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The Carnesale Legacy - Then and Now Timeline

Published Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM

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Albert Carnesale is invested as UCLA's
eighth chief executive before a capacity
audience of 1,800 on May 15, 1998,
in Royce Hall.

1997

July

Albert Carnesale is named UCLA’s eighth chief executive.


1998

March

Restored Royce Hall reopens after a four-year, $70-million project to repair damage suffered in the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake. UCLA admits its strongest freshman class ever — with an average 4.19 GPA and 1,324 SAT score.

November

Speaking to the Academic Senate, Carnesale outlines the catalysts for making UCLA one of the world’s great universities — academic excellence, information technology infrastructure, library resources and breaking down traditional academic boundaries.

December

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Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience
and Genetic Research Center

UCLA School of Medicine dedicates the Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetic Research Center, a $445-million, state-of-the-art facility.


1999

January

UCLA unveils plans for its new $1.3-billion hospital and research complex, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

November

UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures receives the largest-ever single donation to the dance art form in America, an $18-million gift from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman.

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Glorya Kaufman Hall


2000

January

UCLA moves from 12th to third in the nation in federal research support in just three years — passing Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.

June

The Chancellor’s Fund for Academic Border Crossing is established.

September

A $23.2-million donation from Eli and Edythe Broad helps fund construction of a new visual arts center at UCLA.


2001

September

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September 11 memorial

Carnesale announces a Sept. 13 campus memorial service after the horrific events of 9/11. Within a week, the UCLA community holds additional memorials, conducts blood drives and provides counseling to those in need.

October

The College of Letters and Science offers 50 new one-unit undergraduate seminars to help the UCLA community better understand issues involving the United States and its role in world affairs in light of September 11. One of the first seminars is “National Security in the 21st Century,” taught by Carnesale. These seminars are a precursor to the Fiat Lux Undergraduate Seminars, launched in fall 2002.

November

The Center for Society, the Individual and Genetics is established to bring together students and faculty from across the campus to examine the scientific and social dilemmas posed by the revolution in genetic science. In 2004, the initiative is renamed the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, and co-directors from biomedicine and history are appointed to explore the co-evolution of science and society through cross-campus collaborations.


2002

April

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Albert Carnesale and his wife, Robin

Albert Carnesale and Robin Gerber are married at Chancellor’s Residence. She is president of a legal communications and public relations firm.

May

UCLA School of Medicine receives the largest single gift to a medical school in U.S. history, as entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen establishes a $200-million endowment.

September

The Center for Community Partnerships is launched, led by Associate Vice Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., to help initiate and support model partnerships between the university and the community.

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Student mentors


2004

June

UCLA launches Ensuring Academic Excellence, a $250-million fund drive intended for endowed professorships, fellowships and scholarships.

July

Palm Court becomes the first of seven Mediterranean-style courtyard complexes to open in Weyburn Terrace. Approximately 175 graduate students are expected to move in for the fall. Weyburn Terrace, which will house nearly 1,400 single graduate students when fully built, is the first housing at UCLA dedicated to single graduate students since Mira Hershey Hall closed as a residence in 1998.


2005

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A courtyard in Weyburn Terrace

March

UCLA announces the formation of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine to conduct embryonic and adult stem cell research, and provides $20 million over five years to launch the campuswide institute.

April

UCLA records the highest graduation rates in the UC system and one of the highest in the country, at 83.5%.


2006

February

Announcement that at its close, Campaign UCLA has raised more than $3 billion, making it the most successful fund-raising effort in the history of higher education.

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A tribute to Robert and Marion Wilson
for their leadership of and
philanthropy to Campaign UCLA