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Kevin Lee ’12 (left) with his business partner Kevin Chanthasiriphan. The two Kevins launched their company immi, a healthy instant ramen alternative, in 2021. / immi
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Valuing Family and Social Impact Launched Kevin Lee into Entrepreneurship

By Amanda Chiu

immi co-founder Kevin Lee ’12 practiced his business skills and learned about the social sector at UC Berkeley.

Daryl Ross ’85 stands outside of Caffè Strada. / Cal Alumni Association / KLC Fotos / Ariel Nava
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Caffè Strada: Where Espresso and Community Meet

By Alejandra Granados Dominguez

Daryl Ross ’85 made Caffè Strada into more than just a coffee shop by drawing inspiration from the concept of the third place. Thirty-five years after opening to the public, Strada carries a legacy as a Berkeley community landmark.

Families and friends come together at the Lair’s Camp Oski. / Cal Alumni Association / Suz McFadden
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Building Year-Round Community at the Lair

Reflections from the Lair staff on their connections to the Lair, a home away from home for all who visit.

Bear Territory banner at California Memorial Stadium. / Keegan Houser
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Creator of the Bear Territory Chant: Ahmad Anderson ’83

By Josephine Thornton

As an undergrad, board member Ahmad Anderson ’83 created the now-famous Bear Territory chant, inspired by the music he heard in an African American Studies course on jazz.

Aerial view of UC Berkeley. / UC Regents
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UC Berkeley Alumni Share Their Favorite Locations

Across every corner of UC Berkeley’s vast campus, alumni reminisce on the spots that made their experiences at UC Berkeley memorable.

Dianne Fukami ’77 / Courtesy of Dianne Fukami
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There’s No ‘Medium’ Switch for Journalist and Travel Lecturer Dianne Fukami ’77

By Amanda Chiu

Journalist Dianne Fukami ’77 credits UC Berkeley’s investment in her as a student for her continued loyalty to all things Cal, including the Cal Discoveries Travel program.

The Campanile and Doe Library. / Keegan Houser/ UC Regents
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CAA Staff and Board Members Share Favorite Locations at UC Berkeley

Among UC Berkeley’s vast 1,232-acre campus, certain spots can leave a lasting impact, as staff and board members of the Cal Alumni Association demonstrate.

Sather Gate / UC Regents
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“When I Was at UC Berkeley…”

By Alejandra Granados Dominguez

Take a trip down memory lane with your fellow Golden Bears as they share their experiences from their time at UC Berkeley.

Sharon Ku ’08 (right) co-founded Uji Time in 2016. The first store opened on Telegraph Avenue and has been serving taiyaki ice cream with traditional Asian flavors to the Berkeley community since then. / Cal Alumni Association / KLC Fotos / Ariel Nava
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Adding to Berkeley’s Multiculturalism, One Ice Cream at a Time

By Amanda Chiu

Sharon Ku ’08 uses ice cream (and her nutritional science degree) to give back to UC Berkeley and encourage multiculturalism through her dessert cafe Uji Time.

Walter Gordon’s 100-year anniversary celebration of graduating from Berkeley Law. / KLC Fotos / Ariel Nava
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Stories from Then and Now: The Walter Gordon Story

By Chinwe Oniah

From breaking barriers to creating history, Walter Gordon has left his mark at UC Berkeley and beyond. However, his story remains largely untold.

(l-r) Jason Gant '06, Chancellor Christ, and Susie Cohen Crumpler on Homecoming weekend. / CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association
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Building Community by Giving Back

Jason Gant ’06 reflects on his time at Cal and how it shaped his desire to get involved and give his time to support the Cal community through programs like Cal Alumni Mentors.

View of the Campanile from UC Berkeley's campus. / Cal Alumni Association
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Year in Review: The Cal Alumni Association in 2022 and Beyond

What happened in 2022? Look back on the changes, developments, and initiatives that took place within the Cal community and the Cal Alumni Association.