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Gerome learns about the Memorial Union

May 22nd, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

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While many college campuses have a Student Union, here at UCDavis we have a Memorial Union which stands as a memorial to Aggies who lost their lives in the service of their country. With Memorial Day coming up Gerome decided to explore the UC Davis publications, which are part of the University Archives. He discovered a pamphlet from the dedication ceremony for the Memorial Union in October of 1955. The original building served many purposes but the focal point was in the student lounge area where the mosaic fireplace held the memorial plaque listing 112 Gold Star Aggies. The Memorial Union continues to grow, providing many services to the students, faculty, staff and alumni. However, throughout the renovations and changes the Memorial Union remains a tribute to our fallen Aggies, which now number 135.

 

On This Day: May 4, 1965

May 4th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post takes us to the May 4, 1965 dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the UC Davis Arboretum. Carolee Shields (1876-1971), was an avid gardener and wife of Peter J. Shields, a Sacramento Superior Court judge who wrote the legislation that led to the establishment of the University Farm (now UC Davis). The dedication program included remarks by Chancellor Emil Mrak, Judge MacBride, and Knowles Ryerson. The nearby Peter J. Shields Oak Grove was dedicated three years earlier at the 1962 Charter Day ceremonies.

The Shields Garden features a collection of all white flowering plants and shrubs. A large gazebo, added in 1966, has become a popular spot for gatherings and weddings.

 Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, Knowles Ryerson at podium, Chancellor Emil Mrak, right, 1965 May 4.

Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, Knowles Ryerson at podium, Chancellor Emil Mrak, right, 1965 May 4.

Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, in the foreground is the the rock which holds the plaque marking the site of Shields Grove., 1965 May 4.

Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, in the foreground is the the rock which holds the plaque marking the site of Shields Grove., 1965 May 4.

On This Day: April 20, 1990

April 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the UC Davis Principles of Community. More information about the history of the Principles of Community can be found on the Office of Campus Community Relations website here.

The photo below, from the Strategic Communication Records, ran in the April 27, 1990 issue of Dateline. The caption reads: “The Principles of Community” document was ceremoniously signed last week by Chancellor Theodore L. Hullar and representatives from five of the six constituent organizations that govern UC Davis. Noting that the document was a group product, Hullar said “We did this together – that’s what community is. Everything we believe about our campus can fit within these principles.” Signers in this photo included clockwise from left seated: Jane Kimball, chair of the Academic Staff Organization; Charles Nash, chair of the Academic Senate; Hullar; Steven Johns, president of the Associated Students of UC Davis; Pierre duVair, chair of the Graduate Student Association; and Davis Heller, chair of the UC Davis Staff Assembly. Margaret Hayes, who represented the sixth constituency as chair of the UC Davis Medical Center Staff Assembly, was on vacation Friday but signed the document this week to complete the signatures.

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Davis Enterprise article: Psychedelic rock posters recall 1960s concerts

April 17th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This article in today’s Davis Enterprise mentions the Thomas Morris posters that we hold in Special Collections as part of the Counter Culture Poster Collection. Stop by Special Collections if you’d like to see the beautiful posters in person.

 

 

On This Day: April 9, 1938

April 9th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s feature in our On This Day series takes us to the April 9, 1938 dedication of the Gymnasium and Swimming Pool. President Robert G. Sproul presided over the dedication ceremony which included a speech, Athletics and the Well Rounded Man, by Peter J. Shields.

The concrete building, designed by William C. Hays, replaced the old Recreation Hall and provided the campus with the first swimming pool. Basketball games were held here until the new Recreation Hall was built in 1977. On May 20, 1972 the building was named for Vernard B. Hickey (1900-1988). Hickey served as Football Coach from 1937-1948 and Athletic Director from 1961 until his retirement in 1967. He also coached baseball, basketball, water polo, swimming, and golf.

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Gerome the gnome highlights a frosh dink for Aggie Traditions Day

April 8th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of Aggie Traditions Day today, Gerome has decided to highlight one of the past Aggie traditions, the frosh dink.

The frosh dink tradition, which featured members of the freshman class wearing caps known as dinks, dates back to at least 1923. According to the California Aggie Freshman Handbook that year, “Freshman must wear the Frosh hat at all times and should be proud to do so.” The dinks, which were blue with a gold button and had “Cal Aggie” lettered in gold across the front, were worn by all freshmen to classes and meetings. If the freshmen won the Frosh-Soph Brawl, which occurred during the first month of classes, they could stop wearing the dinks immediately. However, if the sophomores won the brawl, the freshmen had to wear the dinks until the Pajamarino Rally, which was held during Homecoming Weekend. This campus tradition went out of fashion in the 1960s.

Gerome the gnome with a frosh dink

Gerome the gnome with a frosh dink

On This Day: April 2, 1990

April 2nd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s feature in our On This Day series takes us to the opening of the west wing of Shields Library which occurred twenty five years ago on April 2, 1990. The 140,000 square foot addition was designed by architects Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Morris. The dedication ceremony occurred on October 19, 1990 and included a speech by Gary Snyder.

This year also marks another anniversary for the Shields Library building. It was seventy-five years ago (on March 22, 1940) that the first wing of the building opened. The north wing of the Library, which includes the Main Reading Room, cost $265,750 to build and was funded by the Public Works Administration.

Our exhibit, Diamond Jubilee of the Shields Library Building: 1940-2015, provides more information about the history of the building. Additional information can be found on the Library Centennial website.

Here is a photograph of the library staff outside the west wing shortly after it opened in 1990.

Library staff outside the west wing of Peter J. Shields Library, 1990

Library staff outside the west wing of Peter J. Shields Library, 1990

On This Day: March 4, 1972

March 4th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s feature in our On This Day series takes us back to the March 4, 1972 dedication of Roessler Hall. Edward B. Roessler (1902-1993) taught on the Davis campus from 1933 until his retirement in 1970. In addition to holding a Professorship in Mathematics, he served as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Physics, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, and Acting Dean of the College of Letters and Science. He also served as Dean of University Extension.

Roessler Hall houses two lecture halls and classrooms which are predominantly used by the Physics Department.

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#GoAgs!

February 20th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

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If you mustache, YES we have Aggie Pride and the University Archives! Gunrock the original school mascot has also joined in on showing his #GoAgs spirit. Today the familiar blue Aggie mascot is of Gunrock the mustang, however, the original campus mascot was a Thoroughbred named Gunrock. In the 1920’s the student body voted to make him the official mascot for the campus.  Special Collections houses the Library’s rare books, manuscript collections, University Archives, and other noncirculating research materials.

 

Gerome shows his Aggie Pride

February 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

For Aggie Pride Friday, Gerome decided to wear his Aggie Pride mustache while highlighting one of our oldest pieces of University memorabilia. This University Farm pennant, circa 1920, is from the McKinnon and Ruble Families Papers. Lewis Ruble McKinnon (1901-1956) studied agriculture at the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis) in the early 1920s.

Go Ags!

Gerome with University Farm pennant

Gerome with University Farm pennant