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Sept. 9: Staff Chat With the Chancellor

Chancellor Robert Berdahl will meet with staff Wednesday, Sept. 9 at noon in Bechtel's Sibley Auditorium to discuss campus-related topics, including balancing work and life issues. He will then open up the session for questions and comments.

This is the chancellor's second address to staff since arriving at Berkeley last year.

The event was organized by Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA), a staff organization open to all non-academic staff employees for a $15 yearly fee.

During the past 20 years, BSA has helped establish the Career Development Handbook, the Staff Ombuds Office, the Staff Internship Program and Excellence in Management Awards.

For information, visit BSA's web site at


Campaign for the New Century Passes $800 Million

With more than $5 million in new pledges, gifts and grants for the month of August, the Campaign for the New Century reached a total of $821,875,035.95 toward its goal of $1.1 billion.

In the past fiscal year, more gifts and pledges were made to the campus than in any other single year &emdash; nearly 70,000. And alumni are contributing at a greater rate. After years of hovering around 10 percent, Berkeley's alumni-giving rate has reached 14 percent.


BAI Briefings Prepare Managers for Transition

More than 300 campus managers recently took part in the kickoff event for Berkeley Administrative Initiatives (BAI) training.

A series of briefings introduced managers to departmental implementation schedules, the process requirements for purchasing and payment transactions, and the need to identify processing units and staff members for the new Purchasing and Accounts Payable systems.

"The briefing really reminded me that the chickens have come home to roost on organizational readiness," said Management Services Officer Mary Meikle of the Graduate Division. "We've all attended the change and performance management workshops that Human Resources offered, and now the changes are real. They had the right people together in that room to give managers a useful and practical overview of the new systems."

Staff training will begin in October and the first departments will begin using the online systems in January.

Information about the BAI project, including the training plan and list of pilot departments, is posted at


Prison Art Exhibit at Worth Ryder Gallery

"Critical Resistance: Visions Beyond Lock Down," an exhibit of sculptures, photographs and paintings by prisoners and prison activists, will be on display at the Worth Ryder Gallery in Kroeber Hall Sept. 22 to Oct. 9.

The exhibit is presented by the Department of Art Practice, in collaboration with a campus conference on "Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex," Sept. 25 to 27.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, photographer Michael Jacobson-Hardy will give a noon lecture in the gallery on "Schools, Factories and Prisons." His book of photos and essays, "Behind the Razor Wire: Portrait of a Contemporary American Prison System," examines prison conditions in Massachusetts. Photographs and text from his book form part of the "Critical Resistance" exhibit.

A panel discussion among the artists and activists whose work is in the exhibition is scheduled for Sept. 24, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Both events take place in the gallery.

"By humanizing the face of the incarcerated, the exhibition intends to reveal a diverse and compelling portrait of prison life," says Kevin Radley, director of Worth Ryder Gallery.

For information call 642-2582.


Campus Health & Safety Fair Reminder

Mark your calendar for Sept. 23, when Work Smart, Safe, Well: Cal Health & Safety Fair '98 takes place in Pauley Ballroom on the third floor of the Martin Luther King Student Union and Upper Sproul Plaza. For complete information check the website at


Future of Filmmaking in a Digital Age, Sept. 26

From low-budget independent productions to effects-laden blockbusters, new digital technologies are transforming the way films are conceived, shot and edited.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, UC Berkeley Extension, in conjunction with the ResFest Digital Film Festival, will present a free panel discussion, "The Future of Filmmaking," at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Panelists led by Jonathan Wells, editor of Res magazine and director of the ResFest Digital Film Festival, will explore how new digital technologies influence production methods, visual aesthetics and styles of storytelling.

The program is from 1 to 3 p.m. Seating is limited; call 642-4111 to reserve a place.

Women's Studies Open House Sept. 23

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, from noon to 3 p.m., the women's studies department, the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group on Gender and the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality will hold an open house in their new, joint space in Dwinelle Hall.

The open house includes free food and drink and an opportunity to obtain information on programs. Meet students, faculty and staff in the new women's studies space at 3335 Dwinelle.

For information call 643-7172.


Sept. 23: Musical Portraits on Period Instruments

Operatic dances and musical portraits of Baroque composers and figures from the Court of Louis XV will be featured Sept. 23 during the free noon concert at Hertz Hall.

All works on the program were composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau, who was born this week in 1683.

Performing on period instruments, the ensemble features faculty members Elizabeth Blumenstock on violin and Charlene Brendler on harpsicord. Louise Carslake will play flute and Lynn Tetenbaum the viola da gamba.

The Wednesday noon concert series performances start promptly at 12:15 p.m. and end by 1 p.m.

For concert information call 642-4864.



The correct web address for the UC Berkeley Interactive University Project, mentioned in the Briefs section of the Sept. 2 Berkeleyan, is


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