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10 September 2003

Nominations due Oct. 6 for Haas Public Service Award
Nominations are now open for the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award, an annual honor recognizing a Berkeley alumnus who has made outstanding contributions in community service (including social service), health care, environmental work, or education. Special consideration is given to activity at the grassroots level.

The award includes a cash prize of $20,000, an additional prize of $20,000 to be donated to a charity of the recipient’s choice, and an engraved medallion.

Faculty and staff are invited to make nominations by Monday, Oct. 6, using the form found at www.urel.berkeley.edu/haas. For details, see the website or call Lila Blanco at 643-7003.

Security of personal information enhanced on campus systems
In light of heightened concerns about the security of computer systems and personal information, the Office of Human Resources and Information Systems and Technology have taken steps to modify HRMS Self-Service.

Changes made include removing the display of social-security number, date of birth, and other personal information that HRMS Self-Service provided for verification purposes. The service for displaying and updating name, home addresses, phone numbers, emergency contact, and e-mail address information remains in place. In addition, full bank- account numbers are now masked.

For details, go to the campus home page (www.berkeley.edu) and type “campus administrative memos” in the search field to find the official Aug. 29 memo on this subject.

Help Bay birds at Sept. 20 shoreline cleanup
Help save shoreline birds and other animals from 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Sept. 20, when the California Coastal Commission, the city of Berkeley, and local sponsors hold their annual East Bay shoreline cleanup.

To reach the staging area for Berkeley participants, take the 51 bus to 6th and University, then transfer to the 9 bus; alternatively, walk over the pedestrian overpass. Volunteers meet behind the Seabreeze Market at the Berkeley Marina. Arrive promptly to sign up, get a free cup of coffee, and hear a safety talk. Bring gloves, sunscreen and a hat. Clean-up bags will be provided; a raffle of donated prizes will follow the clean-up.

To help beautify the Emeryville shoreline, meet at the firehouse on Powell Street. For Albany, go to Albany Beach at the foot of Buch-anan Street. For information, call 644-8623.

New workshop offers pointers on navigating HMOs
Campus faculty and staff are invited to attend a newly developed workshop, “Tips for Working with Your HMO,” from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in 150 Univer-sity Hall. The class will help explain how UC HMOs work, how to select a preferred-care provider and medical group, and how best to receive needed medical services. Presenters include Deborah Lloyd, the Office of Human Resources’ Health Care Facilitator; Ann Weissman, associate medical director of University Health Services; and Ana DeNoon, CARE Services counselor at the Tang Center. To enroll, go to hrweb.berkeley.edu/ice/home.

See affordable films, Friday nights at Wheeler
The ASUC’s entertainment programming group, SUPERB Productions, continues its weekly Friday-evening film series, open to the campus community and the public. This semester’s lineup, beginning with the Sept. 12 program, includes Chicago, City of God, A Mighty Wind, Finding Nemo, Spellbound, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Matrix Reloaded.

Shows are in Wheeler Auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 general admission, $3 for students with campus ID. For information, including show times, see www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~superb.