April 25, 2005
UCSC alumni celebrate UCSC's 40th anniversary,
meet Chancellor Denton
By Louise Donahue
Hundreds of alumni returned to UCSC to reminisce and take part
in a whirlwind weekend of celebrations during Banana Slug Spring
Fair, April 15-17.
Chancellor Denton chats with local alumnus Gary Green (Kresge
'77) at the African American Reunion, which was attended
by 80 alumni, faculty, and guests.
Photo: Dan Coyro
Alumni Council member Sharif Traylor (Kresge 85),
Professor Emerita of Psychology Melanie Mayer, Thirty-Year
Reunion Mistress of Ceremonies Susan Morgenstern (Cowell
75) and Boston regional leader Beata Panagopoulos
(Cowell 75) enjoy a moment of levity at the panel
discussion with four graduates from the Class of 75.
Photo: Matt Fitt
|UCSCs 40th anniversary
and the Banana Slug Spring Fair prompted writer Jennifer
McNulty to put out some feelers about alumni who have become
a part of the culture and community of the Central Coast.
Most eventsincluding the All-Alumni Luncheon, the panel
discussion featuring Class of 1975 graduates, and the Distinguished
Faculty Lecture, took place on Saturday, April 16.
"What a glorious day it was, said Vice Chancellor
of University Relations Ronald P. Suduiko. You could feel
the excitement in the air as we celebrated the 40th anniversary
of the campus while introducing Chancellor Denton to alumni
and friends from around the country."
Dozens of faculty members joined alumni and friends, students
and staff members in the celebration.
An overflow crowd of alumni, faculty, and friends attended
the Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "Prisonworld: What 25
Years of Overincarceration Has Done to Prisoners and to the
Rest of Us," presented by professor of psychology Craig
Haney in the University Center's Bhojwani Dining Room.
Another popular event was the Class of 1975 30-Year Reunion
Panel Discussion featuring Philip Brookman, Carol Realini, Laurie
Garrett, and Gordon Wiltsie.
Several classes and groups held special celebrations, including
Black Escargot, UCSC's African American affinity group, which
marked its every-five-year reunion with a mentor circle featuring
current students; a dinner and dance; and an alumni, faculty,
and staff reception.
Visiting reunion classes once again proved generous to their
old school, raising $1.7 million for student support and other
There was a bittersweet note on Saturday as 120 family members,
friends, and colleagues of the late Eric Thomas, former president
of the UCSC Alumni Association, attended the dedication of a
memorial bench in his honor.
The bench is just above the soccer field behind the Oakes Provost
House overlooking the UCSC Arboretum, Farm, and Monterey Bay.
Thomas, who died in 2004 at age 43, was a 1984 Oakes College
Photos of Banana Slug Spring Fair are posted
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