UCSC Alumni Assoc. - LA Chapter

UCSC Alumni Assoc - LA Chapter

Minutes of UCSC Alumni Association, LA Chapter, 10/22/00
Annual Business Meeting

Check out a copy of these minutes at our web pages at: http://alumni.cse.ucsc.edu/~franz

Members in attendance:

Claude Zachary, Fran Zandonella, Jennifer (Brow) Hernandez, Michele Ploessel, Lisa Buschmann, Ken Feingold, Moira Feingold, Roz Helfand, Rachel Barish, Susan Bok, Constance Boukidis-Papoutsis, Katiuska Castaņeda, Sheri Dabrusin, Tabitha Fortuna-Samnels, Stacey Griffin, Rocio Hernandez, Steven Jung, Renee Martinez, Judson Mock, Tricia Nickell, Daniel Rosen OD, Eric Roy, Jeremy Samuels, David Sotelo, Maria Sotelo, Belinda M. Van Sickle, Heather Davis Wang

Meeting called to order at 11:00 AM.

Welcoming to meeting by Claude Zachary, President of Chapter The general purpose of the Los Angeles Chapter is to provide a forum for communication and community between the alumni and the campus.

Also note that we are one of three alumni chapters with a web page: http://alumni.cse.ucsc.edu/~franz/

Highlights from the 1999-2000 year include:

March 2000 - Broadway Tour and Tea

Toured the historic theatre district of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Conservancy. Followed the tour with tea at the elegant Biltmore Hotel. We were joined by Chancellor Greenwood for this event along with Lindsay Doran. A very elegant, educational, and fun outing. This event was organized by Ann Reinhart.

May 2000 - Wine Tasting at the Museum of Contempory Art

We were hosted by the current director of MOCA, Jeremy Strick, for our annual wine tasting. Jeremy Strick and his wife are both graduates of Cowell. The wine featured at the tasting was from Saintsbury (founded by alumnus David Graves). We were joined by Chancellor Greenwood for this event.

July 2000 - Camping trip to UCSC Reserve in Big Sur

A group of fourteen alumni from the southern california area went on a group camping trip. They spent time hiking, speaking with the caretaker of the reserve, and enjoying the beauty of the Big Sur coastline.

August 2000 - An evening concert at the Hollywood Bowl

The Chapter enjoyed an evening of music and community under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl while listening to the Tony Bennet / Diana Krall concert.

Past summer trips have included:

July 1999 - Sea of Cortez Trip

A five day cruise around the Sea of Cortez learning more about the local wildlife, marine life, and each other.

July 1998 - Santa Cruz Island Trip

A long weekend spent out on Santa Cruz Island with Professor Burney Le Boeuf.

Upcoming Events: Plans for 2000-2001

November/December 2000 Live Taping of TV Show Live taping of the Drew Carey Show or "Whose Line is it Anyway?" February 2001 A locally held lecture by a UCSC Professor. If you have any suggestions as to whom you would like to have visit please let us know! May 2001 Annual Wine Tasting July 2001 Annual Summer Trip Ideas for this trip at the moment are to visit the Research facility at Lake Tahoe, the Wrigley Research Center on Catalina, or Santa Cruz to attend Shakespeare Santa Cruz. We are looking to do only one of these trips - please provide input as to which you would like to see occur. August 2001 Annual Hollywood Bowl Outing Other events There will also be other informal events including:

Upcoming Meetings: Plans for 2000-2001

Roz Helfand speaks about her ideas for a group of politically minded alumni to meet and develop action plans on how the Los Angeles Chapter can play a greater role in shaping the future of UCSC than we currently are. Issues of concern are: Roz wants the group to meet to establish a way of focusing their energies to find out what role we can have in shaping the future of UCSC. Roz passed around a sign-up for people interested in participating to sign. Roz will contact interested members and arrange an organizational meeting. Roz will then present the ideas raised to the Chapter as a whole. It is suggested that an electronic forum for this discussion and others be created. Some people want to contribute but do not have unlimited time. An electronic forum will allow people to participate at their convenience. Claude encourages participation from all chapter members. We welcome all ideas and input and participation. The more information we collect, the greater the feedback we can provide the campus.

Campus Updates

Ken Feingold did a brief presentation of events at the campus: Renee from the Alumni Council provides some insight into current events at UCSC: The Grade Issue During the winter quarter the faculty senate met and had a oral vote regarding the grade issue, it passed, however the vote was questioned due to the method by which it was taken and other issues. The faculty senate meeting in the spring quarter was closed down by student protestors as a result of how the winter quarter meeting was conducted. The issue of grades/narratives was then sent to a mail vote of all senate members. This mail vote was invalidated due to arguing of senate members regarding the wording of the ballot. The faculty senate is now in the process of redoing the mail ballot vote - this time focusing solely upon the issue of mandatory grades. If this issue passes (which seems likely), there will be a vote/discussion regarding the narrative evaluation system. As for now the future of the narrative system is undecided. What we can do to help is contact emeritus faculty members and encourage them to vote against the mandatory grades and to preserve the narrative evaluations if it comes to a vote. Claude Zachary informed us that the Alumni Association is endorsing Prop. 39.

Alumni News of Note

Kent Nuygano, UCSC Alumni, has been appointed conductor of the Los Angeles Opera for the 2001-2002 Season. He will be conducting a minimum of three operas.

Election of Officers for 2000-2001:

President - Claude Zachary Vice President - Fran Zandonella Treasurer - Jennifer Brow Secretary - Michele Ploessel Webmaster - Fran Zandonella Vice President of Technology at Large - Lisa Buschmann Vice President of Travel at Large - Ken Feingold New Board elected.

Other announcements:

Roz Helfand invites all alumni on behalf of the City of West Hollywood to the Human Rights Speakers Series. Speaking at the event will be recipients of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Doctors Without Borders who will speak on the issue of "Access to Medical Care: A Human Right". The event is Thursday, November 2, 2000, at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel. A dessert reception will immediately follow the event. Admission and valet parking are free. Please RSVP to 323-848-6823 by Friday, October 27, 2000. Members are invited to tour the gardens, museum, and library at the Huntington.


The UCSC Alumni - LA Chapter website is at: http://alumni.cse.ucsc.edu/~franz

Next Meeting:

The next meeting is set for Sunday, December 3, 2000, at 4 p.m. at Michele's apartment. The meeting is adjourned at 11:30am.
Minutes submitted by Michele Ploessel on October 23, 2000. Any corrections or additions please submit to Michele Ploessel at myshel@ix.netcom.com

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