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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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What's Happening at UCSB and in Santa Barbara

Guy with bullhornCredit: openclipart.comLooking for something to do in Santa Barbara? There are many sites that can fill you in on what's happening here on campus, downtown and in the region.

Be in the know. Bookmark these sites and always have something to do.

Santa Barbara Events

Big City Buzz (Santa Barbara News-Press): Events listed by venue and county.

Downtown Santa Barbara: Get the low down on what's happening downtown.

Event Calendar ( Daily events, plus links to calendars around town, like Santa Barbara Bowl and Chumash Casino.

Local Event Guide (Santa Barbara Independent): Events everywhere, big and small.

Santa Barbara Events Calendar ( Santa Barbara Events and Festivals.

Upcoming Local Events ( An easy listing of local events.

UCSB Events

Highlighted Events (UCSB Current): The best of what's going on at UCSB.

UCSB Events and Tickets: The rest of what's going on at UCSB.


Get in the Swim of Things with a Campus Pool Swim Card

Credit: openclipart.comIf you're looking to get fit this summer, but don't want to buy the Recreation Center summer pass, then try out the 20-swim punch card. The card will grant you access to the Rec Cen and Campus pools during specified hours. You can also participate in Fitness Swim.

Cost: $40 for a 20-swim punch card

Purchase: Rec Cen Cashier's Office or at the Campus Pool (Checks only – no cash is accepted at the Campus Pool).

This is a great opportunity to work out or just relax in the water; kick boards and pull buoys are available. 

Fitness Swim Hours

  • Rec Cen Pools: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Campus Pool: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Not available on weekends or campus holidays. 


Free Summer Concert Series at Chase Palm Park

Find out what brings up to 5,000 people to downtown Santa Barbara's Chase Palm Park on Thursday nights during the summer! Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy free Concerts in the Park right across from the ocean.

Photo courtesy of Concerts in the Park2015 Concerts in the Park Lineup

July 9: Lost Dog Found
Roots Swing

July 16: Captain Cardiac & The Coronaries
'50s and '60s Rock 'n' Roll

July 23: Rainbow Girls
Americana, Soul, Rock

July 30: Fortunate Son  
A Tribute to John Fogerty
& Creedence Clearwater Revival

Time: 6-8:30 p.m. 

Location: Cabrillo Boulevard along the Santa Barbara waterfront.

Details: Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. You can stake out spots with chairs and other items anytime after noon on the day of event. Dogs on leash are allowed. 

Cost: Free.


Get in Shape this Summer with a Recreation Center Summer Pass

Exercise bikeCredit: openclipart.comSearching for your summer body? It might just be hiding at the UCSB Recreation Center.

If you're taking summer classes, you can find that body at no extra cost. Otherwise, you will have to buy an inexpensive summer pass to find your form. Please note, you will have to provide proof of spring and fall enrollment before purchasing.

For more information and summer hours, read the Summer 2015 guide.

UCSB Student Summer Membership Passes

$60: June 15 to Sept. 13 

$30: Aug. 4 to Sept. 13 


Find Your Favorite Food Truck

Burger Bus logo

Looking for a good food truck on a hungry night? Some food trucks are easy to score with their open advertising, while others operate like ninjas: you’ll never know when or where they'll strike. 

Below is a short list of food trucks operating in the Santa Barbara area, their menus, and some helpful links for locating them...maybe.

Food Trucks

B and D's Curbside Grill (farm-to-fresh menu items)

California Wood-Fired Catering (pizza) 

Burger Bus (burgers) 

Dave’s Dogs (hot dogs) 

Georgia LogoGeorgia’s Smokehouse (southern smokehouse barbecue) 

Kona Ice of Santa Barbara (snow cones)

Nimita’s Cuisine (vegetarian, Indian: Ayurvedic) 

Sugar and Salt Creamery logoSugar and Salt Creamery (ice cream) 

Tiki Taco (exotic fusion cuisine) 

Tacos Pipeye (tacos)

  • Location: Usually found at Big Brand Tire parking lot on Cota & Milpas

General Location Advice

Some of these sites might be useful in locating a food truck.

Food Trucks In 

Heat Culinary

Roaming Hunger 


New 24/7 Health Phone Services for UCSB Students

Worried that you may have strep throat? Need some counseling after a difficult day of work? Graduate students can now take advantage of some incredible health resources available. Student Health will offer 24/7 phone service to enable students to speak with registered nurses about any concerns or questions needing medical attention.

Students can access the nurses by calling 800-539-1387. This number will also be on the back of all new GHI (Gaucho Health Insurance) student I.D. cards starting this Fall. 

UCSB now has three different after-hours phone lines that students can use to access professional help 24 hours daily.

SHS (Student Health Service) 24-hour nurse line: 800-539-1387

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) 24/7 Counseling: 805-893-4411

CARE Confidential Advocacy for Sexual & Domestic Violence: 805-893-4613

The service is generously funded by Aetna, but is not limited and is open to any UCSB student who calls, regardless of whether they are insured by Aetna through GHI. 


Enjoy the Sweetness of Summer at the Stow House Free Music Series

Summer music concert in the gardens. Photo courtesy of Stow House

Looking to save money and have a great time seeing live music? Then summer evenings in the Stow House gardens may be your ticket. Bring a picnic and enjoy dinner while you listen to some of the best acts in the Santa Barbara area. A new band takes the stage each week, featuring salsa, rock, blues cover bands, and more.

Wine and beverages will be available for purchase and Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck will be on site. The Stow House is conveniently located up Los Carneros Road, just five minutes from campus. The event is great for all ages, including kids!

Live Music in the Gardens

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., six consecutive Tuesdays (July 14-August 18).

Where: Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-681-7216.

Full line-up details here.

Pay Less for Movies and Theme Parks with UCSB Discounts

If you're planning on visiting a theme park or seeing a movie at one of the various Metropolitan Theatres in the area this summer, pay less by paying a visit to the A.S. Cashiers and Ticket Office and getting some good discounts.

You can save on movie tickets: $6 for movies before 6 p.m. or $8 movies for anytime (not including any 3D surcharge).

Or you can save on child and adult fares to these theme parksDisneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Universal Studios.

See the flier below for prices and discounts currently on offer.

Discount Tickets

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: A.S. Cashiers and Ticket Office, across from Corwin Pavilion

Phone: 805-893-2064

Discounts Flier



Top Five Beaches in the Santa Barbara Area

One Thousand Steps BeachOne Thousand Steps Beach. Photo courtesy of tripadvisor.comWant to get your beach on this summer? Test the waters of some of the best beaches in the Santa Barbara area (according to Yelp). Some of these sand sanctuaries are off the beaten track but are well worth exploring.

Top Five Beaches

Butterfly Beach (Catch a sunset here as it is one of the few west-facing beaches in the area)

East Beach (Located near downtown Santa Barbara; fun for the whole family)

Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach; secluded, with many amenities, but limited parking)

Mesa Lane Stairway Beach (popular with surfers and locals)

One Thousand Steps Beach (lots of steps and intriguing tide pools at low tide)


Consider Kyle's Kitchen for Great Food at Good Prices 

Kyle's Kitchen LogoLooking for some delicious food at good prices in Goleta? If the long line at lunch on a Monday was any indication, Kyle's Kitchen is a great place to eat.

Kyle's Kitchen offers burgers and salads starting at $5. You can also try the $9 pair menu and choose any of these two items: burger, small salad, bowl of soup, or fries and a beverage. Have kids? The kids menu is $5. Want to know more? Check out their online menu for more details or download it here.

The restaurant concept was inspired by Kyle, a special needs student at Mountain View school whose favorite foods are burgers and salads.

Kyle's Kitchen

Location: 5723 Calle Real, near the Goleta Trader Joe's.

Hours: Daily, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.