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Early UCI Landscaping November 30, 2014

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In 1965, while the campus grounds were being prepared for the first trees and plants, the campus landscape architects viewed some of their options for the first plantings. With the help of the University’s Agricultural Field Station near El Toro, seeds and cuttings from Southern California and from botanical gardens in the area were prepared for planting on campus.

Aldrich Park (formerly Campus Park) being prepared for new landscaping in 1965.

Aldrich Park (formerly Campus Park) being prepared for new landscaping in 1965.

Campus landscape architects at the Agricultural Field Station near El Toro.

Campus landscape architects at the Agricultural Field Station near El Toro.

Native American History at UCI November 24, 2014

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Special Collections and Archives contains information about UCI’s Native American students and programs. To commemorate November’s Native American Heritage Month, let’s take a look in the stacks and see what we have!

UCI Special Collections and Archives recently acquired the records of the American Indian Student Association (AISA). This collection contains brochures, posters, and pamphlets on conferences and events sponsored by AISA, correspondence and reports documenting student involvement and, more broadly, the issues of Native American students at UCI. AISA was founded in 1974 as one of the four founding student organizations of the Cross Cultural Center. AISA is a social, cultural, educational, and political organization that represents and advocates for Native voices across campus and the community.

American Indian Culture Days event flyer, November 13-17, 1995

American Indian Culture Days event flyer, November 13-17, 1995

Although the collection is small (1 box, or 0.4 linear feet in archive speak), it contains a lot of information about major historical events in Native American history on campus. One report recounts how, in 1990, Native American students worked together to revive UCI’s American Indian Council. This unit was the umbrella organization for all American Indian organizations at UCI. They brought in speakers, fundraised, and engaged in various outreach efforts.

Dulce Guerrero, history student intern, made the collection accessible by creating the collection’s online finding aid, where you can learn more about the collection.

Additional material about Native American students and programs can be found in the Cross Cultural Research Center collection and the Program in Comparative Culture records. Additionally, there are photographs in the University Communications photographs. Feel free to visit the archives’ reading room to see these materials firsthand.

University Communications photographs, AS-61, S00288

American Indian Week at UCI, circa 1988-1989

American Indian Week at UCI Campus, circa 1988-1989

American Indian Week at UCI Campus, circa 1988-1989

Move Over November, It’s Movember! November 21, 2014

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The idea for Movember was born in Australia in 2003 when two mates, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, questioned where the “mo” (short for mustache) had gone and vowed to bring it back by challenging their mates to grow a mo during the month of November. Inspired by a relative’s fundraising for breast cancer, the friends decided to dedicate their campaign to men’s health issues. Today, Movember is a global annual campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness about men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. The Movember Foundation continues Travis and Luke’s vision by challenging men to grow moustaches during the month of November to spark conversation, raise funds, and awareness.

According to the Movember Foundation:

1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35
More than four times as many men as women die by suicide in the U.S.
The average life expectancy for American men is almost five years less than women

In honor of Movember, Special Collections and Archives takes a look back at the mo on UCI campus during the 1960s and 70s.

.May day celebrations Gateway Plaza 1969

May Day celebration, Gateway Plaza, 1969

Student with admisssion officer 1975

Student with admission officer, 1975

 

Interested in seeing more UCI moustaches? Check out the links below.

 

Students performing in theatrical production, ca. 1968

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Scene of students, ca. 1969-75

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Groups of students hanging out 1973-74

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Student filling out application forms 1975

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Student discussion in class San Joaquin Marsh field trip

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Student discussion in class San Joaquin Marsh field trip

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Harold Koopowitz, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1978

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CIA (Completely Insane Anteaters)… in 1968? November 21, 2014

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Varsity Basketball game in 1968.

Varsity Basketball game in 1968.

It’s basketball season again, and the CIA (Completely Insane Anteaters) are out in numbers to cheer the varsity team on to victory! The tradition of a large student fan base of support at basketball games goes back to the first UCI basketball game on December 1, 1965. Here’s a photograph of a game in Crawford Gym in 1968 against the CSUF Titans. TRAMPLE THE TITANS!

Bats! October 31, 2014

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A flock of Halloween bats made homes out of our mailboxes! They each have distinct personalities and elaborate origin stories! Happy Halloween!

 

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Happy Halloween! October 31, 2014

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Happy Halloween, from Special Collections & Archives! Here are some memorable moments from our first annual (fingers crossed) Halloween tea! Lots of pumpkin goodies were enjoyed.

Don’t disappear! September 29, 2014

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Special Collections & Archives spent the day at the annual Anteater Involvement Fair! Zot!

Our motivation: to preserve UCI history! The University Archives (at the UCI Libraries!) wants to preserve your student organization records! Any material including constitutions, by-laws, photos, posters, meeting minutes… whether physical or digital, including facebook sites, instagram feeds, and photos straight from your camera, we’re ready for everything! If there’s anythng you don’t need anymore, don’t throw it out! Send it to the library!

Here’s the super attractive, bright pink flyer we handed out, which has a lot more information:

Don't disappear!

Don’t disappear!

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Representing our UCI pride! Zot!

Gotta catch 'em all!

Gotta catch ‘em all!

Visit our website for more information on how to transfer your student organization records: http://special.lib.uci.edu/donate/donating-records-so.html

Chancellor Peltason at the UCI-UTC bridge dedication August 29, 2014

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Happy birthday, Chancellor Peltason! Hope your birthday is as joyous and eventful as this moment in UC Irvine history!

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Chancellor Peltason crosses the UCI-UTC bridge. Also pictured, Chancellor Aldrich, Peter the Anteater, and Aldrich Hall (Administration building). From the University Communications Photographs [AS-061].

This photo was taken during the 1986 UCI-UTC Bridge Dedication. The outfits worn by many of the attendees suggest that this may have occured during UCI’s annual Wayzgoose celebration.

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Chancellor Peltason at the UCI-UTC Bridge Dedication. From the University Communications Photographs [AS-061].

This pedestrian bridge was built through a partnership between the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company to connect the University Town Center and the UC Irvine campus. The $1,000,000 bridge symbolized the relationship between the campus and the community at large.

It has also been stated by Sam McCulloch, our favorite Australian historian, that during this dedication ceremony, “Chancellor Peltason entertained the audience of University and community leaders with a remarkable yo-yo demonstration”.

Does anyone have any video evidence of this? Please do share. Here are some photos!

(One more thing to note! This bridge now goes by the name, Watson Bridge, named for Ray Watson, original architect and former President of The Irvine Company. This bridge was dedicated on October 27, 2005.)

Orange County’s Birthday… the 125th! August 2, 2014

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On August 1, 1889, Orange County broke away from Los Angeles County. This map, one of the first to document the new county, was compiled by S. H. (Soloman Henderson) Finley in 1889, published by H.S. Crocker & Company in San Francisco, and colored by E.M. Sleator. The map is from the Collection of Orange County and California maps, MS-R103, a collection of over 100 maps that documents the State of California, but especially its southern counties. Although the maps are predominantly reproductions they also include a number of originals (such as this one), with some dating back to the 1820s. Throughout 2014, Orange County will celebrate its 125th anniversary, also known as the Quasquicentennial. Happy Quasquicentennial!!
 

Map of Orange County California. Compiled by S.H. Finley.

Map of Orange County California. Compiled by S.H. Finley.

Collection of Orange County and California Maps MS-R103. Box XOS 1.

Collection of Orange County and California Maps
MS-R103. Box XOS 1.

 

The UCI Medal July 23, 2014

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Many of you probably saw President Obama receive the UCI Medal during commencement recently, and some may have wondered what exactly is the UCI Medal? Well, the UCI Medal was established in 1984 by then Chancellor Jack Peltason to recognize people, both from the university and the community, whose dedication and generosity have significantly contributed to the spirit and vision of UCI. Honorary  degrees have not been awarded by the University of California since 1970, and the Medal was designed to substitute as the highest honor bestowed by UCI to an individual. The UCI Foundation, a non-profit corporation established in 1967, manages private donations on behalf of UCI and also oversees the annual awarding of the UCI Medal. The first medal was awarded to founding Chancellor Daniel Aldrich in 1984. The next was awarded in 1987, but since then the medal has been awarded annually. The two-sided design of the Medal combines the academic tradition of the University of California with the vitality of the UCI campus. The front reflects the unique circular design of the campus, depicting the vertical facade of Langson Library shown against the sun, symbolic of light and learning. The eucalyptus and coral tree leaves represent the more than 11,000 native and exotic trees that make up Aldrich Park. The Medal was designed and cast by noted Southern California artist Inez Owings. The verso of the medal carries the seal of the University of California with its motto “Let There Be Light.”

So, who has received the UCI Medal? A list of past recipients is available here.   Enjoy and celebrate… Zot! Zot! Zot!

The front of the UCI Medal.

The front of the UCI Medal.

 

 

 

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