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From the President

The Town & Gown season came to an end in May with a fascinating lecture by Ione Stiegler, principal architect for the Audrey Geisel University House restoration. In the sell-out crowd were three T&G members who have been residents of the House: Thespine Kavoulakis, who moved in with her husband, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, last January; Rita Atkinson, who, with past Chancellor Richard Atkinson, had lived there the longest; and the first UC San Diego resident, Sybil York, with our original Chancellor, Herbert York.

Thank you for being part of this spirited group who have become ambassadors for UC San Diego's remarkable educational resources and advocates for its students. Your generous, voluntary donations have changed the lives of 11 Town and Gown scholars this year — and we have already named 12 for the coming year! 

If you would like to extend an invitation to friends to join Town and Gown in the fall, please contact Gretchen Pelletier (858-822-6605 or gpelletier@ucsd.edu) and she will ensure they are included in our August mailing. 

Enjoy your travels, your families and some relaxation this summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.


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

Mable Huang 2013/2014

Omar Viramontes 2013/2014

Michelle Chung 2012/2013 

David Kakish 2012/2013

Rebekah Klint 2011/2012

Julie Nelson 2011/2012 

Aaron Louie 2011/2012

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

How Does El Nino Affect California? Climate scientist David Pierce will explain what an El Nino is, and how it affects our weather and water supply. September 9, 7 to 8 pm, Birch Aquarium. Cost is $8, free to aquarium members. RSVP required.

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.