A Renewed Vision
The Revelle College logo gets a new look...
By James Lin, Jr., 96
When I first designed the logo as outgoing Revelle College Council
Chairman in 1995, the well-rounded curriculum came to mind as an
important aspect of the Revelle experience. Learning how to
learn, was a familiar Revelle phrase spouted in orientation,
leadership, and campus-wide events. In keeping with the strong academic
tradition that Roger Revelle set in motion in 1960, the six major
points of the Revelle College curriculum became incorporated as
a cornerstone of the new logo. These six requirements for a broad
liberal arts education include Mathematics, Natural Science, Humanities,
Social Science, Fine Arts, and Language.
Roger Revelle was an accomplished scientist and oceanographer.
The proximity of Revelle College to the Pacific is one of the major
attractions of the beautiful campus. I thought it only natural then
that a Pacific sunset drape the background. The anchor in the logo
represents the strong curriculum with which Revelle students are
educated. Graduates are anchored throughout their lives with the
language of science, scholarship, and creativity that
was first instilled in them as students. When I was a freshman at
Revelle, the main cafeteria was named Anchorview, and
a large anchor graced the entranceway. It has since changed names
several times, but the spirit of Revelles anchor will live
on for generations beyond the first graduating class of 1964. A
few more details one may notice in the logo are the suns six
rays, and the anchors six points which signify the core curriculum.
Furthermore, since the inception of the logo in 1995, a new college
has been added to UCSD completing the six stars that ornament the
Three key terms that embody the Revelle philosophy are Purpose,
Truth, and Vision. It was with great purpose that Roger Revelle
first mustered enough support to found UCSD and Revelle College.
Similarly, the curriculum reflects the purpose of a rigorous and
broad general education: which is to arrive at truth. The truths
that Revelle graduates seek are grounded in an education that sets
the foundation for learning how to learn. Purpose and truth fostered
in the undergraduate years have allowed our alumni to contribute
greatly to the diversity of knowledge and human betterment. Revelles
vision is what began this whole journey, and it is only with this
same vision that we can hope to continue this already amazing beginning.
With Purpose and Truth, one can guide Vision.
With Vision and Truth, one will have Purpose.
With Purpose and Vision, one will find the Truth.
With Purpose, Truth, and Vision, one takes a step
toward understanding oneself.