NEWS BRIEFS: New Ways to ‘Swipe Out Hunger’

Students work in The Pantry.
Maria Wong, left, and Bharathi Gandi stock the shelves in the ASUCD Pantry in 2014. The Pantry is among the beneficiaries of ‘Swipe Out Hunger.’ (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

Quick Summary

  • Foundation and Corporate Giving says, ‘Let us help’
  • Police offer Community and Cadet academies
  • ‘Sun Shines’ on Picnic Day and marshals
  • Registration open for Mini Medical School

Student Housing and Dining Services is offering multiple ways to “Swipe Out Hunger” in the campus community, in a campaign running through Nov. 30.

Previously, “swipe” meant swipe your meal card to make a donation. Meal cards are a student thing, though, and they can continue to make donations that way.

But what about faculty and staff who want to help? This year they can swipe their credit cards, or contribute cash or Aggie Cash at all Student Housing and Dining Services-operated retail locations (including the Silo and South Silo).

“No UC Davis student should ever have to miss a meal,” the campaign website states. “Support long-term solutions to end hunger in our community!”

This year’s goal is $10,000. Donations made by cash, Aggie Cash and credit card are welcome in $1 increments. All funds will directly support Aggie Meal Share for students in need, the ASUCD Pantry and the Yolo Food Bank.

Foundation and Corporate Giving says, ‘Let Us Help’

Faculty and research scientists who are looking for private funding are invited to office hours next week with representatives of Foundation and Corporate Giving, a unit of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Foundation and Corporate Giving is partnering with the offices of Research and Graduate Studies in holding the office hours from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 29, in 1007 Kemper Hall. For details, contact Jenny Bickford by email or phone, 530-754-2088.

“We’re proactive about what a company or a foundation wants, and we can help shape the story about why UC Davis is the best place to make their investment,” said Shelley Maddex, assistant vice chancellor of Foundation and Corporate Giving.

Paul Dodd, associate vice chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, has partnered with Foundation and Corporate Giving on several successful grants. “Foundation and corporate grant-making is very different than federal grant writing,” said Dodd, explaining how Foundation and Corporate Giving has the rapport to help identify faculty who fit with particular foundations.

“Then, having the benefits of relationship and understanding the foundation’s goals provides an instant boost and acceleration of one’s chances of being funded,” Dodd said.

Maddex said these relationships save faculty time and energy. When there is a match, the office can help streamline the application process and put the applicant in a position to succeed. “Give us an hour of your time,” she said. “We’ll work with you and help you through some of the precision points that can make or break your proposal.”

Police offer Community and Cadet academies

The UC Davis Police Department is once again offering academy programs for students, staff and faculty and others in the community who wish to learn more about law enforcement, or, in the case of students, may be thinking of law enforcement as a career. Applications are due Tuesday, Dec. 12, for the following free programs:

  • Community AcademyIt will meet once a week for nine weeks, Jan. 10-March 7, offering a broad overview of law enforcement. Open to anyone in the community; students receive 2 units for completing the course.
  • Cadet AcademyFor seniors and graduate students, this program is a scaled-down version of a real police academy but still rigorous, meeting three times a week, Jan. 13 to May 12. Students will compete for full scholarships to police academy, and the top cadet will receive priority consideration for a job with the department. So far, the department has hired eight officers who went through the Cadet Academy as students.

‘Sun Shines’ on Picnic Day and marshals

The Picnic Day board of directors made two big announcements last week: The 2018 extravaganza will have the theme “Where the Sun Shines,” and husband-and-wife Tom and Michelle Famula will serve as the parade marshals.

“We hope you feel the warmth of the sun from previous years’ Picnic Days and the excitement of the 104th that this year will bring,” said Grace Gaither, Picnic Day chair.

The Famulas are UC Davis retirees: Tom as a professor of animal science and Michelle as executive director of student health and wellness. “The Famulas have been influential members of UC Davis and the Davis community for more than 30 years,” said Chelsea Falk, Picnic Day vice chair. “We feel they embody our theme remarkably and are astounding representatives of what it means to be a part of the Aggie and Davis communities.”

Registration open for Mini Medical School

Registration is open for the next session of UC Davis Health’s acclaimed Mini Medical School. Subtitled “Aging and Medical Science,” the Mini Medical School will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on six consecutive Saturdays, Feb. 3 to March 10, in the Sciences Lecture Hall on the Davis campus.

The school “is focused on normal human aging and avoidance of the diseases we associate with aging,” said Barbara Neyhart, director. And while the program is ideally geared for the foresighted middle-ager and novice senior, there are no age limits for enrollment. “Students” have ranged from their 20s to 90s. “The common bond is a passion for understanding the science of aging well,” Neyhart said.

The registration page is here.

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