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Alumni officers strengthen safety and community at UC Davis

Meet three alumni who’ve returned to campus to serve in the CORE Officer Program and help build a safe and supportive community for all Aggies: Jenna Du ’15, Tabbasum Malik ’19 and Ricky Lee ’16. 

The CORE Officer outreach and engagement program provides an informal way for UC Davis students and staff to interact with the UC Davis Police Department. These non-uniformed officers help answer questions and concerns, advise on a range of law enforcement issues, and connect people with resources they may need.

Meet the first woman Aggie to letter in a varsity sport

In 1952, Aggie Rifle Team shooter Audrey West ’53 became the first woman to earn a UC Davis varsity letter – and just a year later would go on to place third in the national college rifle championships. 

There were no intercollegiate women's sports at what was then the College of Agriculture at Davis. The rifle team seemed like a good diversion from West’s intense course of study, animal husbandry.

Job search success for new grads

Congratulations to the graduates from the class of 2022! For new to career professionals (and for current students thinking about their future career prospects), the job search process can seem over-whelming and often non-productive. So, here are a few tips: 1. Understand the roles, companies and industries for which you are applying. Start with research and informational interviews about roles, companies and industries that interest you. 2. Customize your resume, cover letters and other materials to the role. You don’t have to rewrite your resume for every job – especially when you have little or no experience. However, when possible, you should prioritize content that is relevant. 3. LinkedIn counts. If you are applying for roles online, you should have a compelling and complete LinkedIn profile.   4. Networking is the secret ingredient. Reach out to contacts, alumni and other hiring professionals at targeted companies to learn more and/or to bring attention to your application.

Leverage your summer experience

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2022 survey of employers, some of the most desired skills employers are seeking from new graduates include problem-solving skills, analytical/quantitative skills, the ability to work in a team, written communication skills, and initiative. The UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC) suggests a variety of ways to attain the skills employers are seeking through job opportunities such as food service, caregiving roles, and retail. The ICC is holding remote and in-person career advising options, so be sure to remind your student to check out their services! 

From KDVS to Oscar: A Parallel Education

Joseph Patel’s walk from his seat onto the bright stage during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony took just moments. But his journey to Oscar fame, Patel ’94 says, began years earlier and miles away — in the windowless basement of UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall.

Already a music lover when he arrived as a first-year student from his hometown of Fremont, California, Patel (B.A., economics, ’94) quickly found his way to KDVS, the campus’s freeform radio station.

Improve your interpersonal skills

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major social and educational impact on students. With virtual learning platforms, social media, and technology, students are spending far more time in front of a screen and less time interacting in-person with others.