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Academic Senate, CSAC seeking new members, and more...

14 October 2004

Academic Senate to meet Oct. 21

The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate will hold its semi-annual fall meeting from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21. The meeting will be chaired by the new 2004-05 Senate leader, Robert Knapp, professor of classics, and will be held in the Bechtel Engineering Centerís Sibley Auditorium. Prompt arrival is encouraged, so that a quorum can be reached. Topics on the agenda include reports (followed by open discussion) from Senate committees on the Library, academic planning and resource allocation, admissions and enrollment, and memorial resolutions. In the second half of the meeting, a report by Professor Gibor Basri on the Senateís faculty diversity project will be followed by discussion.

CSAC seeks new members

The Chancellorís Staff Advisory Committee is currently recruiting new members to serve three-year terms beginning in January 2005. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 5.

CSAC is a confidential, 16-member committee that advises the campus administration on non-bargainable staff issues and implementation processes. All non-academic career employees on the campus, except executive-tier appointees, are eligible to apply. CSAC has been instrumental in establishing such campus programs and events as the Staff Ombuds Office, the Staff Internship Program, Staff Appreciation Day (now called CalFest), and the Chancellorís Outstanding Staff Awards.

Those interested in finding out more about CSAC may wish to attend one of the upcoming brown-bag information sessions. These will be held in the Chancellorís conference room (200 California Hall) from noon to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 20; Tuesday, Oct. 26; and Thursday, Nov. 4.

For information and copies of the application form, see csac.chance.berkeley.edu or contact Monica Lin at linm@nature.berkeley.edu or James Dudek at jdudek@berkeley.edu.

Campus passport office open Saturdays

As of this weekend, the U.S. passport office in the campusís Recreational Sports Facility becomes one of the few Bay Area locations open for business on Saturdays. The full-service passport office, offering both standard and expedited passports, is located at the membership desk just inside the facilityís front door. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekday hours remain 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Note that fee payments may be made only by personal check, cashierís check, or money order.

For complete information on the RSF service, including a downloadable passport-application form, visit calbears.berkeley.edu/services/default.asp.

New campus water policy extends protections

The campus has released a new Water Protection Policy aimed at extending protection of Strawberry Creek and San Francisco Bay, which can be harmed by pollution of campus stormwater or wastewater systems. Litter, campus maintenance work, laboratory research, and other activities can have an impact on water quality. The entire campus community, especially those involved with potential pollutants, is encouraged to become familiar with the new policy, available at campuspol.chance.berkeley.edu/policies/WaterProtection.pdf.

Haas Dean to serve on governorís economic advisory council

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Tom Campbell, dean of the Haas School of Business, to serve on his economic advisory council, the governorís office announced recently. The 16-member council will meet periodically to help identify economic opportunities for the state and assist in confronting economic challenges facing California.

The council is lead by former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz and includes Gary Becker and Milton Friedman, both winners of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science. Campbell will continue to serve as dean of the Haas School while on the council.

Winners named in Caltopia video contest

The winners of the inaugural Caltopia 2004 Insomniac Film Contest have been selected by a panel of students and campus supporters. Berkeley students, staff, and faculty had 24 hours to create a two-minute video based on their interpretation of the theme ďMy Berkeley.Ē The contest was sponsored by Apple and The Scholarís Workstation and held at Caltopia, Aug. 27 and 28. To view the winning videos, see oldali.apple.com/gallery/index2.php.

For the record . . .

In our Sept. 23 issue we mistakenly reported that Peter Camejo and Ralph Nader are running in some states as Green Party candidates. Despite Camejoís assertion in our piece that ďIím running as a Green,Ē the ticket does not have the endorsement of the national party, whose nominees are David Cobb for president and Pat LaMarche for vice president.