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21 April 2005

Friday is the nomination deadline for community-service awards

Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, for the Chancellor's Community Service Awards. These awards are given annually to members of the campus community - students, staff, faculty, and campus groups - who have made noteworthy contributions as volunteers in the community. Information and nomination forms are available online at students.berkeley.edu/calcorps/awards.html. Those selected will be honored at a campus celebration at the Berkeley YWCA (2600 Bancroft Way) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. For information, call 642-1081 or e-mail voorhees@berkeley.edu.

New women's basketball coach named

Joanne Boyle, who steered the University of Richmond (Va.) to three straight postseason appearances, has been named head women's basketball coach. Boyle has been signed to a five-year contract, extending through the 2009-10 season.

At Richmond, Boyle directed the Spiders to three consecutive 20-win seasons, including a 23-8 record and the program's first NCAA berth in 14 years in 2004-05. In January, the program received its first-ever national ranking.

Friday conference to examine nuances and dynamics of Islam

"Democracy and Global Islam," a conference featuring many leading experts from around the country, will be held on Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall. Panelists will address the impact of globalization on Muslim practices and Islamic doctrine, as well as relations between Islam and democracy. The conference is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required. For details, see igov.berkeley.edu/conferences or call 643-4487.

Rwanda survivor to speak April 27

Tharcisse Seminega and his family survived the massacre in Rwanda by hiding in a hut for more than a month. The Seminega family is Tutsi; their rescuers were Hutus. On Wednesday, April 27, Seminega will discuss his experiences and the future of his homeland in an address entitled "Genocide Survivor: Paving a Path to the Future." The talk is at 4 p.m. in 652 Barrows; it is sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the African Studies Center, the Human Rights Center, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

NewsCenter invites students to share summer experiences with online readers

The campus NewsCenter is looking for four enthusiastic undergraduate or grad students willing to post regular entries and photographs from their summer experiences for its "Student Journal: Summer Dispatches From the Field."

Students wishing to be considered as a Summer Journal correspondent should e-mail Web Manager Jeffery Kahn at jbkahn@berkeley.edu by May 1. Include name, class, area of study, a description of the planned summer work, one or two paragraphs explaining what's exciting about the project, and the name of a faculty or staff member who can serve as a writing reference. To see student entries for summer 2004, visit www.berkeley.edu/news/students/2004.

Save the date: Summerfest for staff is June 22

Cal Summerfest 2005, the campus's annual staff-appreciation day, will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 22. The festive program will feature live entertainment, refreshments, staff organizations, prizes, and carnival games on Memorial Glade. Staff will be granted two hours of administrative leave, from
2 to 4 p.m., to attend the event.

For updates, visit summerfest.berkeley.edu.

Finalists in business-plan competition compete for big rewards

Competing for $52,500 in prizes, finalists in the seventh annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition will pitch their proposals before a public audience at the Haas School on Thursday, April 28. A panel of Bay Area and Silicon Valley venture capitalists will serve as judges. Before the winners and the best-technology prize are announced, the audience will vote on the 2005 People's Choice Award.

The competition is organized by MBA students at the Haas School of Business, in partnership with the College of Engineering and UCSF. Each team includes at least one Berkeley or UCSF student or alum. This year, 66 teams submitted executive summaries; 23 teams were selected for the April 1 semifinal. For information, see bplan.berkeley.edu.

For the record . . .

We misidentified the speaker in a photo accompanying last week's story about the March 30 dedication of two new student residences. He is Pat Hayashi.

In a photo caption on page 1 of that issue, we provided an erroneous date for the inauguration of Chancellor Birgeneau. Though the correct date was mentioned elsewhere in the issue, we regret any inconvenience the more-prominent error may have caused.