2020 Kickoff Celebration: Interactive, Surprising

Even though it’s more than 100 years old, UC Davis still has a few surprises up its sleeve.

Chancellor Gary S. May will reveal them — in the form of plans for growth and increased awareness of the university — at the 2020 Kickoff Celebration, set for Monday, Jan. 27, in The Pavilion at the ARC.


“The public does not know the true breadth of our enterprise, but soon it will recognize the extraordinary nature of UC Davis,” May said in a video inviting all faculty and staff to the event.

At the 2020 Kickoff Celebration, the chancellor will share a look at what the coming decade will bring for UC Davis, including how faculty and staff can continue to bring recognition to the university.

David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health, will host a similar event on the Sacramento campus, and he and May will share the stage for a brief conversation through a video simulcast.

Attendees will also be able to experience UC Davis’ research in virtual reality, listen to the university’s podcast, Unfold, and share their own stories about the power of UC Davis. Other interactive preshow activities will include the opportunity to fill a packet of seeds to grow your own selections from the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, or to take home vegetables from the Student Farm. The event will include giveaways of UC Davis-branded items, and refreshments will be served.

RSVPs are required, and can be made online.

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