Category: Giving

Pioneering perspectives

Alumnus Bob Dodge reflects on being part of the inaugural graduating class and philanthropically supporting current students.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics), February 2024

Around the world in five weeks or less

Global Seminars give students the chance to explore their education abroad with UCSC faculty in the summer

By Grace Stetson, November 2023

Empowering students making an impact

The Josh Alper Scholarship, established in memory of alumnus and former University Library staff member Josh Alper, is awarded to students who volunteer and make an impact in the community. Alper’s father, Ted, put the scholarship in his will, which—when...

By Christy Tall, November 2023

A human-centered approach supports emerging scientists

UCSC's Lamat Institute—which provides opportunities for early-career scientists to engage in novel research and creates healthy spaces for scientific inquiry—marked a banner year with graduate school admissions, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards, and American Astronomical Society honors.

By Christy Tall, August 2023

Supporting others and giving back

Colleen Langan (Porter ’06, anthropology) overcame much personal hardship to attend UCSC. Now as the vice president of treasury at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Langan gives back to the Smith Society, which supported her during her student years.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics), May 2023

New traditions

UC Santa Cruz alumni Florence Nelson, Stephen Klein, and Nadene Thorne are at the forefront of volunteering at Cowell College, laying the groundwork for what an alumni relationship with the campus could look like.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics), March 2023

A page at a time

The daughter of the late UCSC astrophysicist Bill Mathews has found a creative way to remember and pay tribute to her father—by weaving portraits of him into and over his handwritten notes.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics), March 2023

Organizing for lasting impact

Crown College pioneer alumni worked to raise $1 million toward the Crown College Endowment.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics), November 2022

Centering South Asian Studies

The Anuradha Luther Maitra and Thomas Kailath Endowed Professorship in South Asian Studies will advance the center’s position as a leading hub of research and discourse dedicated to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics), November 2022