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Centenarian Cal Alum Fredrika May ’41: An Eyewitness to History

War loomed, the Great Depression giving no relief to a worldwide economy mired in a financial malaise. Many Cal students were forced to leave the university, their education no longer affordable. But Fredrika May (née Doelker) ’41, known to friends and family as Fredi, dreamed of a law degree.

Trailblazers in STEM and Business: Celebrating Cal Alumni in Black History

For Black History Month, we will be highlighting a series of Black Cal alumni trailblazers who have made significant accomplishments in their fields. These individuals were selected for the notable impact they have made in their communities, professions, and in the world. Although there are many more notable Black Cal alumni in both STEM and business, here is a glimpse at just a few individuals who have made a significant impact.

See a timeline of Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History.

Ankur Nagpal’s Teachable Moment

For Ankur Nagpal ’09, his first day of CalSO (the orientation for new UC Berkeley freshman and transfer students, now Golden Bear Orientation) was also his first time in California—and America. Ankur was born in India but grew up in Oman, and it wasn’t until high school that he decided to pursue his college education in the United States.

“My dad had the idea for me to study in America because it was something [my parents] had wanted to do, but never did,” Ankur says. He applied to many different schools around the country, but ultimately decided to go to Cal.

Trailblazers in the Arts: Celebrating Cal Alumni in Black History

For Black History Month, we will be highlighting a series of Black Cal alumni trailblazers who have made significant accomplishments in their fields. These individuals were selected for the notable impact they have made in their communities, professions, and in the world. Although there are many more notable Black Cal alumni in the arts, here is a glimpse at just a few individuals who have made a significant impact.

See a timeline of Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History.

Trailblazers in Government: Celebrating Cal Alumni in Black History

For Black History Month, we will be highlighting a series of Black Cal alumni trailblazers who have made significant accomplishments in their fields. These individuals were selected for the notable impact they have made in their communities, professions, and in the world. Although there are many more notable Black Cal alumni in Government, here is a glimpse at just a few individuals who have made a significant impact.

See a timeline of Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History.

11 Shuttered Berkeley Establishments Cal Alumni Still Cry Over

Every Cal graduate was once a UC Berkeley student with preferred watering holes and places to grab a quick bite to eat. Time, however, has changed the foodscape around Berkeley. Many of these old haunts are no longer in business. Here are eleven shuttered Berkeley establishments that alumni still cry over.

Exploring Music’s Power to Change the World

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the UC Berkeley campus once again became the center of conversation about social movements. Led by singer/songwriter Noel “Paul” Stookey of the ’60s trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, Music Matters…or Does It? presented an evening of dialogue and performance to an audience of UC Berkeley alumni and friends. Stookey, along with a group of special guests, reflected on the ways music has influenced and inspired artists to action around some of the biggest social movements of our time.

Remembering Richard E. Erickson (1926–2018)

We regretfully announce that Richard E. “Dick” Erickson ’49, MBA ’50, a beloved member of the University of California, Berkeley community, passed away on October 15, 2018. Erickson was the embodiment of Cal spirit through his lifelong commitment to the university community. Erickson came to Berkeley in 1944 before joining the Navy, then returned in the fall of 1946. Proud to attend Cal, Erickson joked, “there were only two universities I would really be interested in: one was Cal and the other was Stanford. Obviously, I selected the better one.”1

‘Women Who Lead’ Offers Wisdom for Alumnae Advancement

On Tuesday, November 12 at Alumni House, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) co-hosted Women Who Lead: A Storytelling Salon, part of the Alumnae Career Advancement series, which provides space for career-driven alumnae, students, and members of the Cal community at large to pursue professional development, discuss career advancement, and build relationships.

Longtime Volunteer Mike Landreth ’89 Steps Up

This is the third in our series introducing some of CAA’s longtime District Chair volunteers.

After Fulfilling a Longtime Goal, Marketing Exec Kelli Jones MBA ’89 Helps Others Do the Same

Kelli Jones MBA ’89 held high-level marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard and consulted for companies such as Yahoo, Oracle, Brocade, and others. She had firmly established herself as a leader, yet a missed opportunity hovered in the back of her mind.

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