Category: Giving

Musical chair

Best known for producing the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives, alumnus Ken Corday has brought new opportunities to the film department at UCSC—and has now created the Corday Family Chair in Music.

By Haneen Zain (College ‘21, politics), August 2022

Empowering women leaders

Alumna Cassi Janakos, whose company offers lactation programs, created an endowment for the Feminist Studies Department with the aim of empowering other women as leaders and innovators.

By Christy Tall, August 2022

Coming together to heal

Arts Dean Celine Parreñas Shimizu's son, Lakas Shimizu, unexpectedly passed away in 2013 at the age of 8. In his memory, his family has established a scholarship at UC Santa Cruz supporting students in the arts.

By Christy Tall, May 2022

Lighting a spark

Astronaut and pioneering scientist Kathryn Sullivan is making a planned gift to inspire future generations.

By Dan White, May 2022

Opening doors for those in need

After a lifetime of service in the education field, alumnus Ernesto Ruiz pays it forward to help future students

By Tara Fatemi Walker (Porter '91, literature/creative writing), February 2022

Costumes get lead role

Alumni Jim Gunderson and Peter Coha, along with their friend Gregg Barnes, are ensuring that students in the newly formed Department of Performance, Play & Design have costumes that will enrich their experience and enhance their performances.

By Paula Hermann, February 2022

Giving Day 2021: Widening the circle of support

Giving Day, once a fledgling fundraiser, has grown into one of UC Santa Cruz's philanthropic highlights of the year. This year's event will be on November 3.

By Dan White, October 2021


Alumni Vince and Christina Cavazos Bennett, who met as students at UC Santa Cruz, have built a complementary marriage and meaningful careers—and now they're giving back to the campus program that helped set them on their paths to success

By J.D. Hillard (Porter '99, history), October 2021

Creating lasting good

Alumnus Jim Myers and husband Joe Levesque are using their life’s work to offer opportunities to worthy students, establishing four endowed funds for scholarships at UC Santa Cruz funded by their estate plan

By Peggy Townsend, March 2021