Banana Slugs: Think it. Dare it. Do it.

UC Santa Cruz students are a different breed. They're not satisfied with the status quo—so they make their own. They're the type of student who embraces the quirkiness of the Banana Slug mascot while holding a fierce desire to make the world a better place.

They are actively building the community they want to live in. They are preparing their wings to fly, and we never tire of watching them soar.

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  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Students to document, share trip to World Economic Forum on Africa

    "Focus on Africa," taught by documentary filmmaker Melvin Cox (Merrill, '73), has been offered through Merrill College. Cox is discussing Africa's current affairs with students and teaching them about methods to document the World Economic Forum on Africa.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} First annual Arts Division emeriti awards honor Chip Lord and Lewis Watts

    Photographer Lewis Watts (Art Department) and media artist Chip Lord (Film and Digital Media) were honored at an inaugural luncheon to recognize the contributions of emeriti faculty in building the programs, reputation, and physical structures of the Arts Division.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Setting up for success

    The men's volleyball coach has taken the emphasis off wins and losses, encouraging players to build character by "scoring points" in the classroom, applying for jobs, and volunteering.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} An Alumni Weekend to remember

    A record-breaking crowd of 2,500 revelers, more than half of them alumni, took part in UC Santa Cruz's Alumni Weekend this year—a special edition of the event that was bigger and more elaborate than ever before in honor of the campus's 50th anniversary.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Exquisite campus

    A common refrain among UC Santa Cruz alumni—from every decade, every major, every college, every division—is how much they treasured the beauty and natural setting of this remarkable campus and the richness it brought to their educational experience.

  • Who says the quarry can't rock again?

    By Alison Galloway, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor – The Quarry Amphitheater is one of the gems of this campus. Sadly, it has been closed since 2006. Now, thanks to generous donations from alumni and a truly monumental financial contribution from students, we stand on the verge of being able to reopen the Quarry Amphitheater.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Family ties

    When family members have the experience of attending UC Santa Cruz in common, they've walked the same paths—contributing to a sense of pride, connection, and shared values.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} UC Santa Cruz professor aims to expand science internships for high school students

    Astronomer Puragra GuhaThakurta will use a sabbatical at Google to expand and diversify the Science Internship Program.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Treasure hunting in the University Archives

    By Elizabeth Cowell, University Librarian — If the 50th anniversary of UC Santa Cruz has made you curious about the history of this campus, you need look no further than McHenry Library to find a goldmine of historical artifacts.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Friends of Long Marine Lab supports 17 student research projects

    From sea otters to sea level rise, Student Research and Education Awards will support a wide range of student research projects.

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