Alumni News

Viral UC Davis video launches artist alum onto world stage

UC Davis alum Jesse “Lxttle Boy Blue” Williams skyrocketed to fame after a viral video of their commencement walk garnered over 24 million views and led to a record deal. Known for their unique “new nostalgia” music style, Williams is set to release their debut album, “Feeling Blue” this fall.

Alum uses oak like a ‘spice rack’ to innovate wine industry

From Spain to California: David Llodra ’01, Ph.D. ’13, ventured halfway around the world to pursue his passion for winemaking at UC Davis. His innovative research about using oak to flavor and finish wines revolutionized the wine and spirits industry and set new standards across the globe. Today, he stays connected to UC Davis by managing annual donations of French and American oak barrels to the university and visiting campus to share his expertise as a guest lecturer.

UC Davis to honor stellar alumni and friends at 51st Alumni Awards gala

The University of California, Davis, Cal Aggie Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2024 Alumni Awards, an annual program that recognizes remarkable impacts made by alumni and friends of the university.

This year’s winners are leaders in technology, health care, civil advocacy and higher education. All have dedicated their time and resources to create life-changing opportunities for students at UC Davis and around the world.  

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association, or CAAA, which serves more than 314,000 UC Davis graduates, has chosen to honor:

U.S. Ambassador champions health and human rights in Africa

U.S. Ambassador Kathleen FitzGibbon, M.A. ’88, has spent the past 20 years serving as a senior diplomat in Africa, where she has led efforts to negotiate the safe transport of Sudanese refugees from Darfur and quell the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola. FitzGibbon has also worked extensively to reduce incidents of human trafficking and create opportunities for women and girls.

2023-24 Affinity Network and Aggie Parent and Family Association Scholarship Winners

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association recognizes the 2023-24 Affinity Network and APFA Scholarship Award Recipients.

On behalf of the donors, volunteers, the CAAA Board, the African and African Alumni Association (5A), Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association (CLAA), Sword and Sandals, and the Aggie Parent and Family Association (APFA), congratulations to the 2023-2024 recipients with outstanding leadership and dedication to the UC Davis community.

Artist alum returns to campus for book launch

Creator of famous “The Joggers” sculpture in downtown Davis, Tony Natsoulas ’82, M.F.A ’85 studied under famous UC Davis artists like Robert Arneson and Wayne Thiebaud before embarking on a 40-year career as a distinguished artist of the region.