|Chancellor's Welcome Message to Students|
On behalf of our UC Santa Barbara community, I am so pleased to welcome you to the 2014-15 academic year. We are happy to have you with us on campus, and we appreciate all the intellectual and creative vitality you bring with you.
As students, you are a most important part of our community of scholars, and we value your contributions and participation. You are our partners in advancing UC Santa Barbara’s stature as one of the world’s pre-eminent research universities. Just this month, our campus was ranked among the top ten public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Five of our faculty members have won Nobel Prizes in recent years, and in 2009, a UCSB alumna was added to the distinguished roster of Nobel laureates.
As our returning students already know, learning at UC Santa Barbara extends far beyond our classrooms, laboratories, and libraries. We also learn a great deal from each other. We encourage you, our students — and all members of our academic community — to be full participants in the free and open exchange of ideas and viewpoints that characterizes our university. We commit ourselves to upholding the values we cherish as an academic institution, and to fostering an atmosphere that is respectful, supportive, and welcoming to all. The diversity of our backgrounds, talents, and perspectives will continue to enrich us all as we live and learn together.
There are countless ways for you to get involved and make connections with each other, such as through research and creative projects, student government, campus organizations, intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports, volunteer work in our community, and much more. I encourage you to take advantage of all that UC Santa Barbara has to offer during your time here.
As our campus is closely connected with our surrounding neighborhoods, I also encourage you to engage with our community as good neighbors and good stewards.
My wife, Dilling, and I look forward to seeing you on campus. We are glad to have you as part of our UC Santa Barbara family.
Henry T. Yang