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UCI students participate in the largest game of Capture the Flag during Welcome Week to secure another Guinness World Record. 


October 2015
Issue No. 67

Message from Vice Chancellor Parham
Vice Chancellor Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
Fall 2015 has arrived and with it, an opportunity to welcome you to the University of California Irvine's new academic year.

In 2014, we started our celebration of the campus's 50th Anniversary with President Obama as our guest speaker for our Commencement ceremony. This year, we will continue the celebration with an Academic Symposium Series and our Festival of Discovery on October 3. I invite you to the campus during the Festival of Discovery to take a look at how we plan to shape the next 50 years in the areas of ingenuity and innovation, arts and culture, health and wellness, and our local and global impact.

As we close out our 50th Anniversary activities, I reflect on our motto "Bright Past, Brilliant Future." It has indeed been a bright past for the campus and with our recent national prominence -  #9 Public University in the U.S. News & World Report, #1 Coolest School by Sierra Magazine, and  #1 College Access Index by the New York Times - UCI's future is as brilliant as ever.

UCI 50th Anniversary Festival of Discovery is October 3
Map illustration by Kurt Snibbe courtesy OC Register

UCI is 50!
Come celebrate the best and brightest UCI has to offer with the first-ever Festival of Discovery on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Aldrich Park on the UCI campus. Parking and admission are FREE.
Kick off the celebration with a run through the decades at the Anteater 5K & Family Fun Run. Prepare to explore, discover and be amazed at the Festival of Discovery to follow.
Fun for the whole family, the day will offer something for everyone. Live music, food trucks, interactive demos, hands-on activities highlighting discovery & learning, athletic clinics and more!

Festival of Discovery website »

50th Anniversary website »
Parent & Family Day 2015

Dear UCI Anteater Parents and Families,
We hope to see you at UCI's annual Parents & Family Day on
November 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at UC Irvine.
An exciting line-up of events will be highlighted by a welcome from Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Thomas Parham and feature keynote speaker, UCI Head Coach for Men's Basketball, Russell Turner. Both Vice Chancellor Parham and Coach Turner will deliver talks you won't want to miss!
In addition to these two fantastic speakers, the day includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshops to help you and your student prepare for UCI as well as life after college. The cost to attend Parents & Family Day is $35/parent or family member and $15 for your UCI student to join you for lunch. Parking is $10 and can be purchased at the Student Center Parking Structure kiosk upon arrival.
Online registration for Parents & Family Day open is now open »
Register early to guarantee your spot! Deadline is Thursday, October 29.

We encourage your attendance and hope that you'll join us for this fun and informative event!
Event information & registration »
For questions, please contact Kathy Dong at 949-824-5182 or kdong@uci.edu.
I'm looking forward to meeting you at UCI Parents & Family Day!
Sherwynn Umali
Associate Dean of Students
Student Life & Leadership
U.S. News ranks UCI No. 9 public university

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of California, Irvine ninth among public universities nationwide in its 2016 Best Colleges report, released today. The ranking is derived from 16 measures of academic excellence, weighted by relevance to high-quality education.

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U.S. News & World Report summary of UC Irvine ranking »

U.S. News & World Report rankings of top public schools »

Earthquake Safety & California ShakeOut
On October 15 at 10:15 a.m., UC Irvine will join millions of Californians by practicing "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in The Great California ShakeOut, the state's largest earthquake drill. Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared.

A little knowledge and some simple precautions can help you survive when the Big One strikes.

Earthquake Safety Tips from UCI Parents

Quick Links
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new Guinness world record » 

College Scorecard online tool »

Anteater Baseball 2016 schedule »

Student Support Services » 

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UCI Parent Giving »
2015-16 Parent Guide »

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