10th Annual Scholarship Benefit Dinner – UC Santa Cruz

10th Annual Scholarship Benefit Dinner – UC Santa Cruz

August 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


dot says so hillary brian i and the mayor of the
city of santa cruz i i’m used to people talking i’m also lab proud banana fly again a
graduate aboard your politics transact friend and i also received nerd
evaluations from this fine institution and i guarantee you i never thought i’d
be standing up here talking to you tonight by mum member of
the county board of supervisors in the second district also for college graduates and works cited to give you guys and
some information one we’re gonna be briefed spread that spreads to the clap and to deceive you a quick overview
which is that we’re about to start dinner and you’re going to have a lovely
dinner and then we’re gonna come back for the program after dinner actually
occurs once you’ve had plenty to drink so that everything we say sounds
profound how does that sound so enjoy your dinner will be back in a
few minutes thank you and i and on on uh… on head-on manner and and do and on on on the part the on the do and on hong s the the the oh the the done part the on so i wanted to personally invited down
to the dancers a lot better than you find out exactly like that another round of lots of the dancers
want that wonderful so again thank you all for being here we
have a great evening in store for you i know i’m sounding very profound now so i
appreciate your attention uh… you-know-what not the only group
on campus and i raising funds we also have students just across ever had
stevenson doing what’s called the slide best and
their students actually raising funds for other student scholarships called
slide the slides so it’s pretty amazing tonight is the tenth annual scholarship
benefit dinner and as a special treat tonight we’re here raising funds supervisor friend has generously offered
for every thousand dollars he raises evening he’s gonna share some of the
narrative evaluations audio hearing we’re gonna have a great night
but but seriously we do have a very generous donor who is
operative match anything we raise this evening with fifty thousand dollars so we are really really appreciate it appreciative of all of you being they’re supposed to be some students out
there do we have any students out bharat vasan student c_n_n_’s claire it seems like too heart here still collect any donation that you’d like to get an
idea and supervise and friends derrida valuations are probably pretty fascinating cell time waiting students we are gonna be
circulating on the ground and they are happy to come here to go and take your
pledge is we have an exciting program this evening
we’ll be hearing from the chancellor the executive vice chancellor to alumni and the current student over the past ten years you have all
helped raised over a twenty three million dollars for scholarship so thank
you for that the statistics are amazing over eight
thousand people have given to a scholarships every year if you get and yet and it
makes such a difference because the need every year is greater and greater in the past ten years and says that that
has started tuition as triple triple and then needed seventy percent of our
students are now having some sort of financial aid for them so common institution that really was
founded on the promise of being pretty cation for all of our students times
have changed and we are here to support the students because the education
they’re receiving u_c_ santa cruz is tremendous i’d just think about my time here and that cost of tuition
going up and what a difference that made my education i had to go get a job it made it stressful to think of
graduating in four years and now that pressure is even greater but what we’re producing here at u_c_
santa cruz is not just students that go up in the world and you great things but
we’re producing people like myself like supervisor friend people that go to the
school invests in the community and then stay in our community and get back and
it will be lee is more than just an education but at the commitment to our
city and all the great things that santa cruz
has to offer and for that it’s uh… education without value siliguri here tonight to ask you to get
in and give generously our students need the buns the the need is just so great and it is our
responsibility to help educate the students for the future as somebody who received one of the best
educations in the world from u_c_ santa cruz and i am honored to
be here this evening to at task if you do that the other great saying that i get to do my is to
introduce our chancellor cancer george blumenthal a brilliant man he has awards and accolades and he’s
done so much for this university that the tell you the past couple weeks
those you from santa cruz know that it is ben a tremendously stressful and
trying time and it’s during those times that you
realize the importance of being able to have a conversation
with the university that’s a positive one years ago that was not the case and we’ve really made efforts to change
that i cannot tell you how thankful i have
been in the past few weeks to be able to pick up the phone call the chancellor’s office and have thoughtful receptive voice on the other
and outline he is not just an educational leader but he is
the community leader and we are so thankful to have him in our community purchase fitting time and time again in
all the needs and really going out and being willing to have a conversation
and buchanan member not just the leader on campus and with that i hope that you will
welcome chancellor george blumenthal you know that is really hard to live up
to an introduction like that ways you can tell i’m trying to raise
the level of this discourse is really hard to believe that it’s
actually been ten years since our first scholarship benefit
dinner disagree event has been embraced so
warmly this year we sold out in record time and i’m one i think you all for your
support you know we have come a long way uh… my wife kelly is here who’s here
far into the wrong way my wife kali and i were just discussing
on what happened ten years ago when marcy greenwood held the for
scholarship benefit intern and she regarded as quite a risk in fact she once told me she was a firm she was
in fear that it would be known as green woods
folly but you as you can see as you heard from hillary we’ve raised a lot of
money over these last ten years and that’s a real tribute to the community and i want to take all of you for your
support of someone i think our sponsors uh… the alumni association victory automotive and the seaside company thank you all and you know it’s really great to see so
many students here tonight and that is what it’s all about but i know that they’re here tonight
because of the generosity of the alumni association and many of you who have purchased tickets specifically
for students and i want to thank you for that as well and i also want to think the volunteer
committee that really put this program together and they include operating and when i
call your name please stand up and i i think we should acknowledge each of you uh… that committee includes brandon
all good pleased to have a friend tom canfield sarah claire and bach crackle leaching david dosha in rachel goodman pedersen jensen senators county treasurer for a chilly transplant is scary and william i’ll and and all of this committee was led by
committee co-chairs senators mayor hillary bryant and santa cruz county supervisor zack
friend go tonight is about students and the
extraordinary education that our students recvd u_c_ santa cruz our commitment to students bake dot dates back to the following the end
of the campus dean mckinley and others in vision to
public university that combines the depth and rigor of the
university of california campus with their personal uh… with the personalized interactive
experience of a small liberal arts college we stay true to that vision even as we’ve grown in maturity into
uh… modern dynamic campus students today discover themselves in
the college communities the colleges are like launching pads and our students are taking off from
there more than fifty percent of our incoming
frosh last fall were first-generation students students whose parents did not return a four-year college degree and those students will thrive in our
colleges and our faculty are here to work with
undergraduates both inside and outside of the classroom our students dive into experience to
learning internships field studies and other hands-on
learning opportunities these compliment these activities really
complement classroom learning and all of this adds up to a one of the
kind student experience that’s part of why we were just rained what are the best universities in the
world under the age of fifty in fact one of only two united states universities to make the
top ten list and of course part of the richness of
what we offer students stands from the interplay of the student experience and the
outstanding research programs that we have our students learn from and work side by side with great minds so here’s one example i’d just had the extraordinary
opportunity to accompany astronomer and professor said he favored to the white house where she accepted the national medal of
science from president obama to put it into context this is the
highest on earth that our government gives to any scientist it was a memorable day for sandy it was a memorable day for me but it was even more significant for the
campus because it represents an extraordinary
level of external recognition of our excellence as a campus and as a
university here’s another example our work in
juneau mix under the leadership of bioinformatics
visionary david ho slur continues to lead the field were harnessing the power of computers
to decode the cancer genome work that will enable us to identify the
best treatments for cancer and other genetic diseases and the would this work builds of course on our signature contribution to the
human genome project when we completed the sequencing of the human genome in the year two thousand band put that
completed you know about the uh… our wedding website first now of course these are high profile
examples but if you see santa cruz outstanding
research done with students the exception rather it’s the rule of what we do in the last ten years we’ve emerged as a
research powerhouse were now consistently ranked among the
best in the world for the impact of our research according to times higher education’s
world university rankings since twenty ten u_c_ santa cruz has climbed from four th
two-third to tide is second in the world for research influence and for a campus of our size that’s simply unheard of our faculty make lasting contributions
that shape and transform their disciplines in such fields as astronomy linguistics juneau mix feminist studies latin american and latino studies computer gaming and digital arts we welcome this external recognition
because it reinforces what has always been true about u_c_ santa cruz on our campus there is no either or
choice between a personalized well-rounded
college experience and the opportunity to learn from those
who are creating knowledge we continue to offer the best of the
small liberal arts college model and the experiences of the elbow only at a
major research university external recognition of course helps us
share our story with prospective students and with faculty brass the so something to do with the
record number of applications that we received this year we received forty six thousand
applicants for admission that’s nearly double the twenty four thousand applications that we received ten years
ago external recognition also speaks to
prospective graduate students an important constituency that contributes to our leadership in
research and scholarly pursuits and in hands is what we are for two words
are graduates as well and recognition reinforces the value of
the degrees held by our alumni all over the world we get to hear from the u_c_ santa cruz
graduate who credits his education with catapult
in his career in television and we’re talking about the hottest most critically acclaimed programs on
the air fink madman and weeds kevin begs is president of the lionsgate
television group lionsgate is known for taking bold risks and producing influential programming kevin bags graduated from porter college
in nineteen eighty nine with a degree in politics and theatre
arts he’s a member of the arts teens
leadership award at a vocal advocate for the campus and
for our alumni we’re lucky to have them with us tonight please join me in welcoming kevin bags uh… before it again let me thank
chancellor blumenthal uh… campus provost galloway dean yegor
the alumni association the foundation board and everyone who
worked so hard to make tonight happen it’s truly a privilege to be part of
this tenth anniversary event and i’m looking forward to the twenty uh… amma banana slug i arrived at porter college in the fall
of nineteen eighty five unlike many new santa cruz undergraduates i was in for a bit of a culture shock evaluations instead of grades excesses and often public nudity the grateful dead as a lifestyle the praying mantis per game coed bathrooms as worldly as i thought i was having
grown up shuttling between my dad’s hippie commune in marin county and my mom’s home in the oakland hills
nothing could have prepared me for my college experience i was out of my comfort zone and i was
loving every minute my academic path was geared toward
politics but my love of drama pushed me to also
studied theater arts i was attending eight a_m_ political
theory classes with jack shar and rehearsing place until midnight who
had time firstly happily despite the long hours and heavy
class load faculty in both departments not only
embrace my double major but encouraged it the professors in politics cast doubts
with studying the masters plato socrates black cops russo machiavelli anna rent but they also encouraged us to question
conventional wisdom in theatre arts we concentrate on story
and character and also read master playwrights shakespeare while o’neill miller album
and that more what i could not have known then was that both these disciplines would
contribute greatly to my professional growth after graduating i was poor between
applying for graduate school trying my luck a breaking into film and television choosing my heart over my head i moved to los angeles but with no connections in the business it was not easy temping at arrowhead water is not a
sustainable career a friend told me about substitute
teaching i was a writing to turn my final year here at
santa cruz so i thought how hard it that day saket major culture shock i did not know what i was doing and the thirty seven thirty fourth
graders that looked up at me after having vanquish the previous teacher who left the profession could smell my fear a lunch line away but all those years holding the pike for shakespeare santa
cruz and treading the boards as an actor paid
off because i acted the part of the teacher
long enough to really learn how to teach i can acted with those kids at jefferson
elementary school some of them may have already gone to
santa cruz as i near the end of my second year of
teaching my film and tv job search when into
overdrive it was multiple interviews ended the same way as a teacher in humanities graduate you
just don’t have the experience needed for the complex world of film and
television assaulted on convinced that if i could get my foot in
the door they would learn that i had more to
offer than just the paper degree i would say you see s_c_ graduate i could innovate create and accomplish finally a producer took pity on me because he
had young kids and the idea of me being a teacher appeal to him my job cost control assistant my first assignment reduce the over usage a federal express on a low-cost reality series for the
a_b_c_ network this was such a far cry from my
spielberg in fantasy of directing a major motion picture by
age twenty five but this is where my u_c_ santa cruz
training that line for user never knew what he
was in four i got to know every employee in the production company and i have the
philosophical conversation what does it mean how might one reunified fedex i went office the office executives secretaries prop masters seventeen years writers researchers even
the teamsters and asked what they did for the company and why they needed this service what i
believe what i learned they needed is information faxed this was in the tree internet iraq and let them know that they could use
one fedex today and that the priority mail service from the readily available u_s_ postal
service was much cheaper and only a day or two’s four further other packages i turn the tide on expensive shipping in
the show got back on budget i’d also learn how a television series
works from soup to nuts now there’s been worked out so well for
the post office as you know their bankrupt and fed ex is thriving but it was a in step up for me chris my reward for a job well done was to be
fired from accounting and hired on the set as a separate auction assistant the
same day never mind the eighteen-hour days
sub-minimum wage earnings the hunger the coldest sensory deprivation working with actors highways and and that job lead to another on a weekly
drama unlike a reality program a scripted television series is built in
tightly around the writers several of whom were generally credited
as executive producers and then a team of fellow writers literally have to feed a hungry beast
called the shooting schedule to may twenty two episodes a year
without shutting down the pace is incredible and the
assistance of the grease between the wheels keeping them going with a patchwork quilt of support that
ranges from picking up dry cleaning to covering up clandestine affair confidentiality is sacred i was assigned to the most senior of the
executive producers on the show i was responsible for phones facts a new technology organizing the writers meetings and
communicating with the rest of the company but would nothing was more
important in taking dictation from this producer he was an old-school hollywood titan he sent me out and began a four page run on sentence that never ended i was terrified of stopping or
correcting him that anyway place along the way he had dropped out of college to make
biker films in the late sixties so grandma was not as strong suit but he was a great salesman so i can to the document back justice he
had spoken s horrible looked him over his face in a
scowl and he said you know is good for staying till now i don’t think this is going to work out this is an anything like what i told you uh… and we’re gonna have to probably
part ways and i said wait wait wait wait wait don’t they’ll buyer me yet give me a few minutes with the document and and well he will phone calls i’d give it a
massive page one rewrite drawing on my politics in theatre arts
experience i wrote it that way i would have a city very educated u_c_ santa cruz on them i handed it back he read it no more scowl and said now the that’s exactly what i said that job lasted eight years he wouldn’t let me make i did every piece of correspondence
including divorces therapy it was crazy and uh… we are steadfast friendship became my mentor in
the business and really taught me everything he knew which was a
lot and today happily enough he’s learned
how to cut himself instantly very long emails which i assume somebody is helping from that series i had the opportunity
to join a small startup film and tv company called landscape it was nineteen ninety-eight the i_p_o_
market was still vibrant and this tiny canadian
company was branching out to the u_s_ now if working on a series for eight years is the t_v_ equivalent of graduate
school than my fifteen years of lionsgate can be compared turning a doctorate
entertained ibn as the person in charge of script of
drama eventually adding long-form comedy and alternative programming and the company has grown through
acquisitions which features like american psycho
crashed the hunger games precious twilight and in my t_v_ area we’ve been part of
the cable revolution with critically acclaimed series like
weeds madman nurse jackie office and the newest a_b_c_ hit nashville t_v_ revenues and my first year the
company when one million dollars this year they’ll hit three hundred
fifty and all along the way i have tapped into my unique u_c_ santa
cruz blend of politics and theatre arts story personalities strategy the long gain it’s everything and their name richard
the second combined with everything i learned from
machiavelli is the press hollywood is not for the faint of heart
and i know i could have never navigated it without my u_c_ santa cruz education recently i read a wall street journal
article suggesting that universities should be
more accountable by publishing starting salaries associated with every major i think it’s the absolute wrong message with rare exceptions the u_c_ santa cruz
student is not going to be setting any salary records right after graduation but the banana slug will eventually always be that hair pick-up we are thinkers and because we think we need a career that goes beyond dollar
signs our work must have meaning at the stevenson commencement ceremonies
way back in nineteen eighty eight the keynote speaker asserted that the
undergraduate degrees they were handing out that day were union cards to the middle class and i think for the post work here up until the recent fiscal crisis that
may have been true but in the world in which the u_s_ is no
longer the dominant global superpower and in which growth is the exception not
the rule linking undergraduate education to salary or class advancement isn’t the
only metric by which we should judge success i submit to you today as the u_c_ santa cruz graduate
represents a new class the thinking clocks and for that we should both be grateful
and inspired because the university continues to develop the best of the thinking clocks and as an executive with direct
responsibility for an operating division at a publicly traded company with employees and contract artist
numbering in the hundreds of any given time of the year the kind of talent by look for is from the thinking clocks and u_c_s_d_ students are the cream of
the crime they may present a little differently i like to joke about santa cruz
graduates never quite catching up to contemporary business attire with their here can stocks and mismatched yeltsin
shirts but when it’s really time to innovate
rethinking creative maintains there are no and for years i wasn’t playing my santa
cruz skill sets without for the connection to the
university i’ve had return to campus and although i kept the strong bomb with
many of my fellow allowance until i got a call from leslie grander
on behalf of dean yeager inviting you to meet with him for things
came full circle david took the time to sit with pain
shared his vision of the arts at u_c_ santa cruz it’s a compelling and among many facets of his master plan
the idea of connecting this sitting on the hill to the professional creative world
really inspired me i participated in the symposium here on
campus two years ago which alumni share their stories with faculty staff
and students subsequently have had very strong santa cruz interns at lionsgate one who
is here tonight and i’ve joined dean gigot arts
leadership board chats with supporting his work realizing the institute for arts and
sciences in creating a branding campaign for the arts division i’d join because the values the david
shares with the large university community about excellence leadership
social engagement and art as an instrument of change are also my values so why support scholarships at u_c_
santa cruz what is the of the thinking class in post empire
america since it’s founding in nineteen sixty
five u_c_ santa cruz has upheld the progressive tradition of
social responsibility political activism environmental
stewardship but above all a sense of purpose i believe engage citizen the
unconventional restless thinkers among us are good for
our world and good for santa cruz in general and
this can i recently met with a very successful
film director he was pitching mia a project in he was explaining that he was writing
and directing three movies simultaneously so i stopped and i said
how is it possible you get time to do this television
project when you doing all of these movie project thingy thought about it for a moment and he said i haven’t unquiet mind i haven’t unquiet mind i really had to
think about what he said five words but i think they sum up for
me why you see santa cruz need your help now more than ever let this great university be the home of unquiet minds and let’s celebrate as those same lines
move into the workplace into our local communities and beyond as ambassadors of an institution that itself is never
satisfied with the status quo and speaking of unquiet mines once that
phrase rounds around in my brain for awhile i realize i suffer from the same
problem i can’t function unless i multitasking
i’m stuck to my blackberry on rolling calls on driving it’s a hazard this is really good for the television
business and have been helpful in my career it’s disastrous for my wife and
children who roll their eyes everytime i take another call and its
yet another reason why amazon is so profitable i have twelve unfinished books on my can
go open right now three which i want to make it the uh… steve jobs and albert einstein
biographies from walter isaacson and a compelling new book about the free
speech movement entitled subversives the f_b_i_’s war on
student radicals and reagan’s rise to power by seth rosen everyting multiple books is hazardous for most there for me it’s
actually quite interested in such a developed means that you would never
expect i remember reading a woody allen joke
about reading dostoevsky and weight watchers on the same plane trip i never forgot about them started with unfair i’m miserably fat i will be fat forever something along
those lines so these three books jours and themes
for me as well as i was marveling at the
accomplishments of steve jobs than albert einstein and the courage of the free speech
movement leaders travel the common thread became clear their all
misfits unconventional impedance brash impulsive
rebellious unchanged and ultimately unbroken to me they paid a minus the u_c_ santa
cruz e-fax jobs was a dropout from feinstein dob lazy by all of his
professors the berkeley radicals were all expelled
and yet they changed our world every one of them would have flourished
at u_c_ santa cruz when i think about the powers power of
scholarship funding what you all do tonight and how the
steve jobs albert einstein’s and free speech defenders of tomorrow might be
incubated and educated here i know why the chancellor and his team
have invited you tonight we had you csc are the best kept secret
in higher education and it’s time for that to change your contributions can make a difference
in the student’s life and give him or her the kind of first-rate u_c_ santa
cruz education that so many of us enjoyed ourselves many students will not have the resources necessary to
attend this great institution let’s help enjoying and spread the word it doesn’t matter whether we work in the
arts or the sciences or the humanities we’re
all storytellers and the story of u_c_ santa cruz is one
worth sharing let’s make that possible one unquiet mind at a time well thank you kevin for that amazing
speech and i’d was trying to think about how to
honor of some of the work that you’ve done in your professional life here and my
wife said the best way to do it would be to wear a madman suit so for you images are stronger than words anyway in
and i i think what’s interesting about what he said is of the parallels of the experiences that we had nothing will really open up your mind
more than being a porter student during first rain or having coed bathrooms those were life-changing moments for me
to and that’s probably why i end up in politics because once you’ve seen that you’ve pretty much the middle when i was here i thought i had to allot of the answers
and i actually stood studied histories took some classes from some amazing
professors of some of whom have of since retired like uh… bruce levin and some politics classes from people
like dan worlds were still here and what’s really amazing about it is
that u_c_ santa cruz is done really
remarkable thing in the sense of it it sets you up in the classics also
forces you to cover practical sense to everything how does edification relate to today how does that relate to the real world and ultimately how can you impact some
of his life with what you’re doing the decisions we make even in politics
as from the elected officials here no but not just decision seven pax in
people’s lives and i think that one of the threads
that’s that goes through all the u_c_ santa cruz is teachings and body by the
administration embodied by the professors is the fact that you have to have some
sort of social impact you have to create something that contributes more to the
world and at the world was larger than just
yourself and one of the people of the person i
that i get introduced tonight really embodies those uh… before i i got into the elected role of
the last decade i work for the senators police department i tell you what when you work in law
enforcement you definitely see people that are at you know out there the sort of its most difficult time of
the life and had the real pleasure of working with
allison going on in introduced a night she is one of the one of the the real leaders and in in
her field in forensic science and i got to say that the things that she did for our community working very quietly parked apartment
with the sheriff’s office truly impacted people slot the things that she did to help solve
some of the crimes that we have in the things that you don’t see that occur
behind the scenes work there brian and the chance i’ve had to deal with
them the difficult times have been have in the last couple weeks there are
people like allison go away that are working behind the scenes to
make sure that people’s lives are made better in in the world of of law enforcement we are so fortunate to have her here in
our community she is a getting recognized in washington d_c_
just flew in actually this afternoon receiving in a very procedures work for
her work these are the kinds of leaders but it’s
kevin was saying they’re not out low in their own horn these are the leaders that are here in
our community they’re making a difference in people’s lives and everyday so house and i like to bring you up i’d like to have this community
recognize you in the way that you deserve thank you for triggering for all
of us well i wasn’t expecting that i was going to say that this campus has been a life-changing for a
lot of people and university is a life-changing for a lot of people i came from the background of parents
who did not have a lot of money my father
was at work good bit of time when i was so uh… it that as a student berkeley and i know what in ny it let me get through school became the inspiration to go on to
graduate school uh… in it mentioned that here i will say this place changed me a lot as well on because i certainly didn’t plan to be
in this position uh… and when i look around this campus
i concede the wonderful things that we can do for our students this campus attracts the best students we attract students who has been sent before sometimes don’t fit
in other places very well and it’s not because they’re bad
students it’s because of brilliant students but they don’t always think the way was supposed to think what we hear for tonight though is to
ensure that their financial ability is not a factor in what determines
whether or not they can come to this campus we have extraordinary experiences on
this campus there available here rebel in the classroom they’re available outside the classroom lets me because that was the dance move here before they have been practicing and working
here for forty years and it’s a student ryan student led faculties supervised these are the kinds of opportunities
where students can learn not only weekend steps but how to teach others and how to leave
unorganized opportunity is what defines the u_c_s_d_
student experience we have the colleges these are small enough almost family sized in some ways allows a student to come to a out to
research university in experience all of that as you’ve said before we have access
here to truly exceptional faculty students have the opportunity to create
knowledge working with those faculty and as importantly they have the
opportunity here to develop the leadership skills that
they can take out when they go into the world and change
that world and change it for the better you see has a blue and gold program
which provides support an extraordinary level of support for students with family incomes below
about eighty thousand dollars there is however a very widely large gap it to mean that land the families and can’t really afford
tuition and the constipated cation here we need to have scholarships we need scholarships that andy based because even in those low-income fat
levels withstands helps support we often see students who are also
supporting their families to learn about his ancestors there supporting families back home they’re working two and three jobs when they do that they tried to be in class and studying
all the time they content advantages of the opportunities that they have we need merit-based scholarships because
these are brilliant students they truly do marriage the support that you can provide and quite frankly we need to make it
seem any we traditionally gold now about uh… sixty thousand dollars a year emergency funds groceries co-payments for going to the doctor getting another pair of eye glasses the
basics the things that we would take for granted these students need we also have graduate students ecole what we’re trying to grow they need fellowships we provide them some money but much the time they need the time to
think they need time to work to gather data to write that up and remember that the graduate students uh… the scholarly life our faculty but they also the people who challenge and mentor undergraduates if you wonder about the powerful philanthropy and scholarships I would like to introduce the video
that will give us a little bit of that answer and then after that video we are going
to hear from autumn johnson who is a sophomore from kresgy uh… he’s a double major in
sociology and politics a scholarship major scholarship recipient and like me she wants to pay it forward here’s the video and then it will be
autumn it’s incredible the difference ten years makes ten years can be a very very long time and yet ten years can feel as close as last nights sun set I was introduced to philanthropy by a house mate before I came to UC Santa Cruz every year he’d get all the
solicitations and toss them into a basket and then the near the end of
every year he’d lay them all out in some ways he gave me the wrong message it
gave me the message that philanthropy involved involved uh… giving beyond my means he also wondefully introduced me to the idea of what he called a ben franklin loan
if you know a person who’s just down on their luck probably just need some money or
something like that to get them through lend them the money under the
understanding that they don’t owe it back to you that that this is the debt that they have to to the world at large so i moved out of the house and went to
u_c_ santa cruz and uh… actually my first you’re there I met another student we studied
together and uh… at one point near the end of a quarter she actually ran out
of money and was going to try and go ten days without food in order to made it to the end of the quarter what
else would you while you were a student uh… i i decided that this was the
beginning of the time to start paying that back I gave enough money uh… to get
through about you know a week or two of groceries and she was all teary eyed
over it but uh… uh… was nice start when you see you’re touching someone’s life and you’re giving them the choice between the money to really do with their
education can offer them or to have them just go to school and
finish up their four-year degree you you giving them just enough extra money to make that difference you change the world it’s very very infrequent that you get to
change the world for so little when I first got the the school uh… I imidiately knowticed how friendly every one was just the energy every one bring to the school you know when you’re a slug i don’t think thatI could achieve everything i want to achieve with out the experiences and knowledge the degree uh…
everything that i’ve received from the UC Santa Cruz while some of them say i could’nt go to school with out this money far more often it’s i couldn’t devote my time to my research i would
have to take a part-time job and that would have prevented me from
doing the research project than that’s the one thing thats unique u_c_ santa cruz that we should be
helping the students pay for and that is the ability to have the time to do research as an undergrad when dave spoke to us he mentioned that philanthropy is not just for rich people but anyone can give back on a scale appropriate to them it’s very gratifying to me to bring people into the life of philanthropy the students who learn about the ben franklin loan
concept we get to sit down talk to each other find out more about them uhh.. and most of them are intrigued
realized that they can be philanthropic on a scale appropiate to their life they they smile and the great part about it is
that once they give that very first gift they dont stop I think thats going to apply to me in a lot of ways whether it be a bag groceries right now or in the future giving back to UC Santa Cruz why woudnt I want to give back to the one place i feel really feel really comfterable is giving me the life lessons i need to accell in life UC Santa Cruz changed my life it changed my wife me daughter went to school there all three of us were in the sciences it was very natural to continue giving to UC Santa Cruz for the last ten years the scholarship benefit dinner help to ensure that those who have earned
their place continue to have the opportunity to
attend here our story is about the sheer experience
that comes through giving it’s what brings us together now and will continue to unite us for the
next ten years it’s incredible that difference ten years comming here’s to the next ten and many more good evening my name is autumn johnson as i already stated im sophomore from cresge college and double majoring in sociology and
politics i currently fundraise student
scholarships with slug to slug a branch of the alumni association you guys have herd a little bit about uh…slug to slug we engage students
in giving to support fellow students really get philanthropy going around in
the minds of our students I also serve as an organizer for
kinetic poetic projects an on campus poetry slam collective my experiences in these programs
programs have allowed me to see the that donations and scholarship
really enhance the students experience here at UCSC i’ve always been told that with hard
work you can achieve anything that you set your mind to you as a seven-year-old with dreams of being
a lawyer those with ignited a spark within me I began practicing introducing
myself as autumn johnson esquire reading books on third good marshell and snadra de oconnor colleges premising comments with when i graduate
college a several really thinks of money in
quantities more than five dollars so i never conceive that my parents who id seen spend twenty dollars without a wince would not be able
to afford something as time passed college fell from the
forefront of my mind but never completely left my thoughts by my sophmore year in high school i
joined avid or advancement via individuals termination a college readiness club that alowd
it’s students to make sure they’re on the right track towards college never forgetting that if i worked hard i could achieve anything i set my mind too i kept working i first went to university u_c_l_a_ to
be specific i see my face piece of college fee
intuition literature looking down and seeing a number with so many digits my heart dropped i was quite certain that neither of my
parents would be able to manage that sum and i began to think of alternative
options to college abandoning the mantra thathad pushed me along
so far with hard work anything is attainable at this moment iit seemed to me colledge was not attainable and ever so grateful for my high school
college and career counselor thelma val verde for pushing me through this crisis of doubt she reassured me that financial
aid and scholarships should be available for me and with little work with a
little hard work my college education could indeed be funded my senior year in high school i went on
a college road trip up the coast of california i decided that for monetary reasons i’ve
got a public university within the state of california which wasn’t so bad with the prestige of
the university of california and the beauty of our state who could resist
staying here for a little while longer on the last day of our trip feeling
rather disappointed at the schools i’d seen seen unable to find my niche i began to rethink my future I again reconsidered abandoning the
hard work that id put in far thus far inside and outside the classroom the hours studying volunteering and
starting organizations with my high school but there’s one more stop before i
headed home the university of california santa cruz a mysterious school up in the woods that i
had never seen and rarely heard of as familiar with the city of santa cruz
due to a couple of trips to henry’s kennedy cal state park afew bits of the
boardwalk and countless viewings of loss boys as a pre-teen but the school itself was a complete
mystery to me as we approach the west entrence i
spotted deer feeding on a pile of apples that was obviously placed there by people I began regaining hope as we drove down Mcglockland
then walk through that trees seen the smiling faces the variety of
people and experiencing experiencing the colloquial feeling of
contentment people dress kind of weird here but i
kinda liked it as id done at age seven i stubbornly set my
mind on this pass path the deal beautiful scenery the humility
and outright kindness that i’d experienced in just two hours at this
place had reignited that spark within in march of two thousand eleven the
results were in this the suspense builds up as i logged
onto the u_c_s_c_ website it was midnight i haven’t left yet and
they’re being helped fuel the lives of stealing the relatively new system that allowed
students to check the admissions as well as their financial aid distribution online caught myself and many other seed
instantly awake at night anticipating the clock striking twelve when the time came to log in nyc to be
deep breath and typed in that username password i was given by you cscs i have been the page congratulations
only way that i saw isaac’s that i told my mom dad we cure when the
results are and but i decided that i should look at the fine in philly financially before but they’re not november motherly
instinct was to strong and before i even finished reading the letter she was in
my doorway with the smiley smiley face are you aware of my admittance she stopped beside me on my bed and i
explained that if you were too expensive adjusting co i would work and go to our
community college and then transfer she’s gone and he told me to hold my courses in
just a opening isn’t mother’s intuition great but with the exception of the few small
loans and work-study scholarships and patriot keith bike and so i’m here today a second year at u_c_s_d_ esi fully
emerge in academics organizing first plant militia
collective and fundraising for myself another student’s who frankly would not
do without them socha slugs taglines include student
helping students and giving anything up to you helped get
back has touched upon barely alumni gave to
shake introduce me tonight give ben franklin which are format pay it forward recipient is indebted but not to the
lonely to other people to someone else in the give that help someone else as they have
helped as someone has helped you i think that every time but i do and fan
base first legislative student scholarships i’m in a way be playing all of the
repaying all of you so i think u thank you for the opportunity to be at
the school in really fine nine h and i wanted to leave off sick with the
say that he doesn’t play heard me say before if you work hard to get she’d
anything that you want this is not age occupation and upper
specific this can be applied to anything so never
stop working for what you want to thank you for your contributions your
participation in my and thousands of other students education it really is allowed to use your
valuable on night alumni support and politically so thank you again for having you have a
wonderful evening enjoy your time and go bananas flags thank you settling in and teen pregnancy make us
abroad there’s something so special about this
university i am in the first to my family not to go to dartmouth college i got out to the porter mato and then
why would i want to go back to him over new hampshire when i can look at this
view every day and everyone states that they made but thank you i’m were so proud and and
alison for your comments really alampi is changing lives and it’s changing
lives of our students and it’s changing the lives of people in this community so once again i remind you u really
wanna see zach’s narrative valuations we have walking
around are the rome one last time our students with a ride pad so if you’d
like to get tonight please do uh… we really appreciate your generosity and
just being here so last but not least tonight and it’s my honor and privilege to introduce
as in jensen addison embodies so much of what we
cherish about u_c_ santa cruz he graduated modes college in nineteen
eighty six for the jury in politics and wanna went on the law school it sets
they reimburse e and say practice civil are right here in
santa cruz under edison’s watchful eyes of the
parliament is expanded from a single clinic to a network of twelve locations
throughout watsonville and santa cruz that includes seven school-based clinics
and adult day health care system etc he’ll ever to sell lots of a community
hospital to establish the carl bali community helps fast but said that needs to people throughout
our community who pecan harvest the food that we have
on our tables and likes any favor he’s recently met
president obama who called him in personally to thank him for all of his
advocacy on behalf of the affordable care act he’s a true social justice you’re living
in our community and that i’d like to up messages well of personal assistant on ur
privilege to be up here in a really what i think the chancellor an opportunity to thank him for all its
support within this community policing versioning now um… you let me just mention that i
got invited to the white house and i have to tell you that that road to the white house started here locally i was i grew up
here zack’s district annapolis indeed i grew up in between uh… the dividing
line between north and south county and when i was a child first grade when
my dad uh… i was actually born in colorado but my
dad moved up my mama my three brothers here from colorado and plopped is writing down thomas and
me my brothers at that time were there probably the only latinos in the school except for some for workers i remember the trip up the uh… bus trip down san andreas wrote you’ve all seen
if you live here takes you straight down to watch the car through some of these doctor wants to know and used to take a
trip ride the bus who would always go past
some strawberry fields and uh… we see these hunched figures
in the fields girl in the morning steam rising from
there backs didn’t matter what time of day it was to
be hot hunted degrees to be freezing but sting was always rise off two back to
you could tell they worked from sun up to sun down ann arbor saying to myself you know this
is this is an interesting place to be you
know me my brothers doing latinos but there were these for worker children there as well and they were different or so i thought i remember them being treated poorly in
saying to myself i want to be treated like that i’m not one of them i’m someone else or so i thought and i remember experiencing the sting of prejudice and
saying to myself you know this doesn’t feel very good I am really no different I live in Aptos like surfing, skateboarding I ‘m no different well society has a way of looking at you
and saying “well we think you’re different” so remember saying to myself I gotta do something about this because I became bitter person with a chip on my shoulder and i said to myself i’ve got to figure out a way to deal with this how we’re gonna do
this i remember getting the opportunity come to
UC Santa Cruz and that transformed my life it was here that i learned that there were people just like me at this university that had the same
thoughts the same feelings same desires and I said to myself this is wonderful but what i really learned from this
university was a lot about resolve about thinking
big about believing in myself in the power of doing good and that’s a very powerful thing after I graduated from here i gotta tell ya i still have nightmares about coming up two classes a short of graduation the fact I think I had one last month and I almost didn’t get into law school
because of my evaluations they didn’t know how to calculate them into grades but luckily at the last minute they were
able to do that which brings them back to UC Santa Cruz again after i graduated from law school i was
asked by a local judge to see if i couldn’t be on a board of a medical clinic in Watsonville that
served farmworkers at the time it was a stand-alone clinic
with maybe a two million dollar budget and i said you know the check it out and at the time the chairman of the that board was A UCSC professor by the name Frank
Talamantes if you know Frank Franks a big guy he is a loud guy likes to drink likes to smoke he likes to cuss i was sitting out the door of this board
room and they were trying to decide whether or not they wanted me on the board and all I can hear was Frank yelling uh… i said you know maybe this isn’t this isnt for me and as i sat there i thought back ridding now a bus through the La Selva beach and I recalled there was one student in class that I went to school with was a farm
worker was about seconded or third grade he invited me over to his house and i thought i was going to go to a house
and i was wrong there’s a little Brussels sprout field right at the bottom of the hill on Estrella In La Selva Beach and went to his house after school into his house there was one room six people a wood stove it was abject poverty i remember at that
age thinking to myself i’d never seen this before and it had a profound affect on me and I never forgot that the reason i never forgot that is
because this individual used to come to school he was in poor health important health he had no access to health care no dental work he was always ill and as a result he was treated poorly and as a result of that he didn’t do
well in school in fact he turned into to be the meanest
kid in class and he would get in fights all the time and that was always in the back to my mind so as i’m sitting out there in that
boardroom i up got to walk away because i didn’t really think that i could do this and just as i got to walk away the door
opened and they said come on and Mr Jensen i went in there i decided to uh… enter the field of health care and i had no experience running a
medical clinic but i had my experience at UCSC i had that feeling that whatever i learned here i could apply
out the real world so i’m sitting there trying to learn healthcare one month
later Frank Talamantes has a heartattack they looked around the table and they said
who’s going to be our leader and they said well let’s have that guy
he’s a lawyer he could be our leader and i said to myself i don’t know about this I don’t know anything
about health care but I believe in the mission i believe that these individuals who pick our food put food on our table work up to sun
down they deserve health care and at the time they had no access to health care no access to competently or culturally
competent health care they would end going to the emergency
room paherl valley is one of the most fertile
valleys in the world it is a billion dollar industry as long as you’re going to have crops that need to be hand-picked you going to need a large labor pool in what was happening is you have a large pool of people who are untreated who were sitting in class next to me
sick they had environmental disease respiratory disease there were women having children in the
fields absolutely no access to health care i also learned here at the
university that you really need the server cause
greater than yourself and that was something that i thought
was very important and i was gonna make a change i was going to make a difference in the thirteen years uh… that i was a part of uh… Salute
Battle la gente we went from a stand-alone clinic two twelve locations and one of the things that i also learned at
this university was to think critically to solve big complex problems and one of the things i said that we
were going to do is we can’t make these farm workers come to
a clinic because they’re working their not gonna come from nine to five ’cause they’re working from sun-up to
sun down so i said let’s partner with the Paher vally school district of which i was a member I grew up in the Paher Vally school district I said we’re gonna bring these
clinics to the school we will build clinics in the school for these farm worker children today we have seven school-based clinics
in south county in addition we builtl a state of the art dental clinic biggest dental clinic in the county top of the shelf top-line dental clinic in addition one of the problems that we were having
is that there were elderly people who had no place to go and didn’t really want to be in in a home laying there all day so we developed an adult day care center where they
can come every day and do activities these are the type of things that you
don’t achieve unless you attend a world-class university in part of what i
wanted to do was come back here say thank you thank you UCSC for helping me become a better person and actually instead of being a big mouth a chip on
my shoulder using that in a positive way going on in the community and helping
those who can’t help themselves using my law degree and the power of subpoena to make big things happen for people that have no advocates
whatsoever in another active creativity I became aware that Watsonville community
hospital was going to be sold it was a for-profit corporation or it was a non-profit corporation and they
were going to sell it to a big chain so i went and looked at the corporations code and lone behold it said hey wait a minute in a non-profit sells to for-profit
whatever the net proceeds are need to stay in the community so I forced myself into the selling got the community together and said hey
listen this hospital has had a hundred years of non-profit status they never
pay taxes that money needs to stay in this
community i was able to negotiate with the state
attorney general to set up a health trust with a corpus of twenty million dollars and we negotiated it so that this money
would be used to help farmworkers and farmworker children in the Pajaro Vally for health care as we sit today the Salute battle la gente the medical clinic is a twenty million dollar operation so those are huge projects that would not
have been possible if i hadn’t been able to go to this
university at the time that i left Saute they were delivering thirty babies a
month Thats a lot of babies theres big problems in
south county thats disproportionate healthcare problems high poverty overcrowding but these are the type of projects that
this university has helped me create because of the type of values that this university engenders at the time that all this is going on and this was really important at the time this is going on there are a lot of political changes in
south county a year before i graduated from
UCSC there was a voting rights act case that was brought In Watsonville for a hundred years no Latino had ever
been elected to city council hundred years even though at the time the majority the population was latino i’m happy that I have seated at my
table first latina mayor in the history of Watsonville Ana Ventura Phares a daughter of a farmworker and sitting next to her is her sister
another daughter of a farmworker who is a physician Ana is also a lawyer and sandwiched in between them is a
UCSC student Lillian Garcia who hopes to one day become a lawyer and now has on each side of her someone that she can look took to Lillian but what i want to make here too is that you have to give children a chance to
succeed my entire work has been focused on
making sure that children have access to health care because if they have half a chance
during their formative years they can become doctors and lawyers just like the people sitting at that table one of the things that will happen if
you don’t give them access to health care and they don’t get an education world-class education like UCSC is they’re gonna end up on the wrong place
in as a lawyer about the courthouse every
every week and I see what happens to those
individuals who don’t get an education they’re wearing orange jumpsuit or they’ve got their sunday best on while
their whole families in the hallway waiting to get sentenced it’s a choice between incarceration or education one offers salvation the other doesn’t so I want to close by sharing with you a quote
that i learned while i was here it’s really characterized my work in this community because i’ve always stress to my
daughters that you know find something to do thats greater than yourself give back to
your community because an individual has not begun
live until he can rise above the narrow
horizons of this particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity every person must decide at some point whether they will walk in the light of
creative altruism were in the darkness of destructive
selfishness this is the judgment life’s most persistent an urgent question
is what do you do for others this university taught me to answer that
question in a substantive way doing things that have a material and profound effect on people’s lives and i want to take this university
for giving me that opportunity. Thank you thank you Edison and thanks everyone for being
here tonight and it’s really a m reminder to us about the transformative power of
education by the way if you want to see my evaluations just call me and Ill show them to you its really fine. we can talk about the
difference between what excellent and very good means because apparently it didn’t make a difference in graduate school so on top of the money that was
raised with all of you attending tonight we’ve almost raised ten thousand
additional dollars from all of you here tonight so congratulations on that let’s
see if we can put ourselves over that top there are still some student takers that are around the room and we can waive and there will be stations set up when you go out the door here
so thank you all for coming tonight please do drive safely and thank you for supporting UC Santa
Cruz as which we can all agree is a big part of our community