Chancellor Gene Block and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu show the Congressional Record Statement for the UCLA Centennial.
Although separated by more than 2,500 miles, the relationship between UCLA and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. is inextricably linked and constant — from the more than 35 percent of Bruins who receive federal Pell grants to the hundreds of research breakthroughs that count on federal dollars.
On Sept. 9, approximately 200 UCLA officials, students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered with their Washington, D.C. peers at the U.S. Botanic Garden to celebrate 100 years and reflect on the many ways the university and the people of the federal government — from agency members to high-ranking legislators — keep pushing the True Bruin goal forward.
“We have a lot of connections here — we have 4,500 alumni in the D.C. region,” Chancellor Gene Block noted as he addressed the gathering. “And it’s great now to finally share this moment with you. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize all that’s been accomplished in 100 years.”
UCLA alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered at Los Angeles City Hall to celebrate the UCLA Centennial and honor community members and elected officials. (photos by Reed Hutchinson/UCLA)
The annual advocacy day became ‘UCLA Day’ in Los Angeles as part of the school’s centennial
Los Angeles and UCLA have been civically intertwined for decades — a commitment to public service realized through the numerous alumni serving in city hall and the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, and the faculty, researchers and community members seeking to improve the city year after year.
In its 100-year history, UCLA produced the city’s first African-American mayor, Tom Bradley, and the first female president of the Los Angeles City Council, Peggy Stevenson.
UCLA alumni, students and staff visited Sacramento to commemorate the Centennial and advocate to the legislature. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
As UCLA leaders, students and alumni met with members of the California State Assembly and Senate, the school’s story was coming full circle from a century ago.
“[It’s amazing] what you’ve been able to accomplish in just 100 years — and I have to say, you look great,” Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove said as she introduced a resolution to acknowledge the UCLA Centennial. “But to be a world-class university — the cherry on top is that this is a public university.”
On May 20, 17 members of the assembly and senate spoke on behalf of UCLA, as each chamber honored the legacy of one of the state’s prized academic institutions. Ninety-two alumni have served in the California legislature, which ratified the California Branch State Normal School — from which UCLA would emerge — a century ago. Later that evening, Sacramento alumni, community members and elected officials gathered at the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park.
The congressman highlighted need to invest in education during UCLA’s Winston C. Doby Lecture. Original story on UCLA Newsroom.
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu came from Taiwan to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. And since then, he has tried to champion the ideals that propelled him and his family to success.
“In my mind, [my parents] achieved the American dream,” the California Democrat told the crowd as he delivered the UCLA Academic Advancement Project’s Winston C. Doby Distinguished Lecture. “They went from being poor, to owning a home, to giving my brother and I an amazing education.”
Following a nationwide search, Jennifer Poulakidas has been named associate vice chancellor for government and community relations. Poulakidas, a UCLA alumna, will begin this role April 1.
“I am excited to have Jennifer leading the government and community relations program, and am confident that her extensive advocacy experience makes her a great addition to our team,” said Rhea Turteltaub, UCLA vice chancellor for external affairs, which oversees government and community relations.