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A Family’s Legacy of Aggie Service and Pride

April 05, 2016

By Benjamin Ginsburg

For the McCapes family, bearing the title of “Aggies” is an honor, a privilege and a legacy. Their contributions to UC Davis – which span some 60 years – were recently honored at the Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s at Alumni Award Gala, which took place on February 3, 2017 at the University of California, Davis. Dick McCapes ’56, DVM ’58 and his late wife Marilyn ’55 received the 2017 Aggie Service Award in recognition of their exemplary Aggie pride and dedication to UC Davis.

“Yelp”ing Alumni

January 03, 2016
Julia Nguyen ’10 and Sarah Ng ’15 followed many of the same paths as UC Davis undergrads. With so much shared history, it may come as no surprise that the two alumna now share the same workplace at the popular San Francisco-based crowdsource review website and app, Yelp.

An Endive Endeavor

January 03, 2016
Today, Rich Collins '83 runs a highly successful business, California Endive Farms, which produces the nation’s largest quantity of a vegetable that many said couldn’t be farmed in California—a small, torpedo-shaped green that grows in the dark.

Young Achievers

January 03, 2016

by Cody Kitaura

Tre Borden, MBA ’11

Most MBAs don’t give up secure jobs to sell earrings made of masking tape.

But that’s what Tre Borden did, leaving a job with a local utility to help market a friend’s Tapigami products.

“If I can’t do something more fun and entrepreneurial, who can?” Borden said. “I can’t wield a paintbrush, but I can connect a client with an artist.”

Utba Ameer Memon credits UC Davis with launching his career

January 03, 2016
Utba Ameer Memon '13 has always “been good at math and enjoyed working with numbers” so it’s no surprise that he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in finance from UC Davis this spring and couldn’t be happier to start his career at Wells Fargo working in the commercial banking division as a relationship manager.

Bringing the Farm to the Bronx

January 02, 2016
UC Davis alumni in New York, NY set aside time to bring a piece of UC Davis to some of the city’s 1.4 million hungry citizens.

Aggies Give Back

January 02, 2016
Members of 5A Create Scholarship to Bring Greater Diversity to UC Davis

Q&A with Jack Boyl '05

January 02, 2016
Jack Boyl ‘05, has been a UC Davis all-star ever since he stepped foot on campus - from playing for the varsity baseball team all the way to leading the Orange County CAAA Chapter as a proud alumnus.

Getting it Done Together

January 02, 2016
Alumna Cathy Clark ’78 is no stranger to volunteerism. As mayor of Keizer, Oregon, Clark is in charge of monitoring municipal operations and setting policies for her city, which is known for its annual Iris Festival and expansive outdoors.

A Knight's Tale

January 02, 2016

by Sarah Colwell

When UC Davis alumnus and Hong Kong native Sir Chung-Kong “CK” Chow was preparing to be knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to industry in the United Kingdom, the protocol official imparted an important lesson.

“One thing: Do not look down. That’s what people do in the movies, but that’s not correct. You should look up to the sovereign when being knighted,” Chow, M.S. ’74, recalled, adding that his wife’s excitement about the event was primarily because actor Sean Connery was also knighted in 2000.

Getting the Venom Out

January 02, 2016
Anthony Swofford ’99, best known for his New York Times best-seller Jarhead, is a UC Davis alumnus.

Creation Generation

January 02, 2016
Entrepreneurial UC Davis alums are helming mobile apps to bring their ideas straight to the consumer.

Three Cheers for Reggie Higashi and his Aggie Pride

August 02, 2015
For 21 years, Reggie Higashi ’97 has been cheering for UC Davis: on the field in the UC Davis Spirit Squad as an undergrad, and from the stands for every homecoming game since he graduated.

Rene Aguilera '83

March 20, 2015
When Rene Aguilera ’83 was an undergraduate at UC Davis, he had the chance to met labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez who gave Aguilera some friendly advice on being a successful community organizer.