Alumni Weekend Events

April 21 - May 20, 2019

Wednesday, April 24

Fail Fest/ Life Happens: Challenging Notions of Failure through Stories of Resilience

Alumni are welcome! Please join the First Generation Initiative as we seek to: (1) reflect on shared experiences through the power of storytelling; (2)...

Friday, April 26

UC Santa Cruz welcomes Slugs back for Alumni Weekend

UC Santa Cruz invites all alumni to return to campus for Alumni Weekend, April 26–28. The weekend will include a festive weekend kickoff on the patio at...

Physics Open House

The Physics Department invites you to an Open House on Friday, April 26 from 12:00-4:30pm. Lab Tours: From noon to 1:30pm We will be featuring lab tours for...

Graduate Research Symposium

The UC Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium offers graduate students from every division the opportunity to discuss their research with colleagues on...

Graduate Research Symposium Award Reception

Come celebrate with the winners of this year's Graduate Research Symposium.

Crown Alumni Reception

CELEBRATE OUR PAST ~ EMBRACE OUR FUTURE! Celebrations abound! Please join Crown's Pioneer Class as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Crown College at the...

Alumni Asking & Sharing

Alumni Asking and Sharing event offers graduate students the opportunity to talk to alumni from high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. Graduate students will...

Pizza and a pint: Alumni Weekend kickoff

Come downtown and bring your friends to join fellow alumni on the Woodstock's patio for pizza, games, and happy hour specials. First 100 attendees will get a...

Anthropology Film Screening, 'Road to Zuni', with Annapurna Pandey

Annapurna Pandey, Department of Anthropology lecturer, presents "Road to Zuni", a documentary about Professor Emeritus Triloki Pandey and his work with the...

Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Welcome Reception

Reconnect with old friends, discuss life since your days at UC Santa Cruz, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Silicon Valley Game Night

Way beyond entertainment, games and playable media are being used in healthcare, industrial training, and much more. Join us for a fun presentation from our...

Alumni Shabbat

Calling all Jewish Slugs and their friends and family. This Alumni Weekend, please join Santa Cruz Hillel for an uplifting Shabbat service and a delicious...

Saturday, April 27

Third Annual 5K Fun Run — Benefiting student scholarships!

Lace up your running shoes for a scenic 5K in support of student scholarships. A beautiful course rambles through all 10 colleges and iconic campus spots,...

Cowell Coffee in the Courtyard

Start your day with old friends and new as you connect over coffee and donuts prior to the Cowell Colloquium.

Bhuwan Joshi Dedication

Cowell College invites you to join us in the dedication of Bhuwan Lal Joshi's memorial plaque, Bhuwan's Piece / Peace. Josi was a faculty in the Psychology...

UC Santa Cruz Campus Bioblitz 2019

Come together in community to celebrate the amazing natural beauty and incredible biodiversity of the UC Santa Cruz campus. Join staff from the UC Santa...

You Can Always Come Back in Summer!

We would love to have you join us this summer for Summer Session! UC Santa Cruz Summer Session is open to all alumni, family, friends, and even high school...

Merrill Society Breakfast

The Merrill Society is a group of engaged alumni, faculty, staff, and students devoted to the mission of Merrill College. The breakfast brings you news about...

Cowell Colloquium: Where the Deer and the Antelope--and the Banana Slug--Roam:  Hair-Raising Tales from the Rough Terrain of the Western American Public Intellectual

Join Patty Nelson, Provost Alan Christy, other Cowell historians, and students as they reflect on the combination of humor and historical perspective as a...

Economics Alumni Reception

Come visit with old friends and learn what the Economics department is up to these days. After a brief introduction and short presentation, enjoy a...

Remembering and celebrating Nik Madsen: sharing his connection to campus, adventure and environmentalism

The Recreation program invites former and current Recreation student and non-student staff for a day of connections, reflections, local adventure and...

UC Santa Cruz First Generation Initiative

Join us in Quarry Plaza and learn about the UCSC First Generation Initiative, as we welcome our alumni back to campus. The UCSC First Generation Initiative...

Walking Tour of the UC Santa Cruz Farm

As part of Alumni Weekend, enjoy a walking tour of the 30-acre UC Santa Cruz/CASFS Farm. Founded in 1971, the Farm offers vibrant examples of organic farming...

Global Engagement: Global Photo Contest Reception

Come see the incredible winning photos of the Global Photo Contest. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni submit photos in two categories: pictures from...

Banana Slug Kid Zone

A fun and creative craft and game zone for children of all ages.

Community Activism and Community Studies @ 50

Please join past and present faculty and staff, and current students in what's sure to be a lively, thought provoking discussion about community activism. An...

Resource Center Brunch

Start your Saturday off right with brunch at the Women's Center! Mingle with resource center students, staff, and directors, including the newly hired...

Teach-ins: Big ideas, no quizzes

No quizzes! Just cool ideas. Join us to experience some of what keeps our faculty and students busy. David Bernick, Assistant Adjunct Professor of...

Tour of Art + Science Exhibition at the Arboretum

Future Garden, a major art and science project by Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison, is now on view at the UC...

Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni Award Luncheon

Annual award luncheon for five distinguished graduate student alumni, one from each academic division. This year's luncheon will include a panel discussion...

Tour at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Visit the Seymour Center and take a behind the scenes tour of the Long Marine Lab. Tour stops include Shipwreck Deck, Blue Whale Skeleton, and Marine Mammal...

Cowell STEM Student/Alumni Networking Lunch

Cowell students studying STEM fields have the opportunity to meet informally to discuss career paths and opportunities with Cowell alumni who have worked in...

Digital Arts New Media MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

The Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) program is pleased to present the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition opening reception. This multi-sited exhibition is free and...

Lunch with Dean Wolf (and guests)

Executive perspective on experiential learning and entrepreneurial thinking in engineering education

Planning the UC Santa Cruz Student Experience

Please bring your ideas to this important panelist conversation. "Today's college students are the most overburdened and under supported in American...

Porter 50th Anniversary Celebration and Makers Fair

Porter Provost Sean Keilen invites you to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of College V. The festivities will include an exhibition about...

The Lunchbox: Annual Banana Slug Lunch

Join your friends and family and choose between a gourmet carry-out box lunch, or grab some tacos from our very own taco truck, and enjoy at tables in Quarry...

Campus Art Walk, Collective Museum Tour

Join current UC Santa Cruz undergraduates for a tour of Collective Museum, the campus-wide art project by Portland-based artist group Public Doors and...

Norris Center Open House

Join us at the Norris Center for an open house showcasing the work of the past year. The Norris Center is a natural history museum, and a hub natural history...

Younger Lagoon Reserve Bioblitz 2019

Join Younger Lagoon Reserve for its fourth annual community-building bioblitz event and help inventory the biodiversity of Younger Lagoon Reserve. This...

High Impact Science from Physical & Biological Sciences

Talks by four PBSci faculty followed by a beer, wine, and snacks reception where you can learn about our departments, programs, and students. Faculty...

Lab Tours

Join us for a Behind the Scenes look at work currently underway in various engineering labs. Presentations will include: The Institute for the Biology of...

Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Remembering Hitchcock Lectures

Listen to Hitchcock again and respond from our perspective in 2019. Facilitated by pioneer alumna Judy Einzig.

Stem Cell Research at UCSC - Lab tour with short presentations

Come learn about the stem cell research being done at UCSC. The IBSC is hosting lab tours with short presentations for non-scientists and brief...

Lavender Alumni Reception for LGBTQIA+ Alumni

We welcome all LGBTQIA+ Banana Slugs, their loved ones, and families to (re)connect with current students and staff at the Cantú and to mix and mingle with...

Rachel Carson College Alumni Weekend Wine & Cheese Reception and Tour

Please join us for a wine & cheese reception with the added opportunity for guided tours of campus sustainability projects and the S-Lab.

Radical Learning: The Heart of the UC Santa Cruz Experience

This event will review the bold and radical educational vision of UC Santa Cruz since its inception, while introducing alumni to the innovative 21st-century...

Noel Q. King Memorial Lecture: “Feminism and Africa: A Conversation with Mercy Odoyuye”

Professor Noel Q. King helped introduce the study of religion to a young UC Santa Cruz and helped engage Merrill College students in lifelong curiosity about...

Men's Annual Spring Soccer Game

Did you play soccer while you were at UC Santa Cruz? Come visit with old teammates and support our current team as they play their Annual Spring Soccer Game.

Summoning Spirits: Technologies of Intoxication in the Enlightenment

Over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, psychoactive substances from gin and whiskey to cannabis and opium underwent rapid...

Annual Beer & Wine Reception

Stop to take a breath and unwind with fellow alumni in the beautiful setting of the restored Quarry Amphitheater. Grab a drink and a bite here before heading...

Psychology Alumni Reception

Connect with old friends from the Psychology Department! Please join us at our table at the Beer & Wine Reception.

Crown Keynote: Dr. Kelly Falkner, Office of Polar Programs, NSF

Dr. Kelly Falkner is the Director of the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. Her work in the position led her NSF colleagues to name the...

Celebrating 30 Years of Student Organizing: Remembering as We Rise

SOAR, Student Media, and Cultural Arts and Diversity (SOMeCA) will celebrate 30 years of student organizing with the annual Dinner with Alumni on Saturday,...

Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Dinner and Program

Welcome home, pioneer class! Pioneer faculty, staff, and alumni, please join us for the pioneer class reunion celebration, including a reception, dinner,...

Crown Alumni Celebration Dinner

Welcome home Crown Pioneer class! Come celebrate and dine with us as we reminisce about the good ole days.

Flowers of Evil Concert

The Pioneer Class community rock band, Flowers of Evil, is getting together once more to rock the Stevenson Event Center and all who enter there! Join us for...

RCA Spring Dance Party: FIESTA. Love. Community. Home.

The Research Center for the Americas (RCA) is throwing a HUGE dance party, featuring live, local band Calíco. Calíco, will get us moving with their...

Sunday, April 28

Cowell Stevenson Collaborative Information Session

Learn about the new, alumni-initiated effort to renew multi-generational intellectual community in Cowell and Stevenson Colleges. Share your ideas for how it...

Kresge's Past, Present, and Future

Join us for brunch! Our interim campus planner, Jolie Kerns, and members of Studio-Gang will give a short tour of Kresge, and we'll also hear from current...

Brunch at Cowell Provost House

Join us for brunch and get caught up on all the latest news and events at Cowell College. Welcome to the Pioneers in their 50 year reunion.

Merrill Provost and Emeriti Brunch

The annual Provost’s Brunch will feature a presentation about the new Merrill Core course and the rethinking of all college Core courses as the first part of...

Stevenson Alumni Brunch

Reunite with alumni and meet current student leaders, staff, and faculty while enjoying mimosas, juices and brunch at the provost house

A Taste of Home: Colleges Nine and Ten Alumni Gathering

College Nine and College Ten invite you to enjoy a sampling of unforgettable treats from your favorite local Santa Cruz spots! See old friends and new as you...

All Crownie Brunch

All Crownies past and present are invited to this lively annual event

Oakes Alumni Brunch

Come to the first Oakes alumni brunch since the re-naming of the provost house! Enjoy a casual brunch, including mimosas, as you converse with other alumni...

Physics Annual Picnic and Softball Game

Come join the physics faculty, grads, undergrads, and staff for our fun, famous, annual Physics Picnic and Softball Game at DeLaVeaga Park, in the Lone Tree...

Annual Dizikes Concert

Come enjoy live music in the company of friends. This year’s event will be extra poignant as we remember emeritus professor John Dizikes, one of UC Santa...

Women's Soccer Spring Scrimmage

Women’s Soccer will be holding their spring scrimmage against Academy of Art. Alumni players and fans are invited. Go slugs!

What’s in a Name? A Dialogue on the Name and Values of Stevenson College

Join current students, faculty and staff for a discussion on the college's Statement of Principles and what Adlai Stevenson means today. “Patriotism is not...

Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Pioneers Discuss Looking to Our Future

In the 1960s we were a generation that created new cultural paradigms. Now, on the edge of a new time in our life, it is time to brainstorm about what we...

Smith Society 20th Anniversary Reception

The alumni/ae-initiated Smith Society serves students who come from adverse circumstances and lack the usual family support -- former foster youths, those...

April 21 - May 20, 2019