Vol. 40, No. 1
Table of Contents
  Arts & Lectures: Celebrating 50 Years of Culture By Elizabeth Werhane
  Sticky K: Recent Alum Launches Career as Music Producer By Elisabeth Best ’09
  Tiny Diamonds on Santa Rosa Island Suggest Cosmic Impact By Gail Gallessich, Public Affairs
  Research Roundup:
Study Targets Alzheimer’s Disease
  Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
  Sports Roundup:
UCSB Athletics Gets NCAA Certification
  Alumni Authors:
Surfing, Self-Help, and Culture
’50s to the Present
  UCSB Alumni Association Annual Meeting Minutes
  Astronaut Joseph Acaba ’90, STS-119 mission specialist, work with the robotic arm during the March 23, 2009, spacewalk, which was the mission's third scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station.

Credit: NASA
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Norma and Arnold Funai, ’51
, have retired in Oregon after Norma’s 20-year teaching profession and Arnold’s career as a research physicist with Lockheed Martin.

Barry Berkus, ’55, and his design firm, B3 Architects, a Berkus Design Studio, received nine awards at the 2009 Gold Nugget Awards, a regional and international homebuilding competition. Along with eight other distinctions, the firm was awarded Project of the Year, the highest honor in the competition, for the Yanonali Court, pictured, in Santa Barbara. Four of B3 Architects’ award-winning projects are located in Santa Barbara.

Cliff Purcell, ’59, was recently inducted into the 2008 SBART Hall of Fame for his award-winning career of coaching and teaching in the greater Santa Barbara area.

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Dean Loy Lytle, ’66, announced his retirement this June, after 32 years of service to the university. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he received a Ph.D. from Princeton and earned a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. In 1977 he returned to UC Santa Barbara and joined the Department of Psychology. His research focused on the effects of psychoactive drugs and nutrients on brain neurochemistry and behavior, as well as drugs for alleviating pain. He received a distinguished teacher award from the UC Santa Barbara Mortar Board Society and held a now-expired patent on the use of Prozac. Additionally, Lytle served as vice chair and chair of his department and served as dean of Summer Sessions and the dean of Extended Learning Services.

Donald Galine, ’68, attorney at law, recently placed first in two events in the LongCourse national swimming championship. Galine is a member of the Gaucho Athletic Association Board of Directors and swam competitively for UC Santa Barbara in the 1960s.

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Kati Haycock, ’71, was awarded the 2009 Education Commission of the States (ECS) James Bryant Conant Award for her contribution to childhood advocacy and classroom achievement. The Conant Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the national education community, recognizing individuals of outstanding influence in the classroom. Haycock is the founder of The Education Trust, an organization dedicated to academic achievement in students of all levels. Additionally, she has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund and The Achievement Council. She currently serves on the boards of the Hunt Institute for Education Leadership and Policy, the New Teacher Project, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. John Maghotta, ’73, has been appointed to the editorial board of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s publication, Strategies Journal.

Victoria Harrison, ’75, will step down this July after serving 19 years as campus police chief for UC Berkeley. Harrison majored in sociology and anthropology at UC Santa Barbara.

Elizabeth Lishner, ’75, was recently appointed as an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration.

Nancy W. Vensko, ’75, recently joined the San Luis Obispo law firm Sinsheimer Juhnke Lebens & McIvor as an attorney in the intellectual property department. Vensko received a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara, teaching credentials from San Francisco State University, and a post-baccalaureate degree in zoology at UC Berkeley. She also earned a master’s degree in cancer biology from Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and was a research assistant before attending California Western School of Law. Before joining the firm, Vensko was a managing partner in the office of Knobbe Martens Olson & Near in San Luis Obispo.

Artist Shauna Peck, ’78, recently held two shows, Bandini Gallery, Culver City and “Silent Ties: New Work by Shauna Peck,” at the California Center for the Arts Museum displaying her paintings and sculpture. Peck relies on materials and simple, but symbolic, images to convey messages through her art. She also teaches at San Diego State University and Palomar College.

Adolfo Murillo’s, ’79, company Tequila Alquimia received official notification of USDA Organic Certification. Although the agave fields have been organic for 16 years, the company just recently pursued certification.

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Christopher Hall, ’81, recently passed the USPTO Patent Bar, and is currently writing patents for the intellectual property law firm of Schneck & Schneck in San Jose, Calif.

Steve Mesmer, ’82, was recently appointed senior vice president of Business Development and Program Management for Questar Assessment, Inc. Mesmer will be in charge of the K-12 custom contract business while overseeing program management for the company’s state clients.

J. Gregory Gaitan,’87, was elected 2009 president of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society. He is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Gaitan practices at the Sansum Clinic and serves as chair of the Pediatrics Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Kenneth Julian, ’87, has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a litigation partner. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Julian earned his law degree from the UC Hastings College of the Law. He served as a federal prosecutor for 11 years, as an assistant U.S. attorney, deputy chief, in the Central District of California, where he led high-profile criminal cases in business sectors, including health care, banking, and securities fraud. He tried 15 federal cases, all of which ended in convictions, including the public corruption case against former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. Julian will be based in the firm’s Orange County office.

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Elizabeth Laurie Garcia, ’91
, currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and 7-year-old son. She obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Santa Barbara in 1992 and, after teaching elementary school for a few years, returned to UC Santa Barbara to get a master’s degree and Pupil Personnel Services Credential with the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Program in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She has been working as a bilingual school psychologist for the Santa Barbara County Education Office for the past 10 years and also teaches the School Psychology First Year Practicum course series for the College of Creative Studies psychology program as an adjunct faculty member.

Hank Paben, ’91, joined First Commercial Bank as vice president of client development. Paben brings more than 17 years of experience in the banking industry to his new position, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business economics.

Gary Andrews, ’93, was one of the three semifinalists under consideration for a spot as the final contestant on HGTV’s show Design Star. The show’s selection committee was unable to choose between the three applicants — Gary Andrews, Torie Halbert and Alissa Sutton — and decided to add a twist to the show by having the other contestants decide. Andrews was born in Spain’s Canary Islands, and lived in Mexico, Japan, Germany, Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Film Studies and Playwriting and now works as a freelance designer, working on sets for television shows and celebrity clients in Los Angeles.

Richard Gallagher, ’95, was made a partner in the firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Gallagher is a member of the firm’s security litigation and regulatory enforcement group based in San Francisco, and practices commercial litigation with a concentration on securities litigation.

Ori Katz, ’96, was made a partner in the firm Sheppard, Mullin Richter & Hampton, where he worked as an attorney. He is in the firm’s finance and bankruptcy practice group and specializes in business bankruptcies and creditors’ rights.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak, ’99, competed in multiple events in Israel’s Maccabiah Games in July. Lezak chose to skip the upcoming world swimming championships for a chance to participate in the Maccabiah Games, an international competition for Jewish athletes. Previously, Lezak overtook the world record-holding French swimmer Alain Bernard in the final stroke of the 400-meter freestyle relay in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swimming the fastest 100-meter lap in history. He earned one other medal in Beijing, and another for the 400-meter medley relay in the 2004 games in Athens.

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Joe Gotelli, ’01
, was appointed as a co-manager of American Century Investments new American Century New York Tax-Free Fund. The fund seeks to maximize total return through high current income that is exempt from New York state and local income taxes. After graduation from UC Santa Barbara, Gotelli earned his M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and began working in the financial industry in 2001. He joined American Century Investments in 2008 and worked as a portfolio manager before his promotion.

Ann Moreno, ’02, was recently promoted to senior account executive at Morgan Marketing & Public Relations. In her new position, she is responsible for executing public relations campaigns for clients including Panda Restaurant Group and King’s Hawaiian Baker. She also serves as a day-to-day client contact, and works with media relations, copywriting, event planning, and social media coordination.

Brian Reardon,’02, began a full service hauling company, Junk King, after graduating and is now in the process of franchising his business and going green. Reardon saw the possibility of the waste management industry and began with a single truck hauling away junk for friends. Since then he has expanded his services and prides himself on the cost-effective and environmentally friendly aspect of his business.

Steven Colburn, ’06, returned home Feb. 9, 2009, after serving 20 weeks in the Persian Gulf. He was assigned to the Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS O’Kane, and is stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a division officer.

Tom Meier, ’06, was selected as the fall 2008 outstanding graduate student in the Metropolitan State University’s College of Management. Meier received his M.B.A from the school in December. He is also the founder of Pike Island Nonprofit Technology, a business that provides IT services to Twin-Cities area nonprofit agencies.

Adam Brener, ’07, is working as the operations manager for Earthsource Organics, a start-up in raw, organic food manufacturing. The company is the only certified raw, organic, vegan, kosher and gluten-free kitchen in California. The first line of product, raw chocolate truffle bars, is available in more than 200 stores across the country. Brener is responsible for overseeing the manufacturing process including employees, finance, automation, marketing/branding, shipping and distribution.

Daniella Elghanayan, ’07, was promoted to account executive at SurfMedia Communications. Previously, she worked as a public relations associate for the company. At UC Santa Barbara, she helped implement an anti-DUI campaign while working for the Alcohol and Drug Program.

Niki Sandoval, ’07, was named education director of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Sandoval will be responsible for overseeing the tribe’s education programs, and working with educators from the kindergarten to university level. Sandoval grew up on the Santa Ynez Reservation, and received a degree in public relations from Pepperdine and a master’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University before receiving a Ph.D. in education from UC Santa Barbara. Previously, Sandoval worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Sean Bignami, ’08, was recognized by the National Science Foundation for his graduate research on the carry-over effects of conditions such as high and low food availability between life stages of larvae, juveniles, and adult marine fishes. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Miami.

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Virginia Jenkins, ’47, died on May 28, 2009, in Ventura.

Hugh Marion, ’50, died on June 1, 2009, due to complications from heart surgery. He was born on June 25, 1923, and grew up in Santa Barbara, delivering papers for the Santa Barbara News-Press. After receiving his degree in Industrial Arts, Marion taught his subject at schools in Ontario and Ventura until his retirement in 1983. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Laurie Lasswell; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Vincent Kanipe, and Jann and Jack Scott; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

Margaret (Peggy) Love, ’51, died on Jan. 1, 2009. She earned her bachelor of arts degree with a major in Kindergarten Primary Education from Santa Barbara College, and became the first kindergarten teacher in Goleta Valley. She is survived by her husband, George Love, and children, Peter and Kathy Flynn, Fames Flynn, and Cynthia Kuziej.

Melvin Earl Cokeley, ’54, died May 8, 2009. Cokeley was born May 16, 1929, in Monrovia, Calif. And grew up in Rosemead. While at UC Santa Barbara, Cokeley majored in Industrial Arts, and served in the ROTC program while working several part-time jobs. After graduation, he began his military service and was stationed in New Jersey, where he trained new recruits, was a rifle instructor and ran a successful Officers Club. In 1956, he earned an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant. Cokeley returned to Santa Barbara and taught high school classes in automotive technology and industrial arts. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bean-Cokeley, his children, grandchildren, sister Elaine Shattuck, Mary Ellen Cokeley, and several nieces and nephews.

Samm Omori Hawley, ’58, died on Oct. 5, 2008, of esophageal cancer. Hawley was born in Santa Barbara, but was evacuated with her family to a Japanese internment camp at Gila Bend, Ariz., during World War II. While attending UC Santa Barbara, Hawley worked in ceramics, jewelry, textiles, sculpture, and painting. After graduating, Hawley opened an art gallery in Santa Barbara, traveled extensively, studied pottery in Japan, and opened a Japanese restaurant in Montecito. Her paintings were showed at the Royal Academy of Art in London, as well as at the Holland Park and Leichester galleries. Hawley opened a hot glass facility and gallery and later built the glass-blowing facility at the Sausalito Arts Center. She is survived by her sister, Lynne Cantlay; her husband, Tim Eichenberg; her stepson, Ben Eichenberg; and her daughter, Jorin Hawley.

Grace (Gay) Overdeer Zuehlke, ’58, died on April 13, 2009, of cancer. She was born Feb. 19, 1936, and spent most of her life in San Diego. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and went on to work for San Diego City Schools as a teacher and librarian until she retired in 1991. She is survived by her daughter Wendy; son Darryn; granddaughter, Laure; and sister, Diana.

Kathleen Elaine Shults Ball, ’74, died May 28, 2009, from brain cancer metastasized from lung cancer. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Ball received her master’s and doctoral degrees and teaching credentials. She went on to teach for 31 years for the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools at McBride School (Juvenile Hall), Colston Youth Center, Gateway Community School and Providence School where she helped turn young men around from drugs, alcohol, and crime. She is survived by her husband of 47 years; her daughter, Eileen; son, Stephen; and grandchildren, Chandler and Kelsey.

Donald Leroy Combs, ’77, died April 23, 2009, from congestive heart failure and dementia with Lewy Body disease. Combs was born May 12, 1936, in Jamestown, N.D., and moved with his family to Santa Barbara in 1946. After high school, he went into the army, where he was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, as a tank radio operator. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Law and Society, and worked as a Superior Court clerk, as well as for the Legal Defense Center on cases involving unemployment and housing. Combs was passionate about politics and was an avid sports fan. He is survived by his children Martin Leo Combs, and Kristin C. Parchim; and his nieces and nephews, Patty Curnow Schork, Chris Curnow, Brandon Curnow, Donna Curnow, Brian and Sydney Combs.

Julie Main, ’78, died May 4, 2009. She was 53. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with honors and a degree in Political Science, Main worked first as the bookkeeper of the Santa Barbara Athletic Club, and eventually became the general manager, where she worked to make SBAC a premier health and fitness club. Main was also the president of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 36, but maintained her active and healthy lifestyle throughout her treatment. She founded the Cancer Well-fit Program in hopes of helping other cancer patients benefit from exercise. In the last 15 years, the program has helped more than 1,000 people.

Philip Dennis Cyr, ’81, died on June 27, 2009, in Escondido, Calif. Cyr was born in Bangor, Maine, on February 23, 1956, and grew up in Woodland Hills, Calif. After graduating college, Cyr began his career in the biotech industry, and often traveled around the county and abroad. He enjoyed spending time at his Big Bear, Calif., cabin, skiing, hiking and cooking. Cyr also managed his five-acre avocado ranch and grew king palm trees. Cyr is survived by his wife, Elaine Lutjens; his siblings Roxanne, Scott and Krista; two nieces; and eight nephews.

Fourth-year UC Santa Barbara student Noah Krom died on June 6, 2009, after falling from a cliff in Isla Vista. He was 22 years old and a week shy of graduating with a degree in business economics and sports management. Krom was the eldest son of congressional candidate and Irvine Councilwoman Beth Krom and her husband, Solly. He was remembered by his friends and family at a service held at Congregation B’nai in Tustin, Calif.

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