UCSB Ranks in Top 10 of "Public National Universities"
U.S. News & World Report has ranked UCSB number 9 in its annual listing of the "Top 50 Public National Universities in the country, and No. 39 on its list of the Best National Universities. These are the highest rankings ever for UC Santa Barbara in the U.S. News listings. The announcement was made Aug. 17.
Stay Connected with UC Santa Barbara
It has never been easier to stay connected with UC Santa Barbara. From social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to the all new Gaucho Mail email service powered by Google, your UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association has you covered! With the brand new Gaucho Mail service launching shortly, you will once again be able to have a UCSB email account.
Speaking of staying connected, be sure to download the new UCSB Toolbar. This will keep UC Santa Barbara just a click away.
Looking for a new job? Be sure to join the official UCSB Alumni Association Linked In group. From networking to sharing job openings (a few examples can be seen below on the Job Board), the UCSB Alumni Association LinkedIn group is a great way to use the power of the Gaucho network.
Finally, there is no better way to stay connected and make UC Santa Barbara stronger than by joining your UCSB Alumni Association. By joining, you will provide much-needed scholarship funds to current and future Gauchos, increase our ranking with the US News & World Report, and receive some very nice membership perks. To learn more about becoming a member of the Alumni Association,click here.
Young Alum Profile: Charissa Thompson '04
Major: Law & Society
Current Job: Sports & Entertainment host and reporter
Hometown: Seattle, WA.
Charissa Thompson knew she wanted to be an on-air personality at the age of 12 and while some might have thought it was a pipe dream, the confident kid who grew up in Seattle, is now living the dream.
From the grandest stages in sports to the red carpet of Hollywood, Thompson's versatility was evident from her first day on the air. She's covered everything from Super Bowls to World Premiers and her easy-going style and fun approach have put athletes and entertainers alike at ease. But what's earned the respect of not only the people she interviews—but also her bosses—is the preparation and thought she puts into every assignment.
In her 4 years at Fox Sports, Thompson has done everything from work the sidelines for Fox NFL Sunday and BCS Bowl Games to co-hosting and being a correspondent for the Best Damn Sports Show Period, where she has covered major sporting events, including two MLB All Star Game Red Carpet Shows.
To read more about Charissa, check out her website.
The West Beach Music & Arts Festival
Entering its 4th year as one of the nation's premiere music festivals and one of the only of its kind held befittingly at the beach, the West Beach Music & Arts Festival returns to beautiful Santa Barbara on September 24th-25th, bringing romping, fun-in-the-sun rock, reggae, electro & jam bands for all to enjoy. The 2010 Lineup features UB40, Rebelution, Pretty Lights, Easy Star All-Stars, Collie Buddz, Katchafire, SOJA, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tyrone Wells, The Beautiful Girls & much more! Single Day Tickets and 2-Day Passes are on sale now! For more information and tickets, go to www.westbeachfestival.com.