News Briefs

Tutors Needed for CALS Project

The CALS Project, a tutoring program offered free of charge to campus employees, is seeking volunteers. Volunteer tutors will work one-on-one with employees who seek help to improve their writing, speaking, reading and basic math skills. Noontime tutoring sessions will begin Oct. 9.

To date, more than 300 volunteers, including staff, retirees, students and members of the community, have helped campus employees develop skills to make them more confident and competent in their jobs.

Tutors enjoy the benefits of teaching self-selected, motivated adults who are appreciative of the tutor's time. In addition to preliminary training, the program provides resource material and ongoing support. No prior experience as a tutor is required.

For more information on becoming a tutor--or a learner--with the CALS project, contact Jane Griswold in Employee Development and Training at 643-6280 or

Mona Said It Best

The number of students 25 years old and older at Berkeley who are back in school after a break in their education has nearly doubled since the campus's Re-entry Program was founded in 1989.

This fall, 1,430 applications from re-entry students were received and 576 are attending.

"The word is out that Berkeley has made re-entry part of its commitment to diversity and that we have special services, many of them student-run, for re-entry students," said Helen Johnson, re-entry program coordinator. "They feel welcome, and Mona was part of that."

"Mona" is Mona Freye, an 80-year-old alumna who graduated--amid much publicity, including an appearance on David Letterman's show--in 1994. Her message, that "It's never too late to come back to school," spread throughout the world and prompted a flood of calls to the campus.

As she promised to do upon graduation, Freye now works as a Re-entry Program volunteer.

Grad Programs Expo

As many as 4,000 students are expected to attend a series of workshops this fall exploring hundreds of graduate and professional programs offered in the U.S. and abroad.

Sponsored by Career and Graduate School Services, representatives from professional and graduate programs in law, medicine, engineering, public policy, psychology, education, social work, planning and architecture, among others, will answer questions and provide information at the four separate events.

All events will be held in Pauley Ballroom and are open to the public.

* Graduate School Information Day will be held Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General graduate programs in arts and sciences as well as professional schools will be represented.

* Representatives from nearly 100 law schools will attend Law Day on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* On Nov. 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., schools of international affairs, business administration and private and public sector employers will attend International Affairs Career Information Day.

* Business schools from throughout the country will be represented at MBA Information Day on Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Diamond Update

An article in the Aug. 23 Berkeleyan announced Marian Diamond's departure as director of Lawrence Hall of Science to return to full-time teaching, effective Sept 1. Diamond has agreed, upon Vice Chancellor Cerny's request, to remain as director until Jan. 1. Cerny is conducting a nationwide search for a new director.

Old Masters' Concept of the Modern Child

"The New Child: British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood," an exhibit of 110 paintings, drawings and prints of children by late 18th and early 19th century artists, is on display through Nov. 19 at the University Art Museum.

The years between 1730 and 1830--known as the Georgian period--are considered a time of tremendous change in British society, according to museum director Jacquelynn Bass. The concept of childhood changed as well, and it triggered interest in portraying children in new ways. The exhibit explores the advent of modern ideas of childhood through the eyes of artists from this period.

In addition to paintings by old masters, the exhibit includes satirical prints, hand-colored engravings and a number of drawings of the artists' own children.

An international symposium, an exhibit of contemporary photographs, lecturers and a film and video series are scheduled in conjunction with the New Child exhibit.

For information on museum hours, admission fees and the schedule of events, call 642-1897.


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