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Fall Welcome: Be a Hero With Us

By Dateline Staff on September 18, 2018 in University

Capes are optional at UC Davis Fall Welcome this coming Monday (Sept. 24).

Chancellor Gary S. May is bringing everyone together — students, staff, faculty and members of the Davis community — for a fun and festive celebration (not to mention free dinner!) as we embark on another year of doing good in the world.

Important reminder for staff and faculty: Unlike Fall Convocation, you must have a ticket to get in (see box for details on how to get your free tickets). Staff: Release time with supervisor approval is appropriate.

We are Aggie Heroes — and that is the theme of the chancellor’s Fall Welcome, drawing on his affinity for superheroes and sharing his mantra: “Every day, try to learn something, try to help someone and try to make the world better.” It’s applicable to all of us, in our studies, in our work, in our research and in our community — as you will see in videos to be presented during the program.

Scott Moak, public address announcer for the Sacramento Kings, will return as master of ceremonies (after serving as emcee at the chancellor’s “Future Forward” celebration last year), and ASUCD Vice President Shaniah Branson will be co-emcee.

Branson will talk with people in the audience as the program zeroes in on three aspects of making our campus community a better place for diversity/equity, food availability and mental health. Student-faculty teams will address each of those topics:

  • Diversity/equity — Ranjot “Rina” Singh, student; and Miriam Nuno, CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine 
  • Food availability — Rosa “Rosy” Martinez, student; and Alan Bennett, professor of plant sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 
  • Mental health — Carlee Johnson, student; and Carolyn Dewa, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine.

From convocation to celebration

The UC Davis Fall Welcome is a new event this year — a combination of Fall Convocation and the New Student Celebration from years past — mixing the formality of the former with the festivity of the latter including a DJ and taiko drumming, as well as live social media posts projected on a giant screen.

The venue is The Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center; doors open at 3:15 p.m. for pre-event activities, and the program will start and 4 and end at 5.

Can’t be there? Watch the livestream (or watch the recording later — check back here for the URL).

Upon the program’s conclusion, everyone’s invited outside to Hutchison Field for the New Student Resource Fair and that free dinner we mentioned earlier — dinner for everyone! You’ll get a wristband as you enter The Pavilion, and that wristband will entitle you to a meal from one of the many food trucks outside.

Oh, and did I mention free T-shirts? Yep, you’ll get dinner and a free #AggieHeroes T-shirt — a cape of sorts to wear proudly in our heroic year ahead.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or