CAA Announcements

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.

UC Berkeley Trailblazers: Recognizing Cal’s First Women Scholars, 1870–1900

Heather R. Johnson

As you swim laps in one of the campus pools or get checked out at the Tang Center, thank Cal’s first female graduates.

A Rock, a Paleontology Book, and Rosie the Riveter

by Courtney Cheng ’16

Alexis Williams ’17 knew from the first moment she set her foot on the UC Berkeley campus that she wanted to become a Golden Bear. She had the chance to visit Cal as a high school student through the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at her high school, which offered students the opportunities to travel from Southern California to Northern California to tour colleges.

Golden Bear Express Crowdfunding Success

Through a crowdfunding campaign, six Cal Alumni Association (CAA) alumni chapters raised $16,056 for the Golden Bear Express, a program that covers transportation from Southern California to Berkeley on Move-In Day for low-income students.

CAA Welcomes Five New Board Members

In July 2018, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) welcomed four new members and a student director to its Board of Directors. The CAA Board of Directors oversees the vision of the organization; encourages diversity, strategic leadership, and decisions; and serves and connects with the entire Cal alumni community.

Fiat Love: Cal Alumni Shine at 48th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade

Hundreds of Cal alumni, students, faculty, and friends turned out on Sunday, June 24, 2018 to march under UC Berkeley’s banner in the 48th annual San Francisco Pride Parade. For the second year running, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) partnered with UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq) to lead the university’s contingency.

Olympian in the Pool, Cal Bear Everywhere

By Courtney Cheng ’16

Ryan Murphy ’17 graduated from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a degree in business administration, but like many recent graduates, he’s not quite sure what he wants to do with his degree just yet. Luckily for Ryan, a 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist, he has at least one other option lined up in the meantime. “For now, I’m focusing a lot on my swim career. My plan is to swim through 2020 and see where that goes. I’ll transition into a real job…at some point,” he laughs.

5 Questions for Lawrence T. Lohr ’92

Co-Owner, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

Q: When did you know that you wanted to be in the wine industry as part of the family business?

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