October 15, 2015

1962 UNITED STATES (California) - University of California, Santa Barbara

1962 University of California, Santa Barbara - Stork Tower

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public research university and one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system, located near Goleta, California, 13km from Santa Barbara. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers' college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944 and is the third-oldest general-education campus in the system. The university is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges and schools offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. Current UCSB faculty includes six Nobel Prize laureates, and 31 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

UCSB is located on cliffs directly above the Pacific Ocean. Its campus is completely autonomous from local government and has not been annexed by the city of Santa Barbara. The campus is divided into four parts: Main (East) Campus, that houses all academic units plus the majority of undergraduate housing, Storke Campus, West Campus and North Campus. Much of the campus's early architecture was designed by famed architect William Pereira and his partner Charles Luckman, and made heavy use of custom tinted and patterned concrete block. This design element was carried over into many of the school's subsequent buildings.

Storke Tower, completed in 1969, is the tallest building in Santa Barbara County (53m tall). It can be seen from most places on campus, and it overlooks Storke Plaza. It is home to a five-octave, 61-bell carillon.and the Daily Nexus (the university paper) have headquarters beneath Storke Tower. It is named for Thomas M. Storke, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and U.S. senator who resided in Santa Barbara and helped found UCSB. It has been affectionately known as "Storke's last erection" by students, reflecting both its unique profile and Thomas Storke's age at the time of its construction.

About the stamp
The stamp is a Global Forever First-Class Mail International one, about which I wrote here.

University of California, Santa Barbara - Wikipedia
Storke Tower - Wikipedia

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Sent from Santa Barbara (California / United States), on 20.03.2014
Photo: Scott Gibson

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