General Meetings & 2019-2020 Events

When we meet:

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from October through May, 11:30 am to 1:00PM. These general membership meetings typically feature a speaker or program, as well as light snacks. Our programs are open to members and guests.

Where we meet:

Meetings are held at the beautiful UCSC Arboretum, Horticulture Building II. Detailed directions can be found on the UCSC Arboretum web site.

We support carbon neutrality:

In support of our own campus and systemwide goals of carbon neutrality by 2025, our Board decided we could do our part by reducing the waste resulting from our own meetings. So, we are asking everyone to bring their own lunch service (plates, silverware, cups, napkin). Let's make a difference!                                

    Fall 2019

  • October 2

    Fall Gathering - Members sign up for Interest Groups. Stay for lunch provided by the board members. This meeting will begin at 11 am to allow time for members to browse and sign up for interest groups.

    View our 50th Anniversary slide show here.

  • October 24 - 28

    Friends Face-off for Giving Day

    Friends Face Off - Giving Week for University Friends Groups - Thank you to the 18 donors whose combined gifts total $1,000.


  • November 6

    blue helixSpeaker Program, 11:30 a.m. Bob Kuhn, Associate Director, Genomics Institute, will speak on "Genetics, Genomics, and UCSC" - As technology advances and DNA sequencing becomes ever cheaper, the flood of data offers unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Dr. Kuhn will discuss the Human Genome Project, including the history of the contribution made by scientists at UCSC, the state of current science, and prospects for the future, including diagnostics and treatments.

    Robert KuhnRobert Kuhn received his PhD at the University of California Santa Barbara in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where he studied cell division in yeast. Following a postdoctoral at UC Berkeley/USCA Plant Gene Expression Center, he taught biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics at UC Santa Cruz. He joined the UCSC Genome Browser Project in 2003, where he is now Assosiate Director, with a particular interest in clinical genetics. He spends considerable effort training people in the use of the Browser, helping bring the fruits of the human (and other) genome projects to scientists worldwide and learning from them how to improve it.


  • December 13

    2019 Holiday Invitation UCSC Holiday Open House, 2:30 - 5:00 pm - By invitation


  • December 14

                                                Fiat Musica Invitation

    Fiat Musica, UCSC Women's Club Choir, holds its Friends and Family Winter Concert at 3 pm.

    Location - Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel, CA

    Admission is free and all are welcome.


  • Winter 2020

  • January 8, 2020

    Stacy PhilpotSpeaker Program - 11:30 am - 1 pm - UCSC Professor Stacy Philpott, Executive Director, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. Her topic - Urban garden management, biodiversity, and human well-being

    Synopsis - Urban agriculture provides between 15-20% of the global food supply and an array of other social and cultural benefits. Yet many urban gardeners lack knowledge about how to manage pests, promote pollinators, and conserve water in gardens. Stacy will present results of her research examining low garden management, neighborhood surroundings, and socio-cultural diversity of gardens which can enhance biological pest control, promote crop pollination, and enhance well-being for gardeners.

    Stacy is the Director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Ruth and Alfred Heller Endowed Chair in Agroecology, and Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is an agroecologist interested in community ecology, ecosystem services, urban agroecology, and interactions between agriculture, conservation, and farmer well-being. Stacy has worked for more than 20 years to understand how farm management, the landscapes surroundings farms, product certification, and land tenure influence diversity of insects, plants, and birds on farms, and the ecological interactions among species. She has worked in tropical agroforestry systems in Mexico and Indonesia, annual cropping systems in Nicaragua, and in urban agricultural systems in Michigan, Ohio, and California. She has written more than 125 research articles and book chapters.

  • February 5

    Speaker Program - 11:30 am - 1 pm - Elizabeth (Beth) Stephens, Professor and Chair, UCSC Art Department, - Her topic - "For the Love of the Earth"
    Synopsis: This artist lecture will explore her strategies for injecting hope into the discourse and practice of environmentalism by making it more sexy, fun, and diverse.

    Elizabeth StephensBeth Stephens, Ph.D., has been a filmmaker, performance artist, sculptor, activist and educator for three decades. Stephens is the Founding Director of E.A.R.T.H. Lab at UC Santa Cruz where she is also the Art Department Chair and Professor of Art. Over the last six years, she has produced two new feature documentary films and has shown many video installations in galleries and museums around the world. Most notably, Beth and her collaborator Annie Sprinkle were official Document 14 artists (2017) where they premiered their film, “Water Makes Us Wet.” "Water" also screened at MOMA in New York. She and Annie were named 2019 Eureka Fellows. They just completed their book manuscript, “Assuming the Ecosexual Position,” to be published by University of Minnesota Press in 2020.


  • March 4

    booksSpeaker Program & Book Sale - 11 am - 1 pm (Note that we will begin early so that members may browse the book sale. Members may bring up to five books for the sale. No textbooks, please.)

    Speaker - Elaine Sullivan (M.A. and Johns Hopkins University), Associate Professor of History at UCSC. Her topic - "Death on the Nile: A 3D Visit to Egypt's Most Enduring Cemetery"
    The ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara was the burial place of kings, queens, priests, and elite officials for 2500 years (3000-332 BCE), and boasts some of the most spectacular architecture and art from the Pharoanic Period. In this talk, we'll make a virtual visit to the site, using a 3D model that digitally 'reconstructs' the original appearance of the ancient monuments, and explore how royal and elite Egyptians created a special landscape to guarantee their eternal life and power.

    Elaine SullivanSullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist whose work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. Her archaeological work in Egypt includes five seasons of excavation with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor), as well as four seasons in the field with a joint UCLA-Rijksuniversiteit Groningen project in the Egyptian Fayum, at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis.

    Her upcoming born-digital publication, Constructing the Sacred (Stanford University Press), utilizes a geo-temporal 3D model of the necropolis of Saqqara (near modern Cairo) to investigate questions of ritual landscape at the site. In 2007-2008, she served as project coordinator for the Digital Karnak Project, creating a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak. Sullivan has published extensively on the use of digital technologies for research and scholarship, including recent articles in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Bulletin for the Institute of Classical Studies.


  • Spring 2020

  • March 31

    Dining at the Shadowbrook - Canceled

    Shadowbrook Restaurant"Community Tuesdays" event at the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola has supported local nonprofits for 17 years. 1/3 of sales go to local non-profits.  Make reservations for our designated date after 5 pm at The Shadowbrook (831-475-1511).  1/3 of your dining and drink order will go to the UCSC Women's Club.  Be sure to tell your server that you want your order to be credited to The UCSC Women's Club.


  • April 1, 2020 - InterCampus Exchange Day at UC Berkeley - Canceled

    UC BerkeleyThe InterCampus Exchange Day is a yearly spring event attended by groups similar to the UCSC Women's Club.  Participating campuses are UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz.

    Watch the video of the March 2019 presentation at UCSC which included a panel discussion:

    "Women Leaders in Higher Education: Moving the Needle," with CP/EVC Marlene Tromp, Provost Elizabeth Abrams, Dean Lori Kletzer and Dean Kathryne Mitchell, and moderated by Chief Campus Counsel Lorena Peñaloza. 


  • Speakers' Program, April 1, 2020 - Canceled

    Melanie Amaris Speaker Program - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. with Melani Amaris. Her topic - “Let’s get Motivated to Move - Creating Habits for Positive Change.” Canceled

    Melani Amaris, Owner/Head Coach of Coachmelswimbikerun ( will share with us her passion for movement. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Physical Education, 34+ years coaching experience, and the desire to share with you ideas to get moving. Her presentation will take you on a journey to identify your own why’s and why not’s, while identifying simple habit changes that can help you on your journey. 


  • April 22 - UCSC Giving Day - A Crowdfunding Event

    Giving Day 2020 LogoUCSC Giving Day as been postponed, but donations may be made for support of UCSC students affected by COVID-19 to Support Slug Campaign.

  • May 6, 2020 - Spring Luncheon - Canceled


    Seymour Center SkeletonAnnual Scholarship Luncheon at The Seymour Center…“Spring Sunshine and Stellar Student Scholars” - 11 am - 1 pm - Canceled


  • Fundraiser - May 16, 2020 - Postponed

    Amy Hanaiali'iFundraising concert at the Rio Theater with Grammy Award winning Hawaiian Songstress Amy Hanaiali'i; silent auction opportunity

Easily add these dates to your google calendar by visiting this Calendar page.