What’s the best way to share some of the exciting new developments on the UC Davis Sacramento campus with Ernest E. Tschannen, a dedicated outdoor enthusiast who also happens to be the university’s largest individual donor?
A walking lunch, of course, that features easy-to-eat foods and includes an early birthday celebration for the entrepreneur, who turns 94 on Feb. 16.
UC Davis leaders, including Chancellor Gary May, Vice Chancellor David Lubarsky, School of Medicine Interim Dean Lars Berglund and Eye Center Chair Mark Mannis, led the tour.
It began at the future site of the Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute adjacent to the Larry J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center and included stops at the future site of the UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital on Broadway and Aggie Square location on Stockton Blvd.
The event ended at the medical center where Associate Vice Chancellor Chong Porter and other development staff joined the group for birthday dessert.
“Ernest enjoys hiking and walks six miles a day,” said Mannis, who has become a good friend of Tschannen.
“The walking tour gives him the opportunity to explore new developments and learn how UC Davis is a catalyst for innovation, economic growth and community health," he said.
The walking lunch featured vegetarian offerings, including kale smoothies, whitefish salad and fruit.