"It was a time of transition and a lot of fun," says Junemarie Davidson Reynolds, 1949 student body vice president. "The little Riviera campus was crowded with servicemen. Housing and parking were difficult to find, but we were all so relieved that World War II was over. We were getting on with the job of gaining an education. Can't say we were too concerned with the world, more concerned with our own activities."
"We put a little notice in the newspaper and held the first reunion at the El Encanto Hotel," says Paula Stansbury, chair and co-founder of the Riviera Reunions along with her late husband Robert. "My goodness, we had a line about a block long to get in. We all had a great time and took pictures in front of the old campus. It was a quiet beginning, but every year it gets better and betternobody ever wants to go home."
A program at 5 p.m. will honor both classes. A social hour will precede and a barbecue dinner will follow the program. The reunions are for everyone who attended or taught on the Riviera campus of Santa Barbara State College and UCSBC, antecedents of UCSB. For information, call the UCSB Alumni Office, 893-2957.