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27 February 2008

March 18 deadline for public-service awards nominations

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has called for nominations for the Chancellor's Awards for Public Service, to recognize students, staff, and faculty for their contributions to civic engagement in 2007-08.

Nominations of individuals, groups, and programs are sought in the following categories: Civic Engagement: recognizes public service by individual undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as student groups; Research in the Public Interest: recognizes research that addresses critical areas and issues affecting our local, state, national, or global communities; Service Learning Leadership: recognizes faculty leadership in developing or teaching a service-learning course; Campus/Community Partnerships: recognizes a program or project that brings together Berkeley students, staff, or faculty and community groups to improve the quality of life in our community; Community Impact: recognizes a university-sponsored program that has made a difference in the community.

The deadline for nominations is March 18. A nomination form and guidelines can be accessed from both the Community Relations website (communityrelations.berkeley.edu) and the Cal Corps Public Service Center website (calcorps.berkeley.edu). A committee of faculty, staff, and students will review the nominations and select the award recipients. A reception honoring this year's awardees will be held at University House later this spring.

BSA extends deadline for nominations for management awards

The Berkeley Staff Assembly has called for nominations for the 20th annual Excellence in Management Award program. The theme for 2007-08 is "Riding the Wave of Successful Succession."

BSA organizers wish to honor those supervisors and managers who are skillfully addressing the needs of their unit as a whole, as well as their individual employees, as they navigate the current and impending turnover in the campus workforce. Nominations must originate from staff directly supervised by the nominee and include supporting signatures from at least one-half of these staff. The award is open to all levels of employees who have had management or supervisory responsibilities for one year or more in their current positions. Individuals who won last year are not eligible for re-nomination this year.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to 4 p.m. Monday, March 3. Award recipients will be announced in April. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, May 12, in International House's Chevron Auditorium.

For more information and a nomination form, visit bsa.berkeley.edu. Direct questions to Susan Cass, 643-3155 or scass@berkeley.edu.

Upcoming annual advising, counseling, and mentoring conference

This year's Advising, Counseling, and Mentoring Conference will be held Tuesday, March 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 26, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clark Kerr Conference Center. The conference provides a forum for student-services professionals to discuss emerging student trends, critical issues on campus, and successful practices. This year's conference theme is "Transition, Translation, and Transformation." Margaret Wilkerson, professor emerita of African American studies and dramatic art, will deliver the keynote address on March 25, and Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology and co-director of the campus's Greater Good Science Center, will be the featured speaker on March 26. The deadline to register is Friday, March 15. To register, visit slc-aux.berkeley.edu/advconf.

March 6 panel to ponder the future of survey research

The Survey Research Center (SRC) will host prominent leaders and scholars at a March 6 panel discussion on "The Future of Survey Research." SRC Director Henry Brady, professor of political science and public policy, will introduce the topic and the panelists.

Panelists will include Bob Groves, director of the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan; Ron Langley, director of the Survey Research Center, University of Kentucky; and Burke Grandjean, executive director, Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, University of Wyoming. Merrill Shanks, a Berkeley professor of political science, will be the panel discussant.

The discussion will be held in the Lipman Room, 8th floor of Barrows Hall, from 3-4:30 p.m. on March 6. A reception will follow. The event is part of the Survey Research Center's celebration of its 50 years of leadership in its field; it is presented in conjunction with a national conference of Academic Survey Research Organizations (ASRO), also hosted by SRC. For information, e-mail boblee48@berkeley.edu or phone 642-0871.

For the record . . .

A Feb. 21 article about this year's "On the Same Page" program in the College of Letters and Science did not mention that the public event with director Ang Lee and screenwriter James Schamus will be produced in association with Cal Performances' Strictly Speaking series. Tickets will be available starting Aug. 3 through the Cal Performances ticket office, 642-9988.