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08 February 2006

UC Choral Ensembles reprises singing Valentine-Grams

UC Choral Ensembles invites members of the campus community to surprise a sweetheart, colleague, boss, or loved one with a Singing Valentine-Gram. Each "gram" includes two love songs ("When I Fall in Love" and "Someone Like You") sung in four-part harmony by choral-ensemble members, a long-stemmed rose, and a card personalized by the sender.

Dates and times of delivery are Sunday, Feb. 12 (noon to 9 p.m.), Monday, Feb. 13 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Tuesday, Feb. 14 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Prices range from $20 to $50, depending on the sender and the distance from campus; for non-student senders, the cost of $40 for a "gram" to be delivered within walking distance of campus, $50 if off-campus within Berkeley city limits. Past customers get a $5 discount.

To purchase a Valentine-Gram, go to 72 Cesar Chavez. For information, call 642-3880 or e-mail valentines@ucchoral.berkeley.edu.

Vagina Monologues to be staged; admission to Friday rehearsal is free

Faculty, staff, and graduate students with campus ID will receive free admission, along with one guest, to an open rehearsal of The Vagina Monologues, set for 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in 155 Dwinelle. Benefit performances of the student production will follow, Feb. 11 to 13, in the same location (Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m., and Monday at 7 p.m.) Tickets, at $10, are on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Upper Sproul Plaza. The production is part of a national campaign through which college students each February do benefit performances of the Eve Ensler play to raise awareness of violence issues and fundraiser for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls.

Free Saturday dance performance bridges student/professional divide

"Dialogues," a free dance concert on Saturday, Feb. 11, will feature the first-ever collaborative performance between the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and the physical-education department. The concert will interweave student performance (by Berkeley and Cal State Los Angeles students) with that of professional performers - choreographer/singer Jason Emanuel Britton, lecturer Sue Li Jue (of Facing East Dance & Music), and Assistant Professor Lisa Wymore (co-founder of the Chicago-based Smith/Wymore performance group). The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Hearst Gym Theater, room 230.

Who makes your clothes? Garment workers to speak at FSM Café

Sweatshop workers from Thailand, Kenya, and Indonesia will speak Monday, Feb. 13, at the FSM Café at Moffitt Library. They will describe their experiences in the global garment industry and discuss problems associated with enforcement of university codes of conduct, which provide guidelines on corporate treatment of workers in the manufacture of trademarked campus products. A discussion will follow. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, however, so early arrival is encouraged. For information, contact Lexa Grayner at lexa903@uclink.berkeley.edu.

Conference will examine California's role as environmental leader

On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, the campus will host a conference on "California and the Future of Environmental Policy," bringing together leading scholars to address the state's continuing role as an environmental pioneer.

Organizers hope to combine the insights of legal academics, economists, ecologists, and planners to begin to map California's environmental agenda for the next two decades. Campus sponsors include Boalt Hall School of Law, the California Center for Environmental Policy, and the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

For information, see law.berkeley.edu/centers/envirolaw/conferences/cal_enviro_policy or call 642-7235.

Plan your exit strategy: New sections added for 'Retiring from UC' workshop

In response to high demand for its "Retiring from UC" workshop, the Human Resources Benefits Office has scheduled additional sections for Tuesday, April 18 (9 a.m. to noon), Thursday, May 4 (1 to 4 p.m.), and Thursday, June 8 (9 a.m. to noon). This three-hour workshop, held in 150 University Hall, provides an overview of benefits paid by the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP), as well as retiree health benefits and how to
coordinate those with other medical-plan choices.

Pre-registration is required. To reserve space in a workshop section, see hrweb.berkeley.edu/ice/home/index.cfm; the workshop is listed under "Retiring from UC," course code 1200. A CalNet ID number and passphrase are needed to register; contact User and Account Services (accounts@berkeley.edu or 642-7355) if you encounter problems. Those currently on a waiting list for a section of the workshop need to remove their name from the waiting list before enrolling in another section.

Henrik Blum memorial set for Feb. 28

A memorial for Henrik Blum, professor emeritus of health administration and planning, will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way. Those whose lives were touched by Blum may submit recollections and appreciations by Friday, Feb. 17, for inclusion in the event program and a memorial website (send those to Howard Barkan at howardbarkan@cs.com).

Workshops and listserv offer faculty a chance to discuss teaching issues

Looking for a way to discuss classroom-teaching issues with colleagues? The Office of Educational Development offers workshops and other resources throughout the year; two workshops are scheduled for March.

Faculty are invited to a workshop on "Students Who Push: Power Relationships in the Classroom," set for 4 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, in the Faculty Club's Lewis-Latimer Room. Refreshments will be provided; RSVP to jbarker@berkeley.edu by March 1.

New faculty will have an opportunity to discuss their teaching concerns in an informal atmosphere - and meet colleagues from around the campus - at a lunch to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, in the Faculty Club's Bowker Room. Lunch will be provided; RSVP to jbarker@berkeley.edu by March 10.

To sign up for e-mail announcements of upcoming events and participate in electronic discussions about teaching, visit berkeley.edu/teaching and click on the link for the Teach-net electronic mailing list (under the "Campus Units" heading).