Update #3: September 11, 2011

Hello student leaders and community members,

I just wanted to introduce myself (for some of you this may be a second
time) and wish you luck as this year is beginning. My name is Justin
Sayarath and I am one of your 20 elected ASUC senators for the 2011-2012
Academic Year. I am a proud Laotian-American and also a first-generation
college student from San Diego, California. I am a third year undergraduate
majoring in Economics and minoring in Peace and Conflict Studies.

I have served the Cal community as a Cal Student Orientation (CalSO)
counselor in summer 2011, the Technological Development Director in the ASUC
Office of the President in 2010-2011 academic year, the Managing Editor of
Caliber Magazine in 2010, the Assistant Vice President of Event Programming
for the Interfraternity Council for 2011, the Vice President of Alpha Tau
Omega Leadership Fraternity for 2011, and now I am extremely honored and
proud to serve you as one of your 20 elected ASUC Senators.

This year my office has many projects, programs, and initiatives planned and
I want to be sure to include you in these ideas. Any updates from my office
can be viewed in two ways. You can opt to receive a bimonthly update by
signing up in the Google group (if you choose not to sign up, then you will
not receive further emails or newsletters):
http://groups.google.com/group/justinsayarath or you can check back to the
office website from time to time:

*I have one super important resource for all student leaders on our campus:
*If you choose to close this email and not read forward, you must at least
check out this portion of my website. The resources page of my website
explains how to apply for different sources of funding and also how to
become an ASUC sponsored group. It is vital that you are all aware of this
information. So please check that link out.**

I really hope that I can help you this year, so please let me know if you
need anything at all (and it doesn’t have to be funding, I’m always looking
for study partners and new friends too). Now onto announcements.

*Community Announcements:*

If you have any announcements that you wish to send out to the greater Cal
community, please fill out this quick and easy Google form: Community
Announcement Request
Please let me know what events you are planning so that they are well
marketed to the rest of the community.

*1) Campus makes Adobe Creative Suite Available to Students through
Operational Excellence*

Campus is working on a deal with Adobe to make the Adobe Creative Suite
Available to students and the productivity suite has been released:

Make sure to download it now!

*2)* *Do Students Feel They Belong on Campus? *

*September 13th Event*

What do students from diverse backgrounds report about their sense of
belonging on campus, the frequency with which they hear negative or
stereotypical views about certain groups, and how important they perceive
diversity to be at UC Berkeley? Please join staff members from the Office of
Planning and Analysis, Equity and Inclusion, and The Office of the Dean of
Students as they present data from the University of California
Undergraduate Experience Survey and facilitate a rich panel and audience
discussion. We welcome the entire campus community as we address campus
climate issues critical to the student experience.

Date: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Ethnic Studies Library  30 Stephens Hall
Contact Info: Lily Castillo-Speed, 642-3947, c@library.berkeley.edu

* *


Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome!

This event is sponsored by the Division of Equity and Inclusion as part of
the My Home Campus Speaker Series.  The My Home Campus team includes:
American Cultures Center; American Indian Graduate Program; Ethnic Studies

*3) Daily Californian offers discounted advertising for student groups

“I am happy to announce to you that the Daily Cal has put together special
rates for student groups to advertise in our paper this August/September.
The reasoning is very simple: we know that student groups work hard at
recruiting and publicizing events at the start of the semester (we certainly
know what that’s like). And while we have strong outreach that these groups
can benefit from, we recognize that our advertising rates have traditionally
been targeted at businesses with more funds than most student groups have

Thus, we have put together a special heavily-discounted offer for student
groups registered with the ASUC or Campus Life and Leadership. The attached
flyer includes the plans we are offering and more information. *Please take
a moment to forward this to your constituent student groups.*

If student groups find this offer useful, we will consider continuing it in
the future. If you or your constituents have any thoughts on this offer or
suggestions as to how it could be of more value, please don’t hesitate to
let me know.

Thank you for your time and I wish you all the best of luck as you get ready
to start your terms.


Tomer Ovadia

Editor in Chief and President
The Daily Californian
P: 510-548-8300
F: 510-849-2803

*4)* *Tilden Room*

The Tilden Room is currently closed and will reopen on Monday, October
3rdto be used as Meditation Space.  The decision to temporarily close
the space
to the public was made by the Store Operations Board last Spring Semester so
that the space could be prepared for opening on October 3rd.  Further
details will follow at a later date as more information becomes available.
Meanwhile, questions should be directed to the ASUC or Graduate Assembly
Presidents or to any member on the Store Operations Board.

Additionally, at the beginning of the Fall Semester, per the direction of
the Store Operations Board, ASUC Auxiliary Event Services was mandated to
earn revenue from rentals of the 7th floor Eshleman Library. More
information can be viewed at evenservices.berkeley.edu

*Office Announcements:*

*1) Community Announcements*

Please let our office know what events or programs your student groups are
planning through this form: Community Announcement Request
Your announcement will be put in the next email blast and on the office

*2) Elected Officials Blog and Website*

Everything that is sent out in these emails will also be posted on the
Elected Officials Blog (I will have more information on this later) and on
the office website I created. I have taken quite a liking to the website. My
Chief-of-Staff Christina Kim and I have been working to make it more
accessible to students; it is still a work in progress. Website:

*Updates on Platforms:*

During the election season there were three goals that I set for myself that
I hope achieve while in office. And I constantly try to remind myself of
them and work to make progress on these three goals. I’d like to use these
emails to keep you updated on the progress of these goals as well (but
please excuse the shorthand I use when making these updates):

*1) Fostering the growth and development of the publications community*

-Adobe Creative Suite is available to students for free:

-Publications Mixer still be planned for November

-Publications Kiosk on upper Sproul is still be worked out

-Publications Week Preliminary Design: Day1: Pubs fair on Savio Steps, Day2:
Design day, Day3: Writing workshop day, Day4: Marketing and public relations
day, Day 5: Unsure yet

*2) Increase support for Google applications on our campus*

As part of Operational Excellence Google is being considered as part of the
productivity suite option. However they are also considering Microsoft 360
as well. The Student Operational Excellence Committee is working on getting
a student onto the Operational Excellence Information Technology initiative
team to work out some of these issues.

* *

*3) Enhancing the Online Student Experience*

CalCentral is new portal name. CalCentral is also a project being considered
by the Operational Excellence Information Techonology Initiative Team.

*Other Opportunities*

Here are some other opportunities that I find very interesting.

* *

*1) Enhancing the Online Student Experience*

Dear University of California Berkeley Administrators:

I write to make you aware of a tremendous scholarship-for-service
opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students and to request that
you encourage your best students to apply to the SMART Scholarship Program.
This is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully
supports their education, including full tuition, a very generous stipend,
book allowance, and Summer internship, while they are in school, and then
provides guaranteed employment with the Defense Department upon

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART)
scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate
degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of
engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and

The application web page is at www.asee.org/SMART.  The application deadline
is December 1, 2011 for the 2012 school year.  SMART provides:

·         Full Tuition – to any accredited U.S. University

·         A very generous stipend while in school

–          $25,000 for undergraduates

–          $33,000 for masters candidates

–          $36,300 to $41,800 for doctoral candidates

·         Book allowance – $1,000

·         Health Insurance

·         Paid Summer internships

·         All required student fees

·         Travel for internships

*2) Innovation Grants*

Dear UC Berkeley Students, Staff, and Faculty:
I am very pleased to announce the second year of the Innovation Grants for
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, supported by the Evelyn and Walter Haas,
Jr. Fund and part of the UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Inclusion, and
Diversity (http://diversity.berkeley.edu/InitiativeOverview).

The purpose of this year’s grants are to support creating a critical mass of
talented students, faculty, and staff who fully represent California’s
excellence and diversity; providing an environment in which all can thrive
academically and professionally. This strategy, titled Expanded Pathways for
Access and Success, and its expected outcomes are laid out in the UC
Berkeley Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (

Proposals will be evaluated based on their sustainability and scalability,
innovation, overall projected impact, alignment with the Strategic Plan for
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, project leadership capacity, and
collaborative nature.

Full guidelines, proposal instructions, and grant criteria can be found at
http://diversity.berkeley.edu/InnovationGrants. The deadline for full
proposals is Tuesday, November 1, 2011; awards will be announced by December
1, 2011.

You are invited to attend the following workshop and networking sessions for
the Innovation Grants:

1.     Thursday, September 22, 12:00noon to 1:30pm, Multicultural Community
2.     Monday, September 26, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 113 Cesar Chavez

These sessions are open to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty and
will focus on the proposal process and grant criteria, successful grant
writing and project management, and building collaboration with other groups
on campus in order to strengthen your proposal.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion will provide
assistance to individuals and groups throughout the proposal process. Please
call 642.8828 or email equity_inclus@berkeley.edu to request assistance
and for any questions about the Innovation Grants proposal process.

I look forward to receiving innovative and sustainable proposals from across
the campus and to working with the grantees to further excellence, equity,
and inclusion at UC Berkeley.

With best regards,

Gibor Basri
Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion

*3) Online Voting in California*

Hey everyone,

It’d be great If you all could take 10 seconds to click this link and sign
this petition.

The bill, SB 397 allows for Californians to safely and securely register to
vote online. SB 397 is a crucial piece of legislation to modernize our voter
registration process and to reduce bureaucratic barriers between voters and
the ballot box.


I wish you all the best in your classes and endeavors, and please let me
know if you have any questions.

Justin Sayarath
University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Economics | Peace and Conflict Studies Minor | Class of 2013
Sayarath.Jus@gmail.com  <sayarath.jus@gmail.com>| (619) 313-3737

Senator | Associated Students of the University of California*
Vice President | Alpha Tau Omega | Gamma Iota Chapter*
Assistant Vice President of Event Programming | Interfraternity Council*
Senior Adviser | Caliber Magazine*

Student Action <http://studentactioncal.org/content/home> | “Every Student,
Every Year.”

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only


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