Student Achievement Week offers array of performances, art, awards

Student Achievement Week at UC Santa Cruz-an eclectic mix of performances, presentations, visual art, and awards-begins June 3 and ends June 10.

One of the most popular events during the celebration is the Annual Print Sale, showcasing the professional quality of the printmaking program. Lithographs, intaglio etchings, digital prints, and handmade books will be among items for sale on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Baskin Visual Arts. For further information contact Veda Ozelle at (831) 459-3686.

The print sale will run in conjunction with the Art Department's Spring Quarter Open Studios, presenting student work in the studios and courtyard of the Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center. All media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, book arts, digital, and intermedia, are on display. Friday, June 9, noon to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For further information, contact Maya Paulding at (831) 459-2272.

Research takes center stage at several events, including the Humanities Undergraduate Research Award Colloquia, the Faculty Mentor Program Undergraduate Research Colloquium, the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, the Environmental Studies Symposium, the Thesis Exhibition for Digital Arts and New Media, and the Undergraduate Linguistics Conference.

A highlight is the campuswide Awards Ceremony June 9 at the College Nine/College Ten Multipurpose Room. (For a profile of this year's Strauss Award winner: "Economics undergraduate wins $10,000 scholarship to fight TB in India," see

The schedule for Achievement Week also includes the following:

. The Irwin Scholars Exhibition 2006 highlights the work of the Art Department's finest students. The Sesnon show features the work of Irwin Scholarship recipients in a wide variety of art forms, including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and electronic media. The 2006 Irwin Scholarship exhibition is on view in the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at Porter College through June 17, Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

. The Sesnon Gallery is also hosting a Digital Arts and New Media Thesis Exhibition June 8-18, from noon to 5 p.m. The MFA program serves as a center for the development and study of digital media and the cultures they have helped create.

. The annual Illustrating Nature exhibition shows student works from the Science Illustration Program, and continues through June 11 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

. Student film screening. Join the students of Film 172, Film and Video Studio, for a screening of final projects at the end of the quarter, Friday, June 9, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Media Theater. The screening is free and open to the public. (See for more information.)

. Dance Theater Production, Signs and Syndromes. Artistic director Ted Warburton, UCSC colleague Mark Franko, and guest choreographer Sommer Ulrickson work with student dancers in a diverse production including a telematic Internet collaboration with dancers in Los Angeles, a small chamber piece featuring baroque and ballet influences, and a work that incorporates movement, dramatic elements, and prop manipulation. Presented by the UCSC Theater Arts Department, it will be performed June 1-3 at 7 p.m., and June 4 at 3 p.m., in the UCSC Mainstage, Theater Arts Center.

. Benjamin Britten's opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream. English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) composed this full-length opera in 1960 and set it to texts in William Shakespeare's enchanting play. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel, it features top student singers and the UCSC Orchestra conducted by Nicole Paiement. Presented by the UCSC Music Department, it will be performed at the Music Center Recital Hall June 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. on June 4.

. Electronic Music Concert. A concert of music and visualizations is presented by students of the electronic music studios and the Digital Arts and New Media program, with a special appearance by Gamelan Lumina. Presented by the Music Department, the free program will be performed on Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Center Recital Hall.

. Chautauqua, UCSC's annual festival of student playwriting, directing, design, and acting celebrates its 27th year. There's a rotating lineup, so audiences are encouraged to attend multiple performances to see the festival's complete offerings. The free shows are presented by the UCSC Theater Arts Department at the Second Stage, Theater Arts Center, at 7 p.m. June 1-3, and 2 p.m. June 4.