about the campus.

“It’s just fun,” said Holmes. “Everyone who participates in the program is excited to be there. I’ve gotten to meet so many different people connected with the university — from people working in facilities management to admissions.”

“The innovative architecture is one of the things I love most about this campus,” Holmes said. “There are distinct neighborhoods with different styles, and throughout the campus the modern design reflects the growth and innovative spirit of the university.”

The Visitors Tour Program

• Free guided walking tours the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.,

• Bus tours are offered each subsequent Sunday at 2 p.m. If interested in taking a tour, please make a reservation by calling (858) 534-4414 or online athttp://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/tours.

• In the fall, special architectural tours of campus will resume. They are set for Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13. Visit www.50th.ucsd.edu/tour.

The Visitors Tour Program is currently looking for volunteers to serve as guides. They do not have to be graduates of the university, but should be interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of the campus. Complete training is provided.

To learn more contact (858) 534-4414 or visitorsprogram@ucsd.edu.

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