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UC DAVIS: Retirees' Association: Activities

Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef to sign “distinctly different” memoir

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef

  • Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • Time: Begins at 1:30 p.m., prior to Spring meeting
  • Location: AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni Center – Davis campus (directions)

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef will sign copies of his new book, Indelibly Davis: A Quarter-Century of UC Davis Stories…and Backstories, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., May 14 and 21 before the spring membership meetings of the UC Davis Emeriti Association and the UC Davis Retirees’ Association at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center. The UC Davis Bookstore will be on hand to sell the books ($29.95, hardcover) for those who wish to purchase a copy.

“This lively and highly readable book is a distinctly different kind of memoir,” says UC historian and author Patricia Pelfrey. “Larry Vanderhoef makes UC Davis and its remarkable people the heart of his account of 25 years as a provost and chancellor—a choice that is beautifully vindicated by the power and insight of these stories. What emerges is a deeply engaging portrait of a university community and an academic leader for whom a life in higher education is not a career but a calling.

Vanderhoef has written about people who radiate the campus’ special spirit; wished-for do-overs; conflicts (and responses); heartbreaking tragedy; wing-and-a-prayer risk-taking; the payoffs of patience and persistence and tough, principled decision-making (what his dad would call “having starch”). The book is available in hard cover ($29.95) through the UC Davis Bookstore ( and The Avid Reader ( and digitally, with video extras, at

Dr. Susanna Park

Spring Meeting

Coming of Age: Vision and Treatments

Dr. Susanna Park

  • Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Refreshments at 2; program begins at 2:30
  • Location:AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni Center – Davis campus (directions)

Dr. Parks will provide an overview of common eye conditions that may affect vision and require treatment as we reach our golden years. In particular, the latest updates on new and emerging treatments for macular degeneration and other age-related retinal conditions will be discussed.

Dr. Susanna Park, professor of Opthalmology at UC Davis Eye Center, specializes in treatment of retinal disorders. She does research on new treatment for macular degeneration and similar age-related retinal conditions.

*BrainFood Talks

Throughout the academic year, the UCDRA joins with the UC Davis Emeriti Association to bring timely talks of interest. Below are the dates for these educational presentations; speakers and topics will be updated as they become available. These talks are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Buehler Alumni Center. Bring a brownbag lunch, and the associations will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.

Date Presenter Title
November 12, 2014
Rachel Teagle, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art A New Museum of Art; a decade in the making
December 18, 2014
Mellow Fellas Holiday Luncheon
January 8, 2015
John Lescroart Twenty Years to Overnight Success
February 12, 2015
See UCDRA Winter Meeting The UC Davis PREDICT Project: Detecting Pathogens to Avert Pandemics
March 12, 2015
D. Kern Holoman; professor emeritus Financing Big Music: Thoughts on civic enterprise, philanthropy, and oases
April 9, 2015
Dr. Scott M. Fishman Pain: Medical and Social Controversies
May 21, 2015
See UCDRA Spring Meeting Coming of Age: Vision and Treatments

Parking for Events

Parking on the Davis campus requires a UC permit (A/B/RT). Day use permits are available in all parking lots that allow visitor parking. Disabled spaces are available in front of the Alumni Center, in surface lot 1 adjacent to the UC Davis Conference Center, and in the Welcome/South Entry Parking Structure. A valid campus parking permit is required along with a California DMV-issued disabled person's placard are required for disabled spaces. Directions and parking instructions to the UC Davis Retiree Center, Buehler Alumni Center, and UC Davis Conference Center.

There is ample bicycle parking near the UC Davis Conference Center and Buehler Alumni Center.

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