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UC Davis Centennial
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Graphic: book cover art of UC DAVIS 100 Years of Aggie Pride

A Davis Honors Challenge

Student team produces book

In fall 2007, six students proposed an ambitious idea for their senior project in the Davis Honors Challenge.

The group, which became the UC Davis Honors Challenge Centennial Team, wanted to mark the campus’s 100 years by collecting oral histories from alumni “to best represent the past and present of UC Davis.”

The team was inspired — and mentored — by Patricia Turner, a UC Davis scholar who specializes in folklore and popular culture. She is also the UC Davis vice provost for undergraduate studies.

The project became a monumental task.

In the spring of 2008, the team published a 124-page book with interviews from 30 alumni whose history with UC Davis spans more than half a century. Over the year, they learned about layout, design, the scholarly demands of writing oral history, deadlines and the complicated financial issues of producing a book.

In addition, team member Whitney Ferris produced a video (see main story) that was a featured attraction at the campus’s Big Dream pavilion at the California State Fair.

If you’d like a copy of the book, go to