Alum Acaba Spending 6 Months on Space Station

Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 15 with two other crew members to spend six months on the International Space Station. While there, he worked the space station's robotic arm while the SpaceX Dragon capsule was docking and undocking. He has also been witness to two rare astronomical occurrences: the Venus transit across the sun and a huge asteroid flying very close to Earth. Acaba will be returning in September as space station crew members rotate out. Above, Acaba is seen on the screen of the Russian Mission Control in Korolev, Russia, a few hours after the Soyuz TMA-04M docked to the International Space Station with Acaba and fellow crew members, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Upcoming Alumni Events

All-UC Alumni Reception at Nationals Game

Connect with an elite group of fellow Washington DC area alumni, from all ten UC campuses, to share memories of your time at UC while enjoying a game at the new Washington Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St., SE, Washington, D.C. Pre-game buffet at 5:30 and game at 7:05 p.m. on July 18. Find out more and register.

Young Alumni Weekend Comes to UCSB

Get the old roommates together and reconnect with UCSB alumni from July 20-22 with surf lessons, the California Wine Festival, VIP treatment during the Santa Barbara night life, and a stay on UCSB's campus. This weekend, presented by Kaplan, provides the best of UCSB and Santa Barbara together.  Find out more and register.

Welcome Incoming Students at Receptions

This event welcomes students to the Gaucho family and offers a head start on the UC Santa Barbara experience by providing useful insight from University representatives and UCSB alumni. Free to attend.  Locations include Bay Area Sept. 8, Santa Barbara and Ventura Sept. 9, and Los Angeles Sept. 16. Save the date! More information to come.

Welcome to our new board members — Cuca Acosta, Manuel Esteban, and Sue Wilcox joined the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three-year term at the June 2 meeting.

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Pepperdine Santa Barbara MBA Information Session – Learn more about Pepperdine University's Fully Employed MBA program in Santa Barbara for working professionals looking to further their education and enhance their careers. Sessions start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at UCSB's Mosher Alumni House, and Tuesday, July 31, at The Canary Hotel. RSVP now!

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