UCSC Review Summer 1997
From the Chancellor
By M.R.C. Greenwood
Celebrate UC Santa Cruz was the campus's theme for a myriad of public events held in May. In addition to presenting concerts, lectures, performances, film screenings, and exhibitions, we honored the investiture of the co-holders of the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair; announced the naming of our first professional school, the Jack Baskin School of Engineering; and officially dedicated our stunning Music Center and adjacent Kretschmer Plaza. Another highlight, and certainly a personal pinnacle, was the campus's inauguration celebration.
These special occasions provided an excellent showcase of the campus for our local community and for visitors from around the state and the country--and they underscored that the true distinctions of UC Santa Cruz are the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and alumni, and the generous service and contributions of our friends and benefactors. Literally hundreds of campus members worked to make these recent events so successful--and I am pleased to extend my personal and most heartfelt thanks to each of them.
At the meeting of the UCSC Academic Senate last October, I posed four priorities, and at the final senate meeting of the year in late May, I was gratified to report significant progress. These working priorities include increasing the effective presentation of the UC Santa Cruz story, both inside and outside the university; continually strengthening the quality and effectiveness of teaching, research, and management; building internal and external partnerships; and increasing assets and resources.
This publication features examples of the campus's progress toward achieving these priorities. The progress is indeed laudable, and it demonstrates that UC Santa Cruz is at the leading edge in many ways. Yet we can--and will--do even more to serve our students and our extended community. We recently established the Millennium Committee, a task force comprising faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives from across the campus, and including the president of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. With input from other members of the extended campus community, the committee will develop a renewed consensus of our values, priorities, and opportunities for excellence that will guide us into the new century.
In closing, I want to thank everyone who helped make my first year as chancellor both exciting and rewarding. At this threshold of my second year here, I reiterate my commitment to work together as we continue to build the legend of UC Santa Cruz.
M.R.C. Greenwood Chancellor