Alumni Updates

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2008 - Jessica Bejarano

August 31, 2018

Jessica Bejarano (M.A. music, '08) was recently featured on the KQED's "Bay Brilliant" program. Bejarano is music director of the San Francisco Civic Orchestra. "I didn't look at the lack of females in the field. I just knew that I was motivated, I was thirsty for it, and I was passionate about conducting and being a leader. So I just went for it."

1974 - Jack di Golia

July 26, 2018
Theatre Graduate Gives Voice to Explorer’s Story

During the past few years, Jack di Golia (Theatre and Dance, ’74) has narrated 90 audiobooks for Audible.com, done e-learning narration for major companies, and provided voices for video games and commercials. His favorite project has been the dark detective series Dirty Deeds by Armand Rosamilia, for which he recently won an Earphone Award from Audio File Magazine.

1987 - Dea Monfort

July 11, 2018
Dea Monfort (B.A., economics and international relations, ’87) was elected June 13 to a one-year term as executive board president of the AFSCME Local 1902 chapter for retired Southern California water employees.

1980, 1988 - Allan Johnson

July 09, 2018

Allan Johnson (M.A., 1980, Ph.D. 1988, English) has a had a new poetry collection, In A Window, published. His poems have appeared in over 60  journals, including Poetry, Poetry East and Rhino. He has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Pushcart Prize nominations and First Prize in Poetry in the Outrider Press Literary Anthology competition. He teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago.

1990 - Graça Vicente

July 02, 2018

Graça Vicente (Ph.D., chemistry, '90), distinguished professor at Louisiana State University, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America. Vicente received her doctorate at UC Davis under the direction of Professor Emeritus Kevin Smith.

1965 - Sethanne Howard

July 02, 2018

Sethanne Howard (B.S., physics, '65) is the editor of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences — a peer-reviewed scientific journal more than a century old. She is always soliciting papers and will also work with advanced students to publish their papers. 

1997 - London Breed

June 20, 2018
London Breed (B.A., political science, ’97) is only the second woman and the first African American to serve as San Francisco's Mayor. Her term runs until January 2020.

1976 - Tom Garrison

June 06, 2018

Tom Garrison (M.A., political science, ’76) wrote Hiking Southern Nevada, Volume One (CreateSpace, April 2018). It is his third hiking guide, and fifth book overall published since 2013. He has also written more than 100 hiking, political and humorous essays for regional newspapers since December 2010. 

1970 - Caroline Turner

June 05, 2018

An award-winning professor of education at California State University, Sacramento, and Lincoln Professor emerita at Arizona State University,  Caroline S. Turner (B.A. history, ’67 and M.A., psychology, ’70) is the keynote speaker for the UC Davis School of Education’s Graduation Celebration on June 13, 2018. 

2010 - Nicki Sun

May 16, 2018
Nicki Sun (B.A., communication, ’10) is a Sherman Oaks-based independent video producer, actor, on-camera host and brand ambassador. She produces and hosts an online series, Now You Know, which spotlights young Asian American and multi-ethnic talent.

1958 - Michael Chapman

May 01, 2018
Michael W. Chapman (B.A., medical sciences, ’58), chairman emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, is a recipient of a 2018 UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals.

1994 - Janice (Wimmer) Corbett

May 01, 2018
Janice (Wimmer) Corbett (B.A., psychology, and B.S., agricultural and managerial economics, ’94) died Sunday, April 29, at her home in Davis, with her family beside her, one year and one day after her cancer diagnosis.

1997 - Shelly Mateer

April 16, 2018
Shelly Mateer (B.A., international relations, ’97) has written three books influenced by her experiences as a CIA officer—Single in the CIA and two volumes in her Mingling in the CIA series—with another series installment on its way. Learn more about her books and follow her blog at her website. 

2014 - Mae Elise Cannon

April 04, 2018
The Rev. Mae Elise Cannon (Ph.D., history, ’14), executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, wrote "A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land" (Cascade Books, 2017).

1972 - Marvin Talso

April 04, 2018
A new book by Marvin Talso (B.A., history, ’72, and Cred., ’72) and his wife, Linda, Redwood Valley, tells the story of their Mendocino County community through archival photographs.