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Gray Davis Headlines 131st Charter Day Celebration

By José Rodriguez, University Relations
Posted April 21, 1999

Gray Davis

California Governor
Gray Davis

An event that for more than a century has attracted the world's top scholars, heads of state and Nobel laureates brings to campus this year California's newly installed governor, Gray Davis. The governor is the featured speaker in the daylong celebration of the University's 131st Charter Day on Friday, April 30.

Gov. Davis' talk, which is open to all members of the campus community, is set for 11 a.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium. No tickets are required.

"Charter Day provides an ideal forum for the Governor to articulate further his vision for California, particularly with regard to the challenges of public education in the 21st century," said Chancellor Berdahl. "We're excited to have Governor Davis address us here in Berkeley at this early stage in his administration."

This year's Charter Day focuses on Cal traditions and, in contrast to previous observances, is decidedly playful. A noontime "Happy Birthday, Cal" celebration will take places in Dwinelle Plaza, featuring a Cal trivia contest with a prize drawing for a free vacation, birthday cake and performances by the Cal Marching Band, UC Men's Octet and Oski.

The Charter Day ceremony is preceded by the 1998 Haas International Award lecture. The recipient of the award this year, Dr. Ahmed A. Goueli, is minister of trade and supply for the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The Haas International Award is given each year to a Berkeley alumnus who is a native, citizen and resident of a nation other than the United States, and who has a distinguished record of service to his or her country.

Goueli's public lecture will take place at 10 a.m. in the Tilden Room of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, with a welcome reception at 9:30 a.m.

Supervisors are authorized to grant up to one and a half hours of administrative leave for staff to attend the April 30 Charter Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon in Zellerbach Auditorium. Staff employees should follow normal departmental procedures to request administrative leave. Other Charter Day activities will not be covered under the staff administrative leave policy.



April 21 - 27, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 31)
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