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16 February 2005

Deadline approaches for Management Skills Assessment Program

Applications are being accepted through February for the 2005 Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP), a UC systemwide program that provides feedback on the core competencies of effective management to supervising managers with fewer than five years on the job.

MSAP participants perform in simulated business environments and receive feedback from high-level professional staff from other UC campuses, labs, and medical centers. This year's program will be held at the Asilomar conference center in Monterey, April 25-29. The $800 re-charge fee per participant includes tuition, single room, and board; participants may use CDOP funds to offset their department's expense.

Application materials and information are available at
msap.ucdavis.edu. For additional information, contact campus MSAP coordinator Jarralynne Agee (jagee@berkeley.edu) or former MSAP assessor Franchesca Garagorri ("a href="mailto:fgaragorri@cp.berkeley.edu">fgaragorri@cp.berkeley.edu or 643-8977).

Nominations due March 14 for Excellence in Management awards

The Berkeley Staff Assembly is seeking nominations for its 17-year old Excellence in Management award. This year's theme, "Embodying the Spirit of Cal," recognizes supervisors and managers who personify acceptance of others, appreciation of diversity, progressive and innovative approaches to problem-solving, and drive for excellence in addition to exercising strong administrative and management skills.

The award is open to employees who have held managerial or supervisory responsibilities for one year or more in their current positions. Nominations must originate from staff directly supervised by the nominee and include supporting signatures from at least one-half of these staff; they should be no longer than two pages double-spaced. Individuals who won last year are not eligible this year.

Nominations are due by Monday, March 14; awards will be announced in early April, followed by an awards ceremony on April 25. Nomination forms are available at bsa.berkeley.edu.

Memorial for Martin Landau to be held March 4

The Institute of Governmental Studies and the Department of Political Science will host a memorial on Friday, March 4, in honor of Martin Landau, professor emeritus of political science, who died Dec. 27. The service will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Club's Seaborg Room. Donations in Landau's memory may be made to the Martin Landau Center on Organizational and Social Change; for details call 642-7884. For information on the memorial, e-mail janeenj@berkeley.edu.

Revised UC sexual-harassment policy now in place

The University of California has issued a new policy on sexual harassment, along with procedures for responding to reports of sexual harassment. The primary change is in the statute of limitations for filing a complaint of sexual harassment: the former, 90-day limit has been expanded to one year. Effective immediately, the new documents apply to all UC campuses, labs, and locations and all members of the university community, including academic personnel, staff, students, and participants in university programs. At Berkeley, Title IX Compliance Coordinator Nancy Chu will continue to respond to complaints of sexual harassment.

The new UC policy and procedures are available at equity.chance.berkeley.edu/titleix.shtml.

Competition open for trio of Townsend Center programs

Monday, March 7, is the deadline for three separate grants available through the campus's Townsend Center for the Humanities.

All campus faculty are invited to submit proposals for funding through the center's Geballe Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Program (GROUP). This summer-research program pairs faculty with undergraduate "research apprentices" in four "fields" humanities and the environment; humanities and human rights; humanities and new media; and humanities and biotechnology, health, and medicine.

Associate professors may apply for spring 2006 Initiative Grants for a research project related to the humanities. Each applicant meets regularly with a counterpart researcher in a different field and meets with a larger group to discuss his/her research. Grant recipients are expected to teach an undergraduate course related to the project within three years.

Faculty may also apply to participate in two 2005-06 "strategic working groups" focused on the themes "New Media" and "When Is Art Research?" The groups are designed to help advance curricular innovations related to these research areas; participants will receive course release time paid to their departments.

For information on these programs, see "Open Competitions" on the Townsend Center website, townsendcenter.berkeley.edu.