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Social Committee

The CPA Social Committee organizes events that help CPA members and their families to integrate into the larger Caltech community. We do this through our monthly social hours, the annual CPA BBQ, and regular trips off campus. The Social Committee Chair is Ke Liu.

Monthly CPA Social Hour
The CPA Social Hours are usually on the first Friday of every month, from 6 pm onwards in the one of the Recreation Rooms of the Catalina Apartments (buildings 106, 111, 116 in the Campus Map), although sometimes also at the Alumni house on Hill. Sign up for the CPA mailing list and join our Facebook Group FB to receive reminders of these and notification of changes to the time/location. The monthly social hours are a great opportunity to come and meet other CPA members in a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere with snacks and plenty of free drinks provided. Bring the whole family! Check our Photo Albums.

Monthly Game Night

Recently, the CPA has been hosting a board game night joint with the GSC.  This event is held approximately monthly around the middle of the middle week of the month.  Check the calendar for exact timing.

Annual CPA BBQ
Each summer, we have BBQ catered food with vegetarian options, drinks, kids games, a raffle with lots of great prizes and much more - This is always a popular and fun event! Check our Photo Albums.

Off-campus events

The Social Committee also organizes a variety of events which take place off campus. These occur a few times a year and include:

  • guaranteed transport there and back 
  • reduced ticket prices 
  • the opportunity to meet and socialize with other CPA members.

Recent trips have included ten-pin bowling, hiking, open-air theater, Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl concerts, whale watching and sports events (like MLB baseball, NCAA football and NBA basketball games). We try to cater for a range of interests with these events, and are always open to suggestions from the postdoc community. Contact the Social Committee if you have an idea for a future outing!

Get involved!
If you would like to get more involved in CPA social activities, why not join theSocial Committee? Simply helping to set up before / clear up after a few social hours is a very important contribution, or if you have more time you may want to combine your interests with the CPA's by arranging a trip or activity for a group of members. Please contact the Social Committee for more information.