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28 November 2007

Nominations for outstanding-staff awards are welcomed

Nominations are being accepted for the 2008 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards (COSA), an annual program that recognizes staff who, in addition to performing all their normal job duties with excellence, also take initiative and go above and beyond in their contributions to the campus community.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. Any member of the campus community may nominate a career staff member or staff team. Chancellor Birgeneau will honor COSA award winners at a reception in April 2008. (The awards program, typically held each fall, will be moved to the spring this year.)

To nominate an individual or team, complete the nomination form at csac.chance.berkeley.edu/cosa and forward it to Lillian Brock in the Office of Human Resources, by e-mail to llbrock@berkeley.edu, or by regular mail to 2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 750, #3540. For further information, or to request a paper copy of the nomination forms, contact Syreeta Shepherd (sshepherd@law.berkeley.edu, 642-0259).

Public lecture to focus on U.S. 'financial roller coaster'

Jacob Hacker, professor of political science at Yale, will deliver a public lecture on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way. The title of the lecture will be "It's the Economy, Stupid: The Growing Anxiety of the Middle Class and the Future of American Politics."

The author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream will talk about the financial roller coaster many Americans are living on, how it is reshaping American politics, and what can be done to create policies that safeguard economic security in an increasingly uncertain world.

Hacker is also the author of The Divided Welfare State and The Road to Nowhere, and the co-author (with Berkeley poli-sci professor Paul Pierson) of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy.

The lecture is sponsored by the Labor Center, School of Public Health, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and Institute of Governmental Studies. For information, email andreabuffa@berkeley.edu or phone 642-6371.

Energy-saving kit is in the works

The Cal Staff Sustainability Action Network (CALSSAN) meets in the Tang Center on the first Thursday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. The group is working on preparing a "sustainability action kit" intended to provide campus staff with action tips on how to reduce energy and resource use in the workplace and so reduce the campus' carbon footprint. CALSSAN will soon launch a website detailing actions that can be taken by all who work at Berkeley.

If you would like to contribute to this effort, or have suggestions about what should be included in the CALSSAN action kit, contact Nick Slater at nslater@berkeley.edu or 642-1918. Those interested in making Cal more environmentally sustainable are invited to attend the group's next meeting on Dec. 5.

ASUC Art Studio's holiday art sale starts Tuesday

A wide selection of reasonably priced ceramics, photographs, prints, and other artwork will be available at the ASUC Art Studio's annual Holiday Art Sale, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, through Friday, Dec. 7. Proceeds help support both the artists and the art studio's ongoing program of workshops and classes for the campus community and the public. Participating artists and the public are also invited to attend an open house at the studio on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring refreshments, music, and shopping.

The studio is located on the lower level of Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union (enter just downhill from Sather Gate). For information, visit www.asucartstudio.org.

'Sowing Seeds' workshop for humane educators, Dec. 1 and 2

The Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy (www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~boaa) is sponsoring a two-day workshop conducted by the Maine-based Institute for Humane Education. The Sowing Seeds workshop is designed for teachers; advocates of social justice, environmental preservation, and animal protection; and others wishing to develop their communication abilities to work for positive social change.

The workshop takes place in 240 Mulford from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The registration fee is $125 general, $35 student. Financial aid is also available. To register online, visit www.HumaneEducation.org; for information, e-mail sowingseeds@HumaneEducation.org or phone (207) 667-1025.