Fellow Bowlesmen & Special Friends:
Eighty-eight years after it first opened, Bowles Hall will celebrate its Grand Re-Opening on August 27. Our shared 11-year journey has resulted in a magnificently renovated Hall and a renewed spirit to our collective mission to provide Cal's best undergraduate residential experience.
Please be sure to reserve your place at this once-in-a-lifetime event (click here). You'll tour the Hall, reminisce with many old friends, meet our residential college staff, and be introduced to the next generation of Bowles residents, an amazing group 183 students from all over the world. It will be a day you won't want to miss.
In preparation, I encourage you to read our July newsletter, a special edition that details the path we took to get to this special day. Of particular note:
* A Salute from UCB's Vice Chancellor of Real Estate Bob Lalanne. "From the moment it opens," he says, "Bowles Hall will become one of Cal's best recruitment tools."
* A Tour Inside the Hall. John Baker ('68) and Bill Ragsdale ('62) take you inside the Hall for a restoration update and a virtual tour of what you'll see on August 27. What's old is new again!
* Meet our Residential College Staff. Our Professional Staff of eight in-residence leaders will be led by Principal Daniel Melia, Dean Melissa Bayne, and Assistant Dean and Director of Programs Alexei Vranich ('91). Read about them as well as our five Graduate Residents, an unparalleled group that will help guide the Bowles Hall Experience.
* Capital Campaign Update. Thanks to donations from recent graduates like Typer Olpin ('85), Charlie Johnston ('88), and Erik and Sharon Wilhovsky ('96), we're closer than ever to meeting our $3M goal. Read their reasons for giving and learn how you too can help secure the future of Bowles Hall.
* Departed Alums. Read about the incredible World War II aerial escapades of Bowlesman Freddie Ohr ('47) and honor six others who have passed away.
I sincerely look forward to seeing you on August 27. And, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions.
Bob Sayles ('52)
President, Bowles Hall Foundation