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UCI Stories exhibit opens Monday, May 23 May 20, 2016

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Ready for 50+ anteater antics told through conversations between former and current anteaters? Zot zot! Anteaters come together to share memories, events, and changes throughout UC Irvine’s 50 years of history.

The UCI Libraries announce the opening of an exciting new exhibit called UCI Stories: 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30PM in Langson Library, UCI. RSVP here: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp

UCI Stories

Inspired and imprinted with words spoken during the filmed oral histories, UCI Stories highlights the bright past and brilliant future of UCI through the memories, reflections, and predictions of its community. Artfully curated quotes of campus leaders, innovators, alumni, faculty and staff, document how over the past 50 years, UCI has given birth to generations of community-oriented difference-makers driven by a pioneering spirit that has permeated the campus long before a physical building ever stood on the land. UCI Stories captures how this spirit glues UCI together, and often after graduation calls Anteaters back home. Every great story has three main parts: characters with whom you can identify, a memorable and imaginable setting, and a plot based on the unexpected experiences of protagonists. This is UCI Stories.

Opening night speakers are Robert Cohen (UCI Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Emeritus/Founding Faculty), Jenny Doh ’91 (UCI’s First Student Regent/Past President, UCI Alumni Association), Elizabeth Toomey (Daughter of Founding Chancellor Aldrich/Retired UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community and Government Relations), and Joseph L. White (UCI Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry), will engage in a fascinating conversation on UCI’s history and thoughts for the future; with panel moderation by Krystal Tribbett, UCI Libraries 50th Anniversary Project Historian.

The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served.

UCI Stories Program, May 23

UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016.

Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.

The UCI Stories Project is a unique oral history project, launched by UCI Libraries, that pairs over 100 UCI affiliates for dynamic conversations to commemorate UCI’s 50th Anniversary. The reminiscences collected offer first-hand perspectives that tell the multifaceted story of UCI’s intellectual contributions, key turning points, and unique legacy. The UCI Libraries’ 50th Anniversary Exhibit, “UCI Stories” is a product of this effort.

More information is available here: http://news.lib.uci.edu/events/spring-2016-exhibit-opening-uci-stories

New Exhibit “Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI” May 2 – July 22 April 21, 2016

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Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI
Monday, May 2, 2016 through Friday, July 22nd, 2016, (Special Collections & Archives, 5th Floor of Langson Library)

Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI showcases a variety of student-generated writing from throughout the history of the campus. Bringing together periodicals, newsletters, literary magazines, and other materials from University Archives in Special Collections & Archives, this exhibit examines how students and student organizations make their voices heard within the UCI community and beyond. The publications reflect engagement with many pressing issues, from political debates about war and peace to efforts to promote equality and diversity in the curriculum, on the campus, and in society more broadly.

The exhibit is a joint effort of the UCI Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.

Curated by Steve MacLeod, Public Services Librarian, and Laura Uglean Jackson, Assistant University Archivist. Assisted by Jens Lloyd, Campus Writing Fellow. Additional assistance from Allison Dziuba, Maureen Fitzsimmons, Lance Langdon, and Jasmine Lee.

Pop-Up Shakespeare — Monday, April 25, 10am-2pm, Langson Library Lobby April 7, 2016

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Join us as we celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy!

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. In honor of his life’s works, the First Folio will make a rare public appearance in the Langson Library lobby! Other activities will include: a flash mob appearance by Shaken Shakespeare; First Folio title page puzzle and coloring sheets; free Shakespeare-themed buttons; and an appearance by Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Co-Director of UCI Shakespeare Center; and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities.

An exhibit of additional Shakespeare material will be on display in the Langson Library 5th floor lobby, just outside of Special Collections & Archives, from April 25th-28th.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Langson Library lobby, UCI Libraries
Questions? Email: spcoll@uci.edu Phone: (949)824-3947

P.S. If you can’t make it April 25th, come to the Shakespeare First Folio Fridays Seminars August 12 & 26, 2016 at Langson Library. For further information, please call (949)824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu

 

The passing of Taloolema’agao Uliulileava Olano, the great Samoan chief and boat builder February 2, 2016

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In September of 2011, we posted a story about the very interesting history of the canoe that is on display in the stairwell of the Social Science Tower —
https://ucisca.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/samoan-canoe-in-social-science-tower/

We were all very sad to learn of the recent passing, on Monday, January 25th, of Taloolema’agao Uliulileava Olano, the Samoan chief and canoe builder, from relatives in Western Samoa. Affectionately known as Uliuli, he was 84 years old. He is survived by his loving children and grandchildren.  Bill Maurer, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, has been planning an event to commemorate the making of the canoe this spring, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration here at UCI. One of Uliuli’s granddaughters, upon learning of this event, shared that “It would be a great honor and a dream come true to see what my grandfather built. He was such an inspiration to everyone around him and was dearly loved by all. His legacy will continue to live on. Thank you for acknowledging my grandfather’s work.” A niece shared this: “We are very thankful for all his hard work he has set forth, his teachings and encouragements will never be forgotten. We lost not only a dear relative, but a great late chief.” Another granddaughter said: “He was known as a man of wisdom, strong and always proud of his family as well as his culture. He is gone but will never be forgotten.”

Below are photographs of Uliuli while he was here at UCI, showing his expertise as a boat builder and the canoe he built at the Social Science Farm in 1968. We also have two videos of Uliuli that were given to Special Collections and Archives by the Department of Anthropology.
One video (on the right) shows the canoe being built and , the other (on the left) shows the launch of the canoe in Newport Bay and the canoe in numerous locations in Newport Bay and in the Pacific Ocean — https://goo.gl/6EPxjE

Documenting Uliuli’s life while here and other activities at the Farm during that era was an exhibit on campus in 2012  — http://sites.uci.edu/thefarm/
Also, a book, Learning and Doing at the Farm, written by former UCI graduate students Robert J. Kett and Anna Kryczka was published in 2014 — http://soberscove.com/book/learning-by-doing/

Our thoughts are with all of the relatives and many friends of Taloolema’agao Uliulileava Olano. He truly was a great man. His funeral took place in Western Samoa on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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The first Frisbee on this date in 1957, and Ultimate Frisbee at Crawford Field in 1980 January 23, 2016

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On this date, January 23rd, in 1957, the Wham-O toy company issued the first Frisbee.

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

In 1958, a year after the toy’s first release, Wham-O changed the name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc’s surface–called the Rings–to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.

High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee in 1967. UCI students have always been addicted to the various Frisbee games that have been invented over the years, from Ultimate Frisbee (shown in the photos above in 1980), to Frisbee Golf, Freestyle Frisbee, etc.

Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs–generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.

January 19, 1962 — Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. is appointed the first UCI Chancellor January 19, 2016

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With a site for the new University of California, Irvine campus selected and William Pereira chosen as the architect, Clark Kerr’s next step was to select a new Chancellor for the campus. On January 19, 1962, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., age 44, the University’s Statewide Dean of Agriculture, was appointed the first UCI Chancellor. He would be at UCI for 22 years.

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November 29, 1965 — Anteaters mascot triumphant ballot winner! December 1, 2015

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On Monday, November 29, 1965, the Anteater was elected as the official UCI mascot, gaining more student votes than others on the ballot. The results were: Anteater (559 votes); None of these (121 votes); Sea Hawks (113 votes); Centaurs (47 votes); Roadrunners (42 votes); Toros (37 votes); Bison (31 votes); and there were 49 Write-in votes. The options on the ballot were suggested by students through a petition process, proposed mascots needed a minimum of 100 supporting signatures. Prior to the vote, the UCI administration had suggested possible mascots, and even went so far as to have a local artist produce the designs below for Mariners, Explorers, Toros, Clippers, and Dolphins. The idea of anteaters as a possible mascot was conceived in the summer of 1965 by Pat Glasgow as he sat in the sun, working as a Newport Beach lifeguard. In the fall, Glasgow and three other Camino dorm residents — Schuyler Bassett and the twins Bob and Bill Coleman — promoted the idea through buttons and cheers at water polo and basketball games, such as “Give ’em the tongue, give ’em the tongue, give ’em the tongue, where? Right in the ear, right in the ear, right in the ear, Zot!” and a deafening “Zot” after every score. Happy 50th, Anteaters!

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Toros

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Explorers

Mariners

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Peter the Anteater turns 50! November 29, 2015

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Happy Birthday, Peter the Anteater! There’s no other mascot quite like you, and we’re so proud to have you represent our campus spirit!

You are our joy, our inspiration, and we look to you with endearing pride. You’re fierce, snuggly, and the handsomest in all of UC Irvine history.

For your birthday, we made you an album of 50 photos from our 50 years together. Happy birthday! Hope you celebrate with the biggest ant-cake! Zot Zot Zot!

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Photos from University Communications [AS-061]; Spectrum; Collection on the Anteater Mascot [AS-144]; UCI Libraries photographs

December 1, 1965 — UCI’s first basketball game November 10, 2015

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The UC Irvine basketball team won their first game against UC Riverside on December 1, 1965 after two “ex-officio” players – Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UC Riverside’s Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker – competed for the ball during the opening tip off.  The first UCI Athletic Director Wayne Crawford addresses the crowd before the game, Head Coach Dan Rogers prepares the team, the cheerleaders are cheering, and there isn’t an empty seat in the gym!

 

Chancellors Aldrich and Hinderaker at tipoff

The team lined up before the game

Chancellors Aldrich and Hinderaker

Getting ready to start the game

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UCI Men's basketball team

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October 29, 1965 – California Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown visiting campus November 3, 2015

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On Friday, October 29, 1965, California Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown, the father of current Governor Jerry Brown, visited the UCI campus. He was provided with a tour of the new campus by Sam McCulloch, Jack Peltason, the first University Librarian John Smith and others.

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