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All Can Be Heroes at Fall Welcome

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on September 17, 2019 in University

It doesn’t take superpowers to be a hero, and on Monday (Sept. 23) some Aggie Heroes will share tips for how we can all learn, help others and make the world a better place.

Those students, faculty, staff and alumni — some of the people who were dubbed Aggie Heroes last year — will be among the featured speakers at next week’s Fall Welcome event, which carries the theme “Aggie Heroes: For the Better.”


And don't forget RecFest, also happening Monday (Sept. 23), celebrating the new and improved Activities and Recreation Center and Rec Pool.


Combining the traditions of Fall Convocation and New Student Welcome, and hosted by Chancellor Gary S. May, Fall Welcome is free and open to all — new and returning students, faculty, staff and community members. Can't be there in person? Watch the livestream.

Admission and dinner afterward are free. Students will need their UC Davis IDs to get in, while others — including faculty and staff — must have tickets (see box for information on how to get them).

Fall Welcome, in The Pavilion at the ARC, also will feature student dance group MK Modern and student drummers Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan. Every attendee will receive a free T-shirt as well as a wristband to trade for a free meal from one of the many food trucks that will converge on Hutchison Field, where the Fall Welcome dinner will share the space with the New Student Resource Fair.

John James
James

John James, one of last year’s Aggie Heroes, is a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at the UC Davis Medical Center. He received recognition for going above and beyond to track down the dog of a man who had been hit by a car.

He’ll share the reason he came to UC Davis and encourage the new students in attendance to treat their college careers as a way to explore interests and passions, as he has done throughout his career. Each stage of your life and career builds upon the previous ones, James will say.

Others will also have advice for the students in attendance: Emily Merchant, a professor of Science and Technology Studies, will explain how students can better connect both with their faculty members and other students in their classes.

Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez
Calisi Rodríguez

Meanwhile, Valencia Scott, a student double majoring in anthropology and international relations, will introduce one of the lesser-known populations on campus, spotlighting UC Davis’ undocumented students.

Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, an associate professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior, will emcee the event. She, too, will highlight some of what makes UC Davis unique, explaining the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science, or CAMPOS, and the ways people with diverse backgrounds can bring new and unique solutions to the problems researchers like her try to solve.

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