Julia Ann Easley

For UCD, another donation record: $149.1 million

Nearly 40,000 donors committed $149.1 million to UC Davis during the 2012-13 fiscal year. That surpasses the previous year’s total of $132.4 million and marks the seventh consecutive year that philanthropic gifts to the university exceeded $100 million.

UCD had a record-breaking year for student support, having raised $21.7 million for student scholarships, fellowships, awards and activities, more than double the previous year’s total.

Additionally, this past fiscal year was the best year on record for giving by alumni …

UCD launching center focusing on Chinese food culture

A new institute devoted to Chinese food-and-beverage culture — the first of its kind in the world — is getting cooking at UC Davis. The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute at UCD featuring Chinese song and dance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. […]

September 11, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Student brings language, hope home to Haiti

Thoughts of “back to school” take Carolina Tavárez to places more than 3,000 miles apart. The UC Davis graduate remembers the humble Haitian village where just this summer she taught language classes to help eager children reach for a better future. The 24-year-old looks ahead, too, to graduate studies at UCD this fall to help […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Grant helps UCD boost STEM teaching

UC Davis will further its work to improve teaching in the nationally important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — including redesigning introductory courses that enroll thousands — as part of an Association of American Universities initiative announced last week. UCD is one of eight universities each receiving $500,000 over three years through the […]

July 09, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Young scientists to meet Nobel laureates

Two young scientists from UC Davis have been selected to meet with 35 Nobel laureates — including Steven Chu, Paul Crutzen and Robert Grubbs — to discuss some of the world’s most pressing problems. Aimee Bryan, a doctoral student in inorganic fundamental chemistry, and Pablo Zamora, a senior scientist in plant genomics, are among about 600 […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pelosi heads list of UCD graduation speakers

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, will launch graduation season at UC Davis on Friday with a commencement address at the School of Law. Twelve other commencement ceremonies will follow between now and June 16, during which the university will recognize some 8,000 graduates with undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD offers admission to 22,000 freshmen

UC Davis has offered admission to about 22,000 students for fall 2013, a group that promises to be the most academically competitive freshman class in the institution’s history.

Of these, about 5,100 are expected to enroll in the fall.

The campus had 55,895 freshman applications from which to make its offers this year.

The admissions decisions reflect UCD’s long-range plan to add 5,000 new undergraduates …

Record enrollment this fall at UC Davis

This fall, UC Davis welcomed a record number of new undergraduates, including a first-year class that is more globally diverse and academically impressive than ever before.

The university, which now ranks eighth among all U.S. public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report, also saw record numbers of new undergraduates from California and from outside the United States among its total of 33,300 students.

UCD’s total domestic student population is also more diverse overall, with nearly one in five from historically underrepresented groups.

From many backgrounds, they now share a common bond

Among the record number of undergraduates at UC Davis this fall are: * Daniella Marie Holm, a freshman chemical engineering major from San Jose. Holm, 17, graduated from high school as her class salutatorian and female scholar athlete of the year. She was named the most valuable player on her tennis team and built a record […]

December 02, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Student government raises funds to offer scholarships

Special to The Enterprise Michelle Perez — wife, mother of an autistic child, part-time hospital worker and UC Davis student — breathed a sign of relief: A $1,000 scholarship from the student government came at just the right time to pay for a summer course required for her major. The Sacramento woman is among the […]

October 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New programs help international undergrads

UC Davis is welcoming its largest-ever group of new international undergraduates with programs this week to help their transition to U.S. college life — from culture shock to different expectations in the American classroom.

UCD estimates it will enroll about 600 international students — 70 percent to 80 percent more than last year — and is offering them expanded orientation services, which began Tuesday, as well as a new mentoring program and a special seminar series.

The new programs offer additional support for international students as the university moves to increase their numbers to offer a more global experience for all of its students. Similar services are provided for all new students, but these focus on the unique needs of international students.

Back to base: Aggienaut accepts professorship

Astronaut Stephen Robinson, a veteran of four space shuttle missions, is hanging up his spacesuit and returning to UC Davis this fall as a professor in the College of Engineering’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Robinson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from UCD, will lead a new center conducting research on human-vehicle interaction.

“Dr. Robinson brings a wealth of experience as he returns to UC Davis,” said College of Engineering Dean Enrique Lavernia. “We’re honored to have him join us, and not merely because of his high profile as an astronaut. He was winning awards as an outstanding engineer long before he ever went into space.

“Steve will be a great addition …

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Nursing students join graduation list

Thousands of students from UC Davis, will participate in 13 commencement ceremonies this spring, including the first class from the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Commencement season begins May 17 and concludes June 17. Guest speakers will include: * Goodwin Liu, an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, at the commencement for […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD taps chief research librarian

MacKenzie Smith, an academic research library leader specializing in information technology and digital knowledge management, has been chosen to lead the University Library at UC Davis. Smith, who was chosen through a national search, will lead the library’s integration of digital resources and information technology to serve the academic community into the future. The library […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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