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Summer Sessions Sneak Preview

Each summer Berkeley Summer Sessions offers more than 450 university-level courses in 50 academic departments. A preview of classes to be offered next summer is now available. Included are hundreds of classes listed A to Z, from African American Studies to Womens Studies and everything in between.

Berkeley Summer Sessions classes carry full academic credit. There are no admissions requirements. Berkeley students, visitors from other schools and countries and high school students completing the sophomore year are among those eligible to participate. The full catalog will be available by early March.

Up-to-date Summer Sessions program information is available on line at To receive a copy of the preview or be placed on the mailing list for the catalog, call 642-5611 or email


Domestic Partners Note

The following is a message to members of the university community regarding the status of health care benefits for domestic partners of UC employees. It was issued Wednesday, Dec. 3, by V. Wayne Kennedy, senior vice president for business and finance in the Office of the President.

Dear Colleagues:

On Nov. 21, 1997, the Board of Regents authorized President Atkinson to extend health care benefits to adults in a long-term, committed domestic relationship with a UC employee who are either same-sex domestic partners or precluded from marriage under California law because of a family relationship.

We are in the process of formulating and working through the support processes that must be adopted prior to opening enrollment for this benefit. A fact sheet is being prepared to answer questions regarding eligibility and will be issued to the university community early in 1998. We hope to provide a special enrollment later in the spring.

Your patience is requested during this process.


Weeknight Dance Fever At International House

Evening dance and aerobics classes are offered on an ongoing basis in the International House auditorium. All classes are free to I-House members, residents and alumni; $3 for the public.

Aerobics is taught Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Social dances are held Mondays from 9 to 11 p.m., with dance instruction during the first hour and a free choice of dances for the second. International folk dance is taught Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

I-House is located at the east side of campus at 2299 Piedmont Ave. For information call 642-9460.


Staff Writers Featured At Publications Salon

In what has become a holiday tradition, this month's Publications Roundtable , Dec. 18, will feature a poet, a playwright and a novelist-all campus staff members- reading from their work.

Featured readers for this year's writer's salon are Catalina Cariaga, a data control assistant in University Relations; Cathy Cockrell, associate editor of Berkeleyan; and Zack Rogow, an editor in the School of Education.

The Publications Roundtable is a forum for campus editorial and design staff, who meet monthly to discuss various aspects of communications.

The reading will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the sixth floor conference room, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton at Bancroft.


Award-Winning Work On Architecture Faculty

A monograph on the work of architecture professor Stanley Saitowitz recently won a 1998 American Institute of Architects International Architecture Book Award.

Titled "Stanley Saitowitz," the monograph was edited by Michael Bell with a postscript by architecture professor emeritus Lars Lerup, and published by Rice University School of Architecture and Princeton Architectural Press, New York. Bell, Lerup and Saitowitz are all graduates of the architecture department here.

The jury was chaired by AIA gold medal winner Richard Meier, and included Harrison Fraker Jr., dean of the College of Environmental Design.


France-Berkeley Fund: Call for Projects

The France-Berkeley Fund supports scientific and scholarly exchanges between Berkeley and research and higher education institutions in France. Applications for funding are accepted in all fields and should be postmarked by Feb. 2, 1998. The maximum award is $10,000.

Established in 1993 by Berkeley and the French Embassy in the United States, the fund supports new projects, especially those involving young scholars. Projects should be jointly submitted by a professor or researcher at Berkeley and a professor or researcher affiliated with a French public research institution or institution of higher learning.

Project summary and application forms are available from the fund's campus office and on the web at or

For information contact the fund at 250 Moses Hall, MC 2316, by phone at 643-5799, or by email at the addresses listed above.



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