Alumni News

Seven College Alumni Offered Fulbright Awards

October 23, 2018
Thirteen UC Davis students and alumni have been awarded 2018–19 Fulbright fellowships — the largest group of Aggies ever awarded. Seven of them are recent graduates of the College of Letters and Science.

Exhibitions Celebrate Aggie Life and Remember World War I

August 29, 2018

Two of the most enthusiastic Aggies, Bill Hollingshead (B.A., political science, ’60) and Sharon Dianne Hollingshead (B.A., psychology, ’63), have organized exhibitions for this fall in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center to showcase the campus and region and recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

José González: Creating Community in Nature

August 07, 2018
José González (B.A., history, ’04) has always loved the outdoors. In 2013, he took his love for the outside one step further, founding Latino Outdoors, an organization that seeks to get Latinos into nature and engaged in environmental issues. The group now has a nationwide presence, and González has been commended by former President Barack Obama for his engagement in environmental protection.

Alumnus Richard Larock Supports Chemistry Undergraduate Education and Research

June 21, 2018
For more than 10 years, Richard C. Larock (B.S., ’67), Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Iowa State University in Ames, has supported undergraduate research in chemistry through a generous gift that funds a yearly research conference organized by the Department of Chemistry in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

Recent Graduate Wins O. Henry Award

May 18, 2018

UC Davis College of Letters and Science alumnus Jamil Jan Kochai (M.A., English, ’17) is winner of an O. Henry Award for his short story “Nights in Logar.” This story and those by 19 other writers will be published in an anthology this fall.

“To be included amongst such a long history of incredible stories, it's unreal,” Kochai said.  

Four College Graduates to Receive Alumni Association Awards

December 05, 2017
Four College of Letters and Science alumni are among this year’s UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association award winners—one of them, Patrick Sherwood, receiving the association’s top alumni honor. Other college honorees are Liliana Ferrer, Margaret Lapiz and Jesse Rodriguez.

Alumni Win Pulitzer and Peabody

November 06, 2017
Two College of Letters and Science alumni who got their journalism starts at "The California Aggie" won journalism’s highest honors this year—a Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody Award.

Two Aggies on Staff of Pulitzer-Prize Winning Paper

April 14, 2017
Investigative reporter Matthias Gafni (B.A, English/rhetoric and communication, ’98), who got his journalism start at The California Aggie, was a lead writer in a series of articles that won the East Bay Times the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.

San Francisco Young Alumni Program

April 10, 2017
When Lauren Levin (B.A., communications, ‘11) and Jacqueline Wells (B.A., English, ‘06) wanted to connect with a group of College of Letters and Science young alumni in the Bay Area and found no such group existed, they did what Aggies do: they made it happen themselves.

From Humble Beginnings to MacArthur Genius

January 15, 2017
José Quiñonez’s story starts in rural Mexico in 1971. Fast-forward to fall 2016: Quiñonez (B.A., Chicano/a Studies, ’94) is awarded a 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for his innovative work in poverty alleviation.

American Studies Grad Leads NFL Health and Safety

December 02, 2016
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.

Alumni and Faculty Support for Graduate Students Matched by Office of Graduate Studies

December 01, 2016
Support for graduate students is vital for ensuring that our best and brightest have the time and opportunity to grow as scholars, contribute to their fields of study, and prepare for a productive career. To grow endowed scholarships for graduate students, the Office  of Graduate Studies has established its Matching Fund for Student Support.

Time at UC Davis Leads to Business Career in Radio

December 01, 2016
Combining a love for radio and art, Benjamin Castle (B.A., art history and psychology, ’14) now leads sales for San Francisco public radio station KQED.