University of California, Santa Cruz
June 2016
Students practicing sports
Athletics wins the race
UC Santa Cruz students showed strong support for the campus’s NCAA Division III athletics program, with 63 percent of voting undergraduates signaling that they would be willing to establish a new fee.
Also Featured
Peering into the dark history of slavery
With the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, history professor Greg O'Malley is creating a new public database about the slave trade.
Dancing at commencement
A day in the sun for UC Santa Cruz grads
Congratulations to all of our grads! This year's commencement ceremonies were a time of celebration and reflection for newly hatched Banana Slug alumni heading out into the world.
Alumni Updates
Alumna Azwa Salleh and fellow alum Rob Moore
Alumni Association changes and adapts
UC Santa Cruz shifts from the old alumni association model to a powerful new “alumni network” model.
Martha Mendoza
UC Santa Cruz shows well in 2016 Pulitzer Prizes
Alumni Martha Mendoza and William Finnegan were among this year’s winners of journalism’s highest honor.
Alumni—get an Event in a Box!
Event in a Box is a fun way for out-of-state alumni to host UC Santa Cruz events and reconnect with other alumni in your area. We'll send you name tags, buttons, informational postcards, and the like to use at the event, and also send invitations for you. Contact Rebecca Lizarraga (College Ten '15), regional events coordinator, for information:
UC Santa Cruz presents the Original Thinkers series
Featured Event

The Kepler Mission: Exotic Solar Systems on the Path to Earth-Like Planets
6 p.m. June 28, David Brower Center, Berkeley

» More Exciting Events
Alumni Regional Events
Sacramento – Sunday, June 26
Banana Slugs at Kingbird Farms
San Diego – Thursday, June 30
Banana Slugs at Stone Brewing
East Bay – Sunday, July 17
Banana Slugs at the Oakland A's
» More Regional Events
UC Santa Cruz Magazine
Stone Brewing Co.
Slugs on tap
Want to grab a frosty pint and support an alum at the same time? Check our map of alumni breweries. Cheers!
Chris Brown
Chris Brown: Street wise and book smart
When the bullet missed Chris Brown's head by millimeters, it set him on a course toward teaching criminal justice and working to end gang violence on the streets of Los Angeles.
Honors & Awards
Person with red scarf
Fifty ways to be amazing!
Our 50th anniversary publication, Fifty Things We’ve Learned Along the Way, won an International Grand Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a professional association serving educational institutions. CASE received more than 3,350 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories by 713 institutions around the world. Judges gave 322 awards: 103 bronze, 119 silver, 83 gold, and just 17 grand gold, putting UC Santa Cruz in rare company. Check out this award-winning publication and feel the Slug pride!
The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz
Cowell Provost Faye Crosby, seated left, and members of the philanthropy-focused  “Good vs. Good” seminar
Cowell students’ fundraising for Quarry turns $2,000 into $30,000
Students in a seminar titled “Good vs. Good” put on a fundraising dinner for the Quarry, hoping to raise $10,000. When they added up the commitments, they were stunned.
At the awards ceremony, Katie Sweeney, second from left, 2016 winner of the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, Yethzéll Díaz, left, inaugural winner in 2012, Andrea Steiner, community studies, and Arash Mohajerinejad, right, 2014 winner
Zimmerman scholarship winner is immersed in public service
Graduating senior Katie Sweeney (Cowell ’16, community studies), winner of the fifth annual Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, started a campus chapter of Camp Kesem and volunteered at Barrios Unidos, among other public service endeavors.
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