By Justine Trinh, Special Collections and Public Services Library Assistant Lead and recent UCI undergraduate with a bachelor's degree in Classics, Mathematics and Asian American Studies. Accepted into the Department of Asian American Studies @ the University of California, Irvine's 4+1 program, where she will begin her M.A.
It was with great shock and sadness that the Special Collections and Archives staff learned that Ralph Cicerone passed away on November 5, 2016. Ralph Cicerone was UCI’s fourth chancellor from 1998-2005. He left the university to become president of the National Academy of Sciences, a position he retired from in June 2016.
Last year, we brought UCI Libraries Zinefest to UC Irvine! Zines are short for “fanzines”, which are DIY mini-magazines that allow anyone to express their opinions in a fun and cost effective way. Zinefest combined educational and creative aspects to form an engaging event open to students and the public, allowing them to express their unique opinions, ideas, and concerns in the form of a zine. Attendees were also able to listen to three guest speakers.
One year ago today, on May 13, 2015, we celebrated the grand opening of the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive (OC & SEAA) Center at UCI Libraries to provide a collaborative space with services and resources to guide users seeking to document and study the history of the Orange County area and its changing demographics.
In September of 2011, we posted a story about the very interesting history of the canoe that is on display in the stairwell of the Social Science Tower -- https://ucisca.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/samoan-canoe-in-social-science-tower/ We were all very sad to learn of the recent passing, on Monday, January 25th, of Taloolema'agao Uliulileava Olano, the Samoan chief and canoe builder, from relatives in Western Samoa. Affectionately known as Uliuli, he was 84 years old.
Happy Birthday, Peter the Anteater! There's no other mascot quite like you, and we're so proud to have you represent our campus spirit! You are our joy, our inspiration, and we look to you with endearing pride. You're fierce, snuggly, and the handsomest in all of UC Irvine history. For your birthday, we made you an album of 50 photos from our 50 years together. Happy birthday! Hope you celebrate with the biggest ant-cake! Zot Zot Zot!
Staff at UCI Special Collections and Archives were sad to learn that Clayton Garrison, founding dean of UCI’s School of Fine Arts, passed away on July 27, 2015. Garrison once recalled in 1974 that he was attracted to Irvine because it was an “opportunity to initiate, in a new situation, a program that was different from any other programs in the fine arts on a University of California campus.” And so, when he joined UCI in 1964, he set out to build a “studio- and performance-centered” fine arts program at the undergraduate level.