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Lester Ng '93 helps international students thrive at UCI

Lester Ng helps international students thrive at UCI Alumnus Lester Ng helps international students thrive at UCI with contribution through the university’s $1 billion Shaping the Future campaign. Continue reading...

Former hoops star, Scott Brooks '87 still on UCI’s team

Former hoops star still on UCI’s team The little engine that could – a 5-foot-11 basketball scoring machine who went on to play and coach in the NBA – returned to Anteater territory last week to help raise money for UCI athletic scholarships. Continue reading...

Rene Amel Peralta ’15 Finds a Path Out of Poverty

Rene Amel Peralta ’15 Finds a Path Out of Poverty

By the time he was 6, Rene Amel Peralta was already working full time in construction and odds jobs in Mexico, just trying to survive. By 13, he and his sister had been abandoned by their only parent and had made the treacherous journey across the border. Continue Reading...

Kevin Kwan Loucks ’04 and Wife make Beautiful Music in Chamber Duo and Trio

Kevin Kwan Loucks ’04 and Wife make Beautiful Music in Chamber Duo and Trio

Kevin Kwan Loucks ’04 will tell you that a successful chamber music group is like a happy marriage: It’s intimate, each voice is heard, and it requires shared goals. Continue Reading...

Ian Daelucian ’12 Launches The Heart of Delight to Nurture those in Need

Ian Daelucian ’12 Launches The Heart of Delight to Nurture those in Need

UC Irvine alumnus Ian Daelucian knows how to put on a spread. At a pop-up event he recently staged to feed the homeless, Daelucian and a crew of volunteers set up banquet tables near the Santa Ana Civic Center and dished out Continue Reading...

Chris Burden, M.F.A. ’71, passes away at 69

Chris Burden, M.F.A. ’71, passes away at 69

Perhaps best known for the iconic “Urban Light” display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Burden was always full of surprises. “You never knew what was going to come out of him next,” said Stephen Barker, interim dean of CTSA. Continue Reading...

Beth Malone, M.F.A. ’00 and Tim Kashani ’86, M.B.A. ’86 nominated for Tony Awards

Beth Malone, M.F.A. ’00 and Tim Kashani ’86, M.B.A. ’86 nominated for Tony Awards

Two Anteaters are among those nominated for Tony Awards. Beth Malone is up for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for “Fun Home,” based on Alison Bechdel’s coming-of-age memoir. “An American in Paris,”... Continue Reading...

Keith Curry, Ed.D. ’11, Jackie Lacey ’79 and Windell Middlebrooks, M.F.A. ’05

 Keith Curry, Ed.D. ’11, Jackie Lacey ’79 and Windell Middlebrooks, M.F.A. ’05

In recognition of Black History Month, three UCI graduates reflect on education, careers...Continue Reading...

Brandon Fender ’08 brews special Anteater Ale for UCI

Brandon Fender ’08 brews special Anteater Ale for UCI

It’s the creation of Brandon Fender, a 2008 UCI graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social ecology. By day, Fender is a senior analyst with RSG, a community development consulting firm in downtown Santa Ana. Continue Reading...

Zabie Khorakiwala ’07 helps survivors of sexual violence find healing through yoga

Zabie Khorakiwala ’07 helps survivors of sexual violence find healing through yoga

Yoga set her on the path from darkness and depression to resilience and grace, she says. Today she’s helping other survivors make the same journey toward wholeness through a program she developed called Transcending Sexual Violence Through Yoga. Continue Reading...

Keith Curry, Ed.D. ’11 gives back to society, alma mater

Keith Curry, Ed.D. ’11 gives back to society, alma mater

“I want to give people hope,” he says. “You can be from Compton and be a success. Every student can be successful with the right academic and support services. I want students to feel special and at home.” Continue reading...

Melissa King ’05 vies to be 'Top Chef'

Melissa King ’05 vies to be 'Top Chef'

Anteaters are known for having sharp claws, not sharp knives, but that may change when UC Irvine alumna Melissa King joins the popular television cooking competition “Top Chef.” She’s one of 16 “cheftestants” who put their culinary skills to the test in the show’s 12th season filmed in Boston and premiering Wednesday, Oct. 15, on Bravo. Continue reading...

Douglas Thorpe ’82: The King of Drones

Douglas Thorpe ’82: The King of Drones

UCI engineering alumnus Douglas Thorpe has designed and manufactured more than 30 different types of drones, including this P4000, which sells for about $30,000 and is primarily used by the military for reconnaissance missions. Other drones his company makes are much larger, weighing a couple thousand pounds and boasting 27-foot wingspans. Continue reading...

David Benifoff '08 Nominated for 2014 Emmy Award

David Benifoff '08 Nominated for 2014 Emmy Award

Before he created “Game of Thrones,” the fantasy TV series that’s earned stellar reviews and legions of diehard fans, David Benioff, M.F.A. ’99 was an aspiring writer enduring his share of rejection. David Benioff (right), a... Continue reading...

Felipe Hernandez ’13 named Marshall Scholar, one of only 40 nationwide

Felipe Hernandez ’13 named Marshall Scholar, one of only 40 nationwide

Felipe Hernandez has won a prestigious and highly competitive Marshall Scholarship, which supports two years of study at a British university. He hopes to study how policy can help reduce barriers to success for first- and Continue Reading...

Richard Sudek '81 appointed Director of UCI's Insitute for Innovation

Richard Sudek '81 appointed Director of UCI's Insitute for Innovation

After a thorough nationwide search, we found the ideal candidate within our alumni ranks,” said Gillman. “He’s an outstanding and passionate leader who has devoted his career to empowering entrepreneurs. Continue reading...

First-generation Robert Gomez ’07 now works at U.S. Department of Education helping others like him

First-generation Robert Gomez ’07 now works at U.S. Department of Education helping others like him

If I had just gone to class and not taken advantage of undergraduate research opportunities, faculty mentoring and student activities such as the Latino Business Student Association, I would not have been as successful in Continue Reading...