Giving the Aggie experience to others
As students at UC Davis, Bob ’68, J.D. ’71 and Jan ’69 Morrison, who met while bowling with friends at the Memorial Union, were very involved. They participated in Greek life, intramural sports and in performing arts groups, and enjoyed the unique and personal academic atmosphere the university provided. It’s because of their student experience that they chose to give back to the university long after graduation.
“I loved my time here,” Bob said. “UC Davis is a great school, and I’m proud to be an alumnus. I wanted to stay connected.”
The Morrison are retired and live in Stockton. Jan taught elementary school and Bob practiced law.
They reconnected with other UC Davis graduates at Picnic Day several years ago and, in 1975, joined local alumni events in the San Joaquin Valley. In 1992, they helped establish a North San Joaquin chapter for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, and in 1994 Bob became involved with the CAAA Board of Directors, eventually serving as board president. Through his leadership with the CAAA, he was selected to serve as an ex-officio member of the University of California Board of Regents from 2000-2002, representing alumni associations of the system. He’s also been a member of the Davis Chancellor’s Club and served on the board of trustees for the UC Davis Foundation.
Jan, who became involved with the CAAA board after she retired from teaching in 2007, said she and Bob have learned more about the campus through their volunteerism than they did when they were students. “The university’s accomplishments are way beyond the scope of what I realized we were doing,” said Jan, who is past chair of the CAAA Scholarship Committee and now leads the San Joaquin Valley Scholarship Committee.
The Morrisons remain committed to serving the university any way they can. They often can be found cheering at UC Davis football and basketball games. They are charter members of the Herbert A. Young Society — a scholarship fund for students in the College of Letters and Science. They have been loyal donors to UC Davis, having endowed a scholarship for San Joaquin County students. In recognition of their service to CAAA, the UC Davis Foundation and university, the Morrisons were recently awarded the 2013 Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award — one of the highest honors the university can bestow upon alumni.
The Morrisons are proud to bleed Aggie blue and gold, and hope their enthusiasm for UC Davis spurs the same passion in other alumni, including their children, Laurie ’99, Cred. ’00, M.A ’09; and Kevin ’01.
“The students are so outstanding,” Jan said. “You want to help them all you can. You want to make education affordable for them.”
Bob added, “Giving back helps propel the university forward. I can’t imagine not being involved.”