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First-Generation Graduate Pays It Forward

November 15, 2017
Three and a half years into his career as a talent recruiter for technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chinsin Sim (B.A., communication, ’14) still marvels at his good fortune. The son of Cambodian immigrants and the first in his family to get a college degree, Sim said: “Sometimes I look back and ask myself, ‘How did I do it?’”

From History Major to Filmmaker

October 26, 2017
A love of stories led Christian “Joel” Lee (B.A. ’90) on a journey from undergraduate history major at UC Davis to a career as an actor and independent filmmaker in Singapore.

Aggies Give Back

October 12, 2017
Robert Woods ’76 and fellow members of the Cal Aggie African and African American Alumni Association (5A) are excited about further enriching the diverse UC Davis campus with a new scholarship to assist students of African descent. 

Music + Stats Add Up for Young Alumna

September 30, 2017
When Devon Bradshaw (B.A., music and statistics, ’17) was growing up in a one-bedroom apartment with a single mother in Hollywood, she spent over two years listening to her neighbor down the hall teaching the violin–and pleading with her mother for lessons.

American Studies Alumnus Leads Health and Safety for NFL

August 03, 2017
For some, nothing is more American than football. So it seems appropriate that Jacob Frank, who earned a degree in American Studies in 2011, works for the National Football League. After an internship and a seasonal job with NFL communications, he landed a job with the league’s new health and safety policy department in 2013 and now manages it.

Man of the Court: Darius Graham

August 01, 2017
Darius Graham ’17 may be a master of time management. From a young age, he’s balanced busy school and basketball schedules. Now as a senior point guard for the UC Davis men’s basketball team — for which road trips take him away from school Wednesday through Sunday — and sociology major who also factors in time for community outreach, he’s worked hard to maintain that delicate balance.

Music Man: Fawzi Haimor

July 28, 2017
Fawzi Haimor ’05, M.A. ’07, takes over as music director of Germany’s highly regarded Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in September, but the 34-year-old conductor is already living the dream.

Alumni Leader Calls on All Aggies to Get on the Field

May 02, 2017
For Darryl Goss (B.A., African American Studies, ’83), success is the result of passion and preparation. As chair of the College of Letters and Science Deans’ Advisory Council and executive trustee of the UC Davis Foundation, Goss exemplifies Aggie Pride.

Bringing Biotech to Hong Kong

May 02, 2017
Joseph Tam Ph.D. ‘69, the man responsible for bringing biotechnology to Hong Kong, says his time at UC Davis gave him more than an education: It gave him a new way of life.

From Humble Beginnings to MacArthur Genius

May 02, 2017
José Quiñonez, B.A., Chicano/a Studies, ’94

José Quiñonez’s story starts in rural Mexico in 1971. The fifth of six siblings, Quiñonez lost both his father and mother by the age of nine—his father to violence, his mother to the ravages of poverty. Left with no family in Mexico, he and his siblings entered the United States on the Fourth of July, undocumented and facing an uncertain future.

High Tech and Big Think: Tim McCarthy

May 02, 2017
Tim McCarthy, B.A., International Relations and Economics, '73

In a world driven increasingly by information, Tim McCarthy (B.A., International Relations and Economics, '73) believes that what companies need most to succeed are more employees with liberal arts degrees.

Bringing Scientific Thinking to Public Policy

December 02, 2016
With the State Capitol right across the Yolo Causeway, UC Davis students and researchers have the unique opportunity to directly engage politicians and policymakers with their research. One such talented individual is Gabby Nepomuceno (Ph.D., Chemistry, ’15).