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Q&A with the Student Who Runs Picnic Day

April 26, 2018

By Trevor Stewart, Cal Aggie Alumni Association

Picnic Day 2018 Chair Grace Gaither (B.A., English, '18)  has been part of Picnic Day since her freshmen year, starting as a Lead Assistant Director for Entertainment. She shares her perspective on Picnic Day, Give Day and what was most exciting about this year’s event. Read her full interview.

Global Service with a Local Impact

April 02, 2018
UC Davis opened up a world of international relations for Liliana Ferrer ’87, helping to lead her career as the consul general of Mexico in Sacramento. She has been a career foreign service officer for the Mexican government since 1993. “The environment at UC Davis strengthened my ability to become aware of what problems exist in the planet as a whole, not just locally,” said Ferrer, a CAAA member, and this year’s recipient of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s Emil M. Mark International Award. “UC Davis truly makes you feel that you can make a difference and bring about change in the world.”

Michael Poland: Life at the Living Edge

March 02, 2018
As a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and now scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, Mike Poland (B.S. '97, Geology) is on the front line during hazardous volcanic events. Poland credits his "amazing professors" at UC Davis for teaching him how to communicate science clearly and vividly - an essential part of a career with the USGS.

Mother-Daughter Aggies Advocate for Civic Engagement

November 21, 2017
Isabella Romero’s early induction into political life occurred right here in Davis; she and her mother lived in town while her mother completed her undergraduate degree in political science and sociology, and eventually her Ph.D. Today the two are both Aggies.

First-Generation Graduate Pays It Forward

November 15, 2017
Three and a half years into his career as a talent recruiter for technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chinsin Sim (B.A., communication, ’14) still marvels at his good fortune. The son of Cambodian immigrants and the first in his family to get a college degree, Sim said: “Sometimes I look back and ask myself, ‘How did I do it?’”

From History Major to Filmmaker

October 26, 2017
A love of stories led Christian “Joel” Lee (B.A. ’90) on a journey from undergraduate history major at UC Davis to a career as an actor and independent filmmaker in Singapore.

Aggies Give Back

October 12, 2017
Robert Woods ’76 and fellow members of the Cal Aggie African and African American Alumni Association (5A) are excited about further enriching the diverse UC Davis campus with a new scholarship to assist students of African descent. 

Music + Stats Add Up for Young Alumna

September 30, 2017
When Devon Bradshaw (B.A., music and statistics, ’17) was growing up in a one-bedroom apartment with a single mother in Hollywood, she spent over two years listening to her neighbor down the hall teaching the violin–and pleading with her mother for lessons.

American Studies Alumnus Leads Health and Safety for NFL

August 03, 2017
For some, nothing is more American than football. So it seems appropriate that Jacob Frank, who earned a degree in American Studies in 2011, works for the National Football League. After an internship and a seasonal job with NFL communications, he landed a job with the league’s new health and safety policy department in 2013 and now manages it.

Man of the Court: Darius Graham

August 01, 2017
Darius Graham ’17 may be a master of time management. From a young age, he’s balanced busy school and basketball schedules. Now as a senior point guard for the UC Davis men’s basketball team — for which road trips take him away from school Wednesday through Sunday — and sociology major who also factors in time for community outreach, he’s worked hard to maintain that delicate balance.

Music Man: Fawzi Haimor

July 28, 2017
Fawzi Haimor ’05, M.A. ’07, takes over as music director of Germany’s highly regarded Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in September, but the 34-year-old conductor is already living the dream.