UC Santa Cruz’s 50th anniversary calls for a special Founders Celebration weekend featuring events highlighting the campus’s audacious founding and distinctive standing.
Faculty Research Lecture
LOCATIONMusic Center Recital Hall
DATE/TIMESept. 25/7 p.m.
Beyond the DNA Code: Transmission of Developmental Instructions from Parents to Offspring
Susan Strome, distinguished professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology
Professor Strome studies the development of germ cells—the cells that give rise to eggs and sperm. The only cells in the body that are immortal, they provide a model for how parental experiences in humans can influence development of their children and grandchildren.
Celebrating the Incoming Class of 1965
As part of the 2015 Founders Celebration, we are planning reunion gatherings and activities stretching from Friday, September 25, through Sunday, September 27, with a special reunion program on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. More information »
J. Herman Blake
DATE/TIMESept. 26/11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
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“Look’n M’ Face and Hear M’ Story”
In honor of both UC Santa Cruz 50th anniversary and his recently published oral history, J. Herman Blake will speak at McHenry Library on September 26, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Blake is much beloved at UC Santa Cruz, both as a charismatic and brilliant teacher/mentor and as the visionary leader who founded Oakes College. He will speak about building communities during the course of his life, including his time at UC Santa Cruz.
The University Library is delighted to sponsor Blake’s visit to campus. Please join us for this memorable event, which will be held outdoors on the Great Lawn of McHenry Library—don’t forget your hats and sunscreen.
True Originals: An Incubator of Stars
LOCATIONDigital Arts Research Center
DATE/TIMESept. 26/2:30 p.m.—4 p.m.
ADMISSION$10 per person
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A conversation with extraordinary astrophysicist alumni, moderated by Chancellor George Blumenthal
Douglas Duncan (Ph.D. '80, astronomy),
an astronomer at the University of Colorado, where he directs Fiske Planetarium, the most advanced planetarium in the country;
Steven Hawley (Ph.D. '77, astronomy),
professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, who made five space flights as a NASA astronaut and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2007;
Geoffrey Marcy (Ph.D. '82, astronomy),
professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, who is one of the pioneers and leaders in the discovery and characterization of planets around other stars;
Caroline Morley, astronomy Ph.D candidate,
2015 Chancellor's Fellowship, 2014 ARCS recipient, 2012 Osterbook Fellowship, 2011 Harriet G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship (NASA).
LOCATIONEast Field, UC Santa Cruz
DATE/TIMESept. 26/6 p.m.
ADMISSION$175 per person
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A spectacular evening under the stars in celebration of trailblazers, radicals, and legends.
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime evening and be part of the crowning event of UC Santa Cruz’s 50th celebratory year.
This year’s Founders Celebration dinner will be unlike anything we have done before. Served in a pavilion overlooking the Monterey Bay, Kathryn Sullivan (Cowell ‘73), the first American woman to walk in space, will be our master of ceremonies as we honor chef and food activist Alice Waters with the Foundation Medal and our pioneer staff and faculty with the Fiat Lux Award. The evening promises to be an electrifying night under the stars.
Thank you to our sponsors
- Gordon (Crown '72) and Tanya Ringold
- Anne Beroza (Stevenson '72)
- Sarah C. Latham
Vice Chancellor, Business and
- Linda S. Peterson, Stevenson '70 — UC Santa Cruz Foundation Trustee and Chair, Campaign Steering Committee
Thank you to our supporters who have donated a portion of their goods and/or services
- Gary Young, Crown '73
- UC Santa Cruz Cowell Press
- The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), UC Santa Cruz