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08 November 2006

Advisory committee to assist in search for new vice chancellor

Chancellor Birgeneau has appointed a committee to assist in the search for Berkeley's new vice chancellor for equity and inclusion. One of the committee's first tasks will be to advise on the appointment of a consultant to help manage a national search.

Members of the committee, to be chaired by the chancellor, are Susie Castillo-Robson, acting assistant vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment; Ron Coley, associate vice chancellor for business and administrative services; Fiona Doyle, executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs, College of Engineering; Chris Edley, dean, Boalt Hall School of Law; Steve Lustig, associate vice chancellor for health and human services; Mary Ann Mason, dean of the Graduate Division; Maxine McKinney, graduate student, School of Education; Jose Saldivar, professor of ethnic studies; Cara Stanley, director, Student Learning Center; Michael Torres, trustee, UC Berkeley Foundation; Khatharya Um, professor of ethnic studies; Denice Velez, undergraduate, College of Letters and Science; Bridget Wilson, Native American outreach coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions; and Shelly Zedeck, vice chair of the Academic Senate.

Members of the campus community interested in providing input to the search advisory committee may do so by e-mailing chancellor@berkeley.edu. In the course of its deliberations the committee will also seek to meet with representative groups of faculty, staff, and students. Updates on the committee's work will appear periodically in the Berkeleyan.

Berkeley honored for community-service efforts

The Berkeley campus was among those colleges and universities honored for civic engagement at the "20/20 Visioning Summit" of Campus Compact, a national organization devoted to preparing students for active citizenship in their communities. In Chicago on Oct. 17, Berkeley received the President's Higher Education General Community Service Award and the President's Higher Education Community Service Award for Hurricane Relief.

For campus policy on administrative leave to do Katrina-related volunteer work (in effect through the fall semester, with possible extension thereafter), visit newscenter.berkeley.edu/goto/volunteer.

'United States of Decay' photos on display at ASUC Art Studio

An exhibition of recent photographs by local artist Peter Grant Honig is on display at the ASUC Art Studio Gallery through Nov. 16. The show features 14 images described variously as "do-it-yourself-in-a-hurry assemblages" or "razor-sharp images of cultural ephemera cobbled together in a manner that recalls that junior-high-school science project you left in the trunk of your parents' car all summer long." Honig is a Berkeley-based artist, photographer, and art educator; the art studio is located in the lower level of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union.

Vote online for collegiate football 'Coach of the Year' award

Golden Bears Coach Jeff Tedford is a contender for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, an honor given annually to a collegiate football coach who demonstrates responsibility and excellence on and off the field. As of Tuesday afternoon, Tedford was polling No. 6 in an online poll to determine the "Overall Top 25 Coaches." The coach to garner the most online votes receives $100,000 for his favorite charity and $20,000 for scholarships; votes are tallied and updated each weekday at 1 p.m. EST. To enter your vote, visit newscenter.berkeley.edu/goto/coach.

Mexican poet Heriberto Yepez is Holloway Series reader Nov. 16

Mexican poet, translator, and essayist Heriberto Yepez will read from his new work, a collection of poems in English, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler.

A native of Tijuana, Yepez teaches philosophy at the Autonomous University of Baja California. His poetry, like his critical and theoretical writings, shows the influence of his interests in philosophy, information systems, and cultural theory. Yepez is the author of several books in Spanish as well as works in English. The latter include his forthcoming book Here Is Tijuana!, in which Yepez collaborates with anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo and architect Rene Peralta to explore and document the border city's protean and often-fraught sociocultural forms.

Graduate poet Dimiter Kenarov will read as well. The event is part of the English department's Holloway Series in Poetry, whose website is found at holloway.english.berkeley.edu.

Campus ranks high in Fulbright honors

Berkeley is among the top producers of students who won Fulbright awards this year, according to an article published last month in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Among research universities around the nation, the campus ranked No. 4 alongside Columbia University and the University of Michigan, with 21 Fulbright awards for U.S. students. The top producer was Yale University with 31 students, followed by Harvard University (25) and Brown University (24).

Campus-asbestos information is available online

Because of the age of the Berkeley campus, asbestos-containing materials are present in many campus buildings. While these materials are inventoried and maintained in safe condition, the university is required by law to provide information periodically to the campus community about these materials and their proper handling. That information can be found on the website of the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), at ehs.berkeley.edu. For questions about asbestos-containing materials on campus, contact Gary Bayne at 643-9476.

All the arts news that's fit to print - and arts calendar listings as well

The UC Berkeley Consortium for the Arts provides both a monthly e-mail bulletin on selected arts events, UC Berkeley Arts News, and a comprehensive online calendar of campus art happenings, many of them free of charge. The calendar is available on the consortium's website and is updated throughout the month to reflect event changes, corrections, and late-breaking announcements.

Those organizing a campus arts event that they wish to have included on the calendar may contact editor Shalene Valenzuela at ucb_arts@berkeley.edu by the 25th of the month prior to the event. To view the calendar or bulletin online or subscribe to the e-mail edition of UC Berkeley Art News, visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/bca/artsnews.

Special-event parking privileges for Cal Rec Club members

Non-student members of the Cal Rec Club have access to "Gold Zone" parking spaces at the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) garage during special events such as football and basketball games or Zellerbach Hall performances. Members must display on their front windshield an hourly parking pass (purchased from a machine in the garage) or a valid F parking permit, as well as a CRC member sticker. The latter are available from the club's membership desk in RSF. Call 642-7796 for information.

Our University newsletter available online

The most recent issue of Our University, a newsletter from UC's Office of the President, is available online at universityofcalifornia.edu/news/ouruniversity/10_06. The new issue includes coverage of UC's leading role in tackling global warming, Berkeley physics professor George Smoot's Nobel Prize, a new report on UC student mental health, systemwide news, profiles of faculty and staff, and President Dynes' latest video letter.

For the record . . .

In last week's story on staff poet Dennis Fritzinger, our omission of the word "father" from one key sentence led to some head-scratching by readers with rudimentary math skills and a basic sense of history. The relevant text ought to have read, "Fritzinger's father served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam."