CAA Announcements

Alumni Offer Advice to Incoming Students for Cal Week

Cal Day began in spring 2008. For 12 years, the day-long, campus-wide open house allowed prospective students and their families to get a taste of Cal. This April, Cal Day transformed into a digital Cal Week that offered all of the same Berkeley welcome festivities, events, and tours online.

The Leadership Award Helps Golden Bears’ Leadership Shine

Mikela Lazari ’20 projected herself as a leader at the start of her undergraduate career and has been thriving as a leader ever since. She is a two-time recipient of the Cal Alumni Association’s Leadership Award, a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership. Since 1934, students have competed for the scholarship, forming a diverse and dynamic annual cohort of leaders whose work is relevant and inspiring.

Emily Nodal ’22: No Shortage of Laughs on the Cal Campus

Emily Nodal ’22 is a recipient of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) and a 2019 Lair of the Golden Bear staffer. Like her TAAP peers, Emily works hard to make Cal more inclusive. She is majoring in society and environment with an emphasis on justice and sustainability, minoring in public policy, and she aspires to build a career in international development.

Celebrating the Graduating Class of Alumni Scholars

On May 9, 2020, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program Class of 2020 gathered virtually for a senior brunch to support one another and celebrate a remarkable milestone: graduation from UC Berkeley. During the online celebration, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholars and TAAP Diversity Scholars were welcomed to the Cal alumni community as they reflected on their years at Berkeley with fulfillment and pride.

From the Executive Director: Community Unites to Face Our New Reality

headshot of Cloey Hewlett In this time of uncertainty and need, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) remains dedicated to Berkeley—and our students and alumni are demonstrating their commitment to supporting the next generation of trailblazers in thoughtful and solution-oriented ways, in spite of the challenges they themselves face.

A Letter from the Executive Director | Spring 2020

Dear Cal family,

We know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a tremendous impact on the personal lives of all those in our global Cal community. Your ongoing connection and collective support is invaluable as we face challenges together during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. We must demonstrate our commitment to uplift all those in our community to be true reflections of the light of UC Berkeley.

Scholarship Selections Made Virtual

Earlier this year, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program had been finalizing plans for its in-person selection process for the African American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship. When restrictions for COVID-19 were instated, the Alumni Scholars Program team quickly pivoted to make the remainder of the selection process entirely virtual, ensuring that students in need of financial aid would be able to receive the support they needed to attend UC Berkeley.

Life After Sports: A Conversation with Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker is one of the greatest baseball managers in the Major Leagues. A California native, Baker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1967, and over the course of his All-Star career played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics. In 1993 he began his managerial career with the San Francisco Giants before moving on to manage the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and now the Houston Astros.

Spring 2020 Director’s Chair

In December, I had the honor of attending UC Berkeley’s winter commencement to celebrate Maria Smith ’20, who I had the privilege of meeting and mentoring when she worked as a student assistant for the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program. While I will miss seeing Maria on campus and at Alumni House, I know she has myriad opportunities awaiting her after graduation—and that she will someday return to Berkeley.

Cal Alumni Coloring Pages

Want to brighten your day with a little Cal-themed fun? We’ve created two coloring pages for Golden Bears of all ages to enjoy. Tag your artwork @calalumniassociation or #Berkeleyforlife and show us your masterpieces! 

Cancelled Cal Discoveries Travel Reception

In response to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2020 Travel Reception and program preview originally scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2020.

We have added our 2021 trips to our website and are working to get further details onto each tour page. Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.

Cal Discoveries Travel Updates Regarding COVID-19

We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised several questions and concerns about upcoming trips, many of which have been postponed. We also realize how hard it is to have travel plans changed when you were looking forward to them. As we deal with uncertainty around the coronavirus in many aspects of our lives, please know that your safety and comfort in traveling with Cal Discoveries remains our number one priority. We continue to work closely with our tour operators as news changes to keep you updated.

Update from the Cal Alumni Association on COVID-19

We know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a tremendous impact on our personal lives and on the well-being of our families and loved ones. Today, I am reaching out to you, our Cal alumni community, to encourage our ongoing connection during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. Our collective support is invaluable as we move forward and face the challenges together.

Postponed Events

In response to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is taking steps to help protect the health of our UC Berkeley community. While our offices remain open, many of our upcoming alumni and chapter events are cancelled or postponed.


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