Updates from 2010 and Later Graduates

2011

portrait photo

Ofunne Okwudiafor 

April 2016 — Ofunne Okwudiafor (B.A., communication, ’11) was recently featured in a BuzzFeed article about her new app, Cocoa Swatches, that helps people of color select makeup. A recent graduate of Columbia University's Master of Science in Communications Practice, she blogs at ofunneamaka.com.

2013

artwork

June 2016 — Photographer Jason Engelund (M.F.A., art, `13) has been selected to exhibit artworks in “Boundless: A California Invitational” at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. The exhibition runs Oct. 15, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017. “I use photography as a metaphor for the mind’s camera eye and my process is abstraction,” Engelund said. “Images are made with film and created in camera through multiple exposure. I compose a piece by taking multiple shots on one film frame and combine together different elements from the seascape and the sun.”

November 2015 — Lisa Vannalee (B.A., psychology, ’13) was featured in a Sacramento Bee article, "Woman paralyzed by brother in machete attack inspires Grant students."

2014

November 2015 — Megan Kennedy (BA, philosophy and political science, ’14) was featured in a Davis Enterprise article, "Female veteran offers support, inspiration to others at UC Davis." She is a UC Davis undergraduate admissions adviser and a student veteran advocate.

2015

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James Rizzo

January 2016 — James Rizzo (B.A., political science, ’15) has won a prestigious new scholarship for a year's graduate study in Beijing at one of China's leading universities. Rizzo is one of the 111 members of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars selected from more than 3,000 applicants worldwide. Read more >>

portrait photo of James Rizzo

September 2015 — Three months after graduating, Nicholas Dias (B.A., psychology and communication, ’15) was preparing to wing his way to a writing internship in Argentina. Dias, who graduated in June, planned to leave in late September for a year in Buenos Aires as part of his internship with national honors society Phi Beta Kappa. He will write for Phi Beta Kappa’s The Key Reporter, and seek a job with an English-language publication in Argentina’s capital. A formerCalifornia Aggie staffer, he is a data journalist—“meaning that I use my own statistical tests, rather than interviews, as the basis for my reporting.” Eventually, he’d like to attend journalism school and research the optimal roles of different types of media in informing citizens of particular democracies.