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UFC Awards nine Scholarships to UCD Students

At our October 4, 2023, Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome, we awarded scholarships to nine outstanding students. Details on the reception here. Bios of the recipients are here.

2023 – 2024 Scholarship Recipients pictured at right: (left to right) Madison Wong, Mindy Tran, Carmen Flores, Mariana Perez Sierra, Maria Del Carmen Morales Arellano, Evelyn Aguilar. Missing from photo: Darya Einollahi, Michael Ivener, Heather Li. Photo by Deanna Lee.



Welcome!

THEN: University Farm Circle was founded in 1914 to bring together the women associated with the University Farm—especially the female staff and faculty wives—to help the young boys at the school.

NOW: You do not need to be associated with the University to be a member. All are welcome!

If you are new to the community or to UFC, we invite you to join any of our Newcomers activities to get acquainted with our area and to meet other women.

For more information, email info@ufcdavis.org.

Join us!

Kathy Tyzzer, Kalli Louis, Mary Darlington at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Jeanie Istas, Mary McCafferty at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Terry Antonelli, Julie Schmidt at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Julie Schmidt, Sydney Moberg at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Susan Rodgers at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Marty Martinez, Beth Martinez at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Mary Ann Doerzbacher at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Julia Walker at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Members from Table 3: Penee Hughes, Holly Moen, Phyllis Baecker, Eileen Gueffroy, Sylvia Richman, Joann Beck at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.

Friendship

UFC makes a special effort to welcome Newcomers. It also currently has over 80 active Interest Sections, from A (Antiquing and Art Galleries) to Y (Yoga).

Enrichment

Over 600 members participate in Programs like our Speaker Series, trips, workshops, and annual events like our Fall Reception and Spring Luncheon.

Scholarships

UFC began awarding Scholarships in 1937. Today, we continue to award to qualified undergraduate students at UC Davis.

How-Tos

Programs and Newcomers Events

Upcoming events

    • February 29, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis
    Registration is closed

    NOTE: the title has changed from the title listed in the 2023-2024 Program and Handbook, Women's Health Forum

    When should you go to the Emergency Room? Having trouble sleeping?

    Join us for a healthy-aging event with two speakers.  First, Dr. Kiah Connolly will talk about the modern emergency room. Then, Dr. Anit Patel, will discuss issues with sleeping and pulmonary diseases. After the two speakers we will sit down for a box lunch from Nugget Market. 

    We hope you will join us for an informative and interesting day.
    The cost for this event is $30 and the deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 8, 2024

    • March 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The Cannery, 2000 Cannery Loop, Davis

    Come and join us for our First Friday Coffee. This month Jennifer Grossfeld will join us to talk about the Intercampus Day event on April 10. Jennifer is in charge of the event and will be the next UFC President. We will also let you know about future events and answer any questions you may have. There will be plenty of time for you to meet and greet your fellow Newcomers. Please bring your favorite beverage. Contact: Andrea Forrest.






    • March 05, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 800 N St, Sacramento, CA

    An informative 45 minute tour will take you through this 1856 mansion which has gone through a 14-year, $22-million restoration. The mansion currently serves as the official reception center for the State. The tour will be followed by an optional lunch in Sacramento.

    All Newcomers on our list will receive an email invitation to events. There will be more detailed information about directions, carpooling, etc. in the invitation you will receive. Be sure to RSVP so we know how many will be attending. If your plans change, cancel your RSVP.

    Contact: Andrea Forrest.






    • March 07, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Karen Cook's home

    Talk about the favorite books you have read during the past year. If you have books that you are willing to pass on to a new home, bring them along for the book exchange table. Contact: Karen Cook





    • March 13, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis

    NOTE: The title has changed from that listed in the 2023-2024 Program and Handbook.

    Come join in on the fun with your UFC friends for brain twisting trivia and some Irish treats . Our quizmaster for the afternoon will be Julia Walker. Contacts: Elysa Hillis and Lea Rosenberg





    • March 19, 2024
    • 9:45 AM
    • 3750 Taylor Rd, Loomis, CA

    Carpool to High-Hand Plant Nursery in Loomis, and stroll through their selection of plants, one-of-a-kind specimens, and unique garden accessories and artwork. Visit the shops in the old packing house. Then, enjoy a no-host lunch with reserved seating in their cafe in a serene garden setting. Contacts: Kathy Greenhalgh and Elysa Hillis





    • March 26, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis
    Register

    NOTE: The date of this event has changed from the date listed in the 2023-2024 Program and Handbook.

    Come and hear Susan Gilson Miller, Professor Emerita of History at UCD, talk about her book Years of Glory: Nelly Benatar and the Pursuit of Justice in Wartime North Africa.  This true story tells what happened "when France fell to Hitler's armies in June 1940 and a flood of refugees fleeing Nazi terror overwhelmed Europe's borders and spilled across the Mediterranean to North Africa, touching off a humanitarian crisis of dizzying proportions.  Nelly Benatar, a highly regarded Casablancan Jewish lawyer, quickly claimed a role of rescuer and almost single handedly organized a sweeping program of wartime refugee relief".

    The cost for this event is $15 and the deadline for reservations is Tuesday, March 19.

    • April 05, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • To be determined

    Join an informal gathering of Newcomers on the first Friday of each month from October through May. The Newcomers Chairs will be there to welcome you, introduce you to other new members and answer questions. Check the monthly newsletter for the location. Contact: Andrea Forrest.






    • April 10, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis
    • 83
    Register

    MORE THAN JUST A FARM SCHOOL!

    UFC INTERCAMPUS DAY

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis

    University Farm Circle invites members to join participants from UC Berkeley, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz, for a day of celebration, activity, communication, and exchange on the UC Davis Campus. The event marks the 110th Birthday for Davis UFC.

    The site for Intercampus Day is the Welcome Center Conference Center Ballrooms A and B.

    Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by welcoming remarks by UFC President Abbie Morrison and campus leaders.

    The program includes three speakers, who will give presentations, each followed by Q&A sessions:

    • Lois Wolk, former California State Senator
    • Dr. Tierra Smiley-Evans, Chief Veterinary and Scientific Officer for Gorilla Doctors, One Health Institute, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Kara Leong, Executive Director, Integrative Center for Alternative Meat and Protein (iCAMP)

    After a box lunch and a brief 110th birthday cake celebration, participants will separate into one of five different tours: (please note, the first two choices are best for those with mobility issues)

    • Tour 1:  Coffee Center Cupping Demonstration in the Conference Center
    • Tour 2:  UC Davis Strawberry Breeding and Research Program in the Conference Center
    • Tour 3:  California National Primate Research Center (shuttle provided)
    • Tour 4:  Gorman Museum of Native American Art (walk)
    • Tour 5:  Walking Tour of Robert Arneson's famous Egghead Sculptures, narrated by Historian Kathryn Olmsted

     It should be an educational and entertaining day for everyone involved!

    Cost: $60

    RESERVATION WINDOW: Thursday February 15, 2024, through Wednesday March 20, 2024

    Parking information will follow – expect a cost of $14. Car pooling is recommended.

    Please Note: Since registration is limited, the fastest way to reserve a spot for this event is to reserve online. UFC members and participants from our sister campuses take priority. After March 10, registration will open for guests. Refunds will be made if the cancellation request is received before the March 20 reservation deadline.




    • April 17, 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Tea List, 222 D St, Davis

    NOTE: Title and date changed from that listed in 2023-2024 Program and Handbook

    We will enjoy tea, scones, finger sandwiches and yummy pastries at Tea List, a cozy and quiet niche on D Street, just behind Mustard Seed. Contacts: Lea Rosenberg and Elysa Hillis 

    This program is limited to 30 participants, so currently it is confined to UFC members only.





    • April 18, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Main St., Woodland, CA

    This event appeared in the 2023-2024 Program and Handbook, but it has been canceled.





    • April 25, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 12300 County Road 92B, Zamora, CA

    Matchbook is a family-owned winery in the Dunnigan Hills, a 30-minute drive from Davis. Enjoy the views of the vineyard and a chance to socialize with your Newcomer friends.  Contact: Andrea Forrest.






    • April 30, 2024
    • 3100 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

    This event appeared in the 2023-2024 Program and Handbook, but it has been canceled.





    • May 02, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Historic Woodland Hotel, Woodland, CA
    • 65
    Register

    The Spring Luncheon is historically the highlight of the year - a social gathering to celebrate all the old and new friendships developed over the years through UFC's programs and interest sections.  We welcome all members, but especially encourage Newcomers to share in this very special event.

    The luncheon includes a short business meeting to introduce the new officers for the coming year, a hot and cold buffet, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks.  For entertainment, tables will play a "Heart to Heart" get-to-know-you conversation starter game with questions such as:

    • Name three things you like about yourself.
    • What blows your mind every time you think about it?
    • What's something you can never seem to finish?
    • When you are down, what makes you feel better?
    In such pleasant company, this will be fun and help us get to know each other better.

    Cost: $40

    RESERVATION WINDOW: Thursday February 15, 2024 through Thursday April 25, 2024

    NOTE: Food, toiletries, and other essentials will be collected at the luncheon for The Pantry at UC Davis.  UFC helps keep The Pantry stocked so no UC Davis student misses a meal or lives without necessities.

    • May 03, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • To be determined

    Join an informal gathering of Newcomers on the first Friday of each month from October through May. The Newcomers Chairs will be there to welcome you, introduce you to other new members and answer questions. Check the monthly newsletter for the location. Contact: Andrea Forrest.






    • May 15, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • To be determined

    This informal gathering will include a light lunch, plenty of time to talk about the past year, and time to discuss our plans for the summer and the coming year. Contact: Andrea Forrest.






    • May 17, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 9051 River Rd, Sacramento

    Scribner Bend Winery is just south of Freeport and across the river from Clarksburg. We will have a tour through the barrel room and meet the winemaker. Samples of wine are available along the tour, and you may purchase food from Paesanos Courtyard Kitchen. Contacts: Phyllis Baecker and Sally Nishida





What Can a $4,000 Scholarship Do?

  • Help pay for tuition

  • Pay lab fees

  • Provide necessities such as rent and food

  • Purchase books and technology

  • Provide a huge boost in self-confidence, which helps the student persevere on their path of achievement

  • Most importantly, save the student hours of work. At $15.00 per hour, it would take approximately 267 hours to earn $4,000. That’s a lot of time that could be spent studying! 

Thanks to generous donations from members and others, UFC was able to give 11 talented UC Davis students scholarships of $4,000 each in 2022. In addition, we awarded $2,000 scholarships to two Yolo County graduates entering UC Davis.

Mission Statement

UFC (University Farm Circle) connects campus and community through friendship, enrichment, and scholarships.

  • Friendship: Welcomes newcomers to the university campus and community.
  • Enrichment: Provides programs and activities to meet the needs and interests of its members.
  • Scholarships: Assists students through scholarships.

Become a member

You do not need to be associated with the University to be a member.

All are welcome!

Contact us

University Farm Circle
PO Box 858, Davis, CA 95617-0858
info@ufcdavis.orgwww.ufcdavis.org

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