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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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Kick Off the Year With These Events

Add in a little fun to the beginning of the school year by checking out some of the welcome events being hosted around campus. Here are a few highlights from the "Week of Welcome" event schedule that graduate students might particularly enjoy! 


Women's Center: Discovery Days Ice Cream Social
1-3 p.m.
Women's Center, First Floor of Student Resource Building

The Women’s Center invites you to stop by for free ice cream and other frozen treats while you check out all of the wonderful resources the space has to offer!

MultiCultural Center (MCC) Kickoff: La Misa Negra
7:30-9 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Courtyard

Kick off with this year’s MCC event calendar with a free concert featuring La Misa Negra! La Misa Negra is a 9-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high energy Afro-Colombian dance music.

Swing and Ballroom Dance Club: Discovery Days Swing Dance
8-10 p.m.
Robertson Gym, Room 2320 (upstairs)

This event is free for everyone! They will start with a basic swing dance lesson from 8-9 p.m., followed by the Swing Dance from 9-10 p.m. They will be providing DJ Swing Music for your dancing pleasure, and light refreshments for your eating pleasure. Everyone is invited, no dance partners are needed. “First timers” are especially welcome.


On-Campus Job & Internship Fair
9 a.m.-noon
Santa Rosa and De La Guerra Commons Lawn

The On-Campus Job and Internship Fair hosts a variety of on-campus departments who have part-time, work study, internship and research positions open throughout the year. Co-hosted by UCSB Career Services and Residential Life, this event is open to all students.


Fun Fitness Festival
1-5 p.m.
UCSB Recreation Center

Show up in your best work out gear and learn about the various Intramurals, Sport Clubs, Adventure Programs, and fitness classes that the Recreation Department have to offer! There will also be performances by student groups, sponsor tables, fun games and prizes, music, and much more! See event flyer.

Into the Night Dance Party and Drag Show
9 p.m.-midnight
Student Resource Building, Room 3112

Annual welcome (back) event for all UCSB students featuring music, food, and entertainment. Hosted by the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. See event flyer.


LGBTQ Graduate Student Mixer
5-6:30 p.m.
San Clemente

Hosted by the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and Graduate Students Association. RSVP to Alex Kulick. See event flier.


Welcome Fair and Emergency Preparedness Event
10 a.m.-noon

Storke Community Center

Save the date for this event that's both fun and informative for all residents! Free lunch, giveaways, firetruck and patrol car for the kids, demonstrations for adults, and so much more!


Affordable Fall Events Near Campus for Student Families

Photo courtesy of Lane FarmsWith the start of the quarter, graduate students can look forward to some wonderful local fall events. This month, try visiting the Lemon Festival, Pumpkin Patch, or Depot Day.

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch

Be a part of this fall holiday tradition. The pumpkin patch offers hayrides, farm animals, tractors, scarecrows, a corn maze and educational displays. Kids will love the loads of pumpkins, from extra small to extra large, in every shape.

When: Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Halloween: until 5 p.m.

Where: Lane Farms, 308 S. Walnut Lane, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

The 24th Annual California Lemon Festival

Celebrate modern Goleta at the local Lemon Fest, less than a mile from campus. The Lemon Fest features music, carnival rides, pie eating, and more.

When: Sept. 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta

Cost: Free

33rd Annual Depot Day Celebration

Depot Day is held each fall to commemorate and celebrate the preservation of Goleta Depot. The event will feature live music, a silent auction, and food.

When: Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta (next to the Stow House)

Cost: Free admission for children under 34 inches; $1 donation is requested for others. Unlimited train rides for $3


Get Farm Fresh with the Farmers Market Summer Schedule

Photo courtesy of sbfarmersmarket.orgLooking to get your farm fresh food on? Check out the summer schedule for the Farmers Markets in Santa Barbara and the local region.

If you want more information about the Farmers Markets, check out the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market website.

Farmers Market Schedule (times for summer only)

Tuesday: 4-7:30 p.m.

Downtown Santa Barbara between the 500 and 600 blocks of State Street

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

UCSB Campus: between North and Campbell Halls

Thursday: 3-6:30 p.m.

Goleta: on the corner of Storke and Hollister; 7004 Marketplace Dr., inside the Camino Real Shopping Center

Friday: 8-11:15 a.m.

Montecito: Between the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Coast Village Road

Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Downtown Santa Barbara: On the corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets

Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Goleta: On the corner of Storke and Hollister; 7004 Marketplace Dr., inside the Camino Real Shopping Center


Free Summer Concert Series at Chase Palm Park

Find out what brings up to 5,000 people to downtown Santa Barbara's Chase Palm Park on Thursday nights during the summer! Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy free Concerts in the Park right across from the ocean.

Photo courtesy of Concerts in the Park2015 Concerts in the Park Lineup

July 9: Lost Dog Found
Roots Swing

July 16: Captain Cardiac & The Coronaries
'50s and '60s Rock 'n' Roll

July 23: Rainbow Girls
Americana, Soul, Rock

July 30: Fortunate Son  
A Tribute to John Fogerty
& Creedence Clearwater Revival

Time: 6-8:30 p.m. 

Location: Cabrillo Boulevard along the Santa Barbara waterfront.

Details: Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. You can stake out spots with chairs and other items anytime after noon on the day of event. Dogs on leash are allowed. 

Cost: Free.


Get in Shape this Summer with a Recreation Center Summer Pass

Exercise bikeCredit: openclipart.comSearching for your summer body? It might just be hiding at the UCSB Recreation Center.

If you're taking summer classes, you can find that body at no extra cost. Otherwise, you will have to buy an inexpensive summer pass to find your form. Please note, you will have to provide proof of spring and fall enrollment before purchasing.

For more information and summer hours, read the Summer 2015 guide.

UCSB Student Summer Membership Passes

$60: June 15 to Sept. 13 

$30: Aug. 4 to Sept. 13 


Enjoy the Sweetness of Summer at the Stow House Free Music Series

Summer music concert in the gardens. Photo courtesy of Stow House

Looking to save money and have a great time seeing live music? Then summer evenings in the Stow House gardens may be your ticket. Bring a picnic and enjoy dinner while you listen to some of the best acts in the Santa Barbara area. A new band takes the stage each week, featuring salsa, rock, blues cover bands, and more.

Wine and beverages will be available for purchase and Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck will be on site. The Stow House is conveniently located up Los Carneros Road, just five minutes from campus. The event is great for all ages, including kids!

Live Music in the Gardens

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., six consecutive Tuesdays (July 14-August 18).

Where: Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-681-7216.

Full line-up details here.

Library Survey for NEW Grad Student Study Room Could Change Your Life

Did you know the Davidson Library renovation and expansion includes a project with dedicated space for graduate students?

The library is currently seeking input from graduate students like yourself about how they can best meet our needs for the new Graduate Student Study Room.

If you want your voice heard, please take the time to complete a very brief survey so the library can plan a space that will serve us well.

If you're interested in offering more detailed feedback, please include your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey. You may be contacted about setting up a focus group.

Davidson Library renovationYour study room will be in this building. Image courtesy of the Davidson Library


GradPost Peers Say Farewell to Arts & Lectures Karna Hughes

The GradPost said farewell and thanks to UCSB Arts & Lectures publicist Karna Hughes at the Roy Restaurant on Thursday, March 12.

She brought the life to our Life section. Thanks to her, we and other grad students were able to experience concerts like the Avett Brothers, film festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and comedians like W. Kamau Bell.

Karna Hughes will be moving on to her new position as Director of Communications at Visit Santa Barbara.

We wish you the best of luck in your new position.

Karna Hughes and Funding Peer Kyle Crocco at the Roy restaurant on March 12.



Grad Student Participants Sought for 'Life after Graduation' Program

The Faculty in Residence program at UCSB's Manzanita Village and San Rafael residence halls invites graduate students to share their experiences with undergraduate students who are interested in graduate school. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the grad school application process.

The "Life after Graduation" program will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Loma Pelona Center (LPC). Graduate student guests will be invited to dinner at the Carrillo Dining Commons and then join the discussion at the LPC.

Graduate students who are interested in participating should email the program.  


Applications Now Open for UCSB Grad Student Housing

The application process for continuing students for the San Clemente Villages apartments is now open. (Check out the brochure here.) These apartments are available to all single continuing graduate students. (Students with families should submit an application for Family Student Housing.) The complex offers 2 and 4-bedroom apartments with each bedroom occupied by one person (single occupancy).

2 and 4 bedroom apartments with each bedroom occupied by one person (single occupancy.) First come-first serve availability for the room type of your preference. - See more at:

To find out more and to fill out an application, click here. For more information on campus housing options for grad students, click here.