UCI bid farewell to the class of 2010 with 12 commencement ceremonies, most held June 11-13 at the Bren Events Center. According to Student Affairs, about 38,000 guests showed up to see 7,900 students walk in the ceremonies. For their senior class gift, graduates donated $20.10 each to buy campus bells, which will ring out from the UCI Student Center.
To speed commercialization of university-generated inventions in a moribund economy, UCI has launched a technology business incubator at the campus's California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology. TechPortal provides affordable space, support services, technical assistance, mentoring opportunities and networking prospects to fledgling UCI-based businesses. It will foster the kind of lab-to-market innovation behind Calit2's Hiperwall (pictured).
The Olive Tree Initiative, a UCI student group that promotes better understanding of Israeli-Palestinian relations, was one of two organizations to receive the inaugural UC President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. OTI won for promoting dialogue, organizing educational trips to the Middle East, and spawning chapters at UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. IDEAS, a UCLA group that supports undocumented immigrant students, also received the systemwide award.