Next Event: Global Eaters!

Mission Statement:

The Academic Engagement Commission strives to forge connections between students and faculty, providing numerous opportunities for interaction outside of the classroom. Our mission is to cultivate meaningful relationships with the potential to develop into research opportunities, letters of recommendation, networking opportunities, and mentorships. We work in collaboration with Senate representatives from each school to engage students and staff from across the entire spectrum of campus life.


Are you curious about all of the different majors that we offer at UCI? Are you sure your major will lead you to the future that you want? Have you ever considered a double major or adding a minor, but don’t know where to start? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please come to Pizzas with PAAs, in which Peer Academic Advisors will bring you answers! Whether you’re a transfer student, incoming freshman, undecided / undeclared, or even a returning student, this event is geared towards helping you figure out the academic path that you would like to take.

This event is hosted by Academic Engagement, a commission found within the ASUCI’s Office of Academic Affairs. At this event, Peer Academic Advisors from nearly every school at UCI will be present to answer your questions and clear up any confusion that you may have about what classes to take, what majors are offered, how to add a minor, and a variety of other topics!

So please come to Moss Cove B from 5-7pm, on October 2, 2014 and eat some DELICIOUS FREE PIZZA while talking to PAAs. We hope to see you there!

Come see the stars and learn about the galaxy with the Department of Astronomy and ASUCI’s Academic Engagement! Bring a date, bring a friend, bring your pet, or come on your own!

Since the UCI Observatory has been moved off-campus, we will be hosting this event in Aldrich Park, near Infinity Fountain! On October 21st, we will be able to see Uranus, Gamma Andromeda (a 2 color binary star system), the Ring Nebula (a planetary nebula), M39 (open star cluster) and the Orionid Meteor Shower!

Feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs, or flashlights. Refreshments will be provided free of charge!

Do you enjoy watching action-packed anime films? Do you enjoy free film screenings? Does science fiction interest you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us for a free screening of REDLINE (2009), at the Anime Sci-Fi Movie Night. Using 100,000 hand-made drawings filled with kinetic color, Anime News Network calls REDLINE the most insanely exciting, visually exhilarating anime film in decades.

Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every 5 years, everyone wants to stake up their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra customized car. All the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rivals drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee, but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

Event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Attendees are encouraged to bring cushions and beach chairs. The Film will be shown outdoors at the Maya Lin Arts Plaza, near the Choral Studio & Cyber A Cafe at the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Hosted by the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts in collaboration with the Newport Beach Film Festival & ASUCI

Thinking about law school? Want to know how lawyers work at a courthouse or law firm? Interested in knowing if law is accurately portrayed on television, such as on the show “Suits”? ( If you answered yes to any of these questions, then our Suits TV Show Breakdown event is the perfect chance for you to explore these topics!

ASUCI’s Academic Engagement has invited professors from the UC Irvine School of Law to analyze clips from the highly popular TV Show “Suits”, while also sharing how their own personal and professional experiences relate to the show. By sharing their experiences, we hope that you all will gain some valuable insight regarding the field of law.

The professors who will be attendance include:
– Professor Joseph DiMento (
– Professor Bryant Garth

Global Eaters: Coming Winter 2015!

Run UCI: Hip Hop Culture coming Winter 2015!


Academic Engagement

Elvis Leng
Elvis LengCommissioner

Year: Third

Major: Business Economics

Goal: This year, I will work with my team to build a more organized Academic Engagement commission. Our team will work with different clubs, organizations, and schools to put out events that everyone can benefit from.

Interesting Fact: This person is made in China.

Other Involvements: Student Ambassador under Admissions & Relations with Schools, Mentor for Anteater Mentorship Program

Mirka Murillo
Mirka MurilloAssistant Commissioner

Year: Fourth

Major: Public Health Science

Goal: Having successful events that both the students and professors enjoy.

Interesting Fact: I can solve a Rubik’s cube.

Other Involvements: Undergraduate Researcher, Clinical Care Extender at Hoag Hospital, Camp Counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald, Volunteer at UCI Outreach Clinic, Intramural Basketball at the ARC.

Andrew Pham
Andrew PhamAssistant Commissioner

Year: Third

Major: Political Science

Goal: To better serve all schools with outreach programs that help in developing relationships between professors and students.

Interesting Fact: Mochi is delicious.

Other Involvements: AMP Mentor, ARC Employee

E-mail Academic Engagement


Name: Michelle Ly

Year: Second

Major: Business Economics

Goal: To be proud of what I’ve accomplished by the end of the year.

Interesting Fact: I’m from the Bay Area!

Other Involvements: Former CORE Consultant





Name: Matthew Tsai

Year: Second

Major: Biological Sciences

Goal: To have a eye-opening and intellectual experience in every aspect of my life on campus, from ASUCI to my bio classes to my time spent with volunteering and hanging out.

Interesting Fact: I love mangoes

Other Involvements: Biological Sciences Student Council, ASUCI Legislative Council Representative, Lyon Eye Clinic intern



Name: Yvonne Li

Year: Second

Major: Undecided/Undeclared switching to Public Health Policy

Goals: I hope to develop great networking skills and connect the student body with faculty as much as possible! My goal would be to manage my time well and have fun! 🙂

Interesting Fact: I can recite the alphabet backwards 😉

Involvements: Antleader Mentorship Program, Research Assistant at School of Education






Name: Tiffany Gu

Year: Second

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Goal: My goal for the year is to bridge students and faculty into each other’s lives and show that students can also be BFFFLs (best friends for life) or coffee buddies with the professors and faculty. After all, they are the backbone of all UCI students’ success and offer endless opportunities for academic enrichment. I am so excited to work and have fun with the Academic Affairs commission!

Interesting Fact: I have a passion for horror and metal music. I like to embrace the darker things in life.

Other Involvements: UCI Campus Representative, ASUCI Soulstice Intern



Name: Ryan Tam

Year: Fourth

Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Goal: To create new fun and creative events and get more Pharm Sci students to come out to events

Interesting Fact: Born in New York and moved after 9/11

Involvements: Lestonnac Clinic Volunteer, Pharm Sci Mentor, Pharm Tech at CVS



Name: Minh Phan

Year: Fourth

Major: Computer Science

Goals: To have fun

Interesting fact: My eyes are light brown

Other Involvements: UCI Tae Kwon Do, UCI Vietnamese Student Association