Lower Sproul Update: Construction on Bancroft Way near Sproul Hall scheduled to start Monday

Construction on Bancroft Way near Sproul Hall scheduled to start Monday

The white/pull out zone on the north side of Bancroft Way at Barrow Lane is going to serve as a bus stop location during construction at Lower Sproul.  Preparation of the area is scheduled to start Monday Dec. 17 with some asphalt and concrete removal.  Construction activity will include building out the sidewalk and paving.  Relocation of the bus shelter and AC Transit stop is scheduled to take place the first week of January.

More detail about changes to circulation around Lower Sproul will be shared as schedules are confirmed.  Weekly construction updates will also begin in the new year – if you would like to receive them via email please send a request to cshaff@berkeley.edu.

Questions or concerns about the upcoming work on Bancroft Way or construction for Lower Sproul Redevelopment should be directed to Christine Shaff, UC Berkeley Facilities Services, at 643-4793.



Help design CalCentral, Cal’s online one-stop-shop (combine bspace, telebears, bearfacts, etc…)

COSE members,

UC Berkeley’s CalCentral project seeks student input on CalCentral features and user interface designs. Graduate students are especially encouraged to participate. This will be the last opportunity for students to give design input on the completely revamped CalCentral currently scheduled for release next semester.

CalCentral’s goal is to provide an integrated, personalized and customized view of the information and functionality that students need to conduct their academic and campus lives at Berkeley. The ultimate goal of these sessions is to make CalCentral as useful and usable as possible.

Participation will involve one hour of time this week, on Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14. To encourage participation, each participant will be offered an incentive worth $5.

If you have previously completed a CalCentral screening survey, just let us know via email that you are interested in participating again this time.

If you have not completed a screening survey, please fill it out as soon as possible:


The survey should take about 2 minutes to complete.

Once you complete a survey, please sign up for a session:


For more information about signing up on Google calendar, see the instructions at the end of this message.

Thank you!

— Rachel Hollowgrass and Allison Bloodworth
CalCentral User Experience Team

Rachel Hollowgrass
Senior User Experience Designer
Educational Technology Services
University of California at Berkeley

(510) 673-9932

Signing up for a CalCentral user input session

To use Google Calendar Appointment Slots:

1. Sign in to your Google account at:


2. Navigate to the Appointment Slots page:


The bConnected page appears. Make sure that it is in “Week” view.

3. If necessary, navigate to the week starting December 10.

All available appointment slots are visible.

4. Click on a appointment to sign up.

The “Book an appointment” overlay appears.

5. Click Save.

The appointment changes color, and becomes unavailable to others.

6. Click “View / edit in Google Calendar.”

Your appointment is now on your calendar.

Hearst Gym Closure

Hearst Gym will be closed Saturday Dec 15 through Monday Jan 14.  The closure is due to the final Phase (Phase 3) of the Lower Sproul/Hearst Gym Renovation Project.  During this closure, there will not be access to the men’s restroom/locker room and the women’s restroom on the east end of the building.  All staff/students working in the building during the closure will need to access the restrooms in Hearst Annex.  The west and north doors will be alarmed, as well as the door from 114 into the Hearst Gym Hallway.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes for You!

 Hey Cal Bears!

In addition to scholarships, UC Berkeley Prizes and Honors Program offers over 25 different prizes for the campus community.  Each prize rewards creative expression and scholarly achievement by Cal’s finest students, involving different forms of expression from musical compositions to essays.  Check out the list of available prizes here: http://students.berkeley.edu/finaid/undergraduates/types_prizes.htm.
One of our upcoming prizes:
The Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize.  
Eric Hoffer believed that every idea could be expressed in a few words (500 words or less)
This year’s topic is Gravity.  
Up to $3,000 are awarded at the judge’s discretion.  
Deadline: December 3, 2012 4PM to Sproul 210A
There are a number of other prizes available to the campus community and we hope you all take the time to check them out!
Go Bears!
Justine Huang and Stephanie Tran
ASUC | AAVP | Academic Senate Committee on Prizes