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Alumni Awards Spotlight Service and Work of Jim Barber, Mark French, Elizabeth Gabler, Petra Van Koppen, and Arthur Rupe
UC Santa Barbarba Alumni Association President Jack Krouskup ’71, left, and Chancellor Henry Yang congratulated awardees Professor Petra Van Koppen ‘79, Ph.D. ‘84, Elizabeth Gabler ’77, Jim Barber ’67 and Mark French ’73. Arthur Rupe, not pictured, was inducted as an honorary alumnus.
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association presented its annual awards June 6 at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion.

Alumni Association honorees were:

  • Distinguished Alumni — Mark French ’73
  • Distinguished Alumni — Elizabeth Gabler ’77
  • Graver Alumni Service Award — Jim Barber ’67
  • Alumni Teaching Award — Petra Van Koppen ’79, Ph.D. ’84
  • Honorary Alumnus — Arthur Rupe
Distinguished Alumni – achieved outstanding recognition in his/her field of endeavor
Mark French ’73 is the winningest coach in the history of the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball program. French, who announced his retirement in April, will step down after leading the Gauchos to 13 Big West Conference titles and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances during his 21 seasons in Santa Barbara. After returning to his alma mater before the start of the 1987-88 season, French built UC Santa Barbara into one of the premier programs on the West Coast.
Elizabeth Gabler ’77 is the President of Fox 2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment, which has produced such films as “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Walk the Line.” Prior to assuming her position as President of Fox 2000 Pictures in November 1999, Gabler served as Executive Vice President of Production for Twentieth Century Fox. Her earlier career included serving as a Vice President of Production at United Artists, where she was the executive in charge of “Rain Man.”
Graver Alumni Service Award — demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to UCSB through involvement with Association-related activities
Jim Barber ’67 has been an Alumni Association board member since 2003.  He was instrumental in starting the All Gaucho Reunion weekend tradition in 2007.  He also is a founding member and was the first chair of the Gaucho Athletics Association, a support organization for Gaucho intercollegiate athletics. While attending UCSB, he was the Player’s Player on the 1965 Camellia Bowl football team that was inducted into the Gaucho Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Honorary Alumnus — enriched and contributed to the reputation of UCSB as one of the nation’s leading universities
Through the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, Arthur Rupe has established an endowment at UC Santa Barbara for the Great Debate Series, which explores contemporary societal issues, and an endowment for the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication.  Rupe is the president of Arloma Corp., a real estate and petroleum production company. In 1945, Rupe founded Specialty Records, which recorded music with Little Richard and other R&B stars of the ’50s and ’60s.
Alumni Teaching Award — made a positive impact on the lives of his/her students with inspirational teaching
Petra Van Koppen, ’79, Ph.D. ’84, a UCSB chemistry professor, has developed California K-12 Science Outreach (, which helps elementary school students learn about physical sciences. Her work with the Saturday with Scientists and Summer Institute for Mathematics and Science programs has assisted high school students in transitioning to college. Teachers have gotten curriculum help through her efforts with the South Coast Science Project. Van Koppen has received several teaching and service awards, including a Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Awards in 2003.