Summer Institute for the Gifted

University of California at Berkeley

The Final Newsletter

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The Last Days of SIG are Upon Us!

We have had an amazing three weeks here at SIG UC Berkeley. There have been many academic lessons, engaging experiments, thought-provoking discussions, and most importantly, moments that will last a lifetime. It has been a pleasure having your children with us for the past three weeks, and I can speak for my entire staff; Instructors, Counselors, RAs, Housemasters, all of the Deans, and our office staff; when I say, "we hope they left happy". Here are a few more pictures from the last week, and we have included some important information about the closing ceremony. Thank you for sending your child to SIG UC Berkeley this summer; it has been an honor to have them with us.

Tony Curtis, Site Director
Student Reflection: "I realized that SIG is not only an academic camp, but it is a the place where you get to learn about other people. Most importantly, you get to learn more about yourself." Karl Lee
Counselor Group Reflection: SIG is love, SIG is life.”The Honeybadgers, Brenna’s Counselor Group

Instructor Reflection: “I come to work at SIG to inspire the youth, but it is I who walks away feeling that way.” Edgard Vidrio

Counselor Reflection:
"SIG is a safe environment where people can come together from different cultures and create a family: a true example of world peace." Harry Crimi

Reminders about Friday's Closing Ceremony and Saturday Departure

August 1st-Closing Ceremony in the Cunningham Lounge; The Cunningham building is in the Unit 2 area where we currently reside. Arrival is at 4:30 pm. The program beings at 4:45 pm and ends at 5:45 pm-ALL STUDENTS and PARENTS are invited to this event. This is the last day of the program for Commuter Students. University parking is available at the Underhill Parking Garage that is across the street from our residence halls: 2650 Haste Street.

At the Closing Ceremony, you will get to hear about your child’s unique, three-week SIG experience from myself, the Academic Dean, the Student Life Dean, a few student speakers, and through our SIG slideshow highlighting all of the great moments from the session. Please join us to celebrate the experiences, accomplishments, and memories of your child’s time with us. Commuter students will leave campus after the Closing Ceremony, while Residential students will have dinner, pack their bags, and get ready for our last event: The Last Dance.

On Saturday, August 2nd, residential students will have their final breakfast together at 8:00 am, and you may pick them up between 9:00 am to 11:30 am. **When you pick up your student, you will will check in with Tony and the administrative team in the lobby of the Towle building, not in the SIG office. Students with Meet and Greet service will depart at 7 AM and 11 AM respectively.

Need Directions to the Closing Ceremony?

Friday, Aug. 1st, 4:45-5:45pm

2650 Haste St

Berkeley, CA

This is the location for the Closing Ceremony on Friday from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm. The Cunningham building is located in the same area as our residence halls, Unit 2. There will be staff members in the quad directing you toward the building as well.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

I've also included a few more of the "Happy" videos from our Sunday Funday Activities.

Steven's "Happy" Video-Junior Boys

Brenna's "Happy" Video-Middle Girls

Happy Video1 m4v

Edwin's "Happy" Video-Middle Boys

Edwin Happy Video

Brooke's "Happy" Video-Senior Girls


Summer Institute for the Gifted at UC Berkeley

Tony Curtis-Site Director
Lauren Brantley-Academic Dean
Vince Colunga-Student Life Dean
Stella Lee-Nurse
Office Email (510)612-9542