This month: UC Santa Cruz turns 50, a bold experiment realized

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May 2015 - UCSC Newsletter: UC Santa Cruz Celebrating 50th Anniversary

UC Santa Cruz among top young universities in U.S., world

student in the lab research photo The campus ranks 2nd in the U.S. and 8th overall among the top universities in the world under 50 years old, according to Times Higher Education. [More]

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sammy the slug dancing with child photoAlumni bash:

A record-breaking crowd of alumni celebrated UC Santa Cruz's 50th anniversary at Alumni Weekend. [More]

bettina photoLegendary prof: Beloved professor of feminist studies Bettina Aptheker will be featured in the documentary Rebels & Revolutions. [More]

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steven schnaidt photoVolunteer Profile: Steve Schnaidt

“There's no end or limit to the types of things that a volunteer can do to give back...Don't be shy about stepping up with your ideas and interests, even if you don't have a lot of time or don't feel that you know the ropes.” [Read more]

dancers downtown santa cruz photoAlumni Photos

From our alums - "Here's one picture out of many from our dance performance in Downtown Santa Cruz at National Dance Week 2015!..." -@missmisschelle on Instagram [View photo]

Alumni Notes
: What have you been up to? Share your latest news with your fellow Banana Slugs in UC Santa Cruz Review magazine. The fall issue will be the 50th commemorative edition. Send us a note and be a part of history!

Regional Events

  • Thursday, May 14 — Silicon Valley
    Young Alums "How To" Series: How To Be Successful in Your First Years on the Job
    at Plug and Play [More]
  • Wednesday, May 20 — New York City
    Interview with the ambassador of Canada to Iran during the hostage crisis
    at the New York Times building [More]
  • Friday, May 22 — Boston
    BSLUGS go to Fenway!
    at Fenway Park [More]
  • Thursday, May 28 — Los Angeles
    Young Alums "How To"
    at Blankspaces Mid-Wilshire [More]
  • Saturday, May 30 — Silicon Valley
    Center for Entrepreneurship: Business Design Showcase
    at UC Santa Cruz Extension [More]
  • Friday, June 5 — Portland
    UCSC Alumni Theater Night
    at Portland Center Stage [More]
  • Thursday, June 11 — Washington, D.C.
    All-UC Alumni Rooftop Mixer
    at Public Bar [Stay tuned]
  • Sunday, June 28 — East Bay
    UCSC Day @ the Oakland A's
    at Coliseum [More]

More events near you in 2015!


College Updates

graduate with sunflowerIt's tradition: From Star Wars-themed graduations to fresh sunflowers, follow us on social media to see our favorite UC Santa Cruz college and department graduation traditions as we prepare for our 50th anniversary commencement ceremony celebrating the Class of 2015! Check out the ceremonies of our 10 colleges—and don’t forget to share your graduation moments using #ucscalumni.

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