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UCSB Embraces New Students
UCSB's reintroduction of its New Student Convocation apparently is taking root as an estimated 4,500 students, and a few parents, last week joined 65 faculty and administrators in full regalia for the ceremonial welcome to the university community.
Chancellor Henry T. Yang asked for a minute of silence in memory of all the victims of the terrorist attacks that shocked the nation.
The students were told their UCSB education would be "an incredible ride" by master of ceremonies Aaron Ettenberg, acting provost of the College of Letters and Science and professor of psychology. But the faculty would not hand it to them; students were expected to disagree on occasion and to participate in all aspects of campus life, he said.
Representing the faculty to the new students at the second annual convocation was Edwina Barvosa-Carter, assistant professor of Chicano studies, who spoke proudly of her colleagues' "tremendous abilities" and the opportunities such intellectual resources presented. She also told the audience "we are people, too," and related some of her own background: She is the daughter of an immigrant father who never lost his thirst for knowledge despite being forced, she said, by racism and poverty to leave formal schooling after fifth grade.
Barvosa-Carter, who is the first in her family to earn a college degree, recalled marveling at her father discussing the cultural practices of an ancient city in western China with her husband. That is the kind of passion for learning she said she hoped her listeners would carry with them after graduating from UCSB. Then the college professor introduced her father and mother to the audience.
Following Barvosa-Carter to the podium, keynote speaker Bertice Berry wondered aloud if the Barvosa family might like to join her classes at Kent State University in Ohio.
The morning segment of the convocation, which took place on the Faculty Club Green, had a backdrop of music and dance from the Middle Eastern Ensemble and a breakfast of muffins, fruit, and orange juice. In the afternoon, 49 small-group discussions with faculty and staff co-leaders were held in all residence halls and university-affiliated housing, said Debbie Fleming, associate dean of students and the convocation's chief organizer.