General Meetings & 2018-2019 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.                                   

    Fall 2018

  • October 3

    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 17

    Newcomer's Luncheon  - Board members will welcome new members to the club.


  • November 7

    Speaker Program, 11:30 a.m. Professor Jody Greene Jody Greene, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Director, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning; Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz will speak on the topic, "Building a 21st-Century Teaching and Learning Center at UCSC.” Read an article by Jody Green in UCSC's "Tuesday Newsday" from October 23rd.


  • December 10 - 16

    Friends groups face off

    Giving Week for University Friends Groups

    Thank you to the 31 donors who gave a sum of $1,955 to Women's Club Re-Entry Scholarships during Giving Week



  • Holiday Lights

    December 18, 2018

    Chancellor's Friends Holiday Party - 3-6 PM, Porter College (by invitation) This is George Blumenthal's last holiday party before he retires in June. Share holiday greetings with all of your friends affiliated with the university. Parking/Shuttles at Performing Arts parking lot.

  • Winter 2019

  • January 9, 2019

    Speaker Program - 11:30 a.m.Gail Hershatter Dr.Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History, UCSC, will speak.  Her topic is "Stubborn Silences:  Writing the History of Chinese Women."

  • February 6, 2019

    Speaker Program - 11:30 am - 1 pm featuresCarrie Partch Carrie Partch, UCSC Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry. The title of her talk will be “Morning Larks and Night Owls: How Circadian Timing Influences Your Life.”

    Several members who enjoyed Carrie's presentation asked for reading material regarding circadian rhythm and its influence on our lives. She has recommendations:

    -Here's a book I've read personally and can recommend:
    Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing

    Learn more:

    -I just came across this newer book from the same author, but haven't read it yet:
    Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
    by Amazon Digital Services LLC
    Learn more:

    -Here's another new book written by a friend of mine from the Salk Institute -- He's done amazing work on the connection of circadian rhythms and metabolism, so there may be a different focus to this book:
    The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight
    Learn more:


  • February 19, 2019

    Dining at the Shadowbrook

    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.


  • February 27, 2019 - Giving Day

    Giving Day Image Thank you to the 14 supporters who donated $560 to the UCSC Women's Club Scholarship Fund for UCSC Re-entry Students on Giving Day.


  • March 6, 2019

    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.)

    William T. Sullivan Dr. William T. Sullivan, Distinguished Professor of MCD Biology, UCSC, will give a talk on neglected diseases. His topic - Microbes, Big Sur and African River-blindness 

    Imagine a bacteria species that invades millions of insect and worm species, alters their behavior and manipulates reproduction to favor females. For example, the bacteria transform developing male insects into females. Also imagine that these same microbes are the cause of diseases afflicting millions in impoverished regions of the world. Suppose they also provide a means of combating devastating diseases that afflict over 1 and 6 individuals globally. While this sounds far-fetched, this is the story of a microbe known as Wolbachia and is the topic of my seminar. I will describe the work of our lab, and many other labs, in uncovering and harnessing the fascinating biology of Wolbachia and its symbiotic relationship with insect and worm host species. This is a wonderful example of curiosity-driven research leading to practical global health solutions.

    Read more about the Sullivan Lab of Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology on his website.

  • Spring 2019

  • March 28, 2019 - InterCampus Exchange Day, 9 am - 3 pm

    Merrill College Held at UCSC this year at Merrill College, the 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.

    Merrill College Cultural Center Participants will gather in the morning at the Merrill College Cultural Center, and after a light breakfast, enjoy campus speakers. Lunch will be served followed by campus tours.

    Download the invitation and registration form. Please register by March 7.

    For those participants staying in Santa Cruz overnight, a block of rooms at a discounted rate is reserved at the following hotels: 

    The Inn at Pasatiempo, 555 Hwy. 17, Santa Cruz. Contact the reservations department directly at 831-423-5000 and ask for the "UC Women's Club Intercampus Gathering" in order to access the discounted room rate of $129 per night. The regular rate is $318. The room block rate is available until March 6, 2019.

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 844-291-9681. Ask for reservations and mention that you would like the UC Women’s Club Intercampus Gathering block discount of $209 per night. Regular rates are $335 per night for a room right on the beach. Discounted rooms are available if you book by February 22, 2019.

    Mission Inn & Suites, 2250 Mission Street, Santa cruz, 831-425-5455. Mention that you would like the UC Women's Club Intercampus Gathering block discount of $134.10. Mission Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast to their guests. Regular rates are $159 per night. Discounted rooms are available if you book by February 22, 2019.


  • April 3, 2019

    Speaker Program - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. with Bruce Thompson Bruce Thompson

    His topic - GARBO THE SPY

    Everyone remembers the name of the man who led the Allied armies in the invasion of Normandy in 1944: General Dwight D. Eisenhower.  But not many people know the name of the double agent whose brilliant work enabled the D-Day landings to succeed: Juan Pujol Garcia.  Although he never came close to a battlefield or fired a weapon, Juan Pujol Garcia (whom the British Secret Service named Agent Garbo) had a vivid imagination and a talent for lying that made him the key figure in an elaborate campaign of strategic deception directed against the Germans before and after the Allied assault on the Normandy beaches.  And yet Hitler gave him a medal for his service to Germany!  Who was he?  How did he do it?  Why, having contributed as much as any civilian could have done to win the war, was he forgotten for forty years after it ended?  And how, toward the end of his life, was he rediscovered in time to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the D-Day landings at Buckingham Palace and to receive a medal from Queen Elizabeth (in addition to the one he had received forty years earlier, from Hitler)?  This is one of the most fascinating stories of the Second World War!
    Bruce Thompson has been teaching history, literature, and Jewish Studies at UCSC since 1991, including a course on the history of espionage and intelligence. He is a recipient of the John Dizikes Award for Excellence in Teaching.



  • May 2 - Spring Luncheon


    Seymour Discovery Center skeletonAnnual Scholarship Luncheon at the Seymour Discovery Center…“Spring Sunshine and Stellar Student Scholars” - 11 am - 1 pm

    Download and send in your registration form by April 17.


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