Alumni News

A half-century of Aggie excellence

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association of the University of California, Davis, today (March 2) announced the recipients of its 2023 Alumni Awards. This year is the 50th anniversary of honoring the achievements and impact of outstanding alumni and friends of UC Davis. 

The winners are leaders in engineering, global and local government relations, agriculture, investment and education who are being honored for their unwavering efforts to help others through their work.

2023 Special Interest & Affinity Network and Aggie Parent and Family Association Scholarship Winners

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association recognizes the recipients of the 2022-2023 Special Interest & Affinity Network Awards and APFA Scholarship.

On behalf of the donors and volunteers with the African and African Alumni Association (5A), Sword and Sandals, Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association, and the Aggie Parent and Family Association (APFA), congratulations to the 2022-2023 recipients with outstanding leadership and dedication to the UC Davis community.

Aggie leads public health pandemic response in Louisiana

In 2020, David Holcombe ’71 became the face of the pandemic response in central Louisiana, where he has been a leader of public health for over 15 years. Read more about how he led the region of over 350,000 people during difficult times.

From KDVS to Oscar: A Parallel Education

Joseph Patel’s walk from his seat onto the bright stage during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony took just moments. But his journey to Oscar fame, Patel ’94 says, began years earlier and miles away — in the windowless basement of UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall.

Already a music lover when he arrived as a first-year student from his hometown of Fremont, California, Patel (B.A., economics, ’94) quickly found his way to KDVS, the campus’s freeform radio station.

UC Davis Medals for 2 Alumni Couples

UC Davis Medals will be presented this spring to two alumni couples — Jacque ’64 and Wayne Bartholomew ’64, JD ’71, and Pam Rohrich MS ’74, DVM ’83 and Karl Gerdes MS ’73, PhD ’84 — each pair having met as students and committing not only to each other but their alma mater.

The UC Davis Medal recognizes “extraordinary contributions that embody the campus’ Vision of Excellence.” Winners inspire and support the success of students, faculty, staff and alumni, and foster a bold and innovative spirit in teaching, research and public service.