Signboards on Sather Bridge

Welcome Back Signatories!

Signboard Signups will happen on Monday, 2/4 from 10am-1pm.  We have a limited number of spots and the Google form will close at 1pm unless there are still spots available.
Access the form here: https://docs.google.com/a/berkeley.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dERnRlBxb1hDdFUyQ1NIcmlHWWdFeUE6MQ#gid=0

You will be notified of your status by noon Wednesday 2/6.
Boards can be approved by the LEAD Center from 4pm-5pm on Thursday, 2/7.  Your board MUST be approved prior to posting on the bridge.

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Lower Sproul Redevelopment Begins!

Dear Cal Bears,

The Lower Sproul Redevelopment program is officially getting under way,
and as a result there will be significant changes to the Lower Sproul
Plaza when you return to campus this week. The Lower Sproul project is a
multi-million dollar student-led program to reinvigorate Lower Sproul by
rebuildling Eshleman Hall, significantly expanding and remodeling the
MLK Jr. Student Union, and improving Cesar Chavez and Anthony Hall.  It
began with the B.E.A.R.S. Initiative Referendum in the Spring of 2009,
and will continue until the Fall of 2015. This is an incredibly exciting
project, and it will provide fantastic new spaces and opportunities for
thousands of students at Berkeley.

Here are the changes that have already taken place or will begin this
Spring semester:

Relocated Career Center
The Career Center was relocated this fall to 2440 Bancroft Way
(Telegraph and Dana)

MLK Jr Student Union and Bookstore
The bookstore will remain open through mid-February 2013, but all other
rooms in the MLK Jr Student Union including Pauley Ballroom, the Tilden
Room, and all the restaurants are now closed. Alumnae Hall, located in
the Anna Head complex between Crossroads Dining and Martinez Commons,
will be opening in the Spring as an alternative event space for the
duration of the project.

Anthony Hall Remodeling
Anthony Hall is undergoing a significant remodeling and retrofit during
winter break and will be reopening in late January with final
landscaping scheduled to be completed in April.

Eshleman Hall Demolition
Eshleman Hall is now closed and a total cleaning out of the building is
continuing through January. Removal of hazardous material will begin in
February and complete demolition of the building is scheduled to be
completed in the summer. Fencing will surround the building throughout
this process.

Cesar Chavez Interior Improvements
Interior improvements to the Cesar Chavez Student Center began during
the winter break, including new flooring & paint in the classrooms and
restroom upgrades. All these changes are scheduled to be completed by
March.

Changing Bus Stops on Bancroft at Eshleman Hall
The AC Transit stops for the F, 49, 51B, 52 and UC Berkeley shuttles
that stop on Bancroft at Eshleman Hall have been moved one block up the
street to the former loading zone in front of Sproul Hall.

The stops for the AC Transit Lines 1 and 1R on Bancroft Way at Eshleman
have been removed. The lines will still to stop on Telegraph at Durant
as well as on Bancroft at Dana.

Sidewalk Closed on Bancroft from Telegraph to Dana
The sidewalk on the north side of Bancroft will be closed starting in
mid-January and the crosswalk on Bancroft Way at Sather Lane have been
removed. Pedestrians will be able to cross Bancroft Way only at
Telegraph Ave or Dana Street.

If you would like to find out more information about the Lower Sproul
Redevelopment project, you can check out the project website at
https://lowersproul.berkeley.edu/

Any questions regarding the project can be directed to the Lower Sproul
Communications Coordinator at lsinfo@berkeley.edu

Thank you for your patience throughout this process. We apologize for
any inconvenience these changes may cause, but we are confident that the
new Lower Sproul will provide amazing new opportunities and experiences
for Cal students for years and years to come!

Go Bears,

Connor Landgraf
ASUC President

Bahar Navab
Graduate Assembly President

David Surratt selected as New Associate Dean of Students

Community,

After a successful search, I am pleased to announce the hiring of David Surratt as the Associate Dean of Students. David is currently the Dean of Students at Rosemont College, a four-year Catholic College near Philadelphia, PA, where he is responsible for all aspects of undergraduate student life including athletics, student conduct, disability services, residence life and housing operations, student activities, orientation, counseling and health services and wellness. In his role he also serves as the Title IX Compliance Officer. Prior leadership roles include service as the Director of Residence Life at Saint Peters University, Assistant Director of Student Life at the Pennsylvania State University Berks College and Coordinator of Residence Life at both Mont Alto and Main Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. 

In his new role as Associate Dean, David will serve as a chief strategist to the Dean of Students and participate as a member of the Dean’s central leadership team and will assist and advise on the development and implementation of DOS priorities, goals, budget, and fund-raising initiatives. He will represent the DOS on high level committees and task forces, including those convened by the Chancellor, Provost, Vice Chancellor, and faculty members. David will serve as a strategist and consultant to the DOS and the Protest Response Group before, during, and after campus protests and acts of student civil disobedience, and act as the liaison between protesters, the Administration, and UCPD in the absence of the Dean.  

 

David will also serve as the campus subject matter expert (SME) for all matters pertaining to the First Year Experience (FYE). In this capacity, he will collaborate closely with faculty members and leading administrators within the College of Letters & Science to develop and implement a vision and direction for UC Berkeley’s first comprehensive, co-curricular, unique in class First Year Experience (FYE) program, and will supervise a high achieving FYE staff, lead program assessment efforts and write reports suitable for publication in professional journals. David will also supervise and coordinate the work and budgets of 10 professional staff in the First Year Experience Program and New Student Services, Assessment, Student Legal Services, Marketing and Communications and the Assistant Dean of Students who chairs the Students of Concern Committee and oversees the response to students of concern, crisis management, behavioral intervention and violence reduction programs.

 

David completed a B.A. in English Literature and M.A. in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma and is currently an Ed.D. candidate in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University. David will officially begin on March 11, 2013 and our office will be coordinating a welcome reception in his honor and contacting many of you for meetings with David during his first month to assist in his transition to our community.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Poullard

Dean of Students and

Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs

Office of the Dean of Students

Phone: (510) 642 6741

fax: (510) 642 7167

sa.berkeley.edu/dean

Interested in Politics? Want to learn how to Lobby? Take the Lobby Corps DeCal.

The Lobby Corps Commission, an ASUC sponsored organization within EAVP, has created a DeCal for next semester. Lobby Corps is a team of 15 students, and we lobby state and local legislators for bills contested in the California Legislature that improve our education; for example, in the past, we have lobbied for online voting, the Middle Class Scholarship Act, the DREAM Act (that passed), and many more bills that greatly affect students. The other purpose of Lobby Corps is to help students understand current events and issues that affect students, and teach students the skills on how to lobby for their education. Therefore, Lobby Corps has created a DeCal called, “Lobbying for your Education,” to keep students up to date with issues pertaining to education and politics. We will also teach lobbying skills to help students fight for their education. 
 
This will be a 2 unit P/NP DeCal, held every Monday from 7-9pm. It is open to everyone on a first come-first serve basis after the CCN is released. There will be allowed for a maximum of 30 students to take this class; after that, there will be a waiting list. The classroom # and CCN will be announced during the first week of classes. 
 
There are some awesome perks that this DeCal provides. Through a campaign project, you will have a chance to win a free trip to lobby in DC, subsidized by the ASUC. If you are interested in pursuing the public policy minor, this DeCal can be used as one of 2 DeCals for the minor. There will also be multiple guest speakers and discussions to enhance your knowledge of lobbying and politics. 
 
This DeCal will prepare you with the skills to attend the Student Lobby Corps Conference in Sacramento, on the weekend of March 1-4, where you will attend a conference with workshops learning about the issues surrounding education in California. In addition, on March 4th, there will be a march and rally at the state capital with students from UCs, CSUs, and community colleges all over California, in conjunction with lobbying individual legislators that YOU will participate in. This event is sponsored by UCSA – for more information, go to http://ucsa.org/section/view/home
 
If you have any questions, please email the DeCal facilitators, Janet Navarro (ujleyjy@gmail.com), and Emily Truax (etruax@berkeley.edu). 
 
Taking this DeCal will enhance your experiences and education at Cal! We hope you all decide to take this DeCal! 
Best,
Janet Navarro (Lobby Corps DeCal Facilitator) and Emily Truax (Lobby Corps Commission Director and DeCal Facilitator)

MLK Garage under construction today, expect flaggers to direct traffic

All –

Work on underground electrical lines near the entrance to the MLK Garage is scheduled tomorrow Tuesday January 15 and Wednesday January 16 as part of the preparation for Lower Sproul Redevelopment construction.  It will involve some trenching and other work in and near the driveway.  Access to the garage for parking and deliveries will be maintained at all times; flaggers will be on site to direct traffic.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Christine

 

Christine Shaff

Communications Director

UC Berkeley Facilities Services

1 A&E Building

Berkeley CA 94720-1380

 

510 643-4793

cshaff@berkeley.edu

OE Campus Shared Services IT Support

Dear Campus Community,

On Thursday, January 17th, Campus Shared Services (CSS) will launch IT support for all faculty and staff in the Chancellor’s Office, units within VCAF, IST and the Office of the CIO, and groups who currently receive IT service from DOCS.

Campus Shared Services IT can be contacted three ways:

Regardless of how you choose to contact them, CSS is committed to timely response and resolution, as outlined in the foundational service level agreement.

To see FAQs, the CSS rollout scheduleCSS services and more, visit sharedservices.berkeley.edu.  Please contact the Campus Shared Services team with any questions at sharedservices@berkeley.edu or itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.

This launch would not have been possible without the generous and valuable input provided to the project by hundreds of staff, faculty and students and the hard work and dedication of the CSS team.  On behalf of the whole Berkeley community, we thank all of them for their contributions toward preserving the university’s tradition of access and excellence.

Thank you,

J. Keith Gilless
Dean, College of Natural Resources

John Wilton
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance

Thera Kalmijn
Chief Operating Officer, Campus Shared Services

If you are a manager who supervises Cal employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.

Please do not reply to this message

Cal Student Central: One location for student financial, registration and documentation needs.

After years of collaboration between students and administration, it’s almost ready!

 

 

Cal Student Central: One location for student financial, registration and documentation needs.

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

We are pleased to announce the grand opening of Cal Student Central, a one-stop student services center that will help to transform the student experience by bringing together financial aid,* fees and billing, payments, disbursements, registration and enrollment in one convenient location. In the past, students who needed to take care of this essential business had to visit several different offices, some located across campus from each other. The primary goal of Cal Student Central’s cross-trained, service-oriented team is to ensure a timely and efficient response to student requests, while reducing the need to refer students elsewhere. Located in 120 Sproul Hall and open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cal Student Central is the place where students can now order a transcript or verify enrollment, ask financial aid questions, apply for an emergency loan, pick up a refund check or pay their tuition and fees.

Cal Student Central is an Operational Excellence project and early on in the design process was identified by student representatives as a top priority. Because the student experience is central to this project, its advisory committee had significant student representation. Students shared their preferred service process–including how they would like to meet with staff in an open, casual environment–and they helped with the layout of the space down to the configuration of furniture. Student input also helped to determine the name and visual design preferences, making the formation of Cal Student Central truly a collaborative effort. We thank the students and staff who provided vital feedback throughout the planning and implementation process.

For additional information and a complete list of services provided in 120 Sproul Hall, visit studentcentral.berkeley.edu.

Sincerely,

 

Harry Le Grande
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs                       

Catherine Koshland
Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning and Facilities

Sign up for Calapalooza Spring 2013 !

Hello Student Leaders!
 
I hope this email finds you well and I hope you all ready for an exciting new year. On Thursday, January 24 from 2-5PM the ASUC will be hosting the annual Spring Calapalooza student organization fair and we invite you to participate!
 
Sign up for Calapalooza here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHl6U3pOWktFSUhRcWJ0MS1MTFhuVlE6MQ

Calapalooza Spring 2013 is scheduled to be on Thursday, January 24th from 2-5 PM on Dwinelle and Wheeler Plaza. All student orgs must arrive by 12:30 PM to begin setting up and must be cleaned up by 6 PM. All student groups signed up and confirmed for Calapalooza will receive tables and chairs on the day-of, and will be informed of their table location in a Google document prior to the day of Calapalooza.

If you have any further questions, comments or concerns, please indicate them below or email the Calapalooza Event Director, Nancy Thi Pham, at calapalaooza2013@gmail.com.

 
best,
Justin Sayarath
University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Economics | Class of 2013
JustinSayarath@Berkeley.edu | (619) 313-3737 | www.justinsayarath.com

Executive Vice President | Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) | UC Berkeley Student Government | 2012-2013

Senator | Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) | UC Berkeley Student Government | 2011-2012
Senior Adviser | Caliber Magazine
 
*For bCal scheduling please invite JustinSayarath@Berkeley.edu

Student Group Classroom Reservation system opens for SPRING REQUESTS tomorrow, RESERVE YOUR CLASSROOMS, trainings available

Hi all,

Tomorrow the student group classroom reservations system will open for spring requests at approximately 8:00am PST. The reservations process is rolled out in two phases. When the system opens tomorrow, you will be able to submit requests for weekday evenings from Jan. 16th through Feb. 8th, and weekend dates from Jan. 19th through May 5th. Please see the manual in the Resources section of our bSpace for more details on the two phases of the process and special dates through the semester on which we do not make reservations.

Here are some tips to maximize your chances of having your requests filled successfully:

1. Plan ahead. Remember that you are limited to 30 weekday reservations per semester, and no more than two large rooms at any one time.

2. If you are planning an event that will require a large room, please see the PDF in the Resources section of our bSpace that lists dates on which the most popular large rooms are already taken. Remember that academic and administrative departments can submit requests up to a year in advance, so large rooms are already taken on a number of dates.

3. Be flexible! Assume that you will not be able to get your first choice in day/time/size. Our manual explains in detail how you can tell us in your request what to do if the criteria you enter into the form yields no results when we do a search, and how we can modify your request.

Also, please remember to delete any duplicate requests tomorrow morning, or we will have to put your request on hold while we contact you to clarify the situation.

If you have not joined our bSpace, we strongly suggest that you do. Our bSpace is the vehicle we use to communicate with signatories (note that this is not the site you use to submit requests).

1. Log into bSpace at https://bspace.berkeley.edu/ using CalNet ID and password.
2. Click on “Membership” item on the left hand menu.
3. Click the “Joinable Sites” link.
4. Enter “student group classroom reservations” into the Search field and press “Search.”
5. The Student Group Classroom Reservations site will come up in the results. Click on the “Join” link below its name.

We will hold a training session for new signatories, or signatories who were not able to attend the last session, on Wednesday, Jan. 16th, from 11:45am-12:45pm in 127 Sproul. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, as space is limited.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at roomres@berkeley.edu.

Deborah Gray
Special Event Scheduler, Classroom Scheduling
University of California, Berkeley
123 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-5404
(510)642-4721