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In the Know

In the Know is a free monthly e-newsletter full of useful articles that help families connect with UC Davis during their students' undergraduate experience.

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In the Know is translated into Spanish and Chinese. Copies of translated versions are available by clicking on the appropriate link at the top of each newsletter or using the links below:

Select articles from previous In the Know issues are below.

What Can My Student Do This Summer To Make a Difference When They Graduate?

June 16, 2019

By Ken Barnes

What can my student do this summer to make a difference when they graduate? Excellent question. The answer can be a little complicated, so let’s start with what they are interested in doing. If you know, that’s great! If you don’t, below are some resources the Internship and Career Center (ICC) regularly uses to help them.

Chancellor’s Fellow Instills a Lifelong Love of Poetry

May 22, 2019

By Eric Gifford

Katie Peterson is an acclaimed poet whose honors include a Literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas. At UC Davis, where she just received a prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship, she directs the Graduate Creative Writing Program and established the Master of Fine Arts degree.

But teaching undergraduates is one of her greatest joys.

How to Be Happy at Work

May 22, 2019

Written by Robin Reshwan

Think fulfilling careers require your employer to offer free food, massages and pay better than the market? Think again. You don't need to work for a unicorn tech company to find happiness at work. Research shows that true professional satisfaction stems at least partially from factors within your individual control.

Read on to learn about three things you can do today to increase your joy in your job. 

Aggie Community - Parents of Incoming Students

May 22, 2019

Aggie Community

For many incoming college students their first year is full of excitement, new opportunities, and many adjustments. UC Davis offers a number of programs that help incoming students transition into their college career. If you know of a newly admitted student who will attend UC Davis in the fall, encourage them to explore these programs.

Summer Start

Picnic Day- An Aggie Parent's Experience

May 21, 2019

By Sylvia Pardini, Aggie Parent Council Member

Picnic Day is one of THE annual events students look forward to. Admittedly, it is also one of my favorite events as a parent. I don’t expect to see my son during the day, because his picnic day tradition matches that of many students on campus, to let loose something he can only do a couple times a year.

Seeing Nature with Fresh Eyes

April 15, 2019
Stacey Combes works with a 20-foot wind tunnel in her lab. She entices bees through it using colorful fake flowers and drops of nectar. Meanwhile, high-speed cameras inside the tunnel capture details of bee flight invisible to the human eye.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

April 15, 2019
Your student may have serious questions about their future, and this is a great time to help them figure out sound ways of developing meaningful answers.

How Parents Can Make Give Day Count

March 14, 2019
Parents send their kids off to college — but at UC Davis, parents are a beneficent presence on campus each and every day, helping to enrich the quality of teaching and learning that their own students experience.

Money Lessons

March 14, 2019
Financial literacy is an important, but sometimes disregarded life skill to teach our children.  Below are some financial literacy skills we can impart throughout their lives.

Parent Student Affairs Update

March 14, 2019
Comfort Week

Finals week is just around the corner. To make study breaks more fun for our students, UC Davis Dining Services will be hosting Comfort Week from March 18-22. All three dining commons will be serving a variety of student-favorite comfort food throughout the week.

Parents Fund supports students working to promote K12 STEM learning

February 11, 2019

By Eric Gifford

Associate Professor of Education and a Chancellor’s Fellow Lee Martin researches how we can get young people to be resourceful thinkers, especially using math and science. That goes for the K-12 students he studies –– and the UC Davis students he teaches and involves in his research.

Parent to Parent: Communication

February 11, 2019

February is coined the month of Love. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in the United States and around the world since the 19th century, and the holiday became really popular in the 20th century. It has become a commercial phenomenon. Projected spending for loved ones in 2019 is a whopping $19.6B, up from the $18.2B spent last year. However, this year’s lovefest won’t quite break the 2016 record of $19.7B, where Americans spent an average of $147 on loved ones.

Career Corner: The Importance of Employer Info Sessions

February 11, 2019

By Ken Barnes

Why are employer info sessions crucial to the job search? First, let’s start with what an info session is. Employer information sessions are 1 -2 hour lectures, presentations, or talks given by representatives and recruiters. They offer insight into companies, position requirements, culture and more.

Benefits to your student for attending info sessions include: