by Alice K. Boatwright
After 33 years at 2223 Fulton St., UC Berkeley Extension has moved its Berkeley academic and administrative offices to new headquarters in the Golden Bear Building at 1995 University Ave., near Milvia.
The new facility also includes four classrooms, which will make it possible for Extension to hold daytime classes in Berkeley for the first time.
"Berkeley Extension has been growing very fast," says Mary S. Metz, Extension dean. "Three years ago we offered 650 courses during our fall term; this fall we offered 1,000. Our need for new facilities had become critical."
Over the past several years, growth had caused Extension's academic departments to move out of the Fulton Street building to a variety of locations in downtown Berkeley.
"It's wonderful to be together again," says Metz. "We reorganized last spring--creating new teams to handle our international, national and contract training programs--but it has been hard for people to get a sense of how it was all working because our staff has been so scattered."
Some departments began moving into the new space in October. The registration and student services offices will move in December, and the environmental management department will be the last to move, taking up its new offices in March 1996.
An open house for the campus and community, celebrating the move, will be held in early spring.
All Extension phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses are unchanged. The new mailing address is UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Ave., 94720. For further information, call UC Berkeley Extension, 642-4111.