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Summer 2016

Scene and Heard at the 2016
All Gaucho Reunion

All Gaucho Reunion events

housands returned to UC Santa Barbara to celebrate milestones, friendships and community at the 10th All Gaucho Reunion Weekend. From the opening Thursday Kick Off Bash to Sunday’s Farewell Brunch, Gauchos reconnected with old friends and discovered new ways to be proud of our dynamic UC Santa Barbara family in 2016.

We shared inspiration and insights at our UCSB Champions of Public Service panel, and fostered community and camaraderie at the alumni diversity receptions. Across generations, we celebrated milestones at the Golden Gaucho and 50th Year Reunion, and reinforced lifelong bonds at Greekfest. We raced through campus at the Gallop, toasted to our friendships at Taste of UCSB, and honored student and alumni leaders in philanthropy at the Farewell Brunch.

In this special eCoastlines 10th All Gaucho Reunion Roundup, relive the memories through images and words captured at this year’s reunion weekend -- and keep that Gaucho spirit and pride burning bright for next year’s reunion celebration.



Gauchos kicked off the 2016 All Gaucho Reunion Weekend at the historic El Paseo Restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. Local business and community leaders joined UCSB alums to celebrate the first decade of the reunion weekend event series.

Kick off bash
Matt Capritto
“Living in Santa Barbara and just seeing the impact that our fellow alums have made around the world is
a point of pride for me.”
   –Matt Capritto `05, COO of the Caribbean Coffee Company
Kick-Off Bash Gallery



Alumni who graduated between 1955 and 1965 met for an evening of drinks and conversation at this year’s Golden Gaucho Reunion Pre-Party at Harry’s Plaza Café in Santa Barbara.

Golden Gaucho Reunion
Mary Jane Salcido
"The All Gaucho Reunion started ten years ago and I have come every year since then because, actually, I started the Golden Gaucho Reunion. There had been a Riviera Reunion every year - and in 1954, the last Riviera Reunion person graduated. We decided there needed to be a reunion for the next year – and we decided to call them Golden Gauchos. When we had been in school, there was a gala called the GGR – the Galloping Gaucho Revue. So we decided we would call this reunion GGR also – the Golden Gaucho Reunion."
   –Mary Jane Fuerst Salcido `62, Golden Gaucho Reunion Founder and Committee Chair
Golden Gaucho TGIF Pre-Party Gallery



With forty chapters at UC Santa Barbara, Gaucho Greeks are a big part of UCSB life. This year, Greek alumni and students celebrated their lifelong commitment to their chapters and to UC Santa Barbara with the Greek Happy Hour, Chapter Open Houses and a weekend-long Greek Giving Competition.

Anne Pigeon
“I have lifelong friends among my sorority sisters and have made some new friends from coming to the reunion two years ago! It’s awesome to make new friends, even from so many years ago and them being a few years older than me. I’ve gotten to know them all very well….I’m so grateful and so proud of our UCSB community.”
   –Anne Pigeon `94, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Dominic King
"I love hanging out with other Gauchos because when you’re around those who have had the same experience, you have the same mentality on certain things. During this reunion weekend, I wanted to give a shout out to all the Greeks - especially all the Greeks in the Divine 9, the black Greeks. We are a tight-knit community and we stayed together to get to graduation -- so much love to all of them." —Dominic King `12, Alpha Phi Alpha
Greek Happy Hour Gallery



Gaucho diplomats who made their mark on the international arena shared career experiences at the UCSB Champions of Public Service panel discussion at the Corwin Pavilion. Hundreds of alumni, students, staff and faculty attended the talk featuring distinguished alumni. Pictured below left to right: Giandomenico Picco '71, Joseph C. Wilson `71, Barbara Bodine `70, Marc Grossman `73 and moderator Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer. Photo: Sam McCrae.

Champions of Public Service Panel Discussion

Annick Adams and fellow Capps Interns
“Knowing that they were Gauchos that came here not even knowing what they wanted to pursue but just having this passion for public service…and then really going out there and making a difference in the world -- that gives me hope that I can also do the same thing.” — Annick Adams, UCSB student, global studies and French, Capps Center Intern
UCSB Champions of Public Service Gallery


Celebrating Women Champions of Diversity at UC Santa Barbara

Organized by the UCSB Alumni Association's Diversity Committee, this diversity-driven power breakfast honored women leaders in the UCSB community. This year, the UCSB Alumni Association honored Kimberly Equinoa, Anna Everett and Meridith Merchant for their significant contributions to building diversity and awareness at UC Santa Barbara.

Attendees at the Coffee Tea and She reception

Kristen Nesbitt
“Alumni of all class years came back to show students that they are still engaged, that they still care and are still passionate about the campus. There are lifelong friendships here – there are groups of alumni that haven’t been back in a long while that are reconnecting at this event.”
– Kristen Nesbit ’02, UCSB Alumni Association Board Member and Diversity Committee Chair
Coffee, Tea & She Gallery


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