On an ordinary Monday morning in November, more than a dozen UC Irvine faculty and staff members beamed onto the campus dressed in “Star Trek” character costumes to fulfill a promise.
UC Irvine School of Social Sciences Dean Bill Maurer had participated in the University of California's “Promise for Education” fundraising campaign that invited community members to pledge money for student scholarships in exchange for various deeds and activities.
The dean promised to dress in a “Star Trek” costume, along with his colleagues, upon reaching his $5,000 fundraising goal.
“We thought it was important for senior leadership of the school to tell the world that access is really important and that even top levels of the school are thinking about it, and about the importance of UC to students and the state,” Maurer said in a written statement. “It's sort of corny to say, but people really do believe in the mission, and what better ‘Star Trek' virtue is there than that?”
With his fundraising mission accomplished, Maurer embarked on another with his Starfleet crew in tow to fulfill his promise. Dressed as fearless leader Captain Kirk, Maurer led his colleagues on a parade through campus that ended with a reception at the School of Social Sciences.
Maurer encouraged reception attendees to make their own promises to help UC Irvine “live long and prosper.”
- Anna Iliaff, Orange County Register