Open campus in April

Daily Planet wire services
Friday March 09, 2001

Daily Planet wire services 


Spring is rapidly approaching, bringing with it Cal's annual campuswide open house, when the entire campus throws open its doors for a day.  

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on April 21, students, families, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will enjoy faculty lectures, campus tours, athletic events, exhibits, demonstrations, music, drama, and dance, at events sponsored by departments across campus.  

Enclosed in this newsletter, current parents will find a brochure highlighting some of the Cal Day offerings. Newly admitted families should have received the brochure in their students' admit packets. Beginning April 1, the entire program will be available online at www.berkeley.edu/calday. Programs will be available for pick-up at information centers when you arrive on campus April 21. 

Cal Day is the perfect occasion for families to get a feeling for what makes Berkeley such a special and diverse place. You might choose to tour science laboratories, watch student music performances, or take advantage of the opportunity to hear Cal's world-class faculty members deliver lectures in their areas of expertise. For those with adventurous culinary tastes, International House presents its annual SpringFest, a sampling of world cultures and cuisine. For many visitors, the lure is the campus's museums,which are open free of charge this one day each year.  

Cal Parents will be available at a hospitality tent in Dwinelle Plaza, in the center of campus. Stop by to meet board members and network with other parents. All newly admitted students and their families are invited to attend a special orientation session, and many departments will hold informational events. If you know families who are interested in Cal but have never had the chance to visit, feel free to bring them along.  

The event will feature walking and motorized cable car tours of campus and the opportunity to visit residence halls that day. The Main Library offers tours of its facilities, including the stacks. 

Athletics fans won't want to miss the spring football scrimmage in Memorial Stadium followed by a women's lacrosse game against UC Davis. Also scheduled is an exciting men's tennis match versus USC.  

Visitors are urged to arrive early. Parking is free in designated campus lots; however, space is very limited. We highly recommend public transportation as an alternative.  

If you are traveling to campus from out of the area, you should book your hotel accommodations right away. Refer to the summer 2000 issue of Letter Home or the parent handbook, A Resource Guide for Parents, for a lodging guide. Both are available online at www.berkeley.edu/calparents. The Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau also has information at (800) 847-4823.  

For general Cal Day information, call (510) 642-2294 or visit www. berkeley.edu/calday. To request services for disabled visitors, call (510) 642-5215 or send e-mail to calday@uclink. berkeley.edu.