Alumni News

Four College Graduates to Receive Alumni Association's Awards

December 05, 2017
Four College of Letters and Science alumni are among this year’s UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association award winners—one of them, Patrick Sherwood, receiving the association’s top alumni honor. Other college honorees are Liliana Ferrer, Margaret Lapiz and Jesse Rodriguez.

Alumni Win Pulitzer and Peabody

November 06, 2017
Two College of Letters and Science alumni who got their journalism starts at "The California Aggie" won journalism’s highest honors this year—a Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody Award.

UC Davis Grad, Sportscaster Amy G. Making Visit

October 22, 2017

UC Davis alumna Amy Gutierrez — better known as Amy G. to San Francisco Giants fans — will be back on campus to meet with students and sign books Oct. 27. Gutierrez (B.A., communication, ’95) will speak to students studying communication and will be at the downtown UC Davis Store to sign books at 3–4 p.m.

She will speak to students about careers in sports broadcastings and journalism, addressing the particular issues women in the field face.

Two Aggies on Staff of Pulitzer-Prize Winning Paper

April 14, 2017
Investigative reporter Matthias Gafni (B.A, English/rhetoric and communication, ’98), who got his journalism start at The California Aggie, was a lead writer in a series of articles that won the East Bay Times the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.

San Francisco Young Alumni Program

April 10, 2017

When Lauren Levin (B.A., communications, ‘11) and Jacqueline Wells (B.A., English, ‘06) wanted to connect with a group of College of Letters and Science young alumni in the Bay Area and found no such group existed, they did what Aggies do: they made it happen themselves.

From Humble Beginnings to MacArthur Genius

January 15, 2017

José Quiñonez’s story starts in rural Mexico in 1971. The fifth of six siblings, Quiñonez lost both his father and mother by the age of nine—his father to violence, his mother to the ravages of poverty. Left with no family in Mexico, he and his siblings entered the United States on the Fourth of July, undocumented and facing an uncertain future. Fast-forward to fall 2016: Quiñonez (B.A., Chicano/a Studies, ’94) is awarded a 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for his innovative work in poverty alleviation. Along the way, he attained U.S.

American Studies Grad Leads NFL Health and Safety

December 02, 2016

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.

Alumni and Faculty Support for Graduate Students Matched by Office of Graduate Studies

December 01, 2016

Support for graduate students is vital for ensuring that our best and brightest have the time and opportunity to grow as scholars, contribute to their fields of study, and prepare for a productive career. To grow endowed scholarships for graduate students, the Office  of Graduate Studies has established its Matching Fund for Student Support. Graduate Studies funds the payments initially while waiting for the endowed fund to grow. This provides a significant benefit to students immediately and accelerates the impact of donors’ gifts through a matching commitment. 

English Grad Makes a Mark in Tech But Is Not Giving Up Literature

March 30, 2016

When Jennifer Pugh graduated from UC Davis in 2010 with a degree in English, she knew she wanted to stay connected to the world of learning.

She applied for a customer service position at TakeLessons, a company that matched music teachers with students. The job was taking phone calls and answering questions, but the company was young and about education and music, so she was interested.

Young Alum Wins New Scholarship for Study in China

January 11, 2016
If you've already earned a pilot's license, a black belt in kung fu, an undergraduate degree from UC Davis and a great spot in the tech industry, what's next? James Rizzo, 22, has answered by winning a prestigious new scholarship for a year's graduate study in Beijing at one of China's leading universities.