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By D. Lyn Hunter, Public Affairs
Posted April 21, 1999

Joan Gatten, an administrative assistant at Doe Library, loves poetry.

In an effort to share her passion for prose with the campus community, she founded Rhyme and Reason, an open-mike poetry reading series held regularly at the Berkeley Art Museum.

Gatten, who started the series in August 1998, volunteers many hours publicizing the group's activities and networking with local poets as well as Berkeley scholars, staff and students. She aims to encourage experimental modes of expression while cultivating an inviting atmosphere of diversity and collaboration at the readings.

Gatten is among the select Berkeley staff, students and faculty who have been recognized for their outstanding community service. The Chancellors Award for Service, presented by the Human Corps Task Force, is given annually to those on campus who contribute to the community in exceptional ways. The winners will be honored at a ceremony Thursday, April 22 at Barrows Hall.

One faculty winner is history professor Robert Brentano, who as chair of the Academic Senate organized "Senates' Saturday School," bringing local high school students and campus faculty together in a classroom setting. The professors lead discussions in the humanities and social sciences, and help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. The program was set up to help disadvantaged students prepare for admission to the University of California.

Berkeley students were honored for their work on such projects as "Take Back the Night," a domestic violence education program; "Women and Youth Supporting Each Other," a mentoring organization that matches college women with junior high school girls; and the Raza Health Fair, which provides education and resource information to Latinos with limited access to health care.

Recognized student groups include the Cal Football Players Mentoring Program, which pairs up players with at-risk students from local schools, and Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students, which conducts outreach to recruit African American students and faculty to the fields of science and engineering.

The Human Corps Task Force, part of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee, was created in 1987 as a result of state legislation designed to encourage students to enrich their education through community service.


1999 Community Service Award Winners


Natalie Clarke
WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other)

Aimee Durfee
Pro bono legal services

Rebecca Fisher
Take Back the Night

Mary Lai
Asian Pacific American community

Frank Lozier
Pilipino Academic Student Services and Bridges

Raquel Pacheco
University Health Services

Student Groups

Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students

Cal Football Players Mentoring

Cal Students for Educational Outreach

MESA Mentoring Program

Youth Mentor Program

Volunteer Placement Program


Robert Brentano
Early Academic Outreach Program

John Hurst
Service Learning


Brenda Coker

Joan Gatten
Rhyme and Reason Open Mike Poetry Series



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