Parent Newsletter

KCSB Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Service to the Community

KCSB, serving the university and surrounding communities, is the only non-commercial radio station in Santa Barbara. In addition to broadcasting independent music of all varieties, news, and university sports coverage, the station serves as an important public affairs outlet. This role was especially critical during recent fires that struck our community—the Zaca Fire, the Gap Fire, and the Tea Fire.

During all three fires, KCSB volunteers carried three or more reports an hour, including reports on evacuation, during the height of the crisis. Career staff and students spent many extra hours at the station to ensure that announcements were up-to-date and regularly made. Ten- and twelve-hour days were not unusual. The news director and station advisor (to a lesser degree) gathered information from the city and county and attended press conferences. That information was relayed to programmers who are all student volunteers. During the Gap Fire, KCSB’s coverage was particularly important because of the power outages that interrupted both television and Internet reception. The chief engineer and his student assistant arranged emergency power and kept KCSB on the air even when university power failed—especially important since KCSB is the only local radio station that is not automated at least part of the day.

During most of the Gap Fire and part of the Tea Fire, Santa Barbara County and City officials were not providing Spanish translations of critical information. To fill this need, bilingual students and the executive director of Associated Students translated information into Spanish. Later when Spanish press releases were available, programmers regularly read the Spanish versions over the air along with the English versions. As a consequence of the Gap Fire, KCSB formed a partnership with the Santa Barbara Independent, a weekly news magazine. Their reporters called KCSB programmers or were called by them to give frequent reports from the field. This exchange allowed the Independent reporters to get their news out and allowed KCSB to give broader coverage than its small staff could manage. When the Tea Fire broke out, the Independent lost power. Several of its reporters and its editor-in-chief came to KCSB to report and post stories on the Web. That experience served to strengthen the relationship.

The Tea Fire occurred on the second day of KCSB’s annual on-air fundraiser. Regular programming was scrapped in order to keep up-to-the-minute reports available to listeners late into the night. The following morning, staff met with the student governing group, the Executive Committee, to discuss what should be done about the fund drive. After very little discussion, everyone agreed that it should be suspended indefinitely. This was a big decision as the station normally raises between $25,000 and $30,000 from listeners during a ten day period, and it also represents months of preparation by students and staff. The Executive Committee also decided to resume the fundraiser in February.

Since the fires, KCSB staff members have met with city and county emergency representatives to debrief about communications problems. Despite relatively limited resources, KCSB often provided accurate information ahead of local officials. That is substantially a consequence of UCSB students recognizing the seriousness of the situations and acting out of a civic responsibility to provide information to the community. In December the Executive Committee decided to do a direct-mail fundraising campaign. One element of that decision was the intention to donate twenty-five percent of all funds raised to Carla and Lance Hoffman, a couple who were severely burned during the Tea Fire. Through this direct-mail campaign as well as the rescheduled on-air drives, approximately $22,000 was raised, allowing at least $5,000 to go to Carla and Lance. Also, the county is providing the station with a $12,000 piece of satellite equipment to allow the station to receive and disseminate information in even the most serious local crises. At a time when optimistic news is in short supply, it is important to recognize UCSB students who’ve acted proactively and selflessly to contribute to their community during difficult times.

FAQs: Financial Aid Information

If a student has not yet applied for financial aid for the 2009-2010 academic year, is it too late?

No, although the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority filing deadline for 2009-2010 financial aid was March 2, 2009, students can still apply for financial aid for the 2009-2010 academic year to be considered for the Pell Grant, Direct Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). The FAFSA application is available on the internet at UCSB’s school code number is 001320.

If a student has already applied for financial aid for 2009-2010, when will he or she receive an offer of financial aid?

If additional documentation is required to verify the accuracy of the FAFSA information, the student will be sent an e-mail in April or May with instructions on how to check his or her “Aid Status” on the Financial Aid Office Web site ( When all documents requested are received, these will be reviewed and an offer of financial aid will be created. At that point another e-mail will be sent to the student directing him or her to view the Financial Aid Award Letter on the Web site.

What scholarships are available?

UCSB awards its limited allocation of scholarship aid primarily to continuing UCSB students who filed the FAFSA by the March 2, 2009, priority deadline and who meet the dual criteria of financial need and academic merit. Additionally, there are links to free scholarship search engines on the scholarship section of the Financial Aid Office Web site.

How does a student receive financial aid?

Most of the types of aid that a student has accepted will be credited to the student’s account with the UCSB Billing Office (BARC). If the aid placed on the student’s BARC account does not cover all of the institutional charges, he or she will be expected to pay the difference by the fall quarter fee deadline of September 15, 2009.

What is the PLUS Loan?

Parents may borrow a PLUS Loan on behalf of their dependent undergraduate student to help fund educational expenses. A PLUS Loan may be a type of loan offered on the student’s Financial Aid Award Letter. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9%. Repayment begins 60 days after the last disbursement of the loan. Parent PLUS loan borrowers may choose to have repayment deferred while the student is enrolled and for an additional six months after the student is no longer enrolled. Interest that accrues during these periods will be capitalized if not paid by the borrower. All PLUS Loan applicants must pass a credit check to have their loan approved.

Is financial aid available for Summer Session 2009?

Summer Session financial aid (grants and loans) will be available only to eligible incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing UCSB undergraduate students who are in academic good standing and who have a complete 2008-2009 FAFSA on file with the UCSB Financial Aid Office. To apply, a student must submit a Summer Session 2009 Financial Aid Application (which will be available on the Financial Aid Office Web site on April 15, 2009). The priority filing deadline for the Summer Session 2009 Financial Aid Application is May 30, 2009.

Parent Support—Making a Difference

Parent support comes in so many forms—a gift package in the mail, a phone call or text message at just the right time, the ability to give advice when sought and to listen when needed.

But parents also are supporting their students through gifts made to the Division of Student Affairs. This year, many parents are giving in response to some important milestones that UCSB is celebrating. For example, this is the 20th anniversary of UCSB’s MultiCultural Center. For more than two decades the MultiCultural Center (MCC) has presented cutting-edge programs such as the Race Matters series, fostered diversity of expression through its Cup of Culture lectures and art exhibits, and provided a public forum and safe space for students advocating for social change. Parent gifts to the MCC will help to ensure its continued vibrance in the campus community.

Also, UCSB is celebrating its largest ever entering classes of African American and Latino students. Currently, 42% of undergraduates are students of color—this milestone is evidence of UCSB’s commitment to enrolling the most academically excellent and richly diverse student body possible. Parents can help us celebrate this achievement with a gift to our Admissions and Outreach Office or to our Educational Opportunity Program, which provides guidance and support to low-income and first-generation college students.

And as is always the case, many parents like to support Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) because it is crucial to their student’s academic success. Through CLAS, more than 8,000 students a year have access to no-cost group tutoring, academic skills workshops, writing assistance, drop-in centers, exam preparation, and review sessions.

Finally, as more and more families face financial difficulties, UCSB students are in need of scholarships and emergency loans. A gift to financial aid/scholarships gives UCSB maximum flexibility in providing a need-based scholarship for a student who otherwise might not be able to attend college. And a gift to the Umfundi Endowment’s emergency loan fund provides small, but critical, loans to students who need assistance with the basics—making the month’s rent, buying food, repairing their car so that they can get to work, or getting medical attention.

These are just a few of the giving opportunities within the Division of Student Affairs. To learn more and to make a gift, contact the Student Affairs Grants and Development Office at (805) 893-7713 and ask for either Diane Duncan, director of development, or Laurie Hoyle, executive director of grants and development. Thank you for your support!

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Services Available on Campus

On-call alcohol and drug counseling services are available on a daily basis at Student Health Service and campus-wide through the UCSB Alcohol & Drug Program. When a student comes into Student Health Service with an illness or injury that is alcohol- or drug-related or the student mentions any alcohol or drug use, an on-call alcohol and drug counselor is available to meet with the student immediately. Also, when a UCSB staff or faculty member is concerned about a student’s use, he or she can call for immediate help; and a counselor will meet with that student anywhere on campus.
If appropriate, the counselor will screen the student using a short, ten-question assessment tool and provide feedback based on the results. Research from the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence found that “drinkers receiving a brief intervention are twice as likely to reduce their drinking over six to twelve months than those who receive no intervention.” With a non-judgmental approach, counselors use the opportunity to explore with the student how alcohol or drugs are impacting his or her life. Counselors emphasize reducing risks of injury, illness, or other emergencies, and provide education and support as needed.

Referrals to appropriate services within Student Health may include individual counseling with an alcohol and drug counselor, a stress management counselor, an eating disorders counselor, a psychiatrist, or a social worker. Student Health also sponsors recovery groups (including AA), the “Kick Butt” Tobacco Cessation Program, and the Wellness Program. Referrals are also made to other on-campus services including Counseling Services, the Hosford Clinic, the Women’s Center, Disabled Students Program, college-specific academic advising, and Campus Learning Assistance Services. Often, the on-call counselor will follow up with the student by e-mail or phone to offer additional support.

If you have questions or would like more information about the UCSB Alcohol & Drug Program, please visit or call (805) 893-5013.

Insuring Continuous Health Care Coverage

If your son or daughter will be graduating from UCSB this year, the next few months will no doubt be filled with anticipation of both the opportunities and challenges of life after college. With the excitement of graduation, it may not occur to either of you to think about continuation of health insurance coverage. Each year Student Health encounters some students who have serious problems getting the health care they need because of changes in health insurance status. If your son or daughter is covered by the Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Program (USHIP), the coverage and the rules regarding use continue until September 20, 2009, (for June 2009 graduates). If your son or daughter is covered by private insurance, be sure to contact your insurance carrier for information about terms of coverage following graduation from college. While several options are available for temporary coverage post graduation, none of them allow enrollment while you are still covered by other insurance. This means that students on the USHIP plan should wait until September 18, 2009, before activating temporary insurance. No conversion plan (COBRA) is available with USHIP.

Temporary insurance to cover students in the period between the ending of university or private coverage and the beginning of coverage through employment or other means is important for two reasons. First, preexisting conditions continue to be covered only if new insurance is purchased within sixty-three days of the expiration of the previous insurance. Second, a new condition that develops while your son or daughter has no insurance may not be covered by a new insurance policy or, at best, only after a several-month waiting period.

Though it may not be as interesting as talking about other aspects of life after graduation, post-graduation health care and health insurance should be a consideration for every student who is leaving the university. Information on temporary coverage is available through UCSB’s Alumni Association at If you have questions, UCSB’s Student Health insurance advisors will be happy to assist you at (805) 893-2592.

Office of the Ombuds: Confidential Conflict Resolution

Is your student having difficulty with a professor? Is a bureaucratic process at a stand-still? Are you frustrated by not having your questions answered?

The Office of the Ombuds provides confidential and informal conflict management services to the entire UCSB community—students, staff, faculty, visitors, and parents. Assistance is provided to the campus community with informal resolution of any university-related complaint or conflict. Ombuds staff adhere to professional standards of practice to create a safe and confidential environment where members of the UCSB community can discuss interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, bureaucratic runarounds, and many other problems. Sometimes all that is needed is a place to think out loud as options are considered and before decisions are made; the Office of the Ombuds is that place.

Get in touch with the Ombuds Office as a first step or a last resort—or at any point along the way. More information is available on their Web site at Parents and students who wish to schedule an appointment, can call (805) 893-3285 or stop by the office in Girvetz Hall 1205-K.

Campus Resources Ease Stress

Ease Stress Uncertain times can contribute to escalating stress levels for both students and their families. If you find yourself dealing with repercussions from current events that will impact your son or daughter, please encourage him or her to use one of these UCSB resources.

Career Services

(805) 893-4412

  • Career and graduate school information and consultation for students and recent graduates

Coordinator of Student Mental Health

Angela Andrade, Assistant Dean of Students
(805) 893-8920

  • Point of contact for parents, students, faculty and staff who are concerned about a student who may be distressed and in need of assistance and services

Counseling Services

(805) 893-4411

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Confidential Counseling Services - Individual and Group Treatment
  • Stress Management
  • Consultation
  • After-Hours Phone Counseling Available 24/7: (805) 893-4411

Office of Student Life

Candace Stevenson, Student & Parent Liaison (805) 893-4569 or 893-4521

  • In case of illness or emergency will describe administrative options (withdrawal, course changes, etc.), and may assist with faculty notification when appropriate.

Office of Student Life

Student Health Service General Information (805) 893-5361 Appointments (805) 893-3371

  • Primary Care Medical Services
  • Urgent Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Social Work Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Program
  • Health Education - Eating Disorders, Nutrition, Stress Management, Sexual Health, and Wellness

Commencement Planning Begins Now

Schedule of Ceremonies:

  • Sunday, June 7, 2009 – 11:00 a.m. College of Creative Studies, Campbell Hall
  • All Saturday (June 13) and Sunday (June 14) ceremonies take place on the Faculty Club Green
  • Saturday, June 13 – 9:00 a.m. Science and Mathematics
  • Saturday, June 13 – 1:00 p.m. Engineering and Science
  • Saturday, June 13 – 4:00 p.m. Social Sciences I
  • Sunday, June 14 – 9:00 a.m. Social Sciences II
  • Sunday, June 14 – 1:00 p.m. Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Sunday, June 14 – 4:00 p.m. Graduate Division

Students must make a commencement reservation for an open and available ceremony in order to participate in commencement. Special note: Parents, please remind your student that declaring candidacy for an official degree and making a commencement reservation are two separate actions on the GOLD system. Please keep in mind that thousands of graduating seniors will be inviting family and friends to the commencement ceremonies. Students should limit their number of guests to a maximum of six to help maintain a high level of comfort and decorum.

For more information, call the Commencement Hotline at (805) 893-8289, send an e-mail to, or visit the Web site at For accommodations information, visit Book hotel rooms soon; space is limited!

Grad Fair 2008

A Grad Faire will be held April 29-30 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the University Center lobby. Various campus department representatives and vendors will be available to answer commencement questions. Check out the Graduate Center on the Bookstore Web site at

Grad Gift: Gaucho for Life

Need a special graduation gift idea for your son or daughter? Consider giving the gift that will last a lifetime—a life membership in the UCSB Alumni Association. Benefits include career connections, job postings, networking, Coastlines publication, travel tours, alumni directory, and locator service. More information can be found on the Alumni Association’s Web site at


The Office of Admissions received more than 54,600 applications for fall 2009 which is only slightly less than the number received last year. Of the 44,600 freshman applications, we expect to admit around 21,500 and enroll around 4,100. With receipt of over 10,000 transfer applications, we expect to admit almost 7,000 and enroll 1,700.

The third annual All Gaucho Reunion will take place on April 20-26, 2009. The reunion will begin with student-focused events, known as Gaucho Days, which will include a Senior Day, an Earth Day concert, and the Dalai Lama’s visit. The week will conclude with the Gaucho Gallop, a 10k benefit race around campus, and the Gaucho Festival, a celebration in Storke Plaza with live music, awards, and food. For complete information and to RSVP visit the Web site at

Parent’s and Family Weekend will be held November 6-8, 2009. Hundreds of students’ families will explore the campus and get a firsthand look at what life is like at UCSB. You will have the opportunity to attend classes, participate in faculty presentations, take part in campus area tours and activities, as well as meet a variety of UCSB faculty and administrators, including Chancellor Henry T. Yang and his wife Dilling Yang. A schedule of events and other information will soon be posted at For questions, send an e-mail to or call the Office of Public Events at (805) 893-7382.

Staying Connected

Campus Connection On-line

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