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Gearing Up for the Fourth Annual All Gaucho Reunion

All Gaucho ReunionYour years at UCSB were undoubtedly some of the best of your life. And through it all, you formed friendships that continue to this day. Why not get the group back together, here at UCSB, where it all started? Rekindle your connections at the All Gaucho Reunion in April when a great weekend of fun events reconnects alumni with colleagues, friends and teammates to celebrate our university and its accomplishments! Check out the highlights below or go to for more information.

Awards Honor Gauchos in a Class of Their Own

The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association will honor philanthropists Virgil Elings and Betty Elings Wells as Honorary Alumni at its Awards Banquet during the All Gaucho Reunion in April.

Honorees will also include artist Hank Pitcher, ’71, Crowell, Weedon & Company senior partner Lynn Reitnouer, ’55, and former UC Santa Barbara Director of Admissions Bill Villa, ’69, for their generous work and service to the university.

Virgil Elings and Betty Elings Wells will be recognized for their partnership in the philanthropic support of the California NanoSystems Institute at UC Santa Barbara. Pitcher will be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus for his long career as an artist, which began at the College of Creative Studies. Reitnouer will be honored with the Graver Service Award for his work as a trustee of the UCSB Foundation since 1992. Villa will receive the Graver Service Award for recognition of his service to the Education Opportunity Program and the Admissions Department.

The 2010 Alumni Association Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 23 at Corwin Pavilion, UC Santa Barbara University Center.

A no-host reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $90. Blue table reservations are $800. Gold table reservations are $1,000 and receive two bottles of wine. Each table seats eight.

To make reservations, register at or contact Mary MacRae at (805) 893-2957 or e-mail

Calling the Classes of 1955-65 to Celebrate the Gold and Blue

The All Gaucho Reunion is taking all of the fun from the Galloping Gaucho Review and putting it into the Golden Gaucho Reunion, which will bring students, faculty and staff from 1955-65 back to UC Santa Barbara. The Class of 1960 will be highlighted as they celebrate their 50th graduation ceremony.

The Golden Gaucho Reunion will kick off Friday, April 23, with a TGIF at El Paseo Restaurant in Downtown Santa Barbara.

Friday’s events continue with the UCSB Alumni Association Awards Banquet, which will honor Gauchos for their achievements and service to the University. Fellow Golden Gaucho Lynn Reitnouer, ’55, will receive the Graver Alumni Service Award for his work with the UCSB Foundation. Other honorees include Virgil Elings, Betty Elings Wells, Hank Pitcher, ’71, and Bill Villa, ’69.

The Golden Gaucho Reunion Luncheon and Barbecue on Saturday, April 24, will take alumni to the Faculty Club, where they can mingle and share memories while enjoying the views of Faculty Green and the Lagoon.

The reunion weekend wraps up on Sunday, April 25, with a Greek Breakfast for fraternity and sorority members who want to reconnect.

To register for Golden Gaucho Reunion events, please visit

Raise a Glass to UCSB and Gauchos at the Vintners Tasting

Mingle with alumni, students and community members while sampling quality wines by accomplished UC Santa Barbara Alumni Vintners from 4-6 p.m. April 24 at Mosher Alumni House.

The event, sponsored by Village Properties, will include a chance to vote for the Alumni Choice best Gaucho vintner. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the UCSB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Participating wineries include Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Fess Parker Winery, Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery, Foxen Winery and Vineyard, Inman Family Winery, Municipal Winemakers and Sunstone Vineyards and Winery.

As a bonus, RND Vodka and Tequila Alquimia will be offering tastings of their spirits.

The Alumni Vintners Tasting costs $20 for UCSB Alumni Association members and students (over 21) and $25 for general admission. Pre-registration is recommended as the event sold out last year. Go to to register (see link above).