With the theme “Career Help,” replete with a mock muscled, oxide-faced lifeguard sitting atop a white tower, UC San Diego Extension plunged into the ‘60s retro spirit of UC San Diego’s annual Founders’ Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 15.
The campus’ Town Square was converted to a beach boardwalk, lined with a dozen or so booths hosted by UC San Diego’s many schools and departments, including Extension. Always a festive occasion for attendees, who this day numbered several thousand, Founders’ Day celebrates UC San Diego’s founding in November 1960.
Complimentary hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, corn on the cob, nachos and sodas flowed freely throughout the two-hour noontime program, which was officially launched with welcoming remarks from Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.
Wearing red shirts emblazoned with a white cross and the words “Career Help,” Extension staffers handed out “Survival Guide to a Successful Career,” flyers on Extension’s courses, certificate programs and grants.
Curious walkers-by were treated to lip balm, water bottles and safety whistles. But the main attraction proved to be the “rubber ducky” ring toss into a water-filled tub with a floating flock of yellow duckies.
Very few tossers went away empty-handed, uninformed or unhappy.