In this Issue
  • SA&FS Capstone (ESP 191A/B) Showcase!
  • An Interview with Sean "Nelson" Hawkins
  • Finals Study Hours: SA&FS Buttons + Free Testing Supplies & Brainfood
  • On Our Radar: This Way to Sustainability XI Conference in Chico, CA
  • People We Listen To: ASI Speaker Series
  • Deadlines: Quarter, Internship, & Spring 2016 Graduation
SA&FS Capstone Showcase
Winter quarter is a crazy, sleep-deprived, zombie-like time for most of us, but for those of us in Capstone—holla!—Winter quarter is at its most intense. This Saturday our class of 36 will be presenting our senior projects to our clients and all 36 of us would love to invite the entirety of the SA&FS community to join us.

Why should you spend your Saturday in Bowley 101?
  • you want to know what ESP 191A+B and the word "capstone" means/looks like
  • you are going to take Capstone next year and want a preview (some projects have the potential to continue next year)
  • you want to support your friends and peers in a significant academic moment
  • you are procrastinating for finals
The past 20 weeks have been a culmination of a whole lot of blood (paper cuts), sweat (public speaking), and tears (we're tired, okay?!). Saturday will be a time to share all of this hard work with our clients and Capstone class, but equally as important, to share it with all of you. Interested? Join us for part or all of the Saturday presentations, plus lunch!

Schedule Breakdown
8:00 - 8:30am Welcome by Tom Tomich, Capstone Professor & SA&FS Track III Advisor
8:30 - 9:20am Team FARMY
                        Client: Farmer Veteran Coalition
                        Project: linking veterans with farmers
9:30 - 10:20am Team What's Growin' On
                        Client: Yolo Farm to Fork
                        Project: supporting school gardens
10:30 - 11:20am Team Sprouting SA&FS
                        Client: SA&FS Major Advisors
                        Project: responding to community needs
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch (potluck, free for attendees) 
12:30 - 1:20pm Team Peels
                        Client: Yolo County Landfill
                        Project: addressing food waste in Yolo County
1:30 - 2:20pm Team Glean
                        Client: UC Davis Arboretum
                        Project: creating a network of edible landscapes on campus
2:30 - 3:00pm Closing Remarks

We hope to see you there (good-luck-for-finals hugs available upon arrival)!  

Sprang Break Ready,
Shea & Kenna

An Interview with Sean "Nelson" Hawkins

Shea: What's your favorite SA&FS class?
Nelson: Ooo, there are a couple good ones but by far it’s CRD 20. It far outweighs everything else. Ryan was a big reason why I loved the class. Mostly because he was opposed to the information banking style teaching method where it’s like “I’m the professor and I have all this information from my schooling and I’m going to withdraw and give you some of this information, for you to give back to me exactly what I say word for word for a test, and if you don’t, then you’re not going to succeed.” Whereas CRD 20, the thing I learned the most was to reflect critically on my own thinking and my own assumptions; to be aware of other people's’ assumptions, biases, generalizations, as well as my own. Originally I thought that a lot of the social changes I could make could just be on the farm, but I realized it’s much bigger than that. That class made me see the complexities and the importance of the food system. I also love that CRD 20 makes us go through every learning objective, rate ourselves, and see where we’re at.

My view is that those learning objectives have to naturally develop on your own personal level. Once I learned about those learning objectives, specifically systems thinking, interpersonal communication, and understanding values, I’m taking those lenses into every class. Even in math or chemistry or sociology or whatever classes I’m taking, I’m looking through those lenses. Like how do those three learning objectives relate to the food system? How do I apply what I learn in this class and take advantage of that in my track or in my major in general?

Was SA&FS what you imagined it would be? 
Overall experience, I would say that I got way more than I expected and asked for. My experiences here had impacted me, inspired me a lot, changed my direction. I didn’t know I’d be working with bees, I’m afraid of honey bees in general, but now I’m working at the lab. Just crazy to think that the direction I’m at right now and I would have never thought that’s where I’d be when I started.

Is there anything that you would change about our major, if you could?

I try to catch myself on criticisms, because I do have a strong defensiveness for the major because I know all the wonderful thought that went into creating the major. After going through the internship process and doing it multiple times, I see the purpose of faculty sponsors, but at first I missed out on internship opportunities because I couldn’t find a faculty sponsor. I like that we go through the process of the learning objectives, but we could use more support on finding faculty sponsors.

Tell me one thing you love about the major. 
I have to narrow it down to one? Let me think...hands down the interdisciplinary approach to learning. I think it’s absolutely necessary for sustainable agriculture, agriculture itself, and sustainability. The way I look at is there’s an ocean of information of knowledge, with different paddles on it, and you can go deeper on one paddle, and everyone’s at a different level/depth of the ocean, but wherever you feel you resonate with in that subject, you can deeper into that knowledge, and that’s on your own level. My paddles are biology and ecology. One thing I’m drawn to in agriculture itself, is that it’s neverending learning. I could learn in the classroom what other people have learned and what they’ve put into textbooks, but what I’m learning from the land itself and all the creatures living amongst the land, is neverending. I could go into the interactions, or the genes... I could go into the macro, I could go into the micro, and that’s what’s going to satisfy my curiosity. And when it comes to biology and ecology, I feel that I will never be satisfied with my level of knowledge, my curiosity will always be stimulated. I see nothing but positive things about that.

What does your ideal SA&FS community look like?
I would say very diverse, not only in the people, but in the value systems, the belief systems, the backgrounds of how we think. A lot of us have similar passions and reasons why we’re here, but we also have disagreements, and that gives us strength as a community, because we’re able to pick apart the complexities and go deeper into the realities of the real world. We’re not in this little bubble of education but we actually have to deal with this when we graduate, you know world hunger, food insecurity, lack of farm resources. And these are all things that are crucial for us to talk about with our peers so that when we’re the leaders we’ll have a platform to stand on as well as a torch of information to pass on to the next generation. And that’s what agricultural sustainability really is, is passing the torch in a way that that flame is still ignited. So the ideal community is what we have.

We really live by “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Peace is the journey a lot of us are working for, working towards. So I just say, I have a lot of gratitude for and I love the community that we have, in the sense of SA&FS students, but also the faculty involved. I’m really grateful for all of the work, the thought,  the heart, the blood, sweat, and tears that went into, even having any intention of creating this major, creating that foundation for us to flourish.

Want to know more about Nelson? Read the full interview here. 

Finals Study Hours:
Back SA&FS Buttons!
Because finals are still a thing, SA&FS Study Hours are back and they're back with buttons!

As you may have noticed, we have been working on bringing both buttons and t-shirts to you all... and they are finally here! Well, kind of. More on that later. For now, Study Hours!

Study Hours
Sunday, March 13
12:30 - 4:00pm @ SCC Meeting Room A

>> If Sunday is not ideal for you and/or you would like more SA&FS Study Hours for finals week, please fill out this when2meet with the days and times that you would like to have a secured study space and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Join us for free testing supplies, brain food, and caffeine. Free study buddies, always!

Now back to those t-shirts and buttons: Thank you for your submissions! We have received some beautiful designs from you and we plan to plaster each and every one on everything and anything we can get our hands on. For now, everything and anything is a whole lot of buttons.

We have put together 8 different buttons featuring a mix of student designs and veggies (what veggie are you?). Stop by Study Hours to check out the designs of your peers, as well as pick up a button or two to keep! 

We are all about quality and want our shirts to be the coziest and cooliest. For this reason, we have decided not to rush the design and printing process in order to bring you the best. T-shirts will be available in the Spring. More updates to come! 

This Way to Sustainability Conference XI
California State University at Chico is hosting student-run conference This Way to Sustainability XI that is free for students

About the Conference: "This annual conference focuses on factors that allow communities and individuals to prepare for a dynamic future, one with uncertain, but generally increasing, socio-ecological stresses. We will explore opportunities to enhance community and individual well-being, and the resources needed to do so."
This Way to Sustainability Conference XI
Thursday - Friday, March 24 - 25, 2016
8:00am - 5:00pm (both days) @ CSU Chico, Chico, CA
Register here by March 24 (student pass at bottom)
Event information here!

Conference Topics:
Water Resources
  • What are the critical ethical, social, environmental, and economic determinants of and impacts on water resources of changing climate and population dynamics?
  • How should water resources be equitably allocated between users?
Climate Impacts on Food & Agriculture
  • How will water availability and temperature changes  affect our current level of food supplies
  • Economic impacts and their consequences
  • How do changes in food access affect individuals and communities health?
  • What is the role of food security in community vitality, and what social, environmental, ethical, and economic factors are determine food security?
Lifestyles, Health & Wellness
  • To what extent and how are health and wellness correlated to vibrant communities?
  • What individual, social, cultural, and other factors enhance or inhibit a community’s resilience?
  • What community services are most critical to ensuring livability
Energy and the Environment
  • What will a carbon-neutral energy future look like, and how can we get there?
  • What roles do conservation and energy efficiency play in this future, and what are the associated technological and behavioral needs? 
Infrastructure and Transportation
  • How can communities prepare for climate-related impacts on their infrastructure and transportation dependent commerce
  • How can we alter commerce and commute patterns to reduce climate impacts?
  • How do we create more livable communities?
Laws, Policies and Business
  • How might we reform our laws and policies so that we don't run ourselves out of business in America?
  • How do current laws and policies influence or economic vitality?
  • How can we prepare future generations for jobs in California?
  • How can we influence laws and policies to secure jobs long term?
  • How do we deal with population growth?
  • Changing demographics and aging populations
  • Identify emerging problems relating to continued population growth
Science and Technology
  • What emerging scientific insights and technologies are critical to a sustainable future?
  • In which fields—disciplinary or interdisciplinary—is there greatest need for more training, and at what level?
Community Partnerships & Action
  • How can we as a community take meaningful, deliberate, collective action to remedy the impact of problems in our community?
  • Public Safety
    • Self Sufficiency
    • Citizen Engagement
    • Addressing Homelessness Issues 
Educating for Resilience
  • What combination or knowledge and skills are most critical to providing future generations with capacity to address a constantly changing and dynamic world?
  • How and in what ways can engaging students in community activities and research enhance resilience?
Interested, but need a ride? Fill out this Google Doc to help us set up a carpool!
ASI Speaker Series
As part of ASI's annual Speaker Series, Barbara Gemmill-Herren of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization & World Food Agroforestry Centre will be speaking on the intersection of xx and xx. 

Unlike agreements on biodiversity or climate change, there are no negotiated agreements between governments on commonly agreed targets in the agriculture sector."

ASI Speaker Series:
Agroecology Enters the
Vocabulary of the United Nations

Tuesday, March 8
3:30pm @ 3001 PES, UC Davis, CA

Follow ASI's Speaker Series here! More Speakers to come!

Quarter Deadlines
  • Last day to drop courses with a PTD, add courses with a PTA, & submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form: March 14
Internship Deadlines
  • last day to submit SAF 092/192 Internship Approval Form for Spring quarter: March 14 (last day of class)
  • last day to submit SAF 092/192 Internship Approval Form for Summer & Fall quarter: June 2 (last day of class)
Graduation Deadlines
  • last day to file for Spring 2016 graduation: March 20
  • last day to register for the Spring graduation ceremony: April 11
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Shea Robinson:
Tuesdays 10am - 12pm
Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm
Kenna Fallan:
Mondays 1pm - 5pm
Thursdays 2pm - 4pm


SA&FS Peer Advising Office
1303 Hart Hall 
UC Davis

Call to Make an Appointment
(530) 752 - 2244