UCEAP Alumni and Friends


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college students in Bordeaux in the 60s

Alumni Profiles

All UCEAP alumni agree that studying abroad is a transformative experience. UCEAP alumni are leaders in the fields of language and culture, international education, politics and more.  Read interviews with alumni and learn about their lives before, during and after UCEAP.

Alumni Profiles
1982-83 Alum Reconnects with Lund University

At a recent Lund University alumni event in Denver, UCEAP alumnus Gordon Lindeen shared what he has been up to since his exchange studies at Lund University.

My name is Gordon Lindeen and I have been a practicing intellectual property attorney since 1987. From June 1982 to June 1983 I studied in Sweden as a part of the University of California Education Abroad Program. Over the years, I have been involved in almost every aspect of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets law: acquisition, licensing, sale, evaluation, and enforcement. Lately, most of my work has been obtaining patents for major companies in the electronics, communications, and semiconductor fields. Every few days, I will have a conversation for an hour or two with a group of innovators about the group’s most recent new invention. I will then spend a few days preparing a patent application, confer again with the group to make sure that it is right and then submit that to an appropriate national or regional government patent office. I will also work with in-house counsel at the group’s company to make sure the company is getting the patents that it wants. Patent prosecution work is always new and exciting to me because I work with creative people and with their new ideas. It is also easy to keep a positive outlook because the inventors are excited to explain their invention. Read more

50th Anniversary of Exchange with Mexico!

One hundred alumni came together at UCSD on June 30 to celebrate 50 years of study abroad in Mexico!

The program included remarks by Aída Espinosa Vázquez, the Academic Dean of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en Los Ángeles, as well as Karen Mead, Program Director at UCEAP, Vivian-Lee Nyitray, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of UCEAP, and Monica Lopez, UCEAP alumna who studied at UNAM in 2015 and received the UCEAP Mexico Scholarship in support of the UC-Mexico Presidential Initiative. The reception was held in the Great Hall of the International House, with views of the Pacific Ocean. We look forward to continuing the celebration in Mexico City in September!


UCEAP Celebrates 50 years of Exchange with Hebrew University

On June 2, UCEAP alumni and friends gathered at UCLA to celebrate our 50th anniversary of exchange with Hebrew University!

It was an evening of great emotion and friendship. Thank you to our wonderful alumni speakers Mindy Mann and Marc Rosenbach, and to Hebrew University Vice-Provost Jonathan Kaplan for helping us honor our special relationship with Hebrew University. All alumni are invited to join UCEAP and Hebrew University in Jerusalem on October 24-25 to celebrate this milestone. 

1990-91 Reciprocal Alumni Reconnect in Germany

Every overseas student who comes to study at UC Riverside will gain experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Many will also create lifelong friendships as was demonstrated recently in Leer, Germany, when four students who studied at UCR in 1989 reunited. Daniel Kärrholt from the University of Lund in Sweden, Steven Lawther from the University of Stirling in Scotland, Kresten Schultz Jørgensen from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and host Carsten Wilken from Gottingen University in Germany got together to talk about their experiences in Riverside - especially in the Barn and in the legendary Bull ‘N Mouth - and the paths their lives had taken since. It was the first time all four had been back together since 1990 but the friendships they forged at UC Riverside remained as strong as ever

Donors meet Guardian Scholar Tiara Francisco

UCEAP staff and alumni donors had the opportunity to meet 2016-17 Guardian Scholar Tiara Francisco at a reception on Monday, February 26.

Tiara received the first Guardian Scholarship, a $2,500 award specifically for former foster youth who study abroad. After spending the year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, Tiara graduated from UCSB with a degree in psychology. She is back in California, working with foster youth and applying for graduate programs in social work. We wish Tiara the best as she pursues her dream of becoming a social worker and influencing policy related to the foster care system.If you would like to support future Guardian Scholars, please donate online or contact Stacey Lydon, Associate Director of Scholarships and Alumni Engagement, directly at 805-893-2832.

News & Events

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Alumni News
In Memoriam: Hallam C. Shorrock, Jr.

Hallam C. Shorrock, Jr., a former missionary to East Asia with a long career in international education, passed away in Claremont, CA, on August 8th.

Shorrock, with his wife Helen (d. 2001), was one of the first American missionaries allowed into Japan during the US occupation. His service in postwar Japan was recognized in 1954 by the Emperor of Japan. In 1961, he was awarded a Public Welfare Medal by the President of South Korea. From 1963 to 1969, Shorrock was vice president for financial affairs at Tokyo's International Christian University (ICU). From 1970 until 1986 he served as the first associate director of the University of California Education Abroad Program and adjunct lecturer in Japanese history and culture at UCSB. In 1985 he co-edited Dimensions of International Higher Education with William Allaway. The next year, he was invited to return to ICU as special assistant to the president and dean of international affairs. For many years, Shorrock has been supporting UCEAP scholarships that help even more students experience an international education. He will be missed by countless friends and colleagues around the world.
Shorrock's memorial will take place in Claremont, CA on Saturday, September 29, 2018. See memorial details and read more about Shorrock's impressive life story on legacy.com



In Memoriam

The UCEAP family offers sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Professor Steven Botterill, who passed away on Saturday, May 5th, with his husband, Craig Davidson, at his side.

The news brings great sadness to those of us who worked with Steven during his time as UCEAP’s Italy Faculty Director. His dedication to the academic success and well-being of UCEAP students, and his commitment to the program in Bologna were exceptional. He was an outstanding guardian of academic excellence and a pleasure to work with. His dry wit and amusing observations about life in Italy enlivened his communications with staff, who remember him with respect and fondness. We are grateful for Steven’s longtime support for study abroad and his service to UCEAP. He twice chaired the Academic Senate’s review of UCEAP's programs in Italy (2003 and 2013) and he also served on the UCEAP Faculty Advisory Committee for Italy for a number of years. As recently as January, he indicated he wanted to be kept in the loop about developments in the program. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of Steven’s colleagues at UC Berkeley.

New Grant available for Mexican and Mexican-origin UCEAP students

UCEAP is pleased to announce that the Institute for Mexicans Abroad has awarded matching grants to support scholarships for Mexican and Mexican-origin students from UCLA and UCR. These awards, managed by the Consulates of Mexico in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, will support students who go abroad through UCEAP in summer and fall 2018.


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