Guy Swanson, professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb. 28 of cancer at age 72.
Swanson was also professor of sociology from 1969-84. He directed the university's research facility on personality development, the Institute for Human Development, from 1980-87. He was professor of psychology from 1984 until his retirement in 1991.
Known for his work on family socialization, Swanson focused on the role religious orientation plays in family structure.
Swanson's eight books include "The Changing American Parent," 1958 (with Daniel Miller); "The Birth of the Gods," 1960; "Social Change," 1971; and "Ego Defenses and the Legitimization of Behavior," 1988.
Contributions may be made to the Department of Psychology for support of undergraduate and graduate instruction.
Have a Seat
The Class of '55 gave two chairs to Berkeley in November: an endowed faculty chair ($400,000) and something less expensive but a bit more tangible--an elegant concrete bench facing Lincoln's bust on the south side of the Campanile. The inscription reads, "Beneficiary to Benefactor, Class of 1955."
Awards and Honors
Manuel Blum, professor of computer science, is one of two faculty selected by the Academic Senate to give faculty research lectures this year. He spoke on "Reliable Computing from Unreliable Computers" March 13. This is the 82nd year of the lecture series. Appointment as one of the lecturers--chosen to recognize distinction in scholarly research--is the highest honor the Academic Senate awards its members.
The other 1994-95 lecturer, Gene Brucker, professor of early modern European history, gave his lecture Feb. 27.
Send news of awards and honors to:
Julia Sommer, 2120 Oxford St. 3rd floor, 642-8712, fax 643-5085, e-mail JMS@PA.UREL. Black-and-white photos are welcome.
Performance Management Program
Supervisors and managers are invited to enroll in the following classes offered by the personnel office.
For information, contact the employee relations specialist for your department. To enroll, contact Josie Aguayo at 642-7003 or jaguayo @uclink.
All classes--taught by specialists from the employee relations unit-- are held 8:15 am-noon in Room 24, University Hall.
March 20: Developing Performance Standards and Work Rules
April 6: Coaching for Improved Performance
April 11: Conducting Performance Appraisals
April 19 and 20: Taking Disciplinary Action (two-day class)
Beginning and intermediate level half-day and full-day microcomputer classes are offered this spring by Workstation Support Services.
PC and Macintosh microcomputer classes are scheduled April 4-27. Most classes have prerequisites. If you need help deciding which class to take, call 642-8899. You must reserve space at least one week before the class starts.
Half-day classes cost $50; most full-day classes cost $95. The fee may be paid with a personal check, your department's UC ledger number or with a department funded computer account when you sign up.
For information and registration applications, call 642-7355. Course descriptions and sign-up forms are also available online through the Workstation Support Services (WSS) Gopher information server (wss-gopher.berkeley.edu, port 70).
Macintosh Full-Day Classes
Microsoft Excel 4.0 (beginning)
Filemaker Pro (beginning, advanced)
Aldus PageMaker 5.0 (2 days)
Macintosh Half-Day Classes
Macintosh Fundamentals (using System 7)
Microsoft Word 5.1 (beginning, intermediate)
Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheets (intermediate)
IBM PC (DOS) Half-Day Classes
PC Fundamentals (beginning)
Windows 3.1 (beginning )
IBM PC (DOS) Full-Day Classes
WordPerfect 6.0 (beginning)
Microsoft Excel 4.0 for Windows (beginning)
Filemaker Pro 2.1 for Windows (beginning)
Managing Change In Your Department
March 21, 9-11 am
For chairs, deans, managers and supervisors, this class will explore the impact of changes at the departmental level. Discussion will include strategies to manage the change process and ways to minimize its negative impacts.
Call 643-7754 for information.
Employee DevelopmentAnd Training
For more information, for copies of the 1994-95 Employee Development and Training catalog or for information on how to enroll in classes, call 642-8134.
Basic Writing Review
March 27, April 3, 7, 10, 14, and 24, 9-11am, Room 24, University Hall This six-session course will offer a review of grammar, punctuation, spelling and basic sentence structure. Based on a diagnostic writing sample done in the first session, subsequent sessions will cover areas most in need of review. Participants will write a short piece at each session, applying skills under review.
Practical Business Writing
March 27, April 3, 7, 10, 14, and 24, 1-4 pm, Room 24, University Hall Strategies for writing effective memos, letters, personnel evaluations, proposals and reports are taught in a comfortable environment. You will be encouraged to bring samples of your own writing from work to use during the class.
Manager as Career Coach: Developing Staff To Their Full Potential
March 29 and April 5, 8:30 am-noon, Room 24, University Hall
Learn about career development at Berkeley, get practical advice on how to integrate career development opportunities into the workplace, explore roles a manager may play in staff career development and enhance communication with staff by learning how to offer feedback.
CALS Project: Tutors Available
Campus employees interested in improving their writing, speaking, reading or basic math skills are encouraged to contact the CALS Project for free, one-to-one tutoring at convenient times and locations. For more information, call coordinator Jane Griswold at 643-5280 or e-mail jgris@uclink.
For information, a complete program flyer or to enroll, call 643-4646.
Computers at Work
March 16, 10:30 am-noon, free
Learn about health issues related to computer use, design a user friendly workstation, practice exercises to relieve computer-related aches and pains.
Making VDT Workstations User Friendly
March 22, 8 am-noon, free
Training for departmental VDT workstation evaluators. Learn the ABC's of a successful departmental VDT health and safety program, practice the basics of a VDT workstation evaluation, identify how to set priorities in modifying VDT workstations.
Your Back Matters!
Wednesdays, April 5-26, noon-1 pm, free
Find out about back basics. Learn stretching and strengthening exercises and preventive self-care. Practice proper body mechanics.
The Origins of the Chancellorship: The Buried Report of 1948
By Eugene Lee, professor emeritus, political science; published by Institute of Governmental Studies, 77 pp., paper, $10
In 1948, UC, faced with dramatic enrollment pressures and the need for new campuses, stood at an organizational crossroads. Outside consultants recommeneded a decentralized administration with strong campus executives. The president disagreed and pressed for strengthened central control.
This is an account of the burial and ultimate resurrection of the report. Eventually, the office of chancellor was created.
Privatization of Agriculture In New Market Economies:
Lessons from Bulgaria
Edited by Kirby Moulton, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Andrew Schmitz, former chair of agricultural and resource economics, and others; published by Kluwer Academic Publisher, 440 pp., $135
Central and East European countries moving toward free market systems travel a rocky path. This book is designed to improve the decisions of policy makers in countries undergoing transition, of those in agencies providing aid to such countries and of academics conducting research on transition and advising on policy choices.