photo of Dean Doyle in front of pelican sculptureDid you know that our campus is gearing up for a 24-hour fundraising blitz on Thursday, November 19, 2015? Every program, school and college will highlight how friends and members of our community — from philanthropists to alumni to professors and even students — can help keep UC Berkeley the No. 1 public university in the world.

And do you know this? Graduate Division gives big to Berkeley students every week of the year — yet many students don’t know about the whole range of our services and programs that help move you from admission through to degree progress milestones, to financial and personal support programs, to professional development activities and preparation for your future careers.

Come see for yourself! We’re hosting a Big Give open house in 309 Sproul on Thursday, November 19, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Please RSVP or just stop by to meet our staff, pick up materials on programs and services, and enjoy complimentary refreshments! I hope to have the chance to meet you in person.

Dean Doyle in front of Sproul with thought bubble I am particularly eager to raise funds for the Graduate Student Experience, so that we can offer you more graduate student life and professional development programs. I’ve heard loud and clear from students about the needs for such programs, and I am pledging to match two-to-one every dollar given by any graduate student – or any Graduate Division employee – for the Graduate Student Experience fund, up to $5,000. A gift of any amount will have a bigger impact this year, thanks to more matching challenges and contests than ever before.

I know that students cannot afford large gifts. But gifts of as little as $10 send a powerful message to other donors that students value the services that we provide, which incentivizes them to give more.

Whether or not you join in the Big Give this year, please spread the core message: UC Berkeley deserves both public and private support for its world-changing teaching, research, and public service missions!

Fiat Lux!

Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering