One Aggie network. Many connections.
A Special Issue
4 / Meet the Mays A conversation with Chancellor Gary May and LeShelle May
8 / The future of precision health 12 / Your guide to Homecoming 14 / Career connections
Fall 2017 Volume 21 No. 1
Davisâ€™ new chancellor Gary May and his wife LeShelle May are enjoying getting to know the university community. The couple met in Atlanta while they tutored inner-city high school students in math. Their two daughters, Simone and Jordan, are in college. Read more about their family, careers and evolving vision for UC Davis beginning on page 4.
Meet the Mays 4
The future of precision health is now
Your complete guide to Homecoming 2017
AGGIES MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
CAAA’s many career connections
wine partner profile:
New dean talks purpose, programs and partnerships
Wine, art and a quarter million alumni
A young career starts out strong
GSM Partner profile:
THe Last word:
A world of networking possibilities
Promoting global education opportunities for all
Student-athlete outcomes take center stage
School of education update:
UC Davis faculty get their feet wet
UC Davis hits a major milestone
Mary Horton’s many layers of Aggie Pride
By Laura Pizzo
Meet the May A conversation with UC Davis’ accomplished chancellor couple
An accomplished scholar and engineer, Chancellor Gary S. May came to UC Davis from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he had been for nearly three decades, most recently as dean of the institute’s College of Engineering — the largest and most diverse school of its kind in the nation. Chancellor May’s wife, LeShelle R. May, is a highly accomplished computer engineer, recognized for her leadership and innovation in the development of software applications. She has led a distinguished 21-year career at CNN.
Both of you led very accomplished careers in Atlanta. What inspired you to come to UC Davis?
What are a couple of UC Davis’ most important roles in California, and how will you support them?
GM: I had the opportunity to take over leadership at a top public research university. As a UC Berkeley graduate, I also look back very fondly on my own experience in the University of California system. All in all, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, and the timing was perfect because our children are out of high school and in college now.
GM: The UC system is the crown jewel
LM: He of course initiated the move,
but I just love it here and am quickly building a community. The first thing I did when we moved here was find a new running group. I also cycle, so the culture here really appeals to me. At the same time, I am continuing my career at CNN, where I have worked for 21 years and recently went from a management position to a senior technical lead.
of public education in the country, and UC Davis has a particular niche in the system because we’re a land grant with the best agricultural college in the country and the No. 1 School of Veterinary Medicine in the world. UC Davis is a focal point for feeding the world, sustainability and climate science, and — as the most comprehensive university in the UC system — we also have excellence in the arts, social sciences and more. LeShelle and I are both happy to be a part of a place that does such critical work, and we will do our best to take that work to the next level. As an example, I am exploring working with partners to establish a technologyfocused development in Sacramento similar to Technology Square, which is a partnership in Atlanta between
with Gary and LeShelle May
Gary May became UC Davisâ€™ seventh chancellor on Aug. 1, 2017. He lives in Davis with his wife LeShelle May.
ys Georgia Tech, the city and the business community. UC Davis and Sacramentoâ€™s business community are ripe for something like that, and having done it once already will make it easier for me to move forward with something similar here. LM: In addition, the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Ann E. Pitzer Center and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art all bring a lot of culture to the region that otherwise would not be possible. At our fingertips, we get to enjoy arts and music from around the world. We can walk there from our house! What has stood out to you so far about the UC Davis community?
GM: I have been engaging with alumni as well as parents and friends on my listening tour of several development and alumni association receptions and dinners since I arrived here in August. I noticed right away that everyone is very passionate about the university, and their passion takes different forms. Some are very excited about athletics. Some are very excited about veterinary medicine. The African American community is excited that Iâ€™m the first African American continues on next page
chancellor. No matter their passion, one thing is certain: People care. LM: It’s a close-knit community.
We get recognized when we go downtown, which didn’t happen in Atlanta. I love it here. It’s so relaxing. I feel like I’m home.
How does being the parents of college students inform your leadership?
GM: It helps me stay connected to what the younger generation is thinking and feeling. I know a lot of pop culture and slang because my girls are constantly educating me. We are also
well aware of tuition costs and are sympathetic to those concerns because we are paying two college tuitions right now. We don’t take tuition and cost increases lightly because we feel those same burdens ourselves. LM: I understand when students
have waves of emotions. Earlier this fall, I dropped both my kids off at school. They had a little bit of sadness, so I can understand students in that regard. They miss their parents and their hometowns. College is an adjustment. And I understand their four-year journeys better because my daughters are in it right now.
What is one thing you hope to accomplish in the next year?
GM: I hope to develop a strategic plan that maps out the next five to 10 years. The first step has been my listening tour. We recently launched a campus- and community-wide process for broad participation in the development of the strategy plan. I expect the final plan will be published sometime in 2018. I hope that over the next year, people will see my leadership style as being visible, approachable and accessible. I think they’ll see that I have the best interests of the university at heart. see MEET THE MAYS on page 47
Gary and LeShelle May attend Black Convocation in April 2017 during a campus visit.
By Laura Pizzo
UC Davis experts in precision medicine are leading cutting-edge advances in healthcare
illions of people around the world are using smart phones, watches and other wearable devices to track their location, physical activity, sleep cycles, eating habits and more. This
person-generated healthcare data can be more than a recreational activity. This information can build a partnership between patient, family and clinicians who collaborate to translate data into information that informs their health decisions and builds a learning healthcare system.
This is one of the many issues UC Davisâ€™ Precision Medicine team is tackling. Precision medicine is a revolutionary new paradigm for healthcare and public health. The Center for Precision Medicine (CPM)
convenes all of UC Davis and the diverse communities we serve and collaborate with to take advantage of innovations in genomics, mobile health, biomedical data sciences, imaging, mental health and environcontinues on next page
mental sciences. It embraces what Fred Meyers, associate dean for precision medicine and professor of internal medicine and hematology-oncology at UC Davis School of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center, references as “the four P’s” of precision medicine: participatory, personalized, proactive and predictive. Meyers is leading this cross-campus initiative. He notes that tackling the most difficult and persistent health challenges for society’s benefit is the emerging “brand” of the Center for Precision Medicine. For example,
Bringing research and clinical care together
Nicholas Rolphe Anderson is the UC Davis Health director of informatics research and an associate professor at UC Davis School of Medicine. His work has allowed him to see firsthand how technology has ignited patients’ desire to be more active participants in their healthcare. “Technology is continuing to offer opportunities to democratize health knowledge, and the expectations are shifting very quickly in terms of the value that might be available through
“There are so many apps out there with enormous potential, but right now they have no clinical value because there’s no measurement of how effective they are.” — Nicholas Anderson
precision medicine teams prioritize care for the most isolated and vulnerable patients who need help but may lack access to care. “In the smart watch example, the healthcare team and I could look at a patient’s data that has been transmitted from the smart phone to the electronic health record and call them because we noticed a recent decrease in activity,” he explains. “Without the patient needing to travel or tolerate other delays in timely assessment, I could ask, ‘What’s going on? Are you working too much? Feeling sick or blue? Are you experiencing a side effect from your medication?’ Together, and thanks to patientgenerated healthcare data, we could make a plan that could make a noticeable difference in their health.” As described by Christopher Wang, manager of the Precision Medicine Center at UC Davis, “Precision Medicine is about breaking the standard and finding new, innovative ideas that could improve healthcare.”
patients’ own health data and their role in health management,” Anderson explains. “There are so many apps out there with enormous potential, but right now they have no clinical value because there’s no measurement of how effective they are. We are working to change that.” Popular apps and wearable technology are not the only innovations quickly accelerating precision medicine. John McPherson is a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular medicine and deputy director and associate director for basic sciences at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. A genomicist, he works side-by-side with clinicians and data scientists to identify effective cancer treatments by sequencing patient DNA and using it to make predictions. This work has been rapidly evolving in recent years. “Let’s say there’s a clinical study where there is a 20 percent response from patients receiving a certain drug,” he explained. “What precision medicine is
working toward is being able to identify in advance the 20 percent of patients who have a high likelihood of responding to the drug and not giving it to the 80 percent who won’t see the results or benefits. We can accomplish that by developing a stronger understanding of genomics and other data markers that help us make better predictions.” A learning healthcare system
Meyers and the UC Davis Precision Medicine team admit that at times their field can sound like science fiction, but fiction turns into reality daily, thanks in part to UC Davis’ collaborative, interdisciplinary culture. “At UC Davis, we have experts across all fields who are committed to working as a team to utilize new data sources and technology to improve the quality and value of healthcare and target population health,” Meyers said. “That’s what is truly revolutionary about precision medicine at UC Davis: Our work has remarkable potential because we have a unique organizational view. Here, our researchers are driven by what the clinicians need to know, and we learn from each other and our patients. For example, we have very close partnerships with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the Center for Health and Technology.” Meyers notes that one of the most exciting aspects of precision medicine at UC Davis is that students are often two steps ahead with cutting-edge technology and also add fresh perspectives on ethical, legal and social implications of precision medicine. “Precision medicine must attract diverse and inclusive voices to bring fresh perspectives for healthcare and for public and community health, including people who otherwise wouldn’t have been interested in a career in medicine — people who may have gone into business, communications or computer science,” he said. “That’s very exciting. It means recruiting different people who think in interesting ways, making the new paradigm a true revolution.”
Nicholas Rolphe Anderson is the UC Davis Health director of informatics research and an associate professor at UC Davis School of Medicine.
John McPherson is a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular medicine and deputy director and associate director for basic sciences at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Frederick J. Meyers is the associate dean for precision medicine and professor of internal medicine and hematologyoncology at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Christopher Wang is the manager of the Precision Medicine Center at UC Davis.
â€œPrecision medicine is about breaking the standard and finding new, innovative ideas that could improve healthcare.â€? â€” Christopher Wang
Your guide to
Homecoming Weekend 2017
he last weekend in October is UC Davis Homecoming, and this year will mark one of the most fun-filled Homecoming Weekends in UC Davisâ€™ 109-year history. UC Davis will face off against Cal Poly at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Battle of the Golden Horseshoe, and the half-time show will feature UC Davisâ€™ 2017 Hall of Fame inductees (purchase tickets using the promo code AGGIEFAMILY). The Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC Davis colleges, schools and units are also organizing several events for alumni, families and friends. Consider this your guide to the best Homecoming Weekend experience ever! Visit the website for more information.
Chancellor May Investiture Ceremony Friday, October 27 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Date: Time:
The Investiture of Gary S. May as the seventh chancellor of UC Davis is an academic ceremony steeped in tradition, conferring upon him the authority and symbols of high office. A reception will follow. Tickets for this event are required; they are free and will be available through the Mondavi Center box office. Visit the website for details.
Pajamarino Pep Rally Date:
Parent & Family Weekend Showcase
Alumni and Family Tailgate
Saturday, October 28 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Various
The Parent and Family Association of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association features a series of lectures and information sessions for parents of new and returning students, focusing on UC Davis’ most recent accomplishments and opportunities for global education. Alumni are welcome to attend as well! Visit the website for more information.
There’s no better way to get ready for the Homecoming football game than joining CAAA for our annual Homecoming Tailgate! Join us for food, fun, games and good company during the largest tailgate of the year! Please note this is a ticketed event; you can buy tickets here.
Friday, October 27 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location: Davis Amtrak Station, 840 2nd St. ASUCD Business Manager Janice Corbett ’94 will serve as the marshal for the 105th Homecoming Eve Pajamarino. Hear from Coach Hawkins at this family-friendly event, which will include performances by the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh!, various student performances and giveaways from Woodstock’s Pizza and The Good Scoop. If you want to walk in the parade, meet CAAA at Central Park in Davis at 4:30 p.m. No registration necessary!
Saturday, October 28 1 to 3:30 p.m. Location: Aggie Stadium Tailgate Area
Alumni Reunions: School of Medicine & School of Law Date: Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 Location: Davis and Sacramento
Two of UC Davis’ professional schools are holding class reunions during Homecoming Weekend. Click here for more information on the School of Medicine reunion and here for School of Law reunions.
Aggies Making a Difference
etworking is one of the most vital components of savvy career and business management. For individuals, a strong professional network can lead to new and exciting opportunities. For employers, it is important to build a strong talent network to ensure the success of an organization for generations to come. Many alumni, parents and friends of UC Davis turn to the Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s One Aggie Network to recruit from UC Davis’ more than 250,000 living alumni. That’s because Aggies are well-known go-getters and problem solvers. With an academic foundation from a top public research university, Aggies have a solid reputation of collaboration, innovation and commitment to solving the most pressing challenges of our time. As part of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s #Aggiesatwork series, the following stories feature UC Davis alumni who are leading exciting careers and opening doors for other Aggies through mentorship, recruitment and professional networking. Read on to find out how UC Davis and CAAA connections help members of the Aggie family succeed. — Laura Pizzo alumni.ucdavis.edu
To learn more about Emilio Camacho, watch this video:
By Benjamin Ginsburg
Working for a Sustainable Tomorrow UC Davis alumnus Emilio Camacho makes a difference at his alma mater and around the world
A member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the College of Letters and Science, Emilio Camacho helps fellow Aggies build their networks and professional experiences.
milio camacho ’08, JD ’11
wouldn’t have gotten where he is today without the internship and career experience he earned as a UC Davis student. As a law intern, Camacho received an assignment on energy use that helped him find his passion: the intersection of land use, energy use, environmental impacts and policy. He later made a career out of this niche. Now, Camacho is the chief of staff to Commissioner David Hochschild at the California Energy Commission. “UC Davis helped me achieve my dreams,” he said. “The university provided me with a reliable educational foundation, helped me discover my passion through a summer internship, and continues to support my passion for research and innovation in topics such as energy efficiency, transportation and renewables. As an alumnus, it’s been rewarding to see how the university continues to prepare students and works with government and industry to solve important problems.” The Energy Commission is the main energy policy and planning agency for the state of California, and much of its work is centered on making energy generation and use more efficient and environmentally sustainable in California and around the world. According to Camacho, partnerships with public universities like UC Davis are part of what has made California a successful leader in energy efficiency. see SUSTAINABLE on page 19
By Benjamin Ginsburg
Strengthening the One Aggie Network Accomplished CAAA board member builds professional connections for fellow Aggies
ill miller ’97 was already a professional before she became an Aggie. After a few years working in administrative roles and finding little opportunity for career advancement, Miller decided to work towards a bachelor’s degree. By the time she transferred to UC Davis from community college, she was a little apprehensive about being older than the majority of students on campus. But she quickly realized that Aggies come from all kinds of diverse backgrounds.
After graduating with a B.S. in animal science and becoming a CAAA Life Member, Miller pursued her MBA at Saint Mary’s College in Sacramento. Still a resident of Davis, Miller has worked for the past decade as a marketing manager for AECOM, a multi-billion dollar engineering consulting firm. She is an active volunteer, participates in CAAA events and has served on the Board of Directors for five years. “Being on the board has been the
icing on the cake of my involvement with CAAA because I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a team of alumni that are as passionate about UC Davis as I am,” Miller said. “One of my favorite annual events is Aggie Diner, where alumni are matched with students to provide mentoring opportunities over a delicious dinner. Each year, I reach out to my Aggie colleagues and invite them to join me at Aggie Diner because it is such a unique experience.” see AGGIE NETWORK on page 19
Jill Miller, board member and former chair of CAAA’s careers taskforce, spends much of her time trying to help fellow Aggies build professional networks. alumni.ucdavis.edu
By Ashley Han
Reimagining Cities Aggies team up to change how middle-income city dwellers live
ive-year-old Jonathan Dishotsky ’06 sat up through the night, staring out his hotel window at a thunderstorm rattling the New York City skyline. Lightning flashed through the copious windows, and he saw his reflection as white light illuminated the night. In that moment, he was in awe of a massive, radiant skyscraper and told his mother, “I want to build cities one day.”
Now, together with a team that includes fellow Aggies, Dishotsky is reimagining living communities in San Francisco as the CEO and founder of Starcity, a startup that builds communal living spaces for middle income urban dwellers. “Cities are key to unlocking human potential. There is so much opportunity and serendipitous interaction in cities,” explained Dishotsky, a CAAA Life Member.
UC Davis alumnus Jonathan Dishotsky has made a career out of his love and fascination with cities.
“And while there is a lot of high-end housing in cities, and quite a bit of low-income housing, there aren’t affordable living spaces for teachers, firefighters and other middle-income individuals who make up the backbone of our cities. So at Starcity, we aren’t following the traditional real estate route and developing massive, luxury apartment buildings. We’re identifying existing buildings that are old and vacant and developing them into Starcity communities, adding affordable housing stock to the market.” Dishotsky recognizes that traditional communal living spaces can lead to problems with cleanliness, money division and privacy. He prides himself on addressing these challenges in unique ways. Starcity cleans community consoles daily, collects rent from individuals and houses members in areas of the building that conform to the type of hours they keep, catering to both introverts and extroverts. “The Bay Area is already home to so many vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, and we want Starcity members to contribute to and enhance them,” he explained. “The two communities we are operating now in San Francisco are the first of several we plan to open in the Bay Area.” A desire for community
Dishotsky grew up in an unconventional living space in Palo Alto. His parents, who were both professors, offered students room and board in exchange for childcare.
After graduating from UC Davis with a B.S. in managerial economics, Dishotsky rebelled against his so-called “hippie” upbringing by working in investment banking and corporate real estate. However, it never felt like the right fit, so he went on a six-month journey to discover what he should do next, traveling the world to talk to hundreds of people about their living situations and what they wanted in housing. “I felt like something was missing and, to be honest, it was the experience I had as a kid,” he explained. “I missed being within a community and having close connections with people from all around the world. I also found an enormous appetite from people who wanted to try to live in new and unique ways where affordability was more available and a real sense of community existed.”
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One of the efforts the Commission helps to support is Governor Brown’s Under2 memorandum of understanding (MOU). This is an effort by subnational governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. With more than 170 governments participating, this group represents the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind the U.S. and China. Camacho
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Recently, the CAAA board of directors has been amplifying efforts on a career services initiative, which includes creating a taskforce that Miller chaired. One of her motivations for focusing on Aggie networking is the lack of knowledge on campus about AECOM and the opportunities
A network of talented Aggies
With that information in mind, Dishotsky founded Starcity with three of his closest friends, two of whom are also Aggies: Mohammad “MO” Sakrani ’12, Jesse Suarez ’12 and Josh Lehman. Suarez and Sakrani shared a similar passion in housing even before meeitng Dishotsky. “I met Mo when we were both in search of housing just before starting at UC Davis School of Law,” Suarez recalled. “Since then, we’ve pursued more ideas than we can count, and they’ve all circled around this concept of building communities and making an impact. Working on Starcity feels like a culmination of our efforts.” Dishotsky agreed, “Sharing an alma mater definitely bonded us more than ever. We have so many of the same mutual friends, and being Aggies helps us a lot with hiring too.”
Dishotsky also mentors fellow Aggies. Syed Hassan ’17 founded the startup Versa Wear, which makes wearable tech jackets for cyclists, and asked Dishotsky for advice on entrepreneurship. “Syed has this fire in his belly that you don’t always see in recent college grads,” Dishotsky said. “I was impressed with his ability to think of a jacket that could prevent bicycle/ motor vehicle crashes and his vision and drive to do it while also finishing school at the same time.” Dishotsky says there is no shortage of intelligent, hardworking Aggies in the working world, and he stays in touch with the university in part for hiring purposes. “Often times when I meet someone I think, ‘Oh, here’s this really smart, hardworking person with a great attitude.’ Then I discover they are an Aggie,” he laughs.
often relies on studies and data by the UC system to continue to advocate for dealing with climate change and for solutions at the local level. Camacho also stays connected to UC Davis in other ways. For example, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council in the College of Letters and Science, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He also started a program for UC Davis law students interested in energy policy to work
in Sacramento for the Energy Commission, which he views as a “pay it forward” gesture for the next generation of policy wonks. “I wanted to create the opportunity for UC Davis students that I would have wanted,” he said. “I find UC Davis students to be capable, smart and positive, and it’s very easy for me to hire someone during the summer and keep them through the year part-time because of how close they are to the capitol.”
for Aggies at the company. “I was amazed that most of the students were not familiar with our firm, a global engineering firm located minutes from campus,” Miller said. “I knew that we needed to become more connected with the campus Internship and Career Center in order to recruit graduating students looking for STEM careers
and was determined to make it happen. Our current taskforce initiative has a number of exciting goals identified to collaborate with ICC at career fairs and through various communication tools. Aggies will hear about CAAA’s various activities promoting career resources, and I recommend that they take advantage of these resources.”
Easy Listening C
hancellor Gary May began his post at UC Davis on Aug. 1, 2017 and almost immediately began a “listening tour” of events in an effort to hear from as many different stakeholders as he can, including alumni, donors and friends as well as students, faculty and staff. He is also meeting with many different community and business leaders and government representatives. His tour is a prelude to one of the first activities which will be to develop a strategic plan for the university. The motto and title of this plan is “To Boldly Go.”
CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Chancellor May gets to know
Asssociation chapter leader Caroline Cabias ’72. • Ch studies and agricultural economics at UC Davis. • Chance event in Sacramento. • Also in Sacramento, Chancellor M Debby Stegura ’79 hosted an event with Chancellor M and Family Council members in Los Angeles. • Chancello and executive director of the Cal Aggie Alumni Associatio University. • Chancellor May and LeShelle May greet CAA
w CAAA Board Member Neptaly “Taty” Aguilera ’73 and Chicano/Latino Alumni hancellor May chats with Professor Emeritus Refugio “Will” Rochin, who taught Chicana/o ellor May and CAAA Board Member Paul Keefer ’89 get to know each other at an May is greeted by an excited crowd of UC Davis supporters. • CAAA Board President May at her home in Los Angeles. • Chancellor May meets with past and present Parent or May and Rich Engel ’90, CRED. ’91, assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations on, get pumped at a CAAA tailgate before UC Davis’ season opener at San Diego State AA Life Member Denise Hurst ’89 in San Diego.
Immersed in Science
n the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, three faculty members—Heather Bischel, Veronica Morales and Deb Niemeier—have found a way to turn their love of sports into advocacy for science and conservation. To help “raise awareness about water research and efforts still needed to protect our natural resources,” as Professor Heather Bischel put it, the scientists have gotten their feet wet. The professors recently drew media attention as half of the Women for Water Research team at the 41st annual Trans Tahoe Relay, crossing 10 miles of water in Lake Tahoe. Each member of the team swam two 30-minute legs and several 10-minute legs, and in the process raised hundreds of dollars for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Throughout the day, they chatted about the pleasant weather, the water and their keen observations as environmental scientists. “We also gathered some ideas for future swims, like dragging a temperature monitor, dropping a clock off the side of the boat to keep the swimmer informed, bringing along our fishing net to pick up trash and, who knows, maybe get some water quality samples, too,” said Bischel, who focuses her research on water quality and resource reuse. — Benjamin Ginsburg
Did you know?
he Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) hosted over 350 events last year, including national and international gatherings.
Events FROM TOP: The Silicon Valley Network made a UC Davis fan out of the San Jose Earthquakes Mascot “Q.” • The Orange County Network hosts a picnic on Picnic Day. • Cal Aggie Alumni Association leaders strengthen the One Aggie Network at the Leadership Conference.
There are more than 50 alumni networks worldwide. CAAA also has a number of special interest chapters and networks, including the African and African American Alumni Association, the Chicano Latino Alumni Association and the LGBTA Alumni Association.
Network events are great opportunities to meet fellow Aggies and make lifelong professional connections. CAAA offers a variety of special events, both on campus and in network areas. Additional events include art walks, culinary tours, expert speaker events and sports games.
Check out our event calendar today! alumni.ucdavis.edu
Athletics Update By Benjamin Ginsburg
Preparing Student-Athletes for Success After College Meet the new senior associate athletics director in charge of student-athlete outcomes
How would you explain “student-athlete outcomes” to someone who doesn’t know anything about it? Michael “Mike” Lorenzen began his post as a senior associate athletics director for UC Davis in July 2017. His primary responsibilities are in the area of studentathlete outcomes, plus he oversees the department’s academic advising unit and serves as a sports administrator for women’s volleyball and women’s swimming and diving. Prior to joining UC Davis, Lorenzen served as both an assistant athletics director and adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Most athletics programs provide academic advising for their student-athletes, and many have additional staff responsible for “life skills,” “student services” or leadership programming. We know that most studentathletes outperform their non-athlete peers in academic settings because of the extra attention and accountability built into the athletics system: student-athletes also graduate at high levels. But as an industry, we tend not to do as well when it comes to preparing them for what happens after graduation. We’re trying to change that at UC Davis, and it’s a top priority for our director of athletics, Kevin Blue. At UC Davis, we are
asking important questions that challenge the existing model of working with student-athletes when they’re on campus. Are we opening doors to help them succeed at whatever they choose to do beyond graduation, and are we providing them with the skills, knowledge, opportunities and tools that expand their options? To my knowledge, there is no other athletic department that holistically looks at student-athletes from day one and prepares them for the next thing. We need to help them be successful as students of course, but also systematically walk them through a progression over four years that makes sure they know what they want to do when they graduate, that they’re well-equipped and have explored opportunities and thoughtfully chosen their
with Mike Lorenzen
path. When we do that well, we’re confident they’ll pay it forward to the next group of students by staying connected to UC Davis, mentoring future studentathletes and remaining connected to their peers so they can make easier career shifts later. What are some of the steps you’re taking to improve student-athlete outcomes?
Gathering data on human behaviors like leadership competency or preparation for a career is very important but also very difficult to do quantitatively. Part of my job is to figure out how we measure progress on preparing students for the working world. For example, we have our first-year athletes complete a personality profile to help them develop self-
awareness. They start to figure out what kind of environments make them successful, how they interact with others, what motivates them and how to apply this knowledge to understand other people as well. These are core competencies that employers want to see in applicants, and by doing this work with student-athletes and holding benchmark tests to track progress, we can confidently say that at the end of freshman year our students are more selfaware than their peers. We also want to help athletes redefine their personal narrative about their sport. A lot of studentathletes tend to put their athletics experience at the bottom of their resume under activities, right next to stamp collecting. But if you’re a Division I field hockey player, you’ve probably spent more than half your life in your sport. You’ve invested something approaching the 10,000 hours needed for mastery of a skill, and you’ve poured so much of yourself into this one thing that by age 18, you’ve demonstrated discipline, resilience, grit, emotional maturity and focus on longterm goals. That’s a compelling story for an employer. What’s unique about UC Davis’ position on student-athlete outcomes?
We have the opportunity to create a unique, sustainable, competitive advantage compared to our peers but also to shift the perspective of the industry. We can leverage our brilliant student-athletes and coaches, and we are working with them to carve out a
Lorenzen understands the complexity of the student-athlete experience in part because he was a student-athlete himself. He competed as a gymnast in college and coached gymnastics in some capacity for nearly 30 years.
position in the market that drives people to UC Davis because we prepare students for successful futures. This strategy also resonates with alumni, parents and donors, some of whom may be more interested in supporting student growth and development than traditional giving opportunities. Who are you partnering with in the UC Davis community to help drive positive student-athlete outcomes?
Student-athletes have a variety of identities that are wrapped up in who they are. A lot of what athletics does is tied up in the athlete identity, and we’re usually pretty good about the academic identity also, but our responsibility is to look at all those other pieces as well. That means forming partnerships with the LGBTQIA Resource Center, the Women’s Resources and Research Center, the Center for African Diaspora Student Success, the Chicano/Latino community and more, so we’re connecting with all the support structures on campus and engaging with the intersectionality of the student-athlete experience. We need to be plugged into the resources on campus
and connect students with those resources. This will help make the athletics experience a launching platform for student success. What advice do you have for alumni, parents and friends of UC Davis who want to help?
Our students need mentors and people to both guide them and open doors. Alumni, parents and friends are a huge part of that network. They can help by hosting an informational interview, or a brown bag lunch with a larger group of student-athletes where they talk about a day on the job. With nearly half of our student-athletes being first generation college
students, we have a great deal of education to do in regard to what careers and opportunities are open to them beyond college. Aggie friends can help by creating an internship or experiential learning opportunity. Internships can be difficult to arrange for a lot of our students because of their summer athletics schedule, so we need to work with Aggies to create creative, nontraditional opportunities for students that fit with the requirements of being an athlete and provide a meaningful experience. Those are a few examples of concrete things that will make all the difference in whether our student-athletes are successful or not.
Member Benefit By Benjamin Ginsburg
Professional Development for a Worldwide Aggie Community
s of this summer, UC Davis marks 250,000 alumni around the world. That means a support network of 250,000 smart, talented and friendly people that Aggies can connect with. And there’s no need to do it alone: the Cal Aggie Alumni Association offers
a host of career benefits for members, from discounts on professional services to annual networking events. Check out some of the opportunities that CAAA offers to Aggies. Career Fairs
UC Davis hosts several career fairs throughout the
year. These events are great opportunities for students and employers to meet each other, network and even get hired. But these aren’t just for students; alumni are always welcome to career fairs. The fall Internship and Career Fair is Oct. 18 19. Two fairs will be held in the winter, one on Jan. 24
for engineering and physical sciences and one on Feb. 28 for other fields of focus. Career Networking Events
Alumni networks are great opportunities to get to know other Aggies in your field and in your area. Don’t forget that Aggies hire Aggies.
“There is no prescribed secret sauce for networking; the secret is to try,” says Cody Noghera ’05, a CAAA San Diego network leader. “One of the simplest ways to get involved is to show up at local alumni events. You’ve already got one thing in common with everyone there: an affinity with UC Davis. Chapter and network leaders will be waiting to meet you.” Collegial Services
Alumna Robin Reshwan ’92 is the founder of Collegial Services, a consulting firm that connects college students, recent graduates and the organizations that hire them. CAAA members receive special discounts for LinkedIn profile set-ups and career advise-
ment, as well as a complimentary resume review. These offers are available for CAAA members, Student Alumni Association members and Parent & Family Association members with children in high school or college. “Cast a wide net when networking since you never know who may be that key connector between you and your next opportunity,” says Reshwan. “Remember to have a clear, concise explanation of what you are looking to accomplish to make it easy for your connection to be of assistance. Have a ‘personal commercial’ that explains who you are and where you are looking to go.” Kaplan
CAAA is the new home for Kaplan Test Prep courses. These preparation courses are held in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center at UC Davis and help prepare students for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE and many other graduate-level examinations. “Cast a wide net when networking since you never know who may be that key connector between you and your next opportunity.” Robin Reshwan
CAAA members get a 10 percent discount on these courses. And for students not yet in college, Parent and Family Association members get the discount for prep courses on the PSAT, SAT and ACT exams.
“Kaplan teaches you to think about the tests from the writer’s perspective, and that was a huge paradigm shift for me,” says Megan Gilbert ’14, a medical student at UC Davis who took the Kaplan course on the MCAT and now teaches one of the MCAT Kaplan courses. “Being well prepared for the MCAT helped me get into med school, and now I can teach other students and help them succeed as well.” UC Davis Extension
Since 1960, UC Davis Extension has offered UCcaliber courses in continuing education in a format convenient for working professionals. More than 3,000 yearly courses are offered both in-person and online, as individual classes or full certificate programs, covering topics that span UC Davis’ excellence in academics, including management, fundraising and wine-making. What’s more, CAAA members get a $50 discount on their first class each quarter! Check out an article in the last issue of AggieXtra about extension courses available in growing fields. “Our programs give working professionals access to the knowledge, resources and expertise of UC Davis,” said Paul M. McNeil, dean of UC Davis Extension. “They provide alumni with an ongoing connection to UC Davis that supports and enriches them throughout their careers.” LinkedIn
Perhaps the easiest thing to do is simply join the UC Davis LinkedIn group.
How to Get Involved Interested in giving back and helping Aggies build their careers? We’re always looking for volunteers! Contact us at alumni@ ucdavis.edu to get involved with our quarterly career events for UC Davis students. CAAA offers three programs for alumni to connect with current students:
Aggie Diner When: November 8, 2017
This award-winning program gives students the opportunity to meet with professionals in a wide range of fields. Enjoy a three-course meal while sharing your insights with students and networking with other alumni.
Interview with an Aggie When: FEBRUARY 21, 2018
Provide feedback to students in mock interviews and network with fellow alumni afterwards.
Take an Aggie to Work WheN: SPRING QUARTER
Host a student for a day of job shadowing at your workplace.
School of Education Update
Want to hear more from Dean Lindstrom? Click the video button below.
By Laura Pizzo
Welcoming Dean Lindstrom New School of Education dean shares her background and what excites her about UC Davis
You were at the University of Oregon for 25 years. What drew you to UC Davis?
UC Davis is both a research and land grant institution, which is a great fit with my values. It means we create new knowledge, address really pressing issues, and there’s also outreach to the community. So there’s capacity and support to do the things I want to accomplish in the future. Also, UC Davis’ School of Education is only 15 years old. I’m the second dean! And we’re already ranked 36 out of more than 280 Schools of Education in the country. What else makes UC Davis’ School of Education unique?
We are very focused on social justice and eliminating inequities. Our faculty are concerned about disparities in graduation rates in public
schools for kids from low income families and kids who are Hispanic, African American and Native American. In adulthood, these same groups often end up in poverty without any opportunities for future advancement. UC Davis’ School of Education works to address those inequities by creating really great teachers, developing new programs and creating educational leaders who are going to address inequity. We ask ourselves, “If we are creating knowledge, what is the purpose of that knowledge?” The purpose is to improve outcomes for kids. So our work really translates to making a difference in our region, California and the world. What originally drew you to the field of education?
I always loved school. Ever since first and second grade, I knew I wanted to
teach, but my goals have become refined over time. I earned my undergraduate degree in human services. Then, my first job after college was working with adults with disabilities who were in a sheltered workshop setting with other adults with disabilities. So these folks were in their 40s, 50s and 60s, and my job was to help them make the transition to community employment. In that experience, I realized these folks were very competent. They could work, but they didn’t believe they could work. Nobody told them in high school that they could be in the community. That experience made me want to go back to school to get a special education degree so I could work with individuals with disabilities earlier in the trajectory so they didn’t end up in these segregated facilities without any opportunity to engage in the community.
with Dean Lauren Lindstrom
You’re a relatively earlycareer dean. How did you accomplish so much so quickly?
Even before I had my Ph.D., I had opportunities to work on applied community research projects. I was part of a number of projects where we were working with public schools in Oregon, training teachers, doing longitudinal data analytics and seeing how we could improve post-school outcomes. I was supporting and developing grants, not really thinking that I would go on to become a professor. But then I had a professor who said to me, “You should really think about getting a Ph.D.” And I remember saying, “Why would I do that?” It wasn’t in my head that I could or would want to do that. But through mentorship, I had somebody show me that I might want to teach college classes and write my own grants. That
Dean Lindstrom began her appointment in the School of Education on June 1, 2017.
experience of receiving support and guidance stays with me when I work with doctoral students and earlycareer faculty. Now, I have been a research assistant, a professor, a department head and an associate dean. I have an intimate understanding of everything it takes to run a school of education, and I am thrilled to be here. Does the School of Education have any exciting partnerships at UC Davis or in the community?
Our varied partnerships help us translate research and knowledge into critical action. We are very connected with public schools and have faculty doing research and working in Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento,
Natomas, Texas, North Carolina and more. We’re also starting to build more international partnerships, such as in Haiti and Honduras. We have a center called Wheelhouse that works with community colleges, which is one of our emphasis areas. We’ve had 21 presidents of California Community Colleges on campus three times this year to think about leadership and strategic planning. We also had the chancellor of the whole California Community College system here. I’m also working on a Promise Neighborhood Grant for the Oak Park area, which is where the School of Medicine is located in Sacramento. It’s a collaboration between United Way, the public schools in Sacramento, the
School of Medicine, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and us. The purpose of the grant is to look at a very low-income neighborhood and develop the health and education services needed for youth in preschool all the way to adulthood. These are just a few examples of our important partnerships, and there are countless others. How is the School of Education engaging alumni?
Alumni engagement is an area that is quickly evolving for us. We have been partnering with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association to engage our alumni. We have this interesting split because we have a lot of people who got their teaching credentials from
UC Davis before we became the School of Education. We used to be a division of the College of Letters and Sciences, and we have a lot of alumni who also earned degrees in math or Spanish or some other discipline. But it’s only been 15 years since we started having alumni who solely graduated from our school. So we’re working on connecting with these different groups of people and are actively looking for ways to keep them informed and provide opportunities to build their careers, volunteer and come back to campus. To get involved, alumni can contact the School of Education at ed-alumni@ ucdavis.edu or the Cal Aggie Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanna Regulska (front center) poses with UC Davis’ 2017-18 Humphrey Fellows. UC Davis is one of only 13 universities in the U.S. to host the program, providing a year of professional enrichment for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world.
Global Education for All By Ashley Han
Davis students have long benefited from global education, through study abroad programs, a diverse student body that includes international and immigrant students and ample opportunities to participate in research that has an impact on global economies, the environment and more. And UC Davis
is now working on a long-term initiative called Global Education for All that aims to make sure all UC Davis students — including undergraduate, graduate and professional students — have access to global education opportunities that prepare them to live, lead and collaborate in an interconnected world. Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of Global Affairs
and a professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies, is championing this initiative. She has more than 30 years of international experience in higher education, promoting learning about different cultures, languages and perspectives. “Global education will help students be more sensitive and aware of other cultures in the real world,” Regulska said. “Students can gain new
skills, learn to be more flexible, adapt to different circumstances and see the value different communities have.” UC Davis alumni are global go-getters Garrett Nasworthy ’08, a Cal Aggie Alumni Association member and network leader for Mexico, said his life was dramatically changed by the international experiences he had as a UC Davis student, including the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid. He studied through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) for a full academic year in 2005 and said he was inspired to participate by the diverse student population already present at UC Davis. “I studied abroad when a lot of young people in Spain were very excited to express themselves; they were one of the first generations after the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco died, and it was exciting to be there and be a part of this moment in Spanish history,” Nasworthy said. “It was an opening into other cultures and left a big mark on how I led my life afterwards.” Upon graduation from UC Davis, Nasworthy moved to Mexico City after receiving a journalism internship and has never left. His internship led him to become a business reporter, and he is now a business team representative and international trade compliance advocate in Mexico City for PerkinElmer, a biotechnology company. Karen Wong ’83, a former international student and graduate of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, agrees that global education makes a long-term difference in the lives of UC Davis alumni and students. Wong came from Singapore to study at UC Davis and made lifelong friends and deep connections to the UC Davis community while living in the residence halls. A CAAA Life Member, she is now a leader for the Singapore alumni chapter.
“Global education is important — more now than ever before,” said Wong, who is now an administrator at National University of Singapore. “As an international student, I made friends and got to know ‘other’ people as equals. I couldn’t be more grateful for my education at UC Davis. I am thrilled more students will have the opportunity for global education in the future, whether or not they are able to travel. These experiences are very important as the world becomes more connected.” The future of global education at UC Davis
UC Davis is committed to expanding access to global education to all UC Davis students, regardless of whether they have the ability to study abroad. As such, this initiative seeks to add more local, short-term and multifaceted opportunities for students to become immersed in global experiences and service learning, such as internships at international companies, volunteer opportunities with local refugee or diaspora communities and living with a diverse group of people in the UC Davis residence halls. UC Davis is also looking for opportunities to internationalize curricula for all students. Some UC Davis courses are already beginning to integrate many aspects
of global education into their syllabi. For example, faculty member and director of the Global Education for All initiative Nancy Erbstein, along with Professors Jonathan London and Deb Niemeier, are teaching a community development course at UC Davis this fall while a parallel course runs in Nepal. In the winter, the UC Davis class will have the opportunity to visit Nepal for two weeks to engage in collaborative applied research and service learning. In the meantime, they will be in contact online with the students in Nepal, sharing perspectives on the same subject matter via joint class meetings and working in small groups to prepare for their fieldwork. This is only one example of the innovative, exciting ways that global education is being incorporated into the UC Davis experience. “It is UC Davis’ responsibility as a world-class university to prepare our students to be well-rounded, knowledgeable and successful in a globalized workforce,” Regulska explains. “Going forward, we will forge multiple pathways to ensure that all students benefit from global education. This will enrich their UC Davis experience and encourage them to think critically and communicate strategically about the world’s most urgent challenges, which are inherently global in scope.”
“It is UC Davis’ responsibility as a world-class university to prepare our students to be wellrounded, knowledgeable and successful in a globalized workforce. Going forward, we will forge multiple pathways to ensure that all students benefit from global education.” Joanna Regulska
e Design Launches New Vision in Education UC Davis recently hosted the grand opening of Betty Irene Moore Hall, the new home of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and graduate health sciences education at the UC Davis Sacramento campus. Betty Irene Moore Hall embodies UC Davisâ€™ vision to reimagine education. The building features common areas designed to spark collaboration, classrooms that foster communication and simulation suites that model real-life scenarios to educate future clinicians. A unique one-bedroom apartment serves as a home health environment to prepare the next generation of health leaders, as well as community members, for the challenges of family caregiving. Find out more and watch the video.
Wine Partner Profile By Benjamin Ginsburg
Raise a Glass to 250,000 Alumni
s of the spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, the Aggie family now includes more than 250,000 living alumni across the globe. To mark this remarkable achievement, and in partnership with many talented members of the UC Davis community, the Cal Aggie Alumni Association is excited to announce a new
Alumni Wine Collection. The wine is provided by UC Davis Alumni Wine Program partners Heringer Estates and Ceja Vineyards. Both are multi-generational family-owned and operated wineries. Winemaker Armando Ceja ’85 studied enology at UC Davis, and his son Armando Ceja-Lua graduated in 2017. Heringer Estates is a longtime sup-
porter of UC Davis, and the winery has employed many Aggies over the years. “In the 1940s my grandfather, Les Heringer, collaborated with UC Davis to develop the first mechanical tomato harvester,” said Mike Heringer, owner and winemaker of Heringer Estates. “Now in 2017 we are proud to be putting our passion for agricultural
excellence in a bottle with the UC Davis Alumni Label.” The interim director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, Dr. Jean-Xavier Guinard M.S. ’85 Ph.D. ’91, conducted a blind taste test to decide which wines would be selected for the collection. Heringer’s wine is a 2016 chardonnay entitled “Discovery,” and
UC Davis professors of art Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee created artwork for the commemorative Alumni Wine Collection. Werfel’s depicts a pastoral farm scene for “Pioneer,” while Pardee painted an abstract design for “Discovery.”
“Our 250,000 living alumni have countless passions and make their mark on society in different and exciting ways. With this collection, we’re pleased that we can showcase their creativity with wine and art.” Rich Engel
the Ceja bottle is a 2012 red blend named “Pioneer,” with labels featuring designs by UC Davis Professors of Art Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee, respectively. The labels were compiled by alumnus Evan White ’12, who also works for the Robert Mondavi Institute. All of this has made the wine collection a project by
Aggies, for Aggies. “Our 250,000 living alumni have countless passions and make their mark on society in different and exciting ways. With this collection, we’re pleased that we can showcase their creativity with wine and art,” said Rich Engel, assistant vice chancellor of alumni relations and executive director of CAAA. “This is an exemplary collaboration between some of the talented members of the Aggie family. We hope that our members will take this opportunity not only to drink great wine from our partners, but also to celebrate this special occasion.” To purchase the wine collection, click here.
250K Milestone Celebrated at Wine Event UC Davis recently celebrated reaching more than 250,000 living alumni and the official release of the Alumni Wine Collection with an event that embodied the university’s culture of collaboration and creativity. This event was made possible by UC Davis Professors of Art Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee from the College of Letters and Science, the Robert Mondavi Institute of Food and Wine Science and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, as well as UC Davis Alumni Wine Program partners Heringer Estates and Ceja Vineyards. More than 175 lovers of food, wine and art enjoyed the evening, taking the opportunity to reflect on UC Davis’ rich history and the infinite possibilities ahead.
Parent Profile By Benjamin Ginsburg
Landing a Dream Job
his summer, Melanie Hanson ’17 achieved
nearly every student’s dream: She landed a job in her chosen field just a week after walking across the commencement stage. Melanie graduated from UC Davis in economics but wanted to pursue a career in public health. Starting in July, she began working at UC San Francisco, where she assists a project manager in clinical trials for breast cancer research. She says she could not have achieved this “I really want to help people, and I’m so excited that I get to work for a university in the public health field. It’s a dream come true.” Melanie Hanson
goal without her family’s support. Her father, Steve Hanson, is a Parent and Family Association member, a donor to UC Davis and was there every step of the way through Melanie’s college experience. “As a transfer student, it took me seven years to graduate from college, and in
that time I had a fair amount of uncertainty,” said Melanie. “I would keep asking myself, ‘Am I actually going to achieve my goals?’ I wasn’t sure I would ever join my peers who already had their degrees. But my family was always supportive of me, and they kept reminding me that I could succeed.” Melanie attributes her new career opportunity to the support she received from her family and the nurturing environment at UC Davis. She grew up watching her mother as an occupational therapist, which sparked her interest in public health. Then, as a student, she worked at the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center, where she found mentors, earned hands-on experience and fell deeper in love with the field. “I really want to help people, and I’m so excited that I get to work for a university in the public health field. It’s a dream come true,” she said. Inspired by family
During her time at UC Davis, Melanie channeled her gratitude for her family’s support into service to other students. She helped found the organization Aggie RISE (Recover, Inspire, Support,
Empower), which supports students who are recovering from long-term alcohol and drug abuse, with the help of staff advisor Stephanie Lake. Melanie joined Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and worked towards removing the stigma surrounding alcohol and drug addiction to ensure that students who overdose are treated as patients and not criminals.
Through these pursuits, she established a legacy of service at UC Davis that will last well beyond her graduation. Melanie says her desire to help her community was in part inspired by her family’s example. Steve and his wife Karen established the Hanson Family Undergraduate Student Research Award, which helps UC Davis
Melanie Hanson’s parents were extremely proud of all she accomplished while a student at UC Davis, culminating in commencement last spring.
students travel to present their work. Based on his own experience, Steve knows the value of mentoring and project-based work in preparation for future careers, both for gaining experience in the field and making professional connections. “I was able to participate in research with graduate students as an undergrad, and that really contributed
to my success in my career,” said Steve, who studied computer science at UC Santa Cruz. “A lot of the work was over my head as an undergraduate, but by listening and participating, I learned very quickly, and it helped in my classes. I got to learn how the professors thought about real problems and talked about them. We wanted to
see other people have that opportunity as well.” Although Melanie did not do any research of her own during her undergraduate studies, she earned handson experience through jobs and leading student organizations. During her work at the Student Health and Wellness Center, she made a professional connection that led to her
current job at UCSF. “UC Davis students have amazing opportunities to develop experience and make connections outside of the classroom,” Melanie said. “My dad benefited from doing research, and I benefited from working; his support for these kinds of extra-academic activities is really going to help students like me.”
GSM Partner Profile By Brad Hooker
Accelerating African Trade Alumnus applies business degrees to a financial tech startup
itPesa was an investment opportunity like no other. For Adam Gouveia MBA ’13, it was compelling enough to quit his San Francisco finance job and go to work for one of his clients. Like a virtual bank, BitPesa makes doing business in Africa easier through faster and cheaper cross-border payments, with just a smartphone and without any physical bank buildings. “An opportunity came up last year to join,” said Gouveia, who knew the team through his investment work, “and a month later I moved to Kenya!” International innovation
Gouveia’s path to BitPesa started with two degrees from UC Davis. In 2005, he earned his B.S. in managerial economics and later while working in San Francisco, he earned his MBA in finance from the Graduate School of Management’s Bay Area Part-Time MBA program. The experience inspired him to support the UC Davis community through his MBA class gift. “The MBA program helped in many ways,” he said. “I use the knowledge
from my finance courses on a daily basis, but the soft skills are key in helping me manage a distributed team across three countries.” Gouveia said he always wanted a career with international exposure after studying abroad in Finland in high school and Costa Rica as an undergraduate. The only pan-African company of its class
BitPesa launched in 2013, when founder Elizabeth Rossiello saw a rising trend and demand for African
Adam Gouveia, second from left, applied skills learned at UC Davis to a financial tech platform for consumers in Africa. The startup, BitPesa, is founded by Elizabeth Rossiello, center.
banks that were mobile-only. She went on a fact-finding mission and raised seed money to build a financial technology startup based on Bitcoin, an open-sourced digital currency. BitPesa acts as a B2B foreign exchange, sending and collecting business payments between Africa and the rest of the world. This new type of financial technology can have the same leapfrog effect in Africa as cell phones have had. “The founding team is a great group of fearless women,” said Gouveia. “The majority of the management team is women, and together we’ve impacted businesses all over the continent by lowering the cost of international trade.” Gouveia became fascinated with BitPesa in 2014 while working as a trader at Pantera Capital Management, an early
investor in the company. In 2015, he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and co-founded the investment fund FluintC Limited, which focused on BitPesa’s market area of digital currency and financial technology startups known as blockchain companies. Since joining BitPesa in 2016, Gouveia has been promoted to chief financial officer, overseeing 10 employees spread across Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. By the end of this year, he says BitPesa will grow to be a team of 40 and branch out to seven markets across Africa and Europe. “I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work in an exciting industry that has a positive impact on African businesses,” said Gouveia. “And it wouldn’t have been possible without my education from UC Davis.”
GSM Programs UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management offers the following programs:
• Full-time MBA, UC Davis • Part-time MBA in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento, Calif. • Master of Professional Accountancy, UC Davis • Master of Science in Business Analytics, San Francisco, Calif. • Non-degree open-enrollment Executive Education programs, San Francisco Bay Area and UC Davis • Academies, workshops and programs for aspiring entrepreneurs, UC Davis If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities at the Graduate School of Management, click here.
Paul Keefer ’89 (right) hired fellow CAAA board member Algie Mosley ’96 (left) at Pacific Charter Institute after getting to know him through the alumni association. “He could think on his feet, was a quick learner and his personality and enthusiasm were exceptional,” Keefer explained. “And we have CAAA to thank because we may not have met otherwise.”
Membership matters. Join the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and get access to a network of motivated Aggies and amazing member benefits. A CAAA membership includes: • Discounts on UC Davis Extension classes • UC Davis Magazine subscription • Access to all UC libraries • Significant discount on insurance plans • 10% off UC Davis imprinted items at UC Davis stores • Discounts at hotels, restaurants, CAAA events and on Aggie Adventures travel • Professional networking opportunities Join now online at alumni.ucdavis.edu/membership or by calling (800) 242-4723.
Save the Date
45th Annual Alumni Awards Save the date to come back home to UC Davis and join the Cal Aggie Alumni Association in honoring the achievements of outstanding alumni and friends. The evening will begin with a reception at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, followed by an awards presentation and dinner on the stage of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
2018 Alumni Awards Friday, February 2 5:30 to 9 p.m. Location: Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts website: Click here for more information Date: Time:
For two years in a row, UC Davis broke its fundraising record.
Gary May is the seventh chancellor of UC Davis. He is also the first African American chancellor in UC Davis history, and the second in the history of the University of California.
37 percent of UC Davis admitted students this year will be the first in their families to
Robert Putnam gave a $2.6 million estate gift to UC Davis to support research into bipolar disorders.
graduate from a four-year university.
UC Davis is one of the most environmentally friendly colleges
in the country, according to The Princeton Review. Rankings were based on sustainability policies, practices and programs. High marks were given to schools that bought local and/or organic food, adopted green building practices and offered sustainability-focused undergrad degrees. UC Davis placed 10th on the list out of 629 campuses surveyed.
UC Davis now has more than 250,000 living alumni.
The Cal Aggie Alumni Association board of directors welcomed four new members
for the 20172018 session.
UC Davis was recognized as the sixth best public university in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings.
On Oct. 13, UC Davis and the School of Veterinary Medicine announced a capital campaign that will enable the university to create a comprehensive Veterinary Medical Center.
Professor Jodi Nunnari of the College of Biological Sciences was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Board’s Eye View
How would you describe the role of CAAA’s board of directors, and why it is important?
Debby Stegura ’79 never imagined that she — a first-generation college student — would eventually become a leader in the UC Davis community. As the president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) board of directors, she is focused on serving the Aggie family. She is a “recovering attorney” and has been a CAAA Life Member since she graduated in 1979.
The board is nominated by members of CAAA and sets the direction of the alumni association in order to serve our 250,000 living alumni all over the world and advance the mission of UC Davis and our alumni. What initiatives or projects are top priorities for the board this year?
We’re working on engaging alumni in California and around the world. For example, we are working on a career services initiative for our alumni. The goal is to help young Aggies, or mid-career Aggies, find their first jobs or new jobs. We have a great partnership with the Internship and Career Center (ICC) as well as partnerships with other units, such as Athletics and the Graduate School of Management. These partnerships help us identify and assist Aggie and nonAggie employers who will hire UC Davis alumni and students. CAAA also has
partnerships with career enhancing services. What is most meaningful to you about your connection to UC Davis?
There are so many meaningful things about my UC Davis connection. For example, I see our faculty quoted in lay publications all the time about the great work UC Davis does to solve world problems such as food insecurity, water resources, social justice and more. This innovative, world-changing work makes me very proud to be an Aggie. Now that you’re halfway through your term as president, take a moment to reflect. What do you hope your legacy to the board and CAAA will be?
When I joined the CAAA board the first time, in the early 2000s, I could never have envisioned myself leading the organization as president. It’s been an honor to lead this group and meet Aggies literally all over the world who have the same pride and passion that I do for the wonderful school
with Debby Stegura
that is UC Davis. Now that I am in the second half of my term as president, I hope that when my term is over, I will leave CAAA a little stronger. But we have a great board right now, and I’d like to energize and enable that board to go forward and do even more terrific things for our alumni and our university. We’re also keeping an eye out for more qualified board members with different skills and backgrounds to augment the board’s expertise. What advice do you have for alumni and parents who want to be more involved with UC Davis?
Just get involved. Period. CAAA has networks all over the world. I was lucky enough to represent CAAA in Hong Kong in May, and the enthusiasm of our alumni, friends and parents of students in Hong Kong is mind-blowing. We have great, passionate volunteer chapter and network leaders who help continue the Aggie experience. They’d love help from other alumni and parents who want to be involved. Another way to be involved
is to volunteer to read scholarship essays, interview candidates and select finalists for CAAA’s many scholarships. For information on scholarships, please contact scholarships@alumni. ucdavis.edu. What inspires you about UC Davis and the Cal Aggie Alumni Association?
I’m inspired by the big thinking we do at UC Davis, such as how the UC Davis community put forth Big Ideas with the potential to solve world problems. And there is so much opportunity here for students of all backgrounds, including the significant number of first generation students we have. CAAA is part of these enterprises and is unique among UC Davis volunteer
groups because we represent alumni, parents and students across UC Davis. What advice do you have for alumni, parents and students who want to get the most out of their UC Davis experience and connections?
Find each other. I’ve been approached all over the world by people who have some connection to UC Davis when I’m wearing or carrying something that says “UC Davis.” And, you know what? There are Aggies at the tops of their fields everywhere who began at the same place you did: UC Davis. Aggies like to help each other, and CAAA can help you build the connections you need to get to your next step.
CAAA Welcomes Business Partner
ith American-made products, a 25-year warranty and above-and-beyond customer service, PetersenDean is the best choice to go Solar4America. Both UC Davis and PetersenDean are part of the We Are Still In campaign, a coalition of cities, counties, states, universities and companies committed to lowering carbon emissions. Take this chance to do good for the world and your wallet. Cal Aggie Alumni Association and Aggie Parent and Family Association members get a five percent discount off any PetersenDean solar package or lifetime cool roof for your home. Members who are 50+ years old and/or are military veterans are eligible for an additional $500 discount. Support Aggies, the environment and save money. Solar for the future.
CAAA is excited to recognize the following new Life Members who joined between March 2 and September 1, 2017: Alfredo Aguirre ’81 Nina Akana ’10 DVM ’15 Rizaldo Aldas Ph.D. ’09 Carolyn Alessandra ’16 Rachel Altovar Kyle Andersen ’17 Katelyn Anderson ’17 Brian Ang ’08 M.A. ’11 Jessica Arellano ’10 Katrina Arredondo ’10 Ph.D. ’16 Ranvir Bal ’15
Paul Dilley M.A. ’86 CRED. ’87 Arancha Ducaud ’17 Derek Duncan ’96 Karen Elan Sabrina Eugster ’17 Celine Feibleman ’17 Hector Fernandez-Barillas Ph.D. ’85 Brooke Ferragamo ’15 Shahin Foroutan ’03 Vanessa Forwood ’17 Rachel Foust ’17
Charlton Lin ’17 Zhentao Lin ’17 Jennifer Linton ’93 M.S. ’00 Roxana Lopez ’15 Richard Loverne ’96 Shu Ming Ma ’15 Anna Madrigal ’99 Ian Maki ’06 M.S. ’12 Emmanuel Manasievici ’07 Sandra Mansfield ’73 Jack Mariani ’69
Kevin Balzen ’09 Mohor Banerjee MBA ’11 Rhonda Becker ’76 Katherine Beckman ’15 David Bellshaw MBA ’92 Branden Bickel ’68 Emma Blackmon M.S. ’15 Tristan Bonds Annette Boynton ’86 Maxwell Braunfeld Spring Bright ’74 Kelli Brook ’17 Marissa Brown ’17 Noelle Buer ’77 David Bui ’92 Connor Carion Vannya Castellon-Kristich MBA ’14 Sharon Caudle ’79 Christopher Cavoto ’14 Kathleen Cawley ’79 CRED. ’81 MBA ’88 Larisa Cespedes Chelsea Chan ’17 Julie Cherrington ’80 M.A. ’83 Doris Chin ’90 M.S. ’92 M.S. ’95 Ph.D. ’00 Bessie Chu ’08 Tiffany Chua ’17 Jacqueline Clavo-Hall Ph.D. ’17 Alan Cohen M.D. ’76 Anita Cohen Geoffrey Conine ’89 Bridget Connolly ’17 Nina Costales ’94 Molly Dale ’17 Courtney Daniels ’17 Anita Depatie M.S. ’13
Michael Gallego ’05 Allison Gee Peter Gee Kamran Ghiassi Ph.D. ’15 Rachel Gish ’05 Karen Gonzales-Escobedo ’88 Lily Gordon ’16 Darryl Goss ’83 Marilyn Goss ’88 Tanvi Gupta ’17 Ashley Harley ’12 William Haworth ’74 Suzanne Haworth Joseph Hegleh Kaleb Hernandez ’17 Jasmine Herrera ’15 Valerie Hirsh J.D. ’94 Chia Ling Ho Julie Houske ’86 Betty Huang ’17 Pamela Hullinger ’87 DVM ’90 MPVM ’01 Chi Huynh ’16 Javan Johnson MFA ’07 Carly Jones ’10 Virginia Katz Robert Kiehnle ’71 Jae Kim ’16 Kevin Kim ’17 David Knowles ’76 Jamie Koh ’07 Marilyn Krieger ’76 Padmaja Krishnan ’17 Nem Lau ’72 Nathaniel Leachman Ph.D. ’10 Christine Lin ’04
Marjie Mariani Aaron Marroquin ’07 Jill Marzolino ’17 Lisa Maulhardt M.A. ’92 Edel Mccrea ’15 Jerelle Medearis ’17 Heidi Meier ’16 Jean-Francois Merckling ’08 Harrison Neff ’17 Toni Normand ’79 CRED. ’80 Heather Novaresi ’16 Nicholas Novoa ’05 Anna Nowak Byron Olsen ’90 Elly Oltersdorf Julie Osborn-Garner ’94 Patrice Palomares Garcia ’93 Felicia Peng ’17 Celina Peterson ’17 Andy Phan ’94 Jasmine Phan ’15 Kyo Podrasky ’94 Sarah Potter ’17 Mohammad Pourhosseinzadeh ’17 Tara Prato Morrison ’17 Darlene Preston ’88 Willie Preston Mark Redor ’80 Courtney Reed CRED. ’15 M.A. ’16 Robin Reshwan ’92 Salim Reshwan Kevin Rich ’90 M.S. ’91 M.S. ’94 Ph.D. ’00 Paula Roberts ’84 Carlos Rocha ’09 Jorge Rodriguez
Membership dues allow CAAA to offer a wide variety of programming and alumni networking locally, across the United States and around the world. Thank you for your continued support and dedication, both to your alumni association and to UC Davis.
Meet the Mays Catalina Rodriguez ’99 Nicholas Rogness ’16 William Roth Lauren Ruffner ’16 Ardeen Russell-Quinn Alison Ruth ’17 Paul Salessi ’16 David Salin ’14 David Schreck Laura Schwartz ’13 Stephanie Shijo ’15 Brian Short ’76 DVM ’81 E. Paul Sickert ’78 Katherine Silva ’01 DVM ’07 Harsev Singh ’15 Abajh Singh Salpi Siyahian ’16 Shenee Slade ’94 Frank Sowerwine ’89 Katy Storm ’01 Skyler Suchovsky ’17 Mara Sunshine ’78 Brett Tagami Derek Tam ’08 Chelsea Tasani ’17 Tina Taylor DVM ’92 Michael Terkildsen ’92 Willie Thomas ’94 Tamala Timmons Mika Toikka ’92 Tracy Tsuetaki ’82 Jaime Tuttle-Santana ’12 MBA ’15 J.D. ’16 David Ureno Michelle Vannoy ’08 Steven Vasquez ’17 Valerie Vergara ’88 Alyssa Wang Karen Ward ’83 Terry Ward ’88 Valerie Weaver Brittany Weems ’09 Shirley Whistler ’69 Caitlin Whittey ’16 Henry Wirz ’73 Daniel Wollrich ’07 Patrick Wong ’07 MBA ’11 Wai-Kin Wong Marjorie Wong-Gillmore ’76 Denny Yau ’04 Kevin Yee ’16 Melanie Young ’17 Wincy Yu ’17 Blake Zufall ’17 Adam Zufall ’17
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LM: Within a year, I hope to
have some visibility on the campus regarding sexual violence prevention. For example, we hope Denim Day will become more prominent at UC Davis. Denim Day is a national day of solidarity where people visibly protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault by wearing denim. The tradition was originally triggered by the ruling of the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Also in my first year, I am working to connect with groups that support women and minorities in STEM. Thirdly, I am working to encourage Davis campus students to volunteer with UC Davis Health’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Overall, we’d love to support more students from the Davis campus partnering on projects at UC Davis Health.
Why is giving back and remaining connected to UC Davis important for alumni and other members of the UC Davis community important?
GM: Together, volunteers and donors help UC Davis accomplish what we want in terms of affordability and access, better facilities, new programs, innovative research, a powerful alumni network and more. UC Davis receives volunteer support that helps us build stronger connections in the region, leads students and alumni to professional opportunities
and lifelong relationships and helps the university achieve even greater excellence. Additionally, we are fortunate that many UC Davis community members give back financially to the university. Last fiscal year, UC Davis raised more than $250 million from philanthropy, which set a new record, and we’re going to try to continue to build on that success in future years. Philanthropy is critical to public universities where state contributions have been declining in recent years. The current state allocation at UC Davis is about 9 percent of our budget. And if you add tuition, it gets to about 19 or 20 percent. So that’s 80 percent that needs to be gathered from elsewhere. Philanthropy is a significant part of that. Philanthropy also tends to drive innovative research. At UC Davis, this means finding solutions to world water issues, health concerns, food security and more, benefiting future generations in California and around the world. LM: I don’t see donors as donors
or volunteers as volunteers; I just try to make friends. Some have humble beginnings, and the stories of how they got to where they are now are truly fascinating. And when you have a place like UC Davis, where it’s easy to share positive stories about what is going on, and it’s easy to get people excited about the organization, building strong connections for the university is not a difficult job. So it’s just about developing relationships, cultivating those relationships, and having exchanges about the needs here at UC Davis and the passions of our donors and volunteers and aligning those two things. When we get those two things aligned, we can have a truly transformative impact.
2018 Featured Trips Cuba: Art, Culture and People Date: April 8-16 Cost: $5,695 per person
Moroccan Discovery Date: May 4-17 Cost: From $5,479 per person v
(AIRFARE from SFO)
uba is a trove of storied heritage, revolutionary history and vibrant culture. This eight-night People-to-People educational exchange, licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, abounds with authentic, enriching experiences. Immerse yourself in this fascinating nation during presentations by local experts coupled with visits to historic sites, museums, schools and community projects. Discover Havana’s highlights and antiquated charms. Visit Hemingway’s home, cruise Habana Vieja in a vintage convertible and meet local artists and dancers. Admire artistic talent at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and encounter Cuba’s most famous export with a cigar factory tour.
Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Date: May 17-25 Cost: From $4,995 per person Rating:
The Great Journey through Europe Date: June 13-23 Cost: From $4,595 per person Rating:
Bon Voyage For a full list of Aggie Adventure travel opportunities, detailed itineraries, early booking discounts and up-to-date deadlines, please visit alumni.ucdavis.edu/travel, call 530-752-4502 or e-mail email@example.com. Please note that prices and dates are subject to change. Airfare is not included unless otherwise indicated.
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“The educational opportunities were superb! Our Cuban guide (Vivian) was amazing! The meals were wonderful!” — RHONDA BECKER ’76 “It was such an opportune time to visit Cuba as it transitions from the past to the future!” — judy ganulin “Wonderful educational opportunities. Also enjoyed the chance to interact with a variety of different Cuban people.” — COlleen Ward
While exploring China and Tibet, UC Davis alumni climb the Great Wall, the only human construction visible from the moon. Built in 600 B.C., it stretched approximately 6,000 miles.
CAAA Staff Adrianne Bataska Facility Manager
Sandré Nelson Volunteer Engagement Assistant
Brad Hooker / Writer
Val Bishop-Green ’05 Director of Partner and Member Services
Laura Pizzo Senior Manager of Communications
Michelle McKim ’89 / Designer
Amanda Crisman Data Administrator
Soledad Sanchez ’04 Program Coordinator, Parent and Family Programs
Jamie Dixon ’05 Director of California Engagement
Cailin Seva Communications Specialist
Rich Engel ’90, CRED. ’91 Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director, Cal Aggie Alumni Association
Trevor Stewart Senior writer
Becky Furtado Director of Marketing and Development Communications
Ginger Welsh ’95 Director of International Alumni and Special Interest Networks
Becky Heard Director of Affiliate Programs
Thomas Whitcher Director of Out-of-State and Special Interest Alumni Programs
Jasmine Herrera ’15 Director of Membership Charlie Hildeburn Interim Chief Business Officer Kayla Lickey ’17 Membership Coordinator Rita Lundin Executive Analyst to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director, Cal Aggie Alumni Association
Jennifer Thayer ’02 Assistant Director of Programs
Alana Joldersma / Photographer
Laura Pizzo / Editor Gregory Urquiaga / Photographer
Coming back to campus? Drop by and see us. We’re in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center—the building with the blue roof, next to the Mondavi Center. From Interstate 80, take the UC Davis exit and head north. Follow the signs to your campus home.
Mail Cal Aggie Alumni Association University of California One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616-8517
Carrie Wright ’99 Associate Executive Director and Chief Programs Officer
Phone (530) 752-0286 or (800) 242-GRAD (530) 752-3395 (Fax)
Benjamin Ginsburg ’17 / Lead Writer
Ashley Han / Writer Karin Higgins / Photographer
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CAAA Board Debby Stegura ’79 President
William Cochran ’73, CRED. ’74 Exec. Vice President/ President Elect
Naptaly Aguilera ’73 Bridget Bugbee ’13 Diane Carlson Biggs ’81 Alex Chan ’01 Brian Ebbert ’92 Molly Fluet ’09 Stacie Hartung Frerichs ’01 Sandra Frye-Lucas, Ph.D. ’03 Scott Judson ’09, J.D. ’12
Alex Kang ’09 Paul Keefer ’89 Ron Maroko, J.D. ’86 Charles Melton ’08 Jill Miller ’97 Algie Mosley ’96 Molly Mrowka ’93 Anu John Singh ’04 Karla Stevenson ’93 Scott Stevenson ’92 Frederick Taverner ’87 Kyle Trinosky ’05, MBA ’12 Ron Van De Pol ’72 Jon Weiner ’85
Advisors to the Board Gary May Chancellor Shaun Keister Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations Richard R. Engel ’90 , CRED. ’91 Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni Relations and Executive Director
Ramak Siadatan ’99, MBA ’06 Past President Bruce Bell ’85 Chair, UC Davis Foundation Patrick Sherwood ’87 Alumni Representative, UCDF Global Campaign Leadership Council
Bill Jostock President, Aggie Parent and Family Programs Roy Taggueg President, Graduate Student Association Josh Dalavai ’19 President, Associated Students, UC Davis Samantha Teshima ’19 President, Student Alumni Association
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The Last Word
ne of UC Davis’ most dedicated supporters, Mary Horton ’63, M.S. ’66 served 39 years as a staff researcher in the animal science department. Pictured here with young alumnus and AggieXtra writer Benjamin Ginsburg ’17. Horton has endowed scholarships, helped found the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Art’s Young Artist Competition and served on countless scholarship committees. “Aggie Pride really means being involved— being proud of what you do and what your university does,” said Horton, a CAAA Life Member and active volunteer. “I show mine by being involved with the alumni association, volunteering and giving back to the programs I love.”
Published on Oct 16, 2017