Lin, words can not truly express how much you are in our thoughts and
prayers these days. You are such an integral part of this University's
excellence, such a powerful advocate for its interests, and such a believer
in Cal's potential-that you are a daily presence in any event. Now that
you and your family must deal with this difficult illness, we think
of you even more, and send you our best wishes for a full and speedy
I remember your moving
reading at the very first Lunch Poems event in September 1996 in the
Morrison Room when you recited a poem by an anonymous writer who scrawled
the poem in Chinese on the walls of the Angel Island detention center.
You related an anecdote about your own difficulties in getting into
the U.S. and spoke about how some people react to obstacles by becoming
even more determined. I know you will continue to recover with that
same amazing determination.
Lunch Poems coordinator
Senior Editor, Education
Best wishes from
a fan on the reference desk in the Engineering Library, where we know
you spent many hours.
So many of us on
the campus have drawn inspiration over the years from your great energy
and leadership. We're all pulling for you to have a rapid recovery and
get back to the campus and the classroom before the end of the semester.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
You've been a foundation
rock in the struggle for educational opportunity in California. Not
just those of us who worked with you but thousands of students who benefitted
from your courageous leadership hope for your early and full recovery.
Director of Undergraduate Admission and Relations with Schools, 1993-1999
We miss your energy
and enthusiasm around here... you have probably thoroughly exhausted
the hospital staff by now! Please know that your students are thinking
of you. (Don't worry - we are also working very hard!) Get well soon.
graduate student in Professor Tien's lab
You are the only
person who can truly ignite a crowd with your stirring "Go Bears!" We
miss that! You have been one of the university's best chancellors: your
leadership guided us through the budget cut era while preserving Berkeley's
greatness. Your commitment to diversity and your principled stands on
controversial issues remain legendary. Knowing your unusual determination,
tireless energy level, and deep love of Cal, we are anticipating your
speedy recovery. We're all thinking of you and hoping that you are feeling
better every day.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life-Educational Development
The Golden Bears
are pulling for your speedy recovery. We need our number one fan to
cheer us on to victory! Go Bears!
Director of Athletics
I just feel so saddened
by the news of your sudden rush to surgery for a brain tumor. You have
been a cheerful inspiration for so many of us. We remember your spirited
presence at football games. More importantly, we appreciate your moral
leadership in the struggle for equality, rooted in the recognition of
yourself as a "stranger from a different shore." Go bears, go Chang-Lin.
Professor of Ethnic Studies
I look forward to
seeing you back at your desk again! A daily flood of get-well messages
from friends, colleagues, and Cal alumni reflects just how deeply you
touch people's hearts and spirits everywhere. I join everyone in Mechanical.Engineering
to offer my support and warmest regards.
Executive Assistant to Professor Tien
On behalf of your
mechanical engineering and academic families, let me wish you the very
best for your speedy recovery. We are all praying for you and eagerly
awaiting your return home and to Etcheverry Hall. This must be a very
difficult time for your family, and our best wishes go out to Mrs. Tien
and the rest of your family. Arun Majumdar Colleague and former PhD
student of Professor Tien On behalf of the staff and Board of the Berkeley
Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, I am sending our best wishes and
prayers for a speedy recovery. Thank you, Professor Tien, for your past
leadership as our Chancellor, and your continuing efforts on behalf
of all that Cal stands for.
Associate Director Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive