CAA Announcements

UC Leaders Respond to Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed $132 billion state budget on January 10, which includes a boost to University of California funding, but fails to meet all of UC’s needs. UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer issued the following statement on the budget:

From the Ocean Floor to the Forbes List

by Courtney Cheng ’16

“When I found out I was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, I was so shocked and really excited,” Amber Jackson ’11 enthused. “It’s such an honor. When I see the other people on that list, I feel very humbled to be a part of it because you have, like, a 17-year-old who just fundraised a million dollars,” she laughed.

A Message from the CAA President: Our Strategic Plan

Since its founding in 1872, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) has endeavored to connect Cal alumni with each other and our alma mater, UC Berkeley. 145 years later, CAA continues as one of the nation’s preeminent independent alumni associations, with a mission of engaging an alumni community of nearly half a million graduates.

Sharing Success Through Cups of Coffee

by Courtney Cheng ’16

Kateri Gutierrez ’14 was just a 14-year-old living in Lynwood, California, when she began to envision starting her own business. Once she took a trip to UC Berkeley campus through the Raza Center, her vision solidified and she became intent to SIR. “After having seen the business program at Berkeley, I wanted to apply to Haas [Business School],” she declared.

Finding an Entrance at UC Berkeley

By Courtney Cheng ’16

When David Joe Kim ’17 first heard that his friend, producer James Yi, wanted to call his new film “gook”, Kim was stunned. “You sure about that?” he’d asked Yi. “That’s derogatory!” Yi was insistent. In Korean, “gook” is the word for country. In English, the Korean word is used as a slur against East and Southeast Asian people.

What It Means to Be a Cal Alum

Every Cal student walks the Berkeley campus in the footsteps of their predecessors to receive an education that will grant them a spot in the university’s long-lasting legacy. As they graduate, each Cal alum leaves with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to build and create their own legacies.

Director’s Chair: Fall 2017

As a new academic year begins for more than 40,000 Cal students, I reflect on those whose brilliant work on behalf of the university has lit the paths for so many of us. This year has seen the passing of multiple individuals who have made great contributions to UC Berkeley’s legacy—here, I call to mind a dear few.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Efforts

On August 25, Hurricane Harvey landed, forcefully hitting South Texas, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas. On September 9, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida and continues to cause devastating amounts of rain and flooding there, as well as South Carolina and Georgia.

A Message from CAA’s Executive Director and Board President

Read the Cal Alumni Association’s 2016 Annual Report

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is about being a part of a great and enduring community, ensuring the future of UC Berkeley while honoring the past, and engaging the present. As we celebrate 145 years of golden fellowship, there’s no better time to be part of this wonderful community. We offer a common space in which to gather—a true sense of belonging for hundreds of thousands of Golden Bears.

Remembering Charlotte Sproul ’71, M.A. ’75 (1949–2017)

imageCharlotte Sproul, a Cal alumna and beloved member of the UC Berkeley community, passed away on June 21, 2017.

Kris Jameyson, Senior Director of CAA’s Cal Discoveries Travel program, shared the following memory:

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) has a lot to celebrate this year—not least is our 145th birthday! With each year, we rededicate ourselves to our mission to connect Cal alumni with one another and with our beloved university. CAA is about being a part of a great and enduring community, ensuring the future while honoring the past and engaging the present.

Director’s Chair: Spring 2017

Last November, I hosted a Cal Discoveries Travel group to South Africa. I stood with other Cal alumni and friends before Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, where together we learned about the struggles, pain, and—yes—reconciliation of apartheid.


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