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21 September 2005

Eighty-plus parking spaces added to campus total

Parking and Transportation has obtained access to parking at the State Department of Public Health lot on Berkeley Way between Oxford St. and Shattuck Ave. More than 80 spaces will be available daily to holders of "C", "F," and "S" permits; in addition, the lots offers 11 hourly public-parking spaces for visitors. The lot, which like all other campus lots provides parking from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., is near the Oxford St. campus-shuttle stop.

New website for staff organizations

A new website for campus staff organizations (stafforg.berkeley.edu) offers an easy online way to learn about or join staff organizations or register new groups. It also provides links to staff-organization websites, information on events they sponsor, resources available to such groups, and campus policies regarding staff organizations. Currently featured on the site are the Alianza Staff Association, the Asian and Pacific American Systemwide Alliance, Berkeley Staff Assembly, the Black Staff and Faculty Organization, the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee, and LavenderCal.

Homecoming to highlight the best of Berkeley

The campus is preparing to welcome thousands of alumni, parents, families, and friends for the ninth annual Homecoming, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The festivities begin with a Friday-night all-class Blue and Gold Reunion for alumni and a reception for parents and families of Cal students. On Saturday, attendees are invited to the Bear Affair for a barbeque before the Homecoming football game between the Golden Bears and the Arizona Wildcats. Throughout the weekend, participants can enjoy seminars taught by many of Berkeley's distinguished faculty - including a special event with the campus's Nobel laureates - along with campus tours and open houses, cultural events, and more. For complete details or to register online, visit homecoming.berkeley. edu. Faculty and staff are admitted to faculty lectures free with their UC ID cards.

Fall CAL PACT course offerings

The fall 2005 schedule of CAL PACT courses is now available. Along with a variety of free software-training courses for campus staff, CAL PACT offers online training and a new web-design pilot series.

Online training is available in the areas of Office Productivity and Design and Media, with hundreds of courses in Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, Corel, Lotus, and Quark. CAL PACT offers its online training in partnership with ElementK, an e-learning company.

New instructor-led offerings this semester include a "getting started" course on the new campus WebFiles service and a pilot of new web-design courses (covering XHTML and basic use of cascading style sheets within DreamWeaver). The pilot series begins Oct. 26 and lasts for seven weeks.

CAL PACT's course schedule is online at calpact.berkeley.edu/. For online course registration, visit hrweb.berkeley.edu/ice/home. For more information about CAL PACT, visit calpact.berkeley.edu or e-mail calpact@berkeley.edu.

In honor of banned books

Interested in honoring Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 to Oct. 1? You may want to refer to the UC Berkeley 2002 Summer Reading List, which featured titles from the American Library Association's compilation of the 100 most-challenged books. The Berkeley list includes the 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird, two titles each by Mark Twain and Toni Morrison, and more. For information, visit reading.berkeley.edu or the ALA banned-books website, www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm.

Campus events to celebrate California Indian Day

The campus will observe Californian Indian Day on Friday, Sept. 23, with events at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the UC Botanical Garden. At the Hearst, Otis Parrish, a Kashaya Pomo, will lead a tour called "California Indian Food and Culture." Participants will learn about acorn processing and the tools used in native food preparation, including the mortar and pestle, winnowing basket, and mush paddle. Tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by a performance, at 2 p.m., by the Coastal Pomo Indian Dancers of Point Arena. Meanwhile, the Botanical Garden will offer a docent-led tour, at 11 a.m., focusing on "California Natives: Plants & People," highlighting the vital relationship between California Indians and native foods.

A paid admission at the garden will be honored at the museum, and vice versa.

The day also includes an Indian-taco feed, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hearst Museum, with proceeds to support the Native American studies department. Visit hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/outreach/public_programs.html for further information.