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College holds fourth annual senior dinner

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Senior dinner attendees

September 26, 2011

On Sept. 14, a cool fall evening, 125 College of Chemistry undergrads gathered on the college plaza, lined up to feast on sushi and listened as Dean Richard A. Mathies welcomed them to the Senior Class Campaign’s fourth annual dinner.

The annual dinner celebrates the graduating seniors and wishes them good luck in their final year in the college. This year’s event also introduced the students to the Senior Class Campaign, a tradition established in 2009.

The campaign encourages students to make a gift and become thoughtful life-long philanthropists. The event raised $1,081 for undergraduate lab renewal, a cause chosen by the students themselves.

The college’s Senior Class Campaign is part of a campus-wide effort, the Cal Senior Gift Campaign. Last year, the campus effort raised more than $100,000 from Berkeley’s graduating seniors.

The new Senior Class Gift website was also launched at the event. The website allows students to track the campaign’s progress and learn about the lab renewal effort.

Senior dinner attendees

In a time of difficult budgets, this campaign shows the depth of the students’ commitment to the Berkeley tradition of accessible public higher education. Says Shuai Jiang (B.S. ’11, Chem), a recent alum who has helped organize previous events and who returned this year, “I gave so the College of Chemistry can continue inspiring future chemists.”

Delectable sushi for the dinner was generously provided by alum Tonny Soesanto (B.S. ’80, ChemE), the owner of Kikka Sushi. Soesanto’s business provides wholesale distribution and catering services for sushi and other Asian specialties.

Representatives of corporate supporters Abbott Laboratories, BP, Dow Chemical Company and P&G mingled with the students and provided give-aways and information about their companies.

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