2020  Parent & Family Newsrss

  • October 15, 2020

    Founding campus leader Hal Hyde dies at 97

    Harold A. (Hal) Hyde, who, as the first vice chancellor for business and finance at the University of California, Santa Cruz, helped create a world-class campus on a sprawling cattle ranch, died peacefully of natural causes Oct. 12 at 97.

  • October 13, 2020

    Challenging how we see the prison-industrial complex

    An ambitious two-part exhibit, titled Barring Freedom and Visualizing Abolition, organized by the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, combines art and activism to address prison and policing issues.

  • October 01, 2020

    Fall quarter kicks off with new students, programs

    UC Santa Cruz students are excited to start their college journey, despite the challenges created by a global pandemic that has reshaped society. Faculty and staff are ready to provide students with the best experience possible and the support to help them succeed.

  • September 29, 2020

    Rising from the ashes

    Archaeological researchers from UC Santa Cruz are among the volunteers searching through rubble for homeowners who lost their loved ones’ cremains in the fires that ravaged Oregon and California.

  • September 21, 2020

    LALS doctoral candidate Candy Martínez awarded Native American Scholars Initiative Fellowship

    Candy Martínez, a PhD. candidate in Latin America Latino Studies, has been named a 2020-2021 Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative Fellow at the American Philosophical Society.

  • September 16, 2020

    New federal funding supports student success, equity

    Five years of federal funding from the Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program will support a new project, "Graduating and Advancing New American Scholars (GANAS) - Career Pathways."

  • September 09, 2020

    Summer Session helps students earn degrees

    UC Santa Cruz staff and faculty have been steadily working to increase summer session enrollment, leading UCs in online offerings and working with departments to offer the classes students need to graduate.

  • September 01, 2020

    In the line of fire

    Alumnus Adam Lowdermilk had built a career as a musician, but the tragic 2018 Camp Fire prompted a change of heart and a leap into firefighting.

  • August 31, 2020

    College Ten: Providing the tools to stand up against injustice and create change

    College Ten students take on social justice issues while pushing for positive growth and progress in society.

  • August 31, 2020

    Rising to the Eco-Challenge

    Two Slug alumni were part of a grueling, 11-day, 416-mile adventure race called Eco-Challenge Fiji, caught in a 10-episode series streaming on Amazon Prime.

  • August 25, 2020

    Threatened by wildfire, UC Santa Cruz campus shows it is 'Slug Strong'

    Fast thinking and teamwork are keeping the UC Santa Cruz campus community safe during the devastating Lightning Complex fires as staff across campus coordinate in evacuating, relocating, and feeding displaced campus residents.

  • August 07, 2020

    Going with the flow—famed Ocean Explorers Summer Camp heads online

    COVID-19 compelled the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to take its popular Ocean Explorers Summer Camp virtual after running the program in person for 21 years—a successful experiment that presented both challenges and opportunities.

  • August 04, 2020

    College Nine: Embracing world cultures and developing tomorrow’s leaders

    College Nine encourages students to take part in experiential learning opportunities and inspires them to become global citizens.

  • July 28, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County partner to expand access to COVID-19 testing

    The campus is testing 200-400 samples every week collected by Salud Para la Gente and Santa Cruz Community Health. UCSC is providing the tests on a cost recovery basis and Community Foundation Santa Cruz County will be paying for the cost of the tests.

  • July 08, 2020

    UC welcomes our next president: Michael V. Drake, M.D.

    The University of California Board of Regents has appointed Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 280,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff.

  • June 30, 2020

    Merrill College: Embracing individuality and cultural identities

    Merrill College values diversity, inclusion, and experiential learning.

  • June 26, 2020

    Seymour Center director to retire

    During Julie Barrett Heffington’s 21-year term as director, the center has established widely appreciated public programs and served nearly 1.5 million visitors

  • June 15, 2020

    A commencement like no other at UC Santa Cruz

    UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, and staff couldn't gather in mass on campus for this year's commencement celebrations. But they still managed to celebrate their achievement and mark the occasion with stirring speeches, activism, and creativity.

  • June 04, 2020

    Campus, Santa Cruz Community Health unite to test underserved community members

    As news outlets published stories about celebrities and athletes unnecessarily getting tested for COVID-19, UC Santa Cruz scientists and staff saw an opportunity to provide fast testing for the community's most vulnerable residents who too often do not have access to the same medical services.

  • June 03, 2020

    Give revolution a chance

    History of Consciousness Professor Massimiliano Tomba's prestigious Princeton University fellowship will enable him to spend the next year advancing his reinterpretation of the concept of revolution

  • May 28, 2020

    Physicist Tesla Jeltema wins Mentorship Award from American Physical Society

    An accomplished astrophysicist, Jeltema is also a champion for diversity and a dedicated supporter of students at all levels.

  • May 21, 2020

    Eminent biologist Carol Greider to join UC Santa Cruz faculty

    Known for her pioneering work on telomeres, Nobel laureate Carol Greider brings exceptional research and leadership skills to her appointment in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology.

  • May 19, 2020

    Virtual art galleries created to exhibit works of 13 Irwin Scholars

    This year’s exhibition of artwork by 13 Irwin Scholars typically would be installed at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at Porter College. But, with campus closed and a physical exhibition out of the question, Irwin 2020 has gone virtual.

  • May 14, 2020

    Cowell College: Blazing the trail to lifelong learning

    UC Santa Cruz’s first college prides itself on academic rigor and the spirit of community, living up to its motto: “The pursuit of truth in the company of friends.”

  • May 08, 2020

    Focus on patients led alumna to nursing

    Even in the midst of COVID-19, Hannah Miller said she continues to do the same job—caring for patients when they are at their most vulnerable.

  • May 01, 2020

    Slug Support provides a lifeline in the COVID-19 crisis

    Emergency student assistance program rapidly shifts to remote work while fielding increased caseload and providing crucial help to some of campus's most vulnerable students

  • May 01, 2020

    Enrollment opens for UCSC Summer Session Remote

    Open enrollment is underway for UC Santa Cruz Summer Session, which offers a wide range of remote courses across multiple departments.

  • April 28, 2020

    Double fellowships

    History of Consciousness Associate Professor Banu Bargu will use two fellowships to complete her book on human bodies, violence and political expression

  • April 27, 2020

    Alumnus sews up $1 million prize on TV's Making the Cut

    Graduate Jonny Cota, competing against international designers, makes a splash on reality-style fashion show produced by model Heidi Klum and fashion consultant Tim Gunn.

  • April 21, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz theater arts costume shop steps up to combat COVID-19

    Just a couple of weeks ago, Brent Foland never imagined he'd be building face masks for his fellow UC Santa Cruz employees.

  • April 13, 2020

    Slugs help high school students choose higher education

    Student organizers of SIO Weekend had to cancel their in-person event in February when COVID-19 began impacting campus. But instead of pulling the plug altogether, organizers opted to serve their respective communities in a different way through a Student Initiated Outreach Yield Panel.

  • April 10, 2020

    Broadcasting opportunity

    Alumnus Rizal Aliga takes the KZSC model to his high school alma mater, establishing a student-run broadcasting club that builds school spirit while providing students with career and communications skills.

  • April 07, 2020

    New program advances global and community health

    As countries across the globe fight the coronavirus pandemic, UC Santa Cruz is creating a new program that will prepare students and provide research to solve current and future global health problems.

  • April 06, 2020

    COVID-19: Economist helps build "contact tracing" app for Peru

    In an effort to protect people from COVID-19, economist Kristian López Vargas helped lead the development of an app the Peruvian government has launched to improve "contact tracing" .

  • April 01, 2020

    Serving on the medical front lines in Kenya

    Alumna Sarah Ashley, who volunteers as an oversight physician in a Nairobi emergency room, knows she will be needed as the COVID-19 pandemic gets worse.

  • March 27, 2020

    Emergency notification: Confirmed case of COVID-19 at UCSC

    We write to share that the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency confirmed today that a student member of the UC Santa Cruz community has tested positive for COVID-19. The student lives off campus and has been self-isolating since being tested. The student was last on campus March 16 and is doing well.

  • March 16, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz campus was ready for its close-up

    Producers of 'Devs,' the new sci-fi thriller that premiered March 5 on Hulu, were looking for just the right location to depict a high-tech corporate campus with a tinge of dystopia. It needed to look like Northern California — sort of Silicon Valley-ish — and it needed to say science and tech. UC Santa Cruz was the right place at the right time.

  • March 16, 2020

    Two programs will support undergrads in research, service learning, and peer mentoring

    Undergraduates in the Division of Social Sciences will soon benefit from two programs that will provide paid opportunities to do research, engage in service learning, and mentor their peers.

  • March 12, 2020

    New book debunks myths about who causes crime and why

    Craig Haney, a distinguished professor of psychology, is the author of the new book Criminality in Context: The Psychological Foundations of Criminal Justice Reform, a comprehensive analysis of 40 years of research into the root causes of criminal behavior.

  • March 09, 2020

    Encouraging responsible communication on COVID-19

    We understand there is a lot of information on the news and in social media surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we wanted to ensure you know that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. Any social media speculation about confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus is incorrect. 

  • March 08, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz preparation for coronavirus

    Though there are no confirmed cases of the virus here on our campus, the first confirmed case could very well happen on campus at any time. We want to be as prepared as possible so we can move quickly should we need to.

  • March 06, 2020

    Update on grade withholding and spring quarter enrollments

    I want to recognize your continued patience as we work through the effects of the unsanctioned graduate student strike. This has been a difficult year — you endured power outages in the fall, and more recently the withholding of fall quarter grades, and now the winter quarter teaching strike which has impeded your access to classes, sections, and labs. You have faced significant disruption and uncertainty over the past three months.

  • March 02, 2020

    Presentation on zombie insects wins Grad Slam top award

  • February 11, 2020

    Bringing new perspectives to astronomy

    An array of grants from the Heising-Simons Foundation is helping UC Santa Cruz accelerate astrophysics and other sciences while changing what we think an astrophysicist looks like

  • February 06, 2020

    Humanities Institute launches new ‘Deep Read’ initiative with spotlight on Margaret Atwood

    The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz has launched “The Deep Read,” a new initiative that invites the campus—and the community at large—to take a deep dive into literature, art, and the most pressing issues of the day.

  • February 06, 2020

    Women's Rugby celebrates 40 years

    The UC Santa Cruz Women's Rugby team celebrates its 40-year history, including numerous titles and hundreds of friendships.

  • February 06, 2020

    Stevenson College: An inclusive, collaborative social atmosphere

    Stevenson College was built on a legacy of responsibility, engagement, and mutual understanding, preparing students to become leaders and to make positive social change in their communities.

  • January 16, 2020

    Breaking down barriers to success

    First-gen student Reina Garay-Solis is doing undergraduate research to help identify common challenges for first-gen and underrepresented students and find effective institutional practices to address them