I’ve just returned from a series of engagements with your future selves — graduate alumni! They are pursuing the most astonishing array of careers. It’s a great pleasure for me to interact with our alumni, because they retain such warm feelings for their alma mater.
First, I attended a campus-wide Campaign for Berkeley event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on September 30th. There, I was on a panel with Chancellor Birgeneau and Letters and Science Dean Janet Broughton discussing the future of public higher education. We were interviewed by Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman. Some 250 people were in attendance.
Second, we organized a somewhat smaller event on October 13th at the University Club in New York. Our hosts were Alison and Doug Greenig who respectively received an M.B.A. from Haas and a Ph.D. in Mathematics. At this second event, Professor Carl Shapiro from the Department of Economics and Haas School of Business gave a talk about the strong links between Berkeley and the places where policy is being made in Washington. Professor Shapiro is currently on leave and serves as the Chief Economist in the Anti-trust Division of the U. S. Department of Justice. It was an interesting talk, and an excellent time was had by all.
One day, in the not-too-distant future, I hope to see you at an alumni event. Here are the places we’ve been so far.
Andrew J. Szeri
Dean of the Graduate Division