In the fiscal year 2015-16, UCSD received nearly 46,000 gifts totaling $212.9 million to help ensure the university’s position as an academic and research powerhouse. UCSD is ranked as one of the top 15 universities in the world and received a 20 percent increase in private support over the preceding year. As of June 30, 2016, the total combined endowment for the campus is $1.177 billion which is managed by the UCSD Foundation and the UC Regents. The largest beneficiary of private funding on campus was health sciences, with donors designating a total of $93.3 million. Gary and Mary West provided $11.8 million to create a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit to be housed within the Emergency Department at the future Jacobs Medical Center. The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit will enhance care for older adults and enable a multi-year medical research initiative in partnership with the West Health Institute. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu
Toys for Tots donations accepted at SD Coldwell Banker Offices
The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices throughout San Diego County are collecting toy donations for the United States Marine Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation through Dec. 14. They’ve participated for more than 10 years and have collected over 7,000 toys. The program’s mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Brazilian Sambista Gladys Altafini launches “Glad to Dance” at Ooh La La Dance Academy
Gladys is a Sambista of the Brazilian Carnival and is now teaching an incredible Samba-Carnival class. Join in on a truly different and dynamic class that integrates energy, joy, beauty and fun with wellness too! Altafini has been a teacher and dancer in Brazil for 17 years and is one of the thousands of dancers that represent the Drum’s Godmother at Brazil’s world famous Carnival! First-time students can take advantage of the $25 fee for all four of Altafini’s Zumba & Samba Classes being offered. For more info: (858) 456- 4500 www.ollda.com
UCSD receives gift of $2.5 million to honor late Scripps Oceanography director
For the past three years, Joy Frieman has been searching to find a suitable way to honor her husband, Edward A. Frieman, former director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the UCSD. A prominent national advisor to the government on issues of vital importance to defense, energy and science policy, he died in April 2013 at age 87. Mrs. Frieman decided that endowing a faculty chair and two fellowships was the most appropriate way to carry forward her late husband’s legacy of leadership in science. Her recent gift of $2.5 million to UCSD includes $1.5 million to establish the Edward A. Frieman Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability. The endowed faculty chair qualifies for a $500,000 Presidential match through the UC Presidential Chair initiative, totaling $2 million in support for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Presidential chair. Her generous support also funds the lead gift of $500,000 for a $2 million endowed postdoctoral fellowship and the lead gift of $500,000 for a $1 million graduate fellowship at Scripps Oceanography. “Mrs. Frieman’s transformative gift to establish an endowed faculty chair and two endowed fellowships will significantly benefit our research in climate sustainability,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Her generous support is invaluable in helping UCSD and our Scripps Institution of Oceanography solve some of our planet’s most pressing challenges, and provides a fitting tribute to Ed Frieman.”
Champions for Youth 2017 kicked off fundraising season last week
The Champions for Youth charities will fundraise from now until the last day of the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 29 vying to earn bonus funds from the $250,000 Farmers Cares Bonus Pool based on how much they raise compared to the other participating charities. The Century Club will cover all of the donation processing fees, provide resources and help spread the word through the Farmers Insurance Open about the charities and the youth and families they serve. Champions for Youth is the core charitable program of The Century Club of San Diego, which is the administrative organization behind San Diego’s PGA TOUR event, the Farmers Insurance Open. The 2017 Champions for Youth organizations include: Armed Services YMCA San Diego, Boys to Men Mentoring Network, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Monarch School, Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego, Promises2Kids, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Youth Services, SAY San Diego, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), and Voices for Children.
La Jolla Village Merchant’s Association aims to solve “Crisis at the Cove”
La Jolla's Community Organization is working with the City of San Diego to solve the "Crisis at the Cove." This call for Action adheres to MMPA provisions and will only consider use of non-invasive NOAA-approved methods that have worked in the past and with NOAA. These are multi sensory (water for touch, light for sight and airhorns at safe dB levels) employed consistently and over time and encourage the pinnipeds to seek the over 1200 observed haul out areas available to them. http://www.LaJollaTownCouncil.
The Saywitz Company completes lease for nail salons and spas in SD
The Saywitz Company is pleased to announce that lease negotiations for the renewal of Jolcma, Inc., an owner and operator of nail salons and spas throughout San Diego, have been completed. The ten-year lease is valued at approximately $1 million. Jeff Saywitz, principal with The Saywitz Company, handled the negotiations on behalf of Jolcma, Inc. Roland Van Loan of Welltower, Inc. handled negotiations on behalf of the owner, G&L 4150 Regent, in the transaction. Jolcma’s corporate headquarters is located at 4150 Regent’s Park Row in La Jolla www.Saywitz.com.
National Diabetes Month raises awareness
Join as #ThisIsDiabetes salutes the 29 million Americans with diabetes — as well as their loved ones — to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis. This November the group showcases real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes by using the hashtag#ThisIsDiabetes. For more information on how you can become a part of the movement visit www.diabetes.org/adm.
Dr. Klaus Ley is recognized for his pioneering work
Klaus Ley, M.D., professor and head of the Division of Inflammation Biology at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, was awarded the Distinguished Scientist designation by the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA). Ley was recognized for his efforts to develop a vaccine that reduces or prevents inflammation in arteries and, in turn, plaque buildup. If successful, his work will result in the first vaccine to protect against heart disease, the deadliest disease of our time.“Klaus’ vaccine research is the result of his ability to see things differently,” said Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph. D., president and chief scientific officer of La Jolla Institute. “His vision and pioneering spirit allowed him to combine seemingly unrelated concepts and come up with a clever and potentially game-changing approach to treating heart disease. Klaus embodies the best qualities of a creative scientist and is richly deserving of this honor.”
Images of Nature Gallery announces an evening with Thomas Mangelsen
Join Thomas D. Mangelsen as he shares his limited-edition images reflecting the intimate beauty of our natural world along with stories from his recent travels. The artist reception will feature his collections from grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park, to breathtaking landscapes from California, Washington and North Carolina and animals in their natural habitats. Mangelsen’s work is offered in a variety of display options including framed prints, framed canvas, mounted prints, wrapped canvas and metal prints. His work is also available in a variety of formats, including limited-edition photographs, open edition art, artist proof prints, art cards, books, and calendars at Mangelsen—Images of Nature galleries across the U.S. Dec. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. during their holiday open house weekend. 7916 Girard Ave.
Marine room manager named president of the SD chapter of the California Restaurant Association
Matt Caponi, manager of The Marine Room, has been named president of the San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association. Since 1906, the California Restaurant Association has been helping restaurants create a better climate for their businesses through advocacy, education and support for its members.
Caponi has been an active member of the association since 2010. With nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he joined The Marine Room after he moved from Boston where he worked in several restaurants throughout college. He relocated to San Diego as supervisor at the Hilton Harbor Island's Sierra Pacific restaurant.
Also home to executive chef Bernard Guillas and chef de cuisine Ron Oliver, Caponi collaborates with the team to create special events where diners can interact and learn from these award-winning chefs.
Champions for Youth fundraising
The Champions for Youth charities will fundraise from now until the last day of the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 29 vying to earn bonus funds from the $250,000 Farmers Cares Bonus Pool based on how much they raise compared to the other participating charities. The Century Club will cover all of the donation processing fees, provide resources and help spread the word through the Farmers Insurance Open about the charities and the youth and families they serve.
Champions for Youth is the core charitable program of The Century Club of San Diego, which is the administrative organization behind the Farmers Insurance Open. The 2017 Champions for Youth organizations include: Armed Services YMCA San Diego, Boys to Men Mentoring Network, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Monarch School, Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego, Promises2Kids, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Youth Services, SAY San Diego, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), and Voices for Children. Visit farmersinsuranceopen.com for more information.
Jolcma lease renewed
The Saywitz Co. recently announced that lease negotiations for the renewal of Jolcma Inc., an owner and operator of nail salons and spas throughout San Diego, have been completed. The 10-year lease is valued at approximately $1 million. Jeff Saywitz, principal with The Saywitz Co., handled the negotiations on behalf of Jolcma Inc. Roland Van Loan, of Welltower Inc., handled negotiations on behalf of the owner, G&L 4150 Regent, in the transaction. Jolcma’s corporate headquarters is located at 4150 Regent’s Park Row in La Jolla.
School district Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting the Rights of All Students Following Election
In response to concerns that have been expressed by students, faculty, and staff about the outcome of the presidential election, the San Diego Community College District shared the following email message to reaffirm its commitment to protecting the rights of all students, here is a portion of the letter:
Following Tuesday’s national election, students have been contacting us to express their concerns, uncertainty, and anxiety regarding the policies supporting their education. Given the divisive political climate and the intense media speculation about what lies ahead, these concerns are understandable. It will take some time before all the details of the nation’s leadership transition are determined. In the meantime, we want you to know that City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges, Continuing Education, and the entire San Diego Community College District remain committed to our mission of inclusion and support for the great diversity of our student population. As public institutions of higher education, we will continue our work to ensure that all students have full access to our institutions, as well as to the support needed for you to succeed in your studies. The San Diego Community College District is also deeply committed to protecting the rights of our undocumented students to attend our institutions and receive state aid under the provisions of AB 540, enacted in 2001, and the California Dream Act, signed into law in 2011. These laws allow undocumented students to be exempt from non-resident tuition, and receive private scholarships and state financial aid, including community college fee waivers (BOGW), and Cal Grants. http://www.csac.ca.gov/pubs/