The passing of Taloolema'agao Uliulileava Olano, the great Samoan chief and boat builder

Submitted by spcoll on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:23

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 -- 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.

January 19, 1962 -- Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. is appointed the first UCI Chancellor

Submitted by spcoll on Tue, 01/19/2016 - 14:33
With a site for the new University of California, Irvine campus selected and William Pereira chosen as the architect, Clark Kerr's next step was to select a new Chancellor for the campus. On January 19, 1962, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., age 44, the University's Statewide Dean of Agriculture, was appointed the first UCI Chancellor.

December 1, 1965 -- UCI's first basketball game

Submitted by spcoll on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:42

The UC Irvine basketball team won their first game against UC Riverside on December 1, 1965 after two "ex-officio" players - Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UC Riverside's Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker - competed for the ball during the opening tip off.  The first UCI Athletic Director Wayne Crawford addresses the crowd before the game, Head Coach Dan Rogers prepares the team, the cheerleaders are cheering, and there isn't an empty seat in the gym!  

October 4, 1965 -- First Day of Classes

Submitted by spcoll on Sun, 10/04/2015 - 14:27

The first day of classes was Monday, October 4, 1965. Enrollment for the fall quarter 1965 was 1,589 students and there were 118 faculty members. Landscaping didn’t exist yet, but planting was about to start. Faculty looked to be only a few years older than most students. Hallways, even then, were overcrowded with students trying to locate their classrooms.

First coffee shop on campus in Fall 1965

Submitted by clerit on Fri, 10/02/2015 - 17:08

National Coffee Day was celebrated earlier this week, on Tuesday, September 29th. We believe that one of the first places one could get a cup of coffee on campus was at the coffee shop on the bottom floor of the Gateway Commons (now the Gateway Study Center). That coffee shop is now the space occupied by the Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA). Photographs below show the coffee shop in the fall of 1965. Coffee and the ubiquitous cigarettes... at least in 1965 they were everywhere!

September 26, 1965 -- First Students move in and the first Convocation

Submitted by spcoll on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:26

Fifty years ago, on Sunday, September 26, 1965, Mesa Court opened and 500 students moved into the residence halls on that day. Mesa Court was the first residence hall community at UCI. It is now the largest student community on campus, housing 1,834 undergraduates in 29 residence halls.  Each hall accommodates between 54 and 71 residents in suite-style layout.  Mesa Court now houses mainly first year students. The first Convocation also took place on that same day in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall).

Larry Tenney photos of UCI architecture

Submitted by spcoll on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:45
Woke up this morning to see a beautiful photograph collection of UCI buildings! The distinct brutalist architecture is highlighted in these photos through unusual angles and serendipitous lighting. Architect William Pereira would be such a huge fan of this photostream.

50 Years Ago Today: Clark Kerr speaking at first convocation in 1965

Submitted by spcoll on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:54