Welcome to Summerfuel at UC Berkeley Summer 2013

Hello Summerfuel students, staff, and families!  In less than three weeks, you’ll join 140 students from around the world on the beautiful and sprawling campus of the #1 ranked public university in the world! I’m sure most of you are feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness at the thought.  I realize that this goes for parents and families too.  But these are the mixed emotions that precede all of life’s great adventures, and trust me, you are in for a great adventure this summer.  Our accomplished team of Resident Advisors, Senior Staff, and teachers are all here to keep you safe and organize daily opportunities for learning, fun and exploration. We’re all here for one purpose, to ensure the kind of supportive environment you need to craft your own unforgettable summer at Cal Berkeley.

The At-A-Glance calendar below should be a handy way for family and friends to know what’s happening in Berkeley and around the Bay Area on any given day.  The best way to get detailed information from Berkeley is to subscribe to this blog on Google Reader or another RSS feed application.  You’ll receive an email alert every time the blog is updated with posts, photos and video from California.

I know you’ve received many materials from us about what to bring, your summer courses, dormitory life, etc.  Let me just add a few last minute words of advice:

Don’t overpack – There are plenty of shops within walking distance where you can pick up toiletry items, clothes, the forgotten pair of headphones, etc.

Clothes – Campus casual will be your daily uniform—shorts, jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes, sandals. Days will usually be warm, but our close proximity to the San Francisco Bay often means fog and cool temperatures in the evening, so you’ll want a couple sweatshirts or sweaters.  On a few occasions, however, you’ll have a chance to dress up for dances and dinners in town, so pack one or two outfits.

Electronics – WiFi is available at UC Berkeley in most buildings, but Ethernet connections provide better access in your dormitory room. Computers, tablets and other internet-capable devices will be useful both for keeping in touch with friends and family and for your classes.  If you will be using internet on campus, don’t forget to register your computer BEFORE YOU TRAVEL by clicking on the following link: Residence Ethernet Registration    USER: Berkeley2012   PASS: Summerfuel

The Summerfuel staff and I wish you safe travels and sincerely look forward to meeting you on June 30th.  I’m excited for the summer you have ahead of you!

Carpe Aestatem!


David Allen                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Summerfuel Program Director



Week 1 in the Books

Week 1 has come and gone, and what a first week it was!  Speed Friending, Color Wars, and Coffee House are just some of the activities we partook in.

We also went on our first weekend excursions.  Saturday featured a trip to Union Square for shopping, as well as a trip to the Museum of Modern Art.  Sunday was all about fun in the sun as we went to Six Flags: Discovery Kingdom.  We rode plenty of rollercoasters, saw some cool animals, and stuffed ourselves with a lot of junk food.

In between great activities and excursions, students took classes.  Students in Robotics, for example, made friends with a $400,000 robot.

Humans and robots setting aside their differences

This week is shaping up to be another fantastic one.  We’ll have a Casino Night, our first RA Nights, (in which RA Groups do different activities together, such as going to a movie or playing Laser Tag.) and a dance party.  This weekend will feature trips to Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Gilroy Outlets, and a San Francisco Giants game.


Summerfuel Photography Competition

Hello Summerfuel Students!

Just a reminder that Summerfuel is holding its first ever Photography Competition. See below for details or like it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SummerfuelPhotographyCompetition

Summerfuel Photography Competition

What's fueling your summer?


We’re excited to announce that this year Summerfuel is holding its first ever photo competition.
We’re challenging you to capture the heart and soul of your Summerfuel experience on digital film, phone, or any other device, and to send us your best shots.
You don’t have to be studying photography or have an expensive camera – the judges will be looking for passion, authenticity, and a unique expression of your life-changing Summerfuel experience.


Think beyond the famous landmarks and straightforward snaps of friends; get beneath the surface of your day-to-day experiences; capture that fleeting moment, particular perspective, or instance of cultural immersion. Show our prestigious panel of judges from across the media and arts what Summerfuel means to you.


To enter you need to be a 2012 Summerfuel student enrolled in one of the following programmes: UMass, Berkeley, Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Stanford, Barcelona, España (Cádiz, Conil, Nerja), Nice, Florence.


To enter just visit: facebook.com/SummerfuelPhotographyCompetition and click on the ‘ENTER AND VIEW ENTRIES’ button. This will take you to a page where you will be prompted to upload your photos. You can enter as many as you as want.

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Grand overall prize: Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens & Basic Accessory Kit

Grand Overall Prize: 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens & Basic Accessory Kit

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Most Voted For Prize:
The new iPad 3
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Lytro Camera
Individual Program Winner:
Lytro Camera
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We have assembled a formidable panel of judges from across the media and the arts.

Jill Demling
Jill Demling
Senior Editor, US Vogue
Jillian Demling is the co-founder of the swim and surf line Pret-a-Surf. The line was launched in May 2010. She has also served as the Entertainment Editor at Vogue Magazine since 1998.  She graduated from Colgate with a B.S. in Art and a minor in Mathematics. …
Will Frears
Will Frears
Film Director, writer, producer & lecturer at Sarah Lawrence College
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MFA, Yale School of Drama. Film Direction: Coach, All Saints Day (winner, best narrative short, Savannah Film Festival) Beloved. Stage Direction, Off Broadway: Still Life (MCC), Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company), The Water’s Edge (Second Stage), Pen (Playwrights Horizons)…

Nicholas Hall
Nicholas Hall
Head of Old Masters, Christies
Mr. Hall, one half of Hall & Knight, one of the world’s most eminent Old Master pictures dealing partnerships in the world, joined Christie’s in order to expand and further strengthen Christie’s business in Old Master pictures. He will continue to work closely with Richard Knight, the other half of Hall & Knight, who is…
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Karen Mulligan
Karen Mulligan
Agent & Studio Manager for Annie Leibovitz;  Designer & co-founder for Pret-a-Surf.  BA from Tulane University in English Literature/Art History, MA from NYU in American Studies.
Karen is a member of the NYPL Young Library program, has participated in fundraises for The Point and ICP, and has worked with Stoked in their mentoring program.  Karen has advised and mentored young photographers for over 10 years.  She has reviewed their work and advised them with their websites, galleries, and representation…
Miranda Carroll
Miranda Carroll
Director LACMA
Miranda has vast local and international experience in the line of museum communications; since she arrived in LA in early 2005 she has worked as Director of Communications at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum at UCLA, and as Senior Communications Specialist at the Getty…
Carol Kino
Carol Kino 
Writer and Art Critic 
Carol writes  about all aspects of art and the art world – artists, museums, galleries, auction houses, the market, museum issues, art law, etc CaroI started out in the early 1990s, penning a column on New York for Modern Painters (then based in London) and graduated to The Atlantic Monthly, where her subjects usually had a political or…
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Coming up this weekend…

Hello All!

This weekend is the start of our awesome excursions! On Saturday, we will be going to San Francisco to spend the day in Union Square. Here you could shop at some of the best names in fashion, visit the theater, or take a ride on a cable car. Visit the Union Square website for more details (http://www.unionsquareshop.com/).

On Saturday, we will be going to Six Flags, so start getting excited for all the rides and coasters! Check out the website for information and especially the new Superman Ultimate Flight- a 15- story high- speed launch coaster that also feature one of the world’s largest coaster inversions! Follow the link to see a video for this coaster (http://youtu.be/Gj647IhNot4).

Permission to Visit San Francisco

Hello Summerfuel Berkeley Students!

Don’t forget if you want to be permitted to go into San Francisco with your friends, you must have your parents complete the permission form! If you can’t find the form, please email Emily at berkeley@summerfuel.com to receive a copy!

First Day of Orientation

Orientation to Summerfuel at UC Berkeley is underway! The students are having a very busy day with tours and information sessions, but of course there are lots of fun activities such as afternoon Zumba with RA Aline and “Speed Friending”. Speed friending is going great and all of our students are starting to get to know each other while enjoying milk and cookies!

Tomorrow is another busy day here at UC Berkeley with classes starting in the morning and “Color Wars” tomorrow night!

Hello from Summerfuel UC Berkeley!

Vivian, our Activities Director, is starting up a round of “Either-or”!








Last night at approximately 12:00 AM, we received our final students to the UC Berkeley campus! Most of our students were exhausted after a long day of traveling, but they held out long enough to join in on some of our evening activities. We had several ice-breakers and “get to know each other” games last night and of course the ice cream social!
Today the students were up bright and early for breakfast and are touring the UC Berkeley campus and town with their RA Group (floor/suite mates). We have a busy day planned today with orientation, activities, and meetings in order to prepare for the start of classes tomorrow.

125 days to Summerfuel 2012!

We’re eagerly crossing each day off of our calendars as we countdown to summer 2012.  Check back soon for more detailed updates!