News in Brief

Academic Expansion Made to Crawford Hall for UCI Student-Athletes

The Al Irwin Academic Center officially opened last Wednesday, Oct. 30. Covering 5,100 square feet in Crawford Hall, the new center aims to help student-athletes who are a part of UC Irvine’s 18 Division I sports teams succeed in their studies by providing 24 computer stations, tutoring and study space, staff offices for private sessions and a study area facing the Anteater pool. This center, supported by a lead endowment from Jim and Martha Newkirk, is named after UCI’s first water polo and swim coach, who also later served as an athletic administrator.
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Michael Izzi said, “The new center will provide intellectual and social community support that contributes to the holistic development of student-athletes and stimulates camaraderie among all students who participate in UC Irvine athletics.”