Greetings from the Cal Parents Office!
Welcome to 2017! We hope you enjoyed some wonderful
family time over the holidays with your Cal Bear. The fall semester flew by,
and this semester promises to do the same. May we suggest a New Year’s
resolution to get to know Berkeley better by taking advantage of the
wide-ranging activities and events across campus? (You’ll find a list of
recurring free campus events/performances near the end of the newsletter). Please also
read on for opportunities to sign up to volunteer and engage with other
families this spring. Thanks for all you do for Cal!
Cal Parents Serve Hundreds at Food Pantry
Cal parents responded swiftly to the fall
newsletter and Facebook requests
for volunteer help at the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, quickly filling 20 two-hour shifts during Dead
Week and Finals in December.
Junior Carolyn Hsieh, Food Pantry
Operations Coordinator, expressed gratitude to parent volunteers and said,
“Student volunteers and myself were able to focus on our studies while resting
assured that the pantry would continue to provide nourishment for students
during review and exam week.”
More than 800 students were served
during the two-week period, the busiest peak-time
ever in the Food Pantry's history (click here for latest news on the Food Pantry). Parents went the extra mile and provided
recipe tip sheets to encourage students to accept and prepare donated kale;
initiated a monetary contribution from the Bowles Hall Alumni Association to
fund the pantry; and greeted students with warmth and care as they visited the
Sincere thanks to the generous parents and alumni who made a great difference for Cal students: Andrew
Jensen, Aniluz Mariano, Beth and David Marks, Betty Rothstein, Chris MacDonald,
David Pingitore, Ellen Lee, Jani Singer, Jesse Estolano, Joanne Harano, Julie
Chiu, Keely Everett, Kristin Shore, Kristine McCabe, Marti Greene, May Chen,
Naomi Makihara, Randy Shingai, Robert Habibi, Sandy Stephan, Susan Petersen,
Suzanne Greva, and Valerie Jung.
Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Interviews - Volunteers Needed!
Offered to the top 10 percent of entering
freshmen within California, the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship is the
highest academic honor awarded to undergraduates at Berkeley. This impressive
group of applicants are the first to be
admitted. Volunteers are needed to staff an informational table to answer questions
from these newly-admitted students’ parents while their children are being
interviewed. Help Berkeley
continue to recruit the best and the brightest students to campus! You DO NOT have to be a parent of an RC Scholar to help.
To sign up, click on the date and location that works for
you. The Berkeley interviews will be held at Sproul Hall. The Los Angeles area
and San Diego interviews will be held at hotels.
February 23-25 Berkeley
March 4-5 Arcadia/Pasadena
March 11-12 San Diego
Facebook “Live” Events for Parents
Join Cal Parents on our Facebook
"Live" sessions. These “Live” sessions offer information about
Cal and the people who are working to make your student’s educational
experience top notch. We offer parents the opportunity to ask questions
prior and during the event. Questions are placed in the comments section
and we try to have them answered during the "Live" session. Mark your calendars now for our
Advocate for Berkeley in Sacramento - NEW Volunteers
Join the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) in
raising your voice in Sacramento! CAA is partnering with the campus’ Office of
Government and Community Relations to relaunch the Cal Advocacy program and
mobilize parents, alumni, and friends to advocate on behalf of the university.
Register as a Cal Advocate – to be among the first
to know about legislative issues affecting Berkeley and to voice your concerns
and tell elected leaders why Cal matters to your family, and to California.
Your individual stories will combine in a powerful voice that political leaders
need to hear as they make decisions that impact current and future Golden
Learn more about this important effort, then click the yellow “Join” button to
register. Towards the end of the registration page, you will be asked, “How did
you hear about us?” Please enter “Cal Parents Ambassador newsletter” to help us
track your participation for Berkeley.
Good-Bye CalSO, Hello Golden Bear Orientation (GBO)
In August, Berkeley will launch a comprehensive, week-long
orientation program for incoming undergraduate students: Golden Bear Orientation (GBO). In contrast to former CalSO sessions scheduled throughout the
summer, GBO will convene all 8,500+ new undergraduate students shortly before
the start of classes and provide academic advising, college-specific
programming, community-building events, mandated critical trainings, and
introductions to the campus community.
Berkeley’s department of New Student Services (NSS) is
recruiting 1,000 current Cal students to serve as Golden Bear Orientation Leaders from August 15 -22. Student leaders will be given priority class enrollment during Phase I of
spring 2018 registration and receive valuable leadership training
and professional development. If you would like the Cal Parents Office to
nominate your son or daughter to be an Orientation Leader and have NSS send
them a personal invitation to apply, please email Rose Hsu by February 9. Nominated candidates will get lead
time to submit their applications. Any student, however, may apply by the
February 24 deadline.
All new incoming students will move in August 13-14 prior to
GBO, so please mark your calendars now if you would like to help welcome new
students and parents during Move-In weekend this summer!
Ambassador Spotlight - The Aravind Family
“We chose to become Cal Parent Ambassadors
because we enjoy the opportunity to meet and provide meaningful responses to
parents as they try to learn more about Cal and the vast opportunities awaiting
their children. We were in their shoes before and greatly appreciated the
helpful feedback given to us by parent volunteers when our kids were admitted
to Cal. We sincerely believe in the tremendous value of a Cal education and the
experience it provides.”
These are the words of Cal Parent
Ambassadors extraordinaire, Akila and Balan Aravind of Fremont, CA. Since fall
2014 when daughter, Aishwarya, began at Cal, Akila and Balan have represented
Cal at key outreach events such as RC Scholar Interviews, Cal Day and Move-In
Weekend. In the past two years, hundreds of prospective and incoming Cal
families have been greeted by their warm smiles and reassured by their personal
accounts of life as Cal parents.
Often accompanied by their children, the
Aravinds have made it a family mission to share their love of Cal! Son
Ashwin, a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar, graduated in 2013 with degrees in
Molecular Cell Biology and Business Administration, and is currently in his
second year at Stanford Law School. Daughter Aishwarya is a junior studying
Public Health and Political Economy. Like her parents, she is an avid
volunteer, devoting countless hours helping senior citizens at the India
Community Center for the past six years. Last spring, she received the
Community Hero Award from State Assemblymember Kansen Chu and a Certificate of
Commendation from Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese for her dedication
and service. Congratulations, Aishwarya, and thank you Aravinds! We look
forward to seeing your friendly smiles soon on campus!!
Admitted Student Receptions - Sign-Ups Next Month
In April, the Office of Undergraduate
Admissions and CAA Alumni Chapters will be hosting 30 receptions throughout the
country--from Honolulu to New York--for newly-admitted students to learn more
about Cal. Volunteers will be needed to staff a Cal Parents informational
table to welcome and answer questions from parents of students who are
considering Berkeley. Stay tuned next month for a detailed
schedule and sign-ups for these regional events.
Ongoing Campus Events
Story Hour in the Library
Monthly prose reading series takes place in Morrison Library inside the main Doe
Library unless otherwise indicated. Thursday, 5 - 6 pm (check website for specific dates)
BAMFA (First Free Thursdays)
Visit the BAMFA, located at 2155 Center St, Berkeley for a
free visit on the first Thursday of each month. Galleries are open all day and
guided tours are offered free of charge.
Music - Noon Concerts
The UCB Department of Music presents a series of free weekly
concerts each semester in Hertz
Hall on Wednesdays, beginning promptly at
12:15pm and ends by 1pm.
Monthly poetry reading series takes place in Morrison Library inside the main Doe
Library on the first Thursday of the month from 12:10 - 12:50pm.
UC Botanical Garden
Go on a free docent-led tour of UC Botanical Garden every
first Wednesday of the month 1:30-2:45pm, located at 200 Centennial Drive,
Berkeley Graduate Lectures
The Graduate Council Lectures are free
admission and open to the public. Lectures are videotaped and audiotaped,
available for viewing or listening at the Berkeley Language Center in B-40
Dwinelle Hall, 510.642.0767, ext 24 (See website for more details).
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events at Cal by clicking here.
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Among the Top Institution for Upward Mobility
Nominations for Berkeley Grads
Regents Approved Modest Tuition Increase
Freshmen Applications Hit New High
Important Dates to Note
Reminder: 2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications now being accepted
If you have problems replying to any links or have questions
about the Ambassador Program, please contact Rose Hsu. As always, we are grateful for your continued commitment
and enthusiasm for Berkeley! Go Bears!!
Cal Parents Staff
- David Ortega, Director of Parent Services & Communication, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jason Smith, Director of Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Karla Rodebush, Associate Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colleen Cahill, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Rose Hsu, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Mielke Walsh, Senior Development Analyst for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Kelly Yun, Development Associate for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Cal Parents website and Facebook page for more information just for parents.
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