CAA Announcements

A Letter from the Executive Director | Spring 2020

Dear Cal family,

We know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a tremendous impact on the personal lives of all those in our global Cal community. Your ongoing connection and collective support is invaluable as we face challenges together during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. We must demonstrate our commitment to uplift all those in our community to be true reflections of the light of UC Berkeley.

Scholarship Selections Made Virtual

Earlier this year, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program had been finalizing plans for its in-person selection process for the African American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship. When restrictions for COVID-19 were instated, the Alumni Scholars Program team quickly pivoted to make the remainder of the selection process entirely virtual, ensuring that students in need of financial aid would be able to receive the support they needed to attend UC Berkeley.

Life After Sports: A Conversation with Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker is one of the greatest baseball managers in the Major Leagues. A California native, Baker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1967, and over the course of his All-Star career played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics. In 1993 he began his managerial career with the San Francisco Giants before moving on to manage the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and now the Houston Astros.

Spring 2020 Director’s Chair

In December, I had the honor of attending UC Berkeley’s winter commencement to celebrate Maria Smith ’20, who I had the privilege of meeting and mentoring when she worked as a student assistant for the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program. While I will miss seeing Maria on campus and at Alumni House, I know she has myriad opportunities awaiting her after graduation—and that she will someday return to Berkeley.

Cal Alumni Coloring Pages

Want to brighten your day with a little Cal-themed fun? We’ve created two coloring pages for Golden Bears of all ages to enjoy. Tag your artwork @calalumniassociation or #Berkeleyforlife and show us your masterpieces! 

Cancelled Cal Discoveries Travel Reception

In response to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2020 Travel Reception and program preview originally scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2020.

We have added our 2021 trips to our website and are working to get further details onto each tour page. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.

Cal Discoveries Travel Updates Regarding COVID-19

We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised several questions and concerns about upcoming trips, many of which have been postponed. We also realize how hard it is to have travel plans changed when you were looking forward to them. As we deal with uncertainty around the coronavirus in many aspects of our lives, please know that your safety and comfort in traveling with Cal Discoveries remains our number one priority. We continue to work closely with our tour operators as news changes to keep you updated.

Update from the Cal Alumni Association on COVID-19

We know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a tremendous impact on our personal lives and on the well-being of our families and loved ones. Today, I am reaching out to you, our Cal alumni community, to encourage our ongoing connection during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. Our collective support is invaluable as we move forward and face the challenges together.

Postponed Events

In response to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is taking steps to help protect the health of our UC Berkeley community. While our offices remain open, many of our upcoming alumni and chapter events are cancelled or postponed.

Cris Gomez ’15: Veteran Continues to Serve at Cal

Cris Gomez ’15 never considered going to UC Berkeley a dream of his. Attending Cal just seemed out of reach to him—until he connected with people who showed him that Cal provided resources for non-traditional students, and that a bustling community of people from all walks of life awaited him.


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