New Hire Spotlight

New Hire Spotlight September

Kem Saichaie

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Department: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Education

Title: Faculty Developer

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I have a miniature dachshund named COSMO.

Channpreet Singh

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Department: Office of the Campus Counsel

Title: Chancellor's Legal Fellow

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I am a twin, born and raised in Hawaii.

Kirsten Stevenson

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Department: Office of the Campus Counsel

Title: Associate Campus Counsel

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I love cupcakes.

August

Danny Gray

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Department: Academic Affairs

Title: Director, Academic Employment and Labor Relations

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I enjoy yoga and backpacking.  Also, I used to work at UC Davis in Employee and Labor Relations from 2001-03, and then I was at UCLA Employee and Labor Relations until coming back this month to UC Davis.

Amandeep Kaur

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Department: Office of the Chancellor

Title: Chancellor's Science Fellow

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  Dancing and interacting with people through my initiatives at UC Davis campus.

Emily Kawahara

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Department: Services for International Students and Scholars, University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Program Assistant (temp)

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I love traveling, playing sports (especially tennis), cooking gluten free, referencing TV shows/movies, and spending quality time with my cat.

Suzanne Papamichail

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Department: iAMSTEM Hub, Undergraduate Education

Title: Project Manager

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I love traveling to foreign countries, next stop is a trek to the Mount Everest base camp.

Matt Traxler

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Department: Undergraduate Education / Psychology

Title: Associate Vice Provost / Professor

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I spend my free time stalking Oncorhynchus tschawytscha in the Sacramento River system.

Glenn Young

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Department: Confucius Institute at UC Davis, University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Faculty Director

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  Food impacts humanity -- humanity impacts food. Building on more than a decade of experience managing overseas scientific, educational and cultural endeavors, it is a pleasure to be leading the Confucius Institute's Food and Culture Programs. 

July 

Robert "BLZ" Loessberg-Zahl

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Department:  Office of the Provost

Title:  Interim Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor

Hobbies/Fun Facts:   I love music and am an occasional choir member…but only in the back row! 

Adrienne Martin

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Department: University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Interim Vice Provost

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  International travel (of course!) and participating in dog sports such as agility and herding with my border collie Beck: a great way to combine my academic research interests in Animal Studies with my hobbies.

Tom Potters

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Department: Services for International Students and Scholars,

                     University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Administrative Assistant

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I grew up in the Wisconsin dairy farming area.

Eric Rauchway

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Department: University Honors Program, Undergraduate Education

Title: Assistant Vice Provost

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  My hobby is swimming.

Andrew Waterhouse

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Department: Confucius Institute at UC Davis, University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Faculty Director

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I visited China in 1986. 

June

Angeline "Angie" Albrecht

Kathleen Diblasio

Department: Office of the Chancellor

Title: Executive Analyst

Hobbies/Fun Facts: My hobby is photography.

Trish Nichol

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Department: Academic Senate 

Title: Analyst

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I’m a big baseball fan (Aggies and Giants) and am looking forward to the upcoming MLB playoff season! 

 

Dr. Sheetal Shah

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Department: Student Health and Counseling Services / Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) and Middle Eastern South Asian 

Title: Community Advising Network (CAN) Community Counselor

 

Sunny Teo

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Department: Office of Strategic Communications

Title: Director of Creative Communications

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I’m capable of living solely on a sushi diet.

Tom Watts

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Department: Office of Strategic Communications

Title: Lead Interactive Web Designer

Hobbies/Fun Facts: My grandfather, father and two brothers all played college football. I was a safety and kick returner for the Aggies. I also have a sister, and she is tougher than all of us.

May

Brett McFarlane

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Department: Undergraduate Education

Title: Director of Academic Advising

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I love eating, running, eating again, time with friends & family, travel (domestic & international), the ocean, the sun, 1980’s female rockers, goats, and not taking life too seriously.

Laraya Parnell

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Department: Office of the Campus Counsel

Title: Chancellor's Summer Legal Fellow

Hobbies/Fun Facts: My hobbies include modern dance and soccer; I'm also the biggest Harry Potter fan!  

April

Lindsey Gillespie

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Department: Office of the Campus Community Relations

Title: Analyst

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I am currently working on my Masters in Information Science and interning at the California State Archives.

Pranila Rajan

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Department: Office of Strategic Communications

Title: Program Coordinator 

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I spend most of my time with my husband and 3 kids and I love it!

March

Paul Hosley

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Department: Office of Strategic Communications

Title: Editor, California Drought Watch 

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I was a caddy on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour right after graduating from UC Davis.