From arm wrestling to collecting coins in old parking meters, the UCI community has found creative ways to support disaster relief efforts in Haiti. "Everyone really wants to help in whatever way they can," says Darlene Esparza, director of the UCI Center for Service in Action, which has helped campus clubs and departments collaborate on Haiti fundraisers. Events have included the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs' Jan. 21 vigil, Ring Mall donations table and "Rally for Relief" at the Cross-Cultural Center that netted about $1,500; Parking & Transportation Services' "Change for Change," repurposing (and redecorating) parking meters as change donation points on campus; a "Flex Your Muscles for Haiti" arm wrestling competition Jan. 30 organized by the UCI chapter of Physicians for Human Rights that brought in about $3,000; and a "Hearts for Haiti" benefit concert Feb. 10 organized by UNICEF at UCI and Open Jam, an on-campus club for musicians.
Campus construction is on track, on budget and exceptionally "green," according to UCI Chancellor Michael Drake. Projects under way include an arts building, a women's cancer lab and phase II of UC Irvine Douglas Hospital. UCI's construction program is funded by dedicated monies from a bond measure California voters passed in 2006. For photos, renderings and project details, visit the interactive construction Web site.