List of First-Year Aggie Connections

Fall 2017 Connections

Your transition to life as a UC Davis student might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s an easy way to connect with other first-year students and peer mentors. It’s called First-Year Aggie Connections (FYAC), and it’s just for you! Each Connection has a limit of 25 students, so don't forget to register for a First-Year Aggie Connection. Connections are grouped into categories based on shared interest or theme. Check out the categories below!

Registration for Fall 2017 is now closed!

Note: Click on a Connection name to see details. 

#aggie101

Are you ready to connect but not sure where to start? These Connections are perfect for you!

#aggie101: Your Guide to UC Davis

Aggie Traditions - FULL

Aggie Traditions: Must-experience Memories and Moments at UC Davis

Looking forward to attending the Davis Farmer’s Market or taking a photo with the adorable cows? Most UC Davis students do these two things during their time here, but did you know that if you keep track of essential and quintessential UC experiences, you could earn a medal? Aggie Traditions, one of Davis’ best-kept secrets, is a compilation of 50 fun and unique activities that every Aggie should know about and do during their time at UCD. Upon completion of the 50 traditions, students can earn a medal to wear during commencement (which is also one of the traditions)! This Connection is open to anyone looking to learn about UC Davis and work towards earning their medal! (https://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/get-connected/traditions/students/)

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 2:10-3 PM; Wall Hall Main Lounge

First Meeting: 10/3

Alphabet Soup: Learning the Lingo of UC Davis - Open to all new students

UC Davis has a language all of its own. Sometimes this can look like alphabet soup: FYAC, SASC, CoHo, TA, ICC, OASIS! Sometimes this can look like expectations: attending office hours, talking to an adviser. Throughout this Aggie Connection, you will learn not only how to speak the language of UC Davis, but also learn about some of the unspoken expectations and how to navigate this system of higher education.

Time and Location: Fridays, 11:00-11:50 AM; Ghausi Hall 1007

First Meeting: 9/29

Coffee, Conversation and Globalization - FULL

We are two International Student Advisors who specialize in knowing a little bit about a lot of things. Collectively we have lived in Davis for about 17 years, which makes us feel old even though we are technically millennials. Coffee keeps us going and like most things, we think it gets better with company. So join us while we share our expertise and help you integrate into this slightly weird but definitely wonderful little town called Davis. Participants in this connection will also be invited to a number of social events held at the UC Davis International Center. If meeting new friends from around the world sounds like fun, this is the connection for you!

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 1:10-2 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/3


 

Finding Balance - FULL

One of the keys to success in academics and life is finding balance between school, work and play. The topic is of particular importance to transfer students.  Over the past 10 years, I have worked with over 20 transfer students in my neuroscience research laboratory and have come to appreciate their challenges.  All of my students have been either pre-medical or pre-graduate and it has been critical for them to maintain their grades and balance their extracurricular activities to develop competitive applications. At the same time, they have needed to establish and maintain a life outside of school and work.  In fact, networking with their peers has been particularly difficult for many of them, yet a key aspect to their success.  As transfer students, you are moving into a new environment, with new people and a new pace of school with the quarter system.  Many of you will also be holding down part-time jobs.  Understanding the challenges and developing a routine is critical to your achievement here at UC Davis.  Over the course of the quarter, we will focus on topics related to finding and establishing balance in daily life to enhance and enrich the UC Davis experience.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:10-4 PM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 10/3


 

Get Your Board Game On! - FULL

Ready for this new step in the Game of Life? This connection is for anyone who has a love for table top games (card games, board games, and more!) Along with playing some favorite and classic games, we also will have group discussions about important topics to get you settled at Davis. Worried life might become a teetering Jenga tower? We’ll discuss health, wellness, and academic success skills. Don’t want to “Draw 2” more years in college? We’ll cover academic advising resources too. We want to help you navigate the Chutes and Ladders of UC Davis, so join this connection and get your game on!

Time and Location: Thursdays, 2:10-3 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting: 9/28


 

Once EAOP Always EAOP - Open to EAOP students only

This Connection is for all students who were enrolled in a UC campus EAOP program.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 10:00-10:50 AM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 10/3

Shifting Gears - Open to Aggie Senior Weekend Alumni only

The Student Recruitment and Retention Center wants to reconnect with alumni from the 2017 Aggie Senior Weekend Trip who begun 'Shifting Gears' when they visited our campus---and decided that UC Davis would be their home for the next few years! Our goal is to continue to embrace this theme through the transition from high school to college and most importantly, together prepare for a faster, more engaging and successful undergraduate pace.

This Connection is for 2017 Aggie Senior Weekend Alumni only. For questions about registration, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

The Transfer Experience: Tips and Resources for Adjusting to UCD - FULL

As a former UCD Transfer student, my goal is to help other Transfers make the most of their university experience. In particular, I'd like to discuss issues such as transitioning from semester to quarter system, making connections with both professors and peers and how to effectively use campus resources. I plan to take students on short tours of campus centers, so they can visit the TRV, SCC, SASC, etc. and meet with staff. I also plan to discuss study skills, and any other topics that the group would like to address.

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 12:10-1 PM; 1225 Dutton Hall

First Meeting: 9/27

A Sense of Place at UC Davis and Beyond - Open to all new students

What is it about a place that you love?  The geography? The people? The traditions? Context is everything.  This Connection offers newcomers anchors to Davis and shows you how to read and feel yourself enlivened by a place, whether here or abroad. 

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 11:00-11:50 AM; 2119 International Center

First Meeting: 10/3

Transformation Tuesdays: Wellness Walks and Talks - Open to all new students

Put your walking shoes on and join us for wellness walk and talks.  Each Tuesday we will explore the campus and surrounding area and get to know each other and the many amazing resources UC Davis has to offer.   Come experience all of the positive benefits that walking and talking can do for the body, mind, and soul.

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 9:00-9:50 AM

First Meeting Date and Location: 10/3, First meeting at the Egghead “Eye On Mrak (Fatal Laff)” outside of Mrak Hall.

The College of Letters & Sciences: First Year Experience – Multiple Sections

This one quarter orientation course provides a comprehensive introduction to university life. This course is designed to help students establish the strong foundation necessary for a highly successful career at UC Davis. Topics include transition to academic and campus life, academic expectations and developing skills to meet them, introduction to campus resources, evaluating information and applying it, social and professional development, discovering your passion, choosing a major, and academic planning.

This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time. For registration information—including eligibility, section meeting times, and CRNS—please email instructor Michael Valenzuela at mkvalenzuela@ucdavis.edu.

artmusicculture

Art is your aesthetic, and music is your muse. Now is the time to express yourself.

#ArtMusicCulture: Your Artistic and Cultural Interests

Comic-Con-versations - FULL

What can geek culture, fandoms, and superheroes--all things Comic Con--teach us about transitioning to college? Join our connection and let's have a Comic Con-versation about it!

Time and Location: Mondays, 10:00-10:50 AM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 10/2

Creative Writing Cohort - FULL

This Connection's theme is creative writing, and each session will be centered around various styles and genres of writing, encouraging students to practice their creative writing skills while exploring critical student resources, campus art museums and downtown Davis.

Time and Location: Fridays, 12:10-1:00 PM; 1226 Dutton Hall

First Meeting: 9/29

Engineering as Art - Open to all new students

Engineers apply basic science to solve real world problems. Art channels all the creativity and imagination of the human mind. Sometimes thought to be disparate fields, engineering and art are two worlds that collide when innovative ideas change the way people perceive the world. This connection is for engineering majors who identify as artists or simply appreciate art and are interested in how the two fields intersect.

Time and Location: Mondays, 10:00-10:50 AM; 2130 Bainer Hall 

First Meeting: 10/2

Motown to Hip Hop - Open to all new students

Motown to Hip Hop seeks to explore music from the 60s to current day that dialogues social commentary involving Black lives in the U.S. and world.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 5:10-6 PM; Wall Hall 155

First Meeting: 10/3

Pics or It Didn't Happen: Capturing Your First Year Through Photography - FULL

Is your Instagram feed fire and your Snapchat story always blowing up? Whether you take your pics on your camera phone or a Digital SLR, this Connection is for you. Explore tools you need to navigate your first year at UC Davis while documenting every step of the way. #AggieInstaMeet #AggieConnect #New2Davis

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 3:10-4 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting: 9/27

braingains

To you, UC Davis isn’t merely a school. It’s a gym for your brain, and you’re ready to get swole.

#braingains: Your Academics

Aggie Explorers - Open to Aggie Explorers Living Learning Students only

This 1-unit seminar provides an introduction to the wide variety of majors offered in the College of Letters & Science.  The class is specially designed for students who have not yet declared a major and those who would like to explore their options.  Students will use self-assessments and learn about other tools to explore majors that are a good fit. Representatives from the three divisions of the College of Letters & Science (Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies; Social Sciences; and Math and Physical Sciences) will share their insights with students in this seminar.  Students will have the opportunity to get to know other first-year students and connect with academic advisors and faculty members from across campus.  Participants will receive personalized academic planning based on their interests to help guide their undergraduate path at UC Davis.

This Connection is for only for students in the Casa Cuauhtémoc program. To learn about the program, please visit: http://housing.ucdavis.edu/education/communities/

Casa Cuauhtémoc Academic Theme Program - Open to Casa students only

Casa FYAC is a space for Casa Cuauhtémoc residents who might be interested in learning and connecting with each other in Thompson Hall. The main purpose of this connection is to transition Casa student residents to their new living environment and connect them to a community away from home.

This Connection is for only for students in the Casa Cuauhtémoc program. To learn about the program, please visit: http://housing.ucdavis.edu/education/communities/

Civil Engineering Transfers - Open to transfer students only

This Connection is intended to bring together newly admitted Civil Engineering transfer students and staff and faculty from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Group meeting topics will include transfer student experiences (including the transition to UC Davis), exploration of the Civil Engineering curriculum and co-curricular activities, discussion of the engineering profession, and post-graduate opportunities.

Meeting Day and Time: Tuesdays, 3:10-4 PM; 1007 Ghausi Hall

This Connection is for credit. For questions about registering, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

College of Ag and Environmental First Year and Transfer Students

Transitioning to UC Davis encompasses a lot!  This course offers an opportunity for incoming CA&ES students to build community and gain introduction to campus resources as they start their time at UC Davis.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:10-4 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/3

First-Year Electrical and Computer Engineering - Open to freshmen students only

The first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) curriculum  takes place in large lecture-style courses where you wouldn’t know who’s  who among engineering students at UC Davis. This connection will give  first-year ECE students the opportunity to interact with fellow majors in a small community setting from the beginning of their time at UCD.  We will  focus on the transition from High School to college and students will gain a greater understanding of the University environment and all the opportunities available to them at UCD.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 PM; 1127 Kemper Hall

First Meeting: 9/28

Future Grad Students - FULL

The Future Grad Students Connection supports students currently exploring or preparing to enter graduate school. We will discuss campus opportunities and resources that can help Davis students be competitive in the application process. Students will craft an action plan as part of the seminar that outlines their path to graduate school. Open to students of all disciplines interested in a Masters or Ph.D.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 3:10-4 PM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 9/27

LEADR Connection - Open to LEADR students only

The LEADR Connection is designed for you to understand the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges as they relate to the engineering profession and majors offered by the College of Engineering. The course serves as a transition course to university life for first-year engineering students who participate in the LEADR program. Students will be supported in transitioning to UCD through introductions to the campus culture, advising resources, health and wellness, academic success skills and campus engagement.

This Connection is for LEADR students only. To learn about the program, please visit: http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/leadr-advising/

The One Where You Learn About History! - Open to all new students

A space for people with a shared love of history, majors and non-majors alike. An opportunity to discuss topics in history, opportunities at UC Davis and how history translates to the workplace.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 3:10-4 PM; SS&H 4217 (the History Library)

First Meeting: 10/2

Pathway to Medicine - Open to freshmen students only

The Pathway to Medicine seminar allows students on the pre-medical path to join forces to discuss important topics in healthcare by reading the book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. In addition, we will host guest speakers from the medical field, third-year pre-med students, advisors and more. Tips on time management, study strategies, creating application timelines, and finding experiences will be shared. This will be a safe place to bring all of your questions!

Meeting Day and Time: Mondays, 4:10-6 PM; 114 South Hall


Pre-Health Students - Open to transfer students only

Transfer pre-health students interested in a health career are invited to join HPA for a weekly meeting to discuss strategies for success at UCD and staying on the pre-health track.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 12:10-1 PM; 261 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 10/3

World Languages - Open to all new students

The World Languages Connection will explore best practices in language development and career opportunities for world language majors and minors (and others interested in language). We will examine campus and community resources, and opportunities abroad. Those interested in teaching English (TESOL) also welcome.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 3:10-4 PM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 9/28

identity

You are uniquely you, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Community matters. Find yours here.

#identity: Your Personal Identity

Black Girls Rock - Open to all new students

Black Girls Rock will provide women who identify with the African Diaspora, with academic, social, personal, and spiritual support. Facilitators will guide the students through transitional topics with creativity and thoughtfulness. Students will leave the connection prepared to be strong role models in the community and be prepared to succeed both academically and socially.

Meeting Time and Location: Fridays, 10-10:50 AM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting Date: 9/29

Central Valley Aggies - Open to all new students

Are you from the Central Valley?  Come meet other new Central Valley Aggies and start to build your life here at UC Davis! This Connection will focus on building community at UC Davis with the common thread of being from the Central Valley.  Will also cover how to connect your experiences at home to UC Davis, how to get involved and make the most of your time here.  From Bakersfield to Fresno to Stockton and all the small towns in between, we can't wait to connect with you!

Time and Location: Mondays, 4:10-5 PM; 127 South Hall

First Meeting: 10/2

#FirstGenProud: Advice from First-Gen Students - Open to all new student

First in your family to head off to college? You are not alone! This interactive series of discussions, panels, and field trips is designed for incoming first-generation students (freshmen and transfers) to get advice from current first-generation students navigating their way through UC Davis. In this Connection, students will get advice on how to face the hurdles of culture shock, work through the homesick period, gain skills for academic success, develop/discover your identity, and make lasting friendships.

Did you know over 44% of last year's UC Davis incoming first-year classes (freshman and transfer) were first-generation college students? A first-generation—“first-gen”—student is someone who is the first in their family to attend college or someone whose parents did not obtain a degree at a four-year university. At UC Davis, being a first-gen student means many things: community, identity and pride—as well as additional questions and anxieties. This series of Connections celebrate the work you have done to get to UC Davis and answer the questions you did not know you had about college.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 4:10-5 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting Date: 9/27

#FirstGenProud: Exploring the Campus - Open to freshmen students only

This Aggie Connection is intended to "Connect" first generation residence hall students to resources on campus. After navigating through New Student Orientation and moving into your new residence hall; now what do you do? This Connection will cover a variety of topics that will support your academic success and even go a few steps further to explore various other places across campus that you might not normally think about. Topics include: transition to academic and campus life, leadership development, introduction to campus resources and various other social opportunities on campus.

Did you know over 44% of last year's UC Davis incoming first-year classes (freshman and transfer) were first-generation college students? A first-generation—“first-gen”—student is someone who is the first in their family to attend college or someone whose parents did not obtain a degree at a four-year university. At UC Davis, being a first-gen student means many things: community, identity and pride—as well as additional questions and anxieties. This series of Connections celebrate the work you have done to get to UC Davis and answer the questions you did not know you had about college.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 1:10-2 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting Date: 9/27

#FirstGenProud: Family1st - Open to all new students

Navigating college for the first time can be a bit nerve-racking, especially if you're the first in your family to attend college! Join the Family1st FYAC to navigate this uncharted territory together with other first-generation college students and a professional staff member, who is also a first-generation college student. In the Family1st Connection, we will explore what it means to be a first-generation college student at UC Davis while building a tight-knit community on a large campus through personal narratives and self-exploration.

Did you know over 44% of last year's UC Davis incoming first-year classes (freshman and transfer) were first-generation college students? A first-generation—“first-gen”—student is someone who is the first in their family to attend college or someone whose parents did not obtain a degree at a four-year university. At UC Davis, being a first-gen student means many things: community, identity and pride—as well as additional questions and anxieties. This series of Connections celebrate the work you have done to get to UC Davis and answer the questions you did not know you had about college.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 3:00-3:50 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting Date: 9/28

Don't Be THAT Transfer Student - Open to transfer students only

Don’t Be THAT Transfer Student is intended for new transfer students who know what it means to be successful and don't want to be tripped up in their transition to UC Davis. This course is for students who want to maximize their time while at UC Davis, develop success strategies to achieve educational and career goals, and avoid being THAT transfer student who spends valuable time letting life happen to them instead of owning their education and future. Through lecture, discussion and group activities, students will develop skills to help ease the transition to UC Davis. The class will emphasize holistic approach to achieving academic success. Class objectives include teaching personal responsibility and college expectations, academic success skills, campus resources and the importance of developing a social network.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:50 AM; 121 Olson Hall

 

LGBTQIA Connection - FULL

Welcome to the family! This Connection is coming together of its own free will, an intentional community, and a family to celebrate and share our lived experiences as college students who identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual community.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 2:10-3 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting Date: 10/3

Middle Eastern and South Asian Identity and Academic Success - Open to ME/SA LLC students only

This seminar supports students in the Middle Eastern and South Asian Living Learning Community by informing them about various campus resources. Students will connect with faculty, staff, and students who can support their transition to the UC Davis community.

This Connection is for students in the ME/SA Living Learning Community only. For more information on this program, please visit: http://housing.ucdavis.edu/education/communities/

Native Americans Building Connections and Strengthening Community - Open to all Native American Students and Allies

This Connection will work toward developing a “home away from home” where your values as a Native American are recognized, your student academic successes and accomplishments are celebrated and your contributions to your community are honored as you are.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM; Native American Academic Success Center at the University House

 

Once EAOP Always EAOP - Open to EAOP students only

This Connection is for all students who were enrolled in a UC campus EAOP program.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 10:00-10:50 AM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 10/3

Rainbow Quonnection! - Open to Rainbow House LLC students only

Join this Connection to bond with LGBTQIA community, explore your intersecting identities, and connect with affirming resources and supports for your time at UC Davis! This Connection is formed on the basis of a co-curricular theme of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Two Spirit communities and a common interest in creating an affirming space for historically marginalized communities.  We will explore weekly topics from a lens that acknowledges how our multiple identities impact our experiences in the world. 

This Connection is for students living in the Rainbow House Living Learning Community only. For more information on the program, please visit: http://housing.ucdavis.edu/education/communities/

Strategies for Academic Success for Veterans - Open to all new student veterans

Veterans are some of the most motivated students on campus.  You arrive having a vast array of experience both in life and the classroom. Once at UC Davis those same skills will continue to contribute to your success but they may need to be adjusted to the demands and challenges of the research university. The goal of the Strategies for Academic Success course is to exam more closely the challenges of a research university like  UC Davis, including managing the quarter system, getting involved in research, transitioning from the college community, planning effectively for life after their undergraduate degree and connecting with your community.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 10:00-11:50 AM; 121 Olson Hall


Strategies for Academic Success for Reentry Students - Open to all new reentry students

Strategies for Academic Success for Reentry Students is a 2-unit PASS/NO PASS class. This seminar is designed specifically for our non-traditional  students and is meant to help them  transition and connect to the UC Davis campus and community. The transition from community college to a research university can seem daunting. This seminar is designed to help students  manage that transition.

This Connection is a for credit seminar and is by invitation only. For questions, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

Transfer Re-Entry Student Connections and Stress Relief

This Connection will focus on networking and tips for stress relief for transfer re-entry students.

Meeting Time and Location: First 8 Tuesdays of the quarter, 4:30-5:30PM; Welcome Center Meeting Room 1

First Meeting Date: 10/3


 

Using Parenting as a Toolkit for Success - Open to student parents/guardians or those who are expecting

As an undergraduate student I found myself also in the role of parent. I know first-hand that student-parents bring a wealth of skills that can be applied to being successful at UC Davis. Join me to explore and share resources to help manage the often competing priorities of being a student-parent or a parent-student. We’ll discuss academic success resources as well and personal health and wellness from the lens of our strength as parents. Meeting time and location are flexible around the schedule of the group and will be determined the first week of the quarter.

If interested in joining this Connection, please email Sara Hawkes (skhawkes@ucdavis.edu) who will be coordinating the meeting times around student schedules.

Take the 5 or Take 5 - Open to freshmen students only

SoCal transitions to NorCal, NorCal transitions living with SoCal students. What is "Hella?" Haven't all SoCal students been to Disneyland? Whether Southern Cal or Northern Cal, everyone is experiencing a culture shift and learning how to navigate this new environment. Let's see how those same navigational skills can help you be successful at this large research university.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 10-10:50 AM; Regan Hall Main Lounge

First Meeting Date: 10/3

Women in Leadership - Open to all new students

This Connection will provide a space for new Aggies who identify as women to support and empower one another through their transition to UC Davis. Stronger together, we will learn about the opportunities for growth and support, explore challenges and q women to support and empower one another through their transition to UC Davis. Stronger together, we will learn about the opportunities for growth and support, explore challenges and questions about being a woman at Davis, and develop the tools to lead our campus into the future!

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:10-4 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting Date: 10/3

staywoke

Social justice isn’t just a concept, it’s your passion. Be a changemaker, and be the difference.

#staywoke: Your Social Justice Interests

Aggie Globetrotters - FULL

Imagine yourself in the middle of the Amazon, in a wooden boat, cruising to the jungle where you listen to the stories of the Huaorani. Imagine yourself in the courtyard of the National Palace in Bangkok, soaking up all the detailed designs of the incredibly old, golden structures. Imagine yourself eating a mountain of gelato on the way to the Colosseum. If these types of experiences excite you, sign up for Aggie Globetrotters, a connection dedicated to immersing Aggies in cultural experiences here in Davis through international food, film, and festivals/events.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 3:10-4 PM; International Center Room 1120

First Meeting: 10/4

Diversity X-Change - Open to all new students

Students joining this Connection will create a student-run diversity conference on the UC Davis campus, to be held in fall or winter of 2018. Students will have the opportunity to interact with student and professional leaders to learn more about diversity and inclusion at UC Davis and how they can make an impact with the conference. Then, working in teams and with mentors, they will develop their own conference proposal, build it into a fully-formed presentation, and present in front of an audience. While all presentations must be related to the topic of diversity, the format will be open—students might speak to a research poster, do a dramatic performance, lead a debate, or host an interactive game. This will be the inaugural year of what we hope will be an annual diversity conference, so students in the 2017 connection will have a special opportunity to be part of something completely new for the campus, on a topic that is of vital importance to having an inclusive and productive environment for every member of our campus community.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 2:10-3 PM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 9/27

Social Justice: What's Love Got To Do With It? - Open to all new students

Self-love and social justice are infused in almost everything, from the types of research topics chosen to the more obvious issues of race and socio-economic status.

What does this have to do with how you navigate UC Davis as a research university? What does this have to do with your NPB 100 class or what internship you want?

Self-love and social justice are interdependent. Self-love and social justice enable individuals to critically think about and address ubiquitous issues of oppression, discrimination and marginalization in almost every area of their lives.

The focus of this Connection will explore how to navigate a large research university and be a successful student academically and personally, with a focus on self-love, self-acceptance and social justice via the use of social media, articles, self-reflection, and small and large group discussions.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 10:00-10:50 AM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/5

Stab the Patriarchy: Dismantling Oppression through Needle Crafts - FULL

Meet other Aggies who are interested in manifesting social justice and exploring knitting/crochet/cross-stitch/embroidery. We will practice subversive needlepoint and craftivism each week while learning more about social justice concepts along the way. No experience necessary! Come join the movement.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 3:10-4 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/2

Stay Hustlin' - Open to all new students

Exploring the different ways you can lean on community to help you balance academics, social life and radical self care so that you can stay hustlin' and not burn out!

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays 4-6PM; Student Community Center Room D

First Meeting: 10/5

thrive

You’re not here just to survive college. You’re here to thrive! It’s time to make your mark at UC Davis.

#thrive: Your Personal and Professional Development

Active Aggies: Sports and Exercise at UC Davis - FULL

Come join a group of new students exploring ways to stay physically active and fit at UC Davis. Each week we’ll tackle (not literally) a different sport or activity venue on campus. We’ll visit the ARC, explore the bike and running trails on and around campus, spend some of our meetings actually playing sports and attend a UCD football game, all while making connections and creating community with fellow UC Davis students. Because this connection is about students first, members will all have a say in the kinds of activities we pursue and anyone is welcome. Physical well-being is crucial to your overall success at UC Davis, so come join other active Aggies as we hit the campus!

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 1:10-2 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting: 9/28

Aggie Adventures - FULL

Do you enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, rafting, napping in hammocks and spending excessive amounts of time outside? Then this Connection is for you! Meet other students with similar interests as you expand your knowledge of the outdoors and learn more about the best adventures Northern California has to offer.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 3:10-4 PM; 155 Wall Hall

First Meeting: 10/2

Bring Your 'A' Game: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students - Open to all new students

Through this Connection, students will develop and enhance the skills and strategies needed to succeed in college and that are critical for personal and professional development. This connection creates opportunities for students to examine skills and areas for potential growth, understand and access resources, develop and refine strategies, and self-advocate for and promote their own success. - The target audience for this connection is international students.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 1:10-2 PM; 9/28 meeting will be held in Academic Surge Building Room 2050; subsequent meetings starting 10/5 will be held in Academic Surge Building Room 2022

First Meeting: 9/28

Bring Your 'A' Game: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students - Open to international students only

Through this Connection, students will develop and enhance the skills and strategies needed to succeed in college and that are critical for personal and professional development. This connection creates opportunities for students to examine skills and areas for potential growth, understand and access resources, develop and refine strategies, and self-advocate for and promote their own success. - The target audience for this connection is international students.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 1:10-2 PM; Academic Surge Building Room 2022

First Meeting: 10/3

Davis Yogis: Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation - FULL

Learn about using yoga as a tool for academic and personal success throughout your first year at UC Davis. This Connection will explore both yoga philosophy and yoga practice. No experience required!

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 11:00-11:50 AM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 9/28

Fantastic Outdoor Adventures & Where to Find Them - Open to freshmen students only

Connect with the great outdoors, on campus! Learn more about how outdoor spaces and educational opportunities can benefit you as a student. Connect with other students who share your passion for the outdoors as you start your UC Davis adventure.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 4:10-5:00 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 9/28

First Year Recreation - FULL

Your first year as an Aggie can be an overwhelming experience.  From advising, staying healthy, exploring career paths, and connecting to the campus, it can be easy to feel inundated with information.  The First Year Recreation Group is all about connecting with advisers, exploring career paths, learning about student employment, and connecting with the campus community all while competing in an intramural sport, learning how to ride a horse, learning to climb on the rock wall, taking a group exercise class, or tapping into a creative side at the Craft Center. Come learn about many of the resources available to you as a UC Davis student while having fun and recreating with Campus Recreation Professionals.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:10-4 PM; ARC Conference Room

First Meeting: 10/3

Get Involved! - Open to transfer students only

You know you want to be involved outside the classroom, but do you know what to do? Join a group of peers and learn what opportunities are available. Learn to be strategic in your involvement to best find support, friends, and build your resume as you embark on your journey learning to thrive at this large research university. Learn how to engage in the campus social and cultural community and identify key resources to utilize on your path to graduation. This small cohort will give you the chance to engage with an upper-class peer mentor and UC Davis staff to help you navigate your first year at UC Davis. As a result of participation in this Connection, students will develop an involvement portfolio and/or co-curricular record.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 2:10-3 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/2

#Goals: Personal and Career Development - FULL

It's never too early to start thinking about your goals! This Aggie Connection will provide personal, career and professional development for students by reflecting on passions and skills, identifying short- and long-term goals, and helping residents create a personal and professional development plan for their time here at UC Davis. In addition, students in this connection will create their first resume or fine-tune an existing resume, learn about the job and internship search process, and develop techniques for successful job interviews.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 10:00-10:50 AM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/3

Mind on My Money - FULL

If you have heard the cliché, “people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” but have no idea where to start thinking about and working on your financial future, this is the Aggie Connection for you. Find out about creating a budget, setting priorities, dealing with credit, planning for retirement, managing college debt and more.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 11:00-11:50 AM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 9/27

Legacy Leaders - Open to all new students

The themes of the UC Davis Legacy Leaders are leadership and mentorship skills development. Legacy Leaders work to ensure the success of their peers and develop leadership skills in the process. Legacy Leaders break out into mentorship circles of about 8 students and these teams compete in friendly “pay-it-forward” challenges. Team members learn how to best support peers, thinking ahead to opportunities they will have to mentor future first-year students.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 5:10-6 PM; 325 North Hall

First Meeting: 10/4

UCD an MMO IRL - Open to all new students

Calling all Video Gamers! Just like in massively multiplayer online role-playing games, UC Davis is a new open world full of loot, experience and adventures with which to interact. This Connection will explore your first-year experience on campus by drawing on the experience of guildies, GMs, and NPCS. Pwn Newbs! Win like a Bawse!

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 1:10-2 PM; Wall Main Lounge

First Meeting: 9/28

Where Do I Sign Up?: Student Engagement Opportunities - Open to all new students

Research shows that students who are engaged in co-curricular activities earn higher GPAs and complete more class credit hours than their peers. 

Student engagement can take the form of student clubs, research experience, Greek life, athletics, cultural activities, or many other options. This Connection will focus on student leadership, research, and engagement opportunities as a first-year student and beyond and how to protect your academic success as an active student.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 5:10-6 PM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/2

Your Future Self Will Thank You: Time Management at UC Davis - FULL

Join other first-year UC Davis students and learn how to meet your goals by effectively managing your time. UC Davis has many wonderful opportunities for involvement and balancing academics with social activities can be a challenge. In this class, we will discuss different time management strategies and ways to get the most out of your time at UC Davis.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, 11:00-11:50 AM; Segundo Services Center Recreation Room

First Meeting: 10/2

You 'n Research - FULL

Created for Practicum Project majors (GDB and ABI).

Students will learn how to find research opportunities and how to make contacts for their research network. 

For more information about this Connection, email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

#squad: On-Campus Programs

Avenue E Program

This is a time for transfer students in the College of Engineering, who are in the Avenue E program, to meet to build community, to seek support and to learn more about resources offered by the University.

This Connection is for Avenue E students only. To learn about the program, please visit: http://avenuee.ucdavis.edu/

BUSP Mindset (Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program)

The Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP) is an intensive enrichment program for undergraduates who have a strong interest in undergraduate research in biology. BUSP, sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences, enriches your undergraduate experience by providing exciting and challenging opportunities to learn about and participate in the biologicalsciences. BUSP students enroll in a specially designed, rigorous academic program during their first two years of college, can possibly work in a biology research laboratory during their sophomore year, and meet regularly with skilled advisers who offer academic guidance and personal support. Students in BUSP also have a lot of fun together!

This Connection is for BUSP students only. To learn about the program, please visit:

http://stem.ucdavis.edu/resources/the-biology-undergraduate-scholars-program-busp/

College of Biological Sciences COHORT Program

The College of Biological Science's Cohort Program is an opportunity for first-year students to develop community and orient themselves within the College of Biological Sciences as soon as they arrive at UC Davis. The program aims to allow students the opportunity to engage more closely with faculty; to introduce the students to the full range of research and majors in CBS; to create a greater sense of community and place for students within the college; to encourage students to use the advising resources within and outside the college.

This Connection is for Cohort Program students only. To learn about the program, please visit: http://biology.ucdavis.edu/cohort-program/

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) aids first-generation, low-income students by providing academic guidance, student advocacy, personal and social support as well as financial assistance.  Our goal is to create a supportive community for you to get advice, seek guidance and develop a network of friends and supporters during your undergraduate experience. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive community for first generation students at UC Davis.

Did you know over 44% of last year's UC Davis incoming first-year classes (freshman and transfer) were first-generation college students? A first-generation—“first-gen”—student is someone who is the first in their family to attend college or someone whose parents did not obtain a degree at a four-year university. At UC Davis, being a first-gen student means many things: community, identity and pride—as well as additional questions and anxieties. This series of Connections celebrate the work you have done to get to UC Davis and answer the questions you did not know you had about college.

The following connections are for EOP students only.  For information about the program, please visit: http://success.ucdavis.edu/centers-and-programs/eop/aboutEOP.html

#FirstGenProud: I Am 1st of Many

Getting accepted into UC Davis is one of the many goals a first-generation college student will accomplish. This first-year experience class intended for new EOP UC Davis students will help students celebrate their first-generation identity and thrive at UC Davis. Through lectures, group discussions, and activities students will learn how to navigate the research institution, gain valuable study strategies and build a community of support.

Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 2:10-4 PM; 121 Olson Hall

This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course on ScheduleBuilder during your registration time using CRN: 63713.

#FirstGenProud: Leading the Way – First of My Siblings to Attend College

Are you a first-generation college student and the first of your siblings to attend college? Do you feel the need to model the way for your siblings or other family members? Are you concerned about the college experience and how you will be successful? Join this connection that will provide you with; skills that will help you navigate the university, a supportive community that understands your experience and a space to share your triumphs and challenges as you transition into your college identity.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 1:10-2 PM; 121 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 10/3

#FirstGenProud: Silence Is Golden

Silence is golden ... or is it? What does silence indicate? Silence in a classroom setting may demonstrate a person’s ability to reflect or interpret to some, while, to others it may simply imply a lack of knowledge or information. Does the meaning of silence change based on the interpreter? Consider your favorite song, are the pauses in between the lyrics the absence of sound or an important part of the composition? Mary Reda, author of Between Speaking and Silence refers to silence in the context of the classroom as a “space for engagement”, the opportunity for internal dialogue that leads to participation.

Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:10-4 PM; 121 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 10/3

#FirstGenProud: Sports for Success

Sports for Success is open to all EOP students with experiences in athletics. This Connection will help you identify the positive attributes of your athletic experience, use it to help successfully transition to the university and “win” in the classroom. We will also discuss your experience as an EOP student and its impact as a university student.

Meeting Time and Location: Wednesdays, 2:10-3 PM; 121 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 9/27

Guardian Scholars First-Year Experience: Be the 3%

Currently only 3% of foster youth/former foster youth graduate with a degree. This seminar class is intended for new students enrolled in Guardian Scholars Program that want to connect with other students in the program, develop essential skills to help ease the transition to UC Davis, and create a foundation for success. The class will emphasize a holistic approach to meeting academic and personal goals, as well as encourage campus engagement. Class objectives include meeting college expectations, academic success skills, campus resources and the importance of developing a social network.

This Connection is for Guardian Scholars Program students only. To learn about the program, please visit: http://success.ucdavis.edu/centers-and-programs/guardian-scholars/

LEADR Program

The LEADR Connection is designed for you to understand the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges as they relate to the engineering profession and majors offered by the College of Engineering. The course serves as a transition course to university life for first-year engineering students who participate in the LEADR program. Students will be supported in transitioning to UCD through introductions to the campus culture, advising resources, health and wellness, academic success skills and campus engagement.

This Connection is for LEADR students only. To learn about the program, please visit: http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/leadr-advising/

Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) Connections

The following Connections are for STEP students only. For information about the program, please visit: http://success.ucdavis.edu/centers-and-programs/step/index.html

Discover Your Strengths (Not for Credit)

STEP students that participate in this Connection will use Clifton Strengths Quest to identify strategies to use their top five strengths to achieve academic, career and personal success. Students will also participate in discussions with other students with same and different strengths to learn how best work with their different strengths.

Leadership Challenge (Not for Credit)

STEP students that participate in this Connection will use Kouzes and Posner's Student Leadership Challenge to explore the five practices for exemplary leaders. The leadership challenge will help students identify their leadership strengths as well as ways to further develop their skills.

Mind, Body and Soul/Spirit (Not for Credit) - FULL

Acquire the knowledge of how your mind, body and soul (spirit) connects with your success as a student and in life beyond college. Learn how your thoughts are powerful and how by changing the way you think and speak can change your life. Be educated on how to be healthy, by monitoring what you eat, how you sleep and exercise. Be educated on how your spirit attracts what you put out into the universe and how to be aligned with your life's purpose, through meditation and other ways.

Stop and Smell the Flowers (Not for Credit) - FULL

Stop and Smell the Flowers connection will be finding ways to take time out of our busy lives and  enjoy what is around us. The connection will incorporate the outdoors, self-journaling, paint and juice, and so much more that helps with self-reflection concepts. Each activity will tie with balancing school work and self.

All Eyez On Me (Not for credit)

This Connection revolves around the following themes: identity formation and self-exploration. “All Eyez On Me” is a Tupac Shakur song which focuses on similar themes. In this Connection, we will read poems and articles from artists with whom students can relate. We will talk about our own stories and students will be encouraged to be creative with how they represent their unique story (think poem, song, speech, PowerPoint, etc.). During the last meeting, we will all share. This Connection is about accepting yourself and being proud of your story.

TRiO Scholars: Navigating the University

This course studies the academic, social/cultural, personal and career challenges and resources associated with college going.

This Connection is for TRiO Scholars only. To learn about the program, please visit:

http://success.ucdavis.edu/centers-and-programs/trio-scholars/index.html