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Benefits Office announces Health Care Facilitator Program

Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs November 3

James Luna performs with the Rez Band November 8

Fundraiser for playground equipment at Granary Child Development Center

Forum to focus on water issues

Construction update

October 29, 2001

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Benefits Office announces Health Care Facilitator Program

The Benefits Office is now providing services to campus employees through the Health Care Facilitator (HCF) Program. Funded by UC HR/Benefits, the HCF Program is designed to augment the information, education, intervention, and referral services that the campus Benefits Office provides.

The HCF program provides assistance to UC employees, annuitants, and/or their family members who are enrolled in any of the UC-sponsored medical plans and who are in an unusual or difficult medical situation. These situations could include access difficulties, need for coordination of health care services, disputes over plan coverage, or getting leads on community services.

Frank Trueba has been hired as the health care facilitator, and he has been receiving specialized training to familiarize him with
campus contacts and the ins and outs of UC's health care system, including all of the various medical, dental, and vision plans.

For assistance from the Health Care Facilitator Program, contact the Benefits Office at (831) 459-2013. Additional information on the program can be found in the current issue of the campus
Benefits Update newsletter.

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Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs November 3

Concert pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform at the Music Center Recital Hall on Saturday, November 3, at 8 p.m. as part of the 2001-02 Arts & Lectures series. Among the new generation of concert pianists, Pratt's musical insight and intensely involving performances have won him tremendous audience support. Named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow by Ebony magazine, he is the winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Pratt's Santa Cruz performance will include virtuoso works by Bach, Beethoven, and Lizst. Following the concert, there will be a discussion with the artist. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the Arts & Lectures web site or call the UCSC Ticket Office at (831) 459-2159.

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James Luna performs with the Rez Band Novem
photo of James Luna
Photo: Courtesy of James Luna
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James Luna will perform with the Rez Band on Thursday, November 8, at 8 p.m. in the Porter Dining Hall. Luna, a Native American artist, uses performance and installation to educate audiences about multiculturalism and how it affects all people. In these media, he makes connections to contemporary Indian lifestyles and traditions of ceremony, dance, and storytelling. By connecting Indian culture to the outside world through his art, Luna focuses on difficult subjects that directly affect his community--alcohol and drug abuse, crime, lack of education, unemployment, and loss of cultural identity. Admission is free with a UCSC student, faculty, or staff ID; general admission is $5. For more information, call (831) 459-5667.

In addition to this performance, James Luna will also be on campus for a four-day residency, which will include workshops and in-class art critiques.

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Fundraiser for playground equipment at Granary Child Care Center

By saving empty laser and inkjet cartridges and pledging them to the Granary Child Development Center, you can help provide badly needed playground equipment for the children at the center. This fundraiser is set up through FundingFactory's Cartridge Recycling Program; to become a supporter, register at the FundingFactory web site. The Granary Child Development Center can be linked directly to your account by inserting the Granary's ID number, which is 16022. FundingFactory provides free collection kits and prepaid return shipping via UPS. To receive complete details about supporting the Granary Child Development Center, contact Mark Ng, intern, Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP), through e-mail at markng@cats.ucsc.edu.

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Forum to focus on water issues

Water issues on the Central Coast will be the focus of a leadership forum at 5 p.m. on November 2 in Social Sciences 1. Panelists will be Greg Gauthier, executive director, Coastal Watershed Council; Bill Kocher, director, Santa Cruz City Water Department; Charlie McNiesh, general manager, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency; and Curtis Weeks, general manager, Monterey County Water Agency. A question-and-answer period will be moderated by Brent Haddad, assistant professor of environmental studies. His class on water policy is hosting the gathering, which is open to the campus community.

The event is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department. For more information, contact Caroline Berger, (831) 459-2104, cmberger@cats.ucsc.edu.

Construction update

Currents provides regular updates on construction projects that have an impact on campus transportation and parking. Construction update story

For more information, visit the Transportation and Parking Services web site and the Physical Planning and Construction web site.

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