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Timelines

For a campus that is only fifty-two years old, the UCI community has already experienced numerous memorable moments as faculty have won major awards, academic programs have gained distinction, renowned architects have designed intriguing new buildings, students have gone on to become notable alumni, and community members have generously contributed to enable the growth of UCI's teaching and research programs.

Alumni

Year Event
1968 UCI Alumni Association is created
1971 First Lauds and Laurels Banquet is held
1975 UCI has 8,453 alumni
1979 UCI has 15,000 alumni
1984 Alumni House designed by Charles Moore
1984 Greg Louganis wins two Olympic Gold medals in diving
1985 UCI has 27,272 alumni
1986 Patrick Hanratty donates a copy of Shakespeare's 1623 'First Folio' to UCI Libraries
1989 UCI has 40,000 alumni
1993 Yusef Komunyakaa receives Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1994 Michael Ramirez receives Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
1996 Richard Ford receives Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2001 Michael Chabon receives Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2005 Kathie L. Olsen nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation
2005 UCI has 85,000 alumni
2010 Scott Brooks named NBA Coach of the Year
2013 Ami Bera elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
2016 Gregory Pyatt appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Greece
2017 UCI has 170,000 alumni

Buildings

Year Event
1964 The first two UCI buildings open, located on North Campus: Interim Office Building and the Faculty Research Facility
1965 The first eight permanent buildings open on UCI's main campus: Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall), Central Plant, Science Lecture Hall (now Schneiderman Hall), Biological Sciences I, Main Library (now Langson Library), Humanities/Social Sciences (now Krieger Hall), Commons (now Gateway Study Center) and Humanities Hall. All were designed by William Pereira
1967 UCI Faculty Club opens in Town Center
1974 Administration building designed by Richard Dorman
1982 University Club designed by Harold Zook
1984 Alumni House and University Extension complex designed by Charles Moore
1984 Central Park renamed Daniel Aldrich Park
1984 Grunigen Medical Library designed by Leo A. Daly
1986 ICS/Engineering Research Facility designed by Frank O. Gehry
1987 Bren Events Center designed by Parkin Architects
1988 Campus receives Progressive Architecture's design award for "outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design" for its "Main Street" concept.
1988 Graduate School of Management designed by Robert Venturi
1990 Rockwell Engineering Center designed by Frank O. Gehry
1990 Studio Four designed by Robert A.M. Stern
1994 Science Library designed by James Stirling
1997 Humanities Instructional Building designed by Albert C. Martin
2005 Arts Plaza designed by Maya Lin
2008 UC Irvine Medical Center completed
2009 Engineering Hall completed
2010 Sue and Bill Gross Hall designed by DES Architects + Engineers
2013 Gavin Herbert Eye Institute designed by DES Architects + Engineers
2016 Mesa Court Towers designed by Mithun and Hensel Phelps

Community

Year Event
1959 Friends of UCI forms to support the creation of campus
1960 The Irvine Company donates 1,000 acres to UC for Irvine campus
1961 Town and Gown founded
1965 Big I Boosters Club formed
1967 UCI Faculty Club opens in Town Center
1967 UCI Foundation established
1972 Chancellor's Club founded
1984 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation donates $2.5 million for construction of Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic
1984 The Irvine Company donates $1.1 million for events center, Beckman Laser Institute, Medical Clinic, and Aldrich Chair endowment
1984 UCI adds $382 million to Orange County economy
1984 UCI Medal established as the highest honor awarded by the campus
1988 Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering is named in honor of Arnold and Mabel Beckman's gift of $20 million
1988 Bren Events Center named in honor Donald Bren's gift of $1.5 million
1989 Campus adds $820 million to Orange County economy
1991 Irvine Barclay Theatre named in honor of Richard and Marjorie Barclay's gift of $1 million
1995 UCI adds $1.1 billion to County economy
1998 Henry T. Nicholas III donates $1.28 million to the Athletics Department's crew program
1999 Henry Samueli School of Engineering named in honor of Samueli's gift of $20 million
2001 Claire Trevor School of the Arts named in honor of Claire Trevor Bren
2003 Jack Langson Library named in honor of Langson
2003 John V. Croul Hall named in honor of Croul's gift of $6 million
2003 UCI adds $3 billion to Orange County economy
2004 Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences named in honor of Bren's gift of $20 million
2005 Paul Merage School of Business named in honor of Merage's gift of $30 million
2006 Sue and Bill Gross donate $10 million to stem cell research at UCI
2007 Donald Bren donates $20 million to the School of Law
2009 UC Irvine Douglas Hospital named in honor of M.A. Douglas' gift of $21 million
2014 Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences named in honor of Ayala's gift of $10 million

Faculty/Academics

Year Event
1965 UCI Academic Senate holds first official meeting
1965 UCI is awarded $1.8 million in grants and contracts
1966 UCI Academic Senate votes to replace College of Arts, Letters, and Science with five individual schools
1967 Agreement signed to make California College of Medicine part of UC Irvine
1968 Edward A. Steinhaus 1st UCI professor to be elected to the National Academy of Science
1969 First nuclear reactor built in Orange County is the first reactor in the U.S. operated by a university chemistry department
1972 Marianne McDonald donates $1 million to found the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
1975 Only university in the country offering a doctoral degree in critical theory, chosen as the founding campus for the National School for Criticism and Theory
1975 UCI is awarded $28 million in grants and contracts
1983 Frederick Reines receives National Medal of Science
1985 UCI is awarded $52 million in grants and contracts
1995 UCI is awarded $106 million in grants and contracts
1995 Frederick Reines (Physics) and F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry) receive UCI's first two Nobel Prizes
1996 John R. Miles receives Pulitzer Prize
2001 Francisco J. Ayala receives National Medal of Science
2002 Barry Siegel receives Pulitzer Prize
2003 R. Duncan Luce receives National Medal of Science
2004 Elizabeth Loftus becomes the 10th UCI faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences
2004 UCI is awarded $236 million in grants and contracts
2004 Irwin Rose (Chemistry) receives UCI's third Nobel Prize
2005 Chancellor Ralph Cicerone is elected President of the National Academy of Sciences
2005 Michael Ryan receives the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the largest prize given for a single book of poetry
2006 UCI launches Program in Nursing Science and Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences
2006 UCI School of Law approved by UC Board of Regents
2008 UCI scientists play a key role in the launch of the Large Hadron Collider
2012 UCI School of Education approved by UC Board of Regents
2015 Vicki Ruiz receives the National Humanities Medal

Major Milestones

Year Event
1957 Orange County chosen by University of California Regents for new campus site
1958 William Pereira contracted as Master Architect for the UC Orange County campus, later to become UC Irvine
1960 The Irvine Company donates 1,000 acres to UC for Irvine campus
1961 UC Regents name Orange county campus "University of California, Irvine"
1962 Daniel Aldrich appointed first Chancellor
1962 Ivan Hinderaker appointed first Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
1963 The Irvine Company sells an additional 510 acres to UC, priced at $6,500 per acre
1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicates campus
1965 First day of classes (October 4)
1966 First Graduation (June 25)
1967 Agreement signed to make California College of Medicine part of UC Irvine
1984 Jack Peltason appointed UCI's second Chancellor
1988 National Academies of Sciences and Engineering buildling opens on campus
1993 Laurel Wilkening appointed UCI's third Chancellor
1994 Comparative Literature (8th) and French (10th) graduate programs ranked in top ten by National Research Council
1995 Frederick Reines (Physics) and F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry) receive UCI's first two Nobel Prizes
1995 UCI is ranked 48th among all U.S. universities by U.S. News & World Report
1996 UCI elected to the American Association of Universities
1998 Ralph Cicerone appointed UCI's fourth Chancellor
2000 Governor Gray Davis establishes California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2) at UCI
2002 UCI is ranked 12th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report
2004 Irwin Rose (Chemistry) receives UCI's third Nobel Prize
2005 Michael V. Drake appointed UCI's fifth Chancellor
2012 UCI is named the nation's best university under 50 years old by Times Higher Education
2014 Howard Gillman appointed UCI's sixth Chancellor
2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes UCI with Climate Leadership Award
2014 President Barack Obama delivers keynote speech at all-graduate commencement ceremony

Students

Year Event
1965 Anteater chosen as official mascot
1965 First UCI newspaper, Spectrum, is published
1965 First undergraduate students move into Mesa Court residence halls
1965 Opening day enrollment is 1,589 students
1965 First day of classes (October 4)
1966 First ASUCI (Associated Students of UCI) government takes office
1966 First graduate students move into Verano Place residence halls
1966 First Graduation (June 25)
1966 Students vote to establish an honor code
1967 ASUCI passes resolution to affirm student's rights to present any speakers or programs, even if controversial
1968 500 students protest the firing of professors George Kent, Don Brannan, and Steve Shapiro
1968 New University publishes first issue
1969 First four-year class graduates
1969 KUCI airs first show
1969 Swim and Dive team wins UCI's first NCAA championship
1970 Co-ed dorms introduced in student housing
1970 Men's Water Polo team wins its first NCAA championship
1973 First fraternities and sororities established
1974 Middle Earth residence hall opens
1974 Cross-Cultural Center established
1975 Men's Golf team wins its first NCAA championship
1975 Total enrollment is 9,547 students
1976 Jennifer Chandler (Gold) and Greg Louganis (Silver) capture UCI's first Olympic medals
1977 Men's Cross Country team wins first Big West championship
1977 Men's Tennis team wins first NCAA championship
1978 Steve Scott wins NCAA 1,500 Meter Outdoor Champion (3:37:58)
1979 Campus Village residence hall opens
1979 Irvine Meadows West trailer park opens
1981 Student Center opens
1981 UCI hosts first Homecoming
1983 Women's Cross Country team wins first Big West championship
1986 Total enrollment is 14,500 students
1990 Palo Verde residence halls open
1991 KUCI increases its signal by 200 watts
1995 Total enrollment is 17,280 students
1997 Women's Soccer team wins first Big West championship
2000 Student Recreational Facility (known as the ARC) opens
2002 Women's Golf team wins first Big West championship
2004 Irvine Meadows West trailer park closes
2004 Vista del Campo residence halls open
2005 Total enrollment is 24,986 students
2007 Men's Volleyball team wins first NCAA championship
2007 Baseball team competes in College World Series
2015 Total enrollment is 31,551 students

1957 - 1959

Year Event
1957 Orange County chosen by University of California Regents for new campus site
1958 William Pereira contracted as Master Architect for the UC Orange County campus, later to become UC Irvine
1959 Friends of UCI forms to support the creation of campus

1960 - 1969

Year Event
1960 The Irvine Company donates 1,000 acres to UC for Irvine campus
1961 Town and Gown founded
1961 UC Regents name Orange county campus "University of California, Irvine"
1962 Daniel Aldrich appointed first Chancellor
1962 Ivan Hinderaker appointed first Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
1963 The Irvine Company sells an additional 510 acres to UC, priced at $6,500 per acre
1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicates campus
1964 The first two UCI buildings open, located on North Campus: Interim Office Building and the Faculty Research Facility
1965 Anteater chosen as official mascot
1965 Big I Boosters Club formed
1965 First day of classes (October 4)
1965 First UCI newspaper, Spectrum, is published
1965 First undergraduate students move into Mesa Court residence halls
1965 Opening day enrollment is 1,589 students
1965 The first eight permanent buildings open on UCI's main campus: Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall), Central Plant, Science Lecture Hall (now Schneiderman Hall), Biological Sciences I, Main Library (now Langson Library), Humanities/Social Sciences (now Krieger Hall), Commons (now Gateway Study Center) and Humanities Hall. All were designed by William Pereira
1965 UCI Academic Senate holds first official meeting
1965 UCI is awarded $1.8 million in grants and contracts
1965 First day of classes (October 4)
1966 First ASUCI (Associated Students of UCI) government takes office
1966 First graduate students move into Verano Place residence halls
1966 First Graduation (June 25)
1966 First Graduation (June 25)
1966 Students vote to establish an honor code
1966 UCI Academic Senate votes to replace College of Arts, Letters, and Science with five individual schools
1967 Agreement signed to make California College of Medicine part of UC Irvine
1967 Agreement signed to make California College of Medicine part of UC Irvine
1967 ASUCI passes resolution to affirm student's rights to present any speakers or programs, even if controversial
1967 UCI Faculty Club opens in Town Center
1967 UCI Faculty Club opens in Town Center
1967 UCI Foundation established
1968 500 students protest the firing of professors George Kent, Don Brannan, and Steve Shapiro
1968 Edward A. Steinhaus 1st UCI professor to be elected to the National Academy of Science
1968 New University publishes first issue
1968 UCI Alumni Association is created
1969 First four-year class graduates
1969 First nuclear reactor built in Orange County is the first reactor in the U.S. operated by a university chemistry department
1969 KUCI airs first show
1969 Swim and Dive team wins UCI's first NCAA championship

1970 - 1979

Year Event
1970 Co-ed dorms introduced in student housing
1970 Men's Water Polo team wins its first NCAA championship
1971 First Lauds and Laurels Banquet is held
1972 Chancellor's Club founded
1972 Marianne McDonald donates $1 million to found the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
1973 First fraternities and sororities established
1974 Middle Earth residence hall opens
1974 Administration building designed by Richard Dorman
1974 Cross-Cultural Center established
1975 Men's Golf team wins its first NCAA championship
1975 Only university in the country offering a doctoral degree in critical theory, chosen as the founding campus for the National School for Criticism and Theory
1975 Total enrollment is 9,547 students
1975 UCI has 8,453 alumni
1975 UCI is awarded $28 million in grants and contracts
1976 Jennifer Chandler (Gold) and Greg Louganis (Silver) capture UCI's first Olympic medals
1977 Men's Cross Country team wins first Big West championship
1977 Men's Tennis team wins first NCAA championship
1978 Steve Scott wins NCAA 1,500 Meter Outdoor Champion (3:37:58)
1979 Campus Village residence hall opens
1979 Irvine Meadows West trailer park opens
1979 UCI has 15,000 alumni

1980 - 1989

Year Event
1981 Student Center opens
1981 UCI hosts first Homecoming
1982 University Club designed by Harold Zook
1983 Women's Cross Country team wins first Big West championship
1984 Alumni House designed by Charles Moore
1984 Alumni House and University Extension complex designed by Charles Moore
1984 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation donates $2.5 million for construction of Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic
1984 Central Park renamed Daniel Aldrich Park
1984 Greg Louganis wins two Olympic Gold medals in diving
1984 Grunigen Medical Library designed by Leo A. Daly
1984 Jack Peltason appointed UCI's second Chancellor
1984 The Irvine Company donates $1.1 million for events center, Beckman Laser Institute, Medical Clinic, and Aldrich Chair endowment
1984 UCI adds $382 million to County economy
1984 UCI Medal established as the highest honor awarded by the campus
1985 UCI has 27,272 alumni
1985 UCI is awarded $52 million in grants and contracts
1986 ICS/Engineering Research Facility designed by Frank O. Gehry
1986 Patrick Hanratty donates a copy of Shakespeare's 1623 'First Folio' to UCI Libraries
1986 Total enrollment is 14,500 students
1987 Bren Events Center designed by Parkin Architects
1988 Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering is named in honor of Arnold and Mabel Beckman's gift of $20 million
1988 Bren Events Center named in honor Donald Bren's gift of $1.5 million
1988 Campus receives Progressive Architecture's design award for "outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design" for its "Main Street" concept.
1988 Graduate School of Management designed by Robert Venturi
1988 National Academies of Sciences and Engineering buildling opens on campus
1989 Campus adds $820 million to Orange County economy
1989 UCI has 40,000 alumni

1990 - 1999

Year Event
1990 Palo Verde residence halls open
1990 Rockwell Engineering Center designed by Frank O. Gehry
1990 Studio Four designed by Robert A.M. Stern
1991 Irvine Barclay Theatre named in honor of Richard and Marjorie Barclay's gift of $1 million
1991 KUCI increases its signal by 200 watts
1993 Laurel Wilkening appointed UCI's third Chancellor
1993 Yusef Komunyakaa receives Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1994 Comparative Literature (8th) and French (10th) graduate programs ranked in top ten by National Research Council
1994 Michael Ramirez receives Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
1994 Science Library designed by James Stirling
1995 Frederick Reines (Physics) and F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry) receive UCI's first two Nobel Prizes
1995 Total enrollment is 17,280 students
1995 UCI adds $1.1 billion to County economy
1995 UCI is awarded $106 million in grants and contracts
1995 UCI is ranked 48th among all U.S. universities by U.S. News & World Report
1995 Frederick Reines (Physics) and F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry) receive UCI's first two Nobel Prizes
1996 Richard Ford receives Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
1996 UCI elected to the American Association of Universities
1997 Humanities Instructional Building designed by Albert C. Martin
1997 Women's Soccer team wins first Big West championship
1998 Henry T. Nicholas III donates $1.28 million to the Athletics Department's crew program
1998 Ralph Cicerone appointed UCI's fourth Chancellor
1999 Henry Samueli School of Engineering named in honor of Samueli's gift of $20 million

2000 - 2009

Year Event
2000 Governor Gray Davis establishes California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2) at UCI
2000 Student Recreational Facility (known as the ARC) opens
2001 Claire Trevor School of the Arts named in honor of Claire Trevor Bren
2001 Michael Chabon receives Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2002 UCI is ranked 12th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report
2002 Women's Golf team wins first Big West championship
2003 Jack Langson Library named in honor of Langson
2003 John V. Croul Hall named in honor of Croul's gift of $6 million
2003 UCI adds $3 billion to Orange County economy
2004 Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences named in honor of Bren's gift of $20 million
2004 Elizabeth Loftus becomes the 10th UCI faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences
2004 Irvine Meadows West trailer park closes
2004 Irwin Rose (Chemistry) receives UCI's third Nobel Prize
2004 UCI is awarded $236 million in grants and contracts
2004 Vista del Campo residence halls open
2004 Irwin Rose (Chemistry) receives UCI's third Nobel Prize
2005 Arts Plaza designed by Maya Lin
2005 Chancellor Ralph Cicerone is elected President of the National Academy of Sciences
2005 Total enrollment is 24,986 students
2005 Kathie L. Olsen nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation
2005 Michael Ryan receives the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the largest prize given for a single book of poetry
2005 Michael V. Drake appointed UCI's fifth Chancellor
2005 Paul Merage School of Business named in honor of Merage's gift of $30 million
2005 UCI has 85,000 alumni
2006 Sue and Bill Gross donate $10 million to stem cell research at UCI
2006 UCI launches Program in Nursing Science and Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences
2006 UCI School of Law approved by UC Board of Regents
2007 Donald Bren donates $20 million to the School of Law
2007 Men's Volleyball team wins first NCAA championship
2007 Baseball team competes in College World Series
2008 UC Irvine Medical Center completed
2008 UCI scientists play a key role in the launch of the Large Hadron Collider
2009 Engineering Hall completed
2009 UC Irvine Douglas Hospital named in honor of M.A. Douglas' gift of $21 million

2010 - present

Year Event
2010 Sue and Bill Gross Hall designed by DES Architects + Engineers
2010 Scott Brooks named NBA Coach of the Year
2012 UCI School of Education approved by UC Board of Regents
2012     UCI is named the nation's best university under 50 years old by Times Higher Education
2013 Gavin Herbert Eye Institute designed by DES Architects + Engineers
2013 Ami Bera elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
2014 Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences named in honor of Ayala's gift of $10 million
2014 Howard Gillman appointed UCI's sixth Chancellor
2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes UCI with Climate Leadership Award
2014 President Barack Obama delivers keynote speech at all-graduate commencement ceremony
2015 Vicki Ruiz receives the National Humanities Medal
2015 Total enrollment is 31,551 students
2016 Mesa Court Towers designed by Mithun and Hensel Phelps
2016 Gregory Pyatt appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Greece
2017 UCI has 170,000 alumni

 


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