Volume IV, Issue 1: September 2011


Digging through the Anteater archives with Stephen MacLeod

William Pereira with maps of UCI
Campus architect William L. Pereira displays early plans for UCI.

As public services librarian and blogger for UCI Libraries, Stephen MacLeod trolls the Special Collections & Archives in search of fodder for Anteater Antics. "We post items about the campus that are historic, nostalgic, informative or just plain quirky," he says. Recent entries have included images of UCI from early-1970s Schwinn bicycle catalogs and a tongue-in-cheek letter by UCI physicist and Nobel laureate Frederick Reines to Wham-O complaining that a Super Ball he bought was "a dud." Here, MacLeod offers his favorites:

  • First, he drew a circle: Lakes in the middle of Aldrich Park? A bell tower visible for miles? UCI would look much different today if some of original architect William L. Pereira's first ideas had been adopted. University Archives has numerous photographs of his building models and campus plans.
  • Apes come to campus: "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," the fourth in the "Planet of the Apes" series, was filmed at UCI in 1972. Most scenes were shot outside the Social Sciences Tower. In one sequence filmed at Aldrich Hall, Caesar (Roddy McDowall) leads the apes in an attempt to overthrow their evil human masters.
  • The making of a mascot: Most Anteater aficionados know that UCI's famous mascot was inspired by the comic strip "B.C."  Few, however, know the full story of Peter's unusual origins, as recounted in this oral history by Schuyler Hadley Bassett, one of the undergrads who spearheaded the 1965 Anteater campaign. (Students were not impressed by the other mascots proposed by the administration.)
  • A history of humanitarian aid: Project Ngoc was a successful student-run effort to raise international awareness about the Vietnamese refugee crisis. From 1987 to 1997, it provided direct relief to refugees through fundraising and sent volunteers to refugee camps in Hong Kong. Anteater Antics posted a slide show from the project's exhibits that featured artwork done at the camps.
  • First protests at UCI: The first documented demonstration at UCI occurred on Jan. 20, 1967, when 1,500 students, faculty and staff gathered in Gateway Plaza to protest the then-recent firing of popular UC President Clark Kerr as well as proposed budget cuts and fee increases. (Sound familiar?)

Zeng named director of Center for Hearing Research

Fan-Gang Zeng
Fan-Gang Zeng has made seminal breakthroughs in the development of advanced cochlear implants.

Fan-Gang Zeng, an internationally renowned researcher in the treatment of hearing disorders, has been named director of UCI's Center for Hearing Research. The group comprises 25 scientists from eight departments in five schools who are bound by a common interest in hearing research. As director, Zeng plans to boost the center's intellectual contributions and profile by enhancing translational research, promoting student involvement and building community support.

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Linskey receives Heroes with Heart award

Dr. Mark Linskey
Dr. Mark Linskey was nominated by a TIP volunteer impressed by his interaction with relatives of a trauma patient.

UCI neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Linskey has received the Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County's 2011 Heroes with Heart award, which was renamed in honor of trauma surgeon Dr. Marianne Cinat, UC Irvine Regional Burn Center director, who died unexpectedly in June. The awards are bestowed annually on a dozen Orange County healthcare and public safety personnel who demonstrate compassion for victims of trauma and their families above and beyond the call of duty. "Receiving the Heroes with Heart award the first time since it's been named for my colleague Marianne Cinat is particularly special and poignant," Linskey said.

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Leet appointed vice chancellor for university advancement

Gregory Leet
Gregory Leet says he wants to secure resources that will help UCI continue to have a meaningful effect on society.

Gregory R. Leet has joined UCI as vice chancellor for university advancement, taking charge of fundraising as the university passes the halfway mark in its $1 billion campaign and as campuses across the country seek alternative funding sources in response to dwindling state support. With nearly 20 years of fundraising and management experience, Leet most recently served as vice president at Grenzebach Glier & Associates in Chicago. There, he consulted with universities, arts and cultural organizations, and private foundations to elevate their advancement and development functions.

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