UC Santa Barbara Emeriti Association Report

April 2008

We have announced our sixth Undergraduate Competition, open to all majors, with a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250. In each of the previous years of the competition we have awarded one to two first prizes, and most of the time one to two second prizes and some honorable mentions. This is financed by our membership.

Sensing a sense of institutional alienation, I personalized that text and invested a few hours in signing each dues notice and adding personal comments to more than 500 members that I knew. The response was gratifying. About $2,500 was donated for the scholarship fund, and due to an ambiguity in the dues notice, a large number of members sent a second membership check. I intend repeating the personal approach this year.

I met with the director of our Arts and Lectures to explore cooperation with Emeriti. As a result our memberships received two free tickets to the distinguished film series last fall, and we were offered two concert tickets and a presentation this quarter. I also met with the director of the university art museum and this matter is pending.

Next year we are launching a lecture series, envisioned to meet once per month, in which speakers can develop a topic in up to three sessions. We are augmenting luncheons, also with presentations, from two to three per year. These have always been well attended; the chancellor and his spouse attend most of these, as does the executive vice chancellors, various deans and staff persons.

David Sprecher