On The Mark: AD Report






June 28, 2013
A few quick THANK YOUs for this months report. THANK YOU to the 900 Gaucho Fund donors who, in 2012-13, helped us raise almost $1.3 million for athletics, including a record number 90 at the Living Scholar level of giving which pairs student-athletes and donors. The fiscal 2013 effort ranks second only to the 2006-07 year when $2.1 million was raised, highlighted by a single $1-million gift.

April 12, 2013
Here's an advance version of On the Mark, ahead of my annual "State of the Gauchos" on Talk'N Gauchos next Tuesday, as well as gearing for our campus to host its annual All Gaucho Reunion weekend April 26-28.

February , 2013
During our celebration of the Thunderdome's 35-year history we refer to our storied women's volleyball program as a "Pioneer Program.” Even before Title IX enabled more women to compete and become supported and appreciated in a deserving manner, we had coaches and ladies who competed for the University before 1973. They were true pioneers. What they set the stage for was an incredible run by Kathy Gregory who led our Gauchos for 38 years.

December 3, 2012
We receive many gifts supporting student-athletes at UC Santa Barbara this time of year. It’s the university's busiest gift season. Athletics and our partners in university development stand ready to assist.

September 17, 2012
As we embark on this upcoming year I wanted to send you this note. It's been four years since we launched our “Dare to Be Great” strategic plan which focuses on increasing fundraising to support our programs and student-athletes, solidifying traditions, achieving new levels in academic success and reaching out to our campus and community like never before.  I'm happy to report it's been a huge success.

July 12, 2012
The 2011-12 year featured an array of on-the-field achievements, highlighted by impressive head coaching debuts from Baseball’s Andrew Checketts and Women’s Basketball’s Carlene Mitchell, first round MLS draft picks in Luis Silva and Sam Garza, and Barbara Nwaba’s exploits at the NCAA Championships. The Gauchos also led the NCAA in Men’s soccer attendance for the fifth straight year and raised the student-athlete graduation rate to 85%, second in the UC system.
April 19, 2012
For UCSB Athletics, the All-Gaucho Reunion Weekend featured the induction of the 2012 Hall of Fame class- the women’s tennis doubles team of Amelia White and Kelly Spencer, men’s volleyball star Mike Gorman, standout wide receiver Amahl Thomas, former women’s basketball coach Mark French, and former baseball coach Al Ferrer. In addition, UCSB Athletics launched “Gauchos in Thirty,” a weekly look into UCSB Athletics broadcasted locally on KEYT.
December 12, 2011
The Gauchos and the Big West Conference were proud to announce the additions of Hawai’i and San Diego State to the conference, as well as moving the basketball championships to the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. At home, we undertook significant facilities upgrades and campaigns aimed to improve the fan experience at Harder Stadium, Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, and the Thunderdome.

July 11, 2011
Despite a state-wide budget crisis, UCSB Athletics thrived due to a record number of gifts and donations. A run to the NCAA Championship by the Men’s Volleyball team highlighted a successful 2011-2012 year in Gaucho sports. DARE Magazine was launched to give donors and fans yet another way to get more of the UCSB sports they love.
February 25, 2011
The UCSB Men’s Basketball team generated campus-wide excitement by reaching their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. The UCSB campus was a source of nationwide attention after hosting the 2010 College Cup at Harder Field.