Director’s Chair: Summer 2015

Nothing better represents the promise of the future than the inherent optimism of graduation season. Here at Berkeley, we just welcomed more than 10,200 new Cal graduates. These bright young people come from all over California, the nation, and the world. These Golden Bears enter a new chapter in life with a profound commitment to community service, environmental awareness, social entrepreneurship, educational equity, and a passion for innovation. Today’s Berkeley graduates represent the best aspects of a 21st century multicultural society. They are engaged, curious, hard-working, globally oriented, and proud of their accomplishments here at Cal. This is the generation that will lead the future of sustainable energy industry; they will be the genetic editors working in bio tech and healthcare; they will be the master storytellers and artists of the mid-21st century; they will be leaders in the community locally, regionally, nationally, and worldwide. Our future is in good hands with Cal’s Class of 2015. And here is where you come in…

Every year in this summer issue of California, I invite alumni to support the success of our newest Young Blues. Whether it means providing an informational interview, offering an internship, attending a career networking event with Cal seniors, hiring a recent grad, or simply sharing your wisdom and life experience over a cup of coffee—all of these acts, large and small, will make a real, positive difference in the future of a new Cal grad. Call or email the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and find out how you can help tomorrow’s leaders, today.

When we think of the future, we also think a great deal about the ways in which CAA will remain an important part of your experience as a Cal alum. With this in mind, I usually share my thoughts, ideas, and programmatic calls to action in this column. However, this summer, I want to hear from you. I invite you to email me your thoughts and ideas about the types of programs you’d like to see and why you think they are essential ingredients to a successful alumni experience. As you share your ideas (email subject line “CAA Matters”), please keep in mind that CAA’s mission is to inform, engage, and inspire alumni to support the excellence and success of UC Berkeley. Your ideas and suggestions are not only welcome, they will serve as a valuable guide in helping shape the continued success of CAA and Berkeley. For life.

Fiat Lux and Go Bears!

Jefferson C.M. Coombs ’89,
Executive Director Cal Alumni Association

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