The Edwards Family Athletic Center opening
The Edwards Family Athletic Center is an example of our amazing growth this year. Here, donor Bruce Edwards addresses the building dedication audience under a sign bearing his family’s name. (Photo: Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

New, state-of-the-art facilities offer growth and learning for students

After what sometimes felt like a period of semi-hibernation due to the pandemic, this academic year UC Davis is bursting with growth in the form of new, state-of-the-art facilities offering students exciting opportunities for learning. 

The Edwards Family Athletic Center, which opened in September, supports student-athletes with everything from strength and conditioning equipment and easy access to sports medicine from UC Davis Health to space for team meetings, academic work and Aggie EVO programming to help them launch successful careers upon graduating. 

The Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center, opening this spring, will help students turn their ideas into reality. The facility includes areas for instruction, student-client collaboration, rapid prototyping, machining, welding and more. Students across engineering specialties will find resources and support there, including those participating in UC Davis’ nationally recognized engineering competition teams. 

Also opening this spring, the Elizabeth Mary Wolf Environmental Learning Center will serve the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden as a multipurpose indoor-outdoor space for environmental education programs, including its transformative Learning by Leading™ program. The Learning Center will benefit thousands of people annually—students, public visitors, members and community volunteers—with increased access to year-round education programs. 

And that’s not all. Over at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, the Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute opened earlier this month to advance world-class eye care and offer hope for sight restoration through advanced technology, pioneering research and leading eye care clinicians. And on the Davis campus, the Center for Advanced Veterinary Surgery opens this spring to continue the groundbreaking discoveries in research and care that make our School of Veterinary Medicine No. 1 in the nation. 

That still isn’t all, but the main message I wish to share is that UC Davis is growing like never before—and none of it would have been possible without the generous support of our donors, including parents like you. 

Thank you for being part of an Aggie family that’s getting stronger by the day. I wish you and your families peace and health over the holidays as we say goodbye to 2022. See you again in 2023 as we resume a fruitful academic year! 

With warm regards, 


For more information about how parent giving makes a difference in students’ lives, contact Cari DuBois-Wright, Associate Director of Development in Parent Giving, at, 510-388-3605. You can visit our Parents Fund website here as well as learn more about our Family Fellows

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