UCI Alumni Newsletter
December 2014 Welcome!
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UCI Rallies Around Volunteerism to Celebrate 50th
Anteater Spirit Rally kicks off two-year effort to rack up 50,000 service hours.

"When this campus was dedicated 50 years ago, the vision was to create one of America's great research universities," Chancellor Gillman said. "Those original founding faculty and students -- they dreamed big. They decided that they were going to do great things not by copying their way to the top, but by embracing new ways of thinking. We are their heirs to that great and good project and we stand here today as stewards of a noble mission to be a force in human enlightenment and social progress."

The UCI Fifty for 50 Volunteer program encourages the UCI community to personally donate 50 hours of service hours of time and talent over the two-year anniversary period.
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Want to get involved and give back to your community? Sign up as a volunteer!
Are you involved in a non-profit or a charitable company? Need volunteers? Register as a volunteer agency.

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Ahead of the Curve: UCI's Year in Review
Besides toasting the university's bright past, the ongoing jamboree heralds a brilliant future, as UCI increasingly gains recognition and plaudits as a world-class research institution.
UCI year overview > 

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UCI's 50th Anniversary Homecoming
Saturday, Jan. 31, UCI Campus
Join thousands of alumni for a day of live entertainment, new Anteater Alumni Reunion Corner, showcase exploration programs, signature golden anniversary beer, Disneyland Resort Family Fun Zone, men's basketball and more. There will be complimentary parking and game tickets. Registration required. See website for details.

Register today!

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Alumni Spotlight

Jennifer Friend '95 Gives Back to the UCI Community 

UCI social science alumna, Jennifer Friend '95, is ending homelessness, one child at a time. As CEO of the non-profit organization, Project Hope Alliance, she seeks to end the cycle of homelessness by moving families out of motels and shelters into affordable homes, and by providing children a proper education for brighter futures.

With the support of UCI,
Project Hope Alliance has been able to create an awareness of Orange County homelessness. In coordination with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the reality of homeless living among working poor families was made visible through the creation an imersive art piece, 214 sq.ft. The Department of Psychology & Law has helped strenghten its data to effectively serve those in need. Also, the Paul Merage School of Business and Center for Wealth and Investment Management has created a new Financial Literacy Summer Residential Program for 8th and 9th grade students.

Over the past 25 years, Project Hope Alliance has served thousands of children in the Orange County area. 

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Friend '95

Give back and support your Anteater family by volunteering, mentoring or donating. Leave your mark at UCI.

Did you know? Other non-profit organizations lead by your fellow Anteater alumni include: Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Irvine Health Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo, Compton Community College District, and many more.

Want your story or picture featured in the next print issue of the UCI Magazine? Have any exciting personal or professional news to share? Submit your pictures and updates to alumni@uci.edu
Career Coaching
Learn how to prepare for a new job or an enhanced position by making connections, managing relationships and communicating your value in writing and interviews. Working with a career coach can help you unlock your true potential and talents to discover lasting career fulfillment.
Learn more >

New Online Course: Influence, Persuasion & Negotiation
January 19 - March 15

Study three forms of interaction that affect an individual's opinion, behavior, perspective, decision making or actions both in and outside of the workplace. Register >

Free Webinar: Paralegal: A Night of Mentorship
Monday, Jan. 5, 12-1:00 p.m. PDT, Register >

Merage School MBA Programs Info Session
Thursday, Jan. 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Merage School of Business, Register >

3 ways to have a happier, healthier retirement - Times

Where to go to college to make the most money-- for each major Washington Post

In the News

How to keep the 'happy' in the holidays
Sometimes the demands of the holiday season can overshadow the enjoyment. A survey by the American Psychological Association found that more than eight in 10 Americans anticipate excessive stress during the upcoming holidays.

UCI catches volunteer vibe

Why happiness is healthy

UCI doctor sounds warning about noisy toys - Orange County Register

Don't fence them in: Memory expert James McGaugh recalls the heady days of a young university

Alumni reflect on activism, inspire next generation of activists - The New University

UCI initiates NSF-funded joint project utilizing the arts to improve grade school science education

West Antarctic melt rate has tripled: UC Irvine-NASA

UCI increasing on-site solar power production fourfold

Shedding (fluorescent) light on ebola

Upcoming Events
Jan 31: UCI 50th Anniversary Homecoming, Register Today!
UC Irvine campus and Bren Events Center

Dec 20, 22-23, 24: Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Jan 8: Men's Basketball vs. Long Beach State
7:30 p.m., Bren Events Center

Jan 8: National Theatre Live: JOHN
8:00 p.m., Irvine Barclay Theatre

Jan 9: In the Light of Evolution IX. Clonal Reproduction: Alternatives to Sex
7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Beckman Center

Jan 9: FEMBA, EMBA and HCEMBA programs Coffee and Consultations
8:00 a.m., Orange County

Jan 9: CS Seminar Series: Analyzing the Language of Food on Social Media
11:00 a.m.-Noon, Donald Bren Hall 6011

Jan 10: Men's Basketball vs. UCR
7:00 p.m., Bren Events Center

Jan 12: "Duress: Concept-Work for Our Time" Lecture by Ann Stoler
5:30 p.m.,
UCI Humanities

Jan 15: National Theatre Live: 
Of Mice and Men

8:00 p.m., Irvine Barclay Theatre

Jan 12: PSB Colloquim Series: Prefrontal Regulation of the Stress Response
Noon-1:30 p.m., Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway

Jan 21-25: Potted Potter
7:30 p.m., Irvine Barclay Theatre

More UCI events >

Question of the Month

We believe it is always good to start the year off on a positive and happy note.

What is your funniest UCI-related joke? Email us at alumni@uci.edu for a chance to win a UCI Alumni prize. Please keep it clean!

Membership Benefits
AHI Local Hospitality UCI Alumni Special Hotel and Car Rental Discounts

UCI Alumni enjoy exclusive 10-20% savings at all Hotels and Car Rental suppliers around the world. Unlimited Business or leisure travel, individual or group bookings.

Any hotel, any car, anywhere, anytime
. Save time and money.

Learn more about Hotel benefits >
Learn more about Car rental benefits >

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