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UC DAVIS: Retirees' Association: Activities

Upcoming Events

The UC Davis Retirees' Association (UCDRA) and UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) generally sponsor one program per month for their members. Non-members are welcome and membership information will be available at the events. Most UCDRA events are held at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center or the UC Davis Conference Center.

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BrainFood Talk*

Twenty Years to Overnight Success

John Lescroart

  • Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; talk begins at noon
  • Location: AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni Center, Davis campus

John Lescroart has had seventeen New York Times bestsellers, and has gone from starving artist/jack of all trades — house painter, moving man, bartender, fundraiser, word processor, technical writer — to an "almost household name." He will talk about "the early years" when he mostly made his living as a gameshow contestant and itinerant musician, through the years as a full-time singer with Johnny Capo and his Real Good Band.  And then, in the wake of winning a substantial literary award,  the decision to concentrate on prose, which was when things really got complicated. From first-published book to his near-death experience and eleven day coma from spinal meningitis, John's road has been nothing if not interesting — and we all know that when the Chinese say "May you live an interesting life," they mean it as a curse.

Davis resident and New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart wrote his first novel in college and the second one a year after he graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1970.

Save the Dates; upcoming membership meetings

Winter Meeting

  • Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Refreshments at 2; program begins at 2:30
  • Location: MIND Institute – Sacramento campus (directions)

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: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballrooms – 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 Parks, 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
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Mellow Fellas Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, January 8, 2015 John Lescroart Twenty Years to Overnight Success
Thursday, February 12, 2015 See UCDRA Winter Meeting  
Thursday, March 12, 2015    
Thursday, April 9, 2015    

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.

2014 Retirees' Association honoree Ted Hillyer with wife, Silvia.

Picnic Day

Beginning in 2009, the UCDRA has recognized the contributions of its members to the university and association. The association provides a horse-drawn carriage and features the honorees in the annual Picnic Day parade.

Honorees Year
Ted Hillyer 2014
Deanna Falge Pritchard and Bill Pritchard
Sandy Filby
Aggie and Ed Costantini
Norma Rice
Barbara Nichols and Bob Halferty 2011
Hal and Rosie Cushing 2010
Lorena Herrig 2009


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