2016 True Tritons

You can’t talk about UC San Diego and not talk about our commitment to service. In fact, it’s so integral to our DNA that it’s one of the three pillars of our mission and vision.

The UCSD alumni community plays a major role in illustrating that commitment, between the annual Day of Service, Alumni Calling Campaign, regional volunteer events across the country and more—that’s why four years ago we created the True Triton Award, recognizing all of our alumni volunteers at the True Triton Brunch during the annual Alumni Weekend. 

So what exactly is a True Triton? It’s someone who is deeply invested in advancing our mission on campus, in the community and around the world. True Tritons are leaders and role models to students and alumni alike, and they’re organizing and connecting and advocating—all because they are passionate about their alma mater and the Triton Family.

The 2016 True Tritons are all of this and more. Take a look at this year’s extraordinary True Tritons:

Ping Yeh, Muir ’99, M.S. ’01, Jacobs School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Ping has been an exceptional advocate for UC San Diego from the moment he stepped on campus as an undergraduate, acting as a leader and role model for his classmates across university organizations and causes. As a student, he co-founded the Student Foundation and the DeCAF career fair, was president of the Triton Engineering Student Council, and chair of the Triton Athlete’s Council.

Upon graduation, Ping has remained devoted to his alma mater by serving as a UCSD Alumni Board Director, president of the UCSD Twin Cities Alumni Group, and as an advisor to student entrepreneurs at The Basement.

Fun fact: Ping was instrumental in bringing a King Triton statue on campus.

Colette Rudd, Muir ’73, Biology, and Marion Weiler, Revelle ’73, Biology

This highly engaged couple has been devoted to strengthening the Triton alumni community in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades, beginning with the first regional Summer Send-Off more than 25 years ago—it’s now our largest and longest-running volunteer-led welcome event for incoming students and their families. Between organizing the annual Post-Tax Day Hike and other recreational activities, and both serving as president of the Bay Area alumni Club, Colette and Marion have set the example as leaders and volunteers for many generations of UC San Diego alumni over the years.

Colette has worked as a scientist for various drug research companies and is actively engaged in other community service initiatives. She’s also a former member of the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors. Marion has worked in information technology for most of his career, most recently as an IT consultant for Contoural. He is also president of the San Mateo County Astronomical Society.

Fun fact: Colette and Marion say they fortuitously met because of the Revelle language requirement. Marion had decided to stay an extra year to complete it. They’ve been a dynamic duo ever since!

Alumni volunteers: We want to show our appreciation for all of your hard work in supporting UC San Diego over the last year. Please join us for a celebration of volunteer service and to recognize this year’s True Tritons.

When: Sunday, June 5 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: UCSD Faculty Club
Cost: $25
This Alumni Weekend event is complimentary for alumni volunteers and a guest.