UCI and Wells Fargo & Company unveiled a historical mural at The Paul Merage School of Business to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UCI and honor the opening of the new Merage School building. The mural was commissioned to illustrate the shared heritage of the Merage School and Wells Fargo in Orange County.
“Wells Fargo is a proud long time corporate partner of the Merage School. They continue to provide our company with high-caliber talent by preparing graduates to take on the challenges of today’s business world,” said Wells Fargo Southern California Regional President Ben Alvarado. “Their outreach programs, speaking events, and roundtables are a tremendous benefit to our company. This mutually beneficial relationship allows us to connect with many of Orange County’s business leaders and shape the future of some of our next generation of business leaders.”
The mural, which was a joint effort between the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program and the business school, is designed to inspire conversation, and provide a backdrop for student activities. The mural is located in a common space, where students gather to work, collaborate and socialize. A mural key is installed along side of the mural, providing captions for each of the images featured in the design.
Focusing on the recently expanded footprint of the Merage School, the design weaves together the historic bicycle survey of the Irvine Ranch with images of students, staff, and classrooms ranging from the 1900s to present. Historical Wells Fargo documents provide additional points of interest, highlighting the company’s own unique history, which dates back to 1852. Beginning during the time of the Gold Rush, the company earned a reputation of trust by dealing rapidly and responsibly with people’s money and goods, offering both banking and express delivery.