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UC launches social media campaign to raise scholarship funds

The University of California today (Sept. 18) began Promise for Education, a six-week crowd-funding campaign to engage students, faculty, alumni, celebrities, businesses, politicians and supporters in a novel drive to raise money for UC student scholarships.

The Promise for Education model is simple. People make a personal promise – run a marathon, adopt a pet, volunteer, tap dance at the next office party – and set a fundraising goal ($50, $100, $1,000 or more). Then they share their promise through Facebook, email and other social media channels. Their friends and followers are directed to, where donations can be made to see the promise fulfilled. All funds go directly to scholarships and grants for UC undergraduates with financial need.

Rankings place Berkeley in top 3 globally and reaffirm top public status; campus also earns high marks for value and affordability

UC Berkeley moved up to third place globally behind Harvard and Stanford in the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released last month. In separate U.S. News rankings released earlier this month the campus was once again the top public university in the United States.

Meanwhile, UC Berkeley ranks high among the nation’s best deals in higher education based on criteria set forth in President Obama’s college affordability plan. The campus ranked fifth on the list of 100 colleges and universities identified by Affordable Colleges Online as most likely to earn top honors on Obama’s upcoming value scorecard.

Chancellor Dirks welcomes students back to Berkeley

In a welcome video for new and returning students, Chancellor Nick Dirks offers a brief overview of his priorities, principles, and plans for student engagement. Early conversations with students “have brought home what it really means to be the chancellor of this university,” he says.

Fund honors U.S. Ambassador Stevens on one-year anniversary of his death

One year after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, took the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, the late diplomat’s family and friends are resolved to see his work continue in future generations of students from his alma mater, UC Berkeley. To that end, on Sept. 11 the campus announced a gift that establishes an endowed fund at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to support students who demonstrate a high level of distinction and are pursuing a degree in or related to Middle Eastern studies.

Alumni and Family Weekend 2013

Alumni and Family Weekend registration ends this weekend!

With Alumni and Family Weekend (October 4–6, 2013) just two weeks away, early registration ends this weekend! Purchase a reduced-rate package to ensure that you don’t miss the fun. In addition, you may now download the program to start planning your weekend. Choose from more than 100 opportunities to hang out with your classmates, including Reunion Revelry, Bear Affair BBQ, and the chance to hear Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley’s newest chancellor, join William Powers ’67, president of the University of Texas at Austin, for a casual but stimulating conversation on the future of higher education. Tickets to the Cal vs. WSU Homecoming football game are sold separately at with the code REUNION10513. Visit to register, and like our Facebook page for insider tips on exciting events and tons of fun stuff!

Enter the #CalWknd Instagram Photo Contest, Oct. 3-6

Take part in exploring — and photographing — Cal during our #CalWknd photo contest, open to the entire UC Berkeley community. Prizes will be awarded to photos that best capture the spirit and experience of Alumni and Family Weekend 2013 — whether that means hanging out with your friends or family or rediscovering campus. Qualifying images must be shot on campus between Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m. and posted to a public Instagram account using the hashtag #CalWknd. Visit for details.

Wall of Fame highlights alumni who never left the classroom

To mark the start of the school year, the Wall of Fame welcomed several alumni who have distinguished themselves as members of the faculty, both past and present. Some people fall in love with Berkeley so deeply that they never want to leave!

We also welcomed Kate Scott ’05, Cal’s first full-time female yell leader who is breaking ground today as a lesbian in the male-dominated field of sports news.



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