Dear fellow alumni:
"Get on line or face decline."
With these ringing words, Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien urged us to connect to the world-wide communication system called the Internet. He was speaking at the Claremont Hotel near campus to over 270 alums from the Colleges of Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Design, and Natural Resources. His enthusiastic speech, entitled "Cal and the Challenges of the New Century," reminded us on that December evening that Cal is a great university. In spite of the many problems it faces, there are many people like you who are willing to support the fine tradition of educational excellence here at Berkeley.
Our own College of Chemistry is already well-connected to the Internet via the World Wide Web and is adding new information of value to students and alumni. Check out our home page at http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu. You can review the titles of lectures to be given this spring, read about (and see pictures of) the research being done in a particular professor's group, or enter your name into an on-line alumni directory. We're looking for your ideas on how to make this facility more valuable to you.
Cal Day will be on Saturday, April 13, 1996. The College is putting together an exciting program that you can read about on the wrapper of this journal. I look forward to seeing you there.
Our program of mentoring undergraduate students in the College continues to generate good one-on-one relationships between students and mentors. A major problem, however, is that it is very difficult for participants to find time to meet for discussions. One idea we're now pursuing is to rely more on the use of e-mail for much of this communication. Students could then e-mail questions whenever they arise and mentors could answer them easily without having to arrange for a face-to-face meeting. Stay tuned.
Our Alumni Directory has arrived! I spent several enjoyable evenings browsing through it to find out about old classmates. I also found 142 people associated with the company I work for. This handy book contains replies from 4,869 alums of the College of Chemistry, a good fraction of the 11,139 alums who were mailed questionnaires. So far, 1,300 have purchased the directory. If you would like to order one, the prices are $53.94 for the regular edition and $56.94 for the deluxe edition (shipping and tax included). You may call the publisher, Harris, directly at (800) 877-6554.
I would like to thank the alumni who responded to our survey last year. You provided many helpful comments and ideas on how to improve your College's alumni association. A common theme in many of the comments was the issue of distance from Berkeley. We plan to address this problem by sponsoring joint activities and events with the much larger California Alumni Association (CAA) and its clubs throughout the nation. In this way we hope to provide a forum to bring more of our alumni together at distant locations.
Another idea raised in the survey was to sponsor activities in association with ACS and AIChE meetings. We have reinstituted receptions hosted by the College at the annual meetings for both of these societies. (Our reception at the AIChE meeting in Miami was overflowing, as was the reception at the Pacifichem '95 conference in Honolulu!)
There was also the recurring request to have timely access to information about the College. We are trying to address this issue by our home page. Get on line.
We welcome you, our College alumni, to visit with our faculty and research groups whenever you can come to Berkeley. You may contact Camille Olufson at (510) 643-7379 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up the arrangements.
It's hard to believe that I've been chairing the steering team for 18 months and that my term is now ending. I guess it's true that "time flies when you're having fun." The College staff and the alumni on the steering team have been a pleasure to work with. I especially enjoyed the chance to attend several functions as your representative, and I even got to sit at Chancellor Tien's table at the Claremont Hotel. I encourage you to become involved in the Alumni Association and perhaps serve on the steering team. If you are interested, please contact Camille at the number listed above.
Keep in touch.
Bruce E. Stangeland Ph.D. '67, ChE