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From the President

Gratitude is in order as we welcome the latest edition of the Membership Handbook. Vicky Adams has devoted many hours as eagle-eyed editor of this handy publication. She has had top-quality help, with members’ photographs taken by Grace Bell-Parsons and by Kim Signoret-Paar, UC San Diego’s Senior Director of Development for Scholarships (who, incidentally, captured Best of Show at the Del Mar Fair photography exhibit last summer! One of Kim’s beautiful floral shots graces the Handbook cover.) Thanks to all three for their talent and considerable time expenditure.

While we are at it, let’s recognize other staff members crucial to T&G’s success: Gretchen Pelletier, Senior Writer, our talented advisor with a seasoned University perspective, and Doug Jackson, Nancy Rankin, Lynsey Buerer, and Pati VanSise are incredibly helpful and forthcoming in overseeing our operations. The Town & Gown board offers grateful kudos for their attentiveness and knowledgeable assistance.

Members: Remember to pick up your 2014-2015 Handbook at the next luncheon.


Nancy Bildsoe

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About Town and Gown

Founded in 2007, Town and Gown sponsors lively monthly luncheon programs addressing the most interesting issues of our times, featuring UC San Diego professors and researchers, as well as luminaries from other organizations.

Town and Gown lunches are held each month, October through May, on the UC San Diego campus. These programs are open to members of Town and Gown and their guests.

Scholar Alumni Update

Ruben Castro 2013/2014

Mable Huang 2013/2014

Aaron Louie 2011/2012

Manuchehr Habibi 2013/2014







Supporting Students

Access to the intellectual capital at UC San Diego is increasingly out of reach for many promising young people who aspire to learn, grow and ultimately contribute.

Town and Gown members voluntarily support undergraduates by donating to student scholarships. The number of Town and Gown scholarships awarded annually has continued to increase as a result of our members' generosity. Learn more.

Around Campus

UC San Diego’s general Calendar of Events in the arts, global relations, technology, economics and more

Free Campus Tours by bus or on foot, highlighting history, art and architecture

Free monthly Focus on Health Seminars on a variety of subjects

Free outdoor walking tours of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, including the pier, are held twice monthly on Fridays at noon. Registration is required.