About the BSCAA

Our History

The BSCAA is a 501(c)(3) charity that was founded in 1996. Originally known as the University Students’ Cooperative Alumni Association (USCA), we have transformed to and expanded to become the BSCAA.

Since our beginnings, we have helped thousands of alumni keep in touch and give back to the co-ops, and have raised more than $2 million in support of the BSC.

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Our Mission

The BSCAA supports the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) in its mission to provide affordable and cooperative living for students.

We raise money for the students, alumni, and co-op activities and events. We also provide professional and social opportunities for both alumni and current students, and keep this community connected internally and to other cooperatives around the world.

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Letter from the President

Hi there, I’m Analise Electra Smith-Hinkley. Thank you for connecting with the BSCAA! Your support changes lives and helps us build a cooperative future. Our organization not only keeps alumni connected to each other and the broader cooperative community, but also ensures that future generations of change-makers are provided the opportunities to afford an education, basic needs, and meaningful life experiences.

Through the generous contributions of your time, talents, and treasures, our alumni have provided more than $2 million to seismic safety and disabled access renovations, IT upgrades, student aid, and more. Your membership and philanthropic support are invaluable, and we can’t succeed in our mission without you. 

We have been able to host events for graduating seniors to usher them into the alumni family so that we can continue to uphold the cooperative values instilled in us during our time as BSC members. We have put on commemorative galas, house reunions, and post-work Happy Hours to facilitate both networking and friendship among people who first lived and learned together in the co-ops.

Perhaps most importantly, we work to preserve the promise of affordable living and undergraduate education for all. Now more than ever, alumni support is critical; while the cost of living continues to increase in California, the BSC has been able to keep rates down—largely thanks to the support of alumni like you.

Whether you’re a member of the BSCAA, or you’re just discovering us now: welcome, I’m so glad you’re here. 

Analise Electra Smith-Hinkley ‘10
BSCAA President
Cloyne 2008, Oscar Wilde 2008-10

Meet the Board of Representatives

Analise Electra Smith-Hinkley

President


Cloyne 2008, Oscar Wilde 2009-10

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Jim Ausman

Vice President


Chateau House 1990-93

Jim served on the Board of Directors of the USCA for two years, mostly as the VP of Finance. He was the Board President one summer, the summer they decided to foreclose on Barrington and get it back from the man they had sold it to. Other accomplishments were to raise rent slightly to tackle the backlog of deferred maintenance and to allow any students from any college to join the USCA, not just Berkeley. There was a vacancy problem in this era. Jim would like to add more structure to the Board’s projects and goals and his experience as a Project Manager proves useful therein.

Margie Guillory

Treasurer


Hoyt Hall 1970-73, Northside Co-op 1974-78

Margie graduated from Berkeley with a degree in mathematics, two teaching credentials, and a certificate in accounting. She was involved with the BSC as the BSC’s first woman Maintenance Manager (1970-1972), first woman on Summer Maintenance Crew (1972), Decentralization & Inventory Control Clerk (1972-1975), A/P Bookkeeper (1975-1988) with a 6-month break to convert all houses to the Home Cooking Program in 1980, and BSC’s Accountant (1988-2012). She was inducted into the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Hall of Fame in 1990 as an Educator. She is now in a recovery program as the Treasurer of the BSCAA.

Nancy Brigham Blattel

Secretary


Barrington 1973-75, Rochdale 1975-76, Northside Apartments 1976-80

Nancy is currently Data Management Lead supporting UC’s database for fundraising and engagement needs. In 1996, she founded the BSC alumni association with a group of dedicated alumni who valued their experience, wanted to give back, and knew other alumni would want to as well. At the BSC, Nancy served on the student board and was vice president for three semesters. She graduated in 1977 with a degree in Social Welfare and then worked at the BSC Central Office in the housing department. She has had a long career of leadership with the Better Business Bureau and the Cal Alumni Association.

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We’re able to fulfill our mission thanks to our alumni members! If you’re not one already, please consider joining the BSCAA as an annual or lifetime member. Feel free to reach out to us at bscaa1996@gmail.com or (415) 685-3943 with any specific questions; we’re happy to chat.

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