Alumni Association News


A New Era Has Formed...

by Steven F. Sciamanna, B.S. '79, ChE; Ph.D. '86, ChE


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Greetings, Fellow Alumni,

Well, it happened again. I blinked, the summer blew by and now the leaves are turning their colors. During the time blur since my last communication, I hope you took the opportunity to recharge your personal batteries this summer.

Having serious fun and relaxation is a good thing and its importance should not be underestimated. It’s hard to remember this sometimes, especially when you are in the midst of work responsibilities, family logistics and daily living. Remember at Cal when you worked hard on homework problem sets and felt tortured (some may have locked this memory away)? I suspect you, occasionally of course, played hard or at least took an opportunity to relax. The hard work followed by stress relief was a pattern that we naturally adhered to in our student days at Cal. It kept us going, we grew from it and in a sense we were rejuvenated by it. So learn from the past and remember to have some fun.

Our Alumni Association Steering Team is undergoing some changes and growth of its own. Long-time steering team member Carolyn Orelli has stepped down after seven years of service to your alumni association. On behalf of myself, the college and all of you, our sincere thanks to Carolyn for her time, efforts and guidance.

The steering team has been infused with new energy and talent in the form of four new members. Let me introduce them to you: Stephen Chan (B.S. ’ 01, ChemE) works in Home Care R&D for Clorox; Lara Gundel (Ph.D. ’ 75, Chem) works for LBNL in the environmental, energy technology division; Deanne Krenz (B.S. ’ 94, Chem; Ph.D. Agricultural Chem in the College of Natural Resources) works for Abbott Laboratories in the diagnostics division as a regulatory affairs specialist; and Rebecca Zuckerman (Ph.D. ’ 00, Chem) works for Plexxikon as a senior scientist. Welcome to all, and thanks for joining our merry band.

Let me update you on the recent-past events, current activities and future events.

April 21, 2002, Cal Day The college was represented by our own Dumbledore of chemistry, light and magic, chemistry professor Angy Stacy. Professor Stacy performed her chemical wizardry in front of a full house of young Harry Potters and Muggles (ask your kids if you don’t know).

June 1, 2002, “Berkeley in Silicon Valley” This event was jointly hosted by the Colleges of Chemistry and Engineering and the Department of Physics. The venue was the Hayes Mansion Conference Center in San Jose, CA, a perfect facility for such an occasion. The keynote address by Joseph Costello, Chairman and CEO of think3, Inc. was entertaining, enlightening and thoughtprovoking. Nine faculty presentations covered the areas of biotechnology, information technology and nanotechnology. This event drew 165 attendees, which is about half of the previous year. (We’re not exactly sure why.) The feedback from attendees was very positive, so hopefully the lower attendance was tied to the economy downturn and both will be better next year.

There are several events coming up that will have already happened by the time this publication reaches you.

October 19, 2002 Cal’s Homecoming & Parents’ Weekend Associate Dean of the college, Professor Herbert Strauss, hosted a continental breakfast for alumni and parents of current students that was followed by a talk by Chemistry Professor John Arnold, entitled “Bottles, Bags & Batteries: The Impact of New Chemistry on Everyday Things.” This contemporary talk sparked the interest in the next generation of chemists and chemical engineers in attendance. (click here for photos from the campus celebration)

The annual AIChE alumni reception was held during the 2002 conference at the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, IN on November 5.

Bob Hohmann (left) talking with Joan and Michael Epstein at the Free Radicals brunch in November.

On November 2, the “Free Rads” hosted their brunch at The Faculty Club, with Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor David Schaffer talking about his stem cell research. (click here for photos).

And, our “Alumni of the G. N. Lewis Era” will hold their annual luncheon on Thursday, November 21, at The Faculty Club. This group always hosts its luncheon the Thursday before the Big Game, and I’m sure there will be much more discussion this year about the “Cal Bears!”


First it was the Alumni of the G. N. Lewis Era (pre-1944) followed by the Alumni of the Cupola Era (1945–1963), then came the Free Radicals (1964–1979) and now we have our newest alumni group, the CHEMillenniums (1980–1999). Deanne Krenz (B.S. ’94) and Tom Gadek (Ph.D. ’86) are the co-chairs for this group, with Mark Ellsworth (Ph.D. ’93) as the chair of the naming and logo committee. The CHEMillenniums are planning to host their kickoff event in the spring of 2003.

One sure way to have some fun and learn something new at the same time is making a visit to Cal and the College of Chemistry. In fact, as I am writing this column, I am sitting on the 4th floor of Latimer Hall in Camille Olufson’s office in College Relations. Outside I can hear the buzzing of the campus and see the renovated Hearst Mining Building. This is a most relaxing way to write to my fellow alums.

Check out upcoming college, department and alumni events on our website: Or better yet, give Camille Olufson a call at 510/643-7379 ( to facilitate your visit. Who knows, maybe she will let you share her office for the afternoon! Please feel free to contact me at with your ideas.

Go Bears!


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