December 1, 2003
The third in a series of staff forums on the ongoing work of the Executive Budget Committee will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, in the Bay Tree Conference Center, Room D. The topic of this forum will be purchasing and E-procurement. The forums are sponsored by the Staff Advisory Board.
See Currents story on the November 17 forum--the second on the topic of procedures in human resources and the time-and-attendance system.
The Friends of the UCSC Library and the UCSC Dickens Project will present
the annual Dickens Holiday Evening on Friday, December 5, from 4:30 to
6 p.m. at UCSCs McHenry Library Foyer. Admission is free and everyone
The gathering will feature traditional Victorian entertainment and music,
plus a reading from Dickens, and sing-along caroling. Guests will also
be treated to a delicious array of Victorian holiday treats, including
cookies, gingerbread, mincemeat pies, and hot apple cider.
Raffle "baskets" such as "Cure for What Ales You,"
A Christmas Carol, and "Travels with Charlie" will be on display
during the event with winners announced throughout the program. (detailed
descriptions of raffle prizes)
Raffle tickets are available at the event or in advance by calling Friends
of the UCSC Library at (831) 459-5870, and you need not be present to
win. All money from the raffle is used to purchase books for the UCSC
The Friends of the UCSC Library will also present the Dickens Project
with its annual gift for the library, which this year is a three-volume
set entitled Lives of Victorian Literary Figures.
This event is handicapped accessible and assisted listening devices are
also available. Free parking can be found in the Hahn Student Services
lot after 4 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Sandoval at (831) 459-5870
The campus will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, through Thursday,
January 1, nine days in all. Four days are scheduled holidays (December
24, 25, 31, and January 1), two days are weekend days, and the remaining
three days (December 26, 29, and 30) are "normal" workdays.
To cover "normal" workdays, staff employees have the option
of using vacation, compensatory time off, or leave without pay. Employees
without sufficient accumulated vacation are allowed to use up to three
days of vacation leave prior to actual accrual. See Staff
HR Info on Campus Closure 2003-04 and Exceptions
to Campus Closure 2003-04.
The Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory is celebrating the holidays with its annual Jingle Shells Art and Book Festival on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Do your holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere, with live music, refreshments, and children's activities. The event includes a wide variety of arts and crafts with ocean- and nature-related themes, plus special presentations and book signings by local authors and photographers.
All items in the Ocean Discovery Shop will be on sale at 15 percent off.
Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors and students; children under 16 and
Friends of Long Marine Lab members get in free.
Norrie's Gift Shop at the Arboretum is stocked with great gifts at all prices, as well as wreaths and decorations for the holiday season. The shop's annual holiday open house will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and free gift wrapping will be available.
Norrie's will host a special faculty/staff open house and sale on Monday, December 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. At this festive early evening event, staff and faculty will receive 10 percent off everything.
Jewelry, bamboo cutting boards, candles, books, children's books and toys, unusual plants, tablecloths, hats, pottery, garden statuary, succulents, unique home decorations, and plant-related arts and crafts are among the many popular items at Norrie's. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum.
A total of 3,200 people took the time to respond to a recent survey
about dining services at UCSC. The survey was the latest step in the campuss
preparations to take over campus dining services by June 20, 2004.
More than 2,500 students returned a survey, said Carol Douglas-Hammer,
assistant director for Student Housing Services. The surveys were distributed
via e-mail to students, faculty, and staff October 24-31. Two separate
surveys were developed by two independent consulting firms. The surveys
were commissioned to help managers develop a multiyear master plan for
campus dining services. Implementation will begin June 20, 2004, when
transition to self-operation is complete.
Self-operation is more in keeping with the values and mission of the
university and with the expectations of students, said Douglas-Hammer.
It also offers dining services staff the opportunity to be UC employees,
and it gives the campus greater say in shaping the dining services program.
A total of 2,517 students, 579 staff members, and 104 faculty members
returned a survey, according to Douglas-Hammer. Everyone who completed
a survey was eligible to win a prize; winners were notified via e-mail.
Winners of digital cameras were Carl Jason Corringe, Ruby Lipsenthal,
Cheryl Lira, and Malia Paik-Nicely. Danielle Nicole Murillo and a person
whose name was withheld won MP3 players, and Tami Greene and Jonathan
Horn won $100 in Flexi Dollars. Fifteen others won $25 gift certificates
to Bay Tree Bookstore or the University Center.
The results will be part of a master plan that will be delivered to the
campus on January 5. Updates on the dining services transition will be
Additional information is available by e-mail.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz artistic director Paul Whitworth, who is currently
on sabbatical from UCSC, is directing the world première of a new
play by renowned Irish novelist and playwright Edna O'Brien. The play
is called Triptych,
and it will run at the Magic
Theatre at Fort Mason in San Francisco from December 2 to January
4. For ticket information and show times, call (415) 441-8822 or go to:
The members of the 2003-04 Title IX Advisory Council have been announced by the Title IX Office. They are Helen Shapiro, professor of sociology, chair; Jerome Neu, professor of humanities; Lori Kletzer, professor of economics; Amy Smith, graduate student in psychology; Rosemary Anderson, executive assistant to associate vice chancellor Jean Marie Scott, CUHS; and Anh Chan, undergraduate student at Porter College.
For information on the role of the Title IX Advisory Council please see
the UCSC Sex Offense Policy and Procedures for the Reports of Sexual
Assault(s) (Section VI. page 10) and Sexual Harassment (Section
III.C., page 19 & Section V., page 21). The information is also available
on the web at www2.ucsc.edu/title9-sh.
The University Center invites faculty and staff to get together for a Holiday "Survivor" Night on December 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to share a bit of holiday cheer and get some tips on surviving the holidays.
UCenter executive staff will demonstrate easy cooking ideas for fantastic
results, beautiful and easy flower arrangements, and how to make a hot
buttered rum really special. They will also offer quick holiday decorating
advice. Seasonal hors d'oeuvres, spiced cider, and coffee will be served
during the presentation; the bar will be open for those who wish to purchase
drinks. There may even be some "survivor trivia" for those in
the mood. The cost is $35 per person. Call (831) 459-4321 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
now for reservations.
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