The editors of Triton said this issue would be a little different this
They said this letter would be “up front,” and while I’m not sure what
those quotes mean, I thought it would be appropriate to be “up front”
as well with the big news of the season—the public launch of the
Campaign for UC San Diego and why alumni should get involved.
The reasons are simple: the Campaign for UC San Diego is about
people, about place, and about impact.
The people—first and foremost—are students. Just like we did,
they come to campus to learn how to make something of their lives.
They are learning how the world works, and how to work for the
world. And simply, they need the help of those who’ve come before.
Just like we did, these students need a place to learn. Serving a
growing student body requires a growing campus—one that
embraces the local community, to better share the excitement
and promise of UC San Diego.
And just like we were, these students will be inspired by experts
who are changing the world, so that they can make an impact in
their world, the one our next generation will inherit. That work—
what’s being done now and what Tritons will do in the future—
is the heart of our institution.
In the coming pages, you’ll read about how this impact plays out
through the lives of our five alumni honorees for 2017. You’ll also
hear their thoughts on what UC San Diego means to them. And you’ll
not just read about the Campaign, but be inspired to get involved,
whether by giving back, volunteering, attending events on campus
or wherever you live, or simply taking pride and telling others.
Just make sure to be up front when you do—it can go a long way.
With Triton Pride,
Robert Brownlie ’85
President, UCSD Alumni Board of Directors
Campaign Celebration 2017
More than 620 guests celebrated the university’s
nontradition at the public launch of the $2 billion Campaign
for UC San Diego.
01. Honorary Campaign Chairs T. Denny Sanford and Irwin M. Jacobs bookend
Chancellor Khosla and friend Theodore D. Roth.
02. The Campaign’s International Leadership Committee Chair Ken
Kroner, PhD ’88, and his wife, Jennifer.
03. Nanome, started by UC San Diego alumni, is capitalizing on virtual reality
headsets by creating VR apps for consumers and classrooms.
04. Guests were awed by a dynamic multimedia experience showcasing campus
innovation and experimentation.
05. Musical prodigy Sam Lin ’ 13 performed an original composition as he moved
from keyboard to drums to electric violin.
06. Grammy-nominated alumnus Nathan East ’78 performed twice during the
program—both live and virtually as a hologram with his son, Noah.
07. Robot selfie, anyone? UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute
collaborated with Fetch Robotics at the event.
08. Taner Halicioglu ’96 received a standing ovation as the Chancellor
announced his $75 million gift for a new Institute for Data Science.