May 3, 2004
Cosponsored by the Staff Advisory Board and Acting Chancellor Martin
M. Chemers, the event includes a breakfast buffet, drawings for prizes,
and music by the Lutz, Bowers and Jones Trio, a jazz band. Prize winners
will be drawn from a new pool of names each half hour. The free breakfast
will be at the Stevenson Event Center, formerly Stevenson Dining Hall.
A student forum on the effort under way to update the campus's Long Range
Development Plan has been organized for Tuesday, May 11. The meeting will
take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Student Union (former bookstore).
LRDP consultant Cooper, Robertson & Partners will be on hand to discuss
the planning effort. Topics to be discussed include:
University Labor United, a coalition of all UCSC unions, will hold a public forum on Thursday, May 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in College Eight, Room 240. The subject of the forum is Sharing Our Stories: How UCSC Budget Priorities Harm Staff, Students, Faculty, and Community.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be served. For more
information, contact Julie Jacobs at (831) 459-5743.
A documentary film, titled These Are Our Kids: Transforming Juvenile Detention in Three American Cities, which shows the power and effectiveness of detention system reforms in Santa Cruz, Chicago, and Portland, will be screened on Wednesday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at College Nine and College Ten.
A panel discussion will follow with Bart Lubow, director of the Program for High-Risk Youth at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Raquel Mariscal, senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and an activist in Santa Cruz County; James Bell, executive director of the W. Haywook Burns Institute and an expert on disproportionate minority confinement; Scott MacDonald, director of juvenile probation for Santa Cruz County; and Mardi Wormhoudt, Santa Cruz County supervisor.
The campus community is invited to attend a live videoconference Thursday
with a top official of the U.S. Department of State. David J. Young, director
of the Office of International Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C.,
will participate in a live videoconference with students in two UCSC politics
classes on Thursday, May 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Media Theater. Young
will make a brief presentation about the State Department's global efforts
to promote religious freedom, and then respond to questions from the audience
for the remainder of the class.
"As far as I know, this is the first time UCSC has had a live videoconference
with a State Department official," said Annette Clear, assistant
professor of politics, who arranged for Young to participate as part of
her "Sovereignty and Intervention" class. Also attending the
videoconference will be students in politics professor Ronnie Lipschutz's
"United States and the World" class.
Young has been a career foreign service officer since 1989. His has expertise
in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and has "functional expertise"
in the United Nations, international organizations, and human rights.
The UCSC Recreation Department is sponsoring the following upcoming classes.
Register by calling (831)459-2806.
CPR Heartsaver - May 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Field Studies: The Language of Birds - May 8, 10 a.m. to sunset
Leave the classroom behind and learn valuable tools to enhance our awareness
through the knowledge and practice of bird language. Bring binoculars
(optional), field notebook, water, lunch and be prepared to hike. Instructor
is Chris Kuntzsch, a former Wilderness Orientation and Outward Bound instructor,
who studied birds for the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Santa Cruz
Predatory Bird Research Group. His involvement with Wilderness Awareness
School and Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School opened the doors to the vast
world of bird language. Depart from the Recreation Office porch, East
Field House; cost is $20/UCSC students, $25/general.
Two Executive Budget Committee subcommittee forums are scheduled during
May at Thimann Lecture Hall 3. A time and attendance system update will
be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on May 5. Peter McMillan, computing manager for
the Office of Planning and Analysis, will detail the process of selecting
a new vendor for the system. Financial transactions are the subject of
a forum on May 12, also from 2 to 3 p.m.
Academic Human Resources will hold information sessions for assistant professors on Wednesday, May 18, from 3 to 5 p.m., or Thursday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, both in McHenry Library, Room 325. You need only attend one session.
These sessions are intended to help assistant professors understand
some of the
The transition of the Colleges and University Dining Services to self-operation
took another step toward completion recently as more than 100 food service
workers were trained in customer service, safety, sanitation, Title IX
requirements, and culinary production. Workshops were held in English
and Spanish over a five-day period and included a cooking competition,
reported Scot Berlin, new associate director of dining.
The transition is expected to be completed in June. For more information,
UC is best of top-ranked
university at enrolling low-income students, study says
The study by Tom Mortenson of Postsecondary
Education Opportunity, a national newsletter on access to higher education,
looked at the top 50 national universities as ranked by U.S. News &
World Report and ranked them according to the number of Pell Grant
recipients they enrolled. Recipients of Pell Grants come from low-income
families whose earnings are usually below $35,000 a year.
The six UC campuses that made the U.S. News & World Report list fill all the top slots in Mortenson's study. UCLA enrolled the highest percentage of low-income students in the nation, with 35.1 percent of its students qualifying for Pell Grants. UC Berkeley follows, with 32.4 percent; UC Irvine is third with 31.5 percent; UC Davis, fourth with 28.5 percent; UC San Diego, fifth with 28.3 percent; and UC Santa Barbara, sixth with 24.8 percent.
UC's own analyses reveal that its other two undergraduate campuses also enroll high percentages of low-income students: UC Riverside (40.9 percent) and UC Santa Cruz (26.7 percent).
The Eligibility and Admissions Study Group, appointed by UC President
Dynes to examine undergraduate eligibility and admissions policies and
implementation, has issued its final report, available online at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/compreview/sudygroup_final0404.pdf
The report reaffirms UC's basic admissions policy but asks that the administration
and Academic Senate evaluate and report on a series of issues the Study
Group believes deserve further exploration. These issues for further exploration
include such things as the policy of each campus admitting from the full
range of the eligibility pool, the alignment between systemwide policy
and campus practices in the use of certain admissions criteria, the desirability
of including letters of recommendation in future admissions requirements,
and the feasibility of making campuses appeals procedures more consistent.
Academic Information Systems will host two events in May at the Stevenson
Event Center (formerly Stevenson Dining Hall).
The topic of the first session is "What do you need to do to prepare yourself to help a student with priority enrollment in AIS for fall 2004?" It will be from 10 a.m. to noon, May 3. Continuing students will be using AIS for fall 2004 priority enrollment beginning May 19.
On May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, the topic will be "How does a student
use AIS priority enrollment for fall 2004?"
The Holistic Health program at UCSC is offering lunchtime chair massages
at various campus locations from some of the program's top students. A
20-minute massage costs $10; a 40-minute massage is $20. Massages will
be available on May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27. Call (831) 459-2668
to reserve a time.
On May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers may join the Campus Natural
Reserves staff for exotic/invasive species removal from the coastal strand
at the Younger Lagoon Reserve. Participants should RSVP at email@example.com,
meet at 10 a.m. at the UCSC Barn Theater, and carpool to Younger Lagoon.
Volunteers should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, and
bring water and lunch; snacks will be provided.
Soil preparation work for the new Humanities and Social Sciences Building
at the corner of McLaughlin and Hagar Drives is continuing. The $29 million
project will provide offices, classrooms, and research space for the Divisions
of Humanities and Social Sciences.