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Staff Advisory Board, Chancellor Greenwood host staff open forum

Presentation on Silicon Valley Center November 28

Public meeting to discuss issues to be covered in DEIR on new engineering building

Campus police on the lookout for seat- belt violators

Resident advisers from western region hold conference at UCSC

Fall Open Studios November 30

Psychology professor demystifies Mystery Spot on Travel Channel November 25

Dickens holiday event raises money for library

Construction update

November 19, 2001

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Staff Advisory Board, Chancellor Greenwood host staff open forum December 3

The Staff Advisory Board (SAB) and Chancellor Greenwood are hosting an open forum on Monday, December 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Earth and Marine Sciences Room B206. There will be ample time for staff questions and comments. Topics on the agenda include:

  • Status of the budget and the impact on the academic mission of the campus
  • Campus security
  • Status of campus hiring
  • Special Retirement Account - Capital Accumulation Provision (CAP)

Presentation on Silicon Valley Center November 28

The campus community is invited to a presentation of UCSC's vision for the Silicon Valley Center for Technology and Social Transformation on Wednesday, November 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Bay Tree Bookstore Conference Room D on the third floor. Interim Director Michael Tanner will provide a photographic tour of the site and surrounding areas, and a brief overview of planning for the center. Informal discussion, questions, and refreshments will follow.

The Silicon Valley Center is envisioned as a 25-acre satellite campus for more than 2000 upper-division and graduate students, located at the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field, just off Highway 101. UCSC is the lead campus for the UC system in planning the Silicon Valley Center. For more information, contact Sarah Moore at moores@cats.ucsc.edu.

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Public meeting to discuss issues to be covered in Draft EIR for new engineering building

The University of California is preparing a Draft, Focused Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Engineering Building project, which will be located on the campus on a parking lot north of the Baskin Engineering Building. A Scoping Meeting for this DEIR will be held on November 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the offices of the UCSC Environmental Assessment Group at 515 Swift Street in Santa Cruz. At this meeting, public agencies and members of the public are invited to provide oral comments on the range of issues to be addressed in the Draft, Focused EIR.

The new Engineering Building will provide approximately 90,000 assignable square feet of space for the the Engineering School; the Economics Department; the Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical Research; and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society.

Call Christine Aldecoa at (831) 460-3573 for additional information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Campus police on the lookout for seat-belt violators

As part of a nationwide effort to increase the use of seat belts by children in vehicles, the campus police will be targeting seat-belt violations and child passenger safety laws during the week of November 19-25. The Police Department will have extra patrols on during the week specifically looking for those drivers who do not have their children properly restrained.

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Resident advisers from western region hold conference at UCSC

Resident advisers from 25 institutions of higher education across Northern California and Nevada came together at UCSC for the 2001 Northern RAP conference on November 3. The event, held annually and sponsored by the Western Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers, provides opportunities for students and staff to interact and explore what other campuses and programs are doing. Over 561 student and staff representatives attended.

The conference took place at Porter College and College Eight, with Associate Vice Chancellor Jean Marie Scott providing welcoming remarks and Laura Engelken, HIV Prevention Program coordinator, delivering the keynote address. The organizing committee for the event was cochaired by Dean Kennedy, coordinator for residential education at Crown College.

Conference participants were entertained by the a cappella group "Cloud Nine" from College Nine, under the direction of choral leader Brian Arao, and the "Kresge Blue Light Specials," under the direction of choral leader Karen Rosewood-Hooper.

Visit the Northern RAP web site for more information about the conference.

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Fall Open Studios November 30

Just in time for the holidays, student artwork will be on display and available for purchase at Fall Open Studios 2001 on November 30, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Baskin Visual Arts Center. Prints, sculpture, drawings, paintings, digital art, photography, and 2D and 3D intermedia will be included. For more information, call the Art Department at (831) 459-2272.

Psychology professor demystifies the Mystery Spot

Bruce Bridgeman, professor of psychology and psychobiology, is featured on an upcoming Travel Channel program called "Out of this World." Bridgeman demystifies the effects of one of the Santa Cruz area's most beloved landmarks, the Mystery Spot, as well as similar spots around the country.

In the segment, which will air on the Travel Channel at 8 p.m. on November 25, Bridgeman describes how the perceptual confusions that people experience at the Mystery Spot are natural phenomena explained by known principles of perceptual psychology. The real news of the Mystery Spot is how powerful these natural effects can be, said Bridgeman, who has conducted research on perception at the Mystery Spot.

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Dickens holiday event raises money for library

The campus community is invited to the Dickens Holiday Evening and raffle on Friday, November 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the McHenry Library foyer. Raffle prizes include a Santa Cruz County art sampler, children's book basket, dessert cookbook package, and much more. Proceeds from the raffle support UCSC's libraries.

This annual event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Library and the UCSC Dickens Project, will feature the popular
Robert Fenwick of the Dickens Players reading from A Christmas Carol and leading participants in Victorian caroling. The event is free; hot cider and Victorian holiday treats will be served.

Raffle tickets are on sale now and during the event. Each ticket entitles the purchaser to two opportunities to win, and you can designate which of the prizes you'd like to try to win. Tickets are 5 for $5, 12 for $10, or 25 for $20. You need not be present to win. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Liz Sandoval at lsand@cats.ucsc.edu or (831) 459-5870.

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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