Campus life is all about learning, discussion, and debate; meeting
people from diverse backgrounds; making new and lasting friendships;
attending cultural celebrations and artistic and musical performances;
and getting involved with student organizations and clubs. UCSC provides
a wealth of opportunity for personal growth within the context of
a rich and meaningful academic experience. You will live, study, and
socialize with other students in your college. You will also meet
students from the other colleges-in your classes and at the many campuswide
events that take place throughout the year. The colleges (described
in the previous section) and the various campuswide units provide
a wide range of student services to respond to individual needs, interests,
and levels of personal development. In addition, students can take
advantage of the campus's stunning natural setting, the friendly and
engaging local community, and easy access to the Monterey and San
Francisco Bay Areas.
Located on the northern tip of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz is famous
for its Mediterranean climate, forested state parks, and miles of
scenic beaches. Recreational opportunities abound-hiking through
redwood forests, bicycling along mountain roads, and surfing, sailing,
and scuba diving. The Santa Cruz Mountains are minutes away; the
majestic Sierra Nevada is a four-hour drive to the east.
The metropolitan centers of the San Francisco Bay Area are easily
accessible. By car, Berkeley and San Francisco are less than two
hours from campus. San Jose, Monterey, and Carmel are one hour away.
The city of Santa Cruz, with a population of about 56,000, was
originally founded as a Spanish mission. Santa Cruz is a small community
with cosmopolitan appeal and a strong awareness of environmental
and political issues. Art exhibits, local theater companies, a symphony
orchestra, fine restaurants, and a lively contemporary music scene
combine to make Santa Cruz an enviable place to live.
All undergraduate students, whether they live on campus or not,
are affiliated with one of ten residential colleges at UC Santa
Cruz. Each college provides academic support, organizes student
activities, and sponsors events that enhance the intellectual and
social life of the campus in addition to housing students in small-scale
residential communities. About 45 percent of single undergraduate
students live in university housing.
Freshmen entering in fall quarter are guaranteed university-sponsored
housing for their first two years at UCSC. Transfer students entering
in fall quarter have a one-year guarantee. All deadlines must be
met to qualify for guarantees.
You must be admitted as a full-time student before applying for
housing. All new single students who request on-campus accommodations
on their Request for University Housing form will be mailed application
information after college assignments are complete. This form and
the required advance housing fee must be submitted to the Office
of Admissions by the stated deadline to assure guaranteed housing.
(Guarantee only offered in the fall.)
The room and board rates for the 2004-05 academic year range from
$8,109 to $11,724, depending upon the type of accommodation and
meal plan (go to the Expenses
and Financial Resources section for more detailed information
The colleges at UCSC offer two kinds of accomodations-residence
halls and apartments, both with access to common dining facilities.
Kresge houses students in apartments; all of the other colleges
offer both options. Except at Kresge and Oakes, most new first-year
students live in residence halls; residence halls and apartments
are available to continuing students and students transferring in
at the junior level. (See The Colleges
section for more detailed descriptions of college housing facilities.)
The residence halls have shared rooms and a limited number of
private rooms, as well as common lounge areas and bathrooms. The
colleges offer coeducational and single-sex floors.
All residents of single-student housing are required to be on
a meal plan. You may use your meal card at any of the seven college
dining halls on campus, as well as at the UCSC Inn dining hall in
downtown Santa Cruz. Some of the meal plans include Flexi Dollars
that can be used at other campus dining locations. Additional Flexi
Dollars may be added to any meal plan.
College apartments also have various combinations of shared and
private bedrooms, along with kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces.
They are furnished except for bedding and kitchen utensils. A minimum
meal plan is required for apartment residents. You may also prepare
some of your own meals along with your apartment-mates
Each college's residential program is a team effort. Professional
staff (coordinators of residential education) work with students
trained as resident assistants. They help organize activities and
events, provide referral information about academic or personal
concerns, and assist with roommate problems.
For more information on the colleges, refer to The University
of California, Santa Cruz, Communities of Learning brochure, or
contact the Campus Housing Office.
Campus Housing Office
This office is responsible for the application and contract records
for all single students living in college residence halls and apartments,
the Village, University Town Center, UCSC Inn, and Graduate Student
Housing. Staff are available to advise students about room and board
billing, payment plans, and contractual responsibilities. Students
can purchase meal plans or Flexi Dollars online at www.studenthousing.ucsc.edu.
Centrally located at 104 Hahn Student Services Building, Campus
Housing is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, (831) 459-2394,
Located in the Lower Quarry, the Village houses a mix of 153 continuing
undergraduates, new transfer undergraduates, and graduate students.
Each of the 17 houses has nine single bedrooms with Internet connection,
three bathrooms, and a kitchenette. A meal plan is required. A manager's
apartment, office, laundry facility, community kitchen, and community
lounge are located on site. The live-in manager and residential
assistants are available to assist students. The Village housing
fee for academic year 2004-05 is $8,508. Call (831) 459-2394 or
for more information.
University Town Center
The University Town Center (UTC), located at the corner of Pacific
and Cathcart in downtown Santa Cruz, provides housing in two- and
three-person efficiency apartments. A meal plan is not required.
UCSC students live cooperatively with students enrolled in University
Extension's English Language and International (ELI) Programs. Contact
the Campus Housing Office for more information, (831) 459-2394 or
University Inn and Conference Center
The Inn, located at 611 Ocean Street in downtown Santa Cruz, provides
housing for about 200 UCSC students (new freshmen are not eligible
for this housing option) during the academic year. Students living
at the University Inn have a required minimum meal plan that may
be used at any dining hall on campus, in addition to the inn dining
hall. There are also some guest rooms for short-term use by faculty,
staff, and university visitors and for year-round conference services.
Contact the Campus Housing Office for more information, (831) 459-2394
Family Student Housing
Family Student Housing, located on the west side of campus, has
197 apartments for students and their families (see the Child
Care and Youth Programs section for information on child care
and youth programs).
The apartments are unfurnished, and each has two bedrooms, a bathroom,
a small study, a combined living-dining area, and an electric kitchen.
Several apartments are accessible to people with mobility impairments.
For 2004-05 the monthly rent is $1,019, not including utilities
and phone. There is a $500 refundable security deposit and a $25
nonrefundable application fee.
If you are interested in an apartment, contact the Family Student
Housing Office directly to secure an application form and put your
name on a waiting list. Early application is advisable, as these
apartments are in great demand. There is a year or more waiting
list. Students with children are given priority. The office is in
the Community Building, Family Student Housing, (831) 459-2549,
A 42-space camper park on the north side of campus is available
to students who own recreational vehicles. Spaces rent for $361
per month. All have water and electrical hookups; eight also have
sewer hookups, for $401 per month. The community includes a small
central facility with rest rooms, showers, a meeting room, and a
laundry room. For more information about the park and the vehicle
requirements, or to request an application, contact the Graduate
Student Housing Office, (831) 459-5712, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student Housing
Twenty four-bedroom apartments for single graduate students are
located on the west side of campus, between Kresge College and the
Baskin Engineering Building. See the Student
Life area of the Graduate Studies section for a more detailed
description; for applications and additional information, contact
the Campus Housing Office, (831) 459-2394, or email@example.com.
Community Rentals Office
To assist students, the Community Rentals Office (CRO) maintains
current rental listings and names of students who want to share
living accommodations. Currently enrolled students can access the
listings via the CRO web site and do not pay a fee to access services.
Concurrent Enrollment students, Summer Session students, and alumni
pay a small user fee to access listings, and can visit the Community
Rentals Office to be verified and receive a temporary search pass.
Be sure to bring some form of picture identification such as a driver's
license or passport.
Other services include renters' workshops, rental forms, other
resource information, and basic advising about tenants' rights and
responsibilities. You are encouraged to visit the office and learn
about the resources available to you.
The Santa Cruz area offers a variety of housing options, including
Victorian houses, mountain cottages, downtown apartments, rooms
in private residences, and rooms in local motels. Locating suitable
housing can take from one to six weeks, depending upon your specific
needs. Generally, students are able to locate housing within the
service area of Santa Cruz public transportation.
The cost of housing varies according to individual lifestyle and
preferences. For example, in fall 2003, a room in a shared household
averaged $568 per month, while separate units averaged $786 for
a studio apartment to $2,012 for a three-bedroom house.
The Community Rentals Office, located at 125 Hahn Student Services,
is open 9 a.m. to
4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, call (831)
459-4435, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the web: communityrentals.ucsc.edu.
Program In Community and Agroecology
The Program In Community and Agroecology (PICA) is a living/learning
community in the Village. The proximity to our internationally renowned
organic Farm and Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
provides an unusual opportunity to focus on the link between healthy
communities and healthy food systems. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
from a wide range of majors live, study, and prepare food together
in housing modules dedicated to PICA or in cooperative housing situations
off campus. Through seminars, gardens in the Village, and project
days, PICA faculty and students work in both the classroom and the
field to address such questions as:
- How do issues of environmental quality and social justice interact
in sustainable communities?
- How does an understanding of ecology inform decisions about
- What impact can consumer choice have on how farmers design and
manage their farming systems?
- What roles do imagination, persuasion, and creativity play in
shaping social change and in sustaining communities?
Students and faculty explore the contributions of agroecology,
art, literature, photography, writing, computer science, and philosophy
to achieving sustainability. Practical training in agroecology and
organic gardening occurs through courses, workshops, and student
involvement in Village gardens, composting activities, and food
programs. For further information, e-mail email@example.com.
Co-ops are an alternative form of organizing a group of people
or a business. Here at UCSC, the co-ops are entirely student run
and operated. Although memberships in the Bike and Kresge Food Co-ops
are available, anyone, student or otherwise, is welcome to use them.
Kresge Food Co-op
The Kresge Food Co-op is a student-run nonprofit natural food store
located in Kresge College. It sells bulk food, produce, sandwiches,
ice cream, snacks, and other groceries. Under the student-run collective,
the purpose is not just to run a store but to educate people toward
personal and social change.
Students are trained to run the business in an economically feasible
but nonhierarchical manner (there is no manager). The co-op makes
information available to customers about the social and environmental
consequences related to food consumption, and it tries to carry
products that do not have adverse effects on the society and environment.
You can be involved in the Kresge Food Co-op in a number of ways,
such as by becoming a working member and receiving 10 percent off
your groceries. Come by or call (831) 426-1506 for more information.
The co-op is student owned and operated, run cooperatively, and
nonprofit. Whether you need to purchase a bike, repair a bike, or
want to learn, the co-op can accommodate your needs. People are
encouraged to attend meetings, learn more about cooperatives, and
get involved. The Bike Co-op is located at the Student Union. For
information, come by or call (831) 457-8281.
The Santa Cruz Student Housing Cooperative is committed to providing
affordable housing, a supportive community, and student empowerment.
There are two democratically owned and operated houses where a diverse
group of people come together, learn how to communicate, cooperate,
and live well. The houses have communal dinners six nights a week,
weekly meetings with agreements by consensus, and nice rooms in
big Victorians-and they are near the university bus lines. Both
houses provide housing for Summer Session students. Call (831) 426-2667
for the Cesar Chavez House, or (831) 425-2667 for Zami House.
Transportation and Parking
The UCSC campus strives for an academic environment disturbed
as little as possible by automobile traffic. The university has
chosen to reserve flatlands for future buildings, natural areas,
and social and recreational spaces; as a result, parking is a limited
resource on campus. UCSC requests that students not bring cars.
Comprehensive transportation systems have been developed to reduce
traffic and eliminate the need for a car. Movement on the spacious
campus is made easier by the care with which buildings have been
located, a network of foot and bicycle paths, and an extensive intracampus
shuttle system that links the colleges, central core facilities,
and the two remote parking lots. Shuttle buses operate on 10- to
12-minute frequencies from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (except
on academic holidays). During summer and quarter breaks, day shuttle
service is provided at 12- to 15-minute intervals. In addition,
a night shuttle service, operating at 10- to 20-minute intervals,
runs seven nights a week between 6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. during the
academic year. The night shuttle provides curb-to-curb transportation
to the colleges. Both day and night shuttles provide wheelchair-accessible
services and are free of charge. Transportation and Parking Services
(TAPS) also operates the Disability Van Service, which provides
transportation to those with mobility impairments. A Westside Shopper
Shuttle operates seven nights a week during the academic year between
college circles and the west side of Santa Cruz. The shuttle serves
supermarkets, alternative markets, convenience stores, and restaurants.
Shuttle routes and schedules are available at the colleges and at
campus Transportation Information Centers.
The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (Metro) provides
regular and convenient bus transportation to campus and to outlying
areas from Boulder Creek to Watsonville, as well as to the Santa
Cruz community. Metro provides service to UCSC every five to eight
minutes on weekdays during academic sessions. Metro "Night Owl"
buses provide late-night service to campus until 2:55 a.m. on Friday
and Saturday nights. Sunday-through-Thursday-night service to campus
operates until 1:55 a.m. This service is funded by a mandatory student
fee. Students may ride any Metro bus without additional charge by
showing their current UCSC identification card to the driver.
Bicycles are a popular means of transportation on campus and in
Santa Cruz. UCSC offers bicycle programs including licensing, a
bike trailer for commuters, and bike racks on the shuttles. Multi-geared
bicycles are advisable because of the hilly terrain, and helmets
Permits for on-campus parking are limited. Parking in the residential
areas adjacent to the campus is restricted and strictly enforced.
Due to lack of space, storage of vehicles for on-campus residents
is limited, and the majority of remote-lot spaces are available
to commuting students. Parking on campus for first- and second-year
students living on campus is available by exception only. Parking
regulations are strictly enforced; all students who bring a car
to campus must purchase a permit in advance. UCSC requests that
students not bring vehicles to campus if they are not eligible to
purchase an on-campus parking permit.
UCSC offers a weekend shuttle between the campus and the Fremont
BART Station. Use the shuttle to connect with BART, which offers
rail service throughout the north bay, including stops in San Francisco,
Berkeley, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Concord, and Richmond. The UCSC
Fremont BART Connector provides service on Fridays and Sundays during
the academic year. Reservations are required and can be made weekdays
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (831) 459-3779.
Santa Cruz is served by commercial bus lines on a regularly scheduled
basis. The nearest commercial airport is in San Jose, approximately
35 miles from Santa Cruz. The San Francisco Airport is about 70
miles from campus. Both airports are accessible by bus and by commercial
van and limousine services.
Services can change, and it is recommended that you get up-to-date
information from TAPS. Call (831) 459-2190, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the web: www2.ucsc.edu/taps.
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Student Health Services
Located on McLaughlin Drive across from Colleges Nine and Ten,
the Student Health Center provides quality health care focused on
the particular needs of students. All registered students have access
to the Student Health Center regardless of their insurance plan,
as services are partially supported by their university registration
fee. Care is provided by board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners,
and physician assistants. Students can been seen by appointment
or, in cases of acute illness or injury, on the same day in Urgent
Care. In case of emergencies, either during the day or after normal
operating hours, please call 911.
In addition, the Student Health Center offers psychiatry services,
dentistry, nutritional counseling, health promotion, x-ray, and
laboratory and pharmacy services on site. The center is open daily
and Saturday mornings during the regular academic year. (For summer
services and hours, see the Summer Session web site: summer.ucsc.edu/.)
For more information regarding the Health Center and its services,
call (831) 459-2780; e-mail email@example.com;
To ensure emergencies and other health care costs do not interfere
with a student's education, all University of California students
are required to carry medical insurance. A comprehensive and inexpensive
program specifically designed for students is available through
the university via the Undergraduate Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).
All students are automatically enrolled in UHIP and billed quarterly
through their student account, unless they choose to waive this
coverage by providing proof of comparable insurance by the specified
deadline. For detailed information regarding insurance coverage
and the waiver process, see the web at www2.ucsc.edu/healthcenter.
You may also contact the insurance office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (831) 459-2389.
Mandatory Hepatitis B Immunization
California state law mandates that all entering students under 19
years old must be immunized against Hepatitis B. These students
are required to provide the Health Center with documentation proving
their compliance with this law. Those not in compliance at the beginning
of the quarter may be dropped from their classes. For more information,
see the web at www2.ucsc.edu/
healthcenter or call (831) 459-2211.
UCSC Health Promotion Department
The goal of the UCSC Health Promotion Department is to help students
maintain their health and wellness as they work to achieve their
academic and personal goals. Located in the basement of the Health
Center, our various programs provide students information, resources,
and support to help them succeed at UCSC-as well as offer unique
student internship and volunteer opportunities. For more information
on any of our established programs or additional resources, view
our various links under Health Promotion on the Health Center web
call (831) 459-3772, or e-mail email@example.com.
To introduce students to alternative ways to achieve health
and wellness, the Health Promotion Department offers "Home Remedies,"
a presentation teaching simple holistic practices such as finger
holds, breathwork, and tai chi. In addition, a large canvas labyrinth
is available for programming around such issues as stress reduction,
creativity, and meditation/reflection.
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention
Program. Part of UCSC's systemwide effort to address
problems caused by the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs,
the Alchohol and Other Drug (AOD) Abuse Prevention Program is designed
to reduce substance abuse through education. The program provides
formal and informal educational opportunities for students, college
residential staff, and other campus personnel. With resources available
for all students, the AOD Program also offers limited individual
consultations to students with particular needs or concerns.
HIV Prevention Program.
Helping students reduce their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted
infections (STIs), the HIV Prevention Program offers free and anonymous
HIV testing run by highly trained student test counselors; the Condom
Co-op, selling safer-sex supplies at reduced cost; Slug Love workshops
and other presentations addressing STI transmission, safer sex,
values clarification, and communication; and academic classes. We
also cosponsor special events such as the annual Santa Cruz AIDS
Walk and the Safer Sexcapades.
Student Health Advisory Committee.
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is composed
of students interested in health care at UCSC. The group serves
as the liaison between students and Health Center staff, creates
and supports health initiatives and other educational opportunities
for the campus, and creates a fun, practical way to get involved
and make connections with other students and health care practitioners.
Counseling and Psychological
Psychological counseling is available from professional staff
located in each college and at the central counseling office in
the Cowell Student Health Center. Counseling psychologists come
from a variety of backgrounds and are experienced in helping students
clarify their sense of direction, set realistic goals, and better
understand their personal problems.
You can meet with a counseling psychologist individually, visit
the stress-reduction clinic, or join one of the many counseling
groups offered throughout the year. Both individual and group counseling
services are aimed at helping you gain greater personal effectiveness.
Information communicated to a counseling psychologist is confidential
and cannot be released without a student's permission except in
specific circumstances involving risk and safety.
Counseling psychologists are available to consult with individuals,
and campus departments and organizations in such areas as psychological
problem solving, conflict resolution, ethnic and multicultural matters,
and organizational development.
You may obtain further information regarding counseling services
from the central Counseling and Psychological Services Office in
the Cowell Student Health Center, (831) 459-2628. Visit our web
(For information on academic and career advising, see Undergraduate
Rape Prevention Education
UCSC pioneered the establishment of Rape Prevention Education
in 1979 to address issues of rape, and especially acquaintance rape.
During their orientation to the campus, students are encouraged
to attend educational presentations that use theater, video, and
discussion to encourage respect, responsibility, and mutuality among
students. Evening workshops are organized in the residence halls
and apartments throughout the year. A wide variety of films and
videos are shown campuswide to discuss the politics of gender and
the causes and prevention of sexual assault. Resources are available
for class papers. A peer education program is offered to both male
and female students. Posters, pamphlets, newsletters, and resource
booklets are distributed throughout the campus. Both male and female
students take advantage of these educational resources. In addition,
excellent self-defense classes for women are offered quarterly.
The coordinator of Rape Prevention Education is available for
individual appointments and provides nonjudgmental support for those
who have been raped as well as for their friends and loved ones.
The campus also has police officers available 24 hours a day, a
network of emergency phones, guards at both campus entrances from
8 p.m. until 3 a.m., and frequent shuttles and buses.
Rape Prevention Education works with other campus units to try
to ensure that the physical environment is as safe as possible.
Fortunately, the external UCSC environment has been relatively safe
and reported rapes or attempted rapes by strangers have been rare.
UCSC is similar to other campuses in that over 90 percent of student
rapes that occur on campus are committed by aquaintances and are
vastly underreported. For more information, contact the Rape Prevention
Education Office at the Cowell Student Health Center, (831) 459-2721;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www2.ucsc.edu/rape-prevention.
The African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) develops
and fosters cocurricular initiatives that promote academic success,
leadership training, and student development. Since the center's
inception in 1991, the program's primary mission has been to serve
as a key resource to acclimate students to general campus life and
academic culture. In addition, the program provides advocacy and
support in helping to monitor students' academic progress and subsequent
achievement of their educational goals. AARC works closely with
overall campus outreach to enhance the recruitment and retention
of African American students.
AARCC welcomes volunteers and student interns to serve as members
of TEAM AARC Outreach Program or on our Advisory Council. Academic
clubs include Blacks in Science, Honors and Scholars Club, and National
Society of Black Engineers. Other organizations affiliated with
the center include African/Black Student Alliance, African American
Theater Arts Troupe, Black Sistas United, Black Men's Alliance,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority. AARC works collaboratively with others on
campus and in the surrounding community to enhance cultural and
ethnic diversity initiatives on the UCSC campus. The center, located
on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building in Quarry Plaza, is
open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,
call (831) 459-3207, fax (831) 459-2469, e-mail email@example.com,
or consult our web site at www2.ucsc.edu/aasl.
The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) works in collaboration
with the Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI), the
University of California American Indian Counselors/Recruiters Association,
native faculty and staff, as well as the indigenous tribal community
leaders of the region to develop information, programs, and events
that assist public understanding of native peoples. Invested in
creating a campus climate that supports all students, the center
provides mentoring and personal and academic advising. AIRC is located
on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building in Quarry Plaza. For
more information, call (831) 459-2881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Asian American/Pacific Islander
The Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC) provides
and enhances opportunities for student leadership development, builds
a stronger sense of community on campus, and links students to community-service
opportunities. Ultimately, AA/PIRC offers education and dialogue
on issues affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders toward
addressing students' multiple and diverse academic, social, cultural,
and other cocurricular needs. At AA/PIRC, students can find information
on scholarships and internships at community-based organizations,
build alliances in the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of student
organizations, and browse through a collection of Asian American
studies publications, student literary journals, novels, senior
theses, magazines, and newspapers. The center also produces an annual
resource guide and a quarterly newsletter, and maintains several
e-mail listservs for connection to the AA/PI community. AA/PIRC
is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building in Quarry
Plaza. For more information, call (831) 459-5349, e-mail email@example.com,
or visit the web: www2.ucsc.edu/aapirc.
The Chicano Latino Resource Center (El Centro) offers programs and
activities designed to enhance students' transition to university
life, academic success and advancement, leadership development,
community-service opportunities, and preparation for graduate studies.
The programs offered through El Centro focus on retention, graduation,
and academic advancement of Chicano Latino undergraduate students.
These programs and activities include workshops, a Chicana Latina
Pipeline Project, Academic Culture courses, a Chicano Latino Leadership
Conference, collaborations with Chicano Latino student organizations,
and a Senior Thesis Support Group. El Centro offers education and
dialogue on academic, social, cultural, and personal issues that
affect the Chicano Latino community. Students are welcome to stop
by and find out more about El Centro events and activities or for
individual consultation. El Centro also offers student internships
to help with organizing events and activities. For more information
or to make an appointment, call (831) 459-5608 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender,
The Lionel Cantú Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Intersex (GLBTI) Resource
Center, located in a beautiful redwood building next to Crown and
Merrill Colleges, is a friendly, welcoming place to the entire community.
The center's mission is to provide educational, social, and support
services to students, staff, and faculty on GLBTI issues. The GLBTI
Resource Center is home to several student organizations that meet
weekly; a host of exciting programs; and a library offering books,
magazines, and videos. AIDS information, safer-sex supplies, and
other GLBTI-related materials are also on hand. Information and
referral to campus and community GLBTI resources is available by
phone or in person. Throughout the year, the GLBTI Resource Center
coordinates student programming with a queer focus. Education of
the nongay campus population is another function of the resource
center; volunteers offer workshops for groups, classes, and dorms
about unlearning heterosexism. Everyone is welcome to use the center's
cozy lounge, full kitchen, and study center to relax, study, socialize,
and become involved in the campus's queer community. The center
is open Monday-Friday; usual hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by
and meet the center's friendly staff and find out about internship
and volunteer opportunities. You can reach the GLBTI Resource Center
at (831) 459-2468 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The center's web site, www2.ucsc.edu/glbticenter,
features an extensive Queer Calendar. To get on the listserv
for latest updates, e-mail the center with your name and e-mail
Located in Cardiff House, a historic farmhouse near the main entrance
to campus, the Women's Center is devoted to helping students maximize
their success at UCSC. Resource referrals and informal advising
are always available from center staff, and weekly events include
films, readings, and talks. The center also sponsors student-oriented
workshops on topics ranging from money management and car care to
assertiveness and stress reduction.
The Women's Center is home base for a variety of student groups
and student-run community-service efforts. Other opportunities for
involvement include internships, field and independent study, and
work-study jobs. Students can help organize projects like the V-Day
College Initiative, Take Back The Night, and Women's Ensemble Theater-or
create their own programs with advice and support from staff.
The center's meeting rooms, kitchen, and garden are ideal places
to study, relax, or connect with students, staff, faculty, and community
members. Rotating art exhibits bring the center's walls to life,
and students are encouraged to inquire about showing their work.
For more information, check the center's weekly calendar, visit
the center's web site at www2.ucsc.edu/wmcenter,
e-mail women@ ucsc.edu, or call
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Recreation, Sports, and Wellness
The physical education, recreation, wellness, and sports programs
provide a variety of interesting and challenging activities intended
to attract you to becoming an active participant. The emphasis
is on giving you an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and
habits related to wellness to last through a lifetime of enjoyable
physical and recreational activity.
Obtain further information about the programs described below
from the Office of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports, located
at the East Field House, (831) 459-2531. The web address is www.ucsc.edu/opers.
Physical Education Courses
Regularly scheduled courses, which carry no academic credit but
are recorded on your transcript, are available in a broad range
of physical activities. Many classes are small, and all offer expert
instruction and carefully designed practice periods, so that you
can accomplish much in sessions of two to three hours per week.
Most activities have intermediate and advanced sections as well
as courses for beginners. Web: www.ucsc.edu/opers/indexpage/p.e.html.
Intramurals and Club Sports
The intramural sports program includes competitive leagues, tournaments,
and special one-day events. Many of the activities are coeducational.
The leagues feature basketball, flag football, floor hockey, indoor
and outdoor soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball.
Some of the leagues are divided into different skill levels. There
are tournaments in basketball, racquetball, and tennis. Special
events include biannual "cardiac pacer" runs, an annual triathlon.
Prospective participants are encouraged to form their own teams.
Individuals looking to be placed on a team are also welcome Web:
The sports club program offers a variety of sports. Teams compete
against other universities in men's and women's rugby, lacrosse,
and ultimate frisbee; men's soccer, baseball, cross-country, and
track and field; and coed Special Olympics, cheerleading, dance,
equestrian, cycling, sailing, water polo, golf, badminton, fencing,
table tennis, and diving.
UC Santa Cruz offers the only National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Division III program in the UC system. As a Division III
member, the program offers no athletic scholarships or grants in
aid. Intercollegiate teams, known as the Fighting Banana Slugs,
are provided for those who want the opportunity to compete against
rival institutions in an official format, with set practice schedules,
regular road trips, and rigorous training. Both men's and women's
NCAA intercollegiate teams compete in the following sports: basketball,
soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, and volleyball.
Women's teams compete in golf and cross-country. Web: www.goslugs.com.
Located within the East Field House complex and overlooking Monterey
Bay, the Wellness Center offers two floors of state-of-the-art cardiovascular
and strength-training equipment. Classes, workshops, fitness testing,
and personal training are available to assist everyone in reaching
their fitness goals. Web: www.ucsc.edu/opers/wellness.
The Recreation Program is designed to fulfill the diverse needs
and interests of all members of the UCSC community. A full range
of activities, workshops, classes, off-campus outings, and special
events are scheduled quarterly. In addition, the program offers
a 10-day Wilderness Orientation prior to the start of school. Wilderness
Orientation (WO) is an invaluable experience for incoming college
students, serving as an introduction to mountain travel and the
"journey" of college education. The beautiful settings of the Sierra
Nevada provide students an opportunity to form new friendships and
discuss their hopes and fears about entering college, while learning
outdoor skills. No previous backpacking experience is necessary.
The Outdoor Equipment Rental Center offers recreational equipment
including surfboards, wetsuits, and high-quality backpacking and
camping gear. If you are interested in planning your own outing,
contact the Recreation Program Office for assistance. The office
has extensive files, and staff members act as consultants, planning
with people as well as for them. The
office sells international student ID cards, provides bicycle licensing,
and offers a free weekly drop-in bicycle maintenance program.
Open recreation hours are scheduled quarterly; you are strongly
encouraged to use the facilities. Sports equipment may be borrowed
without charge. There are also recreation clubs if you are primarily
interested in organized recreation and individual performance. Most
clubs are coed and feature some combination of recreational participation,
advanced instruction, and individual competition. Recently active
clubs include aikido, fencing, ju jitsu, ashtanga yoga warrior,
creative movement, ninjitsu, scuba diving, Okinawan karate, swing
dance, and tai chi. Web: www.ucsc.edu/opers/rec.
Banana Slug Mascot
The Banana Slug, a bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk found
in the campus's redwood forest, was the unofficial mascot for UC
Santa Cruz's coed teams since the university's early years. In 1981,
when some campus teams wanted more organized participation in extramural
competition, UCSC joined Division III of the NCAA. Since the application
required an official team name, UCSC's then chancellor polled the
student players, and out of this small group emerged a consensus
for a new moniker-the sea lions. It was a choice that the chancellor
considered more dignified and suitable to serious play than the
Banana Slugs. But the new name did not find favor with the majority
of students, who continued to root for the Slugs even after a sea
lion was painted in the middle of the basketball floor. After five
years of dealing with the two-mascot problem, an overwhelming pro-Slug
straw vote by students in 1986 convinced the chancellor to make
the lowly but beloved Banana Slug UCSC's official mascot.
To make it convenient for you to utilize campus physical education,
recreation, and sports facilities, field houses are located on the
east and west sides of the campus. At both the East Field House
and the West Field House, you will find the following: gymnasium,
tennis courts, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, equipment
center, and locker rooms. The East Field House also has a dance
studio, martial arts room, handball/racquetball courts, 50-meter
swimming pool, half-mile jogging track, and sports fields. A strength-training
and cardiovascular-fitness court is located near the east jogging
The UCSC Boating Center is located at the Santa Cruz Small Craft
Harbor, about five miles from the campus. The boating program offers
instruction and recreation using sailing and rowing vessels, such
as Moore-24 sloops, Laser dinghies, C-15 dinghies, HyFly sailboards,
rowing dories, and sea kayaks. Web: www.ucsc.edu/opers/boating/.
All facilities are open daily during academic terms and are available
for individual recreation whenever they are not being used for classes
or other scheduled activities.
The Student Union is a student-governed facility that houses lounges,
conference space, and recreational areas for dances, parties, and
other social gatherings; billiards, art exhibits, musical performances,
public-use computers, and television; work and office space for
registered student organizations and campuswide student government;
and campus information services.
Located in Quarry Plaza across from the Bay Tree Bookstore, the
Union complements college facilities by providing an alternative
social, recreational, and educational gathering place for all students
and members of the campus community. Student-support offices located
at the Union include Student Union administration, Student Life,
and Student Activities.
The Union is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and
has limited weekend hours. The Union is closed holidays and quarter
breaks. Check the web site for up-to-date information at studentunion.ucsc.edu
or call (831) 459-3167.
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Campuswide Student Organizations
Expand your horizons and complement your academic life by joining
one of over 100 student organizations registered through the Student
Activities Office. Get involved in one or more cultural, ethnic,
religious, Greek, political advocacy, civic service, or social organizations.
Gain valuable life experience in leadership and planning, and develop
rewarding and lasting friendships. Student organization membership
is open to all UCSC students. Students frequently create new organizations
as their interests change and expand. You may be able to earn academic
credit for an activity when your work has an academic focus and
is supervised by faculty.
For more information about campuswide student organizations, call
Student Activities, (831) 459-2934, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the web: www.soar.ucsc.edu.
Students wanting to start or join sports and recreation clubs
should contact OPERS: sports clubs, (831) 459-4220; recreation clubs,
(831) 459-2668. Students interested in print and broadcast media
organizations should contact Student Media: (831) 459-2840.
Community Service Opportunities
Community service is a vital part of the university's mission. It
is possible for individual students, as well as campuswide student
organizations, to develop service projects that link the university
with the broader Santa Cruz County community. With the financial
support of the campus's Community Service Project funding, students
have aided local groups such as Students Toward Achievement in Writing
Success, the Strange Queer Youth Conference, and renovation of the
The Student Volunteer Connection in the office of Student Life,
245 Hahn Student Services Building, connects interested students
with the community to volunteer their time to tutor children, mentor
youth, feed the homeless, and train people with developmental disabilities.
Service programs also exist through some colleges (College Eight's
core course requires volunteer efforts and the Community Studies
Department offers opportunities; Oakes has its own service coordinator);
check with your college office about opportunities. All the student
resource centers also coordinate volunteer efforts on and off campus.
For more information about service opportunities, contact the
Student Volunteer Connection, (831) 459-3363; Office of Student
Life, (831) 459-5707; the Oakes College service coordinator, (831)
459-2356; the Colleges Nine and Ten coordinator of service learning,
(831) 459-1237; or your college.
UCSC Student Voice
Santa Cruz offers you a unique variety of opportunities to participate
in university governance at the college, campus, and systemwide
levels. Regardless of what level you choose, participating in student
government will provide you with a wonderful chance to practice
leadership skills, meet others who share your interests, and learn
a great deal about yourself and the university.
Serving on a campus advisory committee is a recognized channel for
student involvement in the university's decision-making processes.
Advisory committees, composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives,
are established to develop and recommend policies on a wide range
of subjects. Annually, the Student Committee on Committees (composed
of one student appointed by each college and chaired by the internal
vice-chair of the Student Union Assembly) nominates more than 100
students to serve on ov5r 50 administrative and Academic Senate
committees. For information about the selection process, contact
Student Committee on Committees, (831) 459-5533, e-mail email@example.com;
or the Student Union Assembly, (831) 459-4838, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership and Civic Engagement
The University Leadership Certificate Program (ULCP) provides emerging
leaders with an opportunity to develop important skills while learning
to lead with integrity and purpose. Students are asked to reflect
upon and engage in dialogue regarding various social and political
issues and put their new understanding into practice both on campus
and in the local community. For more information on this yearlong
program and various workshops provided, contact the Office of Student
Life, (831) 459-5707.
The Hate/Bias Peer Response Team (HBPRT) is a student program
that provides peer education programming to the campus at the request
of campus community members and in response to reported hate/bias
incidents. In addition, HBPRT organizes Hate/Bias Awareness Week,
a weeklong series of lectures, workshops, and discussions designed
to increase awareness of hate and bias in the local, national, and
world communities. For more information on this yearlong program,
contact the Office of Student Life, at (831) 459-5707.
College Student Governments
Each college has its own form of student government, enabling students
to gain experience in planning, budgeting, executing, and evaluating
a wide range of college programs and policies. Like the colleges
themselves, each college governing body has its own character, structure,
and meeting times and dates. For information, inquire in your college
office or talk to your college programs coordinator.
Campuswide Student Government
The Student Union Assembly (SUA) is the undergraduate advocacy organization
and the official student voice of UCSC. It comprises two appointed
and one elected representative from each college government; six
elected officers: chair, internal vice-chair, external vice-chair,
organizing director, commissioner of academic affairs, and commissioner
of diversity; and one appointed representative from each of the
following student organizations: African/Black Student Alliance;
Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, Intersex Network; Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de
Aztlan; Student Alliance of North American Indians; and Ethnic Student
Organization Council. The SUA also provides internship opportunities
for a limited number of students each year. These internships include
but are not limited to web, business, internal and external affairs,
and organizing. The SUA conducts open meetings at least eight times
a quarter throughout the academic year and invites students interested
in advocacy, activism, and politics to get involved. The assembly
operates via issue-specific campaigns and around general campus
concerns. In the past, the SUA has formed campaigns around fighting
fee-hikes, defending affirmative action, saving the Narrative Evaluation
System, striving for reasonable campus growth, and reforming UC
Regents' procedures. Current issues have been 24-hour parking and
campus transportation, preserving Student Organization Advising
and Resources (SOAR-now called Student Activities), labor solidarity,
and advocating against the Classification of Race, Ethnicity, and
National Origin (CRENO) initiative. The SUA also works with the
UC Student Association and the U.S. Student Association on state
and national issues. For more information, contact the SUA, (831)
459-4838, e-mail email@example.com;
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides governance and
representation for graduate students, and its Steering Committee
coordinates student-life programs and activities for graduate students.
for more information, contact the SGSA, (831) 459-3142, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
Systemwide Student Government
The UC Student Association (UCSA) is the statewide association of
graduate and undergraduate student governments from the 10 UC campuses.
UCSC is the officially recognized voice of the students to the UC
Board of Regents, various UC administrative offices, and the UC
Office of the President. Issues covered by UCSA include UC fees
and financial aid, comprehensive admissions policies, and academic
policies, as well as broader issues of social responsibility such
as environmental concerns and civil rights. UCSA coordinates the
yearly selection of the UC Student Regent.
The UCSA campus office provides grassroots membership and support
for the two main UCSA offices in Oakland and Sacramento. The campus
office organizes students to run the grassroots campaigns that are
adopted each summer during the UCSA Congress. At this session, delegates
from the 10 UC campuses come together and choose the critical issues
to be worked on for the next year. Issues in the past have included
voter registration drives, letter-writing campaigns on particular
UC issues, and increases in financial aid. UCSA provides a thorough
introduction to UC politics and student representation. Students
may also serve on systemwide committees through UCSA and gain a
wide knowledge of the entire UC system though their service.
Three officers help to coordinate UCSA activities on our campus.
The external vice-chair (EVC) is the official representative to
the UCSA Board of Directors. This position has voting rights for
UCSC and is the primary contact regarding all UCSA issues. The organizing
director (OD) coordinates with the EVC and the Lobby Corps to effectively
run the grassroots campaigns that are sponsored by UCSA every year.
Lastly, the Lobby Corps director (LCD) coordinates all lobbying
on behalf of UCSC students to the UCSA, local, state, and national
governments. These positions are elected for one-year terms during
spring quarter every year.
The Student Union Assembly officers in charge of UCSA activities
can be reached at (831) 459-4838; e-mail: email@example.com,
UCSC Student Media comprises 20 print publications; KZSC 88.1, the
campus radio station serving the campus as well as the tricounty
Monterey Bay Area; and campus Student Cable Television (SCTV Channel
28). Over 300 students enrich their cocurricular involvement by
receiving academic credit, as well as fellowship and employment
With the greatest broadcasting power of the UC stations, KZSC
broadcasts diverse music, news, and public affairs programming.
KZSC is a student-governed station with more than 20 students serving
in management positions.
The state and national award-winning student newspaper of record,
the weekly City on a Hill Press, covers campus, local, national,
and international news and offers reviews and commentary. Fish
Rap Live! publishes twice monthly and provides an alternative
forum for free expression of ideas, coverage of local and campus
events, and personal journalism. Campus newsmagazines include EyeCandy,
TWANAS, Redwood Review, Leviathan, Escrache,
and The Project.
Annual literary journals offer poetry, prose, photography, and
art. Examples are Chinquapin, Big Q, Red Wheelbarrow, La Revista,
Alay, Las Girlfriends, Calliope's Notes, Turnstile, and Variance.
SCTV is a student-governed campus cable station that schedules
and broadcasts artistic, narrative, experimental, documentary, and
public-service announcement submissions of video and film. Many
of the students are affiliated with the film and digital media major;
however, students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.
If you are interested in contacting any of the Student Media print
or broadcast organizations, call the Press Center at (831) 459-2840,
KZSC at (831) 459-3811, or SCTV at (831) 459-3914. Visit the web
site for links to print and broadcast organizations: studentmedia.ucsc.edu.
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Throughout the year, UCSC offers frequent and varied cultural
opportunities. Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity
to participate as audience members, performers, or behind-the-scenes
The considerable range of offerings includes art exhibits, lectures,
films, concerts, recitals, and dance and drama presentations; programs
vary from single performances to weeklong cultural celebrations.
The colleges host a number of events, and the departments frequently
engage speakers of particular academic interest to address the campus
community or present lecture-demonstrations.
Arts & Lectures (A&L), a series of public performances
and residencies by artists of international stature, is presented
by the Public Affairs Office during the year. Recent appearances
have included the vocalist Bobby McFerrin, the Ailey II dance company,
performance artist Laurie Anderson, musician Lyle Lovett, and the
Guaneri String Quartet. Lecturers have included documentary filmmaker
Michael Moore, NPR's David Sedaris, and political columnist Molly
Ivins. A&L collaborates with the colleges and academic units
in the development of workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and seminars
offered by visiting artists, with the common goal of enlarging cultural
perspectives through the arts. The Arts & Lectures phone number
is (831) 459-4058.
The Arts Division maintains a high profile in the community with
events by faculty, student, and guest artists: music recitals are
offered regularly, and several major theater, dance, and music presentations
are mounted each quarter in conjunction with the academic program.
Recent full-scale productions by the Theater Arts Department have
included a new translation of Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas, Brian Friel's
Translations, Sabina Berman's Between Pancho Villa and a
Naked Woman (Entre Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda), and The Emperor's
New Clothes (coproduced with Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Recent
student productions have included classic and contemporary plays
such as Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls by Naomi Iizuka, In the Blood
by Suzan-Lori Parks, Bent by Martin Sherman, and The Women of Trachis
by Sophocles, as well as the annual showcase of student choreography,
Random with a Purpose.
The Music Department sponsors a variety of concerts by the University
Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir, as
well as fully staged operas and faculty recitals. Recent performances
have featured major works such as Mozart's Requiem and The Marriage
of Figaro, Lou Harrison's Mass for St. Cecilia's Day, Leonard Bernstein's
Chichester Psalms, and Morten Lauridson's Lux Aeterna. The department
also sponsors concerts by the Jazz Ensembles and Big Band, Percussion
Ensemble, and Electronic Music Studios, and ethnomusicology groups
such as the West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble and Latin American Ensembles.
In addition, the department sponsors a growing number of performances
of Indian classical music, with recent appearances by violinist
Sisirkana Chowdhury and sitar player Pandit Habib Khan, as well
as the Pacific Rim Festival of Music in alternate years. Student
recitals, class open rehearsals, and informal "Friday at Four" showings
round out the calendar.
All students, not just majors, are encouraged to audition for
Theater Arts Department and Music Department productions and ensembles.
For information about how to get involved, call the Theater Arts
Department at (831) 459-2974 and/or the Music Department at (831)
The Music Center, including the state-of-the-art 396-seat Recital
Hall and Indonesian gamelan and electronic music studios, houses
all Music Department programs, as well as performances by visiting
The Theater Arts Center is the setting for a year-round program
of drama, dance, and special events. The 528-seat Theater Arts Mainstage,
215-seat Second Stage, 400-seat Media Theater, and large Experimental
Theater, as well as supporting studios and shops provide professional
facilities for campus and visiting artists and productions. Other
on-campus performance venues include the 153-seat Barn Theater,
the Kresge Town Hall, the outdoor Upper Quarry Amphitheater, and
the colleges' dining commons. Ticket information is available from
the UCSC Ticket Office, located at the Theater Arts Center, (831)
459-2159 (voice or TDD). For additional information about performing
arts events, contact the Arts Division Events Office, (831) 459-2787.
Online calendar: events.ucsc.edu/calendar.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC), recognized by USA Today as
one of the 10 best Shakespeare festivals nationally, is a professional
theater company that unites scholarship with academic endeavor.
Every July and August, SSC produces a summer festival that includes
two plays by William Shakespeare as well as non-Shakespeare productions
carefully chosen by the artistic director to complement the season.
In late November and early December, SSC stages a holiday production,
providing high-quality family entertainment. The festival also offers
courses through the university Summer Session; sponsors conferences
for scholars, teachers, and passionate theatergoers; and provides
several opportunities for the community to get involved in the intellectual
and theatrical components of Shakespeare. The acting company is
composed of professional Equity actors and top nonunion talent from
throughout the United States, local professionals, and university
students, as well as apprentices. Production crews are made up of
regional and local professionals and also include university students
and apprentices. For further information, contact the Shakespeare
Santa Cruz Office in the Theater Arts Center, (831) 459-2121, or
visit the web site: shakespearesantacruz.org.
Bay Tree Bookstore
UCSC's Bay Tree Bookstore is located in the Quarry Plaza complex
in the center of campus, at the intersection of Hagar Drive and
Steinhart Way. The bookstore serves as the campus resource for UCSC
course materials, including new and used course books and customized
faculty publications, general reading and reference books, a wide
variety of school and personal supplies (including computers and
computer supplies), and many other items such as backpacks, emblematic
apparel, art supplies, posters, gifts, greeting cards, and academic
regalia. Services include online reservations for course materials,
student debit accounts, special ordering of books, discounted magazine
subscriptions, a film-processing drop, book buyback services, fax
services, and limited check cashing. The bookstore also houses the
campus's convenience store (the Express Store), Student ID Card
Services, and UCSC's Digital Copy Services. For more information,
call (831) 459-4544 or visit the web: slugstore.ucsc.edu/.
Child Care and Youth
Child Care Services offers several campus child care programs
for children of students, faculty, and staff. Enrollment is limited
and early application is encouraged since most programs have waiting
lists. Free or reduced rates are available to low-income students
All programs reflect the belief that the best child care occurs
in nurturing, homelike environments that are safe and developmentally
appropriate. The programs stress the importance of meeting children's
needs in all areas of development: social, emotional, physical,
cognitive, and creative. The curriculum emphasizes play as a learning
process and provides environments that are rich and challenging.
Programs are open to all children without regard to religion,
color, ethnicity, gender, and physical or mental ability. Information
on all programs, fees, and applications is available from the Child
Care Services Office in the Community Building at Family Student
Housing, (831) 459-2967 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infant Toddler Center
Located in Family Student Housing, the Infant Toddler Center provides
care for infants and toddlers ages 3-36 months. Small groups, low
child-to-adult ratios, and primary caregivers ensure that children
receive consistent and individualized care and nurturing. Full-
and half-day schedules are offered. The majority of spaces are reserved
for students who meet low-income requirements; these spaces are
free or have a sliding-scale fee, depending on income. A few spaces
with flat monthly fees are reserved for faculty and staff families.
Fee-for-service spaces at a reduced rate may be available to student
parents whose income exceeds state-subsidy requirements. The Infant
Toddler Center operates virtually year-round, with closures for
administrative holidays, academic breaks, and staff development.
Granary Child Development Center
Located near the main entrance to campus, the Granary Child Development
Center provides care for preschool children ages 2-4 years. Full-and
half-day schedules are offered. State-subsidized (free or sliding-scale)
spaces are available to low-income students, and reduced student
rates are available for higher-income student parents. Several spaces
are available for faculty and staff at flat monthly rates. The Granary
operates virtually year-round, with closures for administrative
holidays, academic breaks, and staff development.
Located in Family Student Housing, the Children's Center provides
care for prekindergarten children ages 4-6 and after-school care
for children in kindergarten. Full- and half-day schedules are offered.
State-subsidized (free or sliding-scale) spaces are available to
low-income students, and reduced student rates are available for
higher-income student parents. Several spaces are available for
faculty and staff at flat monthly rates. The Children's Center is
closed during the summers, but children may enroll in the School
Age Center's Summer Recreation Program.
School Age Center
Located in Family Student Housing, the School Age Center is an after-school
recreation program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade
during the academic year. The program provides developmentally appropriate
arts and crafts, life-skills and sports activities, occasional community
outings, and quiet time for homework. Extended service hours are
available on a preregistration basis for elementary school holidays
or in-service days. The majority of spaces are available at low
cost to Family Student Housing residents; a few fee-for-service
spaces are available for university-affiliated parents who do not
live in Family Student Housing. An all-day Summer Recreation Program
is also offered for children of UCSC students, faculty, and staff.
UCSC Alumni Association
Through the UCSC Alumni Association, graduates of the university
can maintain a lifelong connection to UCSC.
The association contributes to the life of the colleges and to
the enrichment of the entire campus. Thirty percent of annual membership
fees fund student programs, special activities, and other projects
at the colleges, and additional funds support similar projects campuswide.
The association promotes excellence at UCSC through its sponsorship
of awards for alumni achievement, excellence in teaching, and outstanding
service by a university staff member; two types of student awards
(college service and financial need); and its Distinguished Visiting
The association brings hundreds of alumni back to campus during
the Banana Slug Spring Fair reunion weekend. Thousands of alumni
reconnect with UCSC through the association's Online Community,
which offers an online alumni directory, association event information
and RSVP services, student and alumni online mentorship opportunities,
and much more. Over 700 alumni act as career information resources
through their participation in the Career Advice Network program,
the annual Multicultural Career Conference, and other career fairs
and conferences. The Alumni Association also participates with other
UC Alumni Associations in an annual legislative conference in Sacramento
aimed at increasing support for UC.
Events for alumni and alumni-student mentorship opportunities
are offered by regional groups nationwide-Los Angeles, New York,
Rainier (Seattle), Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz,
Silicon Valley, and Boston-and by four affinity groups-Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT), Latino Alumni Network (LAN), Black
Escargot, and the Page and Eloise Smith Scholastic Society.
Members are eligible for benefits such as library privileges across
the UC system, use of campus recreation facilities, the alumni online
directory, an alumni affinity e-mail account, insurance coverage,
use of a UC vacation center, UC Extension discounts, alumni events,
and more. News of alumni is featured in the campus's magazine, the
UCSC Review, and the Alumni Association's newsletter, the
Banana Slug Bulletin.
The association, governed by an elected board of volunteers called
the Alumni Association Council, is a dues-supported, tax-exempt
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Information about the Alumni Association
is available at its campus headquarters in the Carriage House, (831)
459-2530, (800) 933-SLUG, e-mail email@example.com,