IN BRIEF: Football, eduroam and Duo


  • UPDATED: Aggies' home opener now set for March 20
  • Eduroam security certificate up for renewal
  • Students will be enrolled in Duo
  • 2 blood drives bring in 121 pints
  • Car seat assistance from UC Davis Health

1st home game now set for March 20

Updated 7:45 a.m. Feb. 19: The Aggies’ delayed season has been delayed again. The team will open play March 6 at Idaho and will not play at UC Davis Health Stadium until March 20. The Aggies had expected to begin play Feb. 27 against Cal Poly at UC Davis Health Stadium. That game has been postponed to March 20, which had been an open date in the six-game schedule. Read the UC Davis Athletics news release.

UC Davis Athletics announced Thursday (Feb. 18) the postponement of next week’s home football game against Cal Poly. The game would have been the first for both teams in the Big Sky Conference’s delayed 2020 season.

Now, the Aggies are set to open play March 6 at Idaho. The Cal Poly game, the first of two games between the rivals in the shortened season, has been moved to March 20 at UC Davis Health Stadium. March 20 had been an open date in the Aggies’ schedule, so no other adjustments are needed.

With the switch to a March 20 game, the Aggies will play all three of their home games three weeks in a row: March 20 and 27, and April 3. No fans will be allowed in, but, in a new deal, Sacramento's CW31 television will carry all of the Aggies' home games.

The Big Sky schedule comprises six games apiece for eight teams. Four other conference members are building their own schedules for nonconference play, and Sacramento State has decided not to play this season.

The UC Davis schedule as of Feb. 19 (all games on Saturdays):

  • March 6 — at Idaho
  • March 13 — at Weber State
  • March 20 — vs. Cal Poly, UC Davis Health Stadium (Battle for the Golden Horseshoe)
  • March 27 — vs. Idaho State, UC Davis Health Stadium
  • April 3 — vs. Eastern Washington, UC Davis Health Stadium
  • April 10 — at Cal Poly

Kickoff times and broadcast information will be announced later.

Eduroam: New security certificate Feb. 3

Information and Educational Technology announced it will install a new electronic security certificate for the campus’s eduroam wireless service at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Sometime after that, users may be asked to accept the new certificate, via a prompt on their phones or other devices.

If you receive the prompt, you should accept it. If you have doubts, contact your department’s tech support or the IT Express Service Desk.

Some devices will accept the new certificate automatically. Your experience will vary depending on your device, model and operating system. This campus reference article has more information.

Certificates expire periodically, and this is the sixth certificate update to eduroam at UC Davis since fall 2012. IET now schedules these updates every February.

If you have problems or questions, contact IT Express, 530-754-HELP (4357).

Duo: Now it’s for students, too

The campus will soon begin connecting all students to Duo multifactor authentication. Faculty, staff and student employees are already using the services.

Students will be enrolled in batches of about 2,000 per day, automatically, starting Feb. 9. Emails will advise students of their Duo enrollment before and after it happens. Students can preempt bulk enrollment by signing up for Duo on their own by Feb. 5. 

Duo multifactor authentication protects your online accounts much like a deadbolt secures a door. First you log in with your usual passphrase, then you enter a second authenticating “factor” — typically a temporary code that Duo displays on your smartphone. Accept the code, and you’re in. Hackers who don’t have the second factor cannot get into your account.

Once students are enrolled, they will need Duo to access the Advising Appointment System, MyBill and several other campus services protected by the Central Authentication Service, or CAS, the standard campus login service. Other apps, including UC Davis Canvas and DavisMail, will not require Duo for now. 

The IT Express Service Desk estimates that Duo has prevented up to 500 fraudulent account logins at UC Davis in the past four years. Some of the attempts were probably mistakes. Some were almost certainly blocked break-ins. 

More information about Duo is available online. If you are ready to enroll now, click here. Questions? Contact IT Express, 530-754-HELP (4357).

Blood drive results: 121 pints

Two blood drives last week — one campuswide and the other organized by the School of Law for Martin Luther King Jr. Day — yielded a total of 121 pints, offering the potential of saving 363 lives.

Vitalant reported collecting 91 pints in the campuswide drive Jan. 20 at the Activities and Recreation Center, while the law school’s drive on Jan. 18 yielded 30 pints. “The UC Davis law school made T-shirts, and it was truly a day of giving as a way to celebrate MLK,” said Maria Gillen, donor recruitment representative. “It was a great day.”

The next campuswide blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, at the ARC.

Car seat assistance from UC Davis Health

Need help installing a car seat? You can get free, virtual education and inspections as well as socially distant car seat installations in English and Spanish from the UC Davis Trauma Prevention and Outreach Department


“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we want families to know we continue to offer our resources and expertise to ensure that their car seats are installed correctly,” said Misael Chavarin, community education specialist at UC Davis Health.

These resources include:  

  • Free community car seat classes — In English and Spanish, through Zoom. They cover the California child passenger safety law, car seat weight and height limits, and proper car seat harness use. The virtual class also includes a car seat installation demonstration in the rear-facing and forward-facing positions. 
  • Free car seats — To qualify, the parent or caregiver must be in need of a car seat and receive government assistance (e.g. WIC, Cal Fresh, Medi-Cal or Cal Works). 
  • Virtual car seat inspections through Zoom — Ensuring that car seats have been installed correctly. This is a free service.
  • Socially distant car seat installation — The public can make an appointment and a member of the team will install their car seat for free. Masks are worn and a limited amount of time is spent inside the car. 

More information is available online. Call 916-734-9798 to make an appointment.

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