2016 Cal Aggie Alumni Association Alumni Awards
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 '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 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 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 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
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
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 '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.