Mural honors opening of new business school building; celebrates shared heritage
August 25, 2016
Irvine, CA – August 25, 2016 – The UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and Wells Fargo unveiled a historical mural at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business to honor the opening of the new Merage School building. The mural was commissioned to illustrate the shared heritage of the UCI Paul Merage School of Business and Wells Fargo in Orange County.
“Wells Fargo is a proud longtime partner of UCI’s Paul Merage School. They continue to provide our company with high-caliber talent by preparing their MBA and undergraduate students to take on the challenges of today’s business world,” said Wells Fargo Southern California Regional President Ben Alvarado. “In addition, their outreach programs, speaking events and roundtables are a tremendous benefit to our company. Through our collaboration we are able to connect with many of today’s top business leaders and help shape the leaders of tomorrow.”
The mural was developed through a collaboration between the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program and the Merage School. Designed to inspire conversation and provide a backdrop for student activities, the mural is located in main lobby of the new Merage School building dining area, where hundreds of students gather each day to work, collaborate and socialize. Alongside the mural is a legend which shares the stories behind each of the images featured in the design. Focusing on the recently opened new business school building, the design weaves together the historic bicycle survey of the Irvine Ranch with images of students, professors and campus activities 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, Wells Fargo earned a reputation of trust by dealing rapidly and responsibly with people’s money and goods, offering both banking and express delivery.
Images were provided by UC Irvine Libraries Special Collections and Archives, The Paul Merage School of Business, Los Angeles Public Library and Wells Fargo Corporate Archives.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
About the Paul Merage School of Business
The Paul Merage School of Business offers four dynamic MBA programs, a Master of Professional Accountancy – plus PhD and undergraduate business degrees – that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. It graduates leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through analytical decision-making, innovation and collaborative execution. In-class and on-site experiences with real-world business problems give students the edge needed to help companies compete in today’s global economy. To learn more, visit: merage.uci.edu.