An Array of Campus News

Vicki Ruiz Awarded National Humanities Medal From President Obama

Vicki Ruiz

Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of history and Chicano/ Latino studies and president of the American Historical Association, has received the 2014 National Humanities Medal. She’s among 10 honorees from elite universities nationwide who accepted the award from President Barack Obama at the White House in September.


“Many people are inclined to say things like, ‘Well, stuff has to be made somewhere and China can do it cheaper.’ In reply to that logic, we’re showing that China’s role as the world’s manufacturer means much higher emissions than if the ‘stuff’ were made just about anywhere else.”

  • Steven Davis
  • Assistant professor of Earth system science
  • Oct. 1, 2015
  • The New York Times

Joseph L. White Honored by American Psychological Association

Joseph White

Professor Emeritus Joseph L. White arrived at UCI in 1969 as a professor of social sciences and bucked academic tradition in the field of psychology from the start. As a result, the man who became known as the “father of black psychology” produced a body of work that was lauded in August at the American Psychological Association convention in Toronto during what the organization called Joseph L. White Day. “Your numerous books and articles and your seminal manuscript ‘Toward a Black Psychology,’ published by Ebony magazine in 1970, were instrumental in beginning the modern era of African American psychology,” the APA citation reads.


Zot! Yacht

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Beloved mascot Peter the Anteater sets sail Dec. 16 aboard the campus’s entry in the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Funded by alumni donors and friends, the UCI @ 50 craft highlighted the university’s commitment to sustainability. Students wearing anteater masks pedaled stationary bikes connected to generators to power the boat’s lights.

Howard Federoff Named CEO of UC Irvine Health

Howard Federo

Howard Federoff, vice chancellor for health affairs, was appointed CEO of UC Irvine Health on Jan. 21. As head of UCI’s health system, Dr. Federoff will be responsible for the administration of various clinical locations, including: UC Irvine Medical Center and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange, UC Irvine Health-Newport, and numerous primary and specialty care outpatient centers. Federoff said he will expand UCI’s clinical footprint, grow outpatient services and implement new community healthcare delivery models.

“Just because someone tells you something with a lot of confidence, detail and emotion, it doesn’t mean it really happened.”

  • Elizabeth Loftus
  • Distinguished Professor of social ecology
  • Nov. 24, 2015
  • The Washington Post

By the Numbers

pie chart

51,554 (45%)
alumni donors

31,779 (28%)
friends and patients of UCI

22,099 (20%)
students, faculty, staff and parents

7,639 (7%)
corporations and foundations

Thanks to generous supporters, UCI is now the youngest university in the country to have raised $1 billion. In October, the campus ended its successful Shaping the Future campaign to raise funds for scholarships, academic chairs, high-impact research and projects that make a difference. The effort was the largest philanthropic campaign in Orange County.

  • 1,013,853,274 dollars raised
  • 113,071 donors
  • 558 new scholarships and fellowships funded
  • 50 endowed chairs funded
  • 89% donations under $1,000
  • 10 years’ duration

We’re No. 1

We’re No. 1

UCI has placed first among the nation’s top colleges for doing the most for low-income students, according to a ranking by The New York Times. The ratings were based on the share of students who receive Pell Grants (which typically go to families making less than $70,000 per year); the graduation rate of those students; and the price that colleges charge both low- and middle-income students. Other evidence that UCI offers access to a high-quality education, especially to first-generation and low-income students:

incoming freshmen

This year, more than half of incoming freshmen are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree, and more than a third are from low-income families.

UCI students

More than 70 percent of UCI students receive some form of financial aid.

Jorge Cisneros Named New UCI Police Chief

Jorge Cisneros

Jorge Cisneros, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, has been appointed the new chief of the UCI Police Department. Cisneros leads a force of 32 sworn officers, 17 community service officers and 16 staff members serving as many as 50,000 faculty, staff, students and University Hills residents. He oversees UCIPD operations, including the patrol and investigation divisions, emergency management, and administration on campus and at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

Not to Be Missed

car show

All are invited to the campus’s annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, for a day of food, games and entertainment. Such traditional favorites as the Car Show on the Green (pictured below), a kiddie carnival and the Wayzgoose festival are included. Free admission and parking.


The Campus of the Future

Higher education leaders convened Feb. 26 for the signature event of the UCI 50th Anniversary Symposium, “The Future of Higher Education,” at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering. The panel, moderated by Michael Riley, editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education, included Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and former UCI chancellor; Howard Gillman, UCI Chancellor; James E.K. Hildreth, president Meharry Medical College and the Harvard University Board of Overseers; and Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College. Topics included rethinking our vision in the face of slashed funding, $1 trillion-plus in student debt, demographic transformations, breakthrough teaching methods and challenges to the research mission.


Vietnamese Focus

UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative will offer a variety of public events in early 2016, including:

“Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories,” an exhibition showcasing the diversity of the Vietnamese community in Orange County, will include interactive features, photographs, documents, artifacts, ephemera, artwork and oral histories from private collections, UCI’s Vietnamese American Oral History Project and UCI Libraries’ Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center. Monday, March 7, through Wednesday, March 30. Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center.

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“Immigration reform is needed to ensure that the labor needs of the U.S. economy can continue to be met.”

  • Louis DeSipio
  • Professor of Chicano/Latino studies
  • Nov. 20, 2015
  • The Wall Street Journal

Spark the Zot! in You

Jordy Cardenas and Dominic Grand

Food, music, games and the crowning of Jordy Cardenas and Dominic Grand as 2016 queen and king highlighted UCI’s homecoming festivities on Jan. 30 in Aldrich Park. Despite the drizzly El Niño weather, the event achieved a record-breaking attendance of about 6,000.