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Posted August 18, 1999

Sign Up at ASUC Studio to Learn the Art of Art

Members of the campus community can indulge their creative spirits at the ASUC Art Studio, where instruction is offered in photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, video, digital imaging and other media.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 7, and run through Oct. 15.

The studio is currently accepting preregistration by mail. Forms are available at the studio, located on the lower level of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union.

In-person registration begins Monday, Aug. 23, and continues until the start date of the class or until enrollment is filled. Space is limited, so early registration is advised.

For information, call 642-3065 or visit the studio web site at

Aug. 28: Dancing in the Street at Berkeley Blues Festival

Soulful music will fill the air Saturday, Aug. 28 at the fifth annual Berkeley Blues Festival.

Located at Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford, the festival runs from 1 to 9 p.m. and features four critically-acclaimed blues bands, food from neighborhood restaurants and beers from local microbreweries. Participants may also enter drawings to win prizes.

The music kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with the Delta Wires, followed by TJ Moore and Little Steven Calvin at 3 p.m., Deep South at 4:30 p.m., and a headline performance by Faye Carol and her Off the Hook Blues Band at 6:30 p.m.

For information, call 549-2230.

Aug. 23: Audition for Campus-Affiliated Chorus

Clear your throats, all would-be warblers. UC faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to audition for the campus-affiliated University of California Alumni Chorus, which this year will perform works by such varied composers as Domenic Argento, Stephen Sondheim and Carl Orff.

Try-outs will be held in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Center the evening of Monday, Aug. 23, and other times by arrangement. Tenors and basses are especially welcome.

To schedule an audition, contact Judy Roberts at 524-4983 or by email at

For information, see

I Can See Clearly Now, The Strain is Gone

The School of Optometry has opened a special computer eye clinic to help those who suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, which affects 75 to 90 percent of computer users. Patients receive a complete eye examination with special emphasis on work-related functions and work environment assessment and counseling.

Symptoms -- including headaches, blurry vision, eyestrain and dry eyes -- "are often exacerbated by a workplace with dim lighting, screen reflections or poor work placement," said James Sheedy, director of the new clinic. "Glasses can be part of the solution, but often the environment needs more treatment than the eyes."

The clinic is open to the public and accepts most vision care insurance. For appointments, call 642-2020.

KGO-Cal Football FunFest at Kleeberger Field Aug. 22

Bear fans can meet Cal football players and Coach Tom Holmoe at the KGO-Cal Football FunFest, Sunday, Aug. 22 at Kleeberger Field, located next to Memorial Stadium.

The noontime event includes free food and autographs by coaches and players. Parking for FunFest is free at Memorial, Kleeberger, Prospect, Bowles and Witter lots.

For information, call 642-2444.

1999-2000 Salary Plan: Comments Due Aug. 27

Based on the state budget signed by the governor June 29, the University has proposed a 1999-2000 salary plan for Berkeley campus staff not covered by collective bargaining agreements. A description of the proposal is available on the Human Resources web site ( under the heading "What's New?"

Highlights of the proposed plan, effective Oct. 1, include:

• a 3.5 percent Berkeley campus fund pool for merit and equity increases combined, for MSP and PSS merit-based plans;

• a 2 percent adjustment of the salary grade structure for MSP and PSS positions and for programmer/analyst and computer resource manager titles (an individual salary would only change as a result of this adjustment if the salary fell below the new minimum of the range);

• a 2 percent range adjustment for those in step-based salary plans not covered by collective bargaining agreements;

• market-based parity increases for programmer/analysts and computer resource managers.

Comments on the salary plan proposal may be submitted in writing to Acting Human Resources Director Debra Harrington at 207 University Hall, MC 3540, or by email to The deadline for comments is Aug. 27.

Nominate Outstanding Staff For 1999 Chancellor's Awards

Nominations are open through Sept. 9 for the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards, to be presented at an Oct. 13 ceremony at Alumni House.

"Building Bridges to a Better Community" is the theme for this year's award. Individuals and teams will be recognized for helping to forge productive and positive relationships between campus constituencies or with community groups.

The program is administered on behalf of the chancellor by the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee. All Berkeley staff are eligible, both individuals and teams, except for executive-tier administrators and those with academic titles. Nominations need not come from supervisors, nor from a nominee's department.

For information or a nomination form, see the CSAC web page at campus. For additional questions, contact Louise Lang (642-0933 or or Laura Beard (642-9689 or

CTA Comedy Looks at AIDS, Love, Class -- and More

The play "Pterodactyls," about a family whose son returns home after learning he has AIDS, will be performed at the Center for Theater Arts Aug. 27 through 29.

The production is not only about AIDS, says author Nicky Silver, but also takes a comedic look at relationships, death, marriage, fear, love, class, the demise of the human race and denial.

Christopher Herold, an artistic associate for the Center for Theater Arts and a faculty member at American Conservatory Theater, directs.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday and cost $10 for the public, $7 for faculty and staff, $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the Cal Performances box office or by calling 642-9988.


August 18 - 24, 1999 (Volume 28, Number 2)
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