The Passing of Dr. Ralph Cicerone, UCI's Fourth Chancellor

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.

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New Exhibit "Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI" May 2 - July 22

title print (002) JPG Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI Monday, May 2, 2016 through Friday, July 22nd, 2016, (Special Collections & Archives, 5th Floor of Langson Library) Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI showcases a variety of student-generated writing from throughout the history of the campus.
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January 19, 1962 -- Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. is appointed the first UCI Chancellor

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. He would be at UCI for 22 years.
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November 29, 1965 -- Anteaters mascot triumphant ballot winner!

On Monday, November 29, 1965, the Anteater was elected as the official UCI mascot, gaining more student votes than others on the ballot. The results were: Anteater (559 votes); None of these (121 votes); Sea Hawks (113 votes); Centaurs (47 votes); Roadrunners (42 votes); Toros (37 votes); Bison (31 votes); and there were 49 Write-in votes. The options on the ballot were suggested by students through a petition process, proposed mascots needed a minimum of 100 supporting signatures.
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Peter the Anteater turns 50!

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

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!
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October 29, 1965 - California Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown visiting campus

On Friday, October 29, 1965, California Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown, the father of current Governor Jerry Brown, visited the UCI campus. He was provided with a tour of the new campus by Sam McCulloch, Jack Peltason, the first University Librarian John Smith and others.
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