News Briefs

"Bear Facts" Frees Students From Lines

Students are raving about "Bear Facts," according to Student Information Systems.

" This is easy, fast and has all the information needed. I wish I had this since my first semester," said one student.

Bear Facts is the new system that allows students to use a computer to do a number of things that formerly required standing in line. Students can update their addresses, view their grades and personal data, find out their status with financial aid, blocks and CARS billing, and make printouts of any of these items.

Currently Bear Facts stations with Macintoshes are available for student use in five offices: Financial Aid, Graduate Division, Housing, Student Learning Center and Career and Graduate School Services. The program is set up with a feedback screen inviting comments and suggestions.

So far, the main feedback is that students want Bear Facts in more areas of the campus. Student Information Services is in the process of acquiring a new server to extend the service to the computing labs, residence halls and the network--which means students can use it at home via modem.

Future additions to the system are in the planning process. Also, Bear Facts is gaining the interest of staff and faculty, and a staff version has been suggested.

Call for Applications: Engineering Dean

Applications and nominations are being accepted now through Nov. 30 for the position of dean of the College of Engineering. The dean is responsible for the administration of the college, reporting to the vice chancellor. The appointment will be effective July 1, 1996, and extends normally for five years.

The search for a dean, who must hold the rank of full professor, will be confined to the College of Engineering on the Berkeley campus.

The college has 190 regular faculty, 1,438 graduate students, and 2,304 undergraduate students located in seven departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering.

The college also administers five organized research units. Six associate deans assist the dean in instructional and research matters related to college academic units and programs.

Faculty, students, alumni and staff are welcome to nominate candidates. Applications and nominations may be sent to the search committee c/o Sarah Moulton, 200 California Hall, #1500.

Write an Essay, Win Some Cash

"Fired with Enthusiasm!" is the subject for this year's Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer essay competition, open to students, faculty and staff. In the spirit of the late longshoreman-turned-writer's philosophy of "the more you write, the less you say," the essay length is limited to 500 words.

There will be $2,000 in prizes awarded for the best essays. Last year $1,000 each was awarded to undergraduate Reed Evans and library staff member Chris Haight. Past winning essays are filed in Bancroft Library.

Entries must be submitted in person to the Committee on Prizes office, 229 Sproul, by Jan. 19, 1996. Call 642-3498 for more information.

Health Service Director

Application are being accepted for the position of director, University Health Services. The director oversees a comprehensive health program in a multicultural setting providing primary outpatient medical care, mental health, public health and prevention services to students, faculty and staff at Berkeley and four affiliated institutions.

The position requires demonstrated experience in health care administration at a university or comparable institution, and technical knowledge of community public health care management, including managed care. The director manages an annual operating budget of $11.7 million, $17 million in student health insurance, workers compensation insurance plans and 181.5 full time employees.

Applications are due Nov. 17. Nomination letters invited. Submit letter of application, resume and the names of three current references to Betty Briggs-Marshall, Box #10-801-80, 207 University Hall #3540.

Staff Discounts on Independent Courses

For those who like to learn but don't like to--or can't--attend classes, the Center for Media and Independent Learning offers 150 courses by mail, e-mail and fax.

Now through Dec. 31, CMIL, which is the statewide department of UC Extension, is offering a 25 percent discount on enrollment fees to Berkeley career staff. The courses are self-paced, allowing students to work on assignments whenever and wherever they choose.

For a free catalog or more information, call 642-4124.

Piano Performance

Cindy Cox, assistant professor of music, will present a performance-discussion on Sunday, Nov. 5, as part of the the Bay Area Pianists fall program series.

Composer-pianist Cox will focus on 20th century music, featuring compositions by Messiaen, Takemitsu, Wuorinen and one of her own compositions.

Cox's achievements as a pianist and composer have been recognized by several notable fellowships, grants and commissions. Her concert will begin at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington. For ticket information, call 841-7721.

Family Day Reminder

Free Family Day at the University Art Museum is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, planned in conjunction with the "Day of the Child" exhibit, includes free admission, tours and activities for kids. For more information, call 642-1438.


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