Horticulturist Stacey Parker receives campus Safety Star award


About once a month our campus safety services unit recognizes an employee who makes a contribution to improve the culture of safety at UC Davis. Last month that award was bestowed upon our own GATEways Horticulturist Stacey Parker!

Here’s an excerpt from Stacey’s nomination package.

“Stacey is the safety coordinator for the [UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden]. This is a thankless job that requires coordination, dedication, and extreme patience in the pursuit of safety training compliance. Others would cringe at having to rally a group of employees to read safety brochures and participate in staff trainings; Stacey jumps in headfirst and leads our group with a combination of perseverance and enthusiasm. She manages to make the process seem interesting and ultimately valuable. With Stacey at the helm, I look forward to our monthly trainings.”

We are so proud of all the work Stacey does! When you see her, please congratulate and thank her for keeping our our volunteers and our staff safe!


Arboretum and Public Garden staff at Stacey’s award ceremony. From left to right, Emily Griswold, Taylor Lewis, Carmia Feldman, Lisa Fowler, Suzanne Ullensvang, Roxanne Loe, Ellen Zagory, Andrew Larsen, Stacey Parker, Mark Burke, Katie Hetrick, Haven Kiers, Betsy Rogers, Mia Ingolia, Thersa Goman, and Mary Gibson.


Director Kathleen Socolofsky receives Award of Distinction

Photo of Arboretum Director Kathleen Socolofsky with Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UC Davis student.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Assistant Vice Chancellor Kathleen Socolofsky, joined by Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) Mary Delany and a student from CA&ES to celebrate her "Award of Distinction."

Kathleen Socolofsky, director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was honored October 5 with an “Award of Distinction” from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES).

“The Award of Distinction recipients are highly accomplished, as well as influential in their daily lives, and we are honored by their strong connection to and support of our college,“ said Mary Delany, interim CA&ES dean.

The award is presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the college’s ability to provide cutting-edge research, top-notch education, and innovative outreach. Kathleen was recognized as a Friend of the College for her role in transforming the campus landscape with innovative programs and broad-based support. Seven other people–faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college–also received the award.

Kathleen has led the Arboretum, in partnership with a number of CA&ES programs, in the transformation of the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove into a destination for visitors and the development of Nature’s Gallery Court GATEway (Gardens, Arts, and the Environment) Garden, and is in the process of creating an Animal Science GATEway Garden designed to connect campus and Arboretum visitors with the Department of Animal Science, its research and facilities.

Congratulations Kathleen!

Associate Director Cary Avery nominated to professional grounds management board

Photo of UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services Superintendent Cary AveryCary Avery, Grounds and Landscape Services associate director, has been elected to the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Board of Directors. With a membership of over 900 members representing approximately 550 institutions, one of the purposes of PGMS is to promote the dissemination of reliable and pertinent grounds management information to those in the industry with an emphasis on landscape sustainability.

In 2007 Cary elevated UC Davis Grounds and Landscapes Services to an elite category of professional landscape maintenance organizations by becoming one of only 110 individuals nationwide to pass the PGMS testing and qualification necessary to become a Certified Grounds Manager.

Today, in his new role as Member-at-Large, one of Cary’s goals is to share the work his teams have contributed to the development and maintenance of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden including best practices learned from our campus’s landscape conversions and information about the benefits of expanding academic partnerships to those in university grounds management.

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