“Bowles Hall, the initial dormitory on campus, should set a standard, that it should not be a mere boarding house where men would eat and sleep, but that it should be a home, with home surrounds, and that the men who lived in it would look upon it as such, would carry into the world when they left, memories of the “home” life that they had enjoyed there during their university career…and when someone of its residents does something worthy and we hope all our men will do something worthwhile, it will be said: ‘You remember him – he was a Bowles Hall man.’”
—Mary Amanda McNear Bowles
Spoken at the Bowles Hall dedication ceremony, January 26th, 1929
The Mission of Bowles Hall Alumni Association is to restore the “Bowles Hall experience in a restored Bowles Hall”; to breathe life back into a noble dream of a rich residential experience, Education Through Fellowship, for undergraduate students at the University of California Berkeley.
We aspire to reestablish the special residential experience for undergraduates of all classes from freshmen through seniors. The key elements of this experience include:
- the sense of community of a small group environment in a large research university;
- older residents coaching newcomers;
- dining together, on site;
- responsible and accountable for self-government (especially as relates to social and judicial issues);
- a diversity of perspectives (geographic, ethnic, political and economic origins, academic majors, personality types);
- pride in self and group; and,
- respect for authority, traditions, benefactors and commitments.
Reserve your seat now for the 2012 Annual Bowles Hall Big Game Dinner, Friday October 19 at the DoubleTree Marina Hotel in Berkeley. Download the reservation form and mail, or you can pay via PayPal to BowlesHallAlumni@comcast.net. Don't miss it!
Les Richter to NFL Hall of Fame. Read more about how this football great and one time Bowlesman made it to the NFL Hall of Fame.
New Lifetime Membership! BHAA is now offering a Lifetime Membership. To find out more about this and our latest update on the Association, read the BHAA Update.
Efforts and activities to reach fund raising goals for the Bowles Hall Foundation Capital Campaign and the Seed Fund have been accelerated and strengthened. Find out more in the latest BHF Capital Campaign Fund Raising Report.
The 61st annual Big Game Dinner was a success when nearly 70 Bowlesmen, spouses/roommates, friends, and current Bowles residents gathered at the Berkeley Marina Double Tree Hotel to enjoy the traditional annual Bowles Hall Alumni Association event. For information and photos from the event, check out the article in the News and Events section.