Ask not for whom the bells toll. If you're at UCI, they now toll every hour for Anteaters, thanks to a new campus carillon. For the first time in UCI history, the sound of stately gongs emanated from the Student Center Bell Tower, on Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. and again at 10:10 a.m. — in honor of the class of 2010, which raised $8,538.82 for the carillon system. "With the ringing of these bells, we usher in a longstanding tradition. We will use these bells as a reminder to all the Anteater faithful," said Thomas Parham, interim vice chancellor for student affairs. Chancellor Michael Drake, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Michael Gottfredson and class of 2010 president Megan Braun '10 were among those at the bell tower ribbon cutting.
In his first public appearance at UCI since 2004, the Dalai Lama discussed compassion, happiness and interfaith harmony before a sold-out crowd May 4 at the Bren Events Center. Wearing his traditional red and saffron robes and an Anteaters visor, the Tibetan spiritual leader started his talk by expressing appreciation for UCI's XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholars, who took the stage with him and Chancellor Michael Drake. According to the Dalai Lama, the goal of education should be to "develop sensible, compassionate leaders who are realistic and warmhearted." He also stressed the importance of respect for all religions — and nonbelievers as well — which elicited cheers from the audience.
With more than four years to go in the largest fundraising initiative in Orange County history, UCI's $1 billion campaign has surpassed the $600 million milestone. Contributions to "Shaping the Future" — which is led by the UC Irvine Foundation board of trustees — are sparking discoveries in medicine, the environment and sustainable energy. They're also enabling new economic and cultural opportunities and outreach around the globe while providing UCI students with the support they need to become the next generation of leaders.
Let's hear it for that big, lovable lug of a mascot, Peter the Anteater. In the "Best of America" May issue of Reader's Digest, Peter scored as the fourth-most-lovable mascot in the nation, behind Williams College's Purple Cow, the Fighting Pickle of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Xavier University's Blue Blob. UCI fans might question whether the blob has the proper standing. And a pickle? Really? We're ready for a rematch in next year's "Best of America" issue.
The U.S. Department of Justice has honored Dr. Laura Mosqueda and UCI's Elder Abuse Forensic Center with a 2011 Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. The center was among 10 organizations and individuals recognized for outstanding work on behalf of crime victims. "We commend these individuals and service providers who, when faced with emerging challenges, seek out new ways to protect our communities and to more effectively assist and empower crime victims," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.
UCI's Breast Health Center has been granted full three-year accreditation by the American College of Surgeons, the nation's preeminent standards-setting body for surgical practice and education. The group's National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers evaluates a facility's commitment to meeting the highest quality standards for the full spectrum of breast disease. Accredited centers must demonstrate excellence in leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement practices.