CAA Announcements

Wrapping Up: More Summer 2021 Welcome Parties to Greet New Cal Students

As this summer comes to its close, so do Summer Welcome Parties. Summer Welcome Parties are the Cal Alumni Association’s traditional signature summer event for alumni across the country to welcome incoming first-year and transfer students to the UC Berkeley community. 

Graduation at the End of the World

College graduation is a significant milestone. For the class of 2020, however, senior year and graduation looked different. Alumni Sam Halladay ’20 and Amanda Chiu ’17 compare notes about what COVID-19 changed (and didn’t change) for the class of 2020’s senior year experience.

6 Things to Do Before You Do the Run for California 5K

Golden Bears run together, even when apart. As the Cal Alumni Association’s Run for California 5K comes around the annual track again, here are some pre-race steps all participants can take to experience the Cal community as they run.

Twenty Years Later: Remembering Mark Bingham

September 11 marks the anniversary of the tragic loss of countless lives, including UC Berkeley’s own Mark Bingham ’93. On September 11, 2001, Bingham was the last passenger to board United Flight 93, the flight that was hijacked by terrorists but crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, following an attempt of the passengers and crew members to regain control of the plane and avoid the intended target. During the hijacking, Bingham called his mother and reported the events unfolding onboard.

Industry Support for New Transfer Students at Annual Alumni Mixer

The Cal Alumni Association is thrilled to announce its annual Alumni–Student Mixer for transfer students on Sunday, August 22, 2021. The Cal transfer student community is a diverse and vibrant group of individuals who are eager to begin their academic and professional development. Events like these allow incoming students to connect and engage with alums from the expansive global Cal community. 

Bear Music Fest Returns to the Lair

Updated 8/10/21: Regretfully, Bear Music Fest 2021 has been cancelled due to ongoing uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A “music discovery” festival featuring under-the-radar artists, Bear Music Fest has become a Lair of the Golden Bear favorite over the past several years.

A Golden Bears Guide to the Summer Olympics

UC Berkeley’s impressive Olympic history began in 1920, when the U.S. rugby team, which included six Cal athletes, won the university’s first gold medal in Antwerp. Since then, more than 350 Cal alums have collected a remarkable 207 Olympic medals. In 2016 alone, Cal returned with 21 medals from Rio. This summer, the longstanding tradition of Golden Bears’ prowess in the international athletic arena continues. 

After a Year of Online Instruction, Raven Gatson Refocuses Her Goals

Raven Gatson has been living with her sorority sisters near the UC Berkeley campus since January 2021. It’s the first time she’s been on campus. The buildings are still closed, but she’s able to walk around and imagine a bustling Sproul Plaza at noon. At last, after years of planning for college, she was at the school for her.

A Pathway to Success

“Where are you from?” seems like such an innocuous question. It’s a question asked to get to know someone or just make small talk. But for undocumented individuals, it’s a heavy question that doesn’t always have an easy answer.

Meet the 30 Incoming Recipients of the African American Initiative Scholarship

In 2018, the San Francisco Foundation funded the first set of African American Initiative (AAI) scholarships. Administered by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), these scholarships have been awarded to more than 80 students. The continued support of this scholarship highlights CAA and UC Berkeley’s ongoing commitment to Black and African American student success.

For Gabby Cole ’05, Self-Care Is Following Your Dreams

College was an eye-opening experience for me. Growing up in a conservative, sheltered environment, I longed for exposure to the real world, as a lot of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed youngsters do. I knew then—and I am even more sure of it now—that the path to the real me was through Cal. It was challenging, but no one grows in their comfort zone. Cal made me the person I am today—a person who is confident and on the right path.

UC Berkeley Alumni Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth honors June 19, 1865, the date enslaved people in Texas learned they were free—more than two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal US holiday. It becomes the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.


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