Alumni Awards Dinner

The 2019 UC Santa Barbara Alumni Annual Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 4, 2019
6:00 - 8:30pm
Corwin Pavilion, University Center

Join us at the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner honoring the achievements of five outstanding alumni and friends of UCSB.

Since 1960, the UCSB Alumni Association has presented awards of achievement and recognition to outstanding alumni and friends of UC Santa Barbara. The awards program has evolved over the years to honor success, service and philanthropy.

The UCSB Alumni Association established its awards program with an Alumnus of the Year Award in 1960. An Honorary Alumnus Award was added in 1970 when it was presented to Theodore Harder, the UC Santa Barbara football coach. A year later, the Distinguished Alumni Award was inaugurated to recognize alumni achievements in specific areas, such as public service, education and business.

In 1991, the Alumni Service Award, named after influential Association board member Chuck Graver, was created to honor those who demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the University.

In the last 59 years, UC Santa Barbara Alumni has honored more than 200 individuals. As the excellence of UC Santa Barbara and its alumni has grown, these awards have highlighted the men and women who have brought distinction to their alma mater.

Honorary Alumni Award

Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham was the UC Santa Barbara Athletic Director from 1995-2008. He played and coached under legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden. Cunningham has spent more than two decades with the U.S. International University Sports Federation of which he is currently the president.

Jeffrey C. Stewart

Jeffrey C. Stewart is a writer, curator, and teacher of the history and culture of America, with a focus on race and the aesthetic brilliance of the Black community. He won the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Biography among many others.

Graver Alumni Service Award

Sue Wilcox '70, M.A. '72, Ph.D. '75

Sue Wilcox received a Bachelor, a Master’s and a Doctorate all from UCSB. Her three degrees were in Mathematics (’70), Economics (’72) and Economics (’75). Sue has served on the Alumni Board, Dean’s Cabinet (MLPS), and Economics Advisory Board. Her husband, Gary, and Sue have established Wilcox Family Chairs in Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, and Economics. 

Distinguished Alumni Award

Cástulo de la Rocha '73

As President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Cástulo de la Rocha is an enduring trailblazer in community health. Under his visionary leadership, AltaMed has transformed from a storefront barrio clinic in East Los Angeles into the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in the nation. 

Emerging Leader Award

M. Lisa Manning M.A. '05, Ph.D. '08

M. Lisa Manning is an Associate Professor of Physics at Syracuse University. She received her Masters and Doctorate at UC Santa Barbara in Physics. Her focuses include Soft Matter and Biophysics. Manning has received the Cottrell Scholar Award in 2015 as well as the Physics Department Teaching Award in 2014.


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