Chancellor Gene Block formally welcomed new freshmen and transfer students to UCLA Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center stadium as the campus prepares to kick off the 2014-15 academic year. Approximately 5,700 first-year and 3,150 transfer students are starting this fall quarter.

The chancellor’s remarks were part of True Bruin Welcome, a collection of more than 80 events through Oct. 9 designed to foster community and introduce students to campus life during the first two weeks of fall quarter. On Saturday, he and his wife Carol Block greeted students as they moved into residence halls.

Following the chancellor’s annual welcome address, students had dinner at the Intramural Field and then gathered for community meetings in their residence halls.

On Monday, the chancellor joined new students for the sixth annual Volunteer Day, as they fan out across the city to work at more than 40 locations, including seniors’ homes, parks, veterans support facilities, schools and food banks.