CAA Announcements

September 3: Update for Cal Alumni Regarding the Tuolumne County Rim Fire

Dear Lair Campers, Cal Alumni, and Friends,

Some good news — the most recent update on the Tuolumne County Rim Fire is that it is now 75% contained with a forecast of 100% containment by September 20. Additionally, the evacuation advisory has been lifted for the Pinecrest and Mi-Wuk areas.

August 31: Update for Cal Alumni Regarding the Tuolumne County Rim Fire

Dear Lair Campers, Cal Alumni, and Friends,

I would like to provide you with an update regarding the Tuolumne County Rim Fire. The fire is now 35% contained and continues to burn approximately six miles from the Lair. An advisory evacuation order remains in place from Mi-Wuk to Pinecrest, where the Lair of the Bear and Pinecrest Chalet are located. At this point, all Lair and Chalet staff and guests have been sent home.

August 26: Update for Cal Alumni Regarding the Tuolumne County Rim Fire

Dear Lair Campers, Cal Alumni, and Friends,

I would like to make you aware that an advisory evacuation notice has been extended along the south side of Hwy. 108, from Mi-Wuk Village all of the way up to Pinecrest, where the Lair of the Bear and Pinecrest Chalet are located. While the evacuation is not mandatory at this time, we are advising all remaining guests at the Chalet to depart from the area. The Lair has already been vacated, and all camp sessions through August 29 have been canceled.

A Message to Cal Alumni Regarding the Tuolumne County Rim Fire

Dear Cal Alumni and Friends,

The Rim Fire, now burning in Tuolumne County, has unfortunately had an impact on the Cal Alumni Association’s two properties in Pinecrest, CA—Lair of the Golden Bear and Pinecrest Chalet.

Giving Notes Spring 2013

Dear Cal alumni and friends,

Excitement and pride are in the air on campus. The women’s basketball team made history with Cal’s first trip to the Final Four. Prospective students tour campus with their hopeful parents—freshman and transfer applications to Cal were up by eight percent and rose to a record high of 83,640. The renovation and revitalization of the Lower Sproul Plaza area began in March. It is a great time to be part of this invigorating campus and an amazing honor to be a Golden Bear!

Remembering Howdy

Cal lost one of its most loyal—and nicest—alumni when Howard “Howdy” Brownson ’48 passed away on April 19, just a few weeks short of his 89th birthday.

The death notice in the San Francisco Chronicle said it all: “Howdy Brownson—song leader, barbershopper, safety engineer, community volunteer, and Cal alum extraordinaire—has sung his last tune.”

Travel Reception and 2014 Program Preview

If you are curious about learning more about our upcoming travel reception June 2, 2013 (2:30-4:30 p.m.) here are some questions and answers to guide you:

Q: What exactly happens at the travel reception?

Our New Strategic Plan

In today’s resource-challenged climate, it seems all too often strategic planning and programmatic reality live in separate dimensions. It’s sometimes tempting to define the “new normal” as a state of difficult compromise. But what if organizations viewed this as an opportunity to reinvent, reinvigorate, repurpose, and propel their organizations forward? CAA is beginning to implement a dynamic new five-year strategic plan with this perspective guiding us. The focus of CAA’s new plan is—focus.

A Christmas Carol

A Cal Tradition: Garff Wilson’s reading of A Christmas Carol  

The Big Game of 1982

This photo was taken during the Axe Rally held Monday, November 22, 1982, two days after “The Play”. Mariet Ford (most left) was one of the players who lateraled their way to the endzone. Go Bears! Photo courtesy of Ken Raust.

Remembering Jane Sather, the Woman behind the Campanile

Jane Krom Sather, who died 100 years ago on Dec. 11, 1911, became one of the early and most significant benefactors of the University of California after she settled on UC, in the words of emeritus university archivist Jim Kantor, as “a dependable trustee for her considerable fortune.” Read more

Past Presidents

The photograph shows University of California President Benjamin Ide Wheeler and 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, at the Greek Theatre in September 1919. Wheeler, then emeritus, had invited Wilson to visit during a tour he was making on behalf of the newly formed League of Nations.

End Zone

History of the Lair

As one of the crown jewels of the Cal Alumni Association, The Lair of the Golden Bear has enjoyed an incredibly long and rich history and is the oldest and the largest of any alumni association camp in North America. Read more »

Greek Theatre, 1957

A major renovation of the Greek Theatre in 1957 is celebrated with a production of Puccini’s Turandot by San Francisco Opera. The SF Opera returns to the Greek for the next 12 years. Photo courtesy of Bancroft Library.

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