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February 10, 2016


SANTA ANA, Calif. – A new exhibit titled "UCI: Orange County Destination, Global Game Changer" is on display in John Wayne Airport's ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art and Culture exhibition space until July 11, 2016. Featured as part of John Wayne Airport's Arts Program, the exhibit highlights the past 50 years of UCI's achievements and can be viewed pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C.

UCI: Orange County Destination, Global Game Changer

"Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has played an integral role in the development of Orange County's economy and culture," said Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "John Wayne Airport is pleased to highlight UCI as it celebrates 50 years in our community."

Curated and designed by the UCI Libraries, the exhibit features photographs, documents, books, artifacts and reproductions from University Archives. Other UCI units including Claire Trevor School of the Arts, The Hill Bookstore, Athletics and School of Humanities, contributed physical materials to the displays.

"The Libraries were honored to be invited to lead this project in collaboration with UCI Strategic Communications," stated Lorelei Tanji, University Librarian. "Our Special Collections and University Archives have important materials that share the story about the accomplishments and impact of the campus on the community and beyond. This opportunity showcases the importance of preserving and making available the University's historical records."


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UCI Libraries:
Established in 1963 as one of the founding academic units on campus, the UCI Libraries connect users—faculty, researchers, scholars, students, staff, or community members—to information resources, facilitating the creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge in all disciplines. The Libraries support the research needs of UCI and the community through the Libraries' website and at four library facilities: the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, and the Libraries Gateway Study Center on the UCI campus, and the Grunigen Medical Library in Orange. For more information on the UCI Libraries, visit

University of California, Irvine: Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It's located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

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