What: Oct. 4, 2015, marks 50 years since UC Irvine’s first day of classes. In the months and years surrounding the milestone, UCI is hosting a series of celebratory activities. A special signature fete, the Festival of Discovery, taking place Oct. 3, 2015, will shine the brightest light possible on UCI, while offering a warm welcome to the Orange County community.

When: The official anniversary celebration began with UCI’s 2014 Commencement festivities in June 2014, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the campus site dedication. President Lyndon B. Johnson provided the keynote address at the 1964 dedication, an event attended by numerous state and UC dignitaries, as well as thousands of community well-wishers. The keynote at the June 14, 2014, commencement celebration – which took place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim – was provided by President Barack Obama. In addition to the Oct. 3, 2015, event, academic symposia, the UCI Medal Awards ceremony, Homecoming, Celebrate UCI, Lauds & Laurels and the annual staff appreciation picnic are among the many events that will mark the occasion. The celebration concludes with the June 2016 Commencement.

Who: The celebration aims to touch as wide an audience as possible, with due focus on the UCI family – alumni, students (and their parents), faculty, staff as well as community supporters.

Photo: AS-061. University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Planning Committee


Thomas A. Parham
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Strategic Communications

Ria Carlson
Associate Vice Chancellor

Janice Hopkins
Marketing Director

Cathy Lawhon
Senior Media Relations & Publications Director

John Mouledoux
Senior Director of Communications

Will Nagel
Communications Manager

UC Irvine Health

Pam Brashear
Account Manager, Marketing

John Murray
Media Relations Manager

Patrick Patterson
Marketing Director

Student Affairs

Kelly Carland
Special Events & Commencement Coordinator

Mark Deppe
Assistant Director, Student Government

Edgar Dormitorio
Chief of Staff

Brice Kikuchi
Budget Officer

Sandy Winslow Jones
Executive Director of Student Government

Rameen Talesh
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

UCI Alumni Association

Debbie Daniel
Alumni Board Representative

Jeff Minhas
Executive Director

Administrative & Business Services

Jeff Hutchison
Interim Chief of Police, UCI Police Department

Community & Government Relations

Kate Klimow
Assistant Vice Chancellor

Craig Reem
Public Affairs & Communications Director
City of Irvine

Liz Toomey
Community Leader

Office of the Chancellor

Angela Duby
Associate Director, CEO Roundtable

Bayard Veiller
Executive Communications Director

Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Herbert Killackey
Vice Provost for Academic Personnel


Robby Ray
Assistant Athletic Director, Corporate Relations

University Advancement

Carolyn Canning-White
Executive Director of Development, Emerging Constituencies

Dan Montplaisir
Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Development

Amanda Sivgals
Associate Director of Special Event Strategy

Mitch Spann
Senior Director of Development

Jessie Steward
Director of Special Events

UCI Libraries

Audra Eagle Yun
Head of Special Collections & Archives

Faculty Representatives

Julia Lupton
English Professor
School of Humanities

James McGaugh
Neurobiology & Behavior Research Professor
Ayala School of Biological Sciences

UCI Extension

Zen Yieh
Marketing Account Executive

Office of Planning & Budget

Rich Lynch
Associate Vice Chancellor, Planning & Budget

UCI Foundation

Mark C. Kehke ’83
Managing Director, DMB Pacific Ventures LLC

Thomas H. Nielsen
President, The Nielsen Company (Past Foundation Chair)

Thomas T. Tierney
President, Vitatech Nutritional Sciences, Inc. (Past Foundation Chair)