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Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda Katehi is UC Davis’ sixth chancellor and first woman to hold the post. (Karin Higgins / UC Davis)

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Student Health Services Ranked #1 by The Princeton Review

August 9th, 2015 @ 12:00 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Staff from the Student Health and Counseling Services.

Staff from the Student Health and Counseling Services.

I was very pleased and proud to learn that in the latest Princeton Review’s rankings of The Best 380 Colleges, UC Davis student health services was rated Number One in the entire nation. That’s wonderful recognition for our campus and great news for our students.

Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, and the outstanding services we provide are testimony to the dedication and hard work of Dr. Michelle Famula, Dr. Thomas Ferguson and the Student Health and Counseling team. They all do a wonderful job of ensuring that our students get the best quality care.

The newest edition of the rankings, based on 136,000 student survey responses from various colleges, was released on August 4th in book form and online, where you can go and take a look at the UC Davis page.

Congratulations to our student health services team and Go Ags!

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: A Video from African-American Students at UC Davis

August 6th, 2015 @ 12:28 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

I hope everyone in our campus community takes time to watch and think about a short but compelling video some of our African-American students recorded recently regarding their experiences and feelings about life at UC Davis. Although we have a diverse and friendly campus, these students remind us how much work remains to ensure that everyone on campus feels like they are a welcome and valued member of our community.

We take seriously the concerns of our African-American students, as we do with all our students, and are committed to doing everything in our power to make them feel good about their time at UC Davis. Our students are wonderful ambassadors in telling the story about the value of a UC Davis education and the positive difference it makes in students’ lives. They can do that, however, only if they feel good about their overall experiences while they are here.

Everyone knows issues regarding race are sensitive and complex. This is true across our nation and throughout the world. But more than anything, I felt tremendous pride watching these young men do an outstanding job expressing their feelings and frustrations in such thoughtful and constructive terms. We are lucky to have them as students on our campus. With young people this forthright and insightful, I know the future will be better for all of us. They are the ones who will change the world for the better. We owe it to them and each other to all work together toward that end.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Happy Birthday Margrit Biever Mondavi!

August 2nd, 2015 @ 1:04 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Chancellor Linda Katehi with Margrit Mondavi

Chancellor Linda Katehi with Margrit Mondavi

This weekend I had the honor of helping to celebrate Margrit Biever Mondavi’s 90th birthday. Margrit and her late husband Robert have meant so much to UC Davis and to California. Their dedication to the Aggie community, as well as their generous and visionary philanthropy, have re-shaped the university and the surrounding region. With the establishment of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science as well as the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Robert and Margrit’s contributions not only expanded world-class research in viticulture but also programs for the performing and visual arts. After Robert’s passing in 2008, Margrit continued her support of the university by contributing to the Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art as well as volunteering her time in the community. Indeed, their generosity has not only helped to transform UC Davis but it has also inspired us all to realize our full potential as a university and as a community where the arts are cherished.

Please join me in wishing the amazing Margrit Mondavi a Happy 90th Birthday!

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Partnering UC Davis with California Agriculture

July 30th, 2015 @ 1:16 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

UC Davis has long enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the State of California, and now we are taking an expanded role in developing agricultural technologies and to help our top students explore careers in the public sector.

Thanks to our climate and the tireless innovation of the state’s farmers, California leads the nation in food production and crop diversity. UC Davis has been the top-rated agricultural university in the world for three consecutive years, making an expanded partnership between UC Davis and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) highly effective.

With all that in mind, last year we initiated the Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) program as part of our effort to connect our top graduate and professional students with state leaders and to broaden UC Davis’ impact and visibility in the larger California community. This unique opportunity allows students to learn about real-world policy and practices while making meaningful contributions to public decision-making.

And in July 2015, we launched the first cohort of ELIPPS students, and already they are succeeding in their new roles. As an intern with CDFA, PhD candidate Kelly Gravuer will gain experience dealing with major issues affecting California agriculture, such as the drought. All six of our ELIPPS scholars are showing great promise for the success of this program and for the future of our public institutions.

I have great faith in the potential of our graduate students. These bright young minds are highly motivated researchers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. It is essential that we begin exposing these promising scholars and professionals to large-scale public policy and service so that the next generation of leaders and public servants will be prepared to face the challenges ahead for California, the US, and the world.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: A New Plan for Transfer Students

July 8th, 2015 @ 10:14 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

UC Davis was delighted to have President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris on our campus Tuesday to announce a new program that will streamline admissions for community college students wanting to transfer into the UC system. Transfer Pathways is being launched to help students better navigate through the transfer requirements, providing a valuable tool to serve our hard-working students and their families.

At UC Davis, transfer students now account for about one third of our total undergraduate student body and they bring to the campus a rich mix of diversity and dedication to learning. This past academic year, new transfer students made up slightly less than 37 percent of the total incoming class, compared to a system wide average of 29.4 percent. The new program is an exciting step forward, as it shows the UC’s continued commitment to providing access for as many California students as possible.

I applaud the work President Napolitano and Chancellor Harris have been doing to help transfer students find their way to the UC and the outstanding education our campuses offer.

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