Happy Spring from the Cal Parents Office!
Spring 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.
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!
Cal 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
OSP 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!
A 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
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.
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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karla Rodebush, Interim Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Colleen Cahill, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rose Hsu, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Michelle Mielke Walsh, Senior Development Analyst for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelly Yun, Development Associate for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
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.