CAA Announcements

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.

Where to hike, run, or walk in Berkeley

The Cal Alumni Association’s first Berkelium 5K Run/Walk is underway! This virtual race provides alumni and friends of Cal with the opportunity to be active as a campus community from wherever they are. If you have yet to participate in the Berkelium 5K and happen to reside in Berkeley, the following list of our recommended trails will inspire you to go on that trek you’ve always been meaning to.

Shattuck Avenue East Renamed After Immigrant Activist Kala Bagai

On September 15, 2020, the Berkeley City Council renamed Shattuck Avenue East to honor Kala Bagai, an Indian immigrant activist and leader who fought tirelessly against racial prejudice in early 20th century Berkeley. Her life’s work is now commemorated in Kala Bagai Way. Cal alumna, community activist, and historian Barnali Ghosh M.L.A. ’01, along with her husband, Anirvan Chatterjee, created and led the year-long public campaign for the renaming of the two-block eastern stretch of Shattuck Avenue as part of the couple’s continuing efforts to make Berkeley more accepting of its Asian American population and help South Asian immigrants feel welcome in the city.

Golden Bears, New Students Connect from Afar

Summer Welcome Parties are a Cal Alumni Association signature event, hosted by alumni chapters across the country to welcome incoming students and their parents to Cal. Traditionally, alumni volunteers hold these events in person, but this year, in light of COVID-19, Cal Alumni Association (CAA) alumni chapters pivoted to virtual events. The collaborations between our alumni chapters enabled more alumni-student engagement outside of their local communities. This year, there were approximately 2,000 participants, including more than 500 alumni volunteers and 1,300 students.

Alumni Show Up for Students and Each Other at Summer Welcome Parties

Alumni chapters hosted Summer Welcome Parties to give new students a warm, Berkeley welcome, and reconnect with their fellow Cal alumni. From Cal Band music to Cal-themed trivia and casual conversations about Berkeley student life, this year’s Summer Welcome Parties provided much-needed fun and connection in these virtual times.

Best in Show: Cal Doggo Edition

The dog days of summer are coming to a close, so let’s take a moment to acknowledge our furry friends on campus with the most Cal spirit. We might not have a doggy yearbook, but that won’t stop us from curating our own (subjective) yearbook superlatives! If you’re interested in having your pup featured in future Cal Alumni Association posts, tag @calalumniassociation in your photos and hashtag #BerkeleyForLife.

10 Cal Alumnae You Should Know

In honor of the 150th anniversary of women’s admittance at Berkeley, the following list recognizes 10 inspiring women graduates as introduced by California magazine. Our achievements range from producing Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism and saving marine life to challenging stereotypes through stand-up and ensuring children receive proper school lunches.

From the Executive Director: UC Berkeley Is Changing the Paradigm

UC Berkeley is changing the paradigm. Through innovation, we rise to meet our shared challenge—to connect our community during these virtual times. Our approach strengthens our commitment to raising the next generation of leaders and ensuring the diverse voices of our students and alumni are heard.

As Academic Year Begins, Alumni and Scholars Roll Out Virtual “Welcome Mat”

Each year, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program team provides an in-person orientation for the incoming scholars. With the campus still closed, alumni and current scholars stepped up and gave friendly greetings and advice to the incoming cohort of 42 first-year and transfer alumni scholars in The Achievement Award Program and The Achievement Award Program Diversity Scholarship.

Who Are You Now? Maria Smith ’19 Asks Us to Look Inward

During the early weeks of the COVID pandemic, many of us hoped the pandemic would quickly pass and we could resume our lives. But Maria Smith ’19 believed this is a time to take stock of things that matter to us. This thought led her to create Who Are We Now?, a series of conversations with Cal alums that challenge us to think about how the pandemic has changed us. The first episode was released in July, and we talked with Smith about the series.

How to Rock a Funky Story: Glynn Washington at the Lair

Lair of the Golden Bear campers recently buckled up to attend a virtual campfire talk with master storyteller Glynn Washington, titled “How To Rock a Funky Story.” Washington is the creator, executive producer, and host of Snap Judgement, a radio show and podcast that offers a raw, immersive, and musical take on storytelling. His unique, cinematic style of storytelling draws listeners and grips them until the end of every one of his shows. Washington’s connection to Berkeley runs deep; in addition to being a Lair camper, from 2007 to 2010, he was the director of Young Entrepreneurs at Haas—now known as Boost—a program at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.


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