Subject: Cal Parents Volunteer Newsletter - March


Cal Parents Volunteer Newsletter
March Edition 2017

Happy Spring from the Cal Parents Office!

Parent Volunteer March 2017 - satherbloomSpring has sprung at Berkeley! The campus is abloom, our incoming freshmen are learning of their admission as the newest Golden Bears, and we look forward to celebrating all things Berkeley at Cal Day! Thank you all for continuing to champion Berkeley and share your enthusiasm and affection for Cal. Please read on for ongoing opportunities to get involved this spring and make connections with other Cal parents. And, be sure to find the feature further below--“Cal Parent Perspective”--for a personal story of Cal parenthood you may relate to.  

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Berkeley Celebrates New Chancellor, Carol Christ
Carol Christ will serve as Berkeley’s 11th Chancellor and the first woman to lead the campus, effective July 1. Take a few minutes to watch the campus welcoming Chancellor Christ, and listen to her initial thoughts and personal reflections. For more about chancellor-designate Christ, please visit this webpage dedicated to her appointment. 

 

 

Admitted Student Receptions - April 8 to 19!
Volunteers Needed Nationwide

In April, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and California Alumni Association (CAA) regional chapters will host 30 receptions--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!

Parent Volunteer March 2017 - Cal Day 1Cal Day, April 22, is Berkeley’s annual open house and the day we officially welcome newly admitted students and their families to campus. Cal Parents Ambassadors are needed for an action-packed day, beginning in the early morning at Memorial Stadium with the Chancellor’s Welcome to New Students and continuing throughout the afternoon in the heart of the campus -- engaging with hundreds of prospective parents at the info tent. Feel free to sign up for both venues and experience the campus excitement and Cal spirit that happens but once a year on this special day! Apart from your volunteer shift, explore the myriad events and activities available across campus on Cal Day. Go Bears!

Sign up now -- join other Cal parents to welcome and connect with prospective families:
7:30 am - 9:30 am Chancellor’s Welcome to New Students at Memorial Stadium
8:00 am- 4:00 pm (2 hour shifts)  Cal Parents Info Tent on Campus

 

 

Overnight Stay Parents’ Panel (OSP) - April 9 and 23
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Parent Volunteer March 2017 - OSPOSP is a student-run program that introduces admitted high school students to the Golden Bear experience and helps them determine if Cal is right for them! The program scheduled for the weekend of April 8 and 22 features campus tours, dorm sleepovers and classes.  Parents are invited to participate in the weekend activities (although they do not sleep on campus) and look forward to hearing from current parents about their students’ Cal experience.

 

Cal Parents Ambassadors are needed to participate in an one-hour panel discussion (with 2 -3 other parents) to share their insight and provide advice to the next generation of Golden Bear parents!  Click here to find out more and to sign up. There will be a pre-panel dinner for all parents from 4:45 - 6:00 pm at the Alumni House and post-panel dessert reception from 7:15 - 7:45 pm which volunteers are welcome to join. 

 

Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship Interviews - Thanks!
Parent Volunteer March 2017 - RCA round of applause for the ambassadors who helped in recent weeks with the first student yield event for the 2017-18 academic year. Many thanks to the following who met with potential RC Scholarship recipients and their parents in Berkeley, Pasadena and San Diego: Chris MacDonald; Akila & Balan Aravind; Carol Davis; Jani Singer; Diana Nhuch; Polly Paulsen; Milan Kaur; Ally Watts; Bettina Rosenfeld; Alamelu and  Sekhar Arunachalam; Angela & Clement Yang; Martin Hagan; Valerie Agnew; Tiffany Arrizabalaga; Jonathan Zhang; Maria Lindley; and Jennifer Cecchetto.

 

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.

 

Advocate for Cal in Sacramento
The State Legislature will soon begin reviewing the Governor's initial budget proposal. As the state budget is negotiated over the next several months, the costs and benefits of investment in UC will be closely examined. If you would like to be a Cal Advocate to keep the pressure on elected officials to support the university, please click here to register. Towards the end of the registration form, you will be asked, “How did you hear about us?” Please enter “Cal Parents Ambassador newsletter” so that we can track your participation.

Want to be a more informed and better advocate for Berkeley? The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) invites you to two upcoming events:

 

The Future of Higher Education: Creating Opportunity, Assessing Value
Friday, April 7
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
CAA is working with the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley to co-sponsor a conference that will discuss state disinvestment in public higher education, the role universities play in today’s economy, and the value of higher education investments.
Register now for conference


More Students, Less Funding: Supporting Public Higher Education
Saturday, April 22
1 - 2 p.m.
Alumni House, UC Berkeley
In 2000, California contributed over $16,000 per UC student education — today, the state spends less than half that amount even as UC Berkeley educates more students than before. Join us for a panel to discuss the history.
Register now for Cal Day panel

 

Spring Commencement Parent Volunteer March 2017 - grad hat
Maz Jobrani, an Iranian American stand up comic, actor and Cal alumnus, will
deliver the
2017 commencement address Saturday, May 13 in California Memorial Stadium. Senior parents, explore Berkeley’s Commencement page to prepare for the big day!

 

A few Spring Commencement tips:

  • Tickets: All graduates must have tickets for themselves and their guests. Tickets are complimentary for graduates, who can purchase up to 15 guest tickets; $10 for general admission (first-come, first-served) guest seats; and $10 for guest ADA seats. Purchase yours here. Children 2 and under are admitted free.
     

 

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Cal Parent Perspective
by Jani Kline Singer

I have always believed in my son and his wisdom when confronted with challenges. But, I never thought that he would be bold and brave enough to accept a place on the Cal Men's Basketball team. Most of the people in his life wanted him closer to home in Florida or at least on the East Coast. But Sam knew innately what we could not see through our fear and desire to keep him close...Cal was all about possibility for him.

 

Playing in the Pac 12 conference was his dream and he would not let anything stop him. For the past four years, that dynamic has played out again and again in his life. This is the magic of Cal. Sam dreams of something and there is a network of friends, coaches, teachers, alums and students who guide him towards his dream being fulfilled. That network is big, bold, loving and full of people who get excited to see Sam succeed on the court, in the classroom and in the world. Last month, he played his last basketball game and walked off the court to a standing ovation. This is Cal. They honor and respect each other and eagerly celebrate a student's accomplishments.

 

Today when I proudly walk around Miami in my Cal gear, I am stopped by people who are alums, and so many know Sam. Suddenly, the East Coast/West Coast chasm seems so small. I traveled to games every season, bonded with other parents of the players, got to know the coaches, and witnessed the perfection of this choice for my son. When I could not fly to games, I watched Sam on TV with a cadre of friends who did not mind staying up late to support the local kid. A single decision by a very brave high school senior has impacted the lives of so many people. All of us will miss basketball season and our passion for all that is Cal!  Go Bears!!

 

(Jani Singer, mother of senior Sam Singer, Haas ‘17, volunteered for the first time as an ambassador this past December, proving it’s never too late to get involved. While in town following Sam’s season, she volunteered for the Food Pantry and the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship Interviews, and will be representing Cal Parents at the Admitted Student Reception in Ft. Lauderdale next month. Thank you, Jani, for sharing your Cal parent story and congratulations to Sam!)

*If you missed it in the spring edition of Letter Home, Tracy Flanigan, Cal Parents Board member and parent of Anne Flanigan '18 also authored an uplifting parent perspective on page 6.

 

Berkeley Pride
Introducing UC Berkeley’s 11th chancellor: Carol Tecla Christ

New documentary on Berkeley brain scientist Marian Diamond

Five faculty honored for 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award

 

Campus News and Events
New event readies first-gen students for job market

Berkeley commits to universal open access with the OA2020 Expression of Interest

EBI and Shell sign $25 million partnership to fund new energy tech research

 

Beyond Berkeley
Makeathon to build tech for people with disabilities

A “VAST” Step Forward in Cyber Security

Never-before-seen views of Elk herds on an incredible journey

 

Important Dates to Note

  • April 11 - CAA California Live! at Alumni House
  • April 12 -13 - Just in Time Job Fairs at Career Center
  • April 18 - Discover Cal in Los Angeles
  • April 19 - Discover Cal in San Diego
  • April 22 - Cal Day
  • April 25 - Discover Cal in Santa Rosa
  • April 27 - Discover Cal in Orinda
  • April 28 - Classes End
  • May 1 - Deadline for incoming freshman Student Intent to Register (SIR)
  • May 1 - 5 - RRR Week
  • May 9 - 12 - Final Exams
  • May 13 - Commencement
  • May 29 - Academic and Administrative Holiday
  • June 1 - Deadline for incoming transfer Student Intent to Register (SIR)
  • August 13 -14 - Move-In for new students
  • August 15 - 22 - Golden Bear Orientation for new students
  • August 23 - Instruction Begins for Fall Semester
  • September 4 - Academic and Administrative Holiday

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.

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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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