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2010 UCLA Awards

UCLA Awards pay tribute to alumni and friends who manifest outstanding achievement in their professional fields and in service to their communities, the public and the university.  Continue »
May 20, 2011


Kareem teaches

Kareem Abdul-JabbarUCLA basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar introduces students at 30 high schools to the Harlem Renaissance. His documentary, "On the Shoulders of Giants," deals with the explosion in African-American art, literature, sports, music and politics that characterized the 1920s and 30s in New York.   Continue »
Feb 22, 2011


A $100 million vote of confidence

Alumni Renee and Meyer LuskinUCLA as a public asset? Meyer and Renee Luskin have cast a $100 million vote of confidence. Their gift will fund the School of Public Affairs and a new conference center.   Continue »
Jan 26, 2011


Bruins on Broadway

Susan Egan, the Belle of Broadway"Broadway Bruins" include Heather Lindell, Taylor Sternberg, Susan Egan, John Rando and Kristen Hanggi. Some perform, others direct or design. Current shows include Jersey Boys and La Cage aux Folles.   Continue »
Dec 17, 2010


UCLA marks anniversary of Ralph Bunche receiving Nobel Peace Prize

Ralph BuncheSixty years ago, Ralph Bunche became the first UCLA alumnus to win a Nobel Prize. He is still the only UCLA winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.   Continue »
Dec 13, 2010


America's Watchdog: Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry WaxmanHe's been characterized as "tougher than a boiled owl" and the "Democrats' Eliot Ness." Alumnus and Congressman Henry Waxman is a veteran on the Hill.   Continue »
Nov 8, 2010


Umpire Bill Miller

Umpire Bill MillerBill Miller '89 started his UCLA career on the baseball team. But he soon decided his chance for the big leagues would be as an umpire.   Continue »
Oct 25, 2010


Alumnus Richard F. Heck wins Nobel Prize

Richard HeckIn 21010 Richard Heck became the sixth UCLA alumnus to win the Nobel Prize. He earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at UCLA, studying with Saul Winstein.   Continue »
Oct 6, 2010


Expedition artist Danielle Eubanks

Danielle EubanksAlumna Danielle Eubanks paints aboard a Phoenician ship replica.  Continue »
Sep 3, 2010


UCLA family affair: the Tchekmedyians

Tchekmedyian siblingsTheir father is a clinical professor at UCLA's school of medicine, so it's no surprise that four Tchekmeydian siblings ended up at UCLA. But one attends crosstown rival USC.   Continue »
Jul 26, 2010


LA 2.0: Amber Hawkes and Georgia Sheridan

Georgia Sheridan and Amber HawkesCan a pair of urban planners change the future of Los Angeles? Not by themselves. That's why UCLA alumnae Georgia Sheridan and Amber Hawkes teamed up with GOOD Magazine and The Public Studio to create an interdisciplinary event called LA 2.0.   Continue »
Jul 26, 2010


Bruin astronaut Anna Fisher

NASA portrait of Anna FisherAnna Lee Fisher ’71, M.D. ’76, M.S. ’87 was the first in her family to go to college. She studied chemistry and became a doctor at UCLA, and then went on to become an astronaut for NASA.  Continue »
Jul 19, 2010


Neera Tanden '92

Neera TandenNeera Tanden '92 works in Washington D.C. But she hasn't forgotten what she owes to UCLA, and what UCLA owes to generations to come.   Continue »
Jul 12, 2010


Guy Kawasaki

Guy KawasakiGuy Kawasaki earned his MBA from UCLA in 1979. He went on to become the first "software evangelist" for Apple Computer, and is now a respected business leader, venture capitalist and blogger.  Continue »
Jul 6, 2010


Marty Sklar, Disney theme park icon

Mary Sklar '56Marty Sklar '56 helped to teach a class in entertainment design for the School of Theater, Film and Television. His qualifications are hard to beat: as a Disney "Imagineer," he is an icon in theme park design.   Continue »
Jul 6, 2010


Vintage Bruins: UCLA winemakers

VineyardThe title may be owner, proprietor, or president. But in every case, these UCLA alumni are dedicated to wine production.   Continue »
Jul 6, 2010


Chris Massey '95

Chris MasseyChris Massey '95 comes from a family of trailblazers. He sees a connection between his grandfather, the first Black California highway patrolman, and his own determination to speak up for UCLA.  Continue »
Jun 17, 2010


Paul Terasaki, pioneer in transplant medicine

Paul TerasakiAlumnus and professor emeritus Paul Terasaki has long been a generous donor to UCLA. Now the man who came to UCLA as a transfer student in 1948 will have his name on a major building.   Continue »
May 17, 2010


Bruin astronaut Anna Fisher

NASA portrait of Anna FisherA NASA astronaut with three degrees from UCLA, Anna Fisher returns to campus May 15 as a UCLA Alumni Day guest expert.  Continue »
May 3, 2010


Honorary Degrees for WWII Japanese-Americans

Daily Bruin headline, Edict Bans Japanese from WestwoodFor about 200 Japanese-American students, the academic year 1941-42 ended abruptly in April. Banned from Westwood and the UCLA campus, many were evacuated to internment camps such as Manzanar. On May 15, 2010 these alumni or their families will be awarded honorary degrees from the University of California.  Continue »
Feb 16, 2010


Stunts and Circuses

Bruin gymnast Tasha SchwikertThe young women who compete as gymnasts for UCLA know there is no professional league in their future. When college ends, competition ends. But a growing number are finding a use for their athletic skills in entertainment: doing stunt work for movies, television and live performances.   Continue »
Feb 1, 2010


Bruins in Blue

LAPD badgeAt every level of the Los Angeles Police Department, you'll find UCLA graduates: smart people doing a difficult job with responsibility and compassion.  Continue »
Dec 17, 2009


Bruin Astronauts

Astronaut's helmet space walkTo date, eight UCLA degree-holders have been selected by NASA as astronauts. Elliot See Jr.'s career was cut tragically short, but the other seven have flown 17 missions and spent a collective 327 days in space.  Continue »
Nov 16, 2009


Cultivating Justice: Alvaro Huerta

Alvaro Huerta close-upAlvaro Huerta has both a bachelor's and master's degree from UCLA. But even as an undergraduate, he found a way to combine his studies with his activism, earning himself the Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award.   Continue »
Nov 9, 2009


Jackie Nguyen, Track and Field

Jackie Nguyen close-upAn All-American in the pole vault, Jackie Nguyen also learned about leadership while competing for UCLA.  Continue »
Sep 28, 2009


Onnie Willis Rogers, Gymnastics

Onnie Willis Rogers close-upOnnie Willis Rogers was part of three NCAA championship gymnastics teams - and in 2001 was the first Bruin ever to win the all-around individual championship.   Continue »
Sep 28, 2009


Chris Joseph, Football

Chris Joseph close-upChris Joseph '08, starting center on the UCLA football team, graduated Summa Cum Laude in geography and is now a Rhodes Scholar.   Continue »
Sep 28, 2009


Michelle Selesky, Gymnastics

Michelle Selesky close-upMichelle Selesky '07 was a walk-on to UCLA's gymnastics team. But her passion for her sport made her a fierce competitor, a Pac-10 champion and team co-captain in 2006 and 2007. She graduated Cum Laude in political science, and has already earned a Masters in political management from George Washington University.  Continue »
Sep 28, 2009


21st Century Bruins

UCLA logoFour outstanding student-athletes talk about their time at UCLA.   Continue »
Sep 28, 2009


Brad Delson speaks at UCLA graduation

Brad DelsonBrad Delson, summa cum laude '99 and lead guitarist for Linkin Park, delivered the keynote address at the 2009 College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony. Opening with a joke about not being the first choice, he proved to be a hit with graduating students.  Continue »
Jun 14, 2009


Bruin astronaut Megan McArthur

Megan McArthur suited upWhen Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-125 lifts off on May 11 for NASA’s final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, a proud Bruin will be among the seven crew members.  Continue »
May 7, 2009


Arthur Ashe: 'The Eternal Example'

As much a student as an athlete, Arthur Ashe went on to distinguish himself in realms far greater than tennis.   Continue »
Feb 13, 2009


James Franco: The Smart Set

Closeup of James Franco James Franco finished his UCLA degree by taking 60 credits in a single academic quarter. He's not the only student given that option: College Academic Counseling works with lots of high achievers.   Continue »
Dec 22, 2008


Nurit Katz, Sustainability Coordinator

Nurit KatzNurit Katz is UCLA's first sustainability coordinator, and the first employee dedicated completely to making the campus 'greener.'  Continue »
Dec 15, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Teresa Valenzuela explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alumna Teresa Valenzuela shares a touching personal story about the struggle of getting herself through UCLA, along with her pride of being a first-generation college graduate.   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Wendy Greuel explains

At UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Greuel shared her memorable and inspiring moments at UCLA …  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Peter Taylor explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum and UC Regent Emeritus Peter Taylor shared a personal story about the early days of his involvement and support of UCLA, which continues today…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Gail Becker explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, alumna Gail Becker shared an inspiring story about her contributions as a Daily Bruin reporter…   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Carlos Collard explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Carlos Collard shared his sincere memories about the challenges, aspirations and pride of being a first-generation college student.  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Jay Dillon explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Jay Dillon shared an entertaining and heart-warming story about being part of the Bruin family…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Valarie De La Garza explains

During UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, alumna Valarie De La Garza talked about her experience as a Daily Bruin editor-in-chief, and her pride in running the student newspaper…   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Dean Florez explains

At UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, California State Senator Dean Florez shared his memorable and inspiring accomplishments after arriving at UCLA as a transfer student…   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Brian Maillian explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Brian Maillian shared his most memorable and significant UCLA moment…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


I-O-UCLA: Bill Schade explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Bill Schade shared his most memorable and significant UCLA moment…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008


Anita Ortega: a Bruin success story

Close-up of Anita OrtegaAnita Ortega left UCLA a basketball star. But this first-generation college student came as a walk-on, not a scholarship athlete.   Continue »
Nov 3, 2008


Bruins make mark in Summer Olympics

Lauren CheneyOlympic Gold Medalist Lauren Cheney is headed back to campus to begin her junior year. She is one of 13 current or former UCLA student athletes to medal for the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   Continue »
Aug 25, 2008


Bruins Bound for Beijing

Bound for BeijingThree current students, one incoming freshman and 27 UCLA alumni will compete in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.  Continue »
Aug 4, 2008


Brevity and wit: alumna Kay Ryan named poet laureate

Kay RyanWith poetry's lofty reputation, the uninitiated might think that humor and poetry overlap only in dirty limericks, but for UCLA alumna Kay Ryan, who was named poet laureate of the United States on July 17, "much of the best poetry is funny."   Continue »
Jul 21, 2008


Bruin alum tends Hollywood sign

Chris Baumgart The Hollywood sign is one of the best-known (and biggest) icons in the world. And it's tended by a Bruin: Chris Baumgart '73.  Continue »
Nov 5, 2007


Bruin hall of famers share their "big UCLA moment"

When Kareem walked away from the NBA in 1989, he had more than basketball to fall back on. A history major at UCLA, Kareem had a passion for understanding the present in light of the past, and a flair for writing.   Continue »
Aug 31, 2007


Simpsons director Silverman talks about his work

With "The Simpsons Movie" topping the box office, director David Silverman, '79, MFA '83, takes time out to talk about his work.  Continue »
Aug 28, 2007


Celebrating alumnus Jackie Robinson

The man who broke the color barrier in professional baseball is a UCLA alumnus: Jackie Robinson.   Continue »
Apr 13, 2007


Greg Graffin: punk rock singer is a lecturer in biology

Better known as a punk rock singer, Greg Graffin has a Ph.D. and teaches Life Science 1 at UCLA. The syllabus includes evolution.   Continue »
Mar 19, 2007


Phillip Carter: alumnus returns from Iraq

Phillip Carter, lawyer and soldier, went to Iraq to help reform the legal system. The Bruin alumnus reflects on his experiences.   Continue »
Mar 12, 2007


Saul Sarabia: pursuing social change

As a UCLA student, Saul Sarabia fought for social change. Now he's back on campus with the School of Law's Critical Race Studies program. And he's still working for change.   Continue »
Feb 28, 2007


UCLA and the Academy Awards

The 79th Academy Awards included many ties to UCLA - from winning directors to alumni working backstage.   Continue »
Feb 19, 2007


The man behind the building name: James E. LuValle

LuValle Commons bears the name of James E. LuValle, first president of UCLA's graduate students. LuValle earned an Olympic medal and a Ph.D. in chemistry - an unusual combination.   Continue »
Feb 12, 2007


Bruin Box Office (alumni filmmakers)

2006 has been a big year for UCLA alumni filmmakers, and 2007 promises to be at least as big. Read about recent and upcoming films by alumni of the School of Theater, Film and Television.   Continue »
Nov 22, 2006


Filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine)

Filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (both '80) met as undergraduates at UCLA, after 18 years of marriage and working in the entertainment industry, the couple has directed their first feature length film: Little Miss Sunshine.   Continue »
Sep 1, 2006


Maddalena Bearzi, Dolphin Detective of Santa Monica Bay

Maddalena Bearzi Ph.D. '03 is passionate about the health of the Santa Monica bay, especially the dolphins.   Continue »
Aug 14, 2006


Gil Kenan, Monster Man (director of Monster House)

The career of UCLA alum Gil Kenan is taking off. Three years after an agent from Creative Artists Agency saw his senior thesis film and signed him, Kenan has been asked to direct the latest Spielberg and Zemeckis production, Monster House.   Continue »
Jul 24, 2006


UCLA's Academy Award Nominees

There are plenty of UCLA alumni up for Oscars at this year's Academy Awards. Here is a list of some of the Bruin nominees.  Continue »
Feb 27, 2006


Rafer Johnson — Olympic gold medalist and UCLA dad

Rafer Johnson graduated from UCLA in 1959, but this Olympic gold medalist's relationship with the university was just beginning. Now after two of his children have graduated from UCLA, Johnson is still involved and is the speaker at October 2005's Parents' Weekend.   Continue »
Oct 1, 2005


Alison Brown, Grammy-winning banjoist and UCLA MBA

After getting an MBA from UCLA in 1986, Allison Brown put her degree to work, trying her hand at investment banking for two years. Twenty years later later she is a Grammy-winning banjo player and putting her degree to work in a different way: running her own record label.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2005


Into Africa, Back to UCLA

Where some dream of adventure, Diana de Jesus pursued it. After graduating UCLA, de Jesus, hungry for adventure, postponed career plans to spend time volunteering as a teacher in Ghana. After returning to LA and meeting with UCLA alums, de Jesus re-evaluated her life and is now moving in an entirely different direction. Read about her plans and listen to her speak about her experiences.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2005


Alumnus Jackie Robinson honored by Congress

Jackie Robinson — the player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier and the only athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports (football, basketball, track and baseball) — has been posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The details inside.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2005


Adam Martin and UCLA's new NCAA spot.

Adam Martin, a graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, flexes his skills in UCLA's new NCAA television spot. Watch the NCAA spot as it has aired on TV, and also check out Adam talking about UCLA and what sort of work he'd like to do future.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2004


UCLA's Olympic Athletes

There are 37 former Bruins that now compete in the Olympics. Here is a glance at some the Bruin athletes who now wear red, white and blue instead of blue and gold.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2004


Octavious Gillespie, Decathlete and Artist

Native Gautemalan Octavious Gillespie is most widely known for his athletic abilities as a track star. Most recently he won the California Invitational Decathlon and hopes to go on to the olympics in Athens for the Guatemalan team. But that's not all this UCLA alum can do, he is also a self taught artist whose work has appeared on websites and publications across the campus.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004


Richard Tapia, UCLA Alumnus, Rice University Faculty

UCLA Alumnus Richard Tapia is the best known Hispanic in mathematical sciences in the United States today. He has received many prestigious awards and was appointed to the National Science Board by President Clinton. Tapia's life-story began in the barrios of East Los Angeles, where success does not come easy. Take a look at Tapia's story, accomplishments, and passion.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004


Terri Elders, Social Welfare Alumna

Recently UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social research honored Terri Elders as an outstanding alumna. Elders has traveled the globe working on and studying social welfare programs. She credits UCLA with giving her the skills to accomplish what she has. Take a look.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2004


Ralph Bunche, UCLA Alumnus, Nobel Prize Winner

Ralph Bunche '27 was the grandson of a slave and the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Find out more about this accomplished diplomat and former Bruin basketballer.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2003


Tom Laichas, UCLA Alumnus and History Teacher

UCLA Alum Tom Laichas has been teaching high school history for 20 years and has helped develop the UCLA-based National Center for History in the Schools, a program that creates study materials for K-12 students. Now, for the 100th anniversary of Ralph Bunche's birth, he has been asked to create a special Bunche study guide. The task has turned him into a walking Ralph Bunche Encyclopedia.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2003


Alexander Payne, Writer/Director

It sounds like a coincidence too improbable for a screenplay. Big Star endows prize for student filmmakers. Promising Student wins prize. Years later, Promising Student (now a topflight director) gets his chance to direct Big Star. Film is a major success. Big Star is showered with praise and wins Academy Award.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2003


Rafe Esquith, Alumnus and Teacher

Sir Rafe Esquith '81 has had his troop of Shakespearian actors honored many times, from opening for the Royal Shakespeare Company to performing at the Globe in London, they have seen a lot. The only thing strange about his troop: they are only ten or eleven and are learning English as a second language. Esquith heads up a program that turns low-income immigrant children into latter-day Renaissance Scholars. Take a look.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2003


Hal Fishman, Newsman

The longest-running news anchor in the history of television, Hal Fishman, earned his M.A. in political Science from UCLA in 1956 with the intent to go into teaching. After serving as an associate professor, he made the switch to television in 1960. This month's alumni spotlight takes a look at the career of Hal Fishman.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2002


Stan Penton, Docent

After retiring from the business world, Stan Penton '43 began volunteering as a docent at UCLA's Mildred Mathias Botanical Gardens in 1997. But his love affair with plants has been going on for decadesand can even be traced up his family tree.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2002


Jake Heggie, Opera Composer

Jake Heggie '84 is an accomplished operatic composer whose passion for music is inspiring. Read why he attributes UCLA for much of his success.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2002


Geoffrey Marcy, Astronomer

Geoffrey Marcy doesn't have his head in the clouds. Since graduating from UCLA summa cum laude in 1976, with a double major in physics and astronomy, the scientist and his team have discovered 45 of the 78 extrasolar planets currently known in the universe.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2002


Bobby Okinaka, Alumni Association

When UCLA alum Bobby Okinaka is not managing the web for the UCLA Alumni Association, he is doing research on Japanese-American World War II veterans, a group often underrepresented in history. Read about this interesting group of people that offer new insight into American history.   Continue »
Mar 1, 2002


Winston Doby, Alumnus

Doby must be the all-around Bruin; not only has he worked at UCLA for decades, he also received three degrees from here. Now this former track star is moving on to become the UC vice-president of educational outreach. Surprisingly enough, this super-Bruin almost didn't come to UCLA in the first place, read on.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2002


Marla Berns, Fowler Museum

When UCLA alumnus Marla Berns sees a piece of artwork from another time or culture, she doesn't just wonder who made it, she asks why they made it. Berns returned to her alma mater October 2001 when she was named director of UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History. What are her plans for the museum in the future? Find out here.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2002


John Rando, Broadway Director

UCLA Alumnus John Rando seems to have a a sixth sense for the comedic. This director of comedy has directed three Broadway-bound plays in less than a year. Read what he has to say about his time at UCLA.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2001


Sheila Kuehl, Government

Sheila Kuehl '62 began her professional life as a television star, but after leaving the entertainment industry to go after a bachelor's degree at UCLA, her life took a very different path. She ended becoming the first openly gay member of the California State Assembly and now serves as a California State Senator. This spotlight details the Kuehl's interesting journey that took her into the world of politics.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Mark Gold, Public Health

Mark Gold '94 was pursuing a Masters in biology when a guest lecturer spoke of the need for academics to apply their knowledge to the political decision-making process. Gold switched tracks and received his D.Env. instead. Now he is the executive director of Heal the Bay, an organization that specializes in providing policy-makers with the necessary facts to make proper public health decisions.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Judy Chicago, Artist

UCLA Alumnus Judy Cohen has been creating art since she was a child, but after getting her masters and changing her name to Judy Chicago, her art took off in a new direction. Chicago began creating art from a feminist standpoint, founding numerous centers dedicated to the female artistic point of view. Chicago continues to create art and undertake new projects, read on to find out more about what she is up to.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2001


Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles

UCLA alumnus Tom Bradley was more than just a great mayor who governed Los Angeles for five mayoral terms, he was a man who fought against injustice and never lost hope. The first black mayor of a major U.S. city, Bradley transformed Los Angeles into what it is today. This month's alumnus spotlight looks at some of his challenges and accomplishments.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2001


Agnes de Mille, Choreographer

Agnes de Mille, niece of Cecil B., was told that she was a terrible dancer as a child. But this UCLA alumna was not going to let a little criticism stop her; she became the "Queen of Broadway," choreographing scores of famous musicals. This spotlight describes de Mille's time at UCLA and outlines some her many life accomplishments.  Continue »
Aug 21, 2000


Benjamin Cayetano, Governor of Hawaii

Benjamin Cayetano '66 had narrowly escaped a life of crime and had been married five years before he decided to attend UCLA. This decision marked the beginning of a journey that would ultimately lead him to the first first Filipino American state governorship. This month's Alumnus spotlight outlines Cayetano's unique trek from a latchkey existence to a state politician who made history.  Continue »
Aug 7, 2000


Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize

Ralph Bunche '27 was the grandson of a slave and the first African-American to win the Nobel peace Prize. Find out more about this accomplished diplomat and former Bruin basketballer.  Continue »
Jun 19, 2000