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"Rethinking the First UC Campus and Designing the Tenth at Merced"
February 10, 2000

Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey

Introduction by John Douglass


JOHN DOUGLASS: I wanted to say a couple of notes of thanks. The Chancellor earlier recognized some of the funding support that we had for this symposium, and I want to remind you, there's more than this symposium. We have a website that has a lot of historical materials, it will have many of the images from the actual exhibition on-line. We're not sure about the timing on that, but there are other kinds of materials there. This will also be helping to support publication. And there's a flyer out front on that publication, which will include an essay by Robert Judson Clark and Gray Brecken, and others, and there will also be a walking tour included in that. I really want to thank the Hearst Foundation for their financial support. Also, the New Century Plan here on the campus, we really appreciate their support. The Institute of Governmental Studies as well is helping with the publication, and the Bancroft Library. I also want to recognize Steve Finacom, who has worked really hard to make this all work and work with me on the program. We also have Diane Terry at the Center for Studies in Higher Ed.; Sally Thomas and Julie Swan, all have really helped tremendously. And I also want to say very quickly, the exhibition outside really is a fantastic show, and we need to credit those who deal with the archival resources that make it possible and Waverly Lowell and Kelsey Sheppard in the Environmental Design Archives, many of the drawings and images came from there, and also William Roberts, the UC Archivists in the Bancroft Library, Mark Petr here at the Berkeley Art Museum; Sherry Goodman, Jenine Sheldon, Dennis Love, and others--Carol Brantano at the Center for Studies in Higher Ed. has also been really instrumental in every aspect of this. Judy Chess, Heather Hood, and Tom Lollini at Physical and Environmental Planning. I also want to thank again, Robert Judson Clark and Gray Brecken for their advice and thoughts. And I want to note that Gray Brecken will be giving a gallery talk on Sunday, March 26th at 3 p.m. in the Exhibit space, if you're interested.

Well, we heard that, if the form follows function is a myth, is physical planning following academic planning a myth as well? It's hard to tell. It's such a difficult thing to accomplish. But to help us understand the difficulties of that and other tasks, I turn to Chancellor Tomlinson-Keasey and our next panel. After completing her Ph.D. at Berkeley in Development Psychology, Chancellor Tomlinson-Keasey served as professor at UC Riverside for 15 years, becoming Chair of the Department of Psychology, Associate Dean, and then Acting Dean at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1992, she moved to UC Davis to become Vice Provost of Faculty Relations. Before being named Chancellor, she served at the Office of the President as Vice Provost of Academic Initiatives. As a Professor, Carol Tomlinson-Keasey was named the Distinguished Teacher at UC Riverside in 1985. And now she's off on a tremendous venture, an historic occasion, the development of the tenth campus at UC Merced. Carol, thanks so much for coming.

CHANCELLOR CAROL TOMLINSON-KEASEY: Well, as you can imagine I have more than a passing interest in the events of today. This is an extraordinary challenge and an opportunity, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to learn from you and to learn from our panel.

I'd like to say a couple of things about the campus that I hope will feed into the discussion that the panel undertakes in just a few minutes. The first is that we would like to have the academic environment considered as we develop this campus. We think it's extraordinarily important. We think that the academic environment is a little bit different from the last time we built a UC campus. We will be trying to serve students in a 250-mile length of the Valley, from Stockton to Bakersfield. We will be trying to use technology to assist us in that. We will be trying to increase access to the university of a group of students who have been historically under-served in California. All of that's going to require us to think about the academics and the campus in a little bit different way. But, of course, we plan on mirroring the excellence that is synonymous with UC Berkeley, and we want the campus excellence in research and in teaching, and in service. We want that excellence to be obvious from our first program which will have to do with environmental sciences to our last program, which is so far in the future that I can't see it at the moment.

But we need to shape that excellence to reflect the technological era in which we live, and to accommodate the needs of the Valley, which are perhaps somewhat different than the needs of the coastal communities.

In listening today, I have been delighted to learn lots of things. One of the thoughts I had listening to Paul this morning was I wonder at the next turn of the century whether folks will look back at UC Merced and see how we are imprisoned by our mind sets the same way the architects in the Phoebe Hearst contest were imprisoned by the BA paradigm? What are the paradigms what are currently building walls around the ways that we think? We would like to have a campus that sits lightly on the environment. We have a beautiful site in an environmentally very precious area, and we want to be careful of that. And I'm sure Trudy will speak to that. We want to have a campus which reflects the beauty of the Valley and the site, and reflects the character of the Valley in its programs, as well as in its physical design. And, of course, is harmonious. In listening today, I haven't heard as much about living lightly on the environment as I would like to. That's one of the areas where we feel we need to be very much state-of-the-art. So I'm throwing that out as a challenge to the panelists here.

We would also like to make sure that we are building integrated systems that function in ways that are energy efficient and are consonant with the climate in the Valley. And that's sort of an ancillary part of the living lightly on the environment.

We'd like to think about the library in a different way. We would like to think about the library as an academic information center, and maybe it won't be as much about books as some of the libraries that were built at the turn of the last century were, but maybe it will be about accessing information that is accruing at such a rapid rate, and accessing it in a very efficient way. So those are ideas that I welcome the panelists to talk about.

I want to hear what they have to say, so I'm going to not say anything else, except to introduce them to you. In introducing them, let me give you a little bit of the form of this panel. We're going to have Chris Adams and Judy Chess talk with us first, and they are going to make brief presentations. And then we're going to have the panelists each speak to you briefly from their chairs, so that we can begin a kind of dialogue. So if you will, I will introduce all of them now for efficiency's sake, and then they can proceed in order, as the program indicates.

First of all, is Chris Adams. And Chris has been working with the UC Merced Project since site selection. And I should tell you that site selection was an extraordinarily long, complex process with sets of criteria that would give even the most experienced bureaucrat shivers. We made it through it in eight years, but the result is a result that I think ultimately we can all be extremely proud of. Judy Chess is the Principal Planner for the Physical and Environmental Planning Unit and Capital Projects at Berkeley. And those two folks will actually make presentations for us.

Then going down the row of the panelists here, we have Thomas Lollini. And he's the Director of Physical and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley. Next to him, Dean Harrison Fraker. And he's the Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Berkeley. And next to him is Dorothy Walker. And Dorothy is a role model after my own heart, and has done much to be remembered here at the UC Berkeley campus. She served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Property Management at the Berkeley campus, and the Clark Kerr Campus is one of her legacies. Brian Boxer is from EIP in Sacramento, and Brian has been working with us at UC Merced for quite a while now, Brian, and has introduced me to the Fairy Shrimp. And I know much more about Fairy Shrimp than I ever thought I would in my lifetime, even such wonderful distinctions as the importance of the left horn of the male Fairy Shrimp. Trudis Heinecke has been our Director of Planning at UC Merced, and Trudis has been with this project since site selection, and has given us all a great deal in terms of ideas and thoughts about the campus. And as I mentioned, the environmental stewardship notion has been one that she has championed.

So with those introductions, let me begin with Chris. While Chris is walking up, Trudis reminds me that we have a brief commentary on the concept development of the campus. It's sitting here at the end of the table if you are interested. Please feel free to take one.



Carol Tomlinson-Keasey was named Chancellor of UC Merced in 1999 and comes to the position after more than 20 years of UC experience. After completing her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Developmental Psychology, Chancellor Tomlinson-Keasey served as a Professor at UC Riverside for 15 years, becoming chair of the Department of Psychology, associate dean and then acting dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1992, she moved to UC Davis to become vice provost of Faculty Relations. Before being named Chancellor, she served at the Office of the President as vice provost for Academic Initiatives. As a Professor, Carol Tomlinson-Keasey was named the Distinguished Teacher at UC Riverside in 1985 and was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Society. Her publications include three books and numerous scientific chapters and articles. Her vision of the campus includes maintaining the UC focus on outstanding research and teaching while using the new technologies to increase access to students throughout the Central Valley.

 

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