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Alumni Show Up for Students and Each Other at Summer Welcome Parties

September 11, 2020

In Southern California, alumni from all walks of life send a strong welcome message to new students

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Southern California chapters hosted four Summer Welcome Parties over two weekends for students and alumni. Incoming students engaged with alumni and current students in Zoom breakout rooms, and enjoyed Cal Band music and Cal-themed trivia games.

From fight songs to face masks, the Cal Alumni Club of Chicago preps incoming students for Berkeley

Cal Alumni Club of Chicago

At the Cal Alumni Club of Chicago (CACC) Summer Welcome Party, alumni as well as incoming and current students discussed student life at Berkeley, learned fun Cal facts, and sang the Cal fight song! Incoming and current students were then placed in Zoom breakout rooms to meet their fellow Cal Bears from the Midwest. In addition, the current ASUC president and two staff members gave an overview of ASUC and how to get involved. The CACC Board sent Cal party favors to the students and non-board member alumni who attended the event, which included a Cal face mask and bag.

Dealing with burnout? Spend lunchtime with Cal alumni discussing resilience in these difficult times

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Are you considering a career change or looking for a job? Has the current pandemic put new constraints on your job search and ability to network? Join us at noon PDT on September 16 and 30 for a virtual Career Profiles in Resilience discussion. Hear from alumni who have overcome hardships and came out stronger than ever.

September 16: Deary Duffie ’84

As a board advisor, speaker, and executive coach, Deary Duffie ’84 has led human resources and operations at Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Levi Strauss & Company, Charles Schwab & Co., and Genentech. He also served on the boards of directors of the University of San Francisco and Open Floor International.

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September 30: Charo Albarran

Charo Albarran has served as a dynamic HR professional for more than 20 years at both public and private educational organizations. She worked at UC Berkeley for more than 10 years, starting as an HR analyst, then serving as operations manager. She was previously head of human resources at Solano Community College, Foothill De Anza Community College District, and Carondelet High School, and is currently associate vice president at Napa Valley College.

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