Founders 2015 Events

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


    Music Center Recital Hall

    Sept. 25/7 p.m.

Susan Strome - Faculty Research Lecture

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.

Student in 1965

Celebrating the Original Students of UC Santa Cruz

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


    McHenry Library

    Sept. 26/11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

J. Herman Blake

My Unique Journey: Learning Never Ends

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


    Music Recital Hall

    Sept. 26/2:30 p.m.—4 p.m.

    $10 per person

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).

Fiat Fifty with Alice Waters

    East Field, UC Santa Cruz

    Sept. 26/6 p.m.

    $175 per person

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

Redwood Sponsors:

  • Ow Family Properties
  • Dignity Health Medical Group - Dominican
  • Gordon (Crown '72) and Tanya Ringold

Fieldhouse Sponsors:

  • Driscoll
  • Barry Swanson - Builder Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Scharf Investment, LLC
  • Anne Beroza (Stevenson '72)
  • Sarah C. Latham
    Vice Chancellor, Business and
    Administrative Services
  • 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

  • Saintsbury
  • Stone Brewing Co.
  • Annie Glass
  • Gary Young, Crown '73
  • UC Santa Cruz Cowell Press
  • The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), UC Santa Cruz