Planning for Cal Day, the campuswide open house on April 29, is not only well under way, organizers have scored a major coup.
Kicking off the day will be none other than San Francisco 49er place kicker Doug Brien, a Cal alumnus.
Open house, which had been a once every five years event, has been accelerated thanks to the success of the 1993 event and the increasingly important need to reach out to the community.
"With demands for limited state and federal funds greater than ever, we need to do all we can to open our doors and show Californians the important work that goes on here," said Lani Shepp, director of Public Ceremonies.
The campus has been more than obliging. "The enthusiasm is very high. We have more than 70 departments participating. Even the pest control unit is setting up a table," said Shepp.
Cal Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Everything except parking and food is free, including cable cars to shuttle visitors around the campus.
Events are being planned for every age and interest. A Children's Literature Festival will coincide with the Saturday open house, as will a host of alumni events.
Visitors will be able to watch Shakespeare performed on the steps of Wheeler Hall, test their knowledge against the campus's College Bowl team and check in with football coaches at Memorial Stadium for a "chalk talk."
In '93, faculty lectures were among the most popular draws, and this year's topics should be equally enthralling. Bruce Boalt will speak on "Kobe and the Next Big California Earthquake," while Kevin Padian offers thoughts on "The Real Jurassic Park--Dinos at Cal." Sam Davis will talk about "The Architecture of Affordable Housing" and Angelica Stacy will demonstrate the magic of chemistry.
A food court will offer international fare. For those who eat too much, there'll be sample aerobics classes and personal trainer talks at the Recreational Sports Facility.
Music, dance and drama by student groups are planned throughout campus.
It'll be hard to find a spot on campus without something interesting and fun going on, said Shepp, who added that campus museums, including the Lawrence Hall of Science, will offer free admission all day.