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Cowell Class of 1974 Alumni Reunion Program


Early bird rate: $75 (by March 31)
Standard rate: $125 (April 1 and after)


Friday, April 12

John Lynch Dedication and the John Dizikes Concert: Opening reception at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery

3-5 pm

An Alumni Weekend kick-off event will be held at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery to commemorate former Provost John Lynch and celebrate the opening of the current exhibit. The exhibit, Corita: A Sign of Hope, emerges from the connections between the life and work of Corita Kent and “The pursuit of truth in the company of friends,” that defines the ethos of Cowell. In the 1970s, Corita shook up the traditional Catholic institution by drawing attention to social justice issues including hunger, racism, and war through her vibrant pop-art iconography and innovative teaching. Exhibition curators and UCSC alums, Sheilah Lynch and Ziggy Rendler Bregman, worked together to carry forward the significance of Corita’s work in this exhibit. Please join us for a reception that will honor John Lynch and create space to celebrate the role of radical art and teaching at Cowell College.


Saturday, April 13

Coffee and Donuts

8-10 am; Cowell Courtyard

This long-standing tradition of enjoying coffee in the Cowell Courtyard to start the day with friends and a spectacular view continues. Join this informal alumni gathering with coffee and Ferrell’s Donuts. 

Creative Paths: Tales of Unusual Alumni Journeys

10-11:30 am; Cowell Conference Room 132

A mix of Cowell and other alumni from the era talk about how they got to where they are (if they’re there yet) and how Cowell and UC Santa Cruz equipped them for one of the most change-filled 50 years in US and world history. We’re still adding to the roster, but Cowell participants include Chris Connery, UCSC professor; Bill Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer; Brett Hammond, finance and analytics; Charlie Haas, novelist and screenwriter (possible); Tom Killion, artist, writer, publisher; moderator Don Wallace, writer, journalist and editor; John Woodward, nonprofit leadership; Frank Zwart, master planner and campus architect for 4 decades. Also: Merrill alum Peggy Stein founded Mexico by Hand, a wholesaler/direct sales outlet that sustains Mexican artisan cultures. 


12 to 1 pm; Cowell Coffeeshop

Join fellow Cowell alumni and current students for lunch in the Page Smith Library. Chat with the community about life at Cowell during your student days versus student life now.

Cowell Then and Now: Nostalgia Need Not Be Indulgent 

1-3 pm; Page Smith Library

The pursuit of knowledge is the same. The space is still the same. But what has changed about the student experience in these 50+ years? Let’s build bridges of understanding across the decades and see how different or similar it is to be a student of Cowell College. Current Provost Alan Christy will facilitate a conversation with current students and alumni about what is the same and what has evolved with time. 

Trying to do the impossible--What the next ten years look like?

3-5:00 pm; Page Smith Library

Join us for a facilitated conversation in the spirit of Cowell College, “The pursuit of truth, in the company of friends.” We will focus our discussion on what the next ten years of our lives will look like. The event would conclude with libations and small bites.


Sunday, April 14

Farewell brunch 

10am-12 pm; Cowell Courtyard

As the weekend comes to a close, join us for a final view of the Monterey Bay before heading home after a weekend of reconnecting and reminiscing. Chat with new and old friends over brunch and soak in some final rays of joy before heading back to reality. 


Featuring The Ryan Pate Quartet at the John Dizikes Concert and at the Farewell Brunch.

The Ryan Pate Quartet is a modern ensemble whose performances are characterized by adventurous takes on jazz standards and imaginative original compositions. Drawing on a wide array of musical influences from classical, rock, to electronic music, the group thrives on improvisation and interplay, producing fresh perspectives on the Great American Songbook. Guitarist and Composer Ryan Pate graduated in 2008 from Manhattan School of Music with a Masters degree in Jazz Guitar. As a performer, he has collaborated with and led his own groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, City, and Europe. His Most recent tour in 2019 saw him performing his original compositions in NYC, Lisbon, Barcelona, Berlin, and Lausanne. A Santa Cruz resident since 2022, Ryan is enjoying his newfound companionship with seals and otters.

Shay Salhov, an Israeli born saxophonist, received his B.M. from Berklee College of Music in 2002 and his M.M. from the Boston Conservatory in 2005. In Boston, Shay studied with great musicians such as George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Ken Radnofsky. He performed professionally in the Boston and New York area from 2000 until his relocation to the Santa Cruz area in 2009. Shay currently performs and teaches throughout the Bay Area. Shay performed at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Don Quixote, Moe’s Alley, The Fillmore, Earth Day San Francisco, and many other Bay Area venues.

Pianist and Composer Dahveed Behroozi is a San Francisco Bay Area based musician. His focus is in jazz, classical, and new music. He is an active player both as a leader and sideman in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally. Behroozi’s expansive musical palette comes from a wide array of places that almost seem endless. His musical frame of reference ranges from Bach, Brahms, Schoenberg, Alban Berg, 20th century jazz luminaries, as well as the rock and ambient worlds.

Drummer and percussionist Jason Lewis graduated from the classical percussion program at San José State University, under the direction of Tony Cirone of the San Francisco Symphony, with BA in music. He has played with a variety of talented musicians including; John Stowell, Gary Burton, Gil Goldstein, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Anton Schwartz, Terry Disley, Mark Levine, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul Nagel, and Kurt Elling. Professor Lewis has also performed with the San José Symphony and the San José Civic Light Opera. Besides performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with many groups, Lewis has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Michael Brook, Djivan Gasparyan, Ann Dyer, and Taylor Eigsti.