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10 Things I Learned During My Son’s Freshman Year at UC Davis

August 23, 2019
By Mary Jane Hornbuckle

Like many parents of UC Davis students, I keep lists: shopping lists, call/text/email lists and “to do” lists. The lists I kept for my son as he grew up could fill volumes. I worried about his well-being, his health, his happiness and whether he was completing the items on each week’s list!  But as he finishes his first year at UC Davis, I have another list for my son — a list of what I have learned about his capabilities and mine. My list is an ode to maturity-both his and mine.

Student Affairs Updates

August 23, 2019
UC Davis email

Parents, keep an eye out for upcoming deadlines sent to your students UC Davis email.  

Housing deadlines are approaching and move-in information will be sent out shortly. Please make sure to remind your student to check their UC Davis email frequently. We look forward to welcoming your Aggie Student.

Supporting Students Who Help Students

June 16, 2019

By Eric Gifford

UC Davis student Heather Perea ‘19 was just managing to make ends meet, but when the father of her children lost his job, she found herself unable to pay the rent. After exhausting all other options, she applied for help from We Are Aggie Pride, a donor-funded, student-run organization that offers one-time emergency assistance to fellow students in need.

What Can My Student Do This Summer To Make a Difference When They Graduate?

June 16, 2019

By Ken Barnes

What can my student do this summer to make a difference when they graduate? Excellent question. The answer can be a little complicated, so let’s start with what they are interested in doing. If you know, that’s great! If you don’t, below are some resources the Internship and Career Center (ICC) regularly uses to help them.

Chancellor’s Fellow Instills a Lifelong Love of Poetry

May 22, 2019

By Eric Gifford

Katie Peterson is an acclaimed poet whose honors include a Literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas. At UC Davis, where she just received a prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship, she directs the Graduate Creative Writing Program and established the Master of Fine Arts degree.

But teaching undergraduates is one of her greatest joys.

How to Be Happy at Work

May 22, 2019

Written by Robin Reshwan

Think fulfilling careers require your employer to offer free food, massages and pay better than the market? Think again. You don't need to work for a unicorn tech company to find happiness at work. Research shows that true professional satisfaction stems at least partially from factors within your individual control.

Read on to learn about three things you can do today to increase your joy in your job. 

Aggie Community - Parents of Incoming Students

May 22, 2019

Aggie Community

For many incoming college students their first year is full of excitement, new opportunities, and many adjustments. UC Davis offers a number of programs that help incoming students transition into their college career. If you know of a newly admitted student who will attend UC Davis in the fall, encourage them to explore these programs.

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Picnic Day- An Aggie Parent's Experience

May 21, 2019

By Sylvia Pardini, Aggie Parent Council Member

Picnic Day is one of THE annual events students look forward to. Admittedly, it is also one of my favorite events as a parent. I don’t expect to see my son during the day, because his picnic day tradition matches that of many students on campus, to let loose something he can only do a couple times a year.

Sip and Reminisce

May 01, 2019

By Trevor Stewart

The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association is celebrating Aggie Traditions with this year’s Alumni Wine Collection. To honor two of the longstanding traditions of UC Davis, Picnic Day and Pajamarino, the Alumni Wine Program partnered with Bucher Wines and brick & mortar wines to create a perfect wine pairing to enjoy with friends, family and fellow Aggies. The Picnic Day Pinot Noir is sold out, but there’s still time to get your hands on the delightful Pajamarino Chardonnay, by brick & mortar.

Seeing Nature with Fresh Eyes

April 15, 2019
Stacey Combes works with a 20-foot wind tunnel in her lab. She entices bees through it using colorful fake flowers and drops of nectar. Meanwhile, high-speed cameras inside the tunnel capture details of bee flight invisible to the human eye.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

April 15, 2019
Your student may have serious questions about their future, and this is a great time to help them figure out sound ways of developing meaningful answers.

Russell Vineyard Joins Wine and Beer Program

March 20, 2019

By Ashley Han

Russell Vineyard is the newest addition to the Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s Beer and Wine Program, which connects alumni and the UC Davis community to a rich network of alumni wine and beer makers. The family-owned and operated vineyard outside of Healdsburg is two lush acres and sits on a hilltop in the middle of a 208-acre ranch.