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.

UC Davis Fall Convocation will spotlight the arts

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has played host to the university’s fall convocation every year since the center’s opening in 2002. And this year the center will have a much bigger role — as one of the stars of the show. “Celebrating the Arts!” will focus on the Mondavi Center as it begins […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Hattie Weber Museum sets attendance records

The Hattie Weber Museum of Davis greeted 3,476 visitors in fiscal year 2011-12, almost 1,000 more than the previous year, according to a recent annual report to the Davis City Council. A single-day record of 161 was set on Pig Day last March, the museum reported. Visitors who signed the guest book (not all do) […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rice straw roller available through Yolo County Resource Conservation District

The Yolo County Resource Conservation District is again making its rice straw roller available to rent to encourage decomposition of rice straw, a field management practice that also benefits local and regional wildlife. The fee is $3 per acre. Rice straw rollers are a farm implement used to help break down rice straw after harvest. […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Woman injured in single-vehicle accident

An 85-year-old woman was hospitalized Tuesday after her car overturned on a northeast Davis street, police said. Lt. Paul Doroshov said Helen Mahaney’s Toyota Camry struck a large decorative rock in a yard in the 1800 block of Fremont Court shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday. She became trapped inside the vehicle when it rolled over […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Cell-phone violation leads to Elk Grove man’s arrest

An Elk Grove man learned the hard way Wednesday that cops mean business when it comes to distraction-free driving. Jamaar Dequint Anderson, 30, was pulled over for allegedly holding his cell phone while driving eastbound on Interstate 80 in West Sacramento. California Highway Patrol Officer Bryan Konvalin said Anderson refused to sign the resulting citation, […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Multimedia festival to celebrate history of Cache Creek Nature Preserve

The history of the Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve is rich and diverse and reflective of the layered stories and landscapes across California. Today, the 130-acre site bordering Cache Creek outside Woodland is a rural idyll, a natural landscape chock full of native plants, birds, and animals that masks a contested past. On […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Check out transportation alternatives at Cool Davis booth

The Cool California Challenge and Davis Bicycles! will team up at the Cool Davis booth from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Picnic in the Park celebration in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Local residents are invited to check out a variety of bikes, cargo bikes and bike trailers, and learn about creative […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Stay fit, have fun at city dance classes

It’s time to get moving! The city of Davis offers several fitness/dance classes for adults: * Zumba: A high-energy class fused with Latin and international music and dance, Zumba routines feature aerobic and fitness training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Muralist will showcase Woodland Community College art

Maceo Montoya, a muralist and assistant professor in the Chicana/o studies department at UC Davis, will speak about the mural at Woodland Community College, “Our Hope Our Journey Our Dream,” when he visits the college on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The mural was unveiled this summer. Montoya will speak from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Community […]

September 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Big wave drags couple out to sea, husband dead

LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in Mexico say a giant wave has dragged off a Walnut Creek couple walking on a Baja California beach, drowning the 72-year-old husband and injuring his 66-year-old wife. Prosecutors say a navy boat found Ted Park’s body two hours later in the ocean 800 yards from the spot where […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Yee-haw! Check out the Street Food Rodeo

What: Street Food Rodeo, presented by The Davis Dirt When: 4-9 p.m. Friday Where: Sixth and G streets, downtown Davis Benefits: Garden programs at Chávez, Fairfield, Patwin and Birch Lane elementary schools

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo DA won’t charge officers in UCD pepper-spraying

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office will not seek criminal charges against the UC Davis police officers involved in last fall’s pepper-spraying of seated Occupy protesters on the campus Quad, concluding that the officers’ actions did not amount to unlawful conduct. In a statement released Wednesday evening, Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral said […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Standing in: Reflections of an Olympian

By Cathy Carr West As I sat on my couch watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I heard many athletes comment they were “waiting for it to sink in,” or “it’s surreal,” referring to their accomplishment. I have news for them; it never does. As a swimmer in the 1972 Olympic Games, 40 years […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,