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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.

Campus Tour: UC Davis Children's Hospital with hosted lunch

  • Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location:2315 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA
  • Register: online; tour is limited to 30 people, and is open only to members of UCDEA and UCDRA and their guest (1 guest); join today!

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a world-class pediatric hospital devoted to the health of babies, children and adolescents. With more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric sub-specialties, UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the most comprehensive pediatric hospital in the Sacramento region. Retirees will have the opportunity to tour the hospital, including the pediatric intensive care unit, the pediatric ward, and the designated pediatric emergency and trauma unit.

The tour will also include a telemedicine demonstration that shows how UC Davis clinicians link to rural hospitals. During lunch, participants will hear about UC Davis’ exciting plans to open a children’s surgical center.

For retirees traveling from Davis, the Retiree Center will arrange for carpools or rides on the health system shuttle.

UCDHS telemedicine helped treat Precious Reynold’s case of rabies. Photo: UC Davis

Brainfood Talk*

Contemporary Sexual Politics in French Cinema

Elizabeth Constable

  • Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Refreshments at 11:30; talk begins at noon
  • Location: UC Davis Conference Center - Davis campus (driving directions)Note Location Change
  • Cost: Free; no pre-registration required

Professor Liz Constable teaches and writes about film theory with a focus on a feminist perspective. In her presentation, she will discuss the current as well as earlier arguments among the critics about sexuality and the cinema. She will use the work of contemporary French film directors as one means of gaining a perspective on sex and sexuality in the movies.

Liz Constable, Associate Professsor
Women and Gender Studies

Campus Tour: University Library

  • Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
  • Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Shields Library, Davis Campus
  • Register: online; tour is open only to members of UCDEA and UCDRA and their guest (1 guest); join today!

The University Library is the academic hub of campus. It is a place to gather, collaborate and learn. During this tour of Shields Library, participants will see some of the unique and rare items available in Special Collections, visit the world’s finest grape growing and wine making collection, and enjoy fine art displayed throughout (including some from UC Davis’ well-known art faculty). 

Participants will also learn about the university’s efforts to transform the Library to meet the needs of the 21st century online research world and an ever-increasing student body.

Learn how retirees can best use the resources
of the UC Davis Libraries. Photo: UC Davis

*Brainfood Talks

The UCDRA joins with the UCDEA to hold informative talks throughout the year. Brainfood Talks will provide nourishment for inquiring minds. Bring your own lunch; the associations will provide coffee, tea and cookies.

Save the Date:

General Membership Meetings

Please mark your calendars to be able to attend the and spring membership meeting of the UCDRA. The spring meeting serves as the annual business meeting and elections, and is held separately from the UCDEA meeting.

  • Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Time: 2. – 4 p.m. Refreshments at 2; program begins at 2:30
  • Location: Buehler Alumni Center, AGR Hall - Davis campus (directions)
  • Cost: Free; no pre-registration required

Parking for Events

Parking on the Davis campus requires a UC permit (A/B/RT). Day use permits are available for $8. 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 adequate bicycle parking near the UC Davis Conference Center and Buehler Alumni Center.

Photo: 2011 Picnic Day honorees

2013 Retirees' Association honorees Sandy Filby, Deanna Falge Pritchard and Bill Pritchard

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
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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