From the chancellor

(Photo: Paul Schraub)

Great and important things are happening at UC SantaCruz. I hope as you read this magazine you’ll feel a burstof pride, as I do.

In addition to the groundbreaking cancer research taking place here and the many other programs and people of note detailed in these pages, I want to point outjust a few more terrific things going on here at UCSC.

We’re introducing several new academic programs this year, including a minor in dance, a B.S. in robotics engineering, and a new B.A. in network and digital technology.

We received a gift of $500,000 to establish The George P. Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund at Porter College, ensuring that poetry will thrive at UCSC in perpetuity.

The Sierra Club gave us one of its highest rankings ever in its annual list of “the nation’s most planet-minded universities.”

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of our beloved Banana Slug mascot, Sammy the Slug. Fiat Slugs!

Whatever your passion, I’m sure you’ll find something of interest here. Come see for yourself. Visit campus, attend an event, get involved. Volunteer, make a gift to a program that’s meaningful to you, stroll through the Arboretum, attend a holiday play, or reconnect with old friends at Alumni Reunion Weekend April 27–29.

UCSC has so much to offer. Make it yours.

George Blumenthal

This message appears in the fall 2011 issue of Review magazine.