CAA Announcements

Director’s Chair: Fall 2016

At Cal we are no strangers to being catalysts for change. I have learned that Cal is where the heart is. During my first seven months at the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), I’ve traveled to meet many of our alumni communities and witness the ways in which they are embodying Cal spirit across the nation. My firsthand experiences with our alumni base inform our efforts as we move forward at CAA.

CAA and The Berkeley Foundation Honor Outstanding Alumni at Inaugural Berkeley Charter Gala

Alumnus of the Year Jim Simons and Chancellor Dirks

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and UC Berkeley came together on May 12 to honor the 2016 recipients of the Alumni Awards at Berkeley Charter Gala.

Described once as the “world’s smartest billionaire,” Alumnus of the Year James “Jim” Simons came to Berkeley after completing his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and received his Ph.D. from Cal in 1962 at just 23 years old.

Director’s Chair: Summer 2016

This spring was a time of fresh starts, and summer promises continued growth. Shortly after my arrival at CAA in mid-January, I set out to engage with some of our 94 alumni chapters and communities.

Climbing Calimanjaro: Berkeley Around the World

By Analise Electra Smith-Hinkley

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) was proud to welcome Robert Sproul ’69 as the new Director of Stewardship and Alumni Scholarships this July. The alumnus and longtime Cal employee has been a supporter of the University for years. But more than just a dedicated philanthropist, Sproul is an avid traveler who enjoys bringing Cal to the rest of the world.

Farewell from the Executive Director

Dear Fellow Cal Alumni and Friends,

It has been an honor and a joy to serve at the helm of our Cal Alumni Association (CAA) these past four years, so it is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from CAA this fall. I have decided to return to the private sector to pursue an exciting leadership opportunity in the marketing industry.

Director’s Chair: Summer 2015

Nothing better represents the promise of the future than the inherent optimism of graduation season. Here at Berkeley, we just welcomed more than 10,200 new Cal graduates. These bright young people come from all over California, the nation, and the world. These Golden Bears enter a new chapter in life with a profound commitment to community service, environmental awareness, social entrepreneurship, educational equity, and a passion for innovation. Today’s Berkeley graduates represent the best aspects of a 21st century multicultural society.

UC Berkeley Bioengineers at WonderCon 2015

Cal’s very own superheroes: UC Berkeley bioengineers, Cal alum Kyle Kurpinski, Ph.D. ’08 and Terry Johnson, hosted the panel “Science in Science Fiction” at a sold-out WonderCon​ 2015 this past weekend, in which they discussed the discoveries and innovations that inspire science fiction, and the way that science and engineering are depicted in popular media. Go Bears!

CAA at UC Day 2017

On March 8, CAA and a delegation of alumni will join the campus government relations team to meet with lawmakers in Sacramento to talk about the transformative power of a college education and how UC benefits the state. The CAA delegation will join groups from the other nine UC campuses, and UC President Janet Napolitano, to advocate for public higher education funding. The team will meet one-on-one with nine legislators to remind them about the importance of supporting UC, especially during the current period of enrollment growth.  

CAA Announces the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Steve Wozniak, B.S. ’86 and Other Alumni Award Recipients

Steve Wozniak, who received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, has been selected as the 2015 Alumnus of the Year by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), UC Berkeley’s alumni association. Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with the design of Apple’s first line of products. In 1976, he founded Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs, introducing the Apple 1 personal computer.


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