Picnic Day, Spring Associations Membership Meetings

UC Davis Retiree Center News - 4/18/2017

In this issue: Retiree Center events | Davis events | Dateline | Sacramento events | In Remembrance | Q&A

Celebrate Picnic Day on Saturday

This Saturday, April  22, UC Davis celebrates the 103rd Picnic Day campus open house. This family-friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. The parade Opening Ceremony begins at 9:30 and includes Parade Marshall Isao Fujimoto and UC Davis Retirees' Association honoree Charlie Hess. Link to Picnic Day Schedule of Events (pdf).

Retiree Center Events

Save the Date: Retiree Center Day Trip: Quarryhill Botanical Gardens 

  • Thursday, May 25; 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. (estimated return)
  • Departs Parking Lot 2
  • Cost:
    • $75 each, UCDRA/UCDEA members and guests
    • $85 each, non-member and guests
  • Registration:
  • Online 
  • By USPS (download form, print and mail to Retiree Center

Quarryhill Botanical Garden is a world-renowned institution whose mission is to advance the conservation, study, and cultivation of the flora of Asia. The 25-acre garden, located in Sonoma County, features one of the largest collections of Asian plants in North America and Europe. Our day will also include a wine tasting at the Bouchaine winery (a CAAA wine partner) in the Carneros district.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Mercer Long Term Life: Special Benefit Offerings for Retirees

What are the consequences of living a long life and needing care? A Long Term Care insurance policy can help alleviate the burden and protect you and your loved ones. Visit www.alumniplans.com/ucd for valuable information on how to protect your financial future. (Note: link has been corrected.)

View the UC Davis Retiree Center calendar

UCDRA/UCDEA news & events

Joint Spring Membership and Business Meeting


The Executive Committee/Board of the Associations call together two meetings of the general membership each year; the fall meeting which often highlights OpenEnrollment choices, and the spring business meeting, at which elections and passage of any initiatives are made. A buffet lunch of sandwiches, salads, cookies and drinks will be provided, compliment of the associations. The UCDEA will meet briefly to vote on the slate prior to the presentation, and the UCDRA will meet briefly at theconclusion of the presentation.

Business items: UCDEA Business items: UCDRA

Following Your Bliss… Research Alternatives Post-Retirement

Presented by Professor Emeritus JaRue Manning; Winner of the 2017 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

In retirement Professor Emeritus JaRue Manning, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, discovered the opportunity to pursue a new research path. The 2017 winner of the UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award, the committee was so impressed by Dr. Manning's contributions to his new research in the fields of viticulture  and enology that he was asked to be the keynote speaker for the spring business meetings. Come learn about his new passion, or as Dr. Manning likes to quote Joseph Campbell who once, when asked, “How does one know which path to follow?” responded, “Follow your bliss.” 

UCDRA honors Professor Emeritus Charles E. Hess

Charley Hess, professor emeritus of Plant Sciences and longtime dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been selected as the outstanding retiree for 2017 and will ride in a horse-drawn carriage in the Picnic Day Parade on Saturday, April 22. Please come out to the parade to cheer on Charley and his family.

Click here for more information about Charlie and the Outstanding Retiree Award.

UCDEA Video Records Project seeks volunteers

The Emeriti Video Record Committee seeks Emeriti volunteers to join the Committee. The Committee’s job is to recruit Emeriti to record interviews that capture their careers and the history of the campus during their career. We seek volunteers from various departments and colleges to contact Emeriti and solicit their participation in interviews. Please email the Retiree Center if you are interested.

Previously announced

Share Your Stories

From fitness to friendship and travel

Tom Compton
Student Affairs
UC Davis

When I retired after 40 years in a variety of roles in Student Affairs, my wife and I wanted to continue with active recreation and do more traveling. We knew from previous travel experience that staying reasonably fit is essential to enjoying whatever one wants to do in retirement.

To that end, we joined a program in Campus Recreation designed for people over 55. Our aim was to stay in shape. We joined a group of about 20 people in 2009, and that group has grown to more than 60 today. Classes are offered every weekday morning. We found new friends, and reconnected with old friends in this common pursuit. But we gained much more than muscle tone. We began regularly to stay after class with 10-15 others and enjoy coffee together while solving the world’s problems and sharing stories of our experiences. Soon we found common interests, and informal sub-groups formed. Some go hiking; others ride bikes to Winters once a month; many have traveled together. We have potluck events 3-4 times each year and attendance regularly exceeds 75 people. In sum, we have a wonderful group of people who have become almost family.

In the past five years, Mary Jo and I have visited Russia, Peru, Africa, Europe and, most recently, Japan, all with others from our Fit for Life group. We have more fun than should be allowed and have made memories that are priceless. We have a group of 20 planning our next adventure to Scotland in 2018.

Share Your Stories

What joys, discoveries and experiences have shaped your life in retirement? Let us know in 250 words by emailing Share Your Stories editor Maril Stratton.


Davis campus and community events

UC Davis Alumni Wine Program Wine & Food Tasting Event

  • Friday, April 21, 2017 | 6 pm- 8 pm |
  • Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center- Moss Patio
  • Cost: 
    • $50 CAAA/APFA members (member pricing extended to one guest)
    • $80 non-members (includes one year CAAA membership
  • Registration required by April 19; 

Kick off your Picnic Day weekend and celebrate all that is UC Davis with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association! Enjoy a fun and educational evening of fine wine and food pairings. Our UC Davis Alumni Wine Program partners will be showcasing their finest varietals exquisitely paired with hors d'oeuvres from Kaizen Catering. Join us for a truly unique wine experience. The evening will feature UC Davis Athletics Director Dr. Kevin Blue and new Head Football Coach and Alumnus Dan Hawkins. Guests will be treated to an inside look at what to expect for the 2017 Spring Game and Coach Hawkins' first year as head football coach. Secure your ticket today.

On the Davis campus

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Davis Senior Center

  • National Poetry Month - poetry reading by Peter Blueberry: Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m.; Free; no pre-registration required
  • Prevent Identity Theft: Thursday, April 20; 10 a.m.; Free; please RSVP your attendace (530) 757-5696
  • Walking and hiking season ahead...get trained to "walk with poles": Thursday, April 20 & 27; 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.; $30; pre-registration required (530) 757-5696

The Davis Senior Center monthly newsletter, The Scene for April is now available with more details and events.

Woodland Senior Center

  • Mother's Day Flower Arranging Workshop: Friday, May 12, 1 - 3 p.m.; call (530) 661-2001 to register

The Woodland Senior Center monthly newsletter, The Senior Gram for April is now available with more details and events.

Sacramento news & events

"Cook Once: Eat Twice: Find the Joy in Cooking"

  • Tuesday, May 2, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Education Building, Lecture Hall, Room 1204 (4610 X St., Sacramento)
  • no cost; please RSVP to avcarrasco@ucdavis.edu by May 1

Meal planning can seem daunting when each week has 7 days with several meals a day. With so many food blogs, cooking shows, and You Tube videos out there it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to cook. This class is designed to give your meal planning some structure and give you lots of recipes. You will walk away understanding what a healthy meal should consist of, the ins and outs of meal planning and what to do with those leftover ingredients. The goal is to give you the basic information and practical tips which you can begin putting into practice after leaving class.

Fall Prevention

  • Tuesday, May 2, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Cancer Center Auditorium 1100, Sacramento campus
  • no cost; call (916) 734-2760 or email mpodoreanu@ucdavis.edu to RSVP

Falls and fear of falling are often associated with aging. This workshop will discuss the common risk factors for falls and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of falling.

Click here to view the campus event calendar (UCDH)

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In Remembrance

Mary Quinn, accountant, 2/24/2017; no information regarding services.

Mary Orozco, laboratory assistant, 3/2/2017, no information regarding services.

Marlene Tebo, librarian, 3/5/2017; no information regarding services.

Louise Penery, animal health technician 3/9/2017; no information regarding services.

Penny Way, ___ assistant, Shared Services Center, 3/11/2017; no information regarding services.

Dolores Degross, 3/14/2017; no information regarding services.

Elizabeth Strough, clerk, 3/18/2017; no information regarding services.

The Retiree Center reports the passing of UC Davis retirees when we become aware of deaths. Please email the Center if you hear of a death or service for a colleague.

After the Death of a Loved One is a checklist for UC Davis retirees and their spouses or partners. Get the booklet at retiree events or click here for a print-friendly download.

Questions & Answers

Questions about retiree AggieCards, parking permits, email, etc.? 
Email us, call us at (530) 752-5182 or visit the Center's retiree services webpage.

New to Medicare? Issues with your UC health plans not resolved by your insurance company?
Call the UC Davis Health Care Facilitator Program; visit the HCF Program website for contact information.

Questions about pension, beneficiaries, change of address or tax withholding?
Call the Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) at (800) 888-8267 or visit the UCnet website.

Questions about UC defined contribution plan, 403(b) or 457(b)? 

Call Fidelity Retirement Services at (866) 682-7787 or visit the Fidelity NetBenefits website.

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