2000s alumni

2000s Alumni

2002 - Anne Guzzo

October 04, 2015

Anne Guzzo (Ph.D., music, ’02) has been appointed composer-in-residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. She is an associate professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Music. Guzzo, whose music has been performed internationally, is the founder of New Frontiers Festival of contemporary music at UW. She performs regularly as a clarinetist and teaches composition and theory. She earned her master’s degree in 20th century music from UC Santa Cruz.

2002 - John Hennigan

October 01, 2018

John Hennigan (B.A., individual major, '02)  is currently appearing on "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" on CBS. Hennigan, under the names Johnny Impact, John Morrison and Johnny Nitro, has been a professional wrestler since 2004. He co-wrote and starred in the 2017 movie in Boone: The Bounty Hunter and has done several other movie and television acting roles. 


2002 - Steven Farmer

October 03, 2017

Steven Farmer (B.S. '94, Ph.D. '02, chemistry) recently published his first book. Strange Chemistry: The Stories Your Chemistry Teacher Wouldn't Tell You (John Wiley & Sons, July 2017) focuses on the darker, wilder side of chemistry. The book covers broad subjects that touch on everyday life, including the chemistry of poisons, illicit drugs, explosives, foods, common household products, and radiation.

2003 - Jacob Smith

May 10, 2017

Attorney Jacob C. Smith, (B.A., political science, ’03) recently joined Reynolds Law, a business and estate planning firm, in Vacaville. He graduated in 2014 from University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he received Witkin Legal Institute awards for business associations and legislative drafting and was inducted into the Traynor Honor Society and the Order of Barristers. He served four tours in Afghanistan with U.S. Army special operations and received two Bronze Star medals. 

2003 - Mike Bezemek

November 05, 2018

For Mike Bezemek (B.A., geology, ’03), outdoor adventure was as important as academics to his college experience. Bezemek, a freelance writer and photographer, has crafted a career that combines his passion for natural landscapes with his love of literature and writing. 

2003 - Molly Winter

June 04, 2016

Immortal's Spring, the third novel in a Greek-mythology-based trilology by Molly Winter (M.A., linguistics, ’03), was released this month by Central Avenue Publishing. Winter writes under the pen name of Molly Ringle. The first two books were Persephone’s Orchard and Underworld’s Daughter. Winter won the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for an intentionally bad opening sentence. She lives in Seattle with her husband and sons.

2004 - Christina Bueno

December 04, 2016

Christina Bueno (Ph.D., history, ’04) wrote The Pursuit of Ruins: Archaeology, History, and the Making of Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). She is an associate professor of history and Latino/Latin American studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. 

2004 - Sallie Poggi

October 04, 2015

Sallie Poggi (B.A., communication, ’04) joined the UC Davis Strategic Communications office as social media strategist. She previously worked at Fleishman-Hillard in Sacramento as a managing supervisor with a speciality in developing social and digital media strategies for global and national food, wine, agriculture and consumer products clientele. She brings 10 years of public relations experience, nine of which were as a social media specialist.

2005 - Nicole Berry

January 02, 2019

Nicole Berry (M.A., art history, '05) is executive director of The Armory Show, the New York art fair hosting 200 galleries from 30 countries and offering lectures, presentations and commissions. The 25th annual show runs March 7 - 10, 2019.  Berry became director of the Armory Show in 2017. She previously served as deputy director of the Armory Show and the Expo Chicago art fair.

2007 - Alvaro Reynoso

July 15, 1991

Alvaro Reynoso (B.A., sociology and Chicano studies, ’07) joined the Woodland police force in June as a patrol officer. After graduating from UC Davis, he earned a master’s degree in marriage, family and child therapy from Sacramento State, then worked 11 years as a Yolo County probation officer. A longtime volunteer, he tutored migrant farmworkers’ children while attending UC Davis. As a probation officer, he taught parenting classes to people whose children were on probation.

2007 - Angela Chang

November 04, 2015
Angela Chang (B.A., international relations, ’07) is a human rights advocate with Amnesty International and a student in Penn State’s online master’s degree program in geographic information systems. She recently received the university’s 2014 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award, which recognizes achievement by a geospatial intelligence graduate student. At Amnesty International, she has used geospatial intelligence methods since 2012 to monitor and document human rights abuses in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The findings have corroborated witness testimony and helped influence U.S. policies. “At first glance for many, it might seem like we are coming from very opposite ends of the spectrum,” she said, “but at the end of the day, human rights and national security are not, and should not, be mutually exclusive.” 

2007 - Hasan Minhaj

March 12, 2018
Comedian Hasan Minhaj (B.A., political science, '07) will host a weekly talk show on Netflix beginning later this year, a first for an Indian American. 

2007 - Michael Bott

May 04, 2017
An NBC Bay Area/KNTV series of reports on the misuse of school police officers—produced by Michael Bott (B.A., international relations, ’07)—won a 2016 Peabody Award. The award judges cited the investigative team's "tenacious efforts and hard-earned findings in uncovering a disturbing trend in student civil rights violations and for its contribution to the larger conversation about rebuilding trust between police and their communities." Watch the series, "Arrested at School." Follow Bott on Twitter at @TweetBottNBC.

2007 - Reema Rajbanshi

October 04, 2015
Reema Rajbanshi (M.A., English, ’07) has won the UC Davis Department of English Maurice Prize. The $5,000 award has been given annually since 2005 to a graduate of the creative writing program who has not yet published a major work of fiction. The award is made possible by best-selling novelist and Davis resident John Lescroart and is named for his late father. Rajbanshi won the award for her novel manuscript Sugar, Smoke, Song.  “This novel is a gorgeous thunderswirl of dance and music, failure and friendship,” wrote award judge Ramona Ausubel, who has published a novel and a collection of short stories. “I love how the places — India, New York, San Francisco and beyond — press out through the narrative alongside Hindu, American and family mythologies.” Rajbanshi’s writing has appeared in Confrontation, So to Speak, Southwest Review and Another Subcontinent. She won the 2010 So to Speak fiction contest.  She is working on a doctorate in literature from UC San Diego.