UC Irvine Graduate Preview Day

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The first annual UC Irvine Graduate Preview Day will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 9am-4pm.
This on-campus event will provide you the opportunity to hear about preparing for graduate school, admission requirements, and funding sources. This event is free and open to all prospective applicants, so feel free to pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested. 
Registration information can be found here:   https://grads.soceco.uci.edu/pages/plan-your-visit
Available programs are below:
If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Irice Castro, Assistant Director of Graduate Students directly: irice.castro@uci.edu or 949-824-1874.

SANDAG Regional Plan: Call for Participants


SANDAG is developing San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan, which will provide a 30 year vision for our region. The 2019 Regional Plan will provide a comprehensive path forward for the future of our region, forecasting various components such as population, where people will live, and where they will work. The plan will consider land use, transportation, open space, technology, and greenhouse gas reduction strategies to craft the overarching vision for the future. Using community input gathered in spring 2018, SANDAG identified several priorities that were used to develop three transportation network concepts.

There are several opportunities to review the concepts and share your input. We hope that you can share the interactive online survey with your students by October 31. Participants can select their areas of priority, see how each concept performs, and provide input that will be used to develop draft transportation network scenarios, which will be released for another round of public review and comment later this winter.

Please also consider attending the open house hosted by SANDAG on October 16 from 4-7 p.m. at San Diego City College or participating in one of five local community conversations. To learn more about the 2019 Regional Plan or to get involved, visit SDForward.com and sign up to receive updates.

Friends of San Diego Architecture Event

Can Bilsel, Prof. of Architecture, and Juliana Maxim, Director of the Architecture Program at University of San Diego, will be talking to Friends of San Diego Architecture about the genesis of their upcoming book, Architecture and the Housing Question, on October 20th.  It will be held at NewSchool of Architecture & Design, 1249 F Street, 9:30 AM. The book examines the mechanisms whereby architecture has come to frame the question of housing in its social and political implications and will include case studies from many countries.

Come early for coffee. The lecture is $5, but free for students. No reservations are necessary.  Use the Park Ave. door to enter. For more information, visit our website at www.friendsofsdarch.com


In order to help with creating UCSD’s first sustainable building policy, different departments – from Campus Planning to Facilities Management to Real Estate – will be collaborating in working groups through this and Winter quarter to discuss pointed issues for consideration.
One of the hot topics is whether the campus should strive for more ambitious sustainable building designs and operations, with respect to higher building assessment levels set under LEED and WELL; the key question is how this would realistically play out across the whole campus. Because this is such a big question in itself, the steering committee has asked Green Building Council at UCSD, a student group focused on green building initiatives on campus, to help support these working groups. If interested in assisting with research and discussing solutions, and in an opportunity to see how green building assessments are implemented in actual design, email ucsd.gbc@gmail.com by Oct 26.
Time Commitment: 2 – 3 hours / week
– Corresponding with working group members
– Researching given topics of interest
– Partaking in working group discussions

Obama Foundation Fellowships


The Obama Foundation believes that when we lift up and support new leaders, everyone benefits. But it’s not just a belief; it’s what we seek to do every day.

So, we’re thrilled to announce that applications for the next class of Obama Foundation Fellows are now open.


We’re looking for 20 rising stars from around the world who are working alongside their communities to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways. The two-year, non-residential program offers hands-on training, leadership development, and a powerful network to equip Fellows to scale the impact of their work.

We’re searching for candidates who are civic innovators, discipline-diverse, at a tipping point in their work, not yet connected to the networks they need to advance their work, and motivated by the powerful desire to help others. You can learn more about what we look for when selecting Fellows here.

If you share these qualities, please apply to join the next class of Obama Fellows by September 18, 2018. Or, if you know someone who should apply, please let them know that the call for applications is now open.