Oral history video between Marianne Schnaubelt, member of the first freshman class to enroll at UCI and President of the UCI Retirees’ Association, and Cathy Van Camp, UCI 1970 alumna. Schnaubelt’s previous positions include Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs for the School for Information and Computer Science, academic counselor and associate registrar.
Marianne Schnaubelt & Cathy Van Camp
Uniqueness of Social Sciences
Marianne Schnaubelt and Cathy Van Camp - Uniqueness of Social Sciences
About the Interview
Marianne Schnaubelt was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Rosary High School in San Diego, she came to UCI in the fall of 1965 as part of the charter class. Yes, she voted for the anteater! Originally an undecided major, she ended up getting her degree in Anthropology, doing research in Brazil and Mexico as part of that degree. She also lived on “the Farm,” a living-learning community sponsored by the School of Social Sciences. After graduation, she started working at UCI, first in Social Sciences as an academic counselor, then as Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs for Information and Computer Science, and lastly as Associate Registrar. She retired in 2006 and now serves as the President of the UCI Retirees Association. She is active in systemwide retiree affairs, enjoys yoga and gardening, loves to travel, and spends a part of each year volunteering at the Smithsonian, in the National Herbarium, which is part of the National Museum of Natural History.
Cathy Van Camp
Catherine (Cathy) Van Camp is a graduate of UCI in social science (1976) and Northern Arizona University in accounting (1977). She became a CPA and started her career at the IRS, then worked in public accounting. Cathy joined Northern Trust Company in 1984 and retired in 2009 as a Senior Vice President. She managed estate tax services, and rotated through a number of roles including many major national trust initiatives. While at UCI, Cathy took full advantage of being a “Junior Fellow,” earning that distinction as a sophomore. Among her more memorable student adventures was living at “the Farm,” an anthropology experiment and commune, and also hosting fellow students as they practiced anthropology in Empalme, Mexico. Cathy treasures her four grandchildren, three of whom live in Finland where her oldest son settled. Cathy has been active in numerous charities. Favorite efforts include medical and educational work in Ghana, support of CPA related projects, work with the homeless, juvenile justice, and with community leadership development. Her current passion is supporting her oldest granddaughter’s adventures in theater, academic decathlon and color guard at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Cathy is divorced, residing in Huntington Beach, CA with her granddaughter and her Japanese Chin “Ju Ju.” She is a tax preparer with a small firm. Cathy’s hobbies are reading, walking, constantly improving her home and garden, and dreaming of publishing something eventually.