Sharing the Light

Kalina Kwong

KALINA KWONG ’14

Never at a loss for Cal spirit, Kalina Kwong fondly recalls her favorite memory as a Berkeley student. “While I was chairwoman of the UC Rally Committee, I led a team that coordinated a stadium-wide card stunt and assisted with other Memorial Stadium reopening festivities,” she says. “The event itself was an amazing experience, but what really makes it my favorite memory is the fact that my mom, dad, and brother traveled from Texas to experience it with me.”

Kalina says that Berkeley “helped me to find myself,” and three years after graduating, she happily — and consistently — gives back to the university that’s given her so much. In addition to making gifts to The Cal Fund, she’s also supported the UC Rally Committee and the Cal Band.

“Cal gave me the opportunity to explore what it meant to be me and gave me inspiring support from the Cal family,” she says. “I give back because I want all future Cal students to have the same opportunities — to grow, to be confident, and to find themselves.”

2014-15 membership year. 2,000+ households have given for 30-39 years.
Vivienne Hsu

VIVIENNE HSU ’91, M.B.A. ’01

A native of Hong Kong, Vivienne Hsu immigrated with her family to Des Moines, Iowa, during her teen years, then ultimately found her way to Berkeley, where she earned two degrees — and developed an appreciation for accessible, world-class education.

Vivienne consistently gives back to Berkeley, including to a Haas School of Business program in which students actively manage an investment portfolio. The program particularly resonates with Vivienne, a former mutual fund portfolio manager herself. “It gives the students hands-on experience with real money,” she says, “but the funds ultimately belong to the school.” Today, as the founder and CEO of LENDonate, she focuses on impact lending directly to nonprofits.

Vivienne knows firsthand the importance of consistent giving — and encourages Berkeley donors to make multiyear pledges. “We all want the dollar to stretch as much as possible,” she says, “but if we only give one time gifts, it consumes more resources from the university to reach out each year. Pledging to give year after year also makes it easier for Berkeley to make long-term plans and spend more strategically.”

2014-15 membership year. 400+ households have given for 40-49 years.
Peter Tremblay

PETER TREMBLAY ’84

The motivation for Peter Tremblay to support Cal can be summed up in a single word: gratitude. “It’s really the best way I know to show my appreciation for what Berkeley gave me,” says Peter, who studied political science and now works as an attorney in New York City. “Financial aid paid for almost all of my four years at Cal, giving me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Though he now lives on the East Coast, Peter remains connected to Berkeley and his California roots, primarily through his consistent giving. He’s even set up a Cal scholarship for graduates of public high schools in Los Angeles County who are the first in their families to attend a UC school — just as he was in his student days.

On a recent visit, Peter walked around campus and recalled the possibilities it held for him when he was younger — and he encourages other alumni to do so as well. “Think about how your time at Cal helped you learn, grow, and succeed in a changing world,” he suggests, “and consider helping others to do the same.”

2014-15 membership year. 30 households have given for 50+ years.

ROGER SAMUELSEN ’58

A leader as both a Cal student and an alumnus volunteer, Roger Samuelsen has long held the university close to his heart. “One of my last roles as ASUC president was to join Clark Kerr and other dignitaries in breaking ground for the new student center — and expressing gratitude for the generosity of alumni and friends,” he recalls. “As students, we had the satisfaction of knowing future generations of students would benefit from our efforts.”

As a donor, Roger still savors that satisfaction — and his connection to the University of California, which strengthened throughout his 35-year career working in the UC Office of the President. A reunion volunteer, he helped the Class of 1958 endow the Mark Twain Papers and Project on the occasion of the class’s 50th reunion. “The Library is the heart of the campus,” he says, “and I value the ways it has become even more accessible over the years.”

By consistently giving back to Berkeley, Roger helps shape the future of the institution that’s given him so much. “I continue to be stimulated by interactions with students, faculty, and fellow alumni,” he says fondly, “as well as by all that Berkeley offers.”