Subject: Cal Parents Volunteer Newsletter - February


Cal Parents Volunteer Newsletter
February Edition 2017

Greetings from the Cal Parents Office!
With all the recent rain and snow, it’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner! Some 1,800 students were notified this month of their admission to Berkeley, including top California students now in the midst of interviews for a Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholarship. The remaining incoming class will learn of their admission in the coming weeks. 

As Berkeley launches its busiest season of outreach to prospective families, we are grateful for your involvement in welcoming them. At the same time, we invite your participation in growing the number of summer internships available to Cal students. Studies have shown that completing at least one internship is among the most important things a student can do to prepare for the world of work. Read on for opportunities to engage new families this spring, and learn how you can help generate summer internship opportunities for our Golden Bears.

Admitted Student Receptions - Volunteers Needed Locally!
Cal Parents Feb 2017 ambassador newsletterIn April, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and California Alumni Association (CAA) regional chapters will host 30 receptions nationwide--from Honolulu to New York--for newly admitted students to learn more about Cal. Volunteers are needed to staff a Cal Parents informational table. This is a great opportunity to be among the first to engage with prospective families in your community and share your enthusiasm for Cal. Unless noted otherwise on the master sign-up grid, weekend receptions will be in the afternoon, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and weekday receptions will be in the evenings, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Click here to check the location nearest you, see dates and venues, and sign up!

Cal Day (April 22) – Volunteers Needed
Cal Parents Feb 2017 ambassador newsletter 4Cal Day, April 22, is our campus-wide open house and the day the university officially welcomes newly admitted students and their families to campus. Cal Parent Ambassadors are needed for an action-packed day which begins in the early morning at Memorial Stadium with the Chancellor’s Welcome to New Students and continues throughout the afternoon in the heart of the campus engaging with hundreds of prospective parents at the informational tent. Feel free to sign up for both venues and soak in the Cal spirit that only comes once a year with Cal Day! Go Bears! 

Sign up now to connect with prospective parents while having fun with your peers:
7:30 - 9:30 Greeting at Memorial Stadium
8:00 - 4:00  Staffing Info Tent on Campus

Summer Internship Referrals to Career Center
Looking for smart, motivated and talented students to contribute to your workplace this summer?Cal Parents Feb 2017 ambassador newsletter 5 Why not hire and train from Berkeley’s own? Our Career Center’s Internship Assistance page can guide you on how to develop an effective internship program and recruit the best and the brightest from Cal.

Please notify the Cal Parents Office if you facilitate an internship through the Career Center so we can acknowledge your participation and measure the contribution of ambassadors in promoting the career development of Cal students.

Read on for a Cal Parents (CP) Q&A with Dara Ziegelmeier (DZ), Associate Director for Employer Relations for Berkeley’s Career Center. 

CP: When does your office make a concerted push for summer internships?
​DZ: Internship recruiting starts as early as the first week of the Fall semester, and timing varies greatly by industry. Internships usually do start in June, so if an employer wants a summer intern, we recommend they start planning and acting on that now. That being said, we do have a “Just In Time Job Fair” in mid-April that many companies use to recruit interns.​

CP: Do internships need to be paid?
DZ: Employers should comply with Federal employment laws related to paying interns.  In general, most for-profit employers should pay at least minimum wage, and in many industries the wage should be higher than that to attract applicants.

CP: When do Cal students start looking online for internship opportunities?
DZ: As early as fall semester.  Many are looking now. The farther we get into Spring semester the smaller the pool of available applicants.​

CP: Do companies come on campus to interview summer internship candidates or do the students go on-site?
​DZ: About 250 companies do on-campus first round interviews, and if a company wants to do that they can - we're hosting on-campus interviews through mid-April. Most companies that hire Berkeley interns have first round interviews on the phone, via Skype or on-site if they're local.   

CP: When is the latest that companies can post their summer internships with you?
DZ: There is no official deadline for posting summer internships.  But the best answer is "sooner rather than later". ​

CP:  How quickly do companies let students know if they've been accepted for an internship?
​DZ: This varies but a good practice is to let students know their status within one to two weeks of interviewing them for an internship position.

Need more info? Contact Dara at daraz@berkeley.edu or 510-642-0464

Facebook “Live” Events for Parents
Join Cal Parents for upcoming Facebook "Live" sessions and a chance to interact with campus leaders influential in your student’s experience. You may post questions in the comments section before and during these 30-minute events, and we will try to have them answered. Questions on how to participate in these events can be directed to Director of Parent Services and Communications, David Ortega, at dortega@berkeley.edu. Upcoming sessions include:
●      March 6 at 6:00 pm (PST) - Facebook Live with Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell
●      March 21 at 6:00 pm (PST) - Facebook "Live" with UHS's Dr. Anna Harte/SHIP Mgr. Bahar Navab

Advocate for Berkeley in Sacramento  - NEW Volunteers Wanted!
Cal Parents Feb 2017 ambassador newsletter 2Join the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) 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 share with 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 Bears.

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.

Early Commencement Info
Senior parents, have you checked the date and time of your child's department graduation? Make sure to explore Berkeley’s Commencement page to begin preparing for the big day! Cal’s campus-wide commencement will be held May 13 at 10 a.m. in California Memorial Stadium. We recommend making your lodging plans early.

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We have news to share of a transition on the Cal Parents team. Jason Smith, who has served as Director of Parent Philanthropy & Engagement for the past two years, has accepted a new position as Executive Director of Leadership Gifts and Corporate/Foundation Relations at Berkeley.  We are pleased he is staying at Cal and will continue to help shape Berkeley’s philanthropy and engagement efforts.

Karla Rodebush, who has served as Associate Director of the Parents Program for the past four years, will serve as interim director, alongside David Ortega who continues in his role as Director for Parent Services.

 

Berkeley Pride
Three UC Berkeley faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Five faculty rising stars receive Sloan Fellowships
Labs picked as winners of Excellence in Laboratory Safety awards

Campus News and Events
Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar eclipse
Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center opens
New Student Housing Task Force Report

Beyond Berkeley
Grad Students Compete to Keep It Simple

Important Dates to Note
●      March 2 - FAFSA Priority Deadline (FAFSA)
●      March 6 at 6:00 pm - Facebook Live with Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell
●      March 14 - Registration Fee Due for students on installment plan
●      March 21 at 6:00 pm- Facebook "Live" with UHS's Dr. Anna Harte/SHIP Mgr. Bahar Navab
●      March 27-31 - Spring Recess
●      April 22 - Cal Day
●      April 28 - Classes End
●      May 1 - 5 - RRR Week
●      May 9 - 12 - Final Exams
●      May 13 - Commencement
●      August 13 -14 - Move-In for new students
●      August 15 - 22 - Golden Bear Orientation for new students

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, dortega@berkeley.edu
  • Karla Rodebush, Interim Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, krodebush@berkeley.edu
  • Colleen Cahill, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, colcahill@berkeley.edu
  • Rose Hsu, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, rosehsu@berkeley.edu
  • Michelle Mielke Walsh, Senior Development Analyst for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, mmielke@berkeley.edu
  • Kelly Yun, Development Associate for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, kellyyun@berkeley.edu

Check out the Cal Parents website and Facebook page for more information just for parents.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events at Berkeley: Berkeley NewsCenter, UC Berkeley Events.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

 

Greetings from the Cal Parents Office!

With all the recent rain and snow, it’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner! Some 1,800 students were notified this month of their admission to Berkeley, including top California students now in the midst of interviews for a Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholarship. The remaining incoming class will learn of their admission in the coming weeks.


As Berkeley launches its busiest season of outreach to prospective families, we are grateful for your involvement in welcoming them. At the same time, we invite your participation in growing the number of summer internships available to Cal students. Studies have shown that completing at least one internship is among the most important things a student can do to prepare for the world of work. Read on for opportunities to engage new families this spring, and learn how you can help generate summer internship opportunities for our Golden Bears.


Admitted Student Receptions - Volunteers Needed Locally!

In April, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and California Alumni Association (CAA) regional chapters will host 30 receptions nationwide--from Honolulu to New York--for newly admitted students to learn more about Cal. Volunteers are needed to staff a Cal Parents informational table. This is a great opportunity to be among the first to engage with prospective families in your community and share your enthusiasm for Cal. Unless noted otherwise on the master sign-up grid, weekend receptions will be in the afternoon, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and weekday receptions will be in the evenings, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Click here to check the location nearest you, see dates and venues, and sign up!


Cal Day – April 22  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Cal Day, April 22, is our campus-wide open house and the day the university officially welcomes newly admitted students and their families to campus. Cal Parent Ambassadors are needed for an action-packed day which begins in the early morning at Memorial Stadium with the Chancellor’s Welcome to New Students and continues throughout the afternoon in the heart of the campus engaging with hundreds of prospective parents at the informational tent. Feel free to sign up for both venues and soak in the campus excitement and Cal spirit that only comes once a year with Cal Day! Go Bears!  


Sign up now to connect with prospective parents while having fun with your peers:

7:30 - 9:30 Greeting at Memorial Stadium

8:00 - 4:00  Staffing Info Tent on Campus


Summer Internship Referrals to Career Center

Looking for smart, motivated and talented students to contribute to your workplace this summer? Why not hire and train from Berkeley’s own? Our Career Center’s Internship Assistance page can guide you on how to develop an effective internship program and recruit the best and the brightest from Cal.


Please notify the Cal Parents Office if you facilitate an internship through the Career Center so we can acknowledge your participation and measure the contribution of ambassadors in promoting the career development of Cal students.


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Read on for a Cal Parents (CP) Q&A with Dara Ziegelmeier (DZ), Associate Director for Employer Relations for Berkeley’s Career Center.  


CP: When does your office make a concerted push for summer internships?

​DZ: Internship recruiting starts as early as the first week of the Fall semester, and timing varies greatly by industry. Internships usually do start in June, so if an employer wants a summer intern, we recommend they start planning and acting on that now. That being said, we do have a “Just In Time Job Fair” in mid-April that many companies use to recruit interns.​


CP: Do internships need to be paid?

DZ: Employers should comply with Federal employment laws related to paying interns.  In general, most for-profit employers should pay at least minimum wage, and in many industries the wage should be higher than that to attract applicants.


CP: When do Cal students start looking online for internship opportunities?

DZ: As early as fall semester.  Many are looking now. The farther we get into Spring semester the smaller the pool of available applicants.​

CP: Do companies come on campus to interview summer internship candidates or do the students go on-site?

​DZ: About 250 companies do on-campus first round interviews, and if a company wants to do that they can - we're hosting on-campus interviews through mid-April. Most companies that hire Berkeley interns have first round interviews on the phone, via Skype or on-site if they're local.    

CP: When is the latest that companies can post their summer internships with you? DZ: THere is no official deadline for posting summer internships.  But the best answer is "sooner rather than later". ​


CP:  How quickly do companies let students know if they've been accepted for an internship?

DZ: This varies but a good practice is to let students know their status within one to two weeks of interviewing them for an internship position.


Need more info? Contact Dara at daraz@berkeley.edu or 510-642-0464


Facebook “Live” Events for Parents

Join Cal Parents for upcoming Facebook "Live" sessions and a chance to interact with campus leaders influential in your student’s experience. You may post questions in the comments section before and during these 30-minute events, and we will try to have them answered. Questions on how to participate in these events can be directed to Director of Parent Services and Communications, David Ortega, at dortega@berkeley.edu. Upcoming sessions include:


Advocate for Berkeley in Sacramento  - NEW Volunteers Wanted!

Ambassador Newsletter - Jan 2017 - CAA Advocacy Capitol

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 Bears.


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.


Early Commencement Info

Senior parents, have you checked the date and time of your child's department graduation? Make sure to explore Berkeley’s Commencement page to begin preparing for the big day! Cal’s campus-wide commencement will be held May 13 at 10 a.m. in California Memorial Stadium. We recommend making your lodging plans early.


Cal Parents Staff News

We have news to share of a transition on the Cal Parents team. Jason Smith, who has served as Director of Parent Philanthropy & Engagement for the past two years, has accepted a new position as Executive Director of Leadership Gifts and Corporate/Foundation Relations at Berkeley.  We are pleased he is staying at Cal and will continue to help shape Berkeley’s philanthropy and engagement efforts.

Karla Rodebush, who has served as Associate Director of the Parents Program for the past four years, will serve as interim director, alongside David Ortega who continues in his role as Director for Parent Services.

RodebushKarla 2013.jpg

Berkeley Pride

Three UC Berkeley faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering


Five faculty rising stars receive Sloan Fellowships


Labs picked as winners of Excellence in Laboratory Safety awards


Campus News and Events

Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar eclipse


Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center opens


New Student Housing Task Force Report



Beyond Berkeley

Grad Students Compete to Keep It Simple



Important Dates to Note

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