February 17, 2003
UC Santa Cruz has received the Platinum Can Award for its efforts in
the fall 2002 Second Harvest Food Drive. UCSCs total was 45,334
pounds. (Contributors are credited with three pounds of food for every
In addition to the campuswide contributions of canned goods and cash,
1,026 students participated in the "Hunger Fast," raising $4,423.
These students opted to donate the cost of two meals in the residence
halls on November 22. A check from Sodexho Services, which operates UCSC
dining services, was presented to the Food Bank.
"It was wonderful working with a group of such enthusiastic and
committed students who, aside from the many demands of college life, put
in numerous hours in an effort to make a difference in the life of someone
less fortunate," said Danny Ambrose, cochair with Charlene Lo of
the Hunger Fast project.
"Creating Connections: Building Your Future" is the title of the 16th annual Multicultural Career Conference on Saturday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dining Hall Stage Room at Colleges Nine and Ten. The conference consists of a brunch/lunch, entertainment, ethnic community meetings, alumni panels, and a reception. For a detailed agenda, go to the conference web site.
The conference provides students of color and low income students with an opportunity to bridge the gap between the university and careers by connecting with alumni in person. Alumni of color from various career and professional fields, as well as alumni who are currently in graduate school, participate on panels and in breakout groups. See the listing of 2003 alumni participants grouped by career field.
The conference is cosponsored by the Career Center, EOP, the Alumni Association,
the Ethnic Resource Centers, and Student Affairs.
Through the efforts of Director Ilse Kolbus and Custodial Manager Jesse
Magana, Physical Plant has engaged the services of the Santa Cruz Adult
Education Center to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
This is the first time that formal ESL classes are being offered to staff
on-site. Classes are scheduled so that participants are able to attend
the classes either at the end of their day shift or the beginning of their
night shift, using a combination of their own time and some release time.
The goal of the course is to improve communication on the job.
Jean Marie Scott, associate vice chancellor for Colleges and University
Housing Services, has announced the reinstatement of the two-year on-campus
housing guarantee for new freshmen. The guarantee will be implemented
beginning with new freshmen entering in fall quarter 2003. Reinstatement
of the guarantee is based on enrollment projections in light of increased
housing capacity. In addition to housing in two new colleges coming on
line this past fall, the "infill" apartments are projected to
open in fall 2004 at Cowell, Stevenson, and Porter Colleges.
Marta Elena Corona, a staff psychologist at UCSC, presented a one-hour
discussion during the recent National
Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) of the American Psychological
Association. The event, which takes place every two years, focused this
year on "The Psychology of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual Orientation,
and Disability: Celebrating Our Children, Families, and Seniors."
The conference brings together leading psychologists to address issues
related to research, education and training, practice, and public interest
issues. Participants have experience in the areas of race relations and
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
Offered for the third time this year, the NMCS drew more than 1,000 participants.
Corona's presentation, "Cultural Identity Development: A Group Designed
for Chicano-Latino University Students," was based on work she conducted
at UCSC through Counseling and
Psychological Services (CPS), where Corona runs small cultural-identity
groups for Chicana-Latina students.
Group participants explore identity development theory and discuss how
being bicultural or multicultural influences their experiences, including
college issues such as choice of major, academic success, and career planning,
as well as social and family relationships.
"We integrate experiential cultural awareness exercises and questionnaires,
share stories, art, poems about cultural identity, and celebrate Chicana-Latinas
throughout the world," said Corona. "This is not a group where
you are asked to do homework. The goal is to offer a relaxed, fun, and
safe learning environment. It also serves as a general support group for
The groups have been so successful that CPS is now developing a group
for Chicano-Latino male students that will be facilitated by Max Camarillo,
director of CPS.
Corona is the psychological counselor at Stevenson College. She joined
the staff of Counseling and Psychological Services in the fall of 2001.
She extended a special thanks to the UCSC community and to her CPS colleagues
for their support of her work and is grateful to the students who have
made the work successful. For more information, contact Corona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental studies professor Stephen Gliessman, a
pioneer of agroecology, recently celebrated two milestones that
reveal the maturity of sustainable agriculture and its spread in Mexico
and Latin America.
Gliessman was a keynote speaker at the second International Symposium
on Sustainable Rural Development in Tropical Regions, held last November
in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Symposium participants gathered to review
the concepts and practice of sustainable development.
Gliessmans address, "Making the Conversion to Sustainable
Agriculture," focused on the need to connect the ecological, social,
and economic aspects of sustainable agriculture. Gliessman discussed the
ways in which traditional and indigenous farming systems in the tropics
evolve and reflect the people and their environment. "There are multiple
ways to make the conversion from conventional to sustainable practices,"
said Gliessman, who believes direct links between producers and consumers
will play a critical role in facilitating the conversion.
Surrounded by friends and colleagues at the symposium, Gliessman was
pleased to celebrate the formal release of the Spanish version of his
agroecology textbook, Agroecology: Ecological Processes in Sustainable
Agriculture. Presentations were made by officials from the state of
Tabasco, as well as the founding director and alumni of the Superior College
of Tropical Agriculture. All agreed that the Spanish edition will greatly
advance the goals of agroecology.
The state of Tabasco supported the translation and printing of the Spanish
edition, which was published in July 2002 at the Center for Tropical Agricultural
Research and Education (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica. For more information,
The University of California filed a complaint on February 13 on its behalf under California securities fraud law in California Superior Court against Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup Inc., and Arthur Andersen LLP, accusing them of being involved in the staggering financial collapse of WorldCom Inc. The complaint was announced in a press release issued by the Office of the President February 13.
Filed in San Francisco, the complaint alleges that WorldCom, with the complicity of the defendants, engaged in a massive accounting fraud that inflated the price of its stock, damaging shareholders such as the university.
UC's losses totaled in excess of $353 million, based on 10.2 million shares of WorldCom and related securities purchased between 1998 and early 2000. In addition to its stock losses, UC will also seek punitive damages against at least some defendants.
Climb the highest peaks, paddle the wildest waters, and journey to some of the most enchanting and beautiful places on the planet from your seat at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, at the Rio Theater on Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. It begins at 7:30 p.m. both evenings with a different group of films each evening. A listing of the films to be shown can be found on the UCSC Recreation Department web site.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by Eagle Creek Travel Gear and National Geographic magazine, is an international competition featuring the world's best films and videos on mountain and adventure subjects. Last year, 250 films from 27 countries were submitted to the competition.
Local sponsors for the film festival are the UCSC Recreation Office, Bugaboo Mountain Sports, and Pacific Edge. Proceeds from the film festival benefit the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Program and the UCSC Recreation Adventure Outings Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are$9/general admission and $7/students and can be purchased
at Bugaboo Mountain Sports, (831) 429-6300, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym,
(831) 454-9254, and the UCSC Box Office (831) 459-2159 ($1 service charge).
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