Cowell Alumni Weekend 2019

Check out these events during Cowell College Alumni Weekend 2019

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Welcome Reception

6:00pm-9:00pm  Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

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

8:30am-10am  Cowell Courtyard

Join fellow alums in the Cowell Courtyard for an informal gathering of coffee, donuts, and conversation.


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

10:00am-11:30am  Page Smith Library

Join Patty Nelson, Provost Alan Christy, other Cowell historians, and students as they reflect on the combination of humor and historical perspective as a route to problem-solving in tense times. Patty (Cowell ‘72), a.k.a. the Western American historian Patricia Nelson Limerick, has had adventures aplenty in engaging audiences in many sectors of the American public. She has also enjoyed many escapades as a teacher at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Colorado. Cofounder and faculty director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Patty is a national leader in American studies, and currently serves as a member of the National Humanities Council. She will share an array of funny and borderline ridiculous stories. She credits her UC Santa Cruz mentors in history and American studies for setting her life on a very rewarding path and professes that her experiences as a founding member of the Original Banana Slug Improvisational Theater have sustained her during her wild career as a public intellectual.
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Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Remembering Hitchcock Lectures

1:30pm to 3:30pm  Mary Holmes Fireside Lounge

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

Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Dinner and Program

5:00pm to 11pm  Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery and the Stevenson Event Center

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

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a reception at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery displaying artwork by pioneer faculty Jasper Rose.

At 6 p.m., we will move to the Stevenson Event Center for a buffet dinner and special program featuring a conversation with founding faculty and current provosts. Pioneer faculty include: Todd Newberry, Peter Kenez, Murray Baumgarten, Harry Berger, and Bill Domhoff.

Just like old times, the Stevenson Event Center will be rocking with the tunes of Flowers of Evil, to close the evening with big fun.

Reception: 5 p.m., Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Dinner: 6 p.m., Stevenson Event Center
Flowers of Evil music, and dancing: 8 p.m., Stevenson Event Center
Fee: $50

SUNDAY, APRIL 29th 2018

Cowell-Stevenson Collaborative Information Session

9:00am-10:00am  Cowell Conference room

Learn about the new, alumni-initiated effort to renew multi-generational intellectual community in Cowell and Stevenson Colleges. Share your ideas for how it could work and what role you might want to take. RSVP to

Brunch at Cowell Provost House

10:00am-12:00pm  Cowell Provost Lawn

It is no secret that Cowell College has one of the best views on campus.
Come enjoy brunch while you get caught up on all the latest news and events from Provost Alan Christy.
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Annual Dizikes Concert

12:00pm-2:00pm  Cowell Provost Lawn

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 Cruz’s founding faculty members, who passed away in December.
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Pioneer Class 50 Year Reunion - Pioneers Discuss Looking to Our Future

2:30pm-4:00pm  Page Smith Library

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 would like to create for this next phase.
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Smith Society 20th Anniversary Reception

3:00pm-5:00pm  Stevenson Event Center

The alumni/ae-initiated Smith Society serves students who come from adverse circumstances and lack the usual family support -- former foster youths, those whose parents are in prison, mental facilities, or have been deported, orphans, or those who experienced major periods of homelessness growing up. Our aim is to help them thrive. Each year Chancellor Blumenthal and Kelly Weisberg host a reception to show their support. Having served hundreds, this year we celebrate our twentieth anniversary and say a grateful farewell to the Chancellor and his wife as his chancellorship comes to an end.
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Check out UCSC's Alumni page for more events during Alumni Weekend 2019.