Linda Katehi is UC Davis’ sixth chancellor and first woman to hold the post. (Karin Higgins / UC Davis)
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April 26th, 2013 @ 1:22 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Picnic Day is a special time for many, including alumni who come back to UC Davis to relive the memories they enjoy about campus. But for Christopher Lewis and Adrianne Reiersen, this year’s event has a whole new meaning. The young couple got engaged during the opening ceremony and I, along with thousands of others, witnessed the surprise proposal.
Christopher came to UC Davis from Tracy (San Joaquin County) and Adrianne from Santee (San Diego County). Like many of our students, they both attended Picnic Day in 2008 where they met one another. Five years later, Christopher, who is proudly serving in the U.S. Navy, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Adrianne at the event that originally brought them both together.
It was a wonderful surprise not only for Adrianne, but for all of us who got the chance to see it. I was touched and honored that they chose to share it with the entire UC Davis community. I ask you to join me in congratulating Christopher and Adrianne and wishing them a happy future together.
April 22nd, 2013 @ 4:26 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
The ASUCD Bike Barn contributes to UC Davis “platinum” bike-friendly environment.
To people around the world, April 22 is Earth Day, an annual celebration of environmental activism and awareness. But as chancellor of UC Davis, I am proud to work at a university where every day feels like Earth Day.
We have come a long way in this country since the first Earth Day was celebrated as a series of University teach-ins on April 22, 1970, largely in response to the disastrous Santa Barbara oil spill that shocked the nation and world one year earlier.
Led by student activists who helped establish America’s modern environmental movement, the spirit of that first Earth Day and all that came after have given us healthier air, and cleaner rivers, lakes and beaches. The notion that we all must be stewards of the environment is now ingrained in our national consciousness and everyday life.
But there is still work to be done. On climate change, for instance, California is again leading the way on a major environmental issue, but we still don’t have a comprehensive federal policy to deal with the issue. It was gratifying to hear two high-ranking members of President Obama’s administration declare at the recent Climate-Smart Agriculture conference on our campus that the White House plans aggressive action on climate change.
It is gratifying that nearly a half century after the first Earth Day, our campus is a model of environmental awareness and protection in the same strong tradition of those first student trailblazers.
April 19th, 2013 @ 10:06 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig graduated from UC Davis with a degree in agricultural and managerial economics.
We know that UC Davis is a special community where Aggie Pride runs deep. When something happens to one of us, it affects all of us.
Alumnus and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig ’91 is a self-proclaimed “Aggie to the core,” and he, like you and I, believes in preserving our community. Coupled with his passion for justice and his strong ties to Davis, he came to University Police Chief Matt Carmichael with the idea of introducing a new program – only the second of its kind in the state – Neighborhood Court. Members of our community who are cited by police for minor or nonviolent crimes will have the opportunity to participate in Neighborhood Court, an alternative to criminal court where a panel of community members comes together with the victim and the offender to decide how to resolve the case.
Jeff has vivid memories of studying at the library and hanging out at the Memorial Union as an undergrad, and he recalls always feeling like he was part of a welcoming environment. Even after he graduated and went on to law school at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, he continued living in Davis because he felt at home here.
Jeff recognizes that when someone commits a crime on campus, it impacts our whole community. He also believes that this new process has the potential to bring people together to dialogue to find a solution to repair the harm caused by a crime and help everyone move forward in a positive way.
I admire our own alumnus’s innovative thinking about a new approach to justice. Feedback has been positive. This is fresh new way to engage our community in productive dialogue to resolve difficult issues, and I look forward to seeing its progression.
April 17th, 2013 @ 12:02 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Chancellor Linda Katehi poses with Artem Trotsyuk, race director and a student assistant to the chancellor.
Our UC Davis students regularly give me pause – a reason to be proud and to be humbled by their passions and their energy. Recently, I participated in the first 5K Stride for Aggie Pride – an event that raised money for student scholarships and emergency funds. The event was not only fun, but together we managed to raise more than $17,000 for student support.
Nearly 1,500 people showed up to participate in UC Davis’ first 5K Stride for Aggie Pride.
The idea of putting on a 5K “fun run” was first proposed to me in January by Artem Trotsyuk, one of my student assistants. Artem aspires to be a doctor and promoting student health and wellness is critical to him. He asserts that worry over funding their education can lead some students to high stress levels.
By organizing the run, he advanced his passion for health while empathetically addressing the financial concerns of his fellow students. Artem’s vision was enhanced by Dr. Adela de la Torre, our interim vice chancellor for student affairs, and a nationally recognized expert on Latino and Chicano health issues.
With support from several other administrators and UC Davis staff members, Artem rallied a team of students who worked tirelessly to birth what I expect will become a great Aggie tradition. Artem showed great leadership in his role as race director. He was determined to leave his mark, and give UC Davis a blueprint for future Stride for Aggie Pride runs.
I commend Artem, his team of students and staff members for all of their hard work. I really enjoyed walking and jogging alongside everyone who came out to support our efforts.
Being honored with an endowed chair carries a great deal of prestige for a faculty member, and it also shows that the university, its alumni and friends support and believe in your work.
Our faculty are passionate about their research and the benefits that it can bring to the world. They work hard and they are dedicated to their students and the university. All of this is crucial in attracting the best and brightest students to come to UC Davis.
This is especially true for graduate students who make the decision to come here namely because of the work of a particular professor. And even undergraduates, too. I am amazed at how well informed a 17-year-old can be in the work our faculty members are doing.
Endowed professors and chair holders help train our students to innovate, explore and challenge – to create new knowledge and expertise – because that is what the world will demand of them once they leave here.
These endowments and professorships also illustrate the importance of philanthropic partnerships with donors and faculty and how this money can help support new innovative ideas.
Congratulations to all the faculty members who hold endowed chairs and professorships. Your work honors UC Davis and we are very proud of you. And to all the donors who make these endowments possible, I join in thanking you for your generosity, vision and commitment.