Jan. 19 - Catalina Island partnership; ballet shoes
Anteater Time Machine: In 1973, “Classical Gas” guitarist Mason Williams, who also wrote for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” performed at UCI’s Persian-themed coffeehouse, the Patogh, which was almost named after Folgers mascot Mrs. Olson (see story below under #UCIconnected). Photo by Mark Brickley ’74
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI Health expands partnership with Catalina hospital
Since 2016, UCI Health has provided emergency room services at the Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon, the island’s primary hospital for residents and tourists. Now, UCI Health and CIMC have announced a clinical affiliation that “opens the door to possible expansion of primary and specialty care” at the Catalina center, according to Chad T. Lefteris, CEO of UCI Health.
Ballet expert explores history of pointe shoes
UCI dance professor, author and self-described “ballet coroner” Jennifer Fisher, who once trained to be a Russian ballerina, recently displayed her collection of pointe shoes and discussed the history of ballet footwear.
UCI’s 2022 sustainability report
UCOP released its annual sustainability report for all UC locations, including a summary page for UCI.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Free speech center discusses cancel culture on campuses
In the latest podcast from UC’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, author Sigal Ben-Porath discusses her new book, Cancel Wars: How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy. A transcript is also available.
Motorists stand on Highway 101 after the Ventura River flooded the road.
Recent storms likely weren’t caused by climate change, experts say
The atmospheric rivers that pounded California with rain and snow this winter appear to be typical of the intense, periodic storms that the state has experienced throughout its history and not the result of global warming, according to researchers interviewed by the Los Angeles Times.
Paycheck reminders for 2023
A UCnet article outlines tax changes and other paycheck adjustments for employees to double-check in the new year.
Dreamtime: Jane and Louise Wilson art exhibition
Saturday, noon, through March 25 (sponsored by University Art Galleries)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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After California’s deadly storms left towns and farmland flooded, residents are struggling to recover
NBC News, Jan. 18
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering
“Buy now, pay later” warning
KCAL/KCBS On Your Side (video), Jan. 18
Guest: Ben Lourie, associate professor of accounting
A local comes home as contemporary ballet company BalletX takes the Irvine Barclay stage
Daily Pilot, Jan. 18
Cited: Alumna Andrea Yorita ’12
Remembering UCI’s Patogh coffee and music lounge
In the early 1970s, the ASUCI Concert and Dance Committee planned to open a campus cafe and music venue called Mrs. Olson’s Coffee House, named after the fictitious spokeswoman for Folgers. The actress who played Mrs. Olson was set to fly out from New York for the grand opening, but the deal fell through, and the venue instead became the Patogh, which featured Persian decor and live entertainment on weekends. Social ecology alum Mark Brickley ran the lounge as an undergrad and sent us the photo at the top of today’s UCI Digest. We scoured UCI and New University archives for more pictures, but came up empty. If you have a snapshot and/or memory of the Patogh, we’d love to consider publishing it. Email us at email@example.com.
#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.
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