University of California Santa Cruz
November 2015
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Opening doors of opportunity
UC Santa Cruz ranks as one of the top universities in the nation for social mobility—where a student from an economically disadvantaged background can enroll, pay a low tuition, earn a degree, and land a good-paying job.
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u c santa cruz alumni parading with a 12-foot sammy the slug balloon sculpture
Banana Slug pageantry
The first-ever Banana Slug Parade & Expo celebrated our 50th anniversary and brought the campus and community together.
tidal disruption showing a disk of stellar debris around a black hole and a long tail of debris that is flung away from the black hole
How a black hole swallows a star
New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star are giving scientists an extraordinary opportunity to understand the extreme environment around a black hole.
alumni updates
tlaloc rivas
Theatrical activism
Alumnus is a prominent voice in the world of Latino/Latina theater.
devin hibbard
Beads and blessings
Proud Slug promotes financial independence through jewelry in Uganda.
theater arts alumnus david poznanter
Featured Event
Nov. 20-Dec. 6 ‘Nutz Re-Mixed’: Theater Arts collaborates with Tandy Beal & Company to perform acts of comedy and outrageous skill in "Nutz Re-Mixed," a reimagining of the Nutcracker at the Mainstage Theater.

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Santa Cruz – Wednesday, November 18
UC Santa Cruz History Trivia Night at New Bohemia Brewing Co.
San Francisco – Thursday, November 19
Game Changers: New Directions in Design and Play at San Francisco Film Centre
Los Angeles – Saturday, December 12
Holiday Volunteer Service Day at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
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Review Magazine
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UC Santa Cruz alumni say “thanks for the memories!”
Looking back on old friendships and changed lives.
frances mcallister holding a sign saying frances b. mcallister; ella barrows hagar, widow of regent gerald hagar, holding a sign saying hagar; regent daniel koshland holding a sign saying koshland; sylvia mclaughlin, widow of regent donald mcLaughlin holding a sign saying mclaughlin; and virginia meyer, widow of regent theodore meyer holding a sign saying meyer
Names of fame
Students may take for granted the monikers on buildings around campus. But how did they get those names?
The campaign for uc Santa Cruz
layla cervantes
Rising to the challenge
Leaving behind an early life of poverty, Layla Cervantes (College Eight ’16, MCD biology) is defying the statistics. This year, she won an Undergraduate Research Award, made possible by a generous private contribution.
bev crair
May her memory be a blessing
Bev Crair’s mother was her best friend. Now, Crair is sustaining her mother’s name, and helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, with a $50,000 pledge establishing an endowed fund for students at the Cantú Queer Center.
Read these stories and more in the fall 2015 issue of Profiles in Giving, the UC Santa Cruz philanthropy report.
In case you missed it
nicole crane inspecting and recording reef health
Bridging science and tradition
Dedicated scientists launch One People One Reef, a five-year conservation effort on Ulithi Atoll in Micronesia aimed at sustaining the ecological health of the islands—and the islanders.
max holding baby sarah
'This Home Won't Break'
Assistant professor of film and digital media Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's new documentary focuses on former gang member, victim of gang violence.
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