Picnic Day the O.C. Way

Orange County Aggies at the O.C. Food Bank

by Charles Mak ’18

Picnic Day is quickly approaching and, while Southern California Aggies may not be able to make it back to UC Davis to celebrate, they are participating in Picnic Day-inspired activities near them.

The Orange County chapter, for example, is participating in the Aggie Week of Service— a new Aggie tradition in which alumni chapters and networks host a community-service event in their local area to help celebrate the spirit of Picnic Day wherever they live and give back to their local community. Orange County chapter president Jamie Koh ’07 is organizing an OC Day of Service at a local food bank. At the event, O.C. and area alumni will be assembling packages filled with food for seniors and families in need.

“Our goal is mainly to be able to serve our community,” said Jamie. “We hope that everyone in attendance will have a continued connection with UC Davis and that they walk away with Aggie Pride.”

Picnic Day 2016 will be on April 16

Alumni, students and Aggie families alike will celebrate their Aggie Pride through the campus-wide, open-house event, which includes a parade, dachshund races, alumni breakfast and much more.

Last year, the Orange County network shared their time to farm and harvest food from at the Second Harvest Food Bank, an organization that works to prevent hunger within communities across the nation. They also assisted in building fences and improving irrigation throughout the center which was much needed.

It is just one of the numerous events the Orange County alumni chapter hosts throughout the year to bring Aggies together to connect and network with classmates from their alma mater. Their events include professional mixers, sporting events, and volunteering for the community.

Koh said she is happy to keep the “Picnic Day spirit” alive in O.C. because the annual, student-run open house was such a big part of what she loved about UC Davis when she was a student.

“My favorite thing about Picnic Day is that it is the one day that celebrates UC Davis pride,” said Koh. “It's the one day that brings together all students, alumni and people together to celebrate everything UC Davis and makes you proud of being an Aggie!”