Stories

SUMMER STORIES
Purposeful

Infusing an old barn with new life

When Alec Webster started paying attention to the old Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, a century and a half of use, disuse, and the elements had taken a steep toll. By the time he started really caring, it was clearly falling down.
Infusing an old barn with new life
Infusing an old barn with new life

Engineering opportunities

Imagine a robot that travels on the ceiling and helps you out around the house. Try to picture an autonomous, mechanized lifeguard that waits in the water, kicking into high gear when someone starts drowning.
Engineering opportunities
Engineering opportunities
Profound

Ready for the spotlight

The African American Theater Arts Troupe does more than put on heart-stirring performances at UCSC.
Ready for the spotlight
Ready for the spotlight

The path to empowerment

Xochitl Rios's father left school in fourth grade, coaxing a living out of the soil. Her mother, who had a third-grade education, raised 12 children in their small village in Central Mexico.
The path to empowerment
The path to empowerment
Philanthropy

Past and Future.

The 10th Annual Scholarship Benefit Dinner celebrates a decade of community achievement and generosity.
Reflecting On Our Past. Taking On The Future.
Reflecting On Our Past. Taking On The Future.

To honor their sons

Proud parents Stephen and Linda Crowe were looking for a meaningful and enduring way to honor their son, Jeremy, a fourth-year undergraduate student in UCSC's computer science program.
Proud parents honor their sons by giving back
Proud parents honor their sons by giving back

A love letter to McHenry

David Kirk developed video and media libraries at UCSC. Now he's arranged for a planned gift that will support McHenry Library far into the future.
In the company of friends - Neel Sundaresan's photo
In the company of friends
WINTER STORIES
Proud

A man who left a legacy

In 2007, Don Rothman and his wife, Diana, marked his retirement by establishing the Don Rothman Award in First-Year Writing to celebrate exceptional student writers and their writing professors.
A man who left a legacy - Don Rothman and his wife
A man who left a legacy

A decade of giving forward

Now in its 10th year, the Scholarship Benefit Dinner has become one of UCSC's premiere fundraising events, highlighting community achievement while helping outstanding students fund their college educations.
A decade of giving forward
A decade of giving forward
Pathbreaking

Imagining a new life

Now 50, Tello is finally putting those words behind him. He is a literature major at UCSC and the recipient of a prestigious Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award.
Taking his place
Imagining a new life - Francisco Tello's photo

The young and the generous

This year, the Class of 2013 hopes to raise $12,000 for the Senior Legacy Fund, a $2,000 increase over last year's student fundraising efforts. The Senior Fund is a student-initiated, student-funded, and student-controlled giving fund started by the Class of 2010.
The young and the generous
The young and the generous
Philanthropy

A history of generosity

Anne Irwin will never forget her 70th birthday celebration among the swell sharks and octopuses at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. It was a kind of homecoming for her.
A history of generosity - Anne Irwin photo
A history of generosity

Celebrating new endowed chairs

UCSC is proud to announce the creation of two brand-new endowed chairs: one in entrepreneurship, and one that will benefit the campus's groundbreaking Global Information Internship Program.
Celebrating new endowed chairs
Celebrating new endowed chairs

In the company of friends

Neel Sundaresan, senior director of eBay Research Labs, wants to eliminate barriers to jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Last year he created a scholarship program that combines philanthropy with mentorship, and scholarships with career guidance.
In the company of friends - Neel Sundaresan's photo
In the company of friends
FALL STORIES
Passion

Sharing a love of marine life

When Enid Rusev began volunteering at Long Marine Lab in 1981, the aquarium was housed in a shed across the road from a Brussels sprout field. However, she and her husband, John, saw great potential in this small research and educational facility.
Sharing a love of marine life
Sharing a love of marine life

In remembrance of Terry

The student-run nightspot formerly known as Café Revolución was rededicated as the Terry Freitas Café, commemorating a young alumnus who died while helping an indigenous people maintain its ancient culture.
In remembrance of Terry
In remembrance of Terry

George Hitchcock poetry endowment

When renowned publisher, poet, painter, and lecturer emeritus George Hitchcock died at 96, his longtime partner made a $500,000 gift to UC Santa Cruz to establish The George P. Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund at Porter College.
George Hitchcock poetry endowment
George Hitchcock poetry endowment
Promise

A winning combination

The Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program matches students with projects that will help the university. Students are required to work 15 hours per week, attend leadership classes, and have a result at the end of the year. In exchange, they are given a stipend toward their tuition.
A winning combination
A winning combination

Exploring the possibilities

As a young man, Raydan Alhubaishi fled with his family from Yemen. With a Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award, he was able to transfer to UC Santa Cruz, where the diversity of students, along with supportive and engaging professors, opened his mind to possibilities.
Raydan Alhubaishi - Oakes College '13
Raydan Alhubaishi - Oakes College '13
Philanthropy

Time after time: Building a legacy

Parents Ken and Marian Brown are loyal supporters of UCSC, and they continue to recognize the campus with their generosity even though their daughter, Monica Brown, graduated 17 years ago.
Time after time: Building a legacy
Time after time: Building a legacy

Arts Excellence—make it so

Brannon Braga came up with some of his best ideas about "space, the final frontier" at UC Santa Cruz. Now, Braga, a Star Trek franchise screenwriter and producer, hopes his $100,000 gift to UCSC's Arts Excellence Fund helps other Banana Slugs find inspiration.
Arts Excellence—make it so
Arts Excellence—make it so

Ocean investment

During their travels, Christine and Rob Holo learned about the problems facing marine habitats, including the dangers of plastics and overfishing. So they decided to take action, giving $1 million to support the Center for Ocean Health at UCSC's Long Marine Lab.
Ocean investment - Read More
Ocean investment - Read More