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Oct. 3 - UCI forms Latino education alliance; $2 million gift for UCI Health

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Video of UCI students setting Guinness World Record for red light/green light

Peter the Anteater offers high-fives as UCI students set Guinness World Record for red light/green light.


UCI has about 7,000 Latino undergraduates, most of them first-generation college students

UCI has about 7,000 Latino undergraduates, most of them first-generation college students. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

UCI Foundation forms alliance to support Latino students, staff and faculty

As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution for the past five years, UCI has an established tradition of advancing Latino education. UCI’s enrollment of Hispanic students has grown steadily over the past decade from about 4,000 to 7,000. In 2019, to support this population, UCI opened a Latinx Resource Center. Now, the university has announced the formation of the UCI-OC Alliance, an initiative of the trustees of the UCI Foundation board. The community alliance is a university-driven engagement strategy to advance UCI as a Latino-thriving institution with the goal of aligning its work with existing programs and structures on campus to enhance the experience of UCI students.

UCI Health – Irvine groundbreaking

Nancy and Geoffrey Stack (center) at UCI Health – Irvine groundbreaking, with (from left) School of Medicine Dean Michael J. Stamos, Health Affairs Vice Chancellor Steven A.N. Goldstein, UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris and Vice Chancellor of University Advancement and Alumni Relations Brian T. Hervey. Photo courtesy of UCI Health

UCI Health receives $2 million emergency room gift

UCI Health has received $2 million for the emergency department of the $1.3 billion UCI Health – Irvine medical campus being built on the corner of Jamboree Road and Birch Street in Irvine. The gift, funded by the Nancy and Geoffrey Stack Family Foundation, will name the patient welcome areas in the emergency department of the planned acute care hospital and at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Care and Ambulatory Care building. The new medical complex will include a 144-bed hospital and emergency department, the Chao Center and the Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care.

Monkeypox literature to be distributed on campus this week

Information on the transmission and stigma of the monkeypox virus will be distributed at the following campus locations this week: 

  • Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ring Road in front of Student Center/Starbucks

  • Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Brandywine

  • Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Anteatery


UC expands undergraduate admissions application filing period

To better support prospective students as they weigh their higher education options, the UC system announced an expanded timeline for the submission of undergraduate applications for admission, moving the start of the submission window up by a month. Prospective students will now be able to submit their applications Oct. 1 until the deadline of Nov. 30. Previously, prospective students were only able to submit their applications for undergraduate admission during the last 30 days of the application cycle (Nov. 1–Nov. 30). The UC application for fall 2023 opened Aug. 1. The submission deadline remains Nov. 30.

UC Travel Center hosts town hall with Alaska Airlines

The UC Travel Center/Connexxus will host a Wednesday town hall for UC employees in which Alaska Airlines will provide updates on its operations, current offers and ongoing sustainability efforts. Two town hall participants have the opportunity to win a round-trip ticket anywhere Alaska flies. The airline will also give out six vouchers that allow travelers to upgrade their tickets to first class. Attendees must register before the event.


Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Transportation)

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

$18 million will help students seek careers in healthcare, high tech – and fight racism, too

The Orange County Register, Sept. 30
Cited: Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, assistant vice chancellor of educational partnerships

UCI’s New Data Science Masters Picks Up Steam

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 3
Cited: Bryan Munoz, program director of Master of Data Science

The Making of Nikole Hannah-Jones

Tablet Magazine, Sept. 28
Cited: Frank B. Wilderson III, Chancellor’s Professor of African American studies and drama


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