Distinguished Friend of the University Award
- 2014 Jerome "Jerry" Lohr
- 2013 Barbara Jackson
- 2012 Earl Wolfman, M.D.
- 2011 Margrit Mondavi
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.
The 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Friend of the University Award is Emmy Werner
Emmy Werner is the recipient of the 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. An internationally recognized developmental psychologist, she has spent a lifetime studying how children cope with adversity and how resilience impacts individuals across their lifespan. A professor of human development for 32 years before her retirement in 1994, Werner was the first UC Davis faculty member to win the Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. She remains active in her scholarship and plays a key role in UNICEF. Werner and her husband recently made a $1 million gift to endow the Emmy Werner and Stanley Jacobsen Fellowship to support Ph.D. students researching the genetic aspects of human behavior and development.