Season’s Greetings from the
Cal Alumni Association!
On behalf of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), I want to take just a few moments to say THANK YOU.
Thanks to your passionate commitment to Cal, our alma mater continues to surge forward with great success and achievement — America’s number one public university, and globally ranked fifth for reputation. Furthermore, your commitment to CAA makes a difference for fellow alumni and current students, as well as for our alma mater. CAA’s programs connect you to all that makes Cal — and our alumni community — great: from the arts to athletics, our network of alumni chapters nationwide, and opportunities to engage with Cal’s best and brightest undergraduates. Thanks to your support, more than $1.9 million is awarded annually in CAA Alumni Scholarships to deserving students. As we enter the holiday season and turn the calendar toward 2014, we ask you to consider a gift to CAA in celebration of Cal’s excellence, in honor of the future achievements of our passionate CAA Scholars, and in support of our dynamic, global alumni community.
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Thank you for your continued support of UC Berkeley and CAA. Together, we keep Cal golden.
Happy Holidays and Fiat Lux!
Jefferson C.M. Coombs ‘89
Cal Alumni Association
Meet the Chancellor
Jan. 14, 2014
Save the date for a live 45-minute webcast with
UC Berkeley’s newly inaugurated chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks. Chancellor Dirks will address questions submitted in advance from alumni and parents while sharing his vision and priorities for the direction of the University.
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Recap of the Inauguration
The 10th Chancellor of UC Berkeley was inaugurated in Zellerbach Hall on November 8, 2013, witnessed by almost 2,000 Cal alumni, staff, faculty, delegates, and friends. CAA would like to officially welcome Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks to the campus.
Watch the Inauguration »
Behind the scenes video »
Charter Gala 2014 — Save the Date
Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014
Westin St. Francis
San Francisco, CA
Save the date for Charter Gala, CAA’s celebration of the founding of the University of California and the honoring of 2014 Alumnus of the Year William Powers Jr. ‘67, as well as the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award recipients.
Registration will be available in Jan. 2014.
2014 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
Laurence M. Baer ‘80 »
Bob Epstein ‘74, M.S. ‘76, Ph.D. ‘80 »
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm ‘84 »
Minh Dang ‘06 »
View 2014 Alumni Award recipients »
We look forward to honoring our 2014 Alumni Service Award recipients at a separate celebration in the summer of 2014.
CAA Hoops Parties
Party with fellow Cal fans at Alumni House before select home basketball games. We are proud to announce five parties, including one before a women’s basketball game.
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Jan. 15, 2014
Cal vs. Washington — Traditional Party
Feb. 1, 2014
Cal vs. Arizona — Young Alumni Party
Feb. 19, 2014
Cal vs. UCLA — Traditional Party
Mar. 1, 2014
Cal vs. Washington — Women’s Basketball Party
Mar. 8, 2014
Cal vs. Colorado — Family Friendly Party
Men’s Basketball schedule »
Women’s Basketball schedule »
Get Involved with CAA
Join the Board of Directors
CAA’s Board of Directors is seeking nominations for new directors. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 31, 2014.
Volunteer to Become a Scholarships
Have you volunteered with Alumni Scholarships? Would you like to be more involved in a leadership role? District Chairs coordinate UC Berkeley alumni volunteers in their areas to conduct finalist interviews for undergraduate applicants. This position is a great way to build your connection to Cal, fellow alumni, and students.
CAA currently has openings in our Events and Scholarships departments.
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Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley
In Theaters Now
December in Select Markets
Frederick Wiseman’s critically acclaimed documentary At Berkeley is in theaters now for a limited time. Visit at.berkeley.edu/screenings for more information on theaters screening the film or catch the national broadcast on PBS, January 13, 2014.
Critics Loving At Berkeley »
CAA Member Discounts and Services
Exclusive Holiday Gifts from CAA
–CAA Member Benefit–
Find the perfect gift for your favorite Cal fan. Shop exclusive CAA merchandise and save on gifts from the Cal Student Store, Jostens, UC Press, and more.
Holiday Dining and Events at Hotel Shattuck Plaza
–CAA Member Benefit–
Book your December / January / February event at Hotel Shattuck Plaza and receive special CAA rates and offers for intimate gatherings or large festive occasions! Enjoy innovative new menus at FIVE restaurant, prepared by Chef Stephane Tonnelier (formerly at Boulevard in San Francisco). 510.225.6007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza »
CAA Members Save on Winter Gear at Sports Basement
–CAA Member Benefit–
Sports Basement has you covered with top-of-the-line skis and snowboards at basement prices. CAA members save 10% on purchases, rentals and season leases, equipment tuning, apparel, and more, at all five Sports Basement stores. Discount does not apply to Tahoe ski lift tickets (sold at better prices than the mountain!).
Register Now for Spring Classes at UC Berkeley Extension
–CAA Member Benefit–
CAA members save 10% on UC Berkeley Extension courses and receive discounts at all UC Extension campuses. Spring 2014 registration opens this Wednesday, December 4.
CAA is a self-funded nonprofit organization that relies on donations to provide programs and services that support students, alumni, and the University.
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Messages from Our Partners
Dec. 3, 2013
#GivingTuesday is your day to give back to your alma mater. Make a gift and put philanthropy back into the giving season.
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Winter Lair at Pinecrest Chalet
In the timeless tradition of the Lair of the Golden Bear, guests at Pinecrest Chalet will enjoy a multitude of Lair staff-led programs at our recreational family winter weekends.
Pinecrest Chalet is not exclusive to Cal alumni and does not require CAA membership. Everyone is welcome.
UC Berkeley News
Improvement in Cal Bears’ Graduation Rates
New figures from the NCAA show that flagging graduation rates for the Cal football program are making a comeback.
Cal Math Lecturer’s Email Goes Viral
Alexander Coward’s email to his students, “Why I am not canceling class tomorrow,” in response to a UC workers’ strike action seems to have tapped a nerve.
UC Berkeley was again recognized as one of the Fulbright Program’s “top producers,” with a total of 18 students receiving Fulbright fellowships
Historic Lair of the Golden Bear Family Camp
Registration for Summer 2014 Begins in January
Disconnect from the grind and reconnect to what really matters. Join us this summer for a memorable family vacation in Pinecrest! Contact us to receive a brochure.
The Lair is Hiring
Applications are now available for hard-working and outdoor-loving college students who are looking for an amazing summer job!
Cal Discoveries Travel
Jul. 13 – 26, 2014
Inside the London
Join us and live in a University of London residence hall located in the Bloomsbury district of London, and attend eight plays — four each week for the two weeks of your stay.
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Connect with Alumni
Join an Alumni Chapter
There are more than 80 geographic, special interest, and cultural alumni chapters and online alumni communities around the country. Join one that is right for you.
Alumni Chapters »
Jan. 19, 2014
Cal at Sundance
Park City, UT
Join Cal alumni and friends in the film and entertainment industry for a cocktail party and alumni panel at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Cal Bears Online Auction — Holiday Edition
Dec. 2 – 8, 2013
Complete your holiday shopping and support CAA, Cal students, local families, and Cal Rec Sports with the Cal Bears Online Auction — Holiday Edition! Browse great discounts on vacations, wine, Cal memorabilia, dining, entertainment, RSF memberships, and much more! Bidding starts today.
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