Alumni News

Creative Writing Alumnus Picked as Nebraska State Poet

February 04, 2019
Matt Mason (M.A., English, ’94) has been named state poet of Nebraska. Mason’s duties during his five-year term will include giving public presentations and readings, leading workshops and discussions, and providing outreach at schools, libraries and literary festivals across the state.

Lifelong Learner Earns History Degree at 84

January 28, 2019
When Marianna Daniel returned to college after more than a half-century, she faced language, health and mobility challenges. But the immigrant Californian surmounted them all to finish her second bachelor’s degree — this one in history from UC Davis — at age 84.

1992 - Heidi Sanborn

January 22, 2019
Heidi Sanborn (B.A., political science - public service, ’92) was sworn in Jan. 17 as a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s board of directors.

2012 - Austin Sendek

January 17, 2019

Austin Sendek (B.S. physics, ‘12) was named to Forbes annual 30 Under 30 list of individuals making an impact in the field of energy. Sendek founded his own company, AIONICS, which develops machine learning platforms for accelerating new battery designs.

1997 - Tom Dyer

December 17, 2018
Tom Dyer (B.A., philosophy, ’97) has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Yolo Superior Court bench.

1984 - Dan Hawkins

December 17, 2018
UC Davis’ Dan Hawkins (B.A., physical education, ’84) was named the nation’s coach of the year among Football Championship Subdivision schools.

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.