Report from

UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA)

October 2009


               The Centennial Celebration

The Centennial Video History project led by Verne Mendel has produced a history of the Davis Campus through the words of some of the nearly 340 UC- Davis emeriti who have recorded oral histories.  It appears the UCDEA Video Record Project is unique among UC Emeriti Associations.  The Centennial project produced 23 DVDs each approximately one hour in length and containing up to 10 excerpts from over 150 faculty talking about the role they played in the historical development of Davis. The DVD’s are organized by College/School.  Short excerpts for some Emeriti included on the DVDs are available on the UC Davis Centennial Web site [] and on by searching for something like “uc davis video histories.”  The final disposition of these DVDs and the future of the Video Record Project is currently under review by the Association; one objective of the review is to determine an effective distribution system for an international audience.

               Social Events

The Emeriti Association in conjunction with the Retiree Center and Retirees’ Association held a Wine Tasting event on March 1, 2009.  Close to 100 retirees, one of our best turnouts ever, sampled wine from three local wineries.      Emeriti were reminded of past wine tasting events and expressed a desire for the event be repeated annually.  Steak Bake 2009 held on June 6 and attended by about 135 was a perfect opportunity to honor Chancellor Vanderhoef and his wife for their many years of service to UC Davis.  A joint staff and faculty New Retirees Reception was held on June 15 with a great turnout of about 40 new retirees, 20 guest and 30 other members of the campus community.  The fall season commenced with Fall Oktoberfest  on  September 26.  This, the Retiree Center ’s second annual, was a lively evening of German food, beverages and entertainment; internationally respected UC Davis beer professor Dr. Charlie Bamforth regaled on amusing anecdotes and facts from the world of brewing, interspersed with expert-led tasting of a selection of remarkable and diverse beers.



            Current UCDEA membership includes 197 (up 6) Lifetime Members, 143 (up 8) Annual Members, and 64 (up 1) Associate Members.  The overall total  membership is 404, up from 389 in our last report.  Dick Walters, our Membership Chair actively pursues all reports of new emeriti and contacts them with membership information.


            UCDEA has joined with the UC Davis Retiree's Association to publish a single newsletter three times a year beginning with the Fall 2009 edition.  Thus, the UCDEA's EmeriTimes and the UCDRA's The UC Davis Retiree have been replaced by the  Retiree Center's Campus Connections.   The newsletters are   available on the Association's web site ( and distributed to dues-paying and lifetime members. The newsletter includes descriptions of upcoming events, opportunities for service by emeriti and retirees, updates on association activities and other newsworthy information.  The editors are Barbara Anderson (UCDRA) and Nora McGuinness (UCDEA)

               Monthly Luncheons

            The UCDEA continues to organize monthly luncheons from October through May for both Emeriti and Retirees.  These sessions are very well attended by both emeriti and retirees, with an excellent selection of speakers.  Tom Rost and Anne Gray co-chair the Program Committee,


Graham Gall, Vice-President, UCDEA