CAA Announcements

Good News from Berkeley: November 18, 2020

The University of California has adopted systemwide gender identity and lived name options for UC-issued documents and information systems; milestones in Berkeley and Sacramento with ripples reaching far beyond.

Gift Ideas for the Ultimate Cal Fan

Just about every Cal grad and fan owns a Cal sweatshirt or hat. So, what do you give the ultimate Cal fan during the holidays? Don’t worry—the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) has you covered this season with our list of the best Cal gifts. Some are extra, some are out there, but isn’t that what the Berkeley spirit is all about? We think so.

Felicia Yamaguchi Lives Up to Her Name

My name is Felicia Yamaguchi. My first name derives from the Spanish word feliz, meaning happiness, and my last name derives from the Japanese word for mountain, signifying unwavering strength. With that being said, you can say my mother had high expectations for the person I would become.

Emily Pilloton Is Opening Up the World of STEM—and Possibilities—for Girls

It’s late September, and Emily Pilloton ’03 is at Girls Garage, a nonprofit she founded in 2013 in Berkeley. Girls Garage recently reopened for small groups of girls eager to get back to the space and get building again. “I just feel like failure is not an option,” she explains. “This space means a lot to the girls that come here.” 

Coming Together: Building Community After Cal

During Homecoming, on October 18, the Cal Alumni Association and its Alumni Chapters hosted more than 40 alumni and students to connect, build community, and learn from each other.

Alumni and students exchanged words of wisdom and discussed opportunities to stay connected to Cal through chapter events and mentorship programs.

2020’s Best and Brightest Honored at Annual Berkeley Charter Gala

In partnership with the UC Berkeley Foundation, the Cal Alumni Association honored this year’s Achievement Award recipients at a virtual—yet lively—version of the Berkeley Charter Gala on October 8, 2020. Get to know the 2020 Alumna of the Year and the rest of these esteemed award recipients.

Berkelium 5K Virtual Run/Walk a Huge Success!

At the close of our first-ever virtual Berkelium 5K Run/Walk, Friday, October 16, nearly 700 participants displayed a renewed sense of togetherness among the people in our diverse Cal community—even in the virtual world we find ourselves in now. From all over the globe, alumni and friends of Cal sported blue and gold and fervently showed pride in Berkeley as they ran or walked the 5K. Berkelium 5K participants conjured up Cal spirit all the way from Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, and Switzerland!

Ashneel Pratap’s “let there be light” moment

At 15, I realized that my grandmother was completely illiterate, my parents didn’t have a proper education, and that we had slavery in our family. I began to learn about how Indian slavery occurred up until the 1950s and how my own grandmother was in bondage all the way up to this time. I learned about how political strife led to the deaths of thousands of my ancestors. And finally when I was 20, did I realize the impact my ancestral history was having on me this whole time. I felt as though I couldn’t attend a prestigious university like Cal, that maybe I should just work in a labor profession, just like my parents and those before me. All of this changed when a cousin of mine said, “Why don’t you apply to Cal? Why don’t you try for Cal?”

Top Draft Picks: Berkelium 5K Edition

Our first Berkelium 5K Walk/Run was a huge success, with more than 700 Golden Bears, their friends, and families participating internationally. We are so impressed with everyone who laced up their running shoes, threw on their favorite Cal gear, and got moving for this virtual event.

Good News from Berkeley: October 23, 2020

Berkeley remains world’s No.1 public university; NFL head coach Ron Rivera ’83 supports Cal softball in a big way; archivists chronicle Disability Rights Movement’s rich history.

Former NFL Running Back C.J. Anderson Returns to Cal as Volunteer Offensive Coach

Cal alum and former pro football running back C.J. Anderson will return to Cal as a volunteer offensive assistant coach for the Golden Bears. A transfer student from Laney College, Anderson played college football at Berkeley from 2011–2012 before beginning what would become a seven-year NFL career.

The Cal Alumni Association Supports Transfer Scholars During a Remote Fall Semester

In an increased effort to support transfer students, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) held its second annual Transfer Success Dinner virtually on September 30, 2020. Three years ago, around 24% of the Alumni Scholars Program community was comprised of transfer students; this year, 30% of scholars are transfers—the largest number yet in CAA’s history.


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