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Letter from the Executive Director

May 22, 2017
janet napolitano and cloey hewlett with chapter leader

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.

This year, we are increasing our investment in growing our membership. Our goal is to expand the community of alumni who come together to forge new friendships with fellow Bears and deepen the lifelong relationships formed during the journey through Cal.

CAA members enjoy a rich assortment of programs and services that make membership a valuable and rewarding experience. We’re about adventure and lifelong learning through travel with Cal Discoveries, building memories with family time spent camping at the Lair of the Golden Bear, and growing your career through professional-development webinars and networking opportunities with The Berkeley Network.

Ongoing events like CALIFORNIA Live! bring together experts and alumni who take on important current events, and our award-winning California magazine reports on the latest in research, culture, and innovation.

And it’s about ensuring we continue to produce the world’s great scholars. Students who demonstrate brilliance are supported by the more than 750 scholarships CAA awards each year.

Yes, we’re getting older. But we’re getting so much better. We serve nearly half a million Cal graduates, and we are growing. I’m excited! There’s no better time to be part of this wonderful community of fellow Bears. It’s about fun, it’s about learning and growth, and it’s about ensuring Cal’s future as the No. 1 public university in the world. Visit us online to find even more reasons to be a part of CAA—and bring a friend.

Fiat Lux and Go Bears!
Clothilde Hewlett ’76, J.D. ’79
Executive Director