Award Categories and Past Winners

2017 Awards Program

A globetrotting pediatrician, one of Forbes' top 50 female executives, and one of the top grape growers in the world are all part of this year’s UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) award winners. These award-winners – along with other outstanding individuals – were honored at the Alumni Award Gala, which celebrated the theme “Aggie Excellence Takes Center Stage” at UC Davis on February 3, 2017.

CAAA – which serves nearly 250,000 UC Davis alumni – selected these seven alumni and two friends for awards in an effort to recognize the incredible impact they have left on UC Davis, their communities and the world:

  • Randi Jenssen Hagerman '71 of Davis, California
  • Diane Bryant '85 of Los Altos Hills, California
  • Mac Clemmens MBA '07, of Sacramento, California
  • Carol and Gerry Parker of Winters, California
  • Richard ’56 DVM ’58 and Marilyn McCapes ’55 of Davis, California
  • Michael Schermer of Sacramento, California
  • Marko Zaninovich ’64 of Delano, California

View 2018 Alumni Awards Program details.

Categories & Past Honorees

Jerry W. Fielder Award

This award honors a UC Davis graduate in recognition of service to the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, the UC Davis Foundation and the university. The award was established in 1973 to perpetuate the lifelong interests of one of the university’s most esteemed and supportive alumni, Jerry W. Fielder ’39 (1915–1972). Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) service to UC Davis, 2) service to the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and 3) service to the UC Davis Foundation.

Past Winners

2017 Marko Zanovich '64 2016 Bruce West '71, M.S. '73 2015 Kevin Bacon '72
2014 Pamela Fair '80 2013 Bob Morrison '68, J.D. '71 and Jan Morrison '69 2012 Bruce Edwards '60
2011 Bret Hewitt '76, M.A. '83 2010 Dr. Michael Chapman '58 2009 Ronald Schuler '60
2008 Alan Hoefer '55 2007 Rex Hime '69, J.D. '72 2005 Norm Weil '73, J.D. '76
2004 Meg Stallard '68 and Tom Stallard '68, J.D. '75 2003 Karl Gerdes, M.S. '73, Ph.D. '84 2002 Robert E. Murphy '63
2001 J. Rodney Davis '71 2000 Charlie J. Soderquist, M.S. '73, Ph.D. '78 1999 Carol J. Sconyers & Hal W. Sconyers '52
1998 William F. Allewelt, Jr. '50 1997 Lester Heringer '41 1996 Wayne A. Bartholomew '64, J.D. '71
1995 Harold E. Kendall '29 1994 Eugene Boone '32 1993 Orville E. Thompson, M.Ed. '52
1992 Ronald A. Enomoto '64 1991 Gary M. Cusumano '65 1990 Jacque Bartholomew '64
1989 James M. 'Scud' Marshall '37 1988 Richard M. Ortega '54 & Howard B. Shontz '41, M.Ed. '58 1987 Robert W. Munyon '40
1986 Will W. Lester '40 1985 Lois W. Weeth '43 1984 Marion F. Minger '42 & Walter W. Minger '43
1983 John P. Underhill '41 1982 John L. Hardie '58 1981 Gene E. Pendergast, Jr. '61
1980 Ralph H. Moss '27 1979 Warren D. Mooney '55 1978 Richard E. Rominger '49
1977 Herbert E. Barker '26 1976 Carl L. Garrison '33 1975 Waldo W. Weeth '30
1974 Dean C. DeCarli '28 1973 Bert L. Smith '26

Distinguished Friend of the University Award

This award recognizes a non-alumnus(a) whose extraordinary service has advanced the university and made significant and lasting contributions to the campus. The honoree’s professional, personal, civic and philanthropic pursuits must reflect the high standards and values associated with UC Davis, the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and higher education. Specific selection criteria include 1) candidate has displayed exceptional interest, dedication and/or service to UC Davis, 2) candidate’s dedication and commitment have significantly enriched the substance and contributed to the reputation of UC Davis. This award will be given only in years when a deserving recipient is identified.

Past Winners

2017 Carol and Gerry Parker 2016 Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem 2015 Emmy Werner
2014 Jerome "Jerry" Lohr 2013 Barbara Jackson 2012 Earl Wolfman, M.D.
2011 Margarit Mondavi

Distinguished Achievement Award

This award honors a graduate of UC Davis whose entire lifetime since graduation reflects exemplary and outstanding performance and achievements. Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) a culmination of lifetime achievements, 2) service to the university and 3) community and public service.

Past Winners

2017 Michael J. Schermer 2016 James Barrall ’72 2015 Garen J. Wintemute M.D. ’77
2014 Francis Lee '74 2013 Martin Yan '73, M.S. '77 2012 Thomas Nesbitt '75, M.D. '79
2010 Mary Catherine Swanson, Cred. '672011 Dr. John Osborn '64 2009 Zelma Long 2008 Jon R. Jessen '56
2007 John Patrick Jordan '55, Ph.D. '63 2005 Koichiro Aramaki, M.S. '78 2004 Joseph W. Lin, Ph.D. '75
2003 Augustine Gallego, M.A. '76 & Richard Rominger '49 & Evelyne Rominger '51 2002 Delaine Eastin '69 2001 Jack Thomson '46 and Chris "Floyd" Zaiger '52
2000 John H. Pryor '37 1999 Carolyn F. Wall '63, M.A. '65, Ph.D. '71 1998 George B.E. West '53, D.V.M. '57, M.P.V.M. '77
1997 Floyd D. Shimomura '70, J.D. '73 1996 Robert B. Bushnell '53, D.V.M. '56 1995 Vincent E. Petrucci '47, M.S. '48
1994 Roy Saigo '62 1993 Wendall Kilgore '51, Ph.D. '58 1992 Clarence W. Jones '39
1991 William B. Hewitt '33, M.S. '34, Ph.D. '36 1990 Eugene Boone '32 1989 John B. Shirley '50, D.V.M. '52
1988 George H. Wilson '15 1987 William Jewett '31 & Lindsay 'Red' Jewett '32 1986 Bert Crane '56
1985 Abdalla A. Abdalla, M.S. '59, Ph.D. '63 1984 Harold E. Kendall '29 1983 William F. Allewelt Jr. '50
1982 John W. Oswald '42 1981 Robert E. Osborne '26 1980 Gordie C. 'Jack' Hanna '28

Outstanding Alumnus/a Award

This award honors a UC Davis graduate who is in the mid-point of his or her career, who does not specifically qualify for the Distinguished or Young Alumnus(a) of the Year Awards and who has displayed outstanding achievement, promoted innovative change and made outstanding contributions professionally, to the community and to UC Davis. Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) career achievement, 2) leading innovative change in their fields, 3) service to the university and 4) community and public service.

Past Winners

2017 Diane Bryant ’85r 2016 Michael Ziccardi D.V.M. ’93, M.P.V.M. ’94, Ph.D. ’01 2015 Alfred Chuang MS ’86
2014 John Chuck '89 2013 Janice Eberly '86 2012 Jonna Mazet '90, D.V.M./M.P.V.M. '92, Ph.D. '96
2011 Sundeep Dugar, Ph.D. '84 2010 Craig McNamara '76 2009 Catherine "Katie" Hunt, Ph.D. '81
2008 Timothy Bucher '86 2007 Francisco C. Rodriguez '85, M.S. '97 2005 Masoud Kayhanian, Ph.D. '88
2004 Robert Steven Tharratt, M.P.V.M. '01 2003 Jananne Sharpless '67 2002 Sue Ellen Wooldridge '83
2001 Ann Veneman '70 2000 Linda A. Boehm '68 1999 Stephen K. Robinson '78

Emil M. Mrak International Award

This award honors a graduate of UC Davis who is distinguished in his or her career or in service outside the United States. Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) advancement of their profession outside the United States and 2) community and public service outside the United States.

Past Winners

2017 Randi Jenssen Hagerman '71r 2016 Douglas Gross M.D. '90 2015 René González Mejía ’86
2014 Daniel Evans '88 2013 Jose Carmine Dianese M.S. '68, Ph.D. '70 2012 Kathleen Taylor, M.D. '80
2011 John "Tico" McNutt, Ph.D. '95 2010 Dr. Terrance Smith '79 2009 John Landers M.S. '65
2008 Mahmoud A. Abu-Zeid, M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’62 2007 Sarah Marie Otterstrom, Ph.D. ’04 2005 Qifa Zhang, Ph.D. '85
2004 Richard M. Cirami '63, M.S. '68 2003 Jay Kun Yoo, J.D. '77 2002 Kenneth S. Milne, Ph.D. '68
2001 Arturo Lara-Lopez, Ph.D. '80 2000 Rosanna Y. Wong, M.S.'93, Ph.D. '97 1999 Peter N. Quesenberry, D.V.M. '78, M.P.V.M. '91
1998 Jon K. Andrus, M.D. '79 1997 Thira Sutabutra '64, Ph.D. '68 1996 Jerome Francis Harrington '44
1995 Thomas A. Bickle, Ph.D. '68 1994 Wyland S. Cripe '50, D.V.M. '52 1993 Syed F. Imam '66
1992 Joe Roger Held '53, D.V.M. '55 1991 Gajendra Singh, Ph.D. '73 1990 Gurdev Khush, Ph.D. '60
1989 Charles E. Cornelius '49, '51, D.V.M. '53, Ph.D. '58 1988 Phaitoon Ingkasuwan '53

Aggie Service Award

This award honors a UC Davis graduate who, during the previous year, demonstrated exemplary Aggie pride and dedication to UC Davis through personal commitment of time and energy, volunteerism, and leadership, which had the purpose or effect of furthering the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and the University of California, Davis. Specific criteria for this award include 1) commitment of personal time and energy, 2) personal leadership and 3) service to UC Davis and the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

Past Winners

2017 Richard ’56 DVM ’58 and Marilyn McCapes ’55 2016 Mary Horton '63, M.S. '66 2015 Eamonn Dolan ’83
2014 Sandi Redenbach '72, Cred. '73 2013 Ann Pitzer '58 2012 William Hollingshead '60
2011 Brian Micek '99 2010 Michael Child '76 2009 Bobby Woods '76
2008 Cheryl Harrison '79 2007 Douglas J. Muhleman '77, M.S. '79 2005 Joaquín Galván '81, M.Ed. '93
2004 Carol J. Sconyers '52 2003 Gavin Di Mundo '97 2002 Reza Mahdavi, M.A. '83, Ph.D. '88
2001 Michael Levy '88

Young Alumnus/a Award

This award honors a graduate of UC Davis who has received his or her first degree within the past 10 years and has made outstanding contributions professionally, to the community or to UC Davis. Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) contributions to profession, 2) UC Davis volunteerism and 3) community and public service.

Past Winners

2017 Michael “Mac” Clemmens M.B.A. ’07 2016 Alecia Farsight '08 2015 Gita Sai Ram ’07
2014 Jason Lucash '06 2013 Alecia Farsight '08 2012 Jakob Suski '05
2011 Zeb Hogan, Ph.D. '04 2010 Marc Facciotti '97 2009 John Thomas "J.T." O'Sullivan '01
2008 Tracy Caldwell, Ph.D. '97 2007 Ernesto Sandoval '96 2005 Dawn Imamoto, Cred. '95
2004 Christina V. Kirk Kazhe '93 2003 Tamara Thornell '93 2002 Christine A. Smith '94, M.S. '96, M.B.A. '96, Ph.D. '97
2001 Paul Chapao Lo '91 2000 Jennifer L. Fearing '93 1999 Michael W. Dawson '92
1998 Elizabeth Nolan Fielding '88 1997 Daniel E. E. Hayes, Jr., Ph.D. '91 1996 Mark Stanley Ghilarducci '87
1995 Darryl Covington Hunter '84 1994 Melinda Guzman-Moore '85, J.D. '88 1993 Constance Chang-Hasnain '82
1992 Jeffrey L. Tanji, M.D. '82 1991 Kenneth W. Campbell, D.D.S. '79 1990 Cynthia M. Friend '77
1989 Balazs I. Bodai, M.D. '77 1988 Peter K. Thor '76, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '80 1987 Steven Mackey '78
1986 Sarah Joan Woerner '72, M.D. '76 1985 John Vickery '72 1984 Jackie Speier '72
1983 Peggy Sears McLaughlin '72, M.S. '74 1982 Gordon S. Baranco '69, J.D. '72 1981 Rolf J. Benirschke '77
1980 Dennis L. Vanderpol '69 1979 Michael L. Campbell '68