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Picnic Day Alumni Awards Gala

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By Wendy Weitzel

CAAA Picnic Day events


Picnic Day honors the legacy — and family — of UC Davis’ first gold medalist



prior to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. He was team caption of the U.S. rugby team that upset France 17-3, causing rioting in the stands.



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here are two grand marshals for this year’s Picnic Day Parade and one honoree. One will be there in person; two in spirit. DICK McCAPES ’56, D.V.M. ’58,

will be the one waving to the crowd on April 20. The retired Davis veterinarian and former faculty member will be there representing his late wife, MARILYN ’55, who died in 2012. The honoree is Marilyn’s late father, COLBY E. “BABE” SLATER ’17, UC Davis’ first Olympic gold medalist and the first member inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame. McCapes, age 79, is pleased to share his wife’s family history with today’s Aggies, especially surrounding an event with so much meaning to his family and the community. The annual campus open house, organized solely by students, is the nation’s largest studentrun event. As students, Marilyn served as secretary on the Picnic Day board, and her father was chairman in 1917 and parade chairman the year before. “It’s really about their family legacy, which is a wonder-


It’s really about their family legacy, which is a wonderful story.” ful story,” McCapes said. He’s been meeting with the 2013 Picnic Day board members, and took time on Feb. 15 to show students some of Slater’s memorabilia on display in Shields Library’s Special Collections, which will be open to the public on Picnic Day. Afterward, they headed to The Pavilion for the Colby E. “Babe” Slater Athletic Hall of Fame, so named because of a McCapes family gift. There, the students handled the two Olympic gold medals Slater won for rugby in 1920 (Antwerp, Belgium) and 1924 (Paris), and the UC Davis Slater Award trophy, given to the outstanding male athlete of the year. The most recently engraved name is 2012 Olympic swimmer SCOTT WELTZ ’10. Slater, an all-around athlete, also played football, basketball

and baseball at UC Davis. McCapes was delighted by the students’ interest in campus history. “The board of students are just wonderful,” McCapes said. “They give you a good feeling about the future of this country.” This year’s Picnic Day theme is “Snapshot.” The day is a perfect chance to get caught up on or introduced to what’s on campus. It’s also a great time to look back at the event’s 99-year history. A periodic attendee of Picnic Day and former parade judge, McCapes looks forward to the upcoming Cal Aggie Alumni Association Pancake Breakfast, Picnic Day parade, and “just wandering around” looking for familiar faces and interesting displays. “There’s always something to watch: dog races, chemistry, music, art — something for everyone.” That’s why people return to campus for Picnic Day, long after they’ve graduated. “If you go once, you’re probably going to go more than once,” he said. McCapes has remained

Picnic Day board members KEVIN HADIDJAJA ’13, vice chairman; JONATHAN WU ’13, chairman; PAIGE WILSON ’14, publicity; and VIVIAN TRAN ’13, parade; hold the Colby E. “Babe” Slater Athletic Award trophy and gold medals Slater earned for the U.S. rugby team. DICK McCAPES stands behind them. active on campus, even after retiring. He’s a past CAAA board member, and remains a life member. For Picnic Day 2013, the grand marshal has grand plans. He hopes to share the day with some of

his five children and nine grandchildren. “I’m going to take in the Picnic Day fully,” he said. “It looks to be a huge event. They have quite a schedule. It’s quite a lot different than when we were students.”

DICK and MARILYN McCAPES pose with

former UC Davis football coach BOB BIGGS at the groundbreaking for Aggie Stadium in 2005.

“BABE” SLATER’S 1920 and 1924 Olympic gold medals for the U.S. rugby team, along with the trophy pictured above, are on display in the Slater Hall of Fame in the Pavilion. PHOTOS COURTESY DICK McCAPES


PICNIC DAY EVENTS The Cal Aggie Alumni Association will host several events in honor of the 99th Picnic Day on April 20.

Vintage Aggies Wine Tasting

Friday, April 19 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center COST: $20 members, $25 nonmembers DATE: TIME:


lumni, parents and friends are invited to join us for our Spring Vintage Aggies Wine Tasting. Sample wines from Aggie winemakers while you reconnect and network with friends.

30th annual Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, April 20 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. LOCATION: Freeborn Hall COST: $10 members, $15 nonmembers, $8 for children 12 and under

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Alumni Zone

Saturday, April 20 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. LOCATION: Vanderhoef Quad COST: Free to members DATE: TIME:


oin CAAA and its campus partners on Vanderhoef Quad for activities that include exhibits from the UC Davis Arboretum, University Extension, Mondavi Center, and Graduate School of Management. Student and alumni performances will continue throughout the day on the Sconyers Plaza at the Mondavi Center. Activities include a kids’ zone, live music and a free photo booth.



lumni, students, parents and members of the Davis community are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast while reconnecting with friends. Entertainment includes performances by students and members of the Cal Aggie Marching Band Alumni Association.



noon to 2 p.m. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center COST: $50 for entire weekend of activities

Saturday, April 20 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. LOCATION: Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center COST: Free to members


icnic Day can be tiring. CAAA and Parent and Family Association members are invited to rest and refresh in CAAA’s exclusive VIP area, inside the alumni center. Enjoy complimentary light refreshments and view the newest exhibit in our gallery.

Saturday, April 20 4 to 5 p.m. LOCATION: Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center COST: Free to parents







he class of 1963 and pre-vious graduates are invited to campus to enjoy all of the activities of Picnic Day. Start your weekend at our Vintage Aggies Wine Tasting, enjoy the pancake breakfast before you head out to your reserved seats at the grand-stands to enjoy the parade, followed by lunch

arents and prospective parents of UC Davis students are invited to a reception to honor the inaugural UC Davis Parent and Family Council. Enjoy refreshments, meet fellow parents and senior leadership, and learn how to become more involved during your student’s time at UC Davis.



For more information and to register for any events, visit or email CAAA at or call 530-752-0286. You may also view the entire day of events at


UC Davis Golden Weekend: Parent and Family Council Class of 1963 Reception Saturday, April 20

VIP refreshments TIME:

with your classmates. End the day as honored guests at the Chancellor’s Ice Cream Social, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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’s not too early to start thinking about that special graduation dinner or lunch. CAAA, Aggie Parents Association and SAA members save 15 percent when they present their membership cards at Buckhorn Steakhouse, 2 Main St. in Winters. The destination roadhouse is renowned for its steaks and other grilled specialties. Call 530-795-4503 or visit its website.

Give while you shop


upport CAAA while you shop online by uploading the Aggie Shopping Network browser button. When you purchase goods, retailers make donations to your alma mater, at no cost to you. Amazon, for example, donates up to 4.25 percent of each sale to CAAA when shoppers make purchases through this site.


AAA and Aggie Parents Association members can save $300 on mortgage loan closing costs through the Sacramento office* of Mason McDuffie Mortgage Corp., 2033 Howe Ave., Suite 110. Contact Sacramento Branch Manager Dave Heard at 530-902-3725 or *Not a commitment to lend. Restrictions apply. All rights reserved. Some products may not be available in all states. Licensed by the Department of Corporations under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act.





al Aggie Alumni Association’s travel program offers adventure, culture and education to UC Davis alumni, family and friends. At least one traveler in each party must be a CAAA member. Upcoming trips include:

Villages and Vineyards of Italy Sept. 10-20 From $4,495



elebrate Italy’s art, architecture, food and winemaking traditions on this small group journey that visits Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Attend cooking demonstrations, tour wineries and sample local vintages.

Village Life in Dordogne Oct. 3-11 From $3,095



xplore France’s southwestern region of Dordogne, home to the largest concentration of prehistoric art in the world. See five World Heritage sites: the cliffside village of Rocamadour, L’Abri du CapBlanc, Rouffignac Cave, the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine and LesEyzies-de-Tayac.



Greek Isles Odyssey

Oct. 17-25 from $2,199 (air-incl.)



ail from Istanbul, through the beautiful Greek isles, and on to Athens. Stop in Kusadasi, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos along the way.

Essential European Grad Trip

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June 22 to July 10 From $3,568



efore settling into that new job or graduate school, new graduates can celebrate their college successes with a voyage through eight countries. Grads travel for 19 days, touring London, Paris, Brussels and parts of Holland, Germany and Austria. Add five days in Italy and Greece for $654 more.

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Take your membership to the next level


onsider upgrading your annual membership today and receive a UC Davis hat, brass UC Davis license plate frame and two tickets to the 30th annual Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast (good for paid-in-full life membership only). Use membership offer code PIC13 when you visit caaamembership. An easy credit card installment plan is also available for just $35/month. Call 800-242-4723 to set it up.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Nowruz celebration

New York Aggies art reception



Saturday, March 23 6:30 to 11 p.m. LOCATION: Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center COST: $30 members, $35 nonmembers DATE:


he Iranian Alumni Association invites Aggies to participate in an evening of dancing, dining and entertainment to celebrate Nowruz, the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian calendar. Alumni, family and friends return to campus for this special event.

Kansas City alumni social

Thursday, March 28 6 to 8 p.m. LOCATION: Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen, 1526 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. DATE: TIME:


ansas City area alumni will gather at this wine bar owned by a local alumnus.


C Davis and Hamilton College invite New York Aggies to attend a showing of UC Davis art professor Gina Werfel’s artwork. There will be a brief talk at 3:45 p.m. This is a Picnic Day Around the World event.

Take an Aggie to Work DATE:

Ongoing in May


entor a student with similar career interests by participating in Take an Aggie to Work. It’s an awardwinning program that pairs students with alumni in career fields that match their interests. Students job shadow alums for the day or meet them for one-on-one mentoring. Alumni provide a glimpse of daily life in their profession.

Sierra Nevada brewery tour with the Sacramento Aggies DATE:

May 18


oin our Davis and Sacramento Aggies as they journey to Chico for a tour and lunch at Sierra Nevada Brewery. Cost and times to be announced.

For more information or to register for any of these events, visit www.alumni. or contact CAAA at alumni@ or call 530-752-0286

Davis Network Sudwerk brewery tour



Saturday, April 20 3 to 5 p.m. LOCATION: Prince Street Gallery, 520 W. 25th St., Fourth floor, New York DATE:


Wednesday, Oct. 16 6 to 8 p.m. LOCATION: Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery, 2001 Second St., Davis COST: $25 members, $30 nonmembers DATE: TIME:


oin the Davis Alumni Network at Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery. The evening includes a tour of the brewery, tastings and appetizers. Charlie Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch endowed professor of malting and brewing sciences, and author of Beer is Proof God Loves Us, will speak.



From networking mixers and viewing parties to wine tastings and speaker receptions, our team is always looking for new venues to host UC Davis alumni events. Contact JEN THAYER at

if you have a venue you’d like us to check out.

Alumni Awards

O CAAA President CHUCK NICHOLS ’83, ’84, left, and Chancellor LINDA KATEHI, right, pose with 2013 Alumni Award winners, from left: ANN PITZER ’58; JAN MORRISON ’69; BARBARA JACKSON; BOB MORRISON ’68, J.D. ’71; JOHN BISSELL ’08; JANICE EBERLY ’86; and JOSE CARMINE DIANESE, M.S. ‘68, PH.D. ‘71 at the gala on Feb. 1 in San Jose. ABOVE:

Chancellor LINDA KATEHI, left, congratulates winner MARTIN YAN ’73, M.S. ’77, with CAAA President CHUCK NICHOLS ’83, ’84, and CAAA Executive Director RICH ENGEL ’90, CRED. ’91 at the awards. ABOVE:


CAAA would like to thank our event sponsors: • SPRINT • LIBERTY MUTUAL • WEST VILLAGE • J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES • KITSON WINES • WENTE VINEYARDS • COMARTIN CELLARS Alumni Awards showcase individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to UC Davis. To watch videos on the award winners, go to http://www.alumni.

The 2013 winners are: • Stockton couple BOB MORRISON ’68, J.D. ’71, a retired business attorney, and JAN MORRISON ’69, a retired teacher; • JANICE EBERLY ’86 of Evanston, Ill., the U.S. Treasury’s assistant secretary for economic policy; • JOHN BISSELL II ’08 of Sacramento, an award-winning entrepreneur; • MARTIN YAN ’73, M.A. ’77 of San Mateo County, television host and cookbook author; • ANN PITZER ’58 of La Jolla, retired software developer and a trustee of the Pitzer Family Foundation; • JOSE CARMINE DIANESE M.S. ’68, PH.D. ’71 of Brasilia, Brazil, a professor emeritus at the University of Brasilia; and • BARBARA JACKSON of Davis, a major philanthropic donor and volunteer for the university.


Attendees enjoy dinner at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda at the event.

n Feb. 1, the Cal Aggie Alumni Association recognized the outstanding personal and professional accomplishments of seven UC Davis graduates and one friend at its Alumni Awards Gala at San Jose City Hall Rotunda.



Profile Kelly Scott Former facility manager now building relationships






— Leslie Cory ’13 ABOVE: KELLY SCOTT

and daughter EMMA, 2. RIGHT: KELLY SCOTT, right, shows his Aggie pride atop the Great Wall of China with PETE CARPENTER ’01, in September 2012.


the facility manager for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, was promoted to director of corporate membership and corporate alumni relations. In his new role, Scott is developing CAAA’s new Business Membership Program. He helps businesses increase their reach and visibility with alumni, students, parents, staff and friends of UC Davis. A 2001 graduate of California State University, Chico, Scott has a degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing. He has worked for UC Davis for more than eight years. He began as event coordinator for Conference and Event Services, was assistant manager at Freeborn Hall, then event and administration coordinator for the Graduate School of Management. He’s been a CAAA staff member for nearly three years, and traveled to China and Tibet, hosting an Aggie Adventures trip in the fall. “I enjoy working with a community of people who are tackling big global problems, and dedicating their lives and talents in support of education,” he said. Scott is a native of Northern California. He

and his wife, MELISSA YOUNG ’02, a fourth-grade teacher in Natomas, live in Roseville with their 2-yearold daughter, Emma. They have three pets: an Australian shepherd mix dog, bluetongued skink lizard, and a bearded dragon. Although Scott keeps busy with family and work, he enjoys running marathons; practicing and teaching yoga; and serving as a DJ at nightclubs, festivals, local bars, weddings and receptions. He’s played soccer for more than 25 years, and has coached AYSO soccer in Davis. When asked what he would do if he could no longer do his current job, Scott said he’d love to join the crew constructing a huge model of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon. “I’m kind of a sci-fi nerd, so I might travel to Tennessee to help build the full-scale replica.”


Profile Route 3 Wines IT

’s easy for Frank and Nancy Muller of Woodland to maintain their Aggie ties. FRANK ’79, and his wife of 31 years, NANCY CASEY MULLER ’78, ’82 M.S., loved the time they spent at UC Davis. They met on campus, both studying managerial and agricultural economics. Frank is a partner in Route 3 Wines. The family’s farm, Joe Muller & Sons, created Yolo Vineyards in 1994, which farms 270 acres of wine grapes, vine stock, and olive and walnut orchards in the Dunnigan Hills. They launched the winery in 2007,

using grapes exclusively from the vineyard’s Hucke Ranch. It’s a family affair. The two other partners are Frank’s brothers, LOUIE MULLER ’77, and TOM MULLER. Sister MARIANNE FERRENDELLI

is an ’88 graduate. Dad Joe and mother Marie are both retired. Through time, all six of Joe and Marie Muller’s children have been involved. Named after the rural postal route on which the family farm resides, Route 3 is best known for Albarino, a variation of a Spanish white wine. It’s Frank’s favorite summer drink. In winter, he prefers Syrah; Nancy enjoys Merlot.

Nancy grew up in Burlingame. For her, the move to Davis was a big change. “I visited the UC Davis campus and fell in love with the open space.” Frank transferred as a junior to UC Davis from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was drawn to the theoretical education, but loved the fun side as well, especially the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! They’re happy they stayed in Yolo County, and have “a wonderful family business,” Nancy said. Their success is rooted in their trust in each other. The wine and vineyards are just part of

their business. They also grow lots of tomatoes — Yolo County’s No. 1 crop. Nancy and Frank have a high regard for UC Davis. They are on campus about once a month to attend Mondavi Center events or to help with campus research projects. He says, “(UC Davis) still has a lot to offer us, even

The UC education that we got was incredible. In any way we can give back, we have to give back.” though I’m not going to school anymore.” The Mullers are life members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, and look forward to continued involvement with the university. “The UC education that we got was incredible,” Frank said. “In any way we can give back, we have to give back.”

— By Sadie Gropen ’16 Wendy Weitzel, CAAA’s communications officer, contributed to this report.




he CAAA Board of Directors met in conjunction with the UC Davis Foundation trustees on Feb. 1 in San Jose. The boards committed to meeting jointly at least yearly to collaborate in the future. The CAAA board approved a slate of new and continuing directors for consideration by the general membership. The new directors, who will be seated in June, are:   NEW DIRECTORS: DANIELLE DUARTE ’04, San Marcos BRIAN EBBERT ’92, Sacramento NATHAN KOZON ’03, San Mateo   CONTINUING FOR A SECOND TERM: MICHAEL CAMPBELL ’68, M.S. ’82, Clarksburg WILLIAM COCHRAN ‘73, CRED. ‘74, Redding STEVE INYOUE ‘90, CRED. ‘96, Dixon DEREK WILSON ‘99, Orange   CONTINUING FOR A THIRD TERM: DELAINE EASTIN ’69, Davis STEPHEN J. MEYER ‘71, Sacramento CAAA THANKS THE FOLLOWING RETIRING DIRECTOR: JAN MORRISON ’69, Stockton

The CAAA board accepts director nominations year-round and encourages all members to visit the CAAA website to learn more and access nomination materials. The board also approved several motions to move forward with the exploration of a family camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It directed CAAA staff members to launch a market survey, move forward with an appraisal on an identified property, and find expertise to analyze the draft business plan for the project.

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The AggieXtra is published by CAAA for its members and community. PRESIDENT

Charles Nichols ’83, ’84 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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EDITOR Wendy Weitzel

about We Are Aggie Pride


he student-run initiative provides short-term financial help to struggling students.


• Gives a boost to Aggies trying to make it on their own, helping 19 students between March 2012 and March 2013 • Provides grants — not loans — with more than $20,000 distributed since the program’s launch • Instills Aggie Pride • Encourages compassion and philanthropy among students, staff, faculty and alumni, raising more than $32,000 so far, not including $24,000 in donations from the business community • Comes with benefits, like free T-shirts and other perks


Karen Collins ’03, Adrienne Cheng ’13, Leslie Cory ’13, Jane Eadie, Becky Heard, Karin Higgins, Sadie Gropen ’16, Sarah Hoover ’12, Breeanna Meunier ’14, Griffin Okamoto ’14, Kelly Scott, Jen Thayer ’02, Gregory Urquiaga, Ginger Welsh ’95


Drop by and see us: We’re in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center — the building with the blue roof, next to the Mondavi Center. Heading east or west on Interstate 80, take the UC Davis exit and head north. Follow the signs to your campus home. MAIL

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2012-14 CAAA board Charles Nichols


’83, ’84

’99, MBA ’06 (Executive Vice President/President-elect) Toni Alejandria ’08 Michael Campbell ‘68, M.S. ’82 William Cochran ‘73, Cred. ’74 Evelyn Cook ’89 Delaine Eastin ’69 Stacie Frerichs ’01 Britta Foster ’95, M.B.A. ’99 Donald Godbold ’78 Steve Inouye ’90, Cred. ’96 Stephen J. Meyer ’71 Jill Miller ’97 Jan Morrison ’69 Brent Sasaki ’94 Debby Stegura ’79 Scott Stevenson ’92 Brett Tank ’85 Debbie Travis Ed.D. ’08 Christina Tran ’95 George Walker ’68

Derek Wilson ’99 Robert Woods ’76

Ramak Siadatan

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Past President Patrick Sherwood



Linda P.B. Katehi

Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Shaun Keister Executive Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard R. Engel ’90, Cred. ’91 Chair, UC Davis Foundation Director At Large Bruce Edwards ‘60 GSA Chair

Katie Kolesar


ASUCD President Rebecca Sterling ’13 SAA President Amber McIntire



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