November 3, 2003
The 2004 Benefits Open Enrollment period began November 1 and concludes
at midnight on November 30. All changes to benefit plans will be made
on the web this year at the UC
At Your Service web site.
Medical plan premiums have increased significantly this year, although
co-pays and deductibles remain the same. Detailed open enrollment information,
including plan costs, is available at atyourservice.ucop.edu/
The annual Benefits Fair will be held on Wednesday, November 19, from
noon to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Baskin
UC Santa Cruz is beginning a multiyear effort to update its Long Range
Development Plan (LRDP), a revision expected to guide the campus's physical
development through the year 2020. The first in what is expected to be
a series of public workshops on the LRDP process will be held on the evening
of Wednesday, November 5.
UCSC will host Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), in the first of a series of youth-centered events on University campuses throughout California.
The event, called the DemoCreation Project, will begin with a student panel at 2 p.m. and be followed by music from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, in the colleges Nine and Ten Stage Room. Confirmed musical guests include SambaDa, Alma Melodiosa, Wisdom and Goddess of Funk.
The DemoCreation Project will include a mediated panel of young leaders.
Panelists will be allowed full access to, and interaction with, the candidate.
The panel will represent campuses throughout northern California, as well
as organizations including the Stanford Peace Discussion Group to the
Davis College Republicans. The event is free.
Author and executive career coach Michele Kremen Bolton will speak at a professional development workshop titled "Meeting Work-Life Challenges," November 6, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of UCSCs Graduate Student Commons. Bolton is a principal partner of Executive Edge of Silicon Valley, and author of The Third Shift, a best-selling book about issues facing women in their careers. She is also a former management professor and cofounder of Exceptional Women Executives, a San Jose group.
As an executive coach and career development specialist, Bolton works
extensively with both women and men in high-technology businesses and
related fields. Her clients have included employees of Sun Microsystems,
Nike, Hewlett-Packard, 3-Com, Applied Materials, the Gap, and others.
An insightful speaker, Bolton draws on good humor and her varied experiences
as a successful professional woman, wife, and mother. Come join her in
dialogue, exercises, and discussion with coworkers. The workshop is free
and everyone is welcome, but reservations are requested as space is limited.
The workshop is sponsored by UCSC Career Center Graduate Advising, the
UCSC Womens Center, the Graduate Student Association, and Staff
HR Training & Development. For more information or to RSVP, contact
Roberta Valdez at (831) 459-2169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the next two weeks, UCSC staff and faculty have the opportunity to sign on to the United Way campus campaign, "Community Matters." UCSC has been involved in the United Way campaign since 1965, and in the last five years campus members have pledged over $500,000.
The United Way of Santa Cruz County
is a nonprofit organization that funds over 30 local nonprofit health
and human care programs. All monies donated in Santa Cruz County stay
in Santa Cruz County to support local agencies. You can direct your donation
to a designated United Way agency or you can donate to any qualifying
nonprofit organization. (List
of organizations served by United Way of Santa Cruz County) You can
choose a monthly payroll deduction or send a check. For more information
or to download a pledge form, go to the Community
Matters web site.
The Staff Advisory Board is sponsoring a series of forums for campus staff focused on the budget process. The first forum will be held on November 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Bay Tree Conference Center, Room D. Human resources and the campus's time-and-attendance systems will be the topics.
There will be forums on different budget-related topics on December 3 and January 7 at the same location.
The City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz are planning a new partnership
to make a greener community. By combining the ideas and energies of the
university with the planning and representative powers of the city, the
Green Enterprise Initiative hopes to find new strategic opportunities
for sustainable business in the Santa Cruz area.
A first outcome of this partnership is a talk by David Wallace on Friday
November 7, at the Museum of Art and History. Wallace, an adviser to the
UN Industrial Development Organization and to the Chinese government,
will speak on the topic "Sustainable Industrialization: How the Third
World and Technological Innovation Can Help Overcome Global Environmental
Larry Siems, director of Freedom to Write for American PEN, will present
a free public lecture on Tuesday, November 4, at 6 p.m. in Kresge 321.
Siems will talk about his work advocating for threatened and imprisoned
writers internationally. He will also address the new U.S. Patriot Act
and its domestic implications for writers and readers. Siems is a poet
and nonfiction writer, focusing on Latin America. This event is cosponsored
by Creative Writing and the Friends of the UCSC Library. For more information,
A forum planned for November 4 by the Regents Scholars Association of
Santa Cruz to discuss the academic future of the university in light of
statewide cuts to educational funding has been canceled.
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