Celebrating 50 Years of the College of Creative Studies

 

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Whether you are an alumnus/alumna, student, faculty member or member of the community, we want to hear how CCS has impacted you. Tag your posts on social media using #UCSBCCS50 or submit your stories online.

The College of Creative Studies was established on the UC Santa Barbara campus in 1967 (yes, the summer of love) to serve students who demonstrated talent for original work in science or the arts. Join us in celebrating 50 years of creating new knowledge during the 2017-2018 academic year, reflecting on how we have evolved over the years.

The success of CCS is due to a dedicated community of faculty, students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends. The CCS 50th Anniversary Honorary Council represents a microcosm of this community, responsible for making the College a unique place for unconventional learning and where radical curiosity is celebrated.

 

Events 

CCS will be hosting a variety of 50th Anniversary events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Join us in celebrating CCS 50th Anniversary by attending our events, open to the public at no charge (unless noted otherwise). For more information, contact Will Proctor.

Fall

Transdisciplinary Workshop with MacArthur Fellow Angela Belcher (CCS  Biology ’91/PhD ’97), James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

  • October 4, 3:00 PM

Transdisciplinary Workshop with artist and writer William L. Fox, Director, Center for Art & Environment, Nevada Museum of Art

  • October 31-November 2

Research and Creative Activity Conference (RACA-CON) featuring CCS students

  • November 4, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 

Winter

Lecture and Dialogue on CCS Founder Marvin Mudrick by environmentalist, publisher, and author Karen Christensen (CCS Literature '81), whose company Berkshire Publishing has republished Mudrick’s books of literary criticism to coincide with the College's 50th anniversary.

  • January 25, time TBD

Alumni Career Panel

  • Date and time TBD

Spring

CCS TV Musical 

  • April 6-8, time TBD

CCS 50th Anniversary Social

  • April 28, time TBD  

50 for 50

CCS is honored to showcase 50 individuals and activities during our 50th Anniversary to share our rich history and amazing people responsible for making our unconventional College possible! Return regularly to learn more.

Walking Biology
Faculty
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.
Angela Belcher
Alumni
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.

Tell Us Your Story

We want to hear how CCS has impacted you. Tag your posts on social media using #UCSBCCS50 or submit your stories online.

CCS Stories

Each week throughout our Anniversary celebration we are posting stories from our past and present. Share your CCS story! Don't miss weekly #UCSBCCS50 posts by following us on social media. 

 As I work through my third year in CCS physics, I’m incredibly grateful to the College of Creative Studies for providing me with a comprehensive education, both in the classroom and the lab.
 

I recently joined the CCS Computing faculty in Fall 2017. After working in the software industry for several years after receiving my Ph.D., I decided to dedicate my career to computing education since my true passion is teaching computer science.