CAA Announcements

Director’s Chair: Fall 2018

imageEach 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?

Creating Community at Cal and Beyond

By Courtney Cheng ’16

Michelle Kim ’11 came to Cal with a mission: to become a part of Berkeley’s history of political activism and social justice movements.

The Berkeley Experience: Learning to Make a Difference

Philip Lee ’82 was 14 when he immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in the mid-1970s. His new high school classmates teased him, calling him Bruce Lee because of their shared racial background and last name, but Philip didn’t let this color his first impressions of his new home. “It was my first experience in America, so I didn’t know what to expect, nor think it was bad,” he recalled, “I was just so happy to be [here].”

Director’s Chair: Spring 2018

imageOn March 23, 2018, we commemmorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the University of California. As the UC’s first campus, UC Berkeley stands not only as a testament to our excellence in academics and innovation in research, but also to the university’s 150-year legacy of dismantling barriers to inclusion.

Berkeley to the Core: Memories of the Free Speech Movement

In honor of UC Berkeley’s 150th anniversary, we spoke with Gabriela Taylor ’65 about her experience at Cal in the 1960s during the Free Speech Movement. Her story honors the footprint this alumna, and many like her, have left on campus for other students to follow.


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