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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Time to Give

It’s never too late—or too soon—to give back to Cal. Some alums start giving back to Cal from the day they graduate. Others wait years, even decades. Kevin Perkins ’08 is in the first group. He began donating to The CAA Fund within a couple years after graduation. “It’s so easy to say, ‘I can always wait […]

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“The Sun Rises and Sets in Berkeley”

From the moment he stepped onto campus in 1952, Peter Van Houten ’56 embraced every opportunity at UC Berkeley. He played baseball and volleyball, and participated in ROTC, student government, and the Order of the Golden Bear—all while earning grades that resulted in being awarded the Departmental Citation in his major. “I was very active […]

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Charter Gala 2014: Creating Opportunities

Chevron Corporation was once again the premier sponsor for Charter Gala 2014, CAA’s signature event held this past March. Over the years, Chevron has expanded its partnership with CAA by providing funds for scholarship programs, including The Equity Scholarship and The Achievement Award Program (TAAP). “Both programs are excellent examples where together we can
make a […]

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Bright Futures: The first Equity Scholars 
have grand aspirations

In 2008 CAA created The Equity Scholarship, a four-year, merit-based scholarship that funds five new underrepresented minority students each year with a $5,000 annual stipend. “With Prop. 209 [eliminating Affirmative Action] being the law of the land, the problem was that there were extremely well qualified minority students who were choosing not to come here because […]