January 12, 2017
In this Issue
  • Welcome Back
  • Meet Your New PIC! 
  • Volunteer or Intern with Malama Kauai
  • Sustainability Conference in Chico, CA!
  • SASC Academic Workshops
  • Track Advisors Office Hours
  • RE:SSA Club Coming Your Way!
  • Upcoming Events & Sustainable Challenge of the Week
  • Dates & Deadlines
Welcome back from Winter break, Veggies! 

Whether you recuperated from the busy Fall quarter by curling up on your couch by a warm fire with your favorite five cats or tearing up the freshly-fallen powder in Tahoe, we are glad you were able to de-stress. And now we welcome 10 weeks of rain over shine, hot cocoa, and the sweet smell of Tercero cows. 

As you all know, the intensity of the quarter system is on the horizon. While time still seems abundant, we encourage you to take advantage of the amazing opportunities the university offers! This newsletter is full of ways to kick-start your quarter with excitement, as well as important deadlines and information to keep you on track--at least until midterm season. 
Meet Your New PIC: Vanessa Lovel! 
The advising team is delighted to introduce Vanessa Lovel (left),  your new Peer Internship Coordinator!
Vanessa is here to satisfy all of your internship needs and concerns. Look out for her emails about important mandatory internship meetings, deadlines, and you guessed it--Jobs and Internship Opportunity newsletters! 
Vanessa Lovel
Junior Transfer from Mira Costa College in San Diego
Track: III
Fun Fact: "I grew up in Alaska!"
Volunteer or Intern with Malama Kauai!
Malama Kaua'i is a non-profit organization in Kauai working "to make a difference in our community’s by identifying essential needs and aggregating resources to address them – needs that when met, support our local food systems and strengthen our community."

Megan Fox, Director of Operations for Malama Kauai, would like us to share the organization's internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities with you! Megan is happy to be a contact for UC Davis students with interest in working directly with Malama Kauai.

Feel Free to contact Megan Fox at or (808) 828-0685 x12.

Interested in other exemplary non-profits on Kauai? Check out Kauai Community College's Topical Agriculture Program! Feel free to contact Shea or Allie for more information about this program. 

Yay SA&FS connections! 

Sustainability Conference in Chico, CA! 
What? Two full conference days with over 100 sustainability professionals from across the country (including keynote speakers Tom Newmark, Mary Wood, Marc Schlossberg, Jessica Barlow, and Dune Lankard), raffles, a featured film, awards and more!

Where? CSU Chico in the Bell Memorial Union

When? March 23-24, 2017

How do I register? Register here before March 10th!

Money? Registration is FREE for students with a valid student ID! ($50 for two-day or $35 for one-day general admission)

Interested in more information? Find out more here!

SASC Study Skills and Pre-Graduate Workshops
New Year's resolutions, anybody? 

The SASC is offering several workshops to help students improve time management, success, and study skills in 14 South Hall! Check out more information below: 
Track Advisor Office Hours

These faculty volunteer their time to oversee your track within the major to ensure that you have a learning experience that you deserve. While you need to meet with your track advisor for certain major requirements, take advantage of their office hours to learn about their incredible research or introduce yourself! Don't be shy, they are here to teach and would rather talk with you! 

Track I: Agriculture and Ecology
Will Horwath
Office: 3226 PES Building
Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm

Track II: Food and Society
Ryan Galt

Office: 1309 Hart Hall
Hours: Tuesdays 11:30am-1:30pm
Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm

Track III: Economics and Policy
Tom Tomich
Office: 143 Robbins Hall
Hours: Wednesdays 9-11am
RE:SSA Club Coming Your Way!
Responsible Eating: Students For Sustainable Agriculture is back this quarter! We are focusing our efforts on three events:

January: Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
Date TBA

Partnering with SEEDS

February: First Annual Food Systems Internship Fair!
February 1, 2017 4-6pm
PES 3001
Organizations in attendance are farms, restaurants, activist agencies, sustainable businesses, and non-profits, such as: Poultry Pasture Farms, Pacific Star Gardens, Yisrael Family Urban Farm, Root of Happiness, Savory Café, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Food Bank, American Farm Land Trust, Soil Born, UC Davis Dining Services, Food Literacy Center and more!

March: Migrant Workers Center
Date TBA
Donation drive throughout March followed by a volunteer event!
Partnering with Aggies for Humanity
Upcoming Events

Seed Central Forum: Special Discover Session
Thursday, January 12
4:30-7pm @ Conference and Welcome Center

"The session will feature 15 companies involved in seed, agbiotech, crop protection, microbials, seed technology, equipment, and food, ranging from startups to established companies. There will be brief presentations by each company, and 120 minutes of networking."
Contact to register 

Urban Food Production in the Digital Age-- Local Empowerment and Sustainability
Wednesday, January 18th
12-1pm @ Memorial Union: Garrison Room (upstairs)

This lecure by Christian Nansen, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology is presented to you by the 2016-17 Campus Community Book Project, featuring Raj Patel's Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Tours
Saturday, January 14th
9am-12pm @ Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
45211 County Rd. 32B, Davis CA

"Docents lead a tour of the Wildlife Area that covers 25 square miles in the heart of one of the country's richest agricultural areas, alongside one of America's busiest people throughways I-80, and nest to the bustling Sacramento metropolitan area. The 16,000-acre Yolo Wildlife Area is home to nearly 200 species of birds. Meet in Parking lot A." (Free)

Davis Flea Market
Sunday, January 15th 
11am-3pm @ Third Space, 946 Olive Dr, (Davis)

"A place to find a bargain, meet friends and listen to music. It's like the Farmer's Market, but for those of us who produce more clutter than cantaloupe." 
Sustainable Challenge
of the Week
There's a lot to learn in a classroom, but what if our education expanded beyond your classroom walls? After all, there's no better way to learn than apply your class knowledge to the real world! 

The advising team loves to learn. Do you? (We hope so!) That's why we have brainstormed a few ways to challenge you to make sustainable decisions this quarter. To see your classroom knowledge in a real world setting, in your daily life. 

Check out the Sustainable Challenge of the Week (SCW) below! 

Sustainable Challenge of the Week: Buy all
of your produce from the Farmer's Market! 

Buying your produce from the Farmer's Market would: 

1. Support farmers local to Davis, and put your money into the local community
2. Allocate more of your money toward the Farmer by purchasing directly instead of funding the "middle men" in between you and the product. 
3. Likely reduce your carbon footprint for the week (less transportation needed when buying locally)
4. Likely support organic farmers that use fewer to no pesticides and other synthetic inputs
5. Support your own nutrition by eating produce with higher nutritional value (and tastier too!)
6. Save money by spending less than you would at the average grocery store (according to Allie's personal research and Shea's life experiences). 

Have a suggestion for an upcoming SCW? Send it in an email to Allie ( or Shea (, we would love to include it in our next Beet! 

Dates & Deadlines
General Deadlines
  • Last day to drop 10-day drop courses, file petitions to change from full-time to part-time status, & file a Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) petition: Jan 23
  • Last day for wait lists & to add courses: Jan 25
  • Last day to drop 20-day drop courses & to file for the course materials waiver: Feb 6
  • Last day to opt for P/NP or S/U grading: Feb 13
  • Last day to drop courses with a PTD, add courses with a PTA, & submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form: Mar 17
SA&FS Internship Deadlines
  • submit approval form to receive units for an internship you are completing in Winter: PAST DUE (Dec 2)
  • turn in final reflection and internship paper for Winter credit: March 17
  • submit approval form to receive units for an internship you are completing in Spring: March 17
  • turn in final reflection and internship paper for Spring credit: June 8
Next Beet: January 22nd
SA&FS Facebook Group
SA&FS Website

Peer Advising Office Hours
Shea Robinson:
Wednesdays 9pm - 12pm, 1pm-4pm

Allie Fafard:
Mondays 1am - 4pm
Thursdays 1am - 4pm

SA&FS Peer Advising Office
1303 Hart Hall 
UC Davis

Call to Make an Appointment
(530) 752 - 1805

or schedule at

Peer Internship Coordinator (PIC)
Office Hours

Vanessa Lovel:
Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm
Thursdays 1pm-2:30
(Starting 1/19)

PIC Advising Office:
2326 Hart Hall 
UC Davis


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