CAA Announcements

A Message from Cal Alumni Association Executive Director Jefferson Coombs ’89

As you are aware, it has been a dynamic couple of weeks on our Berkeley campus. The “Occupy Cal” demonstrations have come with great passion, and we are proud of Berkeley’s free speech legacy.

We, at the Cal Alumni Association, are committed to keeping you informed about all University-related news and events. Our alumni of nearly half a million graduates represent a diversity of opinions and perspectives. While viewpoints may differ significantly across our community, we all share a dedication to Cal and its success.

Streets Alive! A Call for UCB Artists

Earth Island Institute, in collaboration with UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley, is sponsoring Streets Alive!, a project to turn 60 utility boxes in downtown Berkeley into works of art. The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund has provided funding to place artistic treatments expressing UC Berkeley’s visions of sustainability on seven utility boxes on the edge of campus.

New: Cuba, February 2012

Cal Alumni Association has just received a license to operate people to people educational exchanges to Cuba. Exact dates and trip details are still pending as we are in the early stages of trip planning for this exciting new destination. Please sign up if you are interested in being among the first to receive more information about visiting Cuba. Sign up »

The Cal Alumni Association Welcomes Jefferson Coombs ’89 as Executive Director

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jefferson Coombs ’89 as CAA’s new Executive Director. A native of Marin County and a resident of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Mr. Coombs earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and has been actively engaged with CAA, UC Berkeley, and the UC system for the past 20 years.

California Magazine Wins a Silver Medal in 2011 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards

California, the magazine of the Cal Alumni Association, was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with a Silver medal in the 2011 Circle of Excellence Awards in the category of College and University General Interest Magazines. Judged by a panel of peer professionals, the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards acknowledge outstanding work in the educational advancement field. California was from among 42 magazines with circulations of 75,000 and greater from around the world to receive a Silver medal.

Cal Alumni Survey 2011

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA), in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, conducted an email survey in an effort to understand and better serve alumni. All UC Berkeley undergraduate degree holders for whom the University has email addresses were invited to participate. More than 14,000 alumni responded, reflecting on their education and experience at Cal, reporting on their careers and interests, and sharing insight on alumni programs and services.

Baseball Program Will Continue

The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful and ongoing fundraising effort on the part of alumni, former players, parents of current players and other team supporters, campus officials said today (Friday, April 8). Read more from Newscenter

CAA Executive Director Tuck Coop Announces Retirement

Today the Cal Alumni Association of the University of California, Berkeley announced that its executive director, R. Tucker “Tuck” Coop, will retire by the end of the calendar year. Coop spent eleven years at the Cal Alumni Association, first as director of CAA’s Lair of the Golden Bear, a summer camp in the Sierra Nevada, and for the past five years as the executive director. Read full press release »

The Cal Alumni Association Announces the Retirement of Executive Director Tuck Coop

Today the Cal Alumni Association of the University of California, Berkeley announced that its executive director, R. Tucker “Tuck” Coop, will retire by the end of the calendar year. The association’s Board of Directors plans to engage in an executive search to fill the position. Coop, who will assist with the transition, spent eleven years at the Cal Alumni Association, first as director of CAA’s Lair of the Golden Bear, a summer camp in the Sierra Nevada, and for the past five years as the executive director.

Sen. Simitian Touts the Value of Cal

In a recent interview at the State Capitol with Roxanne Makasdjian of UC Berkeley Media Relations, California State Sen. Joe Simitian commented on the immense value of UC Berkeley to California’s economy.

Crisis in Japan

Check out unfolding coverage of how UC Berkeley is responding to the Japan earthquake and tsunami. You’ll find events to attend, comments from campus experts, updates from campus officials, and more. Read more

Photo Jasmina Vujic (center, holding microphone), UC Berkeley professor of nuclear engineering, addresses audience questions at a panel about Japan’s nuclear crisis. Aaron Walburg photo

The Cal Alumni Association Announces the 2011 Alumnus of the Year Steven Chu ’76

Steven Chu, who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976, has been selected as the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). The United States Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate is being recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to the fields of biophysics and atomic physics, commitment to addressing climate change, and transformative leadership in energy research and policy.

The Cal Alumni Association Presents a CALIFORNIA Live! Event, Can Cal Afford Athletics? During Homecoming 2010

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) will present Can Cal Afford Athletics? A conversation with Sandy Barbour , a frank discussion about the future of sports at Cal. San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius will engage Cal Director of Athletics, Sandy Barbour, in a conversation about the value of intercollegiate athletics and the cost of being competitive at the highest levels. The event will take place on Friday, October 8, 2–3 p.m. at the Bechtel Engineering Center.

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