Alumni News

How the Alumni Association Supports Military and Their Families

July 16, 2018

Megan Kennedy, ‘14, who graduated with degrees in philosophy and political science, lights up as she explains the vision for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) UC Davis Military Network, which she co-leads and co-founded in 2017 with Joseph Wetherbee ’16.

Cal Aggie Alumni Association Board Welcomes New Members

June 27, 2018

The University of California, Davis, Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) has elected Bill Cochran ’73, cred. ’74 as president of its board of directors and Charles Melton ‘08 as executive vice president and president-elect for 2018-2019. Both will assume the office effective July 1.

“CAAA is excited to see the direction Bill and Charles will take the organization this year,” said Rich Engel, UC Davis’ assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of CAAA. “They both have bold, innovative ideas that will allow CAAA to better serve our alumni and members.”

A Family Tradition

March 01, 2018

Picnic Day at the University of California, Davis, has been a staple in the Famula household since the moment Thomas and Michelle Famula set foot on campus over 35 years ago. Both have marched in the parade before with their departments and all three of their daughters Melissa ’05, Jessica and Randi ’10, M.S. ’17 have marched in the parade over the years with their respective girl scout troops. Every year they look forward to the animal science displays, the parade, the exhibits–and their personal favorite– the battle of the bands.

Award-Winning Alumnus Says Busy is Better

February 05, 2018

Volunteering comes as second nature to Patrick Sherwood ’86, especially when it comes to his alma mater, University of California, Davis. Sherwood is currently the executive vice president and western region head of U.S. Banks Financial Institutions Group for Wells Fargo Bank. But as a dedicated volunteer, his day job makes up only a portion of his impressive involvements.

UC Davis Graduate Student Finds His Niche at the Olive Center

January 29, 2018

The UC Davis Olive Center, established in 2008, has a mission of “doing for olives what UC Davis did for wine.” Its reports on supermarket olive oil quality in 2010 and 2011 raised millions of consumers’ awareness worldwide. The center works on a wide range of research projects, ranging from plant sciences, biology, animal sciences, chemistry, engineering, sensory, nutrition to consumer sciences, by applying modern scientific knowledge and technology to an ancient crop. Talented and qualified scholars, like Juan Polari Ph.D.

Good bones: Geologist moves from the classroom to the museum

January 02, 2018

Like many other children growing up in Southern California, Lori Bettison-Varga, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’91, was scared of earthquakes. Learning what caused them sparked a lifelong interest in geology that set the course of her career. This fall she became president and director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The museum, which the county says is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, comprises three sites, including the La Brea Tar Pits.

Voices of the Change Generation

January 02, 2018

These four alums have at least two things in common besides being Aggies: They’re fearless in their pursuit of societal change, and they’re using technology to amplify their messages and reach more audiences than ever before.

This is the “Change Generation.” Its members are tackling global challenges like social inequity, cultural differences, hunger and domestic violence. In the process, they are inspiring others to join the conversation and seek opportunities to improve the world around them.

A First-of-its-Kind Idea

January 02, 2018
Sara Margulis ’97 runs Honeyfund, a nationwide wedding registry that specializes in honeymoon and experiential gifts, with her husband, Josh Margulis.