Banana Slug Spring Fair drawing alumni back to UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz rolls out the welcome mat for alumni, faculty, and friends at Banana Slug Spring Fair, the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28.

With nearly 30 events, including a wine tasting, an all-alumni luncheon, and a panel discussion featuring prominent faculty and alumni, participants have plenty of choices. RSVPs for all events, due April 20, may be made by calling (831) 459-2530, or online at

UCSC's Oakes College will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a panel discussion including the college's founding provost, J. Herman Blake, Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal, and Campus Provost David Kliger.

For its 40th anniversary, Crown College is showcasing women in science with a presentation by award-winning epidemiologist Cheryl Scott (Oakes '74). Cowell College is hosting a reception welcoming classics majors and friends. Receptions will also take place at the rest of UCSC's 10 colleges.

Alumni will also take part in the celebration of the new Humanities Building on April 28, with events including a dedication ceremony, a reception showcasing graduate student research, live music, and faculty authors available to talk about their recent publications and sign copies of their books.

The Alumni Association is holding three major events to which all faculty, staff, and alumni are invited. The All-Alumni Reunion Luncheon on April 28 will give special recognition to the classes of '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, and '02. Immediately following will be the Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Alumni Panel Discussion featuring AIDS vaccine expert Phillip Berman, chair of biomolecular engineering. The popular late-afternoon Alumni Vintners Wine Tasting will offer select wines, gourmet food, and music, all by alumni.

Academic-themed events include the All-Sciences Reunion, Education Department Reunion, Psychology Department Reunion, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering 10th Anniversary Celebration. The Social Sciences Division will host a luncheon celebrating emeriti faculty with an award to Professor Emeritus William Friedland; classical studies will have a reception honoring retiring Professor John Lynch.

Other events include the first-ever EOP Summer Bridge Program Reunion dinner; "Admissions 101" for families with college-bound students; a benefit golf tournament; an Opera Program performance; a Class of '72 get-together; and gatherings sponsored by Student Organization Advising and Resources, Hillel (for Jewish students and faculty), the Lionel CantĂș Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Intersex Resource Center, the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, and Black Escargot, UCSC's African American alumni affinity group.

For more information, check the Alumni Association web site at or call (831) 459-2530.