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Join the Watch Party for UC Davis Episode of ‘The College Tour’

UCDavis.Edu by Julia Ann Easley | September 14, 2021

The College Tour and UC Davis episode
Karyn Utsumi, who graduated in June with a degree in environmental science and management, discussed sustainability as she was filmed in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden for the UC Davis episode of The College Tour. A watch party is scheduled for Sept. 26. (UC Davis photo)

UC Davis is starring in an episode of The College Tour, and the campus is inviting Aggies and the Davis community to join a watch party at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Amy Gutierrez, a 1995 graduate
Amy “Amy G.”
Gutierrez

The event will preview the 30-minute episode and feature more fun — including performances by the UC Davis Marching Band and cheerleaders — in a livestream from UC Davis Health Stadium and other watch parties on campus and in Davis.

The event will be hosted from the stadium by Amy Gutierrez ‘95, the San Francisco Giants ambassador known to fans as Amy G. Special guests will be Chancellor Gary S. May and the series co-creator and host Alex Boylan, who won CBS’s Amazing Race in 2002 and now produces and hosts television and web shows. The watch party will also include chats with the 10 students and alumnae who shared their experiences of UC Davis in the episode. Expect to see Gunrock, too.

Alex Boylan and Gunrock
Alex Boylan, host of The College Tour, and Gunrock pause
between takes for the UC Davis episode. (UC Davis)

To attend the virtual event, register for free. Due to COVID-19 protocols, admission to the stadium is limited to a small number and by invitation only, but campus units and Aggies are encouraged to host their own watch parties. As Sept. 26 draws closer, hosts will be able to download a kit to help add Aggie flair to their events. Organizers from the Office of Strategic Communications promise not only merchandise giveaways but also “a few surprises.”

Those who join in on the festivities can watch for not only the episode’s featured participants (see earlier Dateline story for a list), but also other UC Davis faculty, staff and students captured on camera. There will also be opportunities to interact through social media.

The UC Davis episode is in the second season of the streaming series, born during the pandemic to help students and their families tour campuses virtually. It is expected to be available in November through Amazon Prime Video and the show’s own channel on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more. (It is already available on The College Tour app.)

Read the Dateline story about the making of the episode.

The video highlights sweeping aerial views of campus; shows Kyla Kessler, co-captain of the women’s gymnastics team, doing backflips in the stadium; takes viewers inside the Horse Barn and up close with baby goats; showcases campus icons; and visits the Davis Farmers Market.

As the Aggies share their personal stories, they highlight important aspects of a UC Davis education including the breadth and rigors of academics, creating community, opportunities for hands-on learning and more.

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