Try a Test Drive with Your PIN Number
With Open Enrollment around the corner, now is a good time to test drive your PIN number.
Available right now is "UC Benefits At Your Service," offering 24-hour access to account balances (DCP, 403(b), etc.) To use this service, call 1-800-888-8267, and press 1. You will need your PIN number and your social security number to complete the process.
PIN numbers and information about "UC Benefits At your Service," were mailed in August to all active employees with account balances in the Retirement, 403(b) or DCP plans as of July 25. If you did not receive a PIN or have lost it, call 1-800-888-8267, ext. 70651 to have it set or reset.
Prior to the Open Enrollment period beginning Nov. 1, all employees enrolled in benefits will receive a mailing from the Office of the President explaining "bencom," the new interactive, automated telephone service. Bencom uses the same PIN number as "UC Benefits At Your Service."
Using bencom, employees can gain access to general and personal benefits information. Bencom also will be used to make all Open Enrollment changes.
Unless you changed your personal PIN prior to Sept. 25, it will be printed on the worksheet included with the Open Enrollment announcement, to be mailed beginning mid-October.
Benefits information also is available on UC Benefit's home page on the World Wide Web. The address is http:/www.ucop.edu/bencom.
Right now there are two categories available: "General Information," containing phone numbers for UC Benefits and a variety of benefits plans; and "Retirement and Savings," with summary plan descriptions, savings fund unit values and 403(b) and DC Plan performance figures.
There also is investment related information, such as stock market indices, mutual fund information and bond and interest rate information.
More information is coming to bencom and the home page soon. As always, watch Berkeleyan and your home mail for updates.
Range Adjustment for Non-Exclusively Represented Staff
On Oct. 1, a 1.5 percent range adjustment was implemented for non-exclusively represented staff employees. Range adjustments for exclusively represented staff employees, including those in the Technical Unit, the Clerical-Administrative Unit and the Services Unit, are subject to bargaining with the appropriate bargaining unit and are not yet final.
An up-to-date Title and Pay Plan for staff positions is available on the Personnel Office gopher, accessible through the UC Berkeley Gopher Registry or through Administrative Topics on the campus gopher menu. After selecting the Berkeley Campus Personnel Office, select Policies and Contracts, then Personnel Policies and Contracts, then Title and Pay Plan, followed by Staff Program Titles 10-1-95.
The list is organized by title code sequence. To locate the range for a specific title, use the four-digit title code for that title. (Check with your supervisor for the correct code.)
Positions designated "UNC" in the Title and Pay Plan have been range adjusted; titles shown as "COV" are subject to the provisions of the bargaining contracts, which have not been concluded at this time.
Salary structures for MAP and A&PS programs were also adjusted by approximately 1.5 percent on Oct. 1. Control Unit Administrators have received this information, and the new ranges will be available on gopher shortly.
As of this writing, the review process for range adjusting the Assistant II and III titles has not been concluded.
Beginning and intermediate level half-day and full-day PC and Macintosh microcomputer training classes will be offered Oct. 24 through Nov. 16 by Workstation Support Services:
Macintosh Full-Day Classes:
* Microsoft Excel 5.0 (Beginning)
* Filemaker Pro (Beginning,
* Aldus PageMaker 5.0 (2 days)
Macintosh Half-Day Classes:
* Macintosh Fundamentals
(using System 7.5)
* Microsoft Word 6.0 (Beginning,
* Microsoft Excel 5.0 Worksheets
IBM PC (DOS) Half-Day Classes:
* Windows 3.1 (Beginning )
IBM PC (DOS) Full-Day Classes:
* Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Windows
* Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0
* WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows
Most classes have prerequisites. Potential students should call 642-8899 for assistance in determining which level is appropriate.
For course dates, fees and registration forms, call 642-7355. Course descriptions and forms also are available online through Workstation Support Services (WSS)Web server (http://wss-www.berkeley.edu).
Employee Development And Training
For more information, for copies of the 1995-96 Employee Development & Training catalog, or for information on how to enroll in classes, call 642-8134.
Designing Training Programs
Oct. 24 and 31, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
This workshop will help participants develop learning objectives that can be measured easily and accurately, and offer various instructional techniques (e.g., presentation, small group discussion, case study, demonstration/practice) to vary the training and enhance learning.
Creating a Team-Oriented
Oct. 25, 9:30 am-noon.
Learn how a panel of campus managers, supervisors and team leaders have led a variety of teams. Hear about their successes and on-going challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to ask team-related questions in a safe and supportive learning environment.
Of University Budgeting
Oct. 27, 1-5 pm.
This course will cover basic university budget principles and process, with the focus on practical aspects of budgeting. Also, information will be provided on future procedural changes resulting from the implementation of the Berkeley Financial System. There will be ample time for questions.
Working in Teams:
Which Types Are Right for You?
Nov. 1, 9:30 am-noon.
Participants will explore the various types of teams, working groups, task forces, committees--and how best to use them.
So You Want To Be a Supervisor?
Nov. 3, 8:30 am-3 pm, and Nov. 10, 8:30 am-noon.
Through exercises, lecture and small group discussions, participants will explore a variety of responsibilities supervisors face. A panel of campus supervisors will share their perceptions of and experiences being a supervisor.
Tang Center Classes
For further information or to enroll (enrollment required), call Marylou Hessellund, 642-8768.
Oct. 24, 9 am-noon, free.
For managers and supervisors--assistance in understanding how to help prevent workers' compensation claims, and what is required when an employee becomes injured on the job.
ADA Training for Supervisors
Nov. 16, 10:30-noon, free.
Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): What it is and how it affects supervisors or managers.
Pre-enrollment required. Call 643-7754 to register.
Nov. 29, 9:30 am-noon.
For those who feel invisible at work, feel their own needs are neglected, or find it difficult to express anger or frustration in difficult situations. Participants will analyze their own communication style and target areas that need development.
When You're Angry
Dec. 7, 1-3:45 pm.
Participants will learn ways of translating anger into effective communication.
College of Chemistry Dean Alexis T. Bell has been elected to the governing board of directors for the Council for Chemical Research, a joint industrial-academic organization based inWashington, D.C. Bell, also a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, will serve as one of three academic directors on the board.
Robert Bergman, professor of chemistry, has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society's Arthur C. Cope Award for 1996, which recognizes outstanding achievement in organic chemistry. The award consists of a $25,000 prize, a gold medal, and a bronze replica of the medal. In addition, Bergman will direct the use of a $50,000 research grant. Bergman's research centers on the synthesis of new organic, inorganic and organotransition metal compounds, which are used to develop and study new chemical reactions.
Leon Chua, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, received the Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the highest technical honor presented by the Circuits and Systems Society. The award recognizes technical contributions and leadership in the field.
David Chandler, professor of chemistry, will be the 1996 recipient of the ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, sponsored by IBM and presented by the American Chemical Society. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize. Chandler uses statistical mechanics to study the behavior of complex chemical systems.
Donald Dahlsten and Alain de Janvry are the recipients of Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Natural Resources.
Dahlsten, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, was selected, in part, for his superior ability to teach field courses, for making field research available to undergraduates in non-science majors, and for an endless capacity for advising undergraduates.
In the case of de Janvry, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, students praised his ability to present economic theory as applied to socially relevant questions and problems, his careful attention and encouragement to students and his "quintessential grand lecture course," Econ 171/Political Economy of Natural Resources 151.
Martin Head-Gordon, assistant professor of chemistry, is "one of the most promising science and engineering researchers at U.S. universities," as a 1995 winner of a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship provides $100,000 a year for five years to support research. Head-Gordon's research is aimed at improving algorithms for molecular orbital calculations.
Michael Lieberman, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, received the 1995 Plasma Sciences and Applications Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Lieberman developed theoretical models and experiments for plasma-assisted materials processing discharges and their application to integrated circuit manufacturing.
David A. Patterson, professor of computer science, has been named co-recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Undergraduate Teaching Award for "imaginative and effective teaching of computing to technical and non-technical students."
Richard Tsina, chair of continuing education in engineering, UC Berkeley Extension, will be presented with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education at the organization's conference in Atlanta on Nov. 4. Also, Tsina has been asked by the IEEE Educational Activities Board to organize and chair a national educational curricula advisory committee to develop lifelong learning products and services.
Deans and directors memos are available on Infocal under "campus directives." Connect to Infocal via Gopher, WWW or telnet software at: infocal.berkeley.edu.
For dialup instructions or assistance using Infocal, call 642-8507.
The following is a list of recent memos. Questions about memos should be directed to Aileen Kim, 642-3100, or email:
Sept. 13. Academic Personnel Manual Section 025, Outside Professional Activities of Faculty Members and Guidelines for Reporting Outside Professional Activities, from Carol T. Christ, the vice chancellor and provost.
Sept. 15. Support for Research for Graduate Students, from Joseph Cerny, vice chancellor--research.
Sept. 20. Bomb Threat Procedures for the Berkeley Campus, from Victoria L. Harrison, chief of police.
Sept. 20. Berkeley Campus Student Grievance Procedure, from Chancellor Tien.
Sept. 20. Responsibility for Environment, Health and Safety at the University of California, Berkeley, from Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor--Business and Administrative Services.
Sept. 22. Campus Sign Program, from Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor--Business and Administrative Services.
Sept. 27. Academic Salary Scales for 1995-96, from Carol T. Christ, the vice chancellor and provost.
Sept. 29. Regents' Professorships and Lectureships Program (1996-97 Academic Year), from Chancellor Tien.