CAA Announcements

What It Means to Be a Cal Alum

Every Cal student walks the Berkeley campus in the footsteps of their predecessors to receive an education that will grant them a spot in the university’s long-lasting legacy. As they graduate, each Cal alum leaves with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to build and create their own legacies.

Director’s Chair: Fall 2017

As a new academic year begins for more than 40,000 Cal students, I reflect on those whose brilliant work on behalf of the university has lit the paths for so many of us. This year has seen the passing of multiple individuals who have made great contributions to UC Berkeley’s legacy—here, I call to mind a dear few.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Efforts

On August 25, Hurricane Harvey landed, forcefully hitting South Texas, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas. On September 9, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida and continues to cause devastating amounts of rain and flooding there, as well as South Carolina and Georgia.

A Message from CAA’s Executive Director and Board President

Read the Cal Alumni Association’s 2016 Annual Report

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is about being a part of a great and enduring community, ensuring the future of UC Berkeley while honoring the past, and engaging the present. As we celebrate 145 years of golden fellowship, there’s no better time to be part of this wonderful community. We offer a common space in which to gather—a true sense of belonging for hundreds of thousands of Golden Bears.

Remembering Charlotte Sproul ’71, M.A. ’75 (1949–2017)

image Charlotte Sproul, a Cal alumna and beloved member of the UC Berkeley community, passed away on June 21, 2017.

Kris Jameyson, Senior Director of CAA’s Cal Discoveries Travel program, shared the following memory:

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) has a lot to celebrate this year—not least is our 145th birthday! With each year, we rededicate ourselves to our mission to connect Cal alumni with one another and with our beloved university. CAA is about being a part of a great and enduring community, ensuring the future while honoring the past and engaging the present.

Director’s Chair: Spring 2017

Last November, I hosted a Cal Discoveries Travel group to South Africa. I stood with other Cal alumni and friends before Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, where together we learned about the struggles, pain, and—yes—reconciliation of apartheid.

Anh Tran Appointed Interim Chief Program Officer by the Cal Alumni Association

Interim Chief Program Officer Anh Tran

Berkeley, California, April 4, 2017 – The Cal Alumni Association (CAA), UC Berkeley’s alumni association, has appointed Anh Tran ’06, M.A. as Interim Chief Program Officer. Tran joined CAA in 2016 as director of CAA’s Alumni Scholars Program, and has more than 10 years experience in volunteer and program management, education, community development, and capacity building.

Director’s Chair: Winter 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I am inspired to reflect on the past 12 months, and even further back to the very beginning of our alumni association and the birth of this great university. The alumni association was established in 1872, one year before a group of young men known as “The Twelve Apostles” would become UC Berkeley’s very first graduating class.

Director’s Chair: Fall 2016

At Cal we are no strangers to being catalysts for change. I have learned that Cal is where the heart is. During my first seven months at the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), I’ve traveled to meet many of our alumni communities and witness the ways in which they are embodying Cal spirit across the nation. My firsthand experiences with our alumni base inform our efforts as we move forward at CAA.

CAA and The Berkeley Foundation Honor Outstanding Alumni at Inaugural Berkeley Charter Gala

Alumnus of the Year Jim Simons and Chancellor Dirks

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and UC Berkeley came together on May 12 to honor the 2016 recipients of the Alumni Awards at Berkeley Charter Gala.

Described once as the “world’s smartest billionaire,” Alumnus of the Year James “Jim” Simons came to Berkeley after completing his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and received his Ph.D. from Cal in 1962 at just 23 years old.

Director’s Chair: Summer 2016

This spring was a time of fresh starts, and summer promises continued growth. Shortly after my arrival at CAA in mid-January, I set out to engage with some of our 94 alumni chapters and communities.

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