He wore signature bolo ties and sang with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. He loved literature and limericks, drama and operettas, yet Frederick Reines is best remembered as a pioneering scientist — namely, the "father of neutrino physics." The Nobel laureate discovered a subatomic particle called the neutrino in 1956 and changed the world of physics, setting in motion a new way of looking at the universe. As founding dean of the School of Physical Sciences, he helped build UCI into a great research university. In 1997, the physical sciences building was named Frederick Reines Hall in his honor. He died in 1998 at age 80.
With its ballroom, billiard tables, dual food courts and outdoor courtyard, today's Student Center is like a Mediterranean resort compared to those of the past. In fact, UCI didn't even have a student center until 1981. The original, in Gateway Commons, was a modest assemblage of meeting rooms, a bookstore, a study area students nicknamed the Z-Z-Z Club, and just one restaurant. (There are eight eateries now, from Zot-n-Go to Anthill Pub & Grille.) An expanded facility that opened 10 years later had more space for games, studying and meetings, as well as the Crystal Cove Auditorium. Open since fall 2007, the current center has become a campus hub where students eat, meet, chat, surf the Net, attend lectures and events, enjoy concerts and, of course, study.
It was by some miracle that we snagged eighth-row seats to the June 13 performance of "Wicked" in San Francisco at the Orpheum. (It was a miracle because we had bought the tickets that morning at the kiosk on Union Square.) As I paged through Playbill before the show, I read with delight that Elphaba would be played by UCI alumna Teal Wicks '05 (ZotZine, January '09). My son and daughter-in-law are UCI alumni (David DiGiorgio '98 and Kara Wald '97). I also didn't expect the mind-blowing talent Teal Wicks brought to the performance. I couldn't have been prouder of her if I were her own mother; she was glorious. I hope to see a lot more of Teal in the future. She’s Broadway-bound for sure.
— Mary Isaksen, San Juan Bautista, Calif.