Monday, December 10, 2012

Sustainable Community Development Project in Nicaragua

Join Us to Nicaragua to Implement Sustainable Community Development Projects
NICARAGUA INFO SESSION
Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7pm – 265 McCone Hall
We need your help to stop hunger and unsustainable agricultural practices in the impoverished community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Join other UC Berkeley students this spring break to provide a sustainable food supply and community education that will empower the local community to meet its
own agricultural and development needs. You will get hands on experience in the field, working directly with community members to develop strategies to address reforestation and sustainable agriculture. The project is also coordinated by a local Agroecologist trained in biointensive farming methods and sustainable community development. Stop by our info session to find out how you can be involved in this amazing program and how to get sponsored to support your travel costs. (Speaking
Spanish is not mandatory - translators are provided).
Please check out
http://www.globalstudentembassy.org/nicaragua-university-exchange-spring-break-2013/for more information.
Or learn more, please contact Mallory Bressler at gseprograms@gmail.com.

Study Abroad Newsletter - Financial Aid Advising, Workshops, etc.

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Financial Aid Advising in BSA
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Thanks to a special partnership between Berkeley Study Abroad and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, financial aid counselors are now advising in the BSA office in 160 Stephens Hall. If you have questions about financial aid for study abroad, visit us for drop-in advising or emailtravelaid@berkeley.edu

Photo Contest Winners Announced
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Berkeley Study Abroad has announced the winners of the 2012 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Winners were selected in the following categories "Landscapes," "People & Culture," and "Bears Abroad." To view the winning submissions, visit ourphotos page

January EAP Application Deadline
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Berkeley Study Abroad is accepting applications for the UC Education Abroad Program. Submit yourapplication by Tuesday, January 3 for select summer and fall 2013 program options.

2013 Berkeley Abroad Programs Announced
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Study or intern abroad next summer with Berkeley Abroad, UC Berkeley's own study abroad program! 2013 program information is now online, including new options in China, Estonia, and India. Application opens February 1, 2013. For more information, visit the Berkeley Abroad webpage.

BSA Celebrates UCEAP 50th Anniversary 
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On Saturday, October 6, 2012, Berkeley Study Abroad hosted a special UCEAP 50th AnniversaryBBQ as part of Homecoming 2012. UCEAP alumni, students, and staff joined Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Dean Rick Russo to commemorate  50 years of study abroad at Berkeley. Check out photos of the event on our Flickr page.  

BSA Winter Recess Hours
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During the winter recess, Berkeley Study Abroad will be closed to the public Monday, December 17 toFriday, January 4. We will re-open 1-4 p.m., January 7-8 and 10-11, and return to normal hoursMonday, January 14. For more information, visit our contact page

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December EAP Application Deadline
Monday, December 3
4 p.m.
160 Stephens Hall

Study Abroad Career Workshop
Wednesday, December 5
3:30-5 p.m.
228 Dwinelle Hall

Irish Theater Information Session
Wednesday, December 5
6-7 p.m.
126 Dwinelle Annex

January EAP Application Deadline
Tuesday, January 3
160 Stephens Hall

Global Internships Information Session
Tuesday, January 29
12-1 p.m.
223 Moses Hall

For more events, visit the BSA Calendar 
 
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Other Voices Now Accepting Enrollment

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that Other Voices, our 2 unit course co-sponsored by the English Department and the Student Learning Center, is accepting enrollments.

Other Voices is an exciting course that introduces students to the literary studies currently being undertaken by Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and community artists interested in issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the formations of diverse, innovative, and emerging literary cultures.
The central aims of the course are to raise student awareness of the role literature has played in shaping the historical debates about multiculturalism and rethink the ways we conceptualize identities in the United States. The course also affirms student experiences, promotes student dialogue and activism, and presents a forum for discussing interactions between diverse subjects, communities, and institutions.
Guest lecturers will come to speak at our Monday 12-1 lectures in The Multicultural Community
Center (Hearst Field Annex D).
There are one-hour discussion sections that will meet on Wednesdays at the same time, from 12-1.
If you know students who might be interested in careers where discussing and teaching literature is important and if they are looking for a fun and interactive 2 unit course, please let them know about Other Voices.
Students can visit the Other Voices website at http://slc.berkeley.edu/writing/othervoices.htm .

FLAS Fellowship Program - Info Workshop and Applications

There will be an informational workshop for Graduate Student Advisors and Undergraduate Student Advisors discussing the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program and upcoming competitions for academic year and summer awards. Vice-chairs from the various National Resource Centers on the Berkeley campus will be in attendance. 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
11 am to noon
331 Sproul Hall **Please RSVP to Gina Farales Blanco (2-7739 or gfarales@berkeley.edu).

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. These fellowships are funded
with grants from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or
university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential. Students in programs that combine modern language training with 1) area or
international studies, or 2) research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study are eligible to apply. This includes undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, professional fields as well as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. At UC Berkeley, funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by seven Title VI
National Resource Centers representing various world areas, including: Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. 
Applications for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship are due Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Academic Year FLAS Announcement & Application http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/financial/pdf/flas_academic_year_announcement.pdf http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/financial/pdf/flas_academic_year_application.pdf 

Join the Cal AIDS/Lifecycle Team

Join Cal's AIDS/LifeCycle Team and make a difference!

Are you looking for an adventure? A way to connect to others at Cal?
An opportunity to make a difference for those living with HIV or AIDS?
How about riding a bike 545 miles down the California Coast and doing something great for the community?

Join us for an AIDS/Lifecycle Ride (ALC) Cal Team informational meeting! This meeting is for anyone interested in riding, roadie-ing or even just volunteering for a few hours at local events. If you have ever been interested in participating in the AIDS/Lifecycle Ride this meeting is for you - we'll give you the low-down on how you can get involved.

What: 2012-2013 AIDS/Lifecycle Cal Team Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, December 6, 5:00 pm
Where: RSF (Rec Sports) 3rd Floor Conference Room (look for signs in the RSF Lobby)
Why: To learn more about how to get involved and what to expect.

Please RSVP for the meeting and/or send any questions via our Google Doc:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGlfSmpJSWl3czdFa0tWYTVGUS1LbFE6MQ
Devin Wicks and Christine Shaff, team co-captains, will respond to any questions. If you can't make it Thursday please leave us your name and contact info and we'll be in touch about future meetings.

To read about our team's adventures on last year's ride, go to http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/tag/aids-lifecycle/
More about ALC (including registration forms!) can be found on the web at www.aidslifecycle.org

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lost & Found: Canvas Bag with Belongings

Students,

A canvas bag with a few items was found at the Undergrad Advising waiting area. Contact the frontdesk if the bag is yours, and be prepared to describe what's in it!


SLC Writing Program's Other Voices course now accepting Spring enrollments

• Are you interested in taking a great two-unit Spring 2013 course?

• Are you interested in hearing ten dynamic and entertaining speakers talk about how they wrote or did research on multicultural literature?


• Are you curious about what goes into becoming an author and scholar?


• Want a slow introduction into writing about literature where you can practice and get feedback from other students?


We are happy to announce that the SLC Writing Program's Other Voices course is has now begun accepting Spring 2013 enrollments.


Other Voices is an exciting course sponsored by the Student Learning Center and the English Department. It introduces students to the literary

studies currently being undertaken by Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and community artists interested in issues of race, class, gender,
ethnicity, and the formations of diverse, innovative, and emerging literary cultures.

In the past 20 years, students from all backgrounds have taken the course and given us great evaluations stating how much they enjoyed the speakers

and how more confident they became as readers and writers.

The central aims of the course are to raise student awareness of the role literature has played in shaping the historical debates about multiculturalism and rethink the ways we conceptualize identities in the United States. The course also affirms student experiences, promotes student dialogue and activism, and presents a forum for discussing interactions between diverse subjects, communities, and institutions.


Guest lecturers will come to speak at our Monday 12-1 lectures in The Multicultural Community Center (Hearst Field Annex D).


There are one-hour discussion sections that will meet on Wednesdays at the same time, from 12-1.


If you are interested in careers where discussing and teaching literature might be important or if you are looking for a fun and interactive 2 unit course, please consider taking Other Voices.


The course control number is 28081 for freshmen and sophomores and 28336 for juniors and seniors.


I invite you to visit our Other Voices website at
http://www.facebook.com/l/RAQGA_OB5/slc.berkeley.edu/writing/othervoices.htm . There, you can read more details about the class and look at some sample work students have done.

Strategies 4 Success - Make the most of RRR Week - Today from 4-6!

Greetings,

Strategies 4 Success in the Student Learning Center will be hosting our annual "Making the Most of RRR Week" for undergraduates in need of tips, tools, and techniques on how to use RRR week wisely.

This event will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 4-6pm in the Cesar Chavez Atrium. There will be free food and plenty of sage advice from our experienced peer mentors.
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Want tips on how to prepare effectively for final exams and projects?
Anxious about finals?

Meet with SLC Strategies 4 Success Mentors to learn how to:
. Prepare for different kinds of exams
. Organize your study time
. Maintain health and motivation

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Chavez Student Center Atrium (next to SLC Strategies Drop-In Space)

There will be free food!

RSVP here:
http://slc.berkeley.edu

Walk-ins also welcome!

Please contact contact Gonzalo Arrizon (imp8@berkeley.edu, 642-1330) or Chaniqua Butscher (chaniqua@berkeley.edu, 643-9278) with any questions.

Assistant Program Coordinator for MCC - Information and Application

Job Title: Assistant Program Coordinator
Job ID: #14910
Location: Multicultural Community Center, UC Berkeley Main Campus
Time: Part time (75%)
Apply at: http://www.facebook.com/l/1AQEbf91t/jobs.berkeley.edu/

First Application Review Date: Nov. 30, 2012

This is a career position with a funding end date of June 30, 2015. Continuity of position is dependent on continuity of funding.

Departmental Overview
The Multicultural, Sexuality, and Gender Centers (MSGC) provide complex and multi-format programs and services to priority student populations to foster a welcoming, respectful, and safe campus climate for all students; promote the academic success, graduation, and transition to graduate programs and careers; and promote engagement in multicultural practices that enrich the Berkeley environment. These services have a critical impact on the campus’ ability to fulfill its mission of equity, access, and inclusion to California’s diverse student population.

The MSGC cluster serves Berkeley’s diverse and multicultural student populations, including students who have historically experienced roadblocks due to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, socio-economic level, and sexual orientation. The Multicultural Community Center (MCC) is a program within the MSGC cluster and is seeking an Assistant Program Director who will be responsible for supporting day-to-day activities and programs in the MCC. This position will collaborate with the MCC Program Director to develop and implement programs and strategies that create a sense of inclusion for students; support opportunities for students from different lived experiences to share their perspectives; build community across differences; and promote students’ academic success and retention. The Multicultural Community Center serves undergraduate and graduate students who are underrepresented, low income, first generation, among other constituencies and communities, both on and off-campus

Responsibilities of Position
• Provides advice about academic and personal development resources to students engaged in ethnic specific, multicultural and/or cross-cultural studies, programs, services and organizations. Refers students to appropriate campus and community resources.
• Supports programs, services, activities, and strategies that promote critical dialogue and social change around multiculturalism, campus climate, and issues of equity and inclusion.
• Works with student groups on planning their multicultural events. Coordinates staffing and other logistical needs. Assures issues of safety, security and risk management are addressed.
• Assists in preparing promotional materials and proposals for extramural funding.
• Facilitates collaborative group processes and uses innovative pedagogical models in collaboration with the MCC Program Director. Co-facilitates seminars designed to promote students’ academic success and retention, personal development and leadership formation.
• Supports relationships with stakeholders on and off campus critical to program success. Promotes collaboration among various student, staff, faculty, and community constituencies with interests in social justice, equity and inclusion.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
• Knowledge of the histories, theories, and practice of multiculturalism, multicultural student development and student leadership development.
• Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student academic and personal development, such as collaborative and student-centered teaching/learning models, small group facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
• Knowledge of trends and issues facing students from low-income, underrepresented, multiracial, multiethnic, mixed-race, mixed-ethnic, immigrant, refugee, disability, gay, lesbian, and transgender backgrounds.
• Knowledge of community, labor, youth, and/or student organizing.
• Knowledge of research methodology and design.
• Experience collecting and analyzing data, and generating reports.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty.
• Highly developed interpersonal and public communication skills including political acumen, social/cultural perceptiveness, conflict management and intervention strategies.
• Working knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and practices of multicultural event planning and campus-community relations, including event design, organization and production.
• Working knowledge and experience analyzing complex situations and identifying solutions to solve problems.
• Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in related area.
• One to two years professional experience in related area.

Salary & Benefits
This is a 75% time, career position. The hiring annual salary at 100% will range between $42,000 - $52,000.

In addition to salary, the University offers a highly competitive benefits package.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/misc/benefits_of_belonging.pdf

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Berkeley Jobs website: http://jobs.berkeley.edu/

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

More information about the Multicultural Community Center
mcc.berkeley.edu

Announcing Big Ideas Courses

Announcing the Big Ideas Courses!

Big Ideas Courses are taught by interdisciplinary teams of our best teachers. They approach a topic from more than one disciplinary perspective, and they invite students from all disciplinary backgrounds to participate.

You can see details about all five spring 2013 Big Ideas Courses at http://bigideascourses.berkeley.edu. Brief details below. (Note: some have not yet been assigned L&S breadth, but it may be worthwhile grabbing a seat while they are still available.)

L&S 22: Sense and Sensibility and Science
Nobelist Saul Perlmutter (Physics), John Campbell (Philosophy) and Rob MacCoun (Public Policy, Law)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-2:00, CCN: 51863 - 3 units

The approaches to problem-solving developed by scientists have proven to be quite effective, and yet we as individuals, groups, and larger societies do not often seem to be able to take advantage even of rational approaches to problems--let alone the "hyper-rationality" offered by science. Watching the political process of our country--or even the discussions of a small committee--can therefore often feel quite disheartening. We should be able to do better!

Interested students: please fill out a short, simple demographic survey at http://bit.ly/SiW9Iz and waitlist yourself for the course.

Letters & Science 121: Origins in Science and Religion
Ron Hendel (Near Eastern Studies) and Kevin Padian (Integrative Biology)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, ccn: 51992 - 4 Units

This course explores the concepts of origins in science and religion and their cultural contexts and entanglements, from antiquity to the present. Popular culture tends to emphasize the conflict between science and religion on such issues, particularly, in recent times, with respect to the origin of life and its evolution (including human evolution). We hold that science must acknowledge history, both the history of the natural world and the history of concepts about it, and that religion must deal with the changing knowledge of science, including issues of origins, causation, and teleology. Our guiding questions include: What are origins, and why do we want to know about them? How does this desire manifest itself in different ways of constructing and analyzing knowledge? What sorts of intellectual processes, standards, and tests can be applied to different concepts of origins? What happens when different notions of origins clash? How do we negotiate these clashes in today’s world?

Satisfies the Philosophy and Values breadth requirement in the College of Letters & Science.

Letters & Science 122: Time
Raphael Bousso (Physics), Hubert Dreyfus (Philosophy) and Sean Kelly (Harvard Philosophy)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, ccn: 52013 - 4 Units

Augustine said, famously, that he always thought he understood what time was until he started thinking about it. That was when he realized he had no idea. This course will address various aspects of the nature of time, including the way we experience it, the way it organizes our everyday world, and the way it stands – if it does – at the foundation of the physical universe.

Computer Science C79 (CCN: 26459) Statistics C79 (CCN: 87960) and Political Science C79 (CCN 71570): Societal Risks and Law
Cathryn Carson (History), Nicholas P. Jewell (Public Health), Stephen Mahin (Civil Engineering), Jasjeet Sekhon (Political Science), Philip B. Stark (Statistics), and David Wagner (Computer Science)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, 3 Units

What does "risk" mean? How can it be measured or estimated? Which risks are worth worrying about, and which are not? Which should you be more concerned about: driving while texting, salmonella in Caesar salad, global warming, BPA, living near power lines, or a major earthquake? To what extent can laws and regulations reduce risks or protect us from risks such as these? To what extent should they? How much should society be willing to pay to insure us from such risks? This course addresses these questions by examining a variety of risks ranging from earthquakes to food contaminants to nuclear power to cellphones, and legislative and regulatory responses to those risks.

Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement in the College of Letters & Science.

Music 128P: Music and Meaning
Hannah Ginsborg (Philosophy) and Mary Ann Smart (Music)
Tuesday 1:00-4:00, ccn: 60568 - 3 Units

This course will explore the question of whether music has meaning, and if so, what kind. Can music represent, say, birdsong, or the sea, or merely imitate? If music expresses emotions, then whose--those of the listener? the composer? the performer? We will consider parallels and contrasts between linguistic and musical meaning, theories of how music can be expressive, and the question of whether music can convey political meaning. The course will be taught as a seminar, and students will be expected to participate actively. Each week’s discussion will be structured around the interaction between musical excerpts and readings, drawn from historical and contemporary literature in philosophy, musicology, and the psychology of music.

This course is instructor approval only. Interested students please email both instructors at masmart@berkeley.edu and ginsborg@berkeley.edu.

Apply to 2013 Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program

Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program
They Had Vision - What's Yours?Are you currently engaged in service and/or working for social justice? Are you ready to deepen the impact of your work for change? Join the new campus-wide “Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program” for any undergraduate or graduate who is committed to making a difference in the world and meet your peers, develop your leadership skills and be eligible for grants up to $5000 to actualize your community-based projects.
Website: Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program
Apply Online:
Register to receive CCN

What students have said about Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program:
“We are only in week 6 and I feel like my development as a person and as a leader has become more rapid. This experience has been essential in my life. I have learned about relationship – that yes, relationships occur human to human but also human to environment, human to object, human to animal, human to condition, and human to coping. I’ve taken away that what we do in life is cope - cope with our circumstances. Those that look up, those who look toward something, are creative and strive for a better tomorrow not just for themselves, but for others – these people are leaders. Being in a room filled with these people has made a huge impact on me and my perspective on life.” 
“This class is amazing. It helps us examine ourselves so we can be the change we want to see in the world. I have learned about dialogue and what that really means. I have begun my visualization project and I am learning about being a leader.” 
“I am learning that to fulfill my purposes in my community, I need to fulfill my purposes in myself and that these purposes are the same (or similar) and do not need to be extracted from one another but can be fulfilled simultaneously.” 
“I especially love the focus of service as a calling. To be around so many distinct and open individuals who appreciate service has been amazing.”

Gender Equity Resource Center - Newsletter

Here is this week's Gender Equity Resource Center Newsletter. Feel free to subscribe to this newsletter and receive frequent updates!

http://geneq.berkeley.edu/newsletter 

Young People For Leadership Development Fellowship - Info and Application

Young People For (YP4) Leadership Development Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2013

Young People For (YP4) is a strategic, long-term leadership development program that identifies, engages and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders. Our one-year fellowship equips diverse college students with the skills and resources necessary to create change that lasts on their campuses and in their communities.

YP4 Fellows receive access to:
Trainings from national and regional progressive movement leaders
One-on-one mentoring from YP4 staff, alumni and partner leaders in the progressive movement
Assistance and support in implementing a sustainable, community-driven action plan

Apply for the Fellowship today or nominate another progressive leader on campus! Applications are due no later than February 7, 2013. Contact William Dennis at wdennis@pfaw.org or by phone at 202.467.2341 if you have any questions about the Fellowship.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2013 Hart Howerton Fellowship


Dear Students,
We are pleased to introduce the 2013 Hart Howerton Fellowship Program to both undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2013. Hart Howerton is excited about providing an opportunity to students to enrich their experience in their fields of study.

Hart Howerton Fellowship Program
Background: In 2005, Hart Howerton began an educational initiative to fund a select number of Fellowship positions for students at design schools. Each summer Fellowships allow the firm to employ several students in planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture under a single program, mirroring our firm’s dedication to the working integration of those disciplines in how and what we design. The Fellowship also provides a component of funded travel for research on a topic that each Fellow selects.

As a result of the Fellowships, schools have had the ability to graduate students with the added advantages of professional office experience, collaborative, interdisciplinary design, and worldwide travel and research. The perspective gained from a carefully defined program within a global design practice has helped students effectively define the choices available after graduation, and more confidently approach the decisions they need to make.

The benefit to Hart Howerton has been tremendous – the energy, enthusiasm and input of new designers in the process of learning, who are laying the foundation for the next generation of design thinking. The firm’s Fellowships underscore Hart Howerton’s commitment to continuing educational opportunities - for our clients, staff and the wider professional community.

Structure: Hart Howerton defines an 8-week “assignment” as part of an existing firm project, followed by the Fellow’s self-defined, approved topic of travel study. The 3-week travel period’s findings are prepared, upon return, as a report presented by the Fellow to the firm.

The Fellowship includes:
$2,000 for housing assistance during the 8-week stay in San Francisco or New York.
$3,000 Fellowship travel expenses during the 3-week travel period.
Salary for the 8-week Fellowship/Internship.
Round trip travel to SF or NY from the student’s school at start/end of program.

Application Process/Fellowship Schedule: The application is a downloaded PDF from our website,www.harthowerton.com. The submittal of an accompanying portfolio will be in electronic form, uploaded to the Hart Howerton website. Hart Howerton Principals make the final selections, though they may seek information from the relevant schools when appropriate. Deadline for the Fellowship application and portfolio submission is January 25th, 2013. Hart Howerton will select a short list of up to 10 students to be interviewed by telephone or in person before final selection. The list of Fellows is announced in early March. The Fellows arrive in the firm’s offices in late May/early June and the program is completed prior to the start of their fall semester in late August/early September.

Past recipients of the Hart Howerton Fellowship have traveled to the United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Africa, Europe and throughout the United States working on projects that include researching land reclamation sites, green roof applications, coastal programming strategies and the role of design in third world health care programs, among others.


Big Ideas Courses for Spring 13

Announcing the Big Ideas Courses!

Big Ideas Courses are taught by interdisciplinary teams of our best teachers. They approach a topic from more than one disciplinary perspective, and they invite students from all disciplinary backgrounds to participate.

You can see details about all five spring 2013 Big Ideas Courses at http://bigideascourses.berkeley.edu. Brief details below. (Note: some have not yet been assigned L&S breadth, but it may be worthwhile grabbing a seat while they are still available.)

L&S 22: Sense and Sensibility and Science
Nobelist Saul Perlmutter (Physics), John Campbell (Philosophy) and Rob MacCoun (Public Policy, Law)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-2:00, CCN: 51863 - 3 units

The approaches to problem-solving developed by scientists have proven to be quite effective, and yet we as individuals, groups, and larger societies do not often seem to be able to take advantage even of rational approaches to problems--let alone the "hyper-rationality" offered by science. Watching the political process of our country--or even the discussions of a small committee--can therefore often feel quite disheartening. We should be able to do better!
Interested students: please fill out a short, simple demographic survey at http://bit.ly/SiW9Iz and waitlist yourself for the course.

Letters & Science 121: Origins in Science and Religion
Ron Hendel (Near Eastern Studies) and Kevin Padian (Integrative Biology)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, ccn: 51992 - 4 Units

This course explores the concepts of origins in science and religion and their cultural contexts and entanglements, from antiquity to the present. Popular culture tends to emphasize the conflict between science and religion on such issues, particularly, in recent times, with respect to the origin of life and its evolution (including human evolution). We hold that science must acknowledge history, both the history of the natural world and the history of concepts about it, and that religion must deal with the changing knowledge of science, including issues of origins, causation, and teleology. Our guiding questions include: What are origins, and why do we want to know about them? How does this desire manifest itself in different ways of constructing and analyzing knowledge? What sorts of intellectual processes, standards, and tests can be applied to different concepts of origins? What happens when different notions of origins clash? How do we negotiate these clashes in today’s world?
Satisfies the Philosophy and Values breadth requirement in the College of Letters & Science.

Letters & Science 122: Time
Raphael Bousso (Physics), Hubert Dreyfus (Philosophy) and Sean Kelly (Harvard Philosophy)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, ccn: 52013 - 4 Units

Augustine said, famously, that he always thought he understood what time was until he started thinking about it. That was when he realized he had no idea. This course will address various aspects of the nature of time, including the way we experience it, the way it organizes our everyday world, and the way it stands – if it does – at the foundation of the physical universe.

Computer Science C79 (CCN: 26459) Statistics C79 (CCN: 87960) and Political Science C79 (CCN 71570): Societal Risks and Law
Cathryn Carson (History), Nicholas P. Jewell (Public Health), Stephen Mahin (Civil Engineering), Jasjeet Sekhon (Political Science), Philip B. Stark (Statistics), and David Wagner (Computer Science)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, 3 Units

What does "risk" mean? How can it be measured or estimated? Which risks are worth worrying about, and which are not? Which should you be more concerned about: driving while texting, salmonella in Caesar salad, global warming, BPA, living near power lines, or a major earthquake? To what extent can laws and regulations reduce risks or protect us from risks such as these? To what extent should they? How much should society be willing to pay to insure us from such risks? This course addresses these questions by examining a variety of risks ranging from earthquakes to food contaminants to nuclear power to cellphones, and legislative and regulatory responses to those risks.
Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement in the College of Letters & Science.

Music 128P: Music and Meaning
Hannah Ginsborg (Philosophy) and Mary Ann Smart (Music)
Tuesday 1:00-4:00, ccn: 60568 - 3 Units

This course will explore the question of whether music has meaning, and if so, what kind. Can music represent, say, birdsong, or the sea, or merely imitate? If music expresses emotions, then whose--those of the listener? the composer? the performer? We will consider parallels and contrasts between linguistic and musical meaning, theories of how music can be expressive, and the question of whether music can convey political meaning. The course will be taught as a seminar, and students will be expected to participate actively. Each week’s discussion will be structured around the interaction between musical excerpts and readings, drawn from historical and contemporary literature in philosophy, musicology, and the psychology of music.
This course is instructor approval only. Interested students please email both instructors at masmart@berkeley.edu and ginsborg@berkeley.edu.

Health in All Majors - A Graduate Student Panel

Do you know undergrads who are interested in a career in health or unsure of what to do when they graduate? Then you should tell them to come to a graduate student panel hosted by the Center for Health Leadership's Mentorship Committee!

What: Health in All Majors - a grad student panel on health careers for undergrads of every major
When: Tuesday, November 27 from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 150 University Hall (enter from the Addison Street doors)
Why: Because the health care field is expanding and offers great opportunities for students of all academic backgrounds...and there will be free refreshments!

Make an Appointment with Jeamice, CED's Grad Intern!

CED students - need a little extra attention between now and the end of the term? Come see our grad intern Jeamice! You can set up an appointment with her via the link below.

Hello CED students:

I’m Jeamice Parker, the Undergraduate Advising Intern for CED this year. My job is to assist students in the College of Environmental Design with advising while developing my advising and counseling skills. I am sending this e-mail to reach out to students and offer appointments for advising through December 21st.

If you would like to come in to talk about being homesick, balancing self-care and school, preparing for graduate school, or anything else you may be going through, feel free to make an appointment.

To set up an appointment for advising, log into bCal and go to: http://tinyurl.com/jeamice1

UGBA 196.6 Spring Course: Business Innovation and Design Thinking


SLC "Capstone" Course for Spring 2013

The Study Strategies & Resources Program, located at The Student Learning Center (SLC), is proud to once again offer a section of Education 98/198: "To the Capstone & Beyond," a 2 unit P/NP course to support undergraduates who are preparing for, or are currently composing a culminating senior thesis, research project, and/or other creative endeavor. Our course supplements existing departmental and campus resources that are available to students at various stages of their research processes.

Through individual written assignments and collaborative discussions,
students will:
- Define their research objectives and project scope
- Practice written and oral presentation skills in framing their work
- Participate in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary conversations
-  Strategize approaches to faculty/mentor feedback
-  Learn to actively apply relevant study strategies (i.e., time
management, goal-setting, reading & writing strategies, etc.)
 - Consult with the instructors to help monitor individual goals

Day & Time: Thursdays 2-4pm (beginning the first week of instruction)
Location: 123 Wheeler Hall

EDUCATION 98 (LOWER DIVISION STUDENTS):
CCN: 23659 Section #: 13

EDUCATION 198 (UPPER DIVISION STUDENTS):
CCN: 23899 Section #: 13

To learn more about the Study Strategies Program and other SLC services,
visit us at http://slc.berkeley.edu/

Van Jones: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Nov 28

This year, the Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture, in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Library, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate Assembly, and the Free Speech Movement Café presents:

Van Jones: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How can we get there?
November 28th, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, UC Berkeley
Admission Free (tickets are required; available from 6:30pm in the lobby)
There will be a book signing following the lecture.

Named by Rolling Stone as one of 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done and by Time Magazine as a global environmental hero and one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Van Jones served as Special Advisor to President Obama.  Jones is a co-founder of four thriving non-profits: Color of Change, Green for All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and his current project, Rebuild the Dream, a pioneering initiative to restore good jobs and economic opportunity.

For further information, contact Savio@sonic.net

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience - Info and Application

Dear Colleagues,
Greetings from New York!

The student applications for the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) are now available online.

The IAESTE Internship Placement Program is a work abroad program that matches U.S. university students majoring in technical fields with paid internships around the world. Each year positions are available in approximately 15-20 different countries in industry, research institutes and universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer, but some fall semester and longer-term placements are also available. Best of all, most technical students in the United States are eligible to apply!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
-Enrollment: you must be currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. program at an accredited, four-year U.S. college or university
-Standing: junior-level standing is preferred, sophomores and graduating seniors are also invited to apply.
-Major: you must be enrolled in a technical field of study, including, but not limited to: engineering, computer science, architecture, natural or physical sciences
-Age: you must be between the ages of 19 and 30
-Language: you must be fluent in English; foreign language skill requirements vary by position

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2012
For detailed information and application materials, please visit our website at: www.iaesteunitedstates.org

We appreciate your support and thank you for passing this on to prospective students!

Thanksgiving Helping Hand for Oakland Families

If your family or a family you know of live in Oakland and are in need of a helping hand this Thanksgiving please contact CadĂȘ Tereza or the East Oakland Youth Development Center at (510)569-8088. Desley Brooks and the Goodwin Family Foundation are providing free Thanksgiving baskets complete with a turkey and trimmings! You must live in Oakland and qualify as low-income and or unemployed. There is a registration form so please let me know ASAP and I will email it to you.
EOYDC
eoydc.org

AIAS Event - IDP Info Session TODAY 11/13

What is IDP and why is it essential to your future career? Find out from Martin Smith, manager of IDP, at our IDP Info Session next Tuesday at 5:30pm. This event is worth 1 AIA LU for students and can be used as an hour towards IDP

Event: IDP Info Session - Designing Your Future: Creating Value in Your Career
Date: Tuesday, November 13th
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: 112 Wurster
Presenters:
Martin Smith, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc. – manager, IDP
Nick Serfass, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, PMP – assistant director, IDP
AIA LU: This presentation will be worth 1 AIA LU and if students have their AIA transcripts set up they can use this hour as an hour towards IDP. For students who have NCARB records they can get a free AIA transcript. Review page 20 in the IDP Guidelines for how to get a free transcript.

This event covers all of the steps towards licensure and goes into detail on IDP and ARE. There is also time at the end for Q and A. This event is open to all and we hope to see you there!

Narrative and Storytelling as Critical Pedagogy - Roundtable Presentation

Justice Stories, Resistance Stories and Just Good Stories: narrative and storytelling as critical pedagogy
Wednesday, November 14th, 4-6pm 
231 Wheeler Hall

Presenters: 
Jane Hammons, College Writing 
Jen Schradie, Berkeley Center for New Media 
Regina Mason, U.C. Berkeley Office of the Registrar
 
Storytelling is both an individual and collective task. It can transform localized and individual experiences and emotions into public knowledge and shared history. Stories can be useful and powerful ways of clarifying connections between subjects, of bringing many voices to the table and of understanding the complexity of American society. Storytelling can reveal the concealed, the silent and the multiple voices that often lie in the background. 
And stories that are just good stories reveal themselves than more than that, as justice stories or resistance stories, as stories about race, social responsibility and being an active participant in change. 
By framing their own lives as stories, students are empowered to bring their own knowledge and thoughts to the larger classroom concepts and histories within the curriculum. 
This roundtable of UC Berkeley scholars will address the interplay of storytelling and social justice. What does a good story sound like? Why do we tell stories, how do we tell stories? Whose stories get told? What are storytelling strategies? Why should we teach through stories? Why should we teach storytelling?

CED Exclusive Career Counseling Tues/Thurs through Nov 29

CED grads and undergrads - there's still time this semester to meet with CED's career counselor Deborah Briant!

Get help with:
Internships, Job search strategies, career exploration, resume critique, graduate schools, career fairs, networking
... and more!

CED EXCLUSIVE Career Counseling through Nov 29
Drop-in appointments Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 pm in 220 Wurster
Pre-Scheduled appointments Thursdays 9-12 pm

To schedule a Thursday morning appointment go to http://tinyurl.com/CEDCareerCounseling

LIFT Leadership Program with Non-Profits - Info and Application

Leadership Institute Fellowship Team (LIFT): Make a world of difference in your community

Are you committed to bringing about positive change in your community?
Do you believe in volunteerism as an agent of positive impact?
Are you looking for a way to take your involvement in the non-profit community to the "next level" by serving on a non-profit board or as a staff member?

Apply to be a LIFT Fellow in 2013!
HandsOn Bay Area (HOBA) offers a year-long Leadership Institute Fellowship Team to prepare participants to become non-profit and community leaders.

Fellows gain knowledge and skills that will enhance their ability to create change in their communities. The top six UC Berkeley student applicants will be awarded a $600 stipend at the successful completion of the program (make sure to check off the UC Berkeley box on the application to be considered!).

Application deadline: November 9, 2012
Website: http://publicservice.berkeley.edu/lift
Questions: lift@hoba.org

Berkeley Student Collective - Annual Harvest Gala Nov 17

Are you a food fanatic? Like to discuss food politics and practices? Join the Berkeley Student Food Collective for the Fourth Annual Harvest Gala on November 17th at UC Berkeley's Alumni House! A four course meal prepared by the members of the Berkeley Student Food Collective, silent auction, guest speakers from the food industry, and live music will all be provided. Tickets are on sale now and are going fast, so buy one today! General admission tickets are suggested at $40; students at $20. To buy tickets, go to foodcollective.org/gala ; email Matthew at outreach@foodcollective.org for questions or more info. Doors open at 6:30 on November 17th.

Thanks so much, and shoot me with any questions you have!

Matthew Kirschenbaum
Outreach Coordinator
Berkeley Student Food Collective

Cal Corps Open House Celebration - Nov 28

The Cal Corps Public Service Center moved in August, and we want to share our new space with all the people that make our work possible! Come and join the celebration:

· Wednesday, November 28, 2012
· 102 Sproul Hall
· 3-5pm

There will be food, refreshments, and great conversation. Celebrate Cal Corps and all the fabulous programs offered!

Sproul Hall is located near the intersection of Bancroft and Telegraph. See campus map at http://www.berkeley.edu/map/3dmap/3dmap.shtml?sproulhall.

See you then!
Cal Corps Public Service Center
http://publicservice.berkeley.edu

Coro Center for Civic Leadership - Fellows Program Open House

Coro Center for Civic Leadership
Come learn about the Fellows Program

Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Northern California is excited to announce our upcoming Fellows Program in Public Affairs Open House events. This year, we will be hosting open houses in San Francisco and Sacramento. Come learn more about the Fellows Program in Public Affairs and meet current Fellows and alumni. RSVP here! We look forward to seeing you there.

Fellows Program in Public Affairs Open House in Sacramento
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | 5:30-7:00 pm
Personal Insurance Federation of CA | 1201 K Street, Suite 950, Sacramento, CA
Direction

Fellows Program in Public Affairs Open House in San Francisco
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Northern California | 601 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA | Direction

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here. Refreshments will be provided.
Have a question? Email Lan Thao Nguyen, Manager of Communications and Outreach or call 415.986.0521 x103.

Hayek Fund for Future Scholars - Funding for Graduate School Applications

Looking for funding for graduate school applications??

Hayek Fund for Future Scholars
AWARDS UP TO $300 FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEES
Apply Now!

Increase your chances of being accepted and funded in a graduate program through the Hayek Fund for Future Scholars (HFFS). HFFS funding is dedicated to offsetting application costs so that you can afford to increase the number of applications you submit.

Who is eligible?
Undergraduates and recent graduates applying for full-time doctorate or master’s degree programs to start in the 2013-14 academic year; demonstrated interest in individual and economic freedom, and strong academic potential are also essential. (See the frequently asked questions for a list of eligible degree programs).

Please note: At this time only the following graduate programs in the U.S. will be eligible for application fee reimbursement: MA, PhD, MPP, and MFA

How it works:
Complete the Hayek Fund for Future Scholars application, including an indication of the schools that you intend to apply to, prior to submitting applications for admission. (Click here if you have already submitted all your graduate program applications).
You will be notified of your application status within 3 weeks (including whether or not you have been chosen for an award, and the award amount).

Complete and submit your graduate school applications, including payment.
Submit proof of application and receipts for application fees to the HFFS coordinator to receive reimbursement.

http://www.theihs.org/hayek-fund-future-scholars?utm_source=Univ+Depts&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=HFFS+-+Univ+Depts+All+-+Introducing+Hayek+Fund+for+Future+Scholars+-+10-29-12

Info Session for Summer Studio Abroad

Are you interested in doing a studio course abroad this summer? Come here about just a few of the possibilities open to you!

When:
Thursday November 15 12:30 - 2:00

Where:
305 Wurster

What Programs:
UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, Arch 101 http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad
      Guadamar de Segura, Spain
      Yunnan, China
DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad http://www.disabroad.org/study-abroad-summer/

Hope to see you there!

New Master of City Planning Program at San Diego State University

To: Department Chairs, Advisors, and Students:

I am pleased to introduce you to our Graduate Master of City Planning (MCP) degree within our School of Public Affairs. We would appreciate your forwarding this letter on email or otherwise posting it on bulletin boards for any undergraduate students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in city planning.

Our graduate MCP Program has been in existence for over 40 years. Alumni with a Masters in City Planning from SDSU range from Directors of planning departments to community planners to Vice Presidents of land use and environmental planning firms.

Current MCP faculty specialize in a wide array of fields including sustainable urban planning, land use, environmental law, transportation, urban design, GIS , community planning, housing, and research methods. Our proximity to Mexico allows students to focus on the U.S.-Mexico border and Latin America. We also emphasize community outreach and internships.

We are pleased to invite students to apply to our Graduate MCP program for Fall 2013 admissions. The application period runs from October 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013.

Students can find information about applying on the internet links at:
http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/programs/city_planning_mcp.html and
http://spa.sdsu.edu/web/index.php/academic_programs/cp_admissions_graduate_standing

We look forward to receiving student applications.

Yours sincerely,
Lawrence A. Herzog
Professor and MCP Coordinator
Graduate Program in City Planning
School of Public Affairs
 

EOP at Cal - Affordable Housing Survey

Do you think the COOPs should expand affordable housing options for EOP students?? Please answer the Berkeley Student Cooperative survey below to add your feedback to how that expansion could/should look.

Dear EOP Students,

With ever increasing tuition and a severe lack of affordable housing in the city of Berkeley, we at the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) feel it is our duty to provide affordable housing to students, with specific priority given to low income students. Unfortunately the BSC doesn't have space for all students that need our services, and as a result we have long waitlists to get co-op housing. We are preparing to expand in the coming years.

Currently we offer two types of cooperative living: room and board houses and apartments. But we may offer different types of options in the future. We need your help to determine what direction to go with our expansion. What type of cooperative living are you interested in? What characteristics of the BSC may stop you from living in our co-ops?

Your input is crucial to providing housing that is desirable for you and future EOP students. You can help by filling out this short 5-10 minute totally anonymous survey http://www.facebook.com/l/lAQEFBoFu/www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z98XSWK

Please feel free to send any other feedback our suggestions for the BSC to Phoebe Schmidt, VP of Capital Affairs, at vpca@bsc.coop .