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Posted May 5, 1999

LHS Offers Free Admission to Campus Community

From now through June 6, Lawrence Hall of Science is offering free admission to staff and faculty of UC campuses, labs and UC Office of the President.

This opportunity comes just in time to catch "Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects." The exhibit features giant robotic insects in larger-than-life settings; collections of rare and beautiful specimens; hands-on activities to explore how insects live; and live insect demonstrations daily.

LHS is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend programs include planetarium shows, live animals to touch and hold, a computer lab and hands-on family activities. Faculty and staff are also eligible for a 10 percent discount on all T-shirts and caps at the Hall's Discovery Corner Store. Bring campus ID for discounts and free admission.

For information call 642-5132 or check

An Evening with Leading Indonesian Author, Critic

"He can write," guards at an island prison once mocked, "but he doesn't have paper." So their famous captive, one of Indonesia's most prolific writers, composed his stories out loud each night, while fellow inmates committed his "manuscript" to memory.

Indonesia's pre-eminent author and social critic, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, now a free man, will speak on campus May 12 as part of his first visit to the United States. A free event open to the public, his appearance takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall.

The author will read from his newly published work, "The Mute's Soliloquy," and will respond to questions from the audience. A reception will follow.

Changes Proposed for Summer Session Dates

In order to improve access to Berkeley's Summer Sessions for students from other institutions, the campus is considering delaying the start dates of the 2000 and 2001 Summer Sessions by one week. This can be done without affecting the approved dates for the 1999-2000, 2000-01, or 2001-02 fall and spring semesters.

The proposal was announced in an April 26 deans and directors memo from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ. The proposed changes are available online at

The deadline for comments is June 3. Submit comments to Policy Analyst Sandy Ellison, via email at, or by campus mail at Chancellor's Office, 200 California Hall, MC 1510.

University Village Offers Summer Programs for Kids

University Village in Albany is offering a variety of summer camps and programs for children from June through August.

Kid's Corner summer camps, focusing on Spanish, art and drama, and sports adventures, are offered in all-day two-week sessions for children 7 to 12 years old.

Week-long, half-day sports camps include Double Diamond Baseball Camp for kids ages 7 to 13, between July 12 and 30; basketball camp for kids ages 7 to 13, between July 26 and Aug. 13 (including special "girls only" and teen sessions); Andy Bonchonsky's Soccer Camp, between Aug. 16 and Aug. 27, for kids ages 7 to 13. Extended care is available for all half-day camps.

Also offered are special classes such as gymnastics, art, clay, tee-ball, advanced baseball, Kojasho karate and capoeira.

For information call 524-4926 or email Dawn Martin-Rugo at

Haas Competition Showcases Future Start-Up Stars

Berkeley students, faculty and alumni vie for $10,000 in start-up money in the Haas School of Business' first-ever business plan competition, Saturday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. in Andersen Auditorium.

Eight finalists, culled from more than 75 entrants, will present their plans to a prestigious panel of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and high-tech professionals, including representatives from Intel and Siemens Corporation.

Of the teams competing, many include cross-departmental collaborations among Berkeley's schools and colleges. For example, PhD students in life sciences and MBA students at the Haas School of Business will present their plan for InVivo, a product providing rapid and economical identification of genetic mutations.

Berkeley has produced numerous graduates who have gone on to found high-profile companies, such as Sun Microsystems and Inktomi. In addition to nurturing young talent, the competition's organizers hope the event will help strengthen Berkeley's ties with Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial community.

For information, call 642-0342.

May 13: Managers Who Foster Community Honored

The Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) holds its eleventh annual Excellence in Management Awards ceremony Thursday, May 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Barrows Hall's Lipman Room. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

This year's theme is fostering community on campus. Fifty-six managers and supervisors will be recognized for creating work environments that offer staff a sense of belonging and encourage them to work toward common goals. Winners were selected from nominations submitted by staff.

BSA, an organization open to all staff employees, provides updates on staff-related issues, encourages its members to voice opinions to the campus administration and offers an opportunity to become more involved in campus life.

For information, visit the BSA web site at

Campuswide Forums Will Address Y2K Issues

The series of informational forums related to campus Y2K readiness continues in May and June. Each meeting includes a presentation by panelists and an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to raise issues and ask questions.

For information, see Berkeley's Y2K web site at

The scheduled meetings, and their topics, are:

  • Technical Issues: Tuesday, May 11, 10 a.m. to noon, Lipman Room, Barrows Hall. A meeting for Micronet and other campus computing staff.
  • General Y2K Issues: Thursday, May 13, 11 a.m. to noon, 145 Dwinelle Hall. A meeting for academic business officers, BAS business officers and undergraduate affairs business officers.
  • Research and Research Equipment: June 15, 11 a.m. to noon, 145 Dwinelle Hall. A meeting for faculty, research associates/assistants, graduate students and staff.


May 5 - 11, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 33)
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