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1958 - Michael Chapman

May 01, 2018
Michael W. Chapman (B.A., medical sciences, ’58), chairman emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, is a recipient of a 2018 UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals.

1994 - Janice (Wimmer) Corbett

May 01, 2018
Janice (Wimmer) Corbett (B.A., psychology, and B.S., agricultural and managerial economics, ’94) died Sunday, April 29, at her home in Davis, with her family beside her, one year and one day after her cancer diagnosis.

1997 - Shelly Mateer

April 16, 2018
Shelly Mateer (B.A., international relations, ’97) has written three books influenced by her experiences as a CIA officer—Single in the CIA and two volumes in her Mingling in the CIA series—with another series installment on its way. Learn more about her books and follow her blog at her website. 

2014 - Mae Elise Cannon

April 04, 2018
The Rev. Mae Elise Cannon (Ph.D., history, ’14), executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, wrote "A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land" (Cascade Books, 2017).

1972 - Marvin Talso

April 04, 2018
A new book by Marvin Talso (B.A., history, ’72, and Cred., ’72) and his wife, Linda, Redwood Valley, tells the story of their Mendocino County community through archival photographs.

2017 - Sertan Usanmaz

April 04, 2018
Sertan Usanmaz (B.A., political science and international relations, ’17) is an associate government program analyst for the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee in the State Treasurer’s Office in Sacramento.

1987 - Eve Aschheim

April 04, 2018

Eve Aschheim (MFA, Studio Art, ’87) was recently inducted into the National Academy of Design. Aschheim has taught at  Princeton University since 1991 and served as art program director from 2004 to 2007. Aschheim’s work is shown internationally and been included in the textbooks Drawing, Structure and Vision and Drawing, A Contemporary Approach. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1993 - Pati Navalta Poblete

April 02, 2018

Pati Navalta Poblete (B.A., English, 1993) recently published A Better Place, about the violent death of her 23-year-old son and the transformation it brought about in her life. Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, who worked at several area newspapers and was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also author of The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America.

 

1965 - Diane (De Maria) Mengali

April 02, 2018

Diane (De Maria) Mengali (B.A. English ’65) recently published The Quicksand of Agoraphobia: A Memoir of Panic Disorder. A resident of Davis, she was co-owner of Mengali’s Florist.

 

2007 - Hasan Minhaj

March 12, 2018
Comedian Hasan Minhaj (B.A., Political Science '07) will host a weekly talk show on Netflix beginning later this year, a first for an Indian American. 

1998 - Jennifer (Gray) Golick

March 12, 2018
Jennifer (Gray) Golick (B.A., psychology, ’98) died March 9, one of three women shot to death by an Army veteran at the Pathway Home in Yountville where she worked.

1997 - London Breed

March 12, 2018
London Breed (B.A., political science, ’97) served five weeks as the acting mayor of San Francisco following the Dec. 12, 2017, death of Mayor Ed Lee from a heart attack. She is a candidate in the June special election for the office.

2010 - Joe Sasto

March 02, 2018
Joe Sasto (B.A., communication, ’10) was a contestant on the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef television series, making it to the Final 3 before exiting the show.

1972 - Ken DeCamp

January 05, 2018
Ken DeCamp (B.A., geography, ’72) had his first book published: Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps including the Marble Mountain Wilderness, Russian Wilderness, and Trinity Divide.