Around Storke Tower  Spring 2011

Davidson Library Commemorates the Lives of Former Presidents

UCSB Reads

The Department of Special Collections at UC Santa Barbara's Davidson Library is honoring Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday by hosting "The American Presidency" exhibition. The event, which will run through April 29, features artifacts, articles, and books from the Lou Cannon and William Wyles collection. Library visitors are able to view books read by Abraham Lincoln with descriptions of how they affected his life as well as excerpts from Cannon's intimate interviews with Reagan. Cannon, a former White House correspondent during the Reagan administration and author of five books about Reagan, attended the exhibition opening on Feb. 24 to give a speech titled "Finding Reagan: A Biographer's Odyssey."

UC Day Draws Attention to Universityʼs Budget Crisis

More than 200 University of California alumni and friends converged in Sacramento on March 1 for UC Day, an effort to advocate for a long-term funding solution to maintain the quality of the University of California. At the UC Santa Barbara-hosted dinner for UC Day, Chancellor Henry T. Yang offered a campus update and discussed the budget situation facing the campus. The dinner was attended by 52 people, including UC President Mark Yudof, California legislators, UC regents, UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association board members, UC Santa Barbara alumni and parents of current UC Santa Barbara students. UC faces a proposed $500 million cut in the state's 2011-12 budget as California struggles to recover from a $25 billion deficit. The alumni, faculty, staff and students participating in UC Day focused on reminding Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature about the impact UC has had on the economic and cultural life of California, and voicing concerns about the effect the deep cuts will have on the university's ability to serve the state and its people.


Cleanup and Restoration of UCSBʼs South Parcel Has Begun

Cleanup and restoration of UC Santa Barbara's 69-acre South Parcel has begun under the supervision of the campus's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER). UCSB and The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County recently announced that the tract would be permanently set aside as open space under a conservation easement agreement. The plan's goal is to protect and enhance the land and to provide for public access compatible with the conservation of regionally significant coastal resources. CCBER is overseeing the cleanup of remnant pipes, fencing, cement, and other items. Supplementary funding from the City of Goleta provided the opportunity to remove old barbed wire fencing along the property line with Ellwood Mesa.


Scholar Examines 1968 Blowouts and Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice

In March 1968, thousands of Chicano students walked out Los Angeles high s decades of inferior or discriminatory education in their so-called Mexican Schools." During these historic walkouts –– or blowouts, as they were known –– the students we led by Sal Castro, a Mexican-American teacher who encouraged them to make their grievances public after school administrators and school board members failed to listen to them. "Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice" (The University of North Carolina Press, 2011), a new book by Mario T. Garcia, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and History at UC Santa Barbara, tells the story of the walkouts, which effectively shut down all East Los Angeles high schools for the better part of a week. He also tells of the man who inspired the students to resolve their issues through a nonviolent demonstration – teacher Sal Castro.


UC Santa Barbara Buildings Rewarded for Green Design

The U.S. Green Building Council has recognized two of UC Santa Barbara's buildings for their innovative and environmentally sustainable design. The Tipton Meeting House at the University of California Sedgwick Natural Reserve has been designated one of the "greenest" buildings in the nation, earning LEED Platinum certification –– the highest sustainability rating possible –– from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The newly constructed, privately funded visitor and education center is one of only four UC buildings, including UC Santa Barbara's Bren Hall, to have earned this distinction. The Marine Science Research Building (MSRB) was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in mid-January,and is one of 10 of the university's buildings to have received this award. Sustainable components of the MSRB building include an energy conservative lighting system, a metering system that measures air quality and energy use, and an irrigation system that uses recycled water on its landscape.

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