Alumni Profiles

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.