New UC President Janet Napolitano made a whirlwind visit to UC Santa Barbara Nov. 21-22 that included closed door meetings with students, faculty and administrators. Among Napolitano’s most noteworthy announcements was that the Office of the President and Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara had reached an agreement to provide health care services to UCSB faculty and staff next year. More than 600 campus employees faced the loss of their health care plan and the possibility of having to travel to UC Los Angeles for medical care. Napolitano was met by student protestors at many of her stops, including a reception for campus department chairs at the Faculty Club and a series of meetings with administrators, staff and students at Mosher Alumni House. This was Napolitano’s ninth visit to a UC Campus as part of what she has called a “listening tour” that includes no public ceremonies or press conferences. At one point Chancellor Henry Yang went out to meet the protestors at the Faculty Club and engaged in an extensive dialogue with them. Many carried signs protesting Napolitano’s former actions in deporting undocumented aliens while Secretary of Homeland Security. Among Napolitano’s first actions as UC President was to announce a freeze on student tuition for the school year 14-15 and to designate $15 million in funds for scholarships for undocumented students, new graduate student stipends and awards for post doctorate students.
Discover Switzerland– August 27-September 11, 2014
Unpack only once in the mountain village of
Meiringen in the Hasli Valley, your home for 14 nights, and explore this
cultural and geographic heart of Europe including captivating Swiss villages such as Lucerne, Magisalp, Zermatt and Berne.
Join us for what promises to be your "best vacation since becoming parents!" The FVC is the perfect spot for individual families or larger family reunions. A UCSB tradition since 1969.
Holiday Parties Help AS Foodbank
Join Gauchos in your area for an evening of networking and holiday cheer! In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking our alumni to join us in supporting our students by contributing to the UCSB A.S. Food Bank, a program directly addressing student needs such as food supplies, toiletries, and information on resources.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit:
Southwest National Parks– May 30-June 9, 2014
Explore a spectacular array of natural wonders and incredible scenery and learn fascinating geological and cultural secrets of these larger-than-life preserves, including Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park.
Exploring Iceland– August 23-September 2, 2014
Discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of
vast, unspoiled Iceland, where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks.
This trip is limited to 24 guests.
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