Midyear Update from Senator Justin Sayarath

Hello everyone,

Happy Holidays! I hope you are all gearing up for a great new year. It’s been a long, but eventful semester filled with some of the most exciting things in Cal and UC history. I am writing to you today to update you on progress of my Senator-ship. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Justin Sayarath and I am one of your twenty elected ASUC senators. I have served our campus community as Head of Production for Caliber Magazine, Vice President of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Assistant Vice President of the Interfraternity Council, and as a Cal Student Orientation Counselor, and am extremely proud to represent you in our student government.

 

Support for Student Organizations

As always, student organizations are officially registered with the campus through the Center for Student Leadership (CSL). Whether your group is a dance group, fellowship, cultural group, fraternity, sorority, or anything in between, your organization has some sort of tie to the CSL. In the past the ASUC has not effectively reached all student groups and corners of the campus population, and this is something my office is actively trying to resolve. While many CSL recognized organizations are registered with the ASUC as well, not all student groups are. And this is the dilemma that many student leaders across campus have faced, are facing, and will face. In any case, if your group is looking for ASUC funding or sponsorship, please do not hesitate to contact me at Sayarath.justin@gmail.com or at (619) 313 -3737 for more information. In addition to financial support, your ASUC elected officials have served as student leaders in all sorts of communities. I am always happy to meet and get to know you and your group. As an ASUC Senator, there is a wealth of information at our fingertips and we struggle to pass that information onto all students so please do not hesitate to get in contact.

 

My Platform Updates

During Election season, I ran on three major initiatives that I am still working on. My office has made much progress, but it’s extremely important to me to keep our greater campus community updated.

1)    Enhancing the Online Student Experience

The Cal Online Student Experience (COSE) portal, CalCentral, is progressing smoothly with renewed support from our campus administration. Throughout the semester, funding for the initiative was questionable because of different priorities within Operational Excellence. Recently, however, Vice Provost Koshland has been making a push for alternative funding for this project. In this effort, we will see many of our scattered online resources consolidated for more efficient access. Imagine accessing telebears, bearfacts, bspace, financial aid, email, and other vital student resources in one modern online portal. It would make all of our lives easier. This is the goal of CalCentral. Throughout the fall semester I worked with students on the COSE team as well as developers in Educational Technology Services to begin developing the basic architecture for the portal. We even began working on specific tools like a calendar and newer better bspace. With a project this huge we are constantly looking for new student input so please contact me if you are interested in getting involved.

2)    Fostering the Growth and Development of the Publications Community

Campus Publications are thriving. We have never seen so much support for campus publications. Publications serve as a historical record, documenting not only the happenings of our campus and the world, but also the culture and feelings of the times that we live in. While different publications serve different communities, I believe we are slowly coming together to leverage all of our resources and talented staff members. This past semester we worked together with the OCF to ensure that we have spaces within the Eshleman Surge Process where student groups will be moving out of Eshleman hall in 2012 in order to construct a rejuvenated Lower Sproul. In addition, our community heard about all the wonderful ASUC resources in a Publications leadership mixer complete with crackers, cheese, and lemonade. This coming semester we hope to see more events. I wanted to thank all of the wonderful editors who put their pens, reporter’s notebooks, and indesign files aside to meet and get to know each other. I am so proud to serve a community that is just as diverse as our campus community and also one that is willing to set differences aside to learn from each other.

3)    Increase Support for Google Apps for Education on our Campus

This past semester, we saw some huge gains in this goal. Throughout the semester I worked with Gabriel Gonzales, the Chief Technical Officer at Boalt Law School and the Project Manager for the Operational Excellence Email and Calendaring initiative, to gauge student support for alternative email and calendaring systems. Following the CalMail overload, I continued to voice student support for Google Apps for Education on our campus. It’s been a project that I worked on as Technological Development Officer in the ASUC last year and something I needed to see through this year. Campus officials were faced with the difficult choice between Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 360, and in the end, they chose the Google. It’s a great win for students as we are finally seeing the quality of student resources finally becoming better after years of cuts and fee hikes. This coming semester I hope to work with more Information Technology officials to tailor Google services to fit the needs of the diverse Cal community. This awesome new service that we are receiving is the result of work from years of student, staff, and administrative advocacy, and I am so happy to see it happen now!

 

It has been a great year partly due to the overwhelming support from my fellow senators and executives. I have received from Finally, I just wanted to thank you as a member of the Cal community for being engaged and for contributing to the diversity that makes UC Berkeley so wonderful. And Go Bears!

 

Best,

Justin Sayarath

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Economics | Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Minor | Class of 2013
Sayarath.Justin@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://www.studentaction.org | “Every Student, Every Year.”

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Coro is looking for outstanding applicants for the 2012-2013 Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. We seek motivated candidates from all disciplines and careers. We kindly request your partnership in reaching out to accomplished individuals who have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership and commitment to public affairs. Please circulate the summary below to your networks, listservs, and any other prospective applicants. If you would prefer a brief newsletter summary, please let me know.

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, post graduate, leadership training program where Fellows gain experience and a professional network through work in the government, nonprofit, labor, political, and business sectors. The main components of the program are consultancy projects and seminars. The deadline is Friday, January 20, 2012. To learn more about the Coro Fellows Program, click here.

 

Thank you in advance for making this opportunity available to others. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the information listed below.

 

Sincerely,

Yolanda De La Paz

Director of External Relations

Coro Center for Civic Leadership

ydelapaz@coro.org –  415.986.0521 x 103
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Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

 

Program Overview
Founded in 1947, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program that introduces participants to all aspects of public affairs. The Program combines direct experience, interaction with decision-makers, and development in analytical, group, and communication skills. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.
Cited by Princeton Review as one of the top ten fellowships in the country, the Coro Fellows Program familiarizes participants to all facets of the public affairs arena through field placements, weekly seminars, interviews, and focus weeks.

 

Field Placements Each Fellow works in a series of month long projects for a government agency, political campaign, business, labor union, and non-profit organization
Seminars Skill-based seminars teach negotiation, facilitation, consensus building, public speaking, and project management to hone analytical skills.
Interviews Fellows conduct hundreds of interviews with prominent leaders to inform their learning of public affairs and expand on their network.
Focus Weeks Week long immersions explore a sector or area, such as state government, agriculture, media, and technology.

 

Monthly stipends and tuition scholarships are available based on documented financial need.

Applying to the Fellows Program
Coro seeks bright, self-motivated individuals. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required and post-graduate academic study or work is encouraged. Fellows come from all academic disciplines, careers, and racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

 

Based on a review of applications, Coro will invite finalists to attend Selection Day in March. Sixty four Fellows are selected and will be placed in one of five Coro Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, or St. Louis.

 

Completed applications are due by FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2012. In order to apply for the program you must first fill out a pre-application.

 

Applications will be submitted online, you can access the application here.  If you have any questions, please contact corosfapply@coro.org or 415.986.0521 ext.103

 

Coro Information Sessions

You are invited to get an in depth look at the program and have your questions answered by Coro Fellows alumni themselves. Please visit this link to register for a Coro Fellows Webinar Info session. In addition, there will be a Coro Fellows Open House at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in San Francisco, on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30-8:00pm. Please contact ydelapaz@coro.org for details.

Serve as a StAR at the next UC Regents Meetings and represent the student voice

Hi all – FYI. Serving as a StAR affords you one-on-one access with the entire Board of Regents and is an incredible opportunity to represent UC students. The link to the application is below. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Joey Freeman

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From: Louise Hendrickson <uadirector@ucsa.org>
Date: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM
Subject: [UCSA Board] January StAR Application
To: UCSA Board <ucsaboard@googlegroups.com>, Council on Student Fees <uccsf@googlegroups.com>, uc-presidents-council@googlegroups.com, systemwide committee reps <ucsa-systemwide-committee-reps@googlegroups.com>

Hi All,

Please see attached the StAR application for the January UC Regents meeting at UC Riverside. If you are interested in attending, please apply and please send along to all of your constituents.

The application is also available on  the UCSA Website:

http://ucsa.org/section/view/student_advocates_to_the_regents_st

Please let me know if you have any questions. Good luck to those of you finishing up finals and congrats to everyone that is done!

Thanks!
Louise

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Louise Hendrickson
University Affairs Director | UC Student Association
Director | Council on Student Fees
385 Grand Avenue, Suite 302
Oakland, California 94610

www.ucsa.org

Anyone interested in the Clinton Global Initiative University?

Dear Dr. Birgeneau,

 

I am writing on behalf of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), President Clinton’s initiative designed to engage the next generation of student leaders on college campuses around the world.  The CGI U 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. from March 30 – April 1, 2012.

 

We kindly ask you to share this opportunity with students on your campus.  To be considered for attendance at CGI U, students should apply online at www.cgiu.org by January 17, 2012.  I have included a sample email blast, along with Facebook and Twitter blurbs below, which you can use to share with your networks on campus.

 

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), President Clinton hosts the CGI U Annual Meeting for students and youth organizations to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 3,500 students from over 650 schools and 110 countries.

In order to attend, all CGI U participants are required to develop a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on their campus, in their local community, or around the world.  The CGI U meeting includes plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events that provide participants with a wide variety of knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities. The program allows CGI U members to discuss global issues, develop practical skills, identify potential partners, and formulate concrete plans of action for the months ahead.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about CGI U 2012!
Best,

Jennifer

Jennifer Zeisler

Commitments Manager, CGI U

C L I N T O N   G L O B A L   I N I T I A T I V E

jennifer.zeisler@clintonglobalinitiative.org

(p) 212-710-4421 | (f) 212.397.2256

 

 

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Dear Student,

 

The application to attend the 2012 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), hosted by President Clinton, is now available.  Click here to apply online.

 

The deadline for applying to attend the meeting is Tuesday, January 17th.

 

President Clinton will host CGI U 2012 at The George Washington University from Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st, 2012.  CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative designed to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.  Each CGI U student member makes a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world.

 

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges.  I hope you have the chance to experience this event in DC.

 

Best regards,

XXX

 

 

 

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Twitter:

Don’t miss out on CGI U 2012 at GWU with President Clinton – the application deadline is January 17, 2012.  Apply here: http://goo.gl/jgn2l

 

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Facebook:

Apply now to attend CGI U 2012, President Clinton’s initiative that engages the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.  CGI U attendees come together to make a difference in five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.  CGI U 2012 will take place at The George Washington University from Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st, 2012.

 

The application deadline is January 17, 2012, and you can apply online at: http://www.cgiu.org/applying_to_cgiu/.

Student Group Classroom Reservations Open Soon!

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Student organizations may submit classroom reservation requests for the Spring 2012 semester beginning Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, sometime after 8am. Reservations will be processed as follows:

January 3, 2012-January 9, 2012:<o:p></o:p>

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January 10, 2012:<o:p></o:p>

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Processing of all requests for any weekend (Saturday & Sunday, 8 AM-10 PM) and evening (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM -10:30 PM) special events taking place from the first day of instruction to the last day of instruction (January 17, 2012-May 4, 2012)<o:p></o:p>

February 6, 2012 (approximately):<o:p></o:p>

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Processing of all requests for any weekday (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM) special events taking place from week four of instruction to the last day of instruction (February 6, 2012- May 4, 2012). <o:p></o:p>

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Prior to making reservations, please review the classroom reservation request process at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/studentgrps.html. If there are issues, updates will post to the Facebook page or bSpace page. <o:p></o:p>

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During the first three weeks of instruction, the Office of the Registrar, Classroom Scheduling, processes hundreds of room change requests for academic classes. During these three weeks, academic classes have priority scheduling over special events. If you have a special event room reservation on a weekday evening during the first three weeks of the term, there is a slight possibility that the room will be needed to accommodate an academic room change.  The Office of the Registrar, Classroom Scheduling, will make every effort to find a comparable replacement room if possible. When planning important events, meetings, or conferences, it may be wise to schedule these events after week four of the semester when academic room change requests have been completed.
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Please note that the Office of the Registrar will be closed December 23, 2011 through January 2, 2012 for the winter curtailment.