Instilling a Culture of Giving Back
UCSD Alumni service project at Bayside Elementary

Instilling a Culture of Giving Back

From the moment a student steps on campus, to long after he or she has graduated, Alumni and Community Engagement (ACE) fosters a spirit of philanthropy and engagement. ACE provides extensive programming in four areas: Alumni Relations, Career and Professional Development, Regional Outreach and Engagement, and Philanthropy. The Career Services Center is among only a handful of US centers to provide alumni with lifetime access to free job search and career planning resources. The Alumni Advisor Network (AAN), launched in 2013, helps UC San Diego students and graduates connect with alumni online or by phone for resume review, interview advice, and general career conversations.

Above, left to right: Grammy Award-winner Nathan East ’78; Triton 5K, part of Alumni Weekend 2014

The Alumni Relations team works to boost program participation, regional outreach, volunteer service, and leadership opportunities. It recognizes outstanding alumni, assists the university with legislative advocacy, and brings alumni together in San Diego, across the nation, and around the world. At the conclusion of academic year 2013–14, these efforts resulted in nearly twenty-three thousand engaged alumni and friends.

Alumni endowments grew 18 percent during academic year 2013–14 to achieve a total market value of $8.5 million. During that time period, thirty-five hundred student donors—the most in UC San Diego history—supported student scholarships.

Alumni Have a Triton Day in China

While UC San Diego was celebrating Triton Day on the La Jolla campus in 2014, on the Asian continent, Triton Day China was helping to raise the institution’s profile on a global scale. Domestically, Triton Day showcases the benefits of UC San Diego enrollment to admitted students. Triton Day China, which took place in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, aimed to increase the enrollment of admitted Chinese students, strengthen the UC San Diego brand in the region, familiarize Chinese families with the advantages of a UC San Diego education, and provide networking opportunities for alumni living abroad. UC San Diego currently has more than six thousand alumni in and from the Greater China region, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Triton Day China was developed in partnership with the undergraduate Admissions Office and UCSD Alumni, the university’s alumni association. Peter Cowhey, dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and Armin Afsahi, associate vice chancellor for Alumni and Community Engagement, led the delegation to China to strengthen relationships between UC San Diego and its partner businesses and beacons of higher education, including Tsinghua University and Fudan University. Most importantly, the delegation celebrated Triton Day with newly admitted Chinese students and their families, visiting scholars and parents of UC San Diego students currently enrolled. This was the third UCSD Alumni trip to China.