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UC Davis Parents - What is FERPA?

January 14, 2019
FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  It is a U.S. government law that regulates when, how, and to whom schools can provide information about their students. 

UC Davis Parents - Cages for Bicycle Parking

January 14, 2019

Did you know that UC Davis has cages for bicycle parking? If you’ve been to the Quad Parking Structure, you may have seen an enclosure with vertical steel beams and floor-to-ceiling grates on the main level with several bicycles securely stored behind a locked gateThat’s a bike cage and your student could get in on that! In fact, bike cage parking spots are available to any UC Davis affiliate (students, staff, and faculty) who is looking for a more secure way to park and store their bicycle on campus.

Career Corner: Careers in Data

January 09, 2019

Robin Reshwan, as seen on US News

Data. Many of us may think “data” is just a line item on our cell phone bill where we are penalized if we used too much that month. In the business world, data is on the mind of every CEO. How to acquire customer data? How to use data to determine buying patterns? How to keep confidential data safe?

Parent to Parent: Tips on Parent Self-Care

January 09, 2019

By Mari Corbin, Aggie Parent and Family Council Member

As each year comes to an end and the start of a new one is on the horizon, many of us begin thinking about the next year and that dreaded “R” word rears its pesky head: resolutions. I don’t know what it is about resolutions that makes them so hard for most of us to stick to them (myself included). This year, I want to get away from resolutions and take a different approach.  Since I’ve heard a lot about mindful living, I decided to check it out.

Parents Fund Supports Student Participation in Conservation Research

December 10, 2018

By Eric Gifford and Ashley Han

In her classes, Katrina Jessoe, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a 2018 Chancellor’s Fellow, uses real-world examples to show students firsthand how sustainable choices can be made in their everyday lives.

And students often play a role in gathering that information. Jessoe and a research team of students partner with water and electric utilities across California to learn what factors influence residential customers in their use of these resources.

Your Sophomore (Second Year) Commute

December 10, 2018

By Ryan Jones

With the Fall Quarter coming to an end, students that have been living on campus may begin to explore off-campus housing, which among other changes, brings new considerations for commuting to UC Davis. Whether living just outside campus or in a surrounding city, your student can still get to their classes easily and car-free.

Ways College Students Can Stand Out for Employers

December 10, 2018

By Ken Barnes

What gives your college student that competitive edge when applying for jobs? Of course, good grades and experience top the list, but what else can students do to stand out amongst thousands of their colleagues that graduate every year? Below is a list of activities your student can partake in that will enhance their skills and make them stand out among their peers.

1. Community Service

2019-20 Scholarships Available for Students

December 10, 2018

UC Davis offers more than $4 million in scholarships to benefit undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Scholarships can range from $100 to $13,000 per academic year. Students must complete the online application by January 9. Undergraduate scholarships are all awarded on a merit basis and have a wide variety of criteria. There is a single application, and winter break is a great time to apply!

More information

How to Connect with Your First-Generation College Student

December 10, 2018

Is your student the first in your family to attend college? If so, when they come home, it can be hard for parents and students to communicate. Your students are having new experiences that they want to tell you about. They are facing many new challenges and learning new things. Here are some questions that will give your students a chance to share their college experience with you.

Campus Updates for Parents

December 10, 2018
Winter Break Information

The last meal served in the dining commons (DC) will be dinner on December 14 until 8 p.m. Meals will resume on January 4 for dinner at the Segundo DC at 5- 8 p.m. Tercero and Cuarto DCs will resume operation with brunch at 9:30 a.m. on January 6.

All residence halls will close at noon on December 15. Residents may not stay in the halls over Winter Break. Access to all buildings will be denied, so please remind your students to grab their essentials before they leave!

A few things to do prior to leaving:

Young Alumnus Award Winner Reaches for the Stars

November 19, 2018

By Theresa Steinberger

This year’s Young Alumnus Award winner Richard Addante Ph.D. ’11 – only seven years out from graduation – is already the only psychologist to participate in a NASA simulation mission to Mars. During the mission, his team helped develop NASA’s understanding of challenges that may arise for humans confined together in a long mission.  

(Leave the Car at) Home for the Holidays: Examining a College Student’s Car-Dependency

November 19, 2018

Holiday season is upon us and for parents of first-year Aggies, now might be a good time to reexamine your student’s dependency on a vehicle while at UC Davis. Public transportation and ample bicycle lanes are some of the many things that make Davis such a commuter-friendly community. By now, your student has likely acclimated to their Davis-way of living…and so should you.

It's Midterm Season

November 19, 2018

This can be a scary time for first year students as they venture into the world of midterms, quizzes and winter quarter class registration. Families are often wonderful sources of support for students as they work their way through these college milestones. Support your student by listening to their experiences, concerns and excitements.