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02 April 2009

Honors for many at alumni association's Charter Gala

The California Alumni Association (CAA) will hold its 2009 Charter Gala on Saturday, April 4, at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, where many in Berkeley's alumni community will be honored.

Topping the list is CAA's 2009 Alumnus of the Year is Robert D. Haas '64, former chairman and chief executive officer of Levi Strauss and Co., who is being recognized for his dedication to public service, raising the bar on business ethics, and supporting the University of California.

Three alumni will be honored with Excellence in Achievement Awards: Chris Boskin '67, a magazine publisher and current chair of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Terry McMillan '86, author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back; and Douglass North '42, Ph.D. '52, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the history of economic thought.

Three alumni will also be honored with Excellence in Service Awards: Jason Sherr '92, longtime backer of Cal athletics; Patricia Hines, committed CAA volunteer; and Marjorie 'Mardy' Robinson '52, secretary for the Class of 1952.

The 2009 Mark Bingham Award for excellence in achievement by a young alum will go to Mark Dipaola '99, founder of Vantage Media. Winner of the Bradford S. King Award for excellence in service by a young alum is Nicole Harris '92, J.D. '95, who established a scholarship endowment at Pacific Gas and Electric, where she serves as corporate counsel.

Temporary HRMS shutdown for upgrade set April 10-15

The campus Human Resources Manage-ment System (HRMS) will be upgraded to Human Capital Management (HCM) 9.0 between Friday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 15. During this period HRMS will be unavailable including the Workforce Administration, Recruiting, and Self-Service components.

For assistance during this period, contact Enterprise Systems User Support.

Faculty and staff discount offered on football, basketball season tickets

Full-time Berkeley faculty and staff members receive a discount on regular reserved season tickets for Cal football and men's basketball.

Football season tickets are on sale now. Purchasing season tickets guarantees a seat for all six home games at Memorial Stadium, including the rematches with USC and Maryland. For information, visit

Cal men's basketball season tickets require payment of a non-refundable $200 per seat deposit by April 15. For information, visit

To receive the discounted rate, faculty and staff are asked to enter their employee ID number and department when ordering season tickets. For details or to order, visit or phone (800) GO-BEARS. The ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 4:30 p.m.

Liberian president to deliver address on campus April 9

President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will give the keynote address at "Bearing Witness to Atrocity," the Human Rights Center's symposium on international criminal justice, on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Chevron Auditorium in International House. Her announced topic is "Liberia's Struggle for Peace and Justice."

Those wishing to attend must purchase tickets online in advance ($20, $10 students), and for security reasons must present their registration confirmation and valid ID at the door.

For more information about the "Bearing Witness to Atrocity" symposium on April 8 and 9, including a link to the registration website, visit