Sony's unexpected gift

UCSC's computer game design program is the first of its kind in the UC system--and one of just a handful nationwide. Sony employees' familiarity with the creativity and quality of the program inspired them to consider UCSC as the beneficiary of a gift of $458,000--the result of a settlement reached in a class-action lawsuit involving video-gaming employees at the company--to establish a scholarship program for students majoring in this innovative discipline.

"This gift will allow us to attract the best students in the nation to come to UC Santa Cruz for our cutting-edge computer game design program," said Jim Whitehead, who helped pioneer the program.

For information about the computer game design program, or to contribute to the Baskin School of Engineering, contact Steve Bourdow at (831) 459-4572 or