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posted December 02, 1998


Professor Jenny Franchot Memorial is Dec. 7

A memorial program for Professor Jenny Franchot will be held Monday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. in the Toll Room, Alumni House.

For information email or call 642-2770.


Watercolor Dreams at Latin American Studies Center

"Imagining the Land of Goodness and Beauty: Watercolors of Mapuche Dreams of Heaven" will be on display at the Center for Latin American Studies through Dec. 18. The paintings, created by visiting scholar Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, are based on dream narratives recorded by the artist during anthropological fieldwork with the Mapuche Indians in Chile.

The center gallery, located at 2334 Bowditch Street, is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m to 4 p.m.


A Clean Fuel First

A campus bus recently became the world's first to run on a new technology that offers the power of a diesel engine without the environmental or health hazards of diesel emissions.

Campus officials, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Westport Innovations, Inc., of British Columbia convened on campus Nov. 17 to announce the conversion of three campuses buses to compressed natural gas fuel, using the Canadian company's high-pressure direct injection system. The first bus using the new technology began running Nov. 17; the two others will begin their campus routes on natural gas fuel early next year.

"What we're trying to do is decrease pollutants and burn cleaner fuel," said Kevin Mathy, manager of the campus's transit operations. "We're helping to develop a new technology and trying to clean up the environment."


Dec. 4: Alternatives for the Americas Conference

Leaders from the U.S. and Latin America will meet on campus Dec. 4 to discuss new approaches to pressing trade issues and the global economy.

"Alternatives for the Americas: A Dialogue," from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Barrows Hall's Lipman Room, will feature a public forum on the effects of NAFTA and how future trade agreements can be improved.

"The participants represent a range of political affiliations and policy perspectives, but they are all open to exploring alternatives for the future," said Harley Shaiken, director of the Center for Latin American Studies and organizer of the conference.

Participants from the U.S. include David E. Bonior (D-Mich.), Democratic Whip and second ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives; Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Cal.), chair of the Hispanic Caucus; Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio); and Congressman William D. Delahunt (D-Mass.).

Participants from Latin America include Ciro Ferreira Gomes of Brazil, Vicente Fox Quesada of Mexico, Carlos Ominami of Chile and Facundo Guardado of El Salvador, among others.

For information call 642-2088.


CALS Project Celebrates Five Years on Dec. 8

The CALS Project will celebrate its staff peer tutoring program's first five years Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. To punctuate this milestone, the staff peer tutoring program will offer a new publication and anniversary bookmark to those attending the event. Chancellor Berdahl will speak in a brief ceremony beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Those interested in learning more about the CALS Project are encouraged to attend. Program information will be available.

More than 600 people have participated in this grassroots volunteer program, either as learners working to improve their communication, reading and math skills, or as volunteer tutors.

For information email Jane Griswold at or phone 643-5280.


Campus Power Test Dec. 20

The campus power load will be transferred to the cogeneration plant Sunday, Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, to test the plant's ability to hold the power in the event of a failure at PG&E, the campus's primary power source.

Officials of Campus Facilities Services do not expect the test to disrupt electrical service. If the power were to go out, they say, it would be restored within 15 to 20 minutes.

"We do not expect any problems," said Rick Karvosky, associate director of Campus Facilities Services. "We are just taking precautions and feel it prudent for others to do the same. We are asking anyone who has sensitive research, experiments or equipment to consider turning them off during the test period."


UREL Launches Web Site

University Relations launched its first web site Nov. 23. Located at, the site currently offers descriptions of all University Relations units and programs, links to related web sites, and a UREL staff directory.


Botanical Garden to Hold Holiday Plant Sale Dec. 5

The Botanical Garden will hold a seasonal plant sale Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. The plants, grown for the sale by volunteer propagators, will include house plants, cacti, succulents, rhododendrons, tillandsia, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, herbs, cymbidiums, bletillas, vines and bulbs. Plant sales are held each season to benefit the garden, located at 200 Centennial Dr. For information call 643-2755.


"The Drawing Speaks" Colloquium at BAM Dec. 5

A free interdisciplinary colloquium complementing Berkeley Art Museum's exhibition of drawings by 19th-century French sculptor Théophile Bra will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, at BAM's George Gund Theater, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"The Drawing Speaks" will include talks by distinguished campus and visiting scholars and a roundtable discussion exploring questions raised by the imagery, the significance of visual representation for the history of science and the psychopathology of art.

The colloquium opens at 9:30 a.m. and runs to 4:30 p.m. For information, call the Townsend Center at 643-9670 or see


Dec. 10: The Future of CSU

California State University Chancellor Charles Reed will discuss the future of the CSU system Thursday, Dec. 10, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor Stone Room, Bancroft Library.

The seminar is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education. Reed's 20-minute presentation on CSU in the 21st Century will be followed by a question and answer session.

For information call 642-5040.


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