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Business in 100 years?


As UC Davis looks back and commemorates its first 100 years, we asked our community — professors, alums, students and executives in the broader region — what they think the next 100 years will look like in their specialty: the business world.

Photo: Black Family Week

Black Family Week


2009 has been a year of redefinition for African-America. This year’s Black Family Week builds upon that, as the annual event celebrates “Redefining Excellence” from May 11 to May 16.

Photo: Student playing a drum.

Whole Earth Festival


For the 40th year, the Whole Earth Festival arrives in tie-dye, tamborine in hand. The popular event begins at noon May 8 and runs through 6 p.m. May 10.

Photo: Student participating in Semana de la Raza

Semana de la Raza


The campus is invited to take time between April 27 and May 2 to celebrate La Raza Cultural Days with the campus Latino and Chicano community.

Photo: Hmong music and dancing seen at Asian cultural fusions

Asian Pacific Culture Week


Continue enjoying the spring cultural festivals at UC Davis April 20-25 with the Asian Pacific Culture Week. View a slideshow that highlights the main events of the week.

Photo: Native Americans dancing in a Pow-wow

Celebrate with Native Americans


Native American Cultural Days kicks off the spring cultural festivals at UC Davis April 6-10 with the theme “Seventh Generation Rising.” View a slideshow that highlights the main events of the week.

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UC Davis’ video winners who got Aggied


Three students have been declared “winners” in UC Davis’ first-ever video contest, but each of the 11 entries offer winning individual and group takes on “I got Aggied!” After two weeks of voting, the polls closed on March 13 with more than 600 people registering to rate their favorite videos.

Poster: Every Trapper Should Have an Indian Dog, by Roy De Forest

Posters for posterity


Thanks to a cross-campus effort, UC Davis has launched a poster initiative that promises to live far beyond this year’s centennial celebration. Now, folks across campus can create their own high-quality posters and vinyl banners printed on large-format equipment owned by Repro Graphics, the on-campus printing shop. And people looking for campus-related posters can go online to buy and mount them, using environmentally conscious materials.

Photo: filling the bio digester with raw energy

100 ways we’ve transformed the world


There is truly no way to comprehend how UC Davis has transformed the world, serving as an engine for innovation and for ideas that have improved the quality of life for people everywhere. But we have made an attempt to highlight a few — 100 to be exact — of the ways UC Davis has transformed the world.

Graphic: UC Davis Centennial book cover

Our identity on video


Fourth-year communications major Whitney Ferris took on the challenge of creating a promotional video about UC Davis as her Davis Honors Challenge project. Her almost seven-minute long video aims to show the uniqueness of the UC Davis campus.

Photo: Lily Lin, state fair exhibit attendee

Dreaming big


UC Davis’ gigantic “open house” at the California State Fair is drawing thousands of visitors in a steady stream of student prospects and other interested folks. Many of them already know a good bit about the university that is just beginning its centennial year.

Graphic: UC Davis landmarks at the state fair. (Russ Thebaud/UC Davis)

Celebrate at the fair


The California State Fair (and the UC Davis Centennial pavilion) opens Friday, Aug. 15, and continues daily through Labor Day, Sept. 1. The university’s exhibition is titled “Dream Big,” showcasing scholarship and research in food and agriculture, energy, the environment, health, community building and global understanding.

Photo: The UC Davis Centennial pin (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Make room on your lapel


Regular UC Davis pins are fine, but UC Davis Centennial pins are even better during this special year. Repro Graphics is taking orders from departments and units, and campus bookstores also are stocking the pins. They feature the university’s 100-year logo and a “2008-2009” inscription.

Photo: Davis Arch

UC Davis is state fair highlight


The UC Davis Centennial exhibition at the California State Fair this summer will showcase the university's tradition of “dreaming big.” Faculty and students have helped design the “Dream Big” pavilion where fairgoers will see a sampling of our scholarship during the state fair’s 18-day run, Aug. 15 through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

Graphic: Centennial logo

2008-09 centennial planning is gearing up


We see the first signs of a special year as UC Davis admits its Centennial Class and the Centennial Team rolls out the new logo and a graphics guide. The freshmen of 2008-09 are billed as the Centennial Class because they will enter UC Davis 100 years after the University Farm enrolled its first students.

Photo: Aggie Band-uh trumpet player

UC Davis celebrates a century


In announcing the celebration of the UC Davis Centennial for the 2008-09 year, we look back and ahead as the campus turns 100. The first residential class, in January 1909, numbered 18, while we expect to the Centennial Class will number about 5,000.

Graphic: cow boxing horse

Gunrock unveiled

Oct. 24, 2007

What do you know about the UC Davis mascot? To clear the jumps on this 10-question course, all you need is a little horse sense, UC Davis history and maybe some Web sleuthing. Your quest? Get the real facts on that big blue creature out there cheering us.

Photo: Steve Robinson self-portrait

Know these Aggie celebs?


UC Davis fans, young and old (and in between), here is your challenge. Take our trivia quiz and see whether you really know your alma mater alumni and why they matter to the world.