News and notes for Irvine - June 2018
There are numerous ways to measure the success of a university. UCI is the 9th-best public university in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report, and seven of its graduate programs are also in the top 10 among the nation’s public universities. Going to college should be fun, too (at least we think so). Money magazine revealed what locals know: it’s a quick trip from Irvine to the beach. That fact, combined with UCI’s academic excellence, inspired the magazine to name UCI the top school in the country for beach lovers. But perhaps UCI’s greatest recent success has been recognition of how life-changing receiving a degree from the university can be. Forbes just ranked 300 of the country’s colleges and universities on their ability to deliver the best bang for the tuition buck based on tuition costs, school quality, post-grad earnings, student debt and graduation success. UCI came in fourth, trailing only UCLA, UC Berkeley and Brigham Young University, while beating out Harvard, Stanford and Princeton.
Forbes also rated UCI No. 2 for having the most success with upward mobility. Which makes sense, as in recent classes as many as half of students have been the first in their family to graduate from college. And the U.S. Dept. of Education has designated UCI as a Hispanic, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, demonstrating the university’s dedication to providing a world-class education to every qualified student.
“From The New York Times’ naming UCI No. 1 for doing the most for the American dream to Forbes’ best-value ranking, we’re thrilled to once again be recognized as a leading campus in the United States for providing unparalleled opportunities for all of our students to succeed, no matter what their background,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “We are proud to offer California’s brightest young people a world-class education and the means to pursue the lives they want to lead as productive and informed citizens.”
For the second year in a row, the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program has been selected as one of only 34 small satellites nationwide to fly on NASA space missions planned to launch in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Beckman High School, Irvine High School, Northwood High School, Portola High School, University High School, and Woodbridge High School each formed teams of up to 30 students responsible for assembling and testing one component of the nanosatellite. Irvine CubeSat is the only high school chosen this year by NASA to participate in this prestigious program, otherwise reserved for top universities and research centers. Powered by $150,000 in seed funding from Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), the Irvine CubeSat’s mission is to teach, train, and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals, while creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM-related fields. And also demonstrate “an X-ray Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) sensor and electrospray thrusters.” Corporate sponsors include FivePoint, Ingersoll-Rand/Trane, Cisco, Resilient and Microsemi, Google, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Bilingual Interactive, Meggitt Defense, Virgin Orbit, and Thales.
The Midnight Special
The first full season of concerts is underway at FivePoint Amphitheatre and runs through Sept. 30. The venue is just steps from the Irvine train station, making it easy to take either Metrolink or Amtrak trains to the venue. Getting back home via the rails is an issue, due to a lack of late-night service. Now, for select concerts during the season Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will provide late-night service from Irvine toward Anaheim/Los Angeles and San Clemente/San Diego with trains departing 20 minutes after concerts. Note that it’s not all the concerts on the schedule, but does include Styx and Joan Jett, Chicago, Dirty Heads, Foreigner, Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker, Jason Mraz, Rascal Flatts and more. Concert attendees who take Pacific Surfliner train to the FivePoint Amphitheatre can present their valid ticket at the gate to receive complimentary Fast Lane access, which allows expedited entry.
For more information, including the full list of concerts, promotional fares and detailed train schedules, please visit pacificsurfliner.com/livenation.