Alumni News

Fernando Purcell: Chilean Scholar of U.S. History

December 10, 2018
Clues to historian Fernando Purcell’s deep connections to UC Davis are spelled out in block lettering at his home in Chile: “ORCHARD PARK,” “DAVIS CA BLVD” and “BAUER AVE” read the American-street-style signs on his family vineyard in Colchagua Valley, about 6,000 miles from campus.

2006 - Maureen (Pacheco) Maycheco

December 04, 2018
Maureen (Pacheco) Maycheco (B.A., history ’06) launched a new podcast this fall with friends and colleagues at One K Creative, a creative agency in Boulder, Colorado. The podcast, Good and Social, is a series of conversations with social and environmental innovators from across industries.

2007 – Dan and Kate (O’Rear) McCoy

December 03, 2018
Dan and Kate (O’Rear) McCoy — who both graduated with political science degrees in 2007 — live in Sonoma County, where he is an associate attorney at a family law firm and she works as a management analyst for the Petaluma Police Department.

Physics Alum Hunting for Neutrinos

November 27, 2018
Julie He (B.S., physics, ’16) wanted to help people — maybe by being a doctor — but discovered instead how to make a difference through physics. She is now building a science career that will fulfill her goal of ensuring a healthy world.

1972 - Jackie Speier

November 19, 2018
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (B.A., political science, ’72) has written a memoir, "Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back." The book’s release in November 2018 coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre in Jonestown, Guyana.

Scholarship Helped Alumna Take First Steps to Dream Career

November 15, 2018
Irene Ezran (B.A., international relations and Spanish, ’18) has had a lifelong fascination with international politics. With her sights set on a career as a foreign service officer, and with financial support from the Richard and Carolyn Palmer Scholarship, Ezran took her first summer internship at the United Nations. 

Paying it Forward

November 15, 2018
Some children grow up playing in parks,” said Maisha T. (Fisher) Winn. “Colleges and universities were our playground.” Winn (B.A., English, ’94), the daughter of James Fisher, an African American studies scholar who taught at UC Davis from 1969 to 1974, fondly remembers trips she and her brother took as children to the UC Davis Arboretum and library. 

Young Alumni Group Connects Aggies in the Bay

November 07, 2018

When Peter Ng heard about a new group for young alumni living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he immediately called his old campus friend Chris Backer, who he knew had great networking skills.

The two have taken leading roles in the College of Letters and Science Young Alumni Program, San Francisco Bay Area, serving on the group’s seven-member advisory board, chaired by Lauren Levin (B.A., communication, ’11).

Young Alums Create Startup App

November 05, 2018
A student startup is on track to solve parking problems on campus and elsewhere. The venture, Japa, provides real-time parking information through an app and website.

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.