On the Same Page gives new students (and everyone else!) at Cal something to talk about. This year, we're all on the same page viewing Ansel Adams’ photographs of the University of California in the 1960’s, and using these images from the past as a springboard to think about our present-day university and imagine the future university we would like to create.

Beginning in 2012, this program, which was created by the College of Letters and Science, has been expanded to include all new students and all faculty members at Cal. This means that over the summer each faculty member and each new freshman and transfer student will receive a copy of Fiat Lux, by Ansel Adams and Nancy Newhall. (Students who come to CalSO will receive their books at orientation; students who do not can pick theirs up when they arrive on campus, either at Convocation or in Evans Hall.)

Take some time to read through the book and look at the images, so you are ready for all the programmatic events and activities in the fall. On the Same Page presents many kinds of opportunities for new students to interact with faculty and continuing students around the year’s theme. This year’s activities will include several public events, one-time discussions led by faculty members, and a whole suite of interactive activities we are calling Fiat Lux Remix. We are also sponsoring a contest where you can submit your Remix creations. There will be a prize for the best submission, but perhaps more importantly the student submissions that present the most thoughtful and creative visions of the future will be shared with the Chancellor, UC President and Regents, among other influential audiences.

You will also find that our theme has permeated the curriculum: you will see that some of the Freshman Seminars for fall 2012 are related to Fiat Lux, and some of your regular classes may also feature images or ideas that relate to the theme. We want you to encounter elements of Fiat Lux wherever you go on campus this fall, and we will know we have succeeded when students and faculty who have only recently met find themselves buzzing about the photos, or about the past, present and future of our great university.