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The First First-Day-of-Classes September 25, 2013

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The very first first-day-of-classes at UCI was Monday, October 4, 1965. Landscaping didn’t exist yet, but planting was about to start. Faculty looked to be only a few years older than most students. Hallways were overcrowded with students trying to locate their classrooms. Almost fifty years later and a great deal has changed, but some things, not much….

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The buildings are Fine Arts, left, and Humanities-Social Sciences (now Krieger Hall). AS-056_P010399

Students in a classroom on the first day of classes. AS-056_P010401

Students in a classroom on the first day of classes. AS-056_P010401

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Students waiting in overcrowded hallways for their first class session. AS-056_P010400

Backstage Passes from the ASUCI Records June 24, 2013

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The UCI campus in the decade of the 80’s was a rad venue for seeing well-known bands of the time perform. Ever heard of Missing Persons, Oingo Boingo, or X? The Associated Students of the University of California in Irvine (ASUCI) invited groups such as these to provide entertainment to the campus community.
Here are scans from just a few of the materials in this collection consisting mainly of backstage passes and oversized posters for events from 1976 to 2006.

From ASUCI records. AS-160.
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8k075h7/

The collection comprises the records of the Associated Students, University of California, Irvine from 1974 to 2006. The materials in this collection consist mainly of photographs, invoices, receipts, business memoranda, correspondence, forms, internal affairs, organizing activities, backstage passes to events, and oversized posters for events such as Wayzgoose, Reggae Fest, Homecoming, and entertainment provided by ASUCI to the campus community.

– Ziba Zehdar, UCI Special Collections and Archives intern

Balboa Island Ferry, ca. 1970 June 14, 2013

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Since 1919, the Balboa Island Ferry has provided service between Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula. Finals are over, some of you are graduating, time to go down to the peninsula for a ride on the ferry once more…!

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1993 Commencement June 13, 2013

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The 2013 UCI Commencement weekend is quickly approaching! Soon the campus will be filled with excited graduates and proud families and friends celebrating their achievements. Congratulations to the Class of 2013! ZOT!

For more information about this year’s commencement festivities, click here:

http://www.commencement.uci.edu/

Here’s a look at some commencement scenes from 20 years ago, in June of 1993:

 

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AS-061.  University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Gateway Plaza May 24, 2013

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Gateway Plaza has been a central hub of activity on the UC Irvine campus since its opening in 1965. From the flagpoles to the stairs leading into Aldrich Park, this area between Langson Library and Gateway Commons has seen countless protests, speeches, events, memorials, pep rallies and performances by students and community members alike. To this day, this area is a central place for students to congregate and share their ideas. Check out these photos from UCI’s early years:

These images, along with thousands more of the UCI campus, are available on the Online Archive of UCI History. Check back soon for more photos, videos, and publications, as additional material from UCI’s history is continuously being uploaded. As always, even more is available in the University Archives on the 5th floor of Langson Library. Come visit us!

John Mason’s Ceramics Class Fall 1968 April 22, 2013

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Legendary ceramics artist John Mason taught at UCI from 1967-76 and then again in 1987.  He was the Chair of Studio Art from 1974-1976. Recent attention to his work occurred in Pacific Standard Time exhibits throughout Southern California and in the current exhibit of his landmark piece 21-foot-long Blue Wall (1959) at the Laguna Art Museum. In the Fall of 1968, the UCI Studio Art faculty consisted of Robert Irwin, Craig Kaufman, Tony de Lap, John Mason and Philip McAleer. John Mason taught Ceramics 86A that quarter, a class for freshmen and sophomores. Below are photographs from that class.

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Get Ready for Celebrate UCI! April 18, 2013

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This Saturday, April 20th, the UC Irvine campus will hold its annual Celebrate UCI event in Aldrich Park. This campus-wide celebration includes live entertainment, carnival games and rides, lots of food, arts & crafts, performances, the annual car show (15 years running!), and Wayzgoose, one of UCI’s oldest traditions. The festival also features an Open House, where many campus services will remain open in order for prospective students and the community to learn about the UCI campus. All events are free and parking is complimentary!

This celebration has been a campus favorite for decades. Here are some photos of Celebrate UCI and Wayzgoose festivals from the 1980s:

These photos and more are available to view in our reading room at Special Collections and Archives, on the 5th floor of Langson Library. They will soon be available online via the Online Archive of UCI History, which documents the first 50 years of the campus in photographs, videos, audio recordings, publications, the New University newspaper, and other publications. Check back often, as new materials are continuously being added.

Check out this video of last year’s celebrations, and get ready for another great year of Celebrate UCI!

Photos from AS-061, UCI Communications Photographs Collection.  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Discover UCI April 12, 2013

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We’d like to give a warm welcome to the newly admitted freshmen and their families who are visiting UCI this week! Here is a slideshow of students discovering the new UCI campus in the 1960s (looks a bit different now, doesn’t it?):

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These images, along with thousands more, are available at the Online Archive of UCI History. The site also features videos (like the quirky Wot ZOT?), interviews with founding faculty members, and the New University student newspaper, with more coming soon!

Early Photographs of Mesa Court in 1965 March 12, 2013

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Mesa Court was the first residence hall community at UCI, opening with the campus in the Fall 1965. It is now the largest student community on campus, housing 1,834 undergraduates in 29 residence halls.  Each hall accommodates between 54 and 71 residents in suite-style layout.  Mesa Court houses mainly first year students. [University Communications Photographs. AS-061]

Mesa Court and campus construction in 1965.

Mesa Court (left foreground) and campus construction in early 1965.

Mesa Court construction in January 1965

Mesa Court construction in January 1965.

Construction in 1965.

First phase of Mesa Court construction about to conclude, later in 1965.

Move in day in September 1965, as the campus opens.

Move in day in September 1965, as the campus opens.

Check-in on move-in day, September 1965.

Check-in on move in day, September 1965.

Move-in day, September 1965.

Move-in day, September 1965.

View of Mesa Court in the distance, from Langson Library and Gateway Study Center, before the Student Center was built.

View of Mesa Court in the distance from Langson Library roof, with Gateway Study Center (left foreground), but before the Student Center and Aldrich Hall were built.

The First UCI Men’s Basketball Game: December 1, 1965 January 28, 2013

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It’s basketball season! The very first UCI basketball game was held over 47 years ago in December, 1965. The Anteaters played the Highlanders of UC Riverside in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall), where Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UCR Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker tipped off to begin the game.  The ‘Eaters went on to win the game with a score of 85 to 71! ZOT ZOT!

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Good luck to the men as they play Cal Poly this Wednesday January 30th, and to the women as they play Pacific on Thursday January 31st!

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