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Slam poets speak out at Porter College February 9-12

Women at Work Retreat is April 29-30

AIS informational meeting on February 12

COSMOS summer math and science program for high school students is taking applications

Kerr Symposium discussions available online

Construction update

February 9, 2004

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Slam poets speak out at Porter College February 9-12

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz will perform Thursday night as part of the Kinetic Poetics Project at Porter College.

The Kinetic Poetics Project will be at Porter Dining Hall Monday, February 9, through Thursday, February 12. Each night features a different highly established slam poet and the opportunity for students and community members to speak out, share, and inspire each other through poetry. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; events start at 8 p.m. All portions of the event are open to the public and free of charge.

  • Monday: "Original Works Open Mic," featuring actress/actor, Haitian-American, performer, poet, educator, activist, singer, and gender-illusionist DRED.
  • Tuesday: The first of two nights of slam competition held in conjunction with Synesthesia Poetry Slam, featuring underground Harlem poet BLUE.
  • Wednesday: Features youngest slamster in the nation, founder and host of three-time national poetry slam championship venue, Urbana, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. The evening will be dedicated to selecting a team to represent the university at the National Poetry SLAM Competition in March.
  • Thursday: "Featured Artists Night," showcases local and campus spoken word ensembles and solo artists. There will also be a performance by past member of the national slam championship Team San Francisco, arts activist, hip-hop theater explorer, past Broadway performer, dancer, choreographer, professor, and three-time San Francisco Slam winner Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

The event is presented by Porter College, the GLBTI Resource Center, and the Hitchcock Poetry Fund. For information on the Kinetic Poetics Project,
e-mail kineticpoeticsproject@yahoo.com.

Women at Work Retreat accepting applications for April 29-30 retreat

The 18th annual Women at Work Retreat will be held on Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, at the St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. The theme of this year's retreat is "Building Bridges, Making Connections." The retreat will focus on building job-related skills, career development opportunities, and networking among campus staff. All nonprobationary and part-time career staff in any job classification up to and including professional and support staff are eligible to attend.

The program begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and participants will return to Santa Cruz by 5 p.m. on Friday. The cost of the retreat is $95 per person, including meals and overnight accommodation. Campus supervisors have received a letter requesting release time and funding for those interested in attending. If your unit is unable to pay for your attendance, a limited number of partial or full scholarships are available for your supervisor to request. Applications are due March 1 to Laura McCann in Fleet Services.

To receive an application or to get answers to questions of eligibility, contact Laura McCann at (831) 459-2228.

AIS informational meeting will be held on February 12

The campus community is invited to attend the Academic Information Systems winter-quarter town hall meeting on Thursday, February 12, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in the Kresge Town Hall.

The presentation will include an update on the status of the AIS project featuring Mark Cianca, director of AIS, Esperanza Nee, director of Financial Aid, and Pam Hunt-Carter, associate registrar. In addition, Professor Bill Ladusaw will be speaking about AIS support for academic programs. There will be a question-and-answer period at the end of the presentation.

COSMOS summer math and science program for high school students is taking applications

Students who love math and science and do well in them have a chance to spend four weeks at a University of California campus this summer learning about astronomy, marine mammal biology, robotics, and more. The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS) is a residential program for talented and motivated students who are completing grades 8-12.

Students run laboratory experiments, conduct fieldwork, and attend lectures given by UC faculty and master high school teachers. Class sizes are small, between 18-20 students, offering each participant a rich intellectual experience. COSMOS programs are offered at UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Cruz.

Tuition is $1,212 for California residents, which covers room and meals in university residence halls, transportation costs, and other expenses for most field trips. More than a third of California residents usually receive full or partial financial aid to attend. The application and financial aid forms are available online at http://www.ucop.edu/cosmos. The deadline for applying is March 15.

Kerr Symposium discussions available online

Two programs from the Clark Kerr Symposium held at UCSC October 10-12, 2003, are now available for viewing online from the UCTV web site. The programs aired in January on UCTV. The first, "Rethinking the Student Experience in the 21st Century Public Research University," features leaders in higher education from across the nation. The second, "Reflections on California Higher Education Today," features UC President Emeritus Richard C. Atkinson.

Winter groundbreaking likely for Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Groundbreaking is expected this winter for the $29 million Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The project will consist of three buildings located at the corner of McLaughlin and Hagar Drives on what is now a parking lot northwest of Cowell College. Construction update story

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