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Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff with photoswith video

Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff May 18, 2015:

Beaming parents crowded the Memorial Stadium stands at Saturday’s campuswide commencement, featuring a keynote by tech leader Marc Benioff and moving, personal remarks by top graduating senior Radhika Kannan. See photos of the celebrants and videos of the speakers. Also: Catch students and families posting on social media.

Chancellor’s fund awards $246,000 to 17 local partnerships

Chancellor’s fund awards $246,000 to 17 local partnerships May 18, 2015:

The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund has announced the 2015-16 award recipients. Now in its 10th year, the fund will award a total of $246,954 to 17 partnerships between local community members and UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff.

Multiple mayors take town-gown ride on Bike to Work Day with photos

Multiple mayors take town-gown ride on Bike to Work Day May 14, 2015:

City of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ wife, faculty member Janaki Bakhle, headlined a town-gown ride from Sproul Plaza for Bike to Work Day 2015. Mayors from Europe were also among the pack.

Former foster youth named White House ‘Champion of Change’

Former foster youth named White House ‘Champion of Change’ May 13, 2015:

Sokhom Mao, a data specialist at the California Social Work Education Center, has been named a White House “Champion of Change,’ a program that recognizes Americans doing “extraordinary things to make a difference” in their communities. Mao will travel to Washington to be honored on Tuesday, May 19. The event begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will be livestreamed.

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup with video

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup May 12, 2015:

UC Berkeley’s 2015 commencement, honoring all graduating seniors, is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and will be livestreamed. In addition to the main commencement ceremony, most departments on campus perform their own ceremonies as well. Here’s a look at all the graduation ceremonies happening this month.

Bittman video series, ‘California Matters,’ now on the menu with video

Bittman video series, ‘California Matters,’ now on the menu May 11, 2015:

Mark Bittman has teamed with the University of California and the campus’s Berkeley Food Institute — where he’s currently a distinguished visiting fellow — on a video series focused on food-related research that launches today.

Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers

Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers May 8, 2015:

Journalism grad student Sara Lafleur-Vetter, the 2015 Dorothea Lange Fellow, plans to use her $4,000 fellowship to document the lives of members of a Coptic Christian community that has collected and recycled Cairo’s trash for seven decades.

UCPD to ‘bike the bridges’ for Special Olympics benefit

UCPD to ‘bike the bridges’ for Special Olympics benefit May 8, 2015:

The UC Berkeley Police Department will join the Bike the Bridges fundraising ride on June 14, benefitting Special Olympics Northern California. All are invited to register or make a donation for the team.

Michael Williams named director of athletics

Michael Williams named director of athletics May 8, 2015:

Michael Williams, who has overseen UC Berkeley’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on an interim basis for the past 10 months, has been named the school’s full-time director of athletics, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Friday.

Pausing to honor outstanding public service with photos

Pausing to honor outstanding public service May 7, 2015:

Remarkable contributions by students and others in the campus community were honored at the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service, May 5. Photographer Keegan Houser captured highlights of the event.

Laqueur, Alivisatos elected to American Philosophical Society

Laqueur, Alivisatos elected to American Philosophical Society May 5, 2015:

UC Berkeley historian Thomas Laqueur and chemist Paul Alivisatos have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, part of a 2015 class that includes such names as economist Thomas Piketty, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp.