The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.” The University, first founded on the Oakland site of the College of California, has close to 200 students and moves to the new campus in Berkeley on land adjoining Strawberry Creek. Phoebe Hearst, philanthropist and donor to the university, turns the symbolic first shovelful of earth to break ground for the President’s Mansion, now University House.

Formed “to promote mutual acquaintance and fellowship among officers of instruction and government of the University,” the Faculty Club is the successor to a dining cottage that served the faculty during the 1890s. The Faculty Club is dedicated in 1902.

Following the gold rush that brought hundreds of thousands of people to the state, the University of California is founded when two institutions merge – the private College of California in Oakland, and a new state land-grant institution, the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. Leaders of the two institutions decide to join the two schools. A mere 10 faculty members and 40 students make up the new university when it opens.

Nicholas Dirks is the 10th chancellor of UC Berkeley. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to, and advocacy for, accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. Before coming to Berkeley he was executive vice president for the arts and sciences and dean of the faculty at Columbia University.

The campus colors of blue and gold were chosen in 1873 – blue for the California sky and ocean and for the Yale graduates who helped establish the university, gold for the “Golden State.” The women of the classes suggested using both colors.

The Stanford Axe first appeared at a California-Stanford baseball game on April 15, 1899. The axe was brandished in the Stanford rooting section and captured by Cal fans at the game’s end. In the 1930s it was made into the trophy for the annual Big Game.

Trustees of the College of California stood on the north side of the campus near the corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road on April 16, 1860, and dedicated the property as the future campus. A memorial tablet was placed on the stone in 1896.

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