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Steve Sulack ’03, M.S. ’05

Former Leadership Award Scholar Gives Back

Steve Sulack ’03, M.S. ’05 isn’t new to leadership. As an undergraduate, he was an outstanding Leadership Award scholar and treasurer of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honors Society. Now, he gives back to the community that supported him as a young student through the Sulack Family Leadership Scholarship he established with the Cal […]

Cal Discoveries Travel group on Robben Island, South Africa, with Modise Phekonyane (center, yellow hat), a former detainee.

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. Through this trip, far from the borders of Berkeley, my fellow travelers and I gained a […]

“The Twelve Apostles”: UC Berkeley’s first graduating class, 1873

Director’s Chair: Winter 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I am inspired to reflect on the past 12 months, and even further back to the very beginning of our alumni association and the birth of this great university. The alumni association was established in 1872, one year before a group of young men known as “The Twelve Apostles” […]


Cal Corporate Committee Keeps Alumni Connected at Work

Wells Fargo Cal Corporate Alumni Committee Chair Richard Zhu ’09, a graduate of the Haas School of Business and a classical pianist, believes in building community. “We know there are at least 400 Cal alumni working at Wells Fargo and we want them all to join us.” Richard and others encourage new Cal alumni hired at […]

Cesar Arroyo ’17 / Cal Alumni Association

TAAP Scholar Dreams Big and Achieves

Born and raised in Oxnard, California, an agricultural community of Hispanic and Filipino immigrants, Cesar Arroyo ’17 did not encounter the idea of a university education in his childhood. Yet, he never doubted his intent to go to college, and his sister helped pave the way. “She helped me to realize the possibility, and my […]

(top) Cloey with Colette (Seiple) Murray, the first woman to serve as Executive Director of CAA. (bottom) Gary Slavit, President Janet Napolitano, Mike Yaley, and Cloey at the Lair of the Golden Bear.

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. […]


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

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), […]


King of Cal: The Legacy of Bradford S. King

What is your favorite Cal tradition? Every alum has one. From 1984 to 2015, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) honored young alumni with the Bradford S. King Award for Excellence in Service by a Young Alumnus/a, in honor of its namesake’s commitment to preserving and revitalizing those very traditions that make Cal special. Though this […]


2015: A Golden Year for CAA and The CAA Fund

Thanks to you, we were able to keep our alumni community connected with the University and each other through our alumni programs, publications, and events in 2015. Thanks to your gift, great things are in store for alumni and students in 2016. *Figures represent all gifts to The CAA Fund with a 2015 credit date processed […]

Isabel Honda '19 / Cal Alumni Association

CAA Alumni Scholars are Leading the Way

Born in Grass Valley and raised in Auburn, in the heart of California’s Gold Country, Isabel is one of three siblings who studied within the UC system. Her sister is a junior at Cal, while her brother studied engineering at UC Davis. College was always part of Isabel’s life plan, but Berkeley seemed a distant […]


Cal for Life

Former Leadership Award Scholar Greg Haack ’99 recalls the first time an alumnus took him under his wing. “He really took care of me and advised me to never wear red at Berkeley,” explains Greg, who attended The Leadership Award Recognition Luncheon as a freshman at Cal. This long-standing CAA event illuminated for Greg the […]


Apples for Students

“My biggest fear in coming to Cal was the fear of failure,” says CAA Alumni Scholar Wasseem Syriani ’19, a student in the new CAA Scholar Success Seminar enabled by iPad tablets and Apple software. “This class gave me confidence and the ability to believe more in myself.” Developed in partnership with Berkeley’s Centers for […]