Ken Doctor, president of the UCSC Alumni Association
Council; Ken Feingold, president of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, and
Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers announce the $1 million raised through
this year's Scholarships Benefit Dinner and related activities.
Photo: Shmuel Thaler
November 8, 2004
Scholarships Benefit Dinner raises $1 million
By Louise Donahue
A record $1 million--double the amount from last year's event--was
raised for UCSC student scholarships and fellowships at a gala
dinner on Saturday, November 6. This is a perfect launch
to our 40th anniversary, said Acting Chancellor Martin
M. Chemers, who co-hosted the Scholarships Benefit Dinner with
UC Santa Cruz Foundation President Kenneth Feingold (Cowell
71) and UCSC Alumni Association President Kenneth Doctor
(Merrill 71). We want to continue providing educational
opportunities for all deserving students, regardless of their
financial capacity, he commented. In the face of
rising costs, more support for our students is essential.
An increasing number of UCSC students need financial assistance.
In 2003-04, UCSC provided financial support for nearly 8,000
of its undergraduatesup from 5,700 seven years ago.
The dinner convened more than 300 parents, alumni, donors, and
other friends from throughout California. They heard how support
changed students' lives from undergraduate scholarship recipient
Mariel Tarango and Elena Nilsen, who recently received her Ph.D.
in ocean sciences.
I was able to finish my final year without delay, and
pursue postdoctoral positions, Nilsen said. As a
result I was awarded a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellowship at
the U.S. Geological Survey, where I continue to pursue the questions
that drew me to science in the first place: impacts humans have
on the coastal ocean.
Other speakers included Gary Novack, president of Pharmalogic
and a UCSC alumnus and Foundation trustee. He currently is serving
as a UC Regent representing all the UC Alumni Associations.
Alison Galloway, professor of anthropology and the chair of
the Academic Senate, noted the benefit she received from scholarships
when she was a student. She also emphasized the importance of
supporting talented students, whose work contributes to the
academic excellence of the campus.
Several new scholarships and fellowships were announced at the
dinner, including the History of Consciousness Fellowship Endowment;
the Rebecca and Steve Sooy Graduate Fellowship in Marine Mammals;
the Kathryn D. Sullivan Scholarship in Earth and Marine Sciences;
the Eric Thomas Memorial Scholarship and the William Alfred
Chavez Student Award, in honor of the late UCSC alumni and Foundation
trustees Eric Thomas and William A. Chavez, respectively.
Also celebrated at the event were the Kumar Malavalli Endowed
Chair in Storage Systems Research at UCSC's Baskin School of
Engineering; the new fellowship in plant ecology and evolution
established by Professor Emerita Jean Langenheim; and the Harry
Beevers Endowment for the Arboretum student program.
A highlight of the dinner was the awarding of the UC Santa Cruz
Foundation Medal to M.R.C. Greenwood, now UC provost and senior
vice president of academic affairs, who returned to the campus
she led for nearly eight years.
The Foundation Medal recognizes people of exceptionally distinguished
achievement whose work and contributions to society illustrate
the ideals and vision of UCSC. Designed and crafted by local
sculptor and UC Santa Cruz alumnus Sean Monaghan, the medals
heart is a composite lens made from a remainder piece of the
Keck Telescopes primary mirror, representing the far-reaching
vision and constant striving for an innovative future at UC
Santa Cruz. The base of the medal is granite quarried on campus,
representing the solid University of California foundation for
Many supporters, including alumni, faculty, parents, and other
friends, contributed to the success of the benefit dinner.
Among lead donors were Jean and Tim Weiss; Richard and Helen
Spalding; Adobe Systems, Inc.; the Ram Bhojwani family; Richard
and Alison Crowell; Kenneth and Moira Feingold; Anne and Paul
Levin; M&M-Mars Company; Patricia and Rowland Rebele; Thomas
and Patricia Vani; Barbara Canfield; the Santa Cruz Sentinel;
Garry Spire and Ramyne Kahn; Martin M. Chemers and Barbara Goza
Chemers; Margaret L. Delaney and John K. Mallory; and Kenneth
and Katherine Doctor.
The campus raised a record $32.2 million in private support
in the 2003-04 fiscal year and has ambitious plans to raise
additional funds for student support. (See story on the Cornerstone
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