50 for 50

Showcasing the voices and activities of CCS

Parent
Major
Biology
The Proctors—Pete, Julie, Chris, Duncan, Will, and Connor—are an engaged and passionate three-generation University of California family. Julie and Chris met at UCLA where they both were studying Neurobiology.
Course
Rolling hills bathed in golden late afternoon light greet students as they arrive at the Sedgwick Reserve for a course in field painting. The breeze is welcome given the heat of the day, and the growing shadows appear to beckon to a nearly idyllic educational experience for the students enrolled in the CCS course “Field Painting with an Artist and a Naturalist.”
Faculty
Major
Chemistry & Biochemistry
SURF was created based on an apprenticeship-style training program, that’s well known to work.  If we look at the apprenticeship model in its current state, it is really efficient and doesn't take that much money to have a really large impact on a lot of people. And
Alumni
Major
Art
The Book Arts emphasis in CCS is a way for students to explore a range of ways to make contemporary art rooted in the book and its breadth of traditions.  They learn to create limited edition artists’ books and book works, text-based art, how to sharpen their understanding of typography, and graphic arts through research and print technologies, and more.
Faculty
Major
Biology
Bruce H. Tiffney is an American paleobotanist and was the Dean of the College of Creative Studies from 2005 to 2016. Over the years as CCS dean, he became know for his wizard's hat and habit of staying late into the evening at the College!
Alumni
Major
Writing & Literature
I would simply like to express my profound gratitude to the program and to everyone I’ve encountered over the years through CCS, and I would like to emphasize my commitment to ensuring that CCS endures long after I do.
Faculty
Major
Biology
Eleanor Beatrice March Sweeney (1914-1989) was passionate about biology from as early as she could remember. Known as “Bea or Beazy,” to her friends and family, she did not take a formal biology class until she was a freshman at Smith College.
Alumni
Major
Biology
The mentorship I received as a CCS student was truly life changing as a budding scientist. The personalized attention and “small college” experience within a larger research university gave me the best of both worlds.
Staff
It was the unique history, premise, and philosophy of undergraduate education of CCS, the interdisciplinary nature of the program, and actually the building that drew me to CCS! 
Alumni
Major
Art
Brian Williams (CCS Art 68-72) dropped out months from graduation, disillusioned not by the free and eclectic academic environment of CCS, but by the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the polarization of political life in the United States. He wound up in Japan where he has built a very successful career as an artist.
Staff
CCS provided me an opportunity to work among stellar faculty and students in a small and academically rich environment.  It gave me an opportunity to really be a part of the student/learning environment at UCSB
Alumni
Major
Physics
Alex Filippenko (CCS Physics ‘79) is the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, and a Miller Senior Fellow in the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science (UC Berkeley). His accomplishments, documented in more than 870 research papers, have been recognized by several major prizes
Alumni
Major
Music Composition
Julie Bernstein, a four-time Emmy-award-winning composer, earned her B.A. in Music Composition from CCS in 1980.
Alumni
Major
Computing
CCS Computer Science alumnus David Watson (’99) and his wife Vinitha Menon Watson (College of Letters and Science ’99) are committed to making a positive impact in the world. 
Alumni
Major
Art
I then discovered a school called College of Creative Studies at UCSB. Turns out that its facilities happen to sit right next to a beautiful right hand point break.
Faculty
Major
Writing & Literature
After earning a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1971, Bill Ashby moved out to California to become part of the UC Santa Barbara faculty. He joined CCS as the Associate Provost in 1987 and became the Provost of the College in 1993. He retired after leading CCS for 13 years in 2006. 
Alumni
Major
Writing & Literature
Carol’s passion from a young age was to write, write, and write! In making a decision on which institution of higher education would be the one for her, Carol sought the resources of a major university
Alumni
Major
Biology
Earlier this year, CCS alumna and MacArthur fellow Angela Belcher (Biology ‘91) returned to CCS under The Transdisciplinary Fund to have a conversation with CCS students. Belcher talked about a range of topics, including how the College impacted her PhD and career. Below is an edited version of the conversation.
Course
A class where Arts and Humanities students collaborate. A class where students explore the natural environment. A class dating back to the beginning of CCS. This is Walking Biology.
Faculty
Major
Writing & Literature
My time as an undergrad was the most rewarding time of my life.  My interests expanded at CCS and I greatly benefited from classes with Robyn Bell, Marvin Mudrick and Allen Stephens.  Also, it was fun and such a compelling time that I wrote a novel, All the Trouble You Need, based on my experiences as a student at CCS that was published by Simon and Schuster and spent one week on the LA Times bestsellers list.
Faculty
Major
Computing
Ömer Eğecioğlu, a native of Turkey, joined the UCSB faculty in 1985. Since founding the College of Creative Studies’ Computer Science Program in 1994, he has split his time between both the Computer Science department and CCS. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Faculty
Major
Physics
I started teaching in CCS in the fall 1985, when David Cannell in the Physics Department asked me if I'd like to teach there and rebuild the CCS physics program.  At that time there were only two CCS physics students.  I developed the curriculum of the first two years of required CCS physics classes, and over the years I expanded and refined them. 
Alumni
Major
Writing & Literature
Long before he was a Writers Guild of America award winning and Emmy nominated comedy writer, Alex Scordelis, CCS Literature class of 2004, was just a high school kid who knew that he wanted to write for a living. From the moment he heard about the College of Creative Studies Literature program from a college counselor, Scordelis thought CCS was the best place to make this dream a reality.
Alumni
Major
Writing & Literature
Kenny Broad’s journey from a BA in CCS Literature to a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University to joining Miami University’s faculty and becoming National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year is anything but ordinary. While he is now a world-renowned cave diver, he joined CCS while still searching to find his place at UCSB.
Alumni
Major
Art
Hank Pitcher (CCS Art ’71) was one of the original 69 students when the College of Creative Studies (CCS) opened its doors in Fall 1967. He joined the CCS Art faculty upon his graduation in 1971 and has remained with the College ever since.