October 4th, 2012 @ 7:22 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
UC’s Onward California tour, which visited downtown Davis yesterday, stopped on our campus this afternoon and I went out to check out the festivities. It was great to see and meet so many students who showed up to support UC and UC Davis. Here are a few of the highlights of today’s visit:
September 28th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
The inaugural, all-student "We are Aggie Pride" board of directors helped raise more than $30,000 in short-term financial for fellow students in 2011-12. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)
I am thrilled to share the exciting news that philanthropic support for UC Davis for the 2011-12 fiscal year exceeded more than $132 million, making this the sixth year in a row that we have surpassed $100 million! As you know, we announced the public launch of the The Campaign for UC Davis in October 2010 with a goal to inspire 100,000 donors to contribute $1 billion by 2014. The latest commitments helped bring the university to more than 80 percent of our goal and, as of June 30, the campaign had generated $826 million in gifts to advance excellence in research, scholarship and public service.
I came to UC Davis three years ago with a vision to not only build on our accomplishments, but also to ensure that more students have access to a world-class education in this turbulent economy. The generosity of our donors has made a remarkable impact on our university. I ask that you join me in thanking our supporters and invite you to read more about this year’s philanthropic highlights.
September 28th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
New students let out a cheer during the New Student Celebration.
Last weekend, thousands of new Aggies – many with help from their parents – moved in to UC Davis. Tuesday, I had the opportunity to see nearly 4,500 of those new faces at the second annual New Student Celebration – an exciting, fast-paced program designed to welcome first-time freshmen and transfer students to a four–year college campus.
While I waited for my turn to speak, I watched the student performances, special guest speakers and read the text messages that students eagerly sent in as they flashed on the big screens in The ARC Pavilion. When I got up to speak, I asked students if they knew what a chancellor did, and many of them looked a bit puzzled. I told them that it is my job to worry. I worry about them like a mom – only a mom of more than 30,000 kids! As chancellor, I worry about whether they eat, study and about their safety. I also worry about them getting jobs after they leave UC Davis.
After the event, I went out to the barbeque and resource fair and met and talked to many students. I check out all of the available services we have on our campus and I even took a photo with the Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association.
Chancellor Linda Katehi poses with the Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association.
As we kick off the new school year, I want to wish all of our new and returning students much success. I encourage you to study hard, but also have fun along the way. Welcome back, Aggies!
This year’s Fall Convocation was a time to celebrate the arts on our campus, and also to highlight the integral role they play in our students’ education. It was a wonderful event to launch us into our new school year and also to help celebrate our world-class Mondavi Center.
September 14th, 2012 @ 6:08 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
It’s been an exciting week for UC Davis, and yesterday, we received some more great news – we are one of six recipients to be awarded a $1 million grant in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s 2012 i6 Challenge Grant competition. In a creative collaboration with the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, or SARTA – a co-recipient of the grant – we plan to establish a new Clean AgTech Innovation Center that will allow us to continue innovating and contributing to the economic development in our region.