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The countdown is on to the new year: Check these dates!

We all know school starts soon — some of us can feel it in the air! But please note the dates have changed for some of our traditional events to start the year. For example, the Fall Convocation will be Tuesday, Oct. 7. Other events include the University Farm Circle's Newcomers Welcome, Sept. 23; Discover Davis, at the Davis Farmers Market, Oct. 1; and the New Staff Welcome, Oct. 15.


Staff member, Chinese native shares culture through film festival

Photo: Ning Wan

Ning Wan, who has worked on campus for 17 years and manages information technology for the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Energy Efficiency Center, is passionate about sharing her Chinese culture. She has led a Chinese language school in Davis and performed Chinese dance in the community. Her latest venture, the Davis Chinese Film Foundation, will present its inaugural film festival from Sept. 27 through Oct. 26. She has led a Chinese language school in Davis and performed Chinese dance in the community. Her latest venture, the Davis Chinese Film Foundation, will pres


NEWS BRIEFS: Pepsi deal to bring $10 million to university

There will be a different flavor to the UC Davis campus this fall: Pepsi. Plus … Former employee pleads no contest to weapons and explosives charges. ... 'One UC Davis' poster calendars now on sale. ... The half-day course “Diversity Awareness for New Supervisors” has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 — and enrollment is underway. ... Organizers report "an exceptional turnout," especially among staff and faculty, at the campus's most recent blood drive — netting 345 pints.


U.S. News puts UC Davis in top 10 again, cites engineering and writing programs

UC Davis is a top-10 public university in the United States for the fifth consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report rankings. The magazine’s 2015 “Best Colleges” report puts UC Davis as ninth among the nation’s public universities and 38th overall, up one place from last year. U.S. News & World Report also recognized the College of Engineering (31st among universities that offer doctorates in engineering) and the University Writing Program for its teaching of "writing in the disciplines."


Concerts (indoors and out) and Tuolumne River photo show

The Mondavi Center launches its new season with concerts this Thursday and Friday (Sept. 18 and 19), each preceded by a free performance in the Corin Courtyard. Also this week: a photo exhibition from Center for Watershed Sciences field trips along the Tuolumne River.


Pepsi deal to bring $10 million to university

Graphic: Pepsi Beverages Co. logo (cropped to show only the Pepsi logo circle, red, white and blue)

There will be a different flavor to the UC Davis campus this fall: Pepsi. The beverage company has signed a letter of intent for a 10-year agreement for near-exclusive rights to sell, advertise and promote Pepsi soft drinks and other products in campus dining commons, athletic concessions, catering, cafeterias and retail stores. In exchange, the terms provide UC Davis with $10 million for student services and programs.


Occupants needed for Honda Smart Home

The Honda Smart Home located in the West Village neighborhood is ready for its first occupants, and two lucky UC Davis faculty, graduate students or staff could get the opportunity to live in the


UPDATED: Our 'One' official campus poster calendar goes on sale

Photo image from calendar:

There’s only “One UC Davis” and only one official campus poster calendar, which, for 2014-15, ties itself to the “One” campaign in a unique way — by using photos of iconic objects around the campus to spell out “ONE.” The calendars are in stock now at three UC Davis Stores: Memorial Union, Welcome Center and Downtown.


NEWS BRIEFS: Community-based planning process begins

UC Davis, the city of Davis and Yolo County have invited the Davis community to “join the conversation” about future development of the Downtown University Gateway District. ... Computers that use Windows XP software will be blocked permanently from accessing the UC Davis network starting Wednesday, Aug. 27. ... Water tests confirm low oxygen in arboretum where fish died. ... Police are advising departments to be wary of callers from “Supply Services Inc.” ... The UC Davis Health System opens a clinic dedicated to treating a rare and complex condition called thoracic outlet syndrome, or TOS. ... They're still the arboretum's friends, to be sure, but they have a new name. Also, see the dates for the friends' fall plant sales.


How many majors? 102, including 4 that are new

Continuing students have four new majors to choose from — Global Disease Biology, Marine and Coastal Science, Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research, and Sustainable Envrionmental Design — and all of them will be open to prospective undergraduate students when they apply this November for admission in fall 2015. Also, the names of two majors have been changed and one major is being discontinued. And, when it's gone, UC Davis will have 102 majors total.


UPDATED: Big days ahead for field hockey and football

Graphic: UC Davis Aggies athletics logo

Aggie athletes are gearing up for two big events — on the field (field hockey field dedication and alumnae game, Aug. 23) and on "The Farm" (football vs. Stanford, Aug. 30). Some of you may remember what happened the last time the Aggies football team played Stanford! More X's and O's: The football program holds its annual Women's Huddle, Aug. 22.


APPOINTMENT: Martin moves up to interim vice provost

Photo: Adrienne L. Martin

Adrienne L. Martín has a new role in University Outreach and International Programs: interim vice provost. Martín, a professor of Spanish literature, has been the associate vice provost for international programs since January 2011. She now leads the office previously directed by Bill Lacy, who stepped down last month after 15 years as vice provost.


LAURELS: IET, IT Services win Sautter awards

Photo: Jakub Gabka from the shoulders up, with an estimated 15,000 bees making a

Information and Educational Technology wins gold and IT Services wins silver in UC’s 2014 Larry L. Sautter awards program for innovation in information technology. ... The King Hall Outreach Program, or KHOP, has been named the recipient of the California State Bar's 2014 Education Pipeline Award. ... Kathy Keatley Garvey “buzzes” in for another top photo award, this time for her image of 20,000 to 30,000 bees on a man’s head.


TRANSIT: Vanpool meeting, alternate-fuel rental choices

TAPS will talk up vanpools at an Aug 27 information meeting. ... Fleet Services and Zipcar offer campus rental cars that go easier on the environment.