News Briefs

10 December 2008

Berkeleyan returns on Jan. 22

This is the last Berkeleyan of 2008. Following the holiday break and the start of spring semester, we'll return to publication with our issue of Thursday, Jan. 22.

In the meanwhile, keep up with campus news by visiting the NewsCenter regularly.

Staff award nominations due Jan. 21

Nominations for the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA), now in its 20th year, are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2009. One of the highest campus honors for Berkeley staff, the award is open to staff from all campus divisions and job classifications.

Any member of the campus community, including staff, faculty, and students, may submit nominations of individuals or staff teams. Current career staff members who have been employed at UC Berkeley for at least one year are eligible for the non-monetary award; those with academic or executive-tier titles are not eligible. Guidelines, details, and nomination forms and instructions are available online, or contact Roia Ferrazares, 643-2252 with questions.

The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee coordinates the award and will review the nominations.

Video introduces "Access and Excellence"

Chancellor Birgeneau highlights his vision and goals for the Berkeley campus in the recently released paper, "Access and Excellence," which is now accompanied online by an introduction to the piece presented by the chancellor on video. The paper gives faculty, staff, and members and friends of the campus community insight into how their work and activities can align with and support the chancellor's themes and vision. The video and document are at

Looking for that January paycheck?

Although much of the campus will be closed for the annual energy curtailment from Dec. 25 through Jan. 4, the regularly scheduled distribution day for employee paychecks is Jan. 2.

The payroll office is working to determine which offices will be closed on Jan. 2; employees from those offices can pick up their paychecks on Jan. 2 at Central Payroll, 171 University Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Employees will need a photo ID and may pick up only their own paycheck.

Unclaimed payroll checks will be delivered to departments by Mail Services on Monday, Jan. 5. For employees who have their paychecks deposited automatically, the deposits will be made on Jan. 2 as usual.

Department payroll coordinators with questions should contact Central Payroll, 642-1336, by Dec. 19 to confirm distribution plans.

The Scholar's Workstation is moving, sale is on through Dec. 12

With the start of the spring semester The Scholar's Workstation, the campus computer store, will open in a new location and will change the way it provides service to the campus. In January the store will open in a new space in the Student Union retail area operated by the ASUC and its campus bookstore agent, Follett. TSW @ the Cal Student Store will handle all sales to individuals in the campus community; a separate location will be announced soon for campus department and unit purchases.

The current store, located in temporary facilities at Hearst Field Annex, will remain open until noon Dec. 12, with in-store only holiday specials and a pre-moving sale running until then.

For more details, visit For more on departmental purchases, contact April Roy.

New fellowship supports grad-student research in the arts

Berkeley's Arts Research Center (ARC) is launching a new program that will award up to six fellowships to graduate students whose research engages more than one academic discipline in the practice, history, theory, and/or criticism of the arts. The program is designed to increase interdisciplinary research in the arts. Each ARC Fellow will receive a $2,000 research grant and take part in a monthly seminar and a culminating public symposium. Students working in any format, medium, discipline, or degree program are eligible, and faculty and staff are invited to recommend the program to students.

Details and application guidelines are online. The application deadline is Jan. 23, 2009. For more information, contact ARC Associate Director Michele Rabkin.

Construction is under way at School of Law

Construction activities began this week in the courtyard on the south side of the Berkeley Law complex to build new space for the law school. The school's new South Addition will create a home for the law library in two stories of underground space and add a new classroom, café, and study space at ground level. A renovated courtyard and rooftop garden will create a green entrance to the complex.

Work will start at 7 a.m. and end by 3:30 weekdays. The sidewalk on the north side Bancroft Way and adjacent parking lane will be closed for the duration of construction.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2011. For details on the project and on renovations under way since last spring in current law-school buildings, visit Questions or concerns about the construction should be directed to Christine Shaff, Facilities Services, at 643-4793.