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KASP Scholar Ups Her Cal Game

Accepted to all twelve colleges where she applied, including UC San Diego and Loyola Marymount, Frida Hernandez always had Cal in her sights. “I was used to being first in my class,” she says. “At Cal, everyone is, and some of my lectures are bigger than my entire graduating class. It means I’ve had to […]


Cal Alumni of Los Angeles Are on the Move

Cal and Stanford—besties? Yes, according to CAA’s Los Angeles chapter president Gerald Nicdao ’08. “We reached out to Stanford alumni with an invitation to join our Big Game viewing party, and a couple hundred Golden Bears and Cardinal fans got together for the Big Game. We want to broaden and deepen our connection to a […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Director’s Chair

A Letter from the Executive Director | Fall 2016

From the beautiful banks of the Potomac and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, to the Pacific Coast’s beautiful Monterey Peninsula, the Cal alumni community continues to grow its ranks.


2016–2017 CAA Alumni Scholars

Join us in acknowledging and congratulating our 2016-2017 Alumni Scholars.


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 […]

Director’s Chair

A Letter from the Executive Director | Winter 2016

Dear Alumni and Friends, A new year marks new beginnings for me as Executive Director of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), and exciting opportunities for Cal students, our ever-loyal Cal alumni and friends, and the University. I am delighted and honored to lead CAA into a future bright with change, challenge, and possibility. I attended Cal as […]