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Upcoming Special Events

        All Chapter membership in person activities has been suspended until further notice.
        Our scholarship committee has met and selected four new recipients for the  2020-2021 school year. 

    The San Jose State University Alumni Association, Santa Cruz Area Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.  They are:

    Noely Escalante-Lopez - Soquel High School.  Major:  Pre-Nursing
    Alejandra Paloma-Espiritu - Watsonville High School.  Major:  Political Science
    Miguel Iriguez Franco - Harbor High School.  Major:  Mechanical Engineering
    Elisa Orozco - Cabrillo College.  Major:  Psychology

    Each of these students exhibited outstanding academic records, exceptional community and school contributions and leadership, and the determination to overcome hardships and excel in their professional goals.  We are proud to be able to support these new Spartans!

    The SJSU Alumni Association, Santa Cruz Chapter provides $20,000 annually in  scholarships to Santa Cruz County students who are attending San Jose State University.  Our scholarships are renewable and we are currently supporting 16 renewing students as well as our four new awardees.  Funds for our scholarships are provided by private donations and by support of our annual luncheon and auction in December.  Every year we find many more students who are deserving of our support who we cannot support because of lack of funds.  We encourage scholarship donations to:  SJSU Alumni, Santa Cruz Area Chapter, P.O. Box 2037, Aptos, CA  95001.

    For questions about the scholarship fund and how you may contribute time and/or money, please contact Donna Ziel, Chair of the Scholarship Committee at zield43@yahoo.com.  For further information, please visit our website:  sjsualumnisantacruz.org.  

  • Annual Holiday Party and Scholarship Fundraiser is scheduled for a luncheon on Sunday, December 6th.  It will again be held at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz.

       We plan to reschedule the City of Santa Cruz Recycling Center.

        Our annual members BBQ and meet our scholarship recipients will be rescheduled to June 2021.

Watch for future information on possible tours of  Moss Landing Marine Labs, Doc Rickett's Lab and a guided tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium .  Other potential events include a Wine tasting event with the Santa Clara Valley Alumni Chapter  and a BBQ/music night.

Recent Events

SJSU Alumni Night at the Santa Cruz Warriors, Saturday, February 29th
On Saturday night, February 29th we co-hosted a SJSU Alumni Night with the Santa Cruz Warriors.  It was a fun night at the arena.  Part of the ticket purchase has gone to our scholarship program.

Annual Holiday Party and Scholarship Fundraiser, December 8th:
This year's annual Holiday Party and Scholarship Fundraiser was a huge success.  Nine of our scholarship recipients attended.  See the list of donors and sponsors on this website.

Private Elkhorn Slough Boat Safari, November 11th:
Chapter members and their family and friends filled a private charter on the Elkhorn Slough Safari.  We enjoyed a private guided tour with biologist on the Elkhorn Slough. It was a beautiful day and was  one of the best times to see juvenile sea otters and seals as well as enjoy the Fall bird migration at the slough.  

SJSU Main Campus Tour:  Tuesday, October 8th
Members received a private tour of the new campus Student Recreation and Aquatics Center.      The new Student Recreation and Aquatic Center  (SRAC) opened on the main campus in April.    The recreation center and aquatic center,  includes two pools, workout facilities, climbing wall, and an inside running track and  is open to alumni  discount memberships and  the general public memberships.  Following the tour, members present had  a no host lunch at the new SJSU Student Union and then visited other campus sites.  

     Scholarship Check presented to SJSU Marching Band.  On Sunday July 28th, Chapter President Carolyn Lewis and Treasurer Katie Hill presented a $1,000 scholarship check to the SJSU Marching Band Director and members of the SJSU Pep Band.  The Pep Band was performing in front of the Simpkin's Office during the Wharf to Wharf Race.

       Day at the Farm Tour and Lunch was held on Thursday,June 13th.  Twelve members attended a guided tour of the Santa Cruz County Agricultural History Project and Museum on .  The Ag History Project is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.  Discover the rich agricultural history of the Central Coast through the exhibits of farm and agricultural equipment on display in the barns and artifacts used in crop and livestock production in the Codiga Center and Museum.  The tour included a delicious lunch.

        Our annual Member's BBQ and meet our Scholarship recipients was held on Saturday, June 1st at The Forty Thieves                  Group BBQ Area, Washington Grove, DeLeVeaga Park, Santa Cruz.  Over forty-five were in attendance including five  of  our scholarship recipients who provided us with background information and their experiences at San Jose State University.

Annual Holiday Party and Scholarship Fundraiser:   On December 5, the Santa Cruz chapter of the San Jose State University Alumni Association held its annual Holiday Party and Scholarship Fundraiser.  Our silent auction was a success and raised several thousand dollars for our scholarship programs.

SJSU Alumni Night at Santa Cruz Warriors.   San Jose State Alumni watched the Santa Cruz Warriors beat the Salt Lake City Stars on Friday night, January 18th.  A good time was had by all.

Chapter Board Meetings
Chapter board meetings are open to all members.  They are held on the third Wednesday of the month from 10:00am to noon.  Location: The clubhouse of Villa Santa Cruz Mobile Home Park off of Felt Street.

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