2017 Founders Celebration


Celebrating our founding principles and the success of the Campaign for UC Santa Cruz

Please join us for Founders Celebration 2017 as we honor our alumni, faculty, and friends who in their life’s work and generosity exemplify the best of UC Santa Cruz.

  • Saturday, Oct. 21

    Founders Celebration Dinner

    We will toast the success of the Campaign for UC Santa Cruz and present the Fiat Lux Award to J. Herman Blake, distinguished sociologist and founding provost of Oakes College, and to Linda Peterson, trustee and chair of the Campaign for UC Santa Cruz. Honored for his research will be Carl Walsh, distinguished professor of economics.

    Daytime Events and Tours

    Events and tours will highlight the impact of the highly successful, recently concluded Campaign for UC Santa Cruz.

    • 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Coastal Biology building ribbon-cutting and Coastal Science Campus tours
    • 2 pm: UC Santa Cruz campus self-guided tours showcasing the impact of philanthropy, including the newly reopened Quarry Amphitheater.

    Open to the public without charge, learn more


    • Friday, Oct 20, 2017
    • Music Recital Hall
    • Reception 4 p.m.

    Friday, Oct. 20

    Convocation of Chairs

    The university will honor the holders of faculty chairs and the donors who created them with a special Convocation of Chairs. A major achievement of the campaign was the creation of 16 new chairs, nearly doubling the total number of endowed chairs. The convocation will honor the new as well as previous chair holders and donors.

    Open to the public without charge, learn more


The awards presentation will include:

  • Fiat Lux Award

    Presented by the UC Santa Cruz Foundation to alumni and friends who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, dedication, and service in support of the University's programs and goals.

    J. Herman BlakeJ. Herman Blake

    Distinguished sociologist and founding provost of Oakes College

    Throughout his career as professor, scholar, community activist, and witness to history, J. Herman Blake has been a mentor and champion of academic achievement for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, or social status. 

    Recruited to teach sociology at the newly opened UC Santa Cruz campus in 1966, he was both a founding faculty member and its first African American member. He became founding provost of Oakes College, which he led from 1972 to 1984. He has inspired generations of students at multiple institutions to pursue careers guided by values of cultural sensitivity and academic excellence.

    In addition to his 18 years at UC Santa Cruz, he served in academic roles at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Swarthmore College, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Iowa State University, University of South Carolina Beaufort, and the Medical University of South Carolina.  After his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he earned a B.A. from New York University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, all degrees in sociology.

    He is the co-author of Revolutionary Suicide, an autobiography of Black Panther Party cofounder Huey P. Newton (Oakes ‘74, individual major; Ph.D. ‘80, history of consciousness), and numerous scholarly articles on institutional excellence, student academic achievement, and the unique Gullah Geechee culture along the Southeastern coast of the United States.

    Currently he is the executive director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor—a congressionally designated cultural area covering four states in the Southeast. He and his wife, Emily Moore, reside on Johns Island, South Carolina.

  • Fiat Lux Award

    Linda PetersonLinda Peterson

    Stevenson '70

    Foundation trustee and chair of the Campaign for UC Santa Cruz

    When Linda Peterson took on the public role as chair of the committee that would lead the first-ever comprehensive Campaign for UC Santa Cruz, she captured the moment with these words: “It’s not just the right time, it’s about time. We’ve been too shy too long.” With that spirit she engaged fellow trustees and donors in guiding the campaign to its successful conclusion--ahead of schedule, exceeding its original goals, and bringing new vibrancy to campus. Taking to heart the need for everyone to do their part, she brought full circle the experiences she had as a history major and member of the UC Santa Cruz founding class. Her generous commitment of time, energy, and ideas to the campaign and her personal philanthropy embody the goodwill and ethos of public service that is a hallmark UC Santa Cruz, its students and alumni. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and retired associate general counsel at Occidental Petroleum. She makes her home in Los Angeles.

  • Faculty Research Award: Carl Walsh

    The foremost academic research honor bestowed by the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate is awarded annually to a faculty member who has a distinguished record in research

    Carl WalshCarl Walsh

    Distinguished professor of economics

    Carl Walsh is one of the world’s premiere researchers in the fields of monetary theory and monetary policy. His now-classic papers on central bank governance, optimal monetary policy, and inflation targeting have helped set the research agenda for monetary economists for over thirty years and have had a strong positive influence on the way the US Federal Reserve Bank and central banks abroad conduct monetary policy. He has also authored influential articles on how transparency in the conduct of monetary policy can improve economic efficiency. More recently, he has integrated labor markets into monetary policy models in an elegant and insightful way. Carl has been recognized internationally for the quality of his research and teaching. His many publications include Monetary Theory and Policy, required reading in most graduate courses worldwide in his field. He has taught numerous workshops in monetary economics for the International Monetary Fund and central banks in Asia, South America, and Europe, directly influencing the careers of over a thousand young economic researchers. Walsh studied mathematics and economics at Berkeley as an undergraduate, where he also earned his Ph.D. in economics. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 1987, Carl held appointments at the University of Auckland (NZ) and Princeton University and was senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 2010, he was named a UCSC distinguished professor. He makes his home in Santa Cruz with his wife Judy (‘71, Crown).

Thank you to our sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Kaiser Permanente

Gold Sponsor

Boston University School of Law

Media Sponsor

Santa Cruz Sentinel