Speak up in support of UC’s Budget in Sacramento!
The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) needs your help fighting for UC Berkeley! CAA is partnering with the campus’ Office of Government and Community Relations to mobilize parents, alumni, and friends to advocate on behalf of the university.
In January, the Governor proposed a 3% general fund increase to UC. We are grateful for these much needed funds, but the amount falls short of what UC needs to take care of current students and expand resources.
UC is requesting more money in lieu of a tuition increase, to address larger class sizes, grow enrollment, and fix critical maintenance needs.
We need your help in advocating to state legislators for the increased funding. Join the UC Advocacy Network to receive action alerts and to tell legislators why supporting UC is important to you and should be to them too. 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.
Ambassador Families Provide Hands-On Work Exposure to Cal Students
Two fortunate freshman students with interest in the healthcare field, Jason Chang from California and Zaynah Javed from Illinois, enjoyed the opportunity to shadow Cal parents at their offices in January over winter break. Director of Research for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Tracy Lieu, a Cal alumna and freshman parent, hosted Zaynah Javed who learned about two different research projects: one on bladder cancer and one that studies how primary care doctors are managing their electronic mailboxes to communicate with patients and other providers.
Paul and Julie Cummings, parents of a Cal freshman and both in the healthcare field, custom-tailored a three-day externship experience for Jason Chang who traveled to Nashville for a once in a lifetime learning experience. To read the full story about Jason’s externship, see the last page of the spring issue of Letter Home which was mailed this week.
Dear David – Preparing for Commencement
Senior parents: Berkeley’s Commencement on May 12 will be here before you know it. The commencement speaker will be announced on March 13. Like you, I will be in California Memorial Stadium with my family, cheering on our student’s graduation from Cal. Where has the time gone? First it was kindergarten – and now he’s graduating college. Time has flown by at light speed. With that said, if you need some reminders, consider these:
Also, check out this helpful Berkeley Commencement FAQ. Congratulations to your soon-to-graduate Golden Bear!
David Ortega is Berkeley’s director of parent services and communications. A Cal alumnus, former Cal football player, and proud parent of a soon-to-be graduate, David also manages Cal Parents’ social media.
Facebook Live with Campus Administrators
Join Cal Parents for upcoming Facebook “Live” session with Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, David Surratt on March 20 at 6 pm (PST). 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 can be directed to Director of Parent Services and Communications, David Ortega. If you missed the FB Live on February 27 with Bob Jacobsen, Dean of Letters and Science, the session has been taped and can be viewed here.
150 Years of Light
Throughout 2018, Berkeley is celebrating its sesquicentennial. Check out the Berkeley 150 website to brush up on Cal history, share your own Berkeley memories, and learn of events to celebrate Berkeley’s 150 years as a beacon of opportunity. The Berkeley 150 Road Show will feature Chancellor Carol Christ and distinguished faculty at locations throughout California, as well as New York and Washington, DC.
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