UC Merced Update

Founders Day Events Highlight Campus's First 10 Years


Founders Day logoUC Merced will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking with a series of Founders Day events Oct. 25 through 27.

Several events throughout the three-day celebration will recognize founding faculty and staff as well as honor founding Legacy Circle donors, University Committee of Merced members, founding Foundation Board of Trustees members and government officials who played a part in making sure there would be a groundbreaking on Oct. 25, 2002.

“I look forward to celebrating this noteworthy milestone with colleagues, friends and supporters whose vision, dedication and hard work helped UC Merced reach the official groundbreaking 10 years ago this month,” Chancellor Dorothy Leland said. “Whether you were here in 2002 or joined later in its history, I hope each faculty, staff and student will join us in celebrating how far we’ve come in such a short span of time.”

Events on campus and in the city of Merced are intended to build closer ties with the community and showcase the many ways UC Merced is fulfilling its mission.

Market on Main

Market on MainThe campus is heading downtown during the city's final Market on Main, from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. More than 50 campus groups have signed up to demonstrate what UC Merced has to offer. Exhibits and demonstrations, from cutting-edge research and academic programs to athletic teams, recreational clubs and community projects, will be featured. Community members are invited to join in the celebration and sign up for a tour on campus the following weekend.

The UC Onward California mobile tour is also scheduled to make an appearance at Merced’s Market on Main event that night.

Vital and Alice Pellissier Family Distinguished Speaker Series

Anthony F. AveniUC Merced’s Vital and Alice Pellissier Distinguished Speaker Series presents Colgate University Professor Anthony F. Aveni on “The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.”

Learn more about astronomy, history, anthropology and the Mayan calendar at a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced.

People are encouraged to reserve seats by Oct. 19 by calling 209-228-RSVP or emailing specialevents@ucmerced.edu.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.