Thanks to you and 281,854 others, UC Berkeley raises $3.13 billion
Thanks to 281,855 donors — enough to fill California Memorial Stadium four times over — UC Berkeley raised $3.13 billion in a landmark fundraising campaign launched during the harshest economic period since the Great Depression.
Funds from The Campaign for Berkeley — gifts from alumni, parents and friends — will create scholarships, fellowships and faculty chairs, and improve the lives of people around the world by supporting pioneering research and public service.
The historic drive was launched publicly the same week in 2008 that saw a 21-percent drop in the stock market, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the onset of the global financial crisis. Five-and-a-half years later, the campaign results reinforce UC Berkeley’s stature as the world’s preeminent public teaching and research university and an institution beloved and supported worldwide.
Chancellor Dirks reflects on Berkeley’s identity, role, and aspirations
Vowing to be a “relentless advocate” for the campus in California, Washington, and beyond, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, writing in the Daily Californian, takes stock of how UC Berkeley is perceived and describes plans for advancing his three “pillar” issues: undergraduate education, innovation in research, and global engagement. In a separate essay — appearing originally in the Huffington Post — Dirks warned that the national conversation about U.S. universities may be focusing too much on the monetary benefits of a degree, and too little on “a longstanding and widely shared belief in the less tangible, but still significant public benefits that arise from broad access to a high-quality undergraduate education.”
Berkeley’s Wikipedian-in-residence is a first
With guidance from a Wikipedian-in-residence — the first at a U.S. college or university — scores of Berkeley undergraduates will soon be publishing their academic work on one of the world’s most widely read websites.
Campus honors Ted Agu at memorial service
Family, friends, teammates, members of the Cal athletic and the greater campus community gathered at Haas Pavilion recently to share memories of former Cal football player Ted Agu, who died on Feb. 7 at the age of 21. Agu was remembered as a young man with a huge heart, who sought to help others while working tirelessly at succeeding at everything he attempted to do.