Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Gillman Rallies Campus to Volunteer for 50th Anniversary

Dec. 5, 2014

Confetti rains down on the crowd at UCI’s Fifty for 50 Volunteer Program launch.

Confetti rains down on the crowd at UCI’s Fifty for 50 Volunteer Program launch December 4 at the Bren Events Center.

Chancellor Howard Gillman led more than 800 people at the Bren Events Center on December 4 for the 50th Anniversary Anteater Spirit Rally, which launched UCI’s Fifty for 50 Volunteer Program. The campaign encourages members of the UCI community to personally donate 50 service hours during the university’s two-year anniversary period concluding in June 2016.

“The accumulated impact of the Anteater Nation coming together, in recognition of why we exist, to serve other people will have an impact on girls and boys and men and women throughout the region in a truly extraordinary way,” Chancellor Gillman said. “What a wonderful way to celebrate our first 50 years.”

After hearing Chancellor Gillman’s remarks and participating in a commemorative aerial photo to spell out “UCI 50,” more than 700 volunteers came together for the annual stocking-stuffing party sponsored by UCI Staff Assembly. Volunteers filled 988 stockings with toys, snacks and personal care products for children benefitted by the Olive Crest organization, nearly doubling their initial goal.