Homecoming | alumni, memorial, mentors

“In Memory of Grace Rualo Asuncion (1971 – 1992)
Slain in old Eshleman Hall

An Intelligent, Vibrant, Committed Student
Who Will Always Be Remembered

From Her Friends | 1997
Rededicated | 2013″

12115900_10204822181171275_1563930049058779515_nThis post is sharing about my Sunday afternoon, spent at the University of California, Berkeley, campus, where I was reminded about friendship, living life and loving in full expression, family, and the value of mentors.

This past weekend was Homecoming at UC Berkeley – Yay(!) Cal Bears for winning on Saturday. Similar to last year, the Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter (on Facebook) held three events – PAAC Tailgate, PAAC Mixer, and Grace Asuncison Memorial + Luncheon events, as well as snagging a section in at the stadium for the game.

Grace’s Memorial Bench. Located between Zellerbach Hall and the Alumni House (aka Lower Sproul) on Cal’s campus is a lovely memorial bench. This was the site of the GRA Memorial & PAAC Alumni-Student Mentorship Event, a complimentary event for current students and alumni to meet and greet.


Romeo Marquez Jr. (on Twitter)

Highlights of the event included a wonderful inspirational and heartfelt welcome by Grace’s Mom, a buffet luncheon, an inspiring intro about the value of mentors, a “speed mentoring” event (think speed dating), lovely songs with keyboard accompanist, and an international motivational speaker – Romeo Marquez Jr. (on web,TwitterInstagram). Very much an afternoon treat!

Student-Alum Mentorship. Upcoming in the Cal PAAC endeavors is the formation of a student-alumni mentorship program. This is simply a note to myself and others – THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN!


Hey Cal Bears – What did you do for Homecoming Weekend? What role have you played as a Mentor? What influence has a Mentor(s) had on your personal and professional development?



















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