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Summer 2016

Scene and Heard at the 2016
All Gaucho Reunion

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From start to finish, the Gaucho Gallop brought together UCSB alums, community families and friends for a morning of fitness fun through the beautiful UC Santa Barbara campus. Runners of all ages and fitness levels came out bright and early on Saturday to participate in the Gaucho Gallop 5K and the Kid's Mile. Alumni, community families and friends rediscovered our beautiful campus via a great cardio workout to pump up before the rest of the day's reunion activities.

Gaucho Gallop
Gaucho Gallop Gallery



Presented by the UCSB Alumni Association and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, the second annual LGBTQ Alumni Reception sparked conversations between alumni, staff, local community members and current students about LGBTQ identity and pride on campus.

Dave Whitman
“Alumni weekend isn’t just for a certain type of alumni – it’s supposed to be for all alumni to see themselves represented in that schedule. And especially living in a world that does not always represent LGBTQ people visibly, I am very proud to say that we have partnered with the Alumni Association to say that not only are we proud of our LGBTQ alumni, but that the presence of the LGBTQ alumni and students make our university the success that it is.” -- David Whitman, Director of the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

Read about definitions of identity and pride from 14 young LGBTQ alumni, staff, faculty and students in our summer issue of Coastlines, "The Power of Pronouns."

“This event just a full circle moment for me. It speaks true to what is happening on this campus with valuing LGBTQ life, valuing LGBTQ experiences and valuing the importance of having this presence on our campus” -- Vivian Storm, artist, drag performer and LGBTQ advocate



Fifty years after they crossed the graduation stage, the Class of 1966 returned to UC Santa Barbara for their milestone reunion. For many, this was the first time they saw classmates from their UCSB days since graduation.

“Organizing and getting people together and working on the reunion has been a wonderful experience. I got a chance to meet a whole lot of people. I bumped into an old college roommate that I had for the first semester at UCSB, completely had lost touch…and saw a bunch of old friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. It’s a job I would do again in a heartbeat – it’s really been a pleasure.” "
— Ron Rubenstein `66, Class of 1966 50th Reunion Committee Co-Chair
Memories from the class of 1966


Ken Khachigian

Keynote Address by KEN KHACHIGIAN `66

Political consultant, writer and attorney Kenneth L. Khachigian `66 delivered the Keynote Speech at the Class of 1966 50th Reunion Luncheon at the Santa Barbara Club on April 30. Read his speech here.

Download the Class of 1966 Memory Book
Class of 1966 50th Reunion Gallery



The Chancellor at the Rivera Reunion

Gauchos from all generations celebrated UC Santa Barbara’s original campus at the Riviera Quad. The UCSB Alumni Association hosted a family-style lunch honoring alumni who graduated on or before 1954.



This year's Taste of UCSB brimmed over with delicious dishes, drinks and Gaucho fun as guests thronged the UCSB Green during the 10th All Gaucho Reunion Weekend.

Taste of UCSB

Travis Wilson and Maritza Mejia-Wilson
“It’s great to see so many Gauchos back, socializing and enjoying each other’s company like we used to. It’s just a wonderful time to get together and remember their time here at UCSB.”" -- Travis Wilson `02, UCSB Alumni Association President, CPA/PFS, CGMA, CFP®, McGowan Guntermann

Taste of UCSB Gallery



Gauchos celebrated philanthropy and student leadership at the 2016 Farewell Brunch, the closing event of the 10th All Gaucho Reunion Weekend. Greek Gauchos from all generations were honored for raising donations for the AS Foodbank during the reunion weekend.

Farewell Brunch
“I went to school here nearly fifty years ago. I often think of the high quality of the education then, and the reputation of the school now…I’m very proud of the young men and women at UCSB. It’s a fantastic university and always wonderful to come back to such a beautiful location." -- Judge Paul Cole `71, Sigma Chi
Farewell Brunch Gallery


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