CAA Announcements

Exploring Music’s Power to Change the World

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the UC Berkeley campus once again became the center of conversation about social movements. Led by singer/songwriter Noel “Paul” Stookey of the ’60s trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, Music Matters…or Does It? presented an evening of dialogue and performance to an audience of UC Berkeley alumni and friends. Stookey, along with a group of special guests, reflected on the ways music has influenced and inspired artists to action around some of the biggest social movements of our time.

Remembering Richard E. Erickson (1926–2018)

We regretfully announce that Richard E. “Dick” Erickson ’49, MBA ’50, a beloved member of the University of California, Berkeley community, passed away on October 15, 2018. Erickson was the embodiment of Cal spirit through his lifelong commitment to the university community. Erickson came to Berkeley in 1944 before joining the Navy, then returned in the fall of 1946. Proud to attend Cal, Erickson joked, “there were only two universities I would really be interested in: one was Cal and the other was Stanford. Obviously, I selected the better one.” 1

‘Women Who Lead’ Offers Wisdom for Alumnae Advancement

On Tuesday, November 12 at Alumni House, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) co-hosted Women Who Lead: A Storytelling Salon, part of the Alumnae Career Advancement series, which provides space for career-driven alumnae, students, and members of the Cal community at large to pursue professional development, discuss career advancement, and build relationships.

Longtime Volunteer Mike Landreth ’89 Steps Up

This is the third in our series introducing some of CAA’s longtime District Chair volunteers.

After Fulfilling a Longtime Goal, Marketing Exec Kelli Jones MBA ’89 Helps Others Do the Same

Kelli Jones MBA ’89 held high-level marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard and consulted for companies such as Yahoo, Oracle, Brocade, and others. She had firmly established herself as a leader, yet a missed opportunity hovered in the back of her mind.

CALIFORNIA Magazine Recognized in Best American Science and Nature Writing

Third Recognition in Ten Years by Prestigious Annual Anthology

The Cal Alumni Association is proud to announce that, for the third time in ten years, CALIFORNIA Magazine has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, the prestigious annual collection published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

Building a Cal Network in Chicago: Marcus Powell ’00

Most Cal alumni living in Chicago aren’t from Chicago. They move for a job, or possibly a partner’s job, and adjust to the frigid winters as best they can.

A Warm Welcome for CAA’s 2018 Alumni Scholars at the Lair of the Golden Bear

The newest class of Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Alumni Scholars kicked off the fall semester at a welcome retreat in Pinecrest, California, at the Lair of the Golden Bear. CAA’s Alumni Scholars Program began a new annual tradition of inviting new student recipients from The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) and the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program (KASP) to the Lair last fall, as part of the program’s work to increase the support provided to students throughout their journeys at Cal.

Alumni House Facilities Director Takes Cal Spirit to New Heights

Stuffed Oskis of various sizes grin behind a glass display case inside Alumni House, a simple structure tucked away near Haas Pavilion. Old newspaper clippings hang next to class pennants and an axe that commemorates “The Play” from the infamous 1982 Cal-Stanford game.

Although the Class of 1938 started Cal’s memorabilia collection, and other alumni have contributed, Donna Houser ’82 has taken Cal’s memorabilia archives to new heights.

Cal Alumni Association Hosts Board Reunion

On Thursday, September 13, nearly 100 current and former members of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Board of Directors came together for a reunion event. Special guests included Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics at UC Berkeley, as well as former CAA Executive Directors Bert Barker ’57; Jim Burk ’62, MBA ’63; and Tuck Coop ’67.

An Interview with Skydeck’s Caroline Winett MBA ’90

Caroline Winnett MBA ’90 is executive director of SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator. At SkyDeck, she leads a program that hosts over one hundred companies per year. She recently launched the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a VC fund investing in SkyDeck startups that donates fund carry back to UC Berkeley.

Christie Poitra ’07, Ph.D. Devotes Her Career to Indigenous Education

This summer, Christie Poitra ’07, Ph.D. spent a few days talking about video game development and STEM at the Indigenous Youth Empowerment Program (IYEP) Summer Enrichment Camp in Lansing, Michigan. A collaboration between Michigan State University (MSU) and several other agencies, IYEP summer campers learn about citizenship and, among other topics, how to use games for STEM education.

Poitra’s hometown—Old Station, California, population 50—had nothing of the sort. “We had a gas station,” she says. “The nearest grocery store was 45 minutes away.”

Introducing CALIFORNIA Magazine’s New Editor-in-Chief, Pat Joseph

Pat Joseph has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief of CALIFORNIA, the award-winning publication of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). He succeeds Wendy Miller, who retired in July. Of her former colleague, Miller says, “Pat joined the organization a week before I did and we worked closely all those years to produce a quality print magazine and website.

Director’s Chair: Fall 2018

image Each fall, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) greets incoming students and welcomes alumni returning to campus, but this season is different—we are particularly enthusiastic about what awaits in the coming months.

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