Ask students anywhere on campus — maybe those sitting against a tree trunk with laptops on their knees — and they'll say UCI practices excellent arboreal care. That commitment to healthy urban forestry was recognized recently by Tree Campus USA, a program funded by Toyota and administered by the Arbor Day Foundation. UCI is one of 74 campuses nationwide to win the designation. Others include Duke University, Cornell University, UC Davis and UC San Francisco. After a November ceremony featuring Chancellor Michael Drake and Peter the Anteater, 50 new trees were planted in Aldrich Park.
Tibetan monks and Southern California college students came together in September when a UCI contingent toured monastic schools and colleges in India — and had an audience with Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. During the 18-day trip through New Delhi, Agra, Mundgod and Dharamsala, the 15 students, faculty, administrators and guests delved into Tibetan culture and Buddhist monastic education, visiting the Taj Mahal, Sarah College, the Norbulingka Institute and the Gaden Shartse Monastery.
UC Irvine Medical Center recently received a Silver Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its role in supporting organ and tissue donation. The facility had 28 donors and 77 organs transplanted in the highest-performing 12-month period between Oct. 1, 2008, and March 31, 2010 — the most of the 10 hospitals HHS commended in the seven-county Greater Los Angeles area served by OneLegacy, the nonprofit, federally designated organ and tissue recovery agency.