News Briefs

16 AUGUST 00

Memorial service for Barbara Christian set for Sept. 7

A memorial service for African American Studies Professor Barbara Christian is planned for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 in Wheeler Auditorium.

A pioneering scholar of contemporary American literary feminism, Christian passed away June 25, of cancer. She was 56.

Christian was among the first scholars to focus national attention on such major writers as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. "Nobody did more to bring black women writers into academic and popular recognition," said Percy Hintzen, chairman of African American Studies.

Contributions may be sent to the Barbara T. Christian Scholarship Fund, c/o Marvina White, Department of English, Stanford University, 94305. For information, call 642-7084.

Volunteers needed to provide housing for students

Faculty and staff with any housing, temporary to long-term, from a spare room to a mansion, are requested to advertise with Cal Rentals. Temporary housing is especially needed during August, when students and visiting scholars may need short term accommodations for a few nights to a few weeks while seeking their long term housing.

To list, call 642-3644 or download a form from the Cal Rentals Web site ( and fax it to 642-4026.

New faculty welcome event

The Academic Senate will host a luncheon from noon to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, to welcome new faculty. The event, to be held in the Faculty Club's Heyns Room, will include a visit from the chancellor and executive vice chancellor, as well as a panel of speakers discussing such topics as tenure, research and services.

To receive an invitation, contact Leah Flanagan at or 643-5574.

Comments sought on retirement contributions plan

The university invites comments on a proposal to implement a retirement contribution on academic appointee summer salary. Compensation that many academic appointees receive for summer session teaching or summer research is not covered compensation for determining University of California Retirement Plan benefits.

The proposal would institute an employee and employer contribution of seven percent to the Defined Contribution Plan for academic appointees with summer salary. The proposed cost would be evenly split between the employer and employee and would be funded from the same funding source as the appointee's summer salary.

It is proposed that these contributions begin effective July 1, 2001.

The entire proposal is available online at .html or in the Academic Personnel Office. Questions or comments should be directed to or to Patti Owen in the Academic Personnel Office at 642-5626 no later than August 31.


In the article "Fitting jobs to people" in the July 12 issue, the name of the UC Printing supervisor quoted in the story was misspelled. Her name is Theresa Acree.



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