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17 September 2003

East Bay Community Law Center turns 15
The East Bay Community Law Center will celebrate 15 years of service to the community with a block party this Saturday, Sept. 20. The center was founded by Boalt Hall students in September 1988, with the goals of delivering legal services to low-income community residents and providing Boalt students with practical experience in community law. Since its inception, the center has served more than 20,000 clients and trained more than 600 law students. It is now the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay, specializing in housing advocacy, employment and income support, HIV/AIDS law, and community economic development. For information on the anniversary celebration, call 548-4040.

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The CalMail service called CalMail Subscription allows campus entities to send newsletters, publications, event announcements, and other official university communiques to a campus audience that has voluntarily subscribed to receive those messages. There is no cost to using the centrally supported service, nor is there a list-serve to maintain, as the subscriber database is maintained automatically by CalMail.

For information on how to establish a CalMail subscription list, go to mossberg.berkeley.edu/calmail and select CalMail Subscription, or contact Cal-Mail administrator Cindy Major at 642-3115 or calmailsupport@calmail.berkeley.edu.

Fall workshops focus on elder-care issues
University Health Services is offering a series of fall workshops on issues related to elder care. Sessions remaining in the series include “Long Term Care Options,” on Tuesday, Sept. 30, lead by Lennis Lyon, an elder-care expert for Contra Costa County, and attorney Trudi Riley. On Thursay, Oct. 2, Zen priest Darlene Cohen shares strategies for “Managing the Stress Caused by Other People’s Suffering.” The Thursday, Oct. 16, program — “Who Gets What When I Die?” presented by attorney Pricilla Camp — covers wills, trusts, probate, and other ways of passing assets to one’s beneficiaries. “Moving Mom and Dad: Issues Involved in Relocation” is the subject of the final fall workshop. Donna Quinn Robbins, author of a book on why, where, how and when to help relocate one’s parents, leads that session on Thursday, Nov. 6.
All programs run from noon to 1:30 p.m. The workshops are free, but pre-registration is required through ICE (Interactive Class Enrollment System). Workshop location is also available on ICE (hrweb.berkeley.edu/ice/home/).

UC website offers info on union election
UPTE, the union that currently represents university technical, research support, and health care professional employees, is planning to hold an election in the near future to determine whether it should become the exclusive representative for UC administrative professionals. No election date has yet been set. Information on the upcoming election is available from the University of California website. Go to atyourservice.ucop.edu and select “Labor Relations.”

Starting next year, undergrad hopefuls must apply online
Beginning with the entering class of Fall 2005, both the University of California and California State University systems will require all undergraduate applicants to submit their applications online.

Students applying for fall 2004 may submit their application electronically or on paper. Last year, more than 70 percent of those applying to both systems did so online.

UC says that computer prompts and error checks help students complete applications online more accurately, so that campuses will be able to complete their evaluations more efficiently using the new system. Both UC and CSU will still accept paper applications from students for whom it is the only option. During the filing periods, students may apply to UC “24/7” at www.ucop.edu/pathways/appctr.html.

IS&T issues warning on new Windows security flaws
Information Systems & Technology announced in a Sept. 12 Cal Mail message that campus computers running on the Windows platform must apply a new software patch supplied by Microsoft in order to defend against destructive computer viruses and protect the rest of the campus network.

To make sure your computer is patched, follow the directions at windowsupdate.microsoft.com. Computers found to be compromised, infected, or vulnerable may be automatically blocked from network access. This step may be necessary to stop the spread of a fast-moving or destructive virus, say Chief Information Officer Jack McCredie and Campus Information Systems Security Officer Craig Lant.

Campus Computer Repair and Support, formerly Workstation Hardware Support Group (www-whsg.berkeley.edu/) is available to help staff, faculty, and students remove worms or viruses from computers, install current patches, and install or update anti-virus software.

For information on securing your computer, see security.berkeley.edu/bestpractices.html.