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|Motto||Preparing Effective Citizens for the 21st Century|
|Status||Undergraduate, liberal arts|
|Core course||Culture, Art, and Technology (CAT)|
|Major events||Festival: Chocolate Festival, Kuncocshun, Spirit of the Masters|
Sixth College is the sixth and second-newest college of the University of California, San Diego. Established in September 2001, Sixth College seeks to create student-scholars that are dynamic, cutting-edge, and well-versed in modern technology. Sixth College's core writing program is called Culture, Art and Technology (CAT). The series is a 5-course sequence that integrates writing skills into multidisciplinary classes using innovative forms of emerging technologies to examine the intersections of Culture, Art, and Technology.
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Sixth College is so named because it is the sixth undergraduate college at UCSD. As per university tradition, it uses a numerical name until it gets a proper name, which will occur in the order that the colleges are created. The names of prominent persons who fit the college's theme of Culture, Art, and Technology, such as Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, and Chester Cesolini, have been proposed by students but never seriously considered by the administration. The naming process has been stopped indefinitely.
Ethos and philosophy
Sixth College prepares students to become effective global citizens who engage creatively and ethically with the complex issues facing the world in the 21st century. Through the college's academic and co-curricular programs, students learn to become innovative, aware, and interconnected. The college draws its creative inspiration through the interdisciplinary examination of culture, art and technology. Core academic programs develop skills in both traditional and emergent media literacy, emphasizing essential writing fundamentals as well as the latest forms of digital communication.
The core sequence in Culture, Art and Technology develops students' abilities to explore the richness of intellectual and academic multiplicity, write effectively, ask and examine difficult questions, work with multiple media and sensory experiences, collaborate in teams, consider ethical issues, develop digital literacy, and explore art and technology in a cultural context.
Extending beyond the classroom, Sixth College educates the student as a whole person. The college community understands the importance of student life in education, and works to integrate academic development with personal growth, community service, interpersonal experience, conscious communication, and ethical behavior. The totality of Sixth College is a digital educational ecology that fosters new forms of thought, expression and community for a new millennium.
Sixth College is committed to experiential learning on many different levels.
The Practicum is a unique upper-division requirement that promotes civic engagement and global consciousness, and embodies the College's commitment to active, experiential learning. It is designed to assist students in preparing their professional portfolios and refining their presentation skills as they prepare to enter the post-graduate world.
Beginning in 2012, Sixth College has hosted the biannual Experiential Learning Conference. Sixth College is also the only college at UC San Diego with an explicit upper division Practicum requirement which can be satisfied by many different types of experiential learning opportunities including: study abroad programs, study at UCDC, various types of service-learning in the community, directed research with faculty members, internship programs, and specially-designed independent study programs.
The paramount aim is to provide a learning community that is nurturing and stimulating, while equipping students to face the challenges that lie ahead.
In addition to the Culture, Art, and Technology (CAT) core writing program, all Sixth College students are required to take on an upper division Practicum course, unique to all the colleges at UCSD. The program requires students to enroll in courses that demand a hands-on approach to education while making valuable contributions to communities both locally and abroad. Students must choose a 4-unit course, program, internship, or research opportunity for their Practicum Project that develops both their academic and professional skills.
Along with the Practicum, every student is required to complete Sixth College's upper-division writing course, CAT 125. This course gives students the opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between their service and their coursework, and to increase their mastery of the written and spoken word.
The student council at Sixth College is known as SCSC. This Sixth College Student Council heads the many committees that are responsible for many major Sixth events in the academic year. These include Spirit of the Masters (Arts Committee), CHAOS (Culture Committee), Kuncocshun (Festival Committee), Winter Game Fest (Tech Committee), and Spirit Night (Spirit Committee). The SCSC also has positions for members of the Sixth College Judicial Board.
Other student organizations include Action Vibe, Community Board (Co-Board), Sixth College Television (SCTV), The Sixth Sense (an investigative journal), Sixer Tritons and Recreation for Transfers (START), and Video Production Club (VPC). Sixth College also has an ambassador program, for students who strive to increase Sixth College students' sense of belonging and connectedness to the community.
Sixth College's dining hall is known as Foodworx. Sixth Place and Market, a convenience store, is located nearby.
On-campus housing is available at Sixth College for two years. Sixth College dormitories are located near Pepper Canyon Hall. The dorms are nicknamed "Camp Snoopy" as the trees, central lawn, and cabin-like dormitory buildings all contribute to the appearance of a youth summer camp. The dorms are arranged in multiple two-story buildings, with approximately sixty students per building (thirty per floor). Each floor is further divided into two suites, each consisting of five rooms and a common room. A shared bathroom connects the two suites. Each building also features a kitchen and study room for use by residents of that building.
Housing is available exclusively for black students at the African Black Diaspora Living-Learning Community at Sixth College.
Sixth College has several resources for commuters. Sixth College commuter students have unlimited access to the Commuter Center located in Pepper Canyon Hall, which features lockers, WiFi, and kitchen facilities. Sixth College also has a commuter student organization known as Commuters in Action, or CIA. Each quarter, Sixth College also hosts Commuter and Transfer social events.
On April 20, 2012, late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien visited Sixth College in honor of its tenth anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, and in the absence of a permanent name, Sixth College renamed itself to Conan O'Brien College for the day of April 20.
Experiential Learning Conference
The Experiential Learning Conference is a biannual event occurring in early Winter quarter (late January), and is free and open to the public. The first conference was organizers by former acting Provost Jim Lin and Director Diane Forbes Berthoud, and hosted jointly by Sixth College and Warren College on January 26, 2012 in the Cross Cultural Center located in Price Center East. The theme of the inaugural conference was Education in Action: Mobilizing the next generation for social reform. Over 165 presenters participated in panels, with representation from multiple universities in San Diego and across the UC Community. Notable presenters included David Kirsh, Lev Manovich, High Tech High, Gompers Preparatory Academy.
The second conference was sponsored by Provost Dan Donoghue, organized by Director Diane Forbes Berthoud, and hosted by Sixth College. The event was held in Price Center West as well as the Cross Cultural Center on Friday, January 31, 2014.
The keynote speaker was Mizuko Ito, who gave a special noon session talk on 'Connected Learning.' Other notable presenters included Associate Vice Chancellor Barbara Sawrey, Michael Trigilio, STEM and STEAM programming, Elizabeth Losh, K. Wayne Yang, Teddy Cruz, Bud Mehan, Michael Cole, Ashley Trinh, and Mirle Bussell.
The third conference was sponsored by Provost Dan Donoghue, organized by Director Diane Forbes Berthoud, and hosted by Sixth College. The event was held in the Cross Cultural Center on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Sixth College celebrates culture, art, and technology with events supporting student creativity and expression. An artistic celebration of student creativity and sustainability, featuring live music and fun activities. Kuncocshun exhibits performances by local and professional musicians. Past musical performers include Shiny Toy Guns and Semi Precious Weapons.
The Sixth College Chocolate Festival has been a spring quarter tradition since 2004 and is sponsored by the Sixth College Community Board. The event attracts over 600 guests from across the University. The annual festival includes chocolate fountains, sweet and savory dipping items, music, prizes, and activities for all ages.
Players from all around San Diego come together for a weekend of gaming and prizes during winter quarter. Tournaments from the past have included: Halo 3, DoTA, Starcraft, Madden, Call of Duty, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band. The Gamefest is presented by the Sixth College Tech Committee.
Spirit of the Masters
Reminiscent of Laguna Beach's renowned Pageant of the Masters, Sixth College's Spirit of the Masters is a display of famous paintings and sculptures with an animated twist. Visitors are guided by a docent and complemented with drinks and desserts. Previous pieces exhibited include Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and Picasso's Ladies of Avignon.
UC San Diego hosts separate graduation ceremonies for each undergraduate college. Sixth College has had such commencement speakers as:
- Sev Ohanian, '08 Sixth alum, co-writer/producer of Searching
- Wesley Chan, '06 Sixth alum, member of Wong Fu Productions
- Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction writer
- Naomi Oreskes, history professor and co-author of Merchants of Doubt
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