2016 Cal Aggie Alumni Association Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards 2016

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Cal Aggie Alumni Association award recipients. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

On February 5, the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco hosted the annual Cal Aggie Alumni Association Awards Gala, where seven alumni and friends of UC Davis were recognized for their excellence. It was an evening of celebration and joy for just a few of the most extraordinary things that members of the UC Davis community are doing to make the world a more productive and more fruitful place.

Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award Recipient: Bruce West '71, M.S. '73

Bruce West

"At Davis it clicked for me. The relationships I formed here I started understanding how important it was to interact with lots of different people. Maintain relationships, to get engaged, and that has really helped me a lot in my career. I think it's been a fundamental part what's allowed me to do well outside of college." — Bruce West

Bruce West '71, M.S. '73 is co-founder of West Yost Associates, which is known as the go-to engineering firm for wastewater and storm water projects throughout California and Oregon. West has been an active member of the UC Davis College of Engineering’s Dean’s Executive Committee, a member of the Cal Aggie Engineering Alumni Association board and Cal Aggie Alumni Association board, and an Aggie Advocate. He and his wife, Marie, have provided generous gifts for renovating student facilities on the UC Davis campus.

Distinguished Friend of the University Award Recipients: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem

"We believe that art and education should be accessible to everybody." — Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem have avidly supported many philanthropic and performing arts organizations around the globe. They provided UC Davis with a transformational gift of $10 million to name the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which will open during the 2016-17 academic year. They also provide funds for full scholarships for four students to attend the Royal Drawing School program in London in fall, 2015. With their support, UC Davis can properly recognize and honor its world-renowned artistic legacy.

Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient: James Barrall '72

James Barrall

"We’re going to pass through this Earth and we’re going to build a life and leave a legacy. And the questions is: what have we done, have we made the world a better place a little bit? Hopefully." — James Barrall

James D.C. “Jim” Barrall '72 is one of the country’s leading tax attorneys, with more than 40 years of experience specializing in executive compensation, employee benefits and governance matters. In 2012 he created the Barrall Family Philosophy Scholarship, which was the UC Davis Philosophy Department’s first endowed fund. He is active on UCLA Law School’s board of advisers and works with the Inner City Law Center—a nonprofit that provides legal services to the underserved. In 2008 he was honored by UCLA Law School as its Alumni of the Year for Professional Achievement.

Outstanding Alumnus Award Recipient: Michael Ziccardi D.V.M. ’93, M.P.V.M. ’94, Ph.D. ’01

Michael Ziccardi

"I’ve been fortunate enough to be at UC Davis basically since 1989. As a student, as a veterinary student, as a graduate student, as an initial staff member, as a faculty member, and now as director of the Wildlife Health Center. So I’ve experienced all the different levels that exists here at the university, and I can’t think of a better place to be." — Michael Ziccardi

Michael Ziccardi D.V.M. ’93, M.P.V.M. ’94, Ph.D. ’01, executive director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, is globally recognized as one of the leading experts in the care of oiled wildlife, with more than 30 years of leadership in the recovery and rehabilitation of birds and mammals following damaging oil spills around the globe. He is also co-director of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, clinical professor at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the UC Davis International Animal Welfare Training Institute.

Emil M. Mrak International Award Recipient: Douglas Gross M.D. '90

Douglas Gross

"Everybody always makes a big thing about how busy I am, but everybody is busy. I guess really what it comes down to is my own sort of personal faith that says if people are suffering then we have an obligation to do something about it." — Douglas Gross

Physician Douglas Gross M.D. '90 has distinguished himself as a global health leader in the U.S. and abroad. He has more than 35 years of experience teaching medical and undergraduate students at UC Davis and is involved in numerous global health initiatives including leading medical teams to Central America and Africa to provide care in remote villages, working with the World Health Organization to implement a worldwide program to reduce infant and child mortality, and directing a project within the University of California Haiti Initiative to improve pediatric care.

Aggie Service Award Recipient: Mary Horton '63, M.S. '66

Mary Horton

"I think Aggie pride really is being involved, being proud of what you do and what your university does; and I think I show mine by being involved with the alumni association more than anything else." — Mary Horton

After earning her degrees in animal husbandry at UC Davis, Mary Horton '63, M.S. '66 served 39 years as a staff research associate in the animal science department. An active and loyal volunteer, philanthropist and sponsor of the arts, she lobbied for additional state funding for the university, endowed scholarships, was a founding sponsor of Lara Downes’ Young Artists competition at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and served on many scholarship committees.

Young Alumna Award Recipient: Alecia Farsight '08

Alecia Farsight

"Health and having good health should be something that is not necessarily a privilege, it's something that everyone deserves in my mind." — Alecia Farsight

Alecia Farsight '08 organizes and leads teams of doctors, nurses and pharmacists on medical mission trips to remote areas in Uganda, Africa, to provide health assessments, testing and counseling for patients with HIV, sexually transmitted infections and malaria. To date, they have provided care to more than 5,000 individuals. Farsight also has a great impact on her local community through her current work as a labor and delivery nurse at UC Davis Medical Center.