July 21, 2003
Twenty eight non-Senate academics and 100 staff members were winners
in UCSC's first housing lottery.
Before the names were drawn in a Merrill Dining Hall ceremony on July
15, Faculty and Staff Housing manager Steve Houser noted that 252 applications
were received. Of those, 10 were found to be ineligible and 11 withdrew
their names from consideration. Of the remaining 231, Houser said, 203
were staff members.
Initial plans called for drawing the names of 50 staff members and 15
nonsenate academics, but Houser announced that the numbers would be doubled
to give current employees a better chance of getting a spot. That meant
that all the non-Senate academics who applied made the list.
The housing most likely to be available soon is in Hagar Court, where
apartments are being converted to condominiums. Fifty units are expected
to be ready during 2003.
Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor John Simpson delivered the
opening remarks for a three-day online teaching institute sponsored by
the UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP)
that drew more than 125 teachers from across the state.
The institute, held July 16-18 at the UCSC Inn and Conference Center,
The institute covered a range of subjects, including mentoring students,
online teaching, web site development, and computer networks. Leaders
encouraged participants to integrate online teaching and learning in a
single classroom as part of a school's technology plan.
UCCP is a Santa Cruz-based UC program that provides online college preparatory
courses, content, test preparation, and academic support free of charge
to students and teachers from eligible schools. UCCP develops online college
preparatory courses that are aligned with California content standards
and fulfill UC admission requirements. UCCP has reached more than 8,000
UCSC's Arts & Lectures offers an exclusive early ticketing period for members only from July 14 to 28. The new 2003-04 season features 23 performances and the lineup can be found online. The early ticketing period for subscribers will run from August 1 to 31. For more information, contact the UCSC Ticket Office at (831) 459-2159.
Third graders from Spring Hill School came to campus recently to tour the Fackler Cogeneration Plant as part of their study of power generation. They were the first elementary school group to visit the facility.
The students were accompanied by their teacher, Jennifer Riddle, who arranged the tour with Rachel Huff, business coordinator for Building and Utility Services.
Mark Sine, a Cogen engine specialist, took the children around the plant, showing them the switchgear, which operates the campus electrical grid; the campus boilers, which heat the water for heating the core campus buildings; and the Cogen engine, which provides power to two-thirds of the campus, in parallel with PG&E.
Sine answered tough questions from the students, including, What is PG&E?; What is that phone (the intercom between campus substations) for?; What are the radios for?; and, Are we getting earplugs?
The students each left with their earplugs and a packet of UCSC souvenirs
assembled especially for them by Jim West, senior superintendent of Building
and Utility Services.
Thomas Wittman of the UCSC Farm & Garden and Molino Creek Farming Collective will share his knowledge and plans for gazebos, benches, trellises, garden sheds, and more at a workshop titled "Building Garden Structures." The workshop will take place on Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Louise Cain Gatehouse at the Farm.
The cost is $15 for members of the Friends of the Farm & Garden,
$25 for nonmembers, payable at the workshop. Call (831) 459-3240 for more
information. The event is sponsored by the Center
for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.
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