Celebrating 50 Years of the College of Creative Studies

 

Celebrate with us!

50th Anniversary Social

Reunite with your CCS classmates and favorite faculty members for an evening of celebration at everyone’s favorite marine barracks building (the CCS building). All alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends, current and former, are invited to the festivities.

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 29, 5:00 PM

CCS 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception in Los Angeles, graciously hosted by Amber Kaplan Sprague (CCS Biology '06) and Ben Sprague 

  • March 9, 6:00 PM

Spring

CCS TV Musical 

  • April 6-8, time TBD

Alumni Career Panel

  • Date and time TBD

CCS 50th Anniversary Social

  • April 28, 5:00 PM  

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.

Alex Filippenko
Alumni
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
Julie Bernstein
Alumni
Julie Bernstein, a four-time Emmy-award-winning composer, earned her B.A. in Music Composition from CCS in 1980.
David Watson and Vinitha Melon Watson
Alumni
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. 

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. 

I had a series of remarkable classes in my freshman year of CCS Literature, including “Malaise, Melancholy and the Production of Art”, taught by Jacob Berman.

Deans, students, and staff will come and go; new CCS buildings may even come and go, but the home inside CCS will continue to morph around its central principles of creation and discovery.