Events Recap

  • Call For Music Video Participants!

    Attention Banana Slugs! We're making a special music video to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we want you to be in it! We're going to be dancing around and having fun to your fellow alumni, Brett Dennon's tune: "When We...

  • UC Santa Cruz Hackathon

    Merrill Cultural Center The second UC Santa Cruz hackathon was a huge success. Read all about the event at Santa Cruz Tech

  • Emeriti Lecture Series

    Arboretum Open to Emeriti Association members ONLY: “Looking for Santa Cruz’s First Municipal Water System” a lecture by Melanie Mayer, Professor Emerita Psychology.

  • Campus Kick-Off: Dress Like 1965 Day!

    Quarry Plaza The campus kick-off was a blast. Check out the content winners and photo gallery.

  • Our Disappearing Microbes - Dr. Martin Blaser

    Come celebrate 15- and 50-year anniversaries with the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology (METX) Department at UC Santa Cruz.

  • 8th Annual Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

    The 8th annual Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival, hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Women's Club will again be held at the beautiful Cocoanut Grove on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 1-4 pm.Nominations and voting for...

  • 50th anniversary: Remembrance of UC Santa Cruz founding Chancellor Dean McHenry

    Arboretum "Memories of Dean and Jane McHenry and the Beginning of UC Santa Cruz," a remembrance at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.Program:“The Bear Comes over the Mountain: Dean McHenry Arrives”Hal Hyde, Founding Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance, UCSC

  • Questions that Matter: Making The Cosmos Local

    This series brings together UC Santa Cruz scholars with community members to explore questions that matter to all of us. We invite you to join us on January 27, 2015 for the series launch at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

  • 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Angela Davis

    Please join us for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Angela Y. Davis.

  • Three Generations of Smiths

    Cowell College Page Smith was the founding provost of Cowell College and a pioneer of UC Santa Cruz. His wife Eloise supported the arts in the colleges.

  • Celebrating Page and Eloise Smith

    Stevenson Event Center As part of UC Santa Cruz's 50th anniversary, Cowell College is hosting a day-long celebration of Page and Eloise, on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

  • Tom Franco Co-Lab: Reception and Lecture

    Sesnon Gallery, Porter College Join us for a gallery opening from 5:00pm - 7:30pm, followed by alumnus Tom Franco's lecture, The Artist Community Collaborative Experience from 7:30pm - 8:30pm.

  • 50/50: 50 Artists from 5 Decades (Opening Receptions and Exhibits)

    Porter College Please join us as the Arts Division kicks off our celebration of UC Santa Cruz’s 50th Anniversary with two opening receptions for 50/50: 50 Artists from 5 Decades.

  • Random Magnets and Quantum Information

    Jack Baskin Auditorium 101

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

    This event, celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has been an integral part of the campus and community and is a major benefit for the Wilderness Orientation Program through the Recreation Department here at UCSC.

  • 'On the Tides': the book and physics that sank Galileo

    John Heilbron describes Galileo's tidal physics and similar "marvels" presented in the Dialogue.The working title of the book we know as the Dialogue Concerning the "Two Chief World Systems" (1632) was "On the Tides."

  • Anita Hill: “Speaking Truth to Power: Gender and Racial Equality – 1991-2015″

    Colleges Nine/Ten Multi-purpose Room Anita Hill spoke to a full room of 450 and another 300 people heard her via simulcast in a nearby classroom.

  • Mixed Media Mixer

    Sesnon Gallery, Porter College Tom Franco Co Labwith Alumnus Tom Franco + Firehouse Art Collective + UCSC students + alumniLive art! Live music! Mixed Media Mixing!Music schedule (6-10pm):

  • No Prospect of an End: Living with an Ever Changing Climate

    Colleges Nine/Ten Multi-purpose Room The Divisions of Physical & Biological Sciences and Social Sciences are proud to announce The Second Annual UCSC Climate & Policy Conference. The dates of the conference are Friday March 13th-Saturday March 14th.

  • Science Sunday: Making Mummies Talk

    Seymour Marine Discovery Center Science Sunday: Making Mummies TalkUsing fossils to understand how seals will respond to environmental changePaul Koch, Ph.D.Dean, Physical and Biological SciencesProfessor, Earth and Planetary SciencesUC Santa Cruz

  • "An Uncommon Place: Celebrating 50 Years of Building UC Santa Cruz" (Los Angeles Event)

    An Uncommon Place: Celebrating 50 Years of Building UC Santa Cruzwith Campus Architect Emeritus Frank Zwart, Cowell '71at Seasons 52 in Century CitySunday, March 152:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • East Bay Alumni Volunteer Service Day

    Lend a helping hand...UC Santa Cruz Alumni Volunteer Service Dayat MLK Jr. Shoreline Park in OaklandSaturday, March 219:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • "An Uncommon Place: Celebrating 50 Years of Building UC Santa Cruz" (Santa Clara Event)

    An Uncommon Place: Celebrating 50 Years of Building UC Santa Cruzwith Campus Architect Emeritus Frank Zwart, Cowell '71at UCSC ExtensionThursday, March 266:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

  • Cesar Chavez Volunteer Service Day

    UC Santa Cruz Alumni Volunteer Service Dayat the Homeless Garden Project Natural Bridges FarmSaturday, March 2810:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Linguistics@SantaCruz: Theory and Practice

    There will be talks, discussions, photos, and interactive demonstrations illustrating the history and current directions of linguistics at UC Santa Cruz.

  • An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

    Sesnon Gallery, Porter College Running April 8 - May 9.An exhibition exploring the transformation of a spectacular natural site into the one of the most cherished university campuses in the world.

  • Rhythms of Place: Photographic Explorations of the UCSC Campus

    The Santa Cruz campus is often said to be “beautiful,” “awesome,” “spectacular”—words that strain to evoke a sense of place for which we lack adequate language.

  • The Feminist Architecture of Gloria Anzaldua: New Translations, Crossings and Pedagogies in Anzalduan Thought

    Humanities 1 Building A Conference on the Work of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

  • 9th Annual HOPE International Music Festival

    College Nine College Nine and College Ten Co-curricular Programs Office, the HOPE Planning Team, and our Cosponsor Hermanas Unidas are proud to present the 9th Annual International Hope Benefit Concert.

  • Views from the Hill

    Cowell College The spring show at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery will feature works from UCSC alumni who are well recognized artists. This is an invitational show, celebrating 50 years of the arts infusing education.

  • Views from the Hill: Looking Out, Looking In

    Alumni Invitational ExhibitionIn Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of UCSC, 1965-2015April 17 - June 14, 2015Reception: Friday, April 17, 5-7pmEloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UCSCGallery Hours: 11am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday


    The Santa Cruz premiere of “It’s a Wild Life” by UC Santa Cruz alumnus Keenan and Karen Ward.

  • "Come Home" our 50th anniversary Alumni Weekend 4/23-4/26

    Alumni Weekend 2015 is Thursday April 23 - Sunday April 26. We have an amazing line-up of programs.

  • Mentor Match: A Student & Alumni Networking Dinner

    Stevenson Event Center NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUTIf you have ever thought about mentoring a UC Santa Cruz student—this is the event for you! Alumni are cordially invited to Mentor Match: A Student & Alumni Networking Dinner.

  • TEDxSantaCruz

    UC Santa Cruz is a major sponsor for TEDxSantaCruz 2015. For their 2015 event, the TEDx team is planning an event to help shine a spotlight on the impact of UC Santa Cruz through faculty research and alumni endeavors.

  • DNA Day

    Sinsheimer Laboratories UC Santa Cruz, home of the UCSC Genome Browser and the assembly of the first draft of the human genome, celebrates national DNA Day every April.

  • 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

    McHenry Library The Graduate Research Symposium highlights the innovative research being conducted by graduate students in our thirty-eight programs across five academic divisions.It celebrates the scholarly, creative, social and commercial impact they make within California and around the world!

  • True Originals: M. Sanjayan presents: A New Wild: Saving Nature in a Human-Dominated World

    Media Theater In a world of seven billion humans, can wild nature continue to exist? The environmental movement has long been dominated by a Western philosophy that sees humans as separate from and detrimental to nature.

  • Banana Slug Kid Zone

    A family-friendly event where alums can visit different craft booths with their little Banana Slugs.

  • True Originals: 50 years of American Film Comedies

    Filmmaker Ron Yerxa with Santa Cruz Sentinel's Wallace Baine.

  • True Originals: Money, Politics, Climate Change and the Law: Will We Rise to the Challenge?


  • Banana Slug Lunch: Farm Fresh, Family Style

    Cowell College EVENT SOLD OUT - Taking place at the heart of alumni weekend, the Banana Slug Lunch embodies the ideal of coming home. Elbow-to-elbow with fellow alumni and sharing a meal over conversation.

  • Tales as Tall as the Redwoods: Reflections on UCSC's Founding Years

    Stevenson College NOTE: ROOM CHANGE TO STEVENSON ROOM 150. Join an animated roundtable discussion of faculty emeriti and alumni sharing stories about their experiences at UC Santa Cruz during its early years.Our engaging list of panelists includes:

  • True Originals: From Here to Modernity—Perspectives from Distinguished Museum Professionals

    Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Alumni Arts professionals present how an array of educational experiences at UC Santa Cruz helped inspire five of its graduates to pursue their present careers at five of America’s notable art museums.

  • True Originals: The Santa Cruz Stairway—Today's Writing and Publishing Strategies from Fiction to Memoir to Hand-Made Books

    McHenry Library Alumni authors share their experiences in pursuing their dream of writing and with the changing landscape of publishing.

  • Teach In: Craig Haney

    NOTE: ROOM CHANGE TO HUMANITIES LECTURE HALL. Be a student again for an afternoon! Professor Craig Haney will present a lecture entitled "Think Different: Why Everything We’ve Been Taught About Crime is Wrong and What We Need to Do About...

  • Teach In: Bettina Aptheker

    Classroom Unit NOTE: ROOM CHANGE TO CLASSROOM UNIT 2. Be a student again for an afternoon! Attend a lecture entitled "Feminism & Social Justice" from faculty professor of feminist studies Bettina Aptheker.

  • Alumni Wine Reception: Sunset and Wine

    Cowell College EVENT SOLD OUT – Unwind with a glass of wine in the company of friends and reconnect with favorite faculty and staff.

  • Bonfire by the Bay

    East Field House After a busy day of reconnecting, grab an old friend and head to the East field to catch the remaining moments of the sunset while warming up by a bonfire. Music, hot chocolate, food trucks. This event is a must...

  • 50th Anniversary Event Honoring Kenneth and Ann Thimann

    You are invited to an informal event sharing the memories of Crown College founders Kenneth and Ann Thimann.

  • UCSC Bioneers Conference May 2-3

    Kresge Town Hall 1st Annual UCSC Bioneers Conference at Kresge College, May 2-3Free and open to the public. Free parking in the Core West Parking Garage.Full program online at

  • 80th Running of the Cardiac Pacer 5 Mile Run

    Oldest Run in Santa Cruz County. This Bi-Annual race begins and ends at the East Field House Complex. 50% Pavement/50% trails. All entrants receive a specialized banana slug at the finish.

  • Traditional and New Indonesian Music and Dance

    Music Center Recital Hall UCSC West Javanese Gamelan presents MUSIC & DANCE FROM SUNDA & CIREBON directed by Undang Sumarna, drummer UCSC Balinese Gamelan 'Swarasanti' presents KECAK, MUSIC & DANCE FROM BALI. Directed by Brian Baumbusch with drummer-dancer I Gedé Oka Artha Negara

  • Volcanism as the re-creation of Earth - Jim Gill

    Music Center Recital Hall Volcanoes have both immediate and remote significance – immediate when they erupt, and remote because they are a primary mechanism of planetary change. The eruptions are a kind of planetary recreation, and generating magma re-creates the Earth.

  • The Accelerating Universe: Einstein's Blunder Undone

    Robert Kirshner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics talks about exploding stars and the accelerating universe.

  • The Miriam Ellis International Playhouse

    Stevenson Event Center The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, Cowell College, and Stevenson College, will present The Miriam Ellis International Playhouse (MEIP), an annual multilingual program of fully-staged short theater pieces, for its 15th season.

  • BSLUGS Go to Fenway!

    BSLUGS go to FenwayRed Sox vs. the AngelsFriday, May 22, 20157:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

  • World Ocean Days

    Seymour Marine Discovery Center Visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center during its 15th anniversary year - take a tour, touch a shark, and celebrate our blue planet.

  • Social Documentation Graduate Exhibition

    2015 will be the ten year anniversary of the Social Documentation Program. This event showcases socially engaged documentary work by the graduating Master's Class of 2015.

  • Dedication of the Cowell Archives

    Cowell College The McHenry Library has archives for the whole university. Cowell has archives related to events at Cowell over the last 50 years. Recently, brilliant emeritae staff Angie Christmann and Lynne Wolcott have been cataloguing all our memorabilia. Come and view...

  • True Originals: 50th Anniversary Commencement Speakers

    For Commencement 2015, we are honored to welcome back to campus distinguished alumni from a variety of fields and across the nation.

  • Lick Observatory Summer Visitor Program

    Lick Observatory During the summer, guests may purchase tickets to look through the 36-inch Lick Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Reflector telescopes.

  • 16th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium

    Stevenson College The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium offers a well-established forum for faculty, researchers, and students from the 10 UC campuses to network, collaborate, and present

  • Human Genome 15th Anniversary Toast

    Stevenson College Hear about this landmark accomplishment from David Haussler and join us in a toast.Monday, June 22, 6:30-6:45 pmLawn between Humanities I Building and Cowell College

  • Jerry Garcia's 73rd Birthday

    Experience the exhibit of the Garcia Memorial Collection; meet friends old and new, all while enjoying live music and superb food and wine.Keynote speaker Dennis McNally, the Band's publicist, will share some great insights into the life of Jerry.

  • Fifth Annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner

    Celebrate the UC Santa Cruz Farm Apprenticeship Program at the fifth annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner, followed by the opening of the historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn!

  • UCSC Retired Staff and Emeriti Faculty Picnic

    The UCSC Retiree and Emeriti Associations are sponsoring an opportunity for former staff and faculty to meet old friends, to reminisce and to celebrate. Enjoy renewing acquaintances and sharing stories at a catered barbecue.

  • An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

    Architectural Images and Imaginings from UC Santa Cruz’s Early YearsCurated by emeriti professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and emeritus campus architect Frank Zwart.

  • UC Santa Cruz Arboretum's 50th Anniversary Jubilee and Fundraiser

    Arboretum Join us for the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum's 50th Anniversary Jubilee and Fundraiser. Sunday, September 20, 2015 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

  • OPERS Fall Festival

    This will be the 30th Annual OPERS Fall Festival, a campus wide Resource Fair for all new undergrad, grad, transfer and re-entry students.

  • Pioneer Reunion: Celebrating the Incoming Class of 1965

    As part of the 2015 Founders Celebration we are planning reunion activities for the Pioneer class, stretching from Friday, September 25, through Sunday, September 27, with special reunion program on Saturday from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm. Save these dates...

  • Shelly Errington: Going Over to the Light Side

    Please join us as we honor Professor Emerita Shelly Errington for her many contributions to UC Santa Cruz.

  • Beyond the DNA Code: Transmission of Developmental Instructions from Parents to Offspring

    Music Center Recital Hall The Faculty Research Lecture is an annual event honoring the outstanding research of UCSC faculty dating back to 1967. This year's faculty research lecture will be given by Distinguished Professor of MCD Biology, Susan Strome.

  • Dr. J. Herman Blake at McHenry Library, My Unique Journey: Learning Never Ends

    McHenry Library In honor of both the 50th anniversary of UCSC and his recently published oral history, Dr. J. Herman Blake will speak at McHenry Library on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

  • True Originals: An Incubator of Stars

    Music Center Recital Hall As part of our 50th anniversary Founder's weekend, Chancellor Blumenthal will lead a panel which includes three distinguished alumni and Caroline Morley one of UC Santa Cruz's stellar Astronomy Ph.D. students. We will be welcoming back to campus these talented...

  • Founders Celebration 2015

    Join us for our most spectacular Founders Celebration event yet, during our fall signature weekend of 50th festivities, Sept. 25-27.

  • Ken Norris Memorial Lecture

    Seymour Marine Discovery Center The 2015 lecture celebrates 50 years of science at UCSC and 15 years of marine science education at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

  • Seymour Science Sunday and Fall Celebration

    Seymour Marine Discovery Center Marine scientists bring you public lectures with photography, video, and stories of their work and lives. This special Science Sunday caps off the Seymour Center's 15th anniversary year.

  • 13th Annual Practical Activism Conference

    Colleges Nine/Ten Multi-purpose Room Join us for the 13th Annual Practical Activism Conference, organized by students from College Nine, Ten and Oakes

  • Explore 150 years of Santa Cruz history

    History fair at the newly renovated hay barn. Displays, Demonstrations, Lectures. Learn about lime making, redwood ecology, the Ohlone, archaeology, historic building restoration, heritage foods, and much more. Hands-on activities for children and adults

  • Slug Parade & Expo

    For five decades, students, faculty, staff, and researchers at UCSC have been seeking answers to life's most difficult questions. Today, the community is asking: How do you make a banana slug float?

  • Utopian Dreaming: 50 years of Imagined Futures in California and at UCSC--November 6-7, 2015

    Music Center Recital Hall In 2015, UCSC is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia its 40th. Both are products of a fertile period of ferment across California, during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore: “Organized Abandonment and Organized Violence: Devolution and the Police”

    Music Center Recital Hall Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has many honors and awards, and has delivered invited lectures at universities and cultural institutions around the world.

  • Psychology and art, and the case of Cézanne -Pavel Machotka

    Music Center Recital Hall Pavel Machotka is a UCSC emeritus Professor of Psychology continuing his research in his native land, the Czech Republic

  • Sixth Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading

    For UCSC's 50th Anniversary, California Poet Laureate, Al Young, poet, novelist, screenwriter, and former UCSC lecturer in Creative Writing, will be our honored guest reader.


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