Aggies making an impact

Chancellor Katehi and husband, Spyros Tseregounis, pose with students at the Davis Dance Marathon.

Chancellor Katehi and husband, Spyros Tseregounis, pose with students at the Davis Dance Marathon.

Being chancellor at an excellent university like UC Davis provides me the opportunity to meet some of the brightest students and learn about the remarkable things they are doing both on and off campus.

Davis Dance Marathon

Last month, I met a group of students who put on a dance marathon to help raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, with all the proceeds raised going to UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. The Davis Dance Marathon featured eight hours of high-energy dancing, games, live performances and giveaways — all for a good cause. The inaugural event, which raised more than $7,000 to benefit sick children, helped bring awareness of philanthropy and the children’s hospital to a new generation of college students.

Students pose with administrators and the food donated in the Mrak Hall food drive.

Students collected 120 pounds of food items donated by staff and administrators in the January Mrak food drive.

Mrak gives back

Students supporting students is nothing new on our campus. Most recently, another group of students wrapped up a food drive in Mrak Hall. Staff and administrators brought in 120 pounds of food items to be donated to The Pantry – a food bank on campus that helps students who are struggling to pay for meals. The food drive was intended to motivate students, staff and administrators to engage in community service and help raise awareness for ongoing support of our students.

Aggie Alumni

Aggies not only make an impact during their time at UC Davis, but they also continue to do so even after they leave. I was thrilled to receive the news that four of our alumni were recently named California Science and Technology Policy Fellows. The fellowship program, offered by the California Council on Science and Technology, places professional scientists and engineers in the Legislature for one-year appointments, to provide sound and unbiased scientific advice. This is a significant honor that will allow our alums to participate in the legislative process and help shape public policy.

This week, I also learned that UC Davis maintained its top-5 ranking among large California colleges and universities and top-25 ranking in the nation for Peace Corps volunteers! We have 60 Aggie alumni currently serving abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. This is the 11th consecutive year that our university ranks in the top 25 of the nation’s large universities and we rank 16th on the list of all-time top-producing schools.

If you know of other students or alumni who deserve mention for good work or good service, please share with me here at Higher Ed Matters.

Here’s some footage of the Davis Dance Marathon from AggieTV:


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