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Studies shed more light on Earth’s meltdown

UC Irvine researchers have uncovered critical evidence that the Earth’s glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate, raising concerns that the corresponding rise in sea level and other dramatic climate changes are now “unstoppable.”

One study released in spring found that a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline, with nothing to stop the entire glacial basin from disappearing into the sea.

The work presents multiple lines of evidence – including 40 years of observations – that six massive glaciers in the Amundsen Sea sector “have passed the point of no return,” according to glaciologist Eric Rignot, a UCI Earth system science professor who’s also with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Earth system science professor Eric Rignot says findings about the West Antarctic glacier loss will require that current predictions of sea level rise be revised upward. /Photo credit: Paul R. Kennedy

These glaciers already contribute significantly to sea level rise, releasing as much ice into the ocean each year as the entire Greenland Ice Sheet does. They contain enough ice to boost the global sea level by 4 feet (1.2 meters) and are melting faster than most scientists had expected. More: bit.ly/1nAsfCZ

In another study, UC Irvine and NASA glaciologists found that Greenland’s icy reaches are far more vulnerable to warm ocean water from climate change than had been thought. The work shows previously uncharted deep valleys stretching for dozens of miles under the Greenland Ice Sheet. The bedrock canyons sit well below sea level, meaning that as subtropical Atlantic water hits the fronts of hundreds of glaciers, those edges will erode much farther than had been assumed and release far greater amounts of melted ice. More: bit.ly/1ggqTLh

Both studies illustrate what UCI climatologist Michael Prather and fellow scientists from around the world concluded in their latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report: Human-caused climate change is affecting every continent and all the oceans, from the tropics to the poles.

“It’s a funny gamble,” says Michael Prather, UCI Earth system science professor. “If you wait for too long, all your opportunities to change are gone and you wouldn’t survive.”

In addition to sea ice collapse, drinking water is dwindling; droughts and floods are increasing; coral reefs and marine life are dying out; and agriculture, fishing and other livelihoods are suffering. The evidence points to catastrophic losses by 2100 if drastic cuts are not made to the tons of greenhouse gases being pumped skyward and if people can’t cope with the changes already in the pipeline.

“All of these effects will be five to 10 times stronger in the next 100 years if we don’t take action,” Prather said. “It’s nasty, nasty stuff – poverty, instability and disease. It’s brutal.”

More: news.uci.edu/features/a-gamble-of-global-proportions

Summer/Fall 2014 Class Notes


  • Dr. Sheldon Zinberg* [M.D. ’62], founder of CareMore Medical Group, was honored with the Partners in Care Foundation’s Mathies Award for innovative healthcare service delivery programs. The award is given to creative leaders in the professional healthcare community whose dedication and accomplishments have had significant impact.


  • Michelle Egerer [social ecology ’79] was recognized by UC Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders for her support and advocacy of Alzheimer’s research. She is the senior vice president of operations at Silverado Memory Care Communities.
  • Lynda Everman [humanities ’70, social ecology ’71] is a founding member of three national networks: ActivistsAgainstAlzheimer’s, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s. Her work on behalf of Alzheimer’s research is in honor of her late husband, Richard Everman, recipient of UCI’s 1994 Lauds & Laurels Extraordinarius Award. She is a retired UCI human resources professional.
  • The Rev. Stan Fix* [social sciences ’72] has become active inEducational Opportunities Inc., an international group travel organization, after serving United Methodist congregations in Southern California for 43 years.
  • Julie Haber [arts ’74] was the production stage manager for Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight” at the Pasadena Playhouse. She has worked on more than 70 productions, including operas and theater festivals across the nation.
  • Guerry “Rusty” Hagins Jr.* [social sciences and humanities ’78] received his Ed.D. from Cardinal Stritch University on May 18. He’s entering his 25th year of active-duty commissioned service in the U.S. Navy and is the executive officer and an associate professor of naval science for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
  • Florante Ibanez* [humanities ’77] was appointed in June to the California Library Services Board by Gov. Jerry Brown. Currently, he serves on the City of Carson Historical Committee and the Filipino American Library board. While attending UCI, Ibanez co-founded Kababayan, a Filipino American student group, and was a representative to the Third World Students Coalition.
  • Shannon Ingram [humanities ’74] was recognized for her advocacy of Alzheimer’s research by UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. She specializes in creative marketing solutions for senior housing and care and is the author of The Heart Way: A Journey from Corporate to Care.
  • Till Kahrs [social sciences ’79] spoke about business communication skills on Fox News. He is CEO of TheTrainer4u.com and has published a book, Enhancing Your Presentation Skills.
  • Charles Packer [social ecology ’76] joined the Hopkins & Carley executive committee as the at-large shareholder. He also received the Louis I. Bannan, S.J. Award in honor of his distinguished service to Santa Clara University and its alumni association.
  • James B. Pick [biological sciences ’74] was honored by UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders for his support of Alzheimer’s research. He’s a business professor at the University of Redlands and a visiting researcher in UC Irvine’s sociology department.


  • Baer Charlton* [social sciences ’82] was the keynote speaker for the UC Irvine Veteran Appreciation Dinner honoring veterans who graduated from the university or received awards and scholarships. He also recently published a book, Stoneheart, about a third-generation Marine who’s medically discharged and reintroduced into civilian life.
  • Jane Horan* [social ecology ’82] has published a book called How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations (Palgrave Macmillan). Through her research, she addresses ways to help business professionals understand leadership diversity, sustain success and build strongly engaged organizations.
  • Sharon Kubasak [M.F.A. ’81] received the Bechberger Award for Human Development from Baldwin Wallace University. The award recognized the associate professor of English for her contributions to student development and growth through leadership outside the classroom.
  • Beverly “Babs” Sandeen* [social sciences ’84, Ph.D. ’97] was appointed to the West Sacramento City Council in April and will serve through 2016. She was executive director of the UCI Alumni Association from 1997 to 2002; was a UCIAA board of directors member; and is a three-time Lauds & Laurels recipient: Distinguished Alumna, 2002; Outstanding Graduate Student, 1993; and Outstanding University Service, 1982.
  • Donald B. Thomason [medicine Ph.D. ’86] has been elected the 2014-15 president of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools, which promotes legislation for the advancement of graduate education. He’s currently dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn.


  • Catherine Bechtel [humanities ’93] joined the board of the YWCA of Silicon Valley, which strives to empower women, children and families, as well as eliminate racism, hatred and prejudice. She represents clients in all aspects of marital dissolution for McManis Faulkner, a leading Northern California trial firm.
  • Dave Durden [engineering ’98] led the UC Berkeley men’s swimming & diving team to its third national title in four years. He’s been the program’s head coach for six years and was the 2014 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Coach of the Year. Durden competed on the UCI swim team from 1994 to 1997.
  • Eduardo Hernandez [engineering ’91] is a math and engineering teacher at Tustin High School and director of its T-Tech Motorsports team of 11th-graders. The team finished first in this year’s UCI Energy Invitational and won second place for technical innovation at April’s OC STEM Expo, also receiving the coveted Robert Smith Award for best energy management.
  • Doug Jannusch [humanities ’97] has been given command of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter SPAR in Alaska. He was previously liaison officer to the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands, where he supported regional Coast Guard missions and advised the U.S. ambassador. He competed for UC Irvine in track & field in 1994 and 1995 and in cross-country in 1993 and 1994.
  • Elizabeth V. McNulty [humanities ’94] has joined Archer Norris, a professional law corporation in Newport Beach. The top-tier litigator was formerly a partner at Hewitt Wolensky & McNulty LLP and focuses her practice on product liability and commercial litigation.
  • Jean C. Michel* [social sciences ’96] accepted a position as general counsel of ReverbNation in Durham, N.C. Michel was previously employed at Cree Inc. as senior commercial counsel.
  • Jason Thibeault [humanities ’94] co-wrote Recommend This!: Delivering Digital Experiences that People Want to Share (Wiley), which explores the digital audience and how marketers can re-engage consumers. He’s a marketing and creative strategist whose ideas and tips have been featured on television and in magazine articles.


  • Ian Mills Crossfield [physical sciences ’04] has received the 2014 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will continue his research at the University of Arizona and will focus on understanding the hazy atmospheres and clouds of extrasolar “super-Earth” planets and hot gas giants.
  • Melissa Fernandez* [social sciences ’05, MBA ’12] recently received two prestigious national honors from USA Water Polo. She was named the Bryan Weaver Female Master of the Year and earned All-American status. Fernandez established the OC Riptide water polo club and the Champions League in Southern California.
  • Christina Gagnier [social sciences ’04] is running to represent California’s 35th Congressional District, located in Southern California’s Inland Empire. She has been at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness of online consumer rights, working on such initiatives as the Social Network Users Bill of Rights and on such issues as privacy rights and cybersecurity.
  • Neil Garg [postdoctoral scholar in chemistry 2005-07] was highlighted in NerdScholar’s inaugural “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” feature, which celebrates professors who’ve made significant contributions to their schools and communities. He’s been an organic chemistry professor at UCLA for more than seven years.
  • Robert Gorkin* [engineering M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’10] was awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop a new-generation contraceptive for use in countries with significant social, economic and environmental problems related to STDs and the lack of birth control. He leads a research team at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Wenli Jen* [social sciences ’03] is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni in Community Service award from the Alhambra High School Alumni Association. She has given two TED talks: “Expanding Horizons of Understanding” and “Daring Discoveries.”
  • Lindsey Lupo [social sciences M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’07] received tenure and was promoted to professor of political science at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
  • Francis Mahony [engineering ’09] is project manager for the newly formed energy solutions group of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm. He has energy solutions expertise in chemical and electronic laboratories, high-security state and federal facilities, and high-rise buildings.
  • Sarah Martin* [social sciences ’03] won the 2013 Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology for “Sequential Analysis of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Reassurance and Children’s Postoperative Distress.” She’s a doctoral student at Georgia State University.
  • Patricia Martinez [business management Ph.D. ’02] was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Loyola Marymount University. She’s one of only 40 female Hispanic American management professors in U.S. business schools. Martinez is a faculty member of The Ph.D. Project Management Doctoral Students Association.
  • Catlin Moore [humanities ’08] is director of the Mark Moore Gallery, of which her father, Mark Moore [arts ’81], is principal owner. The Culver City contemporary art gallery has been in business for 30 years.
  • Nushin Rashidian [humanities ’09] co-authored the book A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press). She’s an award-winning journalist who reports on drug policy, aging issues and stories of injustice. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Esquire, AARP Bulletin and the Huffington Post.
  • Ardavan “Ardy” Sobhani [social sciences ’04] is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Oru Kayak, a folding kayak company that’s been featured on the ABC television show “Shark Tank,” on CNN, in Wired and in The Wall Street Journal.
  • Georgia Welch [humanities ’06] is one of 10 recipients of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. She’s a doctoral candidate in history at Duke University. Her dissertation is titled “Right of Way: Equal Employment Opportunity & the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 1968-1977.”
  • Mitch Winans* [social sciences ’08] completed his MBA at Johns Hopkins University and serves on the board of the nonprofit Buseesa Community Development Centre, which is dedicated to community development in the Kibale District of Western Uganda. His recent trip entailed overseeing a medical team from UC Davis and the construction of two new classrooms and a latrine.


  • Tiffany Alquiros [social sciences ’11] earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California. As a psychiatric social work intern at Kaiser Permanente, she helped develop and implement a collaborative care program, working in multidisciplinary teams to address patient mental health concerns.
  • Joannabelle Aquino [social sciences ’11] was accepted to the University of San Francisco, where she will study immigration law. Prior to law school, she received her paralegal certificate from California State University, Los Angeles.
  • Emily Gallagher [humanities ’12] traveled to Ireland and Spain this summer. She’s moving to Chicago to pursue a hotel management career. She previously worked as a resident director for American Campus Communities at UCI’s Vista del Campo Norte.
  • Celeste Lanuza [arts ’13] won first place at the 2014 “So You Think You’ve Got Talent, San Diego” contest. She’s the founder and choreographer of the Celeste Lanuza Dance Theatre, which performed at the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival. She’s currently an adjunct dance faculty member at Grossmont College in El Cajon.
  • Ryan Maxwell* [engineering ’13] is a field service engineer for Cemtek Environmental, one of the largest continuous emissions monitoring systems companies in the nation. He’s responsible for monitoring various industrial plants’ emissions to ensure compliance with air quality standards, which work to decrease environmental pollution.
  • Reina Shahjahanian [biological sciences ’14] was accepted into Western University of Health Sciences’ Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She began her studies in August.


In memoriam: Ben Carlson [social sciences ’05] died July 7 while attempting to save a swimmer from a large rip current. He worked as a lifeguard for more than 15 years and is the first Newport Beach lifeguard to die in the line of duty. Carlson, 32, was posthumously given an Excellence in Lifesaving award, recognized by Hoag Hospital. While at UC Irvine, he competed on the men’s water polo team. Carlson is survived by his mother and father, Chris and Teri Carlson; and his younger sister, Stephanie Janz.

In memoriam: Matthew Cooper* [MBA ’92] died Dec. 1, 2013, from colon cancer. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from George Washington University and an MBA from UC Irvine, he designed sets for the Washington Stage Guild. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked for Pimco, Dick Clark Productions and Skeptic magazine in project management and information technology. Cooper was a 30-year member of Mensa and active in the Florida Humanist Association. He’s survived by his wife, Dawn Cooper; his parents, Bill and Marie Cooper; and his sisters, Sarah Cooper and Linda Hugues.

*member of the UCI Alumni Association



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Howard Gillman appointed UCI’s sixth chancellor

Chancellor Howard Gillman, Ph.D.

UC Irvine’s newly elected Chancellor Howard Gillman is a seasoned university academic leader and a nationally recognized expert on constitutional studies and judicial politics.

At a Sept. 18 meeting, the UC Board of Regents confirmed Howard Gillman as UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor.

Gillman, 55, the first in his family to go to college, is a time-tested leader who has received multiple awards for both his scholarship and teaching. He assumed the role of interim chancellor July 1 after Michael V. Drake, M.D., became president of the Ohio State University.

“Howard Gillman will bring a great array of attributes to the entire UC Irvine community as chancellor,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, who announced the selection on Sept. 4. “He appreciates the entrepreneurial spirit and bold ambitions embodied by the campus, and he has the imagination, intelligence and energy to lead the faculty, staff and students to the next level of excellence.”

Collaborative Approach

Appointed provost and executive vice chancellor in June 2013, Gillman, a professor of political science, history and law, has served since then as the chief academic and operating officer, working closely with UCI’s five vice chancellors, 12 deans, the university librarian, Academic Senate leadership and the chief executive officer of the Medical Center.

In addition to leading strategic planning and the implementation of campus initiatives as provost, Gillman worked with deans to recruit and retain faculty. During the past year, 28 percent of new faculty members were members of under-represented racial and ethnic groups.

“I deeply appreciate President Napolitano’s confidence in me, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead a university with such an impressive faculty, staff and student body,” Gillman said. “Though it’s a relatively young campus at just over 50 years old, UC Irvine is incredibly accomplished, with great aspirations. I look forward to forging a shared vision with all who teach, research, learn and work on the campus, and with the larger community outside the campus.”

Before his appointment as provost, Gillman served as dean of the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2012. He was a professor of political science, history and law at USC, and was awarded the university’s top award for excellence in teaching.

A nationally recognized expert on constitutional studies and judicial politics, Gillman has authored or co-authored seven books and dozens of articles.

“I have seen Howard Gillman work tirelessly to understand the campus and what is needed to lead it,” said Mary Gilly, chair of the systemwide UC Academic Senate and a professor of marketing at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. “He has demonstrated he is ready for this honor through his savvy appointments of experienced UCI faculty to leadership positions, his enthusiastic support of all academic disciplines on campus, his unwavering advocacy for shared governance, and his efforts to represent campus interests in systemwide venues.”

Gillman attends UCI’s 2013 New Student Convocation at the Bren Events Center. The first in his family to go to college, he now leads a university with more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,400 staff.

Strong ties to UC

Born in Southern California, Gillman grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at UCLA. His wife, Ellen Ruskin-Gillman, Ph.D., earned her master’s degree and doctorate in psychology at UCLA after graduating from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree. They have two children.

“Howard Gillman has already made a big impact as provost, and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job leading UCI into the next 50 years,” said Emile Haddad, president and CEO of FivePoint Communities and chairman of the board of trustees for the UC Irvine Foundation. “I would like to thank President Napolitano for an excellent choice.” More:

Law school receives full accreditation

UC Irvine’s School of Law was granted full accreditation by the American Bar Association in June.

“From the outset, our goal has been to build a top law school that emphasizes preparing students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession,” said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. “I am very proud that the decision by the ABA is at the earliest possible time under the ABA rules.

“The ABA’s decision puts the official seal of approval on the hard work of scores of faculty, administrators, students and supporters, both on campus and in the legal community. We are so grateful for the generosity and support we have received in building the University of California, Irvine School of Law.”

When it opened in 2009 as the first new public law school in California in nearly 50 years, the UCI School of Law had a blank slate to create an innovative program, including these elements:

  • Every student is required to participate, under faculty supervision, in a pro bono??? legal clinic representing clients.
  • The first-year curriculum emphasizes methods of analysis.
  • Upper-level courses incorporate skills training in traditional academic study.
  • Courses are offered that don’t exist at other law schools.

A recent study ranked the law school’s faculty seventh in the country for scholarly impact, behind law faculty at Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Columbia and NYU.

Alumni association connects growing ranks of Anteaters across the nation

UC Irvine’s June commencement not only increased the ranks of UC Irvine alumni to more than 162,000, but also kicked off the campus’s 50th anniversary festivities, which will take place over the next two years.

Keeping Anteaters connected to their alma mater during this exciting era will be a key goal of the UC Irvine Alumni Association’s new board of directors. They were chosen for their abilities, experience and interest in promoting the group’s mission: to ensure that alumni always feel a welcome part of the Anteater family.

Directors will strive to engage alumni through creative networking and career recruitment opportunities, social get-togethers and other activities. They’ll also ensure that alumni are included in anniversary events – no matter how far they’ve strayed from their UC Irvine home. Members were elected in June at the association’s annual meeting and will serve two-year terms. They are:  


  • Bruce Hallett [humanities ’78; J.D., UCLA ’81] is co-founder and managing director of Miramar Venture Partners and a member of the OCTANe, Brand Affinity Technologies and Welltok boards. He was chair of UC Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable from 2007 to 2010 and an alumni regent on the University of California Board of Regents from 2010 to 2012. He’s also a 2001 recipient of the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus award.


  • John Gerace [chemistry and biological sciences ’87; MBA, Pepperdine University ’92] is co-founder and president of Calabri Biosciences LLC. He serves as a board member for the Iacocca Family Foundation, a trustee for the UC Irvine Foundation, and a member of the advisory council for the Keck Graduate Institute.

Board of Directors

  • Carol Choi [psychology and biology ’85; MBA/master’s in public health, University of Southern California ’87] is the owner of Koba Tofu Grill and founder of the United Exchange Corp. She’s president of the Irvine Korean Parents Association and a member of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation advisory council.
  • Justin Chung [management science and engineering, Stanford University ’08; Ph.D. information & computer science ’14] served as president of the UC Irvine Associated Graduate Students from 2012 to 2014. He created the AGS Symposium and spearheaded the creation of the UC Student Association’s Higher Education Report Card. His research focuses on large-scale analysis of social media data and its influence in politics.
  • Robert Romney [philosophy, University of Virginia ’75; M.S. information & computer science ’83] is the retired founder and CEO of Zenographics Inc., which was later incorporated into Marvell Semiconductor. He’s vice chairman of UC Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable, treasurer of the PBS SoCal board of trustees, and a member of the Tech Coast Angels.
  • Glen Kauffman [information & computer science ’86, MBA ’94] is regional vice president at the Courtlandt Financial Group and specializes in private and public non-traded securities.
  • Kurt Busch [engineering and biological sciences ’93; MBA, Santa Clara University ’98] is president and CEO of Lantronix, a global leader in secure communication technologies. He’s been a member of UC Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable since 2013.
  • Salma Chehabi [biological sciences ’99, psychology & social behavior ’09, M.S. genetic counseling ’13] is a genetic counselor and community leader, recipient of the 2010 UC Irvine Medal, Chancellor’s Club lifetime member, UC Irvine Foundation trustee, and member of the School of Social Ecology Dean’s Leadership Council.
  • Nick Desai [engineering ’91; M.S. engineering, UCLA ’92] is a technology entrepreneur and the CEO of Global Fitness Media and FitOrbit.
  • Gary Gorczyca [history ’73; J.D., Loyola Marymount University ’76] is a partner at Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin LLP in Newport Beach, an adjunct law professor at Chapman University, and past president of the Orange County Bar Association’s family law section. He’s been a member of the advisory board for UC Irvine Extension’s paralegal certificate program for more than 30 years.
  • Neel Grover [economics ’92; J.D., University of San Diego ’95] is CEO of Bluefly Inc. and the executive operating partner at Clearlake Capital Management LLC. He’s been a member of UC Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable since 2008.
  • Erin Gruwell [humanities ’91; master’s/teaching credential, California State University, Long Beach ’93] is a teacher, an education activist, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, and a 1998 recipient of the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumna award.
  • Maria Hall-Brown [drama ’84] is executive producer of arts and cultural programming on PBS SoCal and host of the acclaimed PBS author interview series “Bookmark with Maria Hall-Brown.” She’s a 2005 recipient of the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumna award.
  • John Hung [information & computer science ’89, economics ’90] is a project manager and senior application consultant at Island Pacific Systems Inc. and a member of the Chancellor’s Club and Friends of the Center for the Study of Democracy.
  • Tim Kashani [information & computer science ’86, MBA ’91; M.F.A., Chapman University ’07] is founder and CEO of IT Mentors and owner of the Tony Award-winning entertainment company Apples & Oranges Studios. He’s currently producing “An American in Paris” on Broadway and recently launched a new arts education portal for his nonprofit, Showbiz U.
  • Fred Sainick [history ’74; J.D., UCLA ’77] is a partner in the Newport Beach law firm Sainick & Whitney. He has been active in the UC Irvine Alumni Association since the 1980s, serving as president from 1985 to 1987; won a 2007 Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus award; and was an alumni regent on the UC Board of Regents.
  • Gary Singer [social sciences ’74; J.D., Loyola Marymount University ’77] is senior adviser for RSI Holding LLC, serves on the UC Irvine School of Law Dean’s Executive Board, and is a UC Irvine Foundation board member. He received a 1998 Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus award.
  • Jack Toan [biological sciences ’94, MBA ’02] is a regional vice president and community affairs manager for the Wells Fargo Foundation and is on the boards of the Union of Pan Asian Communities, the Illumination Foundation, and the UC Irvine Alumni Association’s Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors. He’s also a member of the advisory council for Team Kids and a 2014 recipient of the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus award.
  • William Um [social sciences ’90; J.D., Boston University ’93] is a counsel in the Los Angeles office of Hunton & Williams LLP. He has assisted the Alliance for Children’s Rights in adoption proceedings as well as indigent clients through Public Counsel and the Public Law Center.
  • Claudia White [psychology ’89; M.A. clinical psychology, Pepperdine University ’91; Ph.D. industrial/organizational psychology, Alliant International University] is an industrial/organizational psychologist and performance management consultant. She is president and owner of White Sand Consultants Inc.
  • Dr. James E. Wood Jr. [M.D. ’73] is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and chairman of orthopedic surgery at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. He was an early adopter of partial knee replacement techniques and now teaches them to orthopedic surgeons across the country.

Board Members – Alumni Chapter Representatives

  • Andrew Chou [social sciences ’00] is founder and managing partner of NexGen Wealth Management. He serves as president of the Asian Business League of Southern California, president of the UC Irvine Alumni Association’s Los Angeles chapter, and president-elect of the Financial Planning Association of San Gabriel Valley.
  • Katherine Hills [biological sciences ’83] is owner and managing director of Krush Creative Group, a branding, marketing, advertising, design, PR and event production agency. She is a 2011 recipient of the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumna award, a member of UC Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, chair of the School of Biological Sciences’ alumni club, and chair of UC Irvine Extension’s alumni club.
  • David Ochi [political science and biological sciences ’97, MBA ’99; M.A., Keller Graduate School of Management ’08] is executive director of the new UCI Antrepreneur Center, a member of the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Club, and an alumni adviser for the UCIdeas program at the Don Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Ex Officio Board Members

  • Ramona Agrela, associate chancellor
  • Barney Elllis-Perry, assistant vice chancellor, alumni relations and CEO of the UCI Alumni Association
  • Sonali Madireddi, president, Associated Graduate Students
  • Reza Zomorrodian, president, Associated Students of UC Irvine
  • Monica Tran, president, Student Alumni Association

Calendar of Events

50 for 50 Volunteer Program pep rally, October 

During UCI’s 50th anniversary celebration, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends willing to donate more than 50 hours of their time and talents to community service projects can join the 50 for 50 Volunteer Program. The two-year effort will launch in October with a pep rally (date and place to be determined). To participate or learn about signature volunteer activities, visit 50th.uci.edu/volunteer.

UCI Libraries coffee exhibit opening, Nov. 12

The UCI Libraries will open its fall 2014 exhibit, “From Bean to Brew: Coffee & Culture,” with talks by Steven Topik, UCI history professor, and Martin Diedrich, founder and master roaster of Kéan Coffee. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. Langson Library. Free and open to the public. Space is limited, so make reservations online at http://partners.lib.uci.edu/library-events.html. More: 949-824-4651 or partners@uci.edu

Concert: ‘The Isles,’ Nov. 21 

The UCI Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and Max Bruch with guest violinist Nathan Olson, co-concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. Irvine Barclay Theatre. $6-$16. More: 949-824-2787 or artstix@uci.edu

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ Dec. 6-14

The drama department will present “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” by Tennessee Williams. The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 play explores the complex family relationships of wealthy cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 11-13; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 &14. Humanities Hall Little Theatre. $11-$15. More: 949-824-2787 or artstix@uci.edu

Dance: ‘New Slate,’ Dec. 11-14

Students in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ graduate dance program will choreograph nine original works. Sheron Wray is the artistic director. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 11-13; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 & 14. Claire Trevor Theatre. $11-$15. More: 949-824-2787 or artstix@uci.edu

More campus events at http://today.uci.edu/.

Class of 2014 leaves its mark

Graduating seniors fund rock climbing wall at Center for Autism

As its senior gift to the campus, the class of 2014 raised more than $26,000 to purchase and install a rock climbing wall at UC Irvine’s Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (www.forockids.org).

A tradition for more than 25 years, senior class gifts have funded several campus landmarks and causes, most recently 2012’s Anteater emblem on the Newkirk Alumni Center and 2013’s Terrace Stage at the UCI Student Center.

The rock wall will aid in physical and occupational therapy for children diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Climbing the wall will help strengthen their core, abdominal and shoulder muscles while improving coordination and motor planning skills.

“We’re grateful that UCI’s class of 2014 chose to partner with us for this worthy cause. The installation of a new rock climbing wall extends our mission of providing help and hope to all children and families affected by autism throughout Orange County,” said Dr. Joseph H. Donnelly, medical director and clinical professor of pediatrics at the center. An on-site plaque will honor the class for its support. More: www.seniorgift.web.uci.edu

Alumni have a new leader

Barney Ellis-Perry has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations and CEO of the UC Irvine Alumni Association.

For the past 14 years, Ellis-Perry has worked in fundraising and alumni engagement at his alma mater, the University of British Columbia. He’s played a pivotal role in the university’s re-engineering of alumni relations, especially in the creation and execution of a campaign to raise $1.5 billion and double engagement by 2015. The latter goal was met a year early.

A recent recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the prime minister of Canada, Ellis-Perry has been an active volunteer with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Out in Schools, the Georgia Strait Alliance and Vantage Point. He’s also past chair of Volunteer Canada.

Homecoming set for Jan. 31

Anteaters from near and far return to campus every year to reconnect at homecoming.

Join thousands of UC Irvine alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends who will gather on campus for the 2015 homecoming Saturday, Jan. 31.

For the first time in UCI history, the annual festival will be held in Aldrich Park. Events include live music, dance performances, carnival games, interactive school booths and a Greek village. The day will culminate with a men’s basketball game against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Bren Events Center.

For more information, visit alumni.uci.edu/homecoming.


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A day they’ll never forget

From nearby Irvine to such faraway places as New York, South Carolina and Hawaii, proud UC Irvine alumni joined the crowd of 30,000 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 14 to see President Barack Obama address the class of 2014 and to cheer the graduates.

For Anteaters, it was a day to reminisce, reconnect and revel in the POTUS party atmosphere.

With 8,600 graduates, the class of 2014 brings the number of UCI alumni to more than 162,000. None of those who made it to the stadium are likely to forget this special commencement.