UCSC Review Winter 1998
Banana Slug Spring Fair campus open house, April 18
Alumni, prospective and current students and their families, and all friends of the campus are invited to visit UCSC for Banana Slug Spring Fair on Saturday, April 18. This year's campus open house features reunions, tours, lectures, artistic performances, and receptions at each college. Alumni highlights are listed below. For more information, contact University Advancement at (800) 933-SLUG or locally at (408) 459-2501. Web site for the event: admissions.ucsc.edu/bssf.
Here are some alumni highlights of the upcoming Banana Slug Spring Fair:
* The class of '78 will celebrate its 20-year reunion with an evening of conversation, dining, and reminiscence.
* The all-class reunion will recognize the classes of '68, '73, '78, '83, '88, and '93 at this anchor event for all alumni. Everyone is welcome!
* Marge Frantz, American studies and women's studies lecturer emerita, will give a special lecture for alumni. Frantz, who is this year's Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, will also be honored by Kresge College with alumni panel discussions on political activism and education--the foci of Frantz's career. Alumni interested in participating may call Kresge provost Paul Skenazy at (408) 459-4792.
* College Eight will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an evening of music, food, and friends.
* The Economics Department will host a reunion for economics alumni and their families and current and former faculty and staff. Activities include dinner at a local restaurant. Call (408) 459-2028 for more information.
* A reading of poetry by Douglas McClellan, art professor emeritus, will be part of a Cowell College celebration, which will include an exhibit of paintings and text by American studies professor John Dizikes.
* Every college will host a reception. In addition, Cowell will hold its annual evening waltz; Porter will host a celebration of Asian culture; and Merrill will offer a dance performance by Los Mexicas and students will paint the moat.
* Acting troupe Culture Clash will present Radio Mambo in the Performing Arts Mainstage Theater. Call (408) 459-2159 for ticket information.
* The Santa Cruz Hillel, UCSC's Jewish resource center, will host a brunch on Sunday, April 19, for UCSC alumni. Call (408) 426-3332 for more information.
Association board sets future direction
"Open to all alumni, the UCSC Alumni Association is a membership organization whose programs foster a lifelong connection with the university. The purpose of the Association is to promote, influence, and support the educational, cultural, and social life of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and to provide a means by which alumni may both serve the university, its colleges, and its students, and help guide the university in the future." So reads the new mission statement of the UCSC Alumni Association. It was recently updated by the association's governing board at a strategic planning retreat.
Over 7,000 dues-paying members strong, the Alumni Association is governed by a 24-person volunteer board of directors composed of alumni who live throughout the state. Last summer they got together to set the future direction for the association. As a result of the one-day strategic planning retreat, the following association goals were announced:
* Offer programs and opportunities that encourage alumni to maintain a lifelong connection with UCSC;
* Support activities that attract students to UCSC, enrich the student experience, and help students succeed at UCSC and after;
* Actively support the university's effort to encourage diversity;
* Participate in the development and implementation of policies affecting UCSC;
* Develop programs to engage faculty and students in an ongoing discussion of the UCSC academic mission, heritage, and values.
Alumni interested in supporting these efforts and joining the associ- ation may call the Alumni Office for more information at (800) 933-SLUG or (408) 459-2530.
Alumni BUY-A-BOOK donors honor faculty
Each spring, UCSC supporters are asked to help the University Library by contributing to the annual BUY-A-BOOK campaign. Donors provide a generous gift of $50 to $1,000; in return, bibliographers choose critically needed volumes for the library collection and inscribe them with a note on the bookplate and in the library online catalog.
For the past few years, BUY-A-BOOK has added a remarkable $30,000 to $40,000 in annual funding to the overextended library materials budget. The campaign has been successful for several reasons: It is headed by founding chancellor Dean McHenry, whose name is synonymous with the Santa Cruz tradition of independent inquiry; and the donors are approached by an outstanding corps of student callers, whose enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication are irresistible. This year, the student callers came up with a creative new strategy that has proved to be very appealing to UCSC's increasing group of alumni donors. The students ask each alum they call to BUY-A-BOOK in honor of a UCSC faculty member who made an important difference in his or her education, vocation, and life. The response from alumni has been astounding. The student callers have been moved and inspired by the memories of a class, lecture, conversation, or counseling session that continues to resonate decades later. In fact, this year's callers were so impressed with their predecessors' BUY-A-BOOK stories that they decided to direct the 1997 senior class gift to this purpose as well.
Many of the honored faculty taught during the intense and exciting formative years of the Santa Cruz campus, but the inspiration of younger scholars has been recognized as well.
This year the library received a record number of BUY-A-BOOK gifts in memory of the late Page and Eloise Smith, mostly from Cowell College alumni who remembered their integrity and warmth. Overall this year nearly 30 UCSC faculty members received BUY-A-BOOK tributes from appreciative alumni.
If you would like to honor a beloved teacher with books, send your contribution, marked BUY-A-BOOK and made payable to the UCSC Foundation, to the Carriage House, UCSC, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
The University of California Alumni Associations present the
Alumni Career Conference & Job Fair
* Job Fair with exhibitors in every career field
* Workshops with top career professionals
Saturday, March 28, 1998
Conference: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Job Fair: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Marriott City Center Hotel, Oakland
cost (includes lunch):
$60 Alumni Association members
Add $15 for registration after March 13
For more information, call the UCSC Alumni Association: