While this year's All Gaucho Reunion may have come to a close, you can rewind and catch some of the great events you may have missed.
We've curated recordings of some of the event highlights from cutting-edge ocean science research on campus, to the state of our diverse communities, to wine-tasting, alumni authors, and our very own profs at the pub series. There's also exciting videos from other campus departments so be sure to keep scrolling and catch it all.
All Gaucho View of Our Ocean Planet
Join UCSB alum and REEF director Scott E. Simon as well as current gaucho undergrads live for a wet and wild time inside the research experience and education facility, also known as the REEF, UCSB's teaching aquarium! Learn about all the cutting edge science and conservation that is taking place on our Ocean Planet with some of our cool critters and kelp.
Join us for opening addresses from Belinda Robnett, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cuca Acosta, Associate Director, School Services, and Aaron Jones, Director of Educational Opportunity Program.
Chican@/Latinx Alumni Community Breakout
Connect with volunteers from the Chican@/Latinx Alumni Network and the Asian Pacific Islander alumni communities. Learn about the many ways you can get involved in supporting our diverse alumni and students!
Black Family Reunion Community Breakout
This celebration brings together newly admitted Black students (freshmen, transfers, grad students), current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We'll commemorate our past and present experiences and celebrate historical achievements of the Black community at UCSB.
Bonding with Friends: H20 and Helium
Kim Donnelly ‘08 was born and raised in California. In high school, her favorite subjects were Chemistry and Math which led her to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree from the UCSB and ultimately, started her on the path to becoming an author. From a young age, she has enjoyed teaching and mentoring others, so her books are intended to be educational in a fun way that appeals to children. She hopes that her books make science approachable for families and children to become inspired to explore STEM topics further. Come see Kim read aloud from her book Bonding with Friends: H2O & Helium, followed by Q&A.
Jesse Byrd ‘10 is an African-American children’s book creator and dual-native of California and Louisiana. After 3 years of working on a secret project for Google at their headquarters in California, Jesse decided to pursue his true love of creating stories for readers young and old. Jesse’s debut novel, King Penguin, was highly praised and won awards at both the Los Angeles and Paris Annual Book Festivals, placing top 10 for the year in its category. His two picture books: Sunny Days and Real Jungle Tales have received awards in four major competitions worldwide.
Virtual Wine Tasting
Join us for a Virtual Wine Tasting, inspired by All Gaucho Reunion’s signature event, the Taste of UCSB. We will be joined by Doug Margerum ‘81, owner of Margerum Wine Company and provider of the amazing selection for the wine tasting. Doug built his family business with the goal of creating handcrafted and personal products. Doug will welcome fellow Alumni into his home (virtually of course) as he takes us on a wine tasting journey. Our host Doug will talk about each bottle as we all sip together! A Virtual Wine Tasting requires no designated driver….why didn’t we think of this sooner?
We have chosen 3 types of wine to share with you during this 45 minute experience. The selection includes a 2019 Riviera Rosé, a 2019 M5 White, and a 2018 Syrah, Santa Barbara County.
Profs at the Pub
Join fellow alumni in listening to an engaging talk, led by Professor of Counseling Psychology; Tania Israel. Learn about her book Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide: Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work. Hear from the author herself as she offers tools to increase understanding in an increasingly polarized society. The talk will be led by Professor Israel and will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Learn more about Tania by visiting her website: https://taniaisrael.com/
UCSB Economic Forecast Project
The Economic Forecast Project (EFP) is a UC Santa Barbara community-sponsored research department. Their mission is to provide reliable economic, demographic, health, and environmental data and analysis to our community of citizens, government, business, non-profit, and other users. They've posted dozens of webinars throughout the pandemic, covering a variety of topics. Check out their newest video here but head to their Youtube Channel for more.
The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of 41 protected natural areas located throughout the State that provide undisturbed environments for research, education and public outreach programs. It is the largest university-administered reserve system in the world encompassing more than 775,000 acres of diverse habitats from the ocean to the mountains to the inland deserts, and with access to more than a million acres of public lands. The Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. Watch Seminar #5 here, featuring Goleta's own Coal Oil Point.
What even is the Transfer Student Center? It is a space for UCSB's transfer students to make connections: with each other, to campus resources, and with pathways to academic and career success. The Center is home to two full-time academic advisors from the College of Letters & Science, peer mentors, and departmental partners who are able to help transfer students transition successfully to UCSB by providing specialized programming and opportunities that add value to their undergraduate education. Join us on a brief tour of the TSC and learn about all the great services UCSB provides the Transfer Student Community.
As an elite research university, UC Santa Barbara is home to world-renowned faculty across the disciplines — from the hard sciences, to the social sciences, to the humanities and the arts. These esteemed scholars and scientists are conducting their research not only on campus, but all over the world. The award-winning video series "Research in 60 Seconds" highlights some of their pioneering advances and brilliant discoveries, in just about a minute. Watch the newest short yet engaging and informative segment, or head to their website to see more of their offerings.
North Campus Open Space Wetland Restoration
On April 26, 2017, UC Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) officially began restoring 136 acres within the historic upper arms of Devereux Slough. The site, known as North Campus Open Space (NCOS), is being restored to a complex of coastal wetlands and upland habitats interspersed with 2.5 miles of trails connected by bridges and boardwalks. This short video by award-winning filmmaker Michael Love illustrates the broad impact that NCOS has had on the student learning experience, environmental education, and the broader community. As a public space, you are invited to visit the project site to see the progress the next time you are in town!
The Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara presents alumni artists and their work held in the Fine Arts Collection during April’s All Gaucho Reunion month. Thirty-four alumni and faculty artist biographies were produced by the Museum’s undergraduate interns during Winter 2021. These future UCSB alumni exercised their art historical skills and contributed scholarship to further enrich the Collection.
The Chicana/o Studies Department engages students in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano history, culture, and politics. In partnership with affiliated faculty across campus and feminist and Black Studies Ph.D. emphasis programs, the B.A./Honors/M.A./Ph.D. programs in Chicana and Chicano Studies challenge students to link theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community. Check out this webinar from our department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. "The UCSB Chicana/o Experience: Paving the Way For Future Leaders" featuring Professor and Chair of the Department, Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, delves into the history and experiences of a department shaped by student activism.
Completed in 2020, Henley Hall is a 49,900 GSF building that consists of both wet and dry labs, collaborative break-out spaces, conference rooms, a 124 seat lecture hall, and faculty and administrative offices. The structure of the three story building is primarily concrete and steel in nature.
The project will be UC Santa Barbara's first building dedicated to classroom space since 1967. Anticipated for completion in Spring 2023, the building will offer modernized lecture halls and classrooms with interactive learning and new instructional technology at the heart of campus.