News Briefs

Is it a COMET?

Yes, but we aren't talking about Hale-Bopp. We're talking about the Communications Telemanage-ment System-the software that will replace the existing Communication and Network Services (CNS) database systems.

Compco's MySoft client/server software has been selected to be campus's new telemanagement system. Compco, based in Nashville, Tenn., has been in the telemanage-ment business for more than 19 years and has been used by Berkeley's Residence Telephone Services for more than eight years. The MySoft product is also in use at many other campuses, including UC Davis and UCSF.

MySoft software will be phased in over the next two years.

It will provide improved voice and data billing information, streamlined customer service and repair functions, and data access over the World Wide Web.

One of the first changes will be in the billing statement format.

If you have questions about the charges on your billing statement, call your Telecommunications billing representative. For questions about the COMET project, contact Terri M. Kouba at kouba@uclink.

Summer Berkeleyans

This issue of Berkeleyan is the last of the spring semester.

Summer issues are planned for June 11 and July 16.

The June 11 issue will have a deadline of June 2, with a calendar covering events occurring June 12 through July 16.

The July 16 issue will have a deadline of July 7, and its calendar will cover events occurring July 17 through late August when weekly Berkeleyans resume.

Faculty Club Elections

The Faculty Club recently announced the election of new board of directors members and officers.

Four new directors, who will each serve a two-year term, were named at the annual general meeting April 18.

The four are Bruce Bolt, professor emeritus of geology and geophysics; Albert Bowker, professor emeritus of statistics; retired College Writing Programs lecturer Phyllis Brooks; and Mary Metz, dean of UC Extension.

Continuing board members are Melvin Klein of Lawrence Berkeley Lab; Susan Rosenblatt, deputy university librarian; and Margaret Wilkerson, professor and director of the Center for Theater Arts.

Benefits Medical Plan Carriers to Visit Campus

Want more information on your medical health plan? Thinking of switching medical plans during open enrollment later this year?

The Personnel Office Benefits Unit is sponsoring an informational series on the UC medical plans. A representative from each medical carrier will present an overview to include information about the referral process, prescription drugs, emergencies, providers, wellness programs and the function of customer service offered through the health plan. They will open the floor for questions afterward.

The informational sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 109 Morgan Hall.

The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, June 3: UC Care and Prudential High Option; Thursday, June 5: Kaiser North; Tuesday, June 10: HealthNet; Thursday, June 12: Pacificare; and Thursday, June 19: FHP/ Healthcare.

Back in the Saddle

It's official. Chancellor Tien has formally notified the department of mechanical engineering that he will resume his position as a professor when he steps down as chancellor July 1. However, Tien will be on sabbatical leave for the next academic year. "This is a wonderful development for the department,"professor David Auslander said of Tien's return in an email to faculty and staff of the department.

Four-Star Poet Profs

Robert Pinsky, the newly named U.S. poet laureate, has something in common (besides poetry) with English professor and outgoing laureate Robert Hass: Berkeley.

Before taking his current job at Boston University, Pinsky taught in the Berkeley English department in the late '80s.

Pinsky, 56, is highly regarded for his books of poetry, prose and translation. His 1994 verse translation of Dante's "Inferno" became a best seller. He was named poet laureate March 28 by the Librarian of Congress.

Robert Hass, during his tenure, crisscrossed the country to promote the cause of poetry. On May 1 he gave a final lecture in his official capacity as the nation's most highly decorated poet.

Wednesday Fun at LHS

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Funday. Ordinary Wednesdays become Summer Science Fundays at Lawrence Hall of Science, with special events, family entertainment and lots of cool science and math for all ages, June 18 through Aug. 20.

First up is "Dinosaurs and Their Young," slated for Wednesday, June 18, noon to 2 p.m.

Every dinosaur was once a baby. Explore how dinosaurs cared for their young. Make tracks of a mother dinosaur and her youngsters. Compare your own footprints with life-size tracks of a Tyrannosaurus-rex.Assemble extra-large dinosaur puzzles. All Funday activities are included with LHS admission.



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