List of First-Year Aggie Connections

Winter 2018 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!

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: Must-experience Memories and Moments at UC Davis - Open to all new students

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!

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

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36715 

Davis Doggos and Puppers: De-stressing with Dogs - FULL

Not able to bring your fluffy best friend to College? Come hang out with a therapy dog every week! Take the time out of your busy schedule to de-stress with pets and learn more about your new home: UC Davis.

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

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36721

Get your board game on! - Open to all new students

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 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, 5:10-6PM; Wall Main

First Meeting: 01/11

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=37148 

Live. Love. Ball. - Open to all new students

The season of basketball is upon us! Come hang out with folks that are interested in keeping up with the games, whether they be the NBA, WNBA, or College basketball! And we can take it to the court and scrimmage ourselves! Lovers of the game, players of the game, and folks interested in learning more about the game are all welcome!

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 2:10-3PM; SSC Rec Room

First Meeting: 01/10

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=37065 

Warm up in the Arboretum - Open to all new students

Grab a warm mug of coffee or tea and meet us for a walk in the Arboretum! Come get your blood flowing in the morning as we kick start the day and explore one of the best places on campus. Rain or shine!

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 10-10:50AM; Arboretum (Wall 155)

First Meeting: 01/10

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36717

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 - Open to all new students

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, 10-10:50AM; 114 South Hall

First Meeting: 01/08

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36728

Get Crafty: Aggies Connecting Through Arts and Crafts - Open to all new students

Have you always been the "crafty" one in your group? Do you have allll the adult coloring books? This connection is for anyone who has a love for arts and crafts. Along with crafting, we will also have group discussions about important topics to get you settled and help strategize to make you more successful at UC Davis.

Time and Location: Mondays, 3-3:50PM; 121 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 01/08

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36726

Spoken World Storytelling - Open to all new students

Got a story to tell? Have you traveled and met people? Do you have an ear for other people’s stories? We will seek connection within our diverse university community through the art of storytelling. This First Year Aggie Connection will teach you how to tell a personal story in front of a live audience. We will cover storytelling basics and not-so-basics, including how to hook an audience, building interest and suspense, techniques for adding color, humor, and pathos, and delivering a powerful ending. We’ll also talk about what it’s like to perform in front of a live audience, and provide tools and advice for storytelling like a champ while having fun. We expect that you will feel energized by your connection with the audience, and supported by fellow storytellers. We will work towards the goal of telling our UC Davis stories at a Spoken World Story Jam event.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 1:10-2PM; 2119 International Center

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36730 

Telling your Story Through Photography - Open to all new students

Are you looking for a way to express yourself and do you enjoy taking pictures? Come meet other Aggies who are also interested in photography, whether on a phone or with a DSLR, as we tell our UC Davis story each week. No experience needed; all are welcome!

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

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36716

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

Diving Into Medicine: Becoming a Physician & Beyond - Open to all new students

This Connection will focus on exploring various careers in medicine (MD, DO, DPM), current events and topics in medicine, and interactive activities through talks, discussions, demonstrations and guest speakers. Students will gain insight and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a physician beyond diagnosing and treating patients.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 11-11:50AM; 121 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36741

Exploring Health Careers: It's Way More Than Just Doctors - Open to all new students

This Connection will bring together first year and transfer students who know they want to go into a health career but who aren’t sure which one yet. We will share information on how to prepare for various careers, reveal strategies for success at UC Davis, and create a safe space to make friends.

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 4-6PM; Wellman 6

This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time using CRN: 75437.

For more information about this connection, email Joanne Snapp at jsnapp@ucdavis.edu.

Pre-Veterinary: Path to Success - Open to all new students

First year and transfer pre-vet students are invited to join this Aggie Connection to meet other pre-vet students, and learn all the ins and outs of preparing for a career as a pre-vet while also picking up strategies for success at UC Davis.

Time and Location: Mondays, 4-6PM; Wellman 25

This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time using CRN: 75438.

For more information about this connection, email Joanne Snapp at jsnapp@ucdavis.edu.

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 meet History faculty and hear about their research, courses and much more!

Time and Location: Mondays, 3:10-4PM; 4217 Social Sciences & Humanities (History Library)

First Meeting: 01/08

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36970
identity

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

#identity: Your Personal Identity

Student Parents: Using Parenting as a Toolkit for Success

Are you an undergraduate student who is also a parent or guardian? Student-parents bring a wealth of skills that can be applied to being successful at UC Davis. Join other student parents 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. (Open to student parents/guardians or those who are expecting.) 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.

staywoke

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

#staywoke: Your Social Justice Interests

#BAE (Black Athlete Empowerment) - Open to freshmen students only

Athlete. Intelligent. Disciplined. Strong. Aware. Black. If you identify with these words, then this Connection is for you. Each week, we will focus on black athlete empowerment in the fight for social justice through a historical and contemporary framework. Join the ranks of Colin Kaepernick, Simone Manuel, Serena Willams, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. All current and former athletes welcome!

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 10-10:50AM; Segundo Services Recreation Room

First Meeting: 01/10

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36724

Food Justice League: Exploring Social Transformation Through Agriculture - Open to all new students

UC Davis and the surrounding community are known as innovators in promoting positive social change through agriculture and food. Whether you’re passionate about social justice, agriculture, food, or simply giving back, this community will connect you with ways to get involved in groups who are ‘growing good’ on campus. Come prepared to think critically as we explore guerrilla gardens, edible landscapes, and farms. Learn how students and community members are tackling a broad range of injustices – from homelessness, to food insecurity, and climate change – right here in the backyard of “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” You’ll even learn where you can forage for food right here on campus: make a fresh salad on your way to meet with an academic advisor, or grab some fruit on your way to class!

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

First Meeting: 01/08

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36718

Refugees Unite - Open to all new students

This is an opportunity to connect with other students who identify as a refugee or have family members who are refugees. This connection will explore the experiences of refugees in the United States and in higher education.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 2-3PM; 1127 Kemper Hall

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36699 

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 - Open to all new students

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 UC Davis Basketball 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 as you are and join other active Aggies as we hit the campus!

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 3:10-4PM; ARC (Wall 155)

First Meeting: 01/10

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36719 

Adulting: All day, every day - Open to all new students

Adulting is hard - especially when so much is changing around you! Come learn a variety of adulting skills to ensure your success at UC Davis and beyond. We will focus on growth in areas of time management, money management, sending well-written and appropriate emails, developing resumes and cover letters, establishing boundaries, and much more. This connection will offer a well-rounded experience as you continue adulting at Davis.

Time and Location: Thursdays, 10-10:50AM; Wall 155

First Meeting: 01/11

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36722 

Aggie Adventures - Open to all new students

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.

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

First Meeting: 01/11

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36720 

EDU 065B - Foundations for University Success - Open to all new students

Introduction to Research at a Tier 1 University: Introduction to research skills, such as developing critical thinking, study skills, writing skills, and presentation skills.  Focus will be on basic research, group projects, and presentations.

This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time. For registration information—including CRNs, course description, and time/location— click the following link.

https://siss.ucdavis.edu/students/newly-admitted-students/success.html

Get Psyched About Your Career in Psyc and Cog Sci! - Open to all new students

Explore possible career outcomes in the fields of Psychology and Cognitive Science. Get off the couch and go beyond therapy, consider what else is out there for you! Through actively participating in this connection, you will have the tools to create a professional development plan.

Time and Location: Thursdays, 4:10-5PM; 166 Young Hall

First Meeting: 01/11

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36729

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

This one quarter course explores the formal and informal processes of discovering your passion and choosing the path (major, advanced studies, etc.) in support of this discovery.  It will provide the mechanism through which students explore the multitude of campus resources and tools available in pursuit of this discovery. Topics include general introductions to offices and services germane to major and career exploration, expectations of the industry and developing skills to meet them, and developing assessment and problem solving skills necessary for success in the professional world.

FRS 003-33                          W  12:10-2:00pm                              SocSci 232

FRS 003-34                          R  10:00-11:50am                              SocSci 232

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

You 'n Research - Open to GDB & ABI practicum project majors only

This will be a connection for Global Disease Biology students only to support them in getting a research project for their senior practicum paper.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:10-4PM; 357 Hutchison

First Meeting: 01/09

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

#squad: On-Campus Programs

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/

Middle Eastern & South Asian (ME/SA) Identity & Academic Success - Open to all new students

Middle Eastern and South Asian (ME/SA) Identity and Academic Success is a 1-unit seminar that supports the success of first-year and transfer students of Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian backgrounds at UC Davis. Seminar students will explore what their ME/SA identity means to them, both on campus and off-campus, and how their identity connects to the ways they envision academic success.

Time and Location: Thursdays, 3:10-4PM; Regan Main

First Meeting: 01/11

This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time. For registration information—including eligibility and CRN—please email Jinni Pradhan at jpradhan@ucdavis.edu.

 

Veterans Success Center: Survivors Finding Their Inner Warrior

Inner Warrior supports students who have lived through a military-related loss by connecting them with other survivors as well as various resources on and off campus. This seminar allows students to connect with each other in a friendly and informal environment while creating a support system within the group. Whether your family member passed recently, or years ago during deployment or at home, we are here to connect with you. Allow us to help each other through our grief journeys while also enjoying all that Davis has to offer. This group is open to veterans, dependents and civilians alike. Come find your Inner Warrior with us!

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 4:10-5PM; 245 Memorial Union

First Meeting: 01/09

This Connection is by invitation only, for more information please email Earl Raehsler at elraehsler@ucdavis.edu.

We Right Wednesdays: Social Justice Through Creative Writing - Open to EOP Students only

We Right Wednesdays (WRW) is a social justice focused creative writing program designed to encourage EOP students to write spoken poetry, prose and short stories to bring awareness to social issues on campus and in our community.

Time and Location: Wednesdays, 12:10-1PM; 121 Olson Hall

First Meeting: 01/10

This Connection is not for credit. To register, click the following link:

https://myrecreation.ucdavis.edu/index.aspx?view=item&item=36743