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No BART Trains between Oakland and San Francisco this weekend!

Remember:  BART trains will NOT be running between Oakland and San Francisco this weekend (August 1-2).  Only limited bus service — the F bus will be running.  Read BART’s announcement for details.

Baseball Game: SF Giants v. Houston Astros

Group tickets are sold out!
You can get individual tickets at Stubhub.


Join SELS faculty and students as we watch the World Series winning SF Giants take on the up and coming Houston Astros!

AT&T Park
Game starts at 7:15
(but it’s fun to arrive a little early to watch the warm-up, enjoy the views of the SF Bay, and get some food and drink)


Tickets are $14. CASH Only. Exact change, please!
Please purchase your tickets from the College Writing Program Assistants in Wheeler Hall, Room 112. Tickets are limited. Get Yours Early!

We will meet at the F bus stop on Bancroft and Telegraph Avenue at 5:00PM or you are welcome to make your way to the ball park on your own. You need exact change for Muni Transit in SF or you may take CalTrain or BART.

Note:  The Giants allow fans to bring food in paper and recycled grocery bags, fanny packs, backpacks, lunch bags, soft-sided containers, purses, handbags and briefcases, as long as bags are not larger than 16″x16″x 8″ (40 x 40 x 20 centimeters). All bags, including women’s purses, will be subject to inspection and checked upon entry. All fans are scanned with a metal detector before entering AT&T Park.


Trudy the Corpse Flower has bloomed!

According to Berkeleyside:Neff-corpse-flower

Trudy, the corpse flower at UC Botanical Gardens, is blooming.

The Sumatran plant, officially called Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, started to open around 8 p.m. Saturday July 25, according to the UC Botanical Garden’s Facebook page.

Berkeley photographer Colleen Neff visited the garden Sunday morning and said the flower had revealed a beautiful purple skirt. Trudy should remain in bloom for a few more days.

Titan arum are are nicknamed corpse flowers because they emit a smell like a decaying object as they are blooming. Neff said on her Facebook page that Trudy smelled like a dead mouse rather than a rotting cow.

See more photos at and


Placement Exam Results for Colwrit 6 Students

Colwrit/ESL 6 students:

We will be sending out placements for ESL 6 courses on Sunday, 26 July, to the email you listed on your exam.

If you are enrolled in 6A-6H and do not receive an email, please come to 112 Wheeler Hall on Monday morning, 27 July, after 8:30 AM.

If you are enrolled in Colwrit/ESL 6J, please go directly to the classroom listed on your original schedule.

Destination Berkeley: Around the World in Berkeley Issue

Berkeley’s colorful history has been in part hued by the constant
presence of a large international community. It’s been molded by the
hundreds of cultures and shaped by the myriad customs brought from all
corners of the world to our own little nook of the Bay Area.


Each year, the campus sees a new influx of international students
choosing to attend UC Berkeley. As the years progress, all of these
global travelers will put down their baggage, and when it’s their turn
to venture elsewhere, they will leave a bit of themselves to
assimilate into our city’s history.

Whether you’re an international student or a Bay Area native, we all
have our own stories to tell.

And ultimately, no matter who you are, you are an ingredient in the
melting pot of cultures that make Berkeley what it is.

Destination Berkeley: editors’ note

Trudy, The Stinky Flower — about to bloom!

Trudy has the largest bloom in the world — and it opens only once every four+ years.

The stink lasts only 8-12 hours, so keep checking online to make sure to catch it — or miss it!

Visitors view the world's largest flower during th

Visit UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden.  Free admission for UCB students, 9:00-4:30 daily.


Did you miss the drop/add deadline?

Current students:  We are sorry that we could not open this past Friday to sign drop/add forms.  You can add any Colwrit 6 or 7 course via MySummer or Telebears.  If you have questions or need assistance, please come to 112 Wheeler Hall on Monday, 20 July.  We will help you work with Summer Sessions to make sure you have all the credit hours you need for your visa or for financial aid.

SELS Picnic!

Enjoy a day of food, sports, and leisure as we BBQ and play baseball, frisbee, and more! SELS instructors Joyce Podevyn and Matt Barclay are organizing a trip to Codornices Park for interested students.

The Park is near Berkeley Rose Garden, which has tremendous views of the bay, SF, and its bridges. Bring a camera and blankets to lay out on the lawns!

Date: Friday, July 24th, 2015.
Time: 11:30 am (meet on campus) – 3:30 pm (return to campus)
Place: Meet on the front steps of Wheeler Hall.
Transportation: AC Transit Bus 65 from campus to Codornices Park.
Cost: $10 for lunch. The bus will be free with your Cal student ID.

Tentative Schedule:
11:30 – 12:00 pm: travel
12:00 – 2:00 pm: BBQ, games, and chillaxing
2:00 – 3:00 pm: hike around Cordonices Park and the Rose Garden
3:00 – 3:30 pm: pack up and catch the bus back to campus

Things to bring (optional!) :
– Two layers of clothing (sweater).
– Any special snacks you might like.
– Anything you’d like to play with in the park (balls, frisbees, cards, games, etc).
– Music, music players
– Blankets for laying on the grass

Signups: Sign up and purchase tickets at the SELS Office in 112 Wheeler Hall. Tickets are available from July 13th through July 23rd. There is a maximum of 25 students that can come, so sign up quickly!

If you have questions, contact Matthew Barclay at

Deadline for refunds: Friday 10 July 2015

We still have openings in a few classes for non-native speakers!

Colwrit 9D: Broadway Musicals (MW 2:00-4:30)
Colwrit 9H: Multicultural California (TTh 2:00-4:30)
Colwrit 9J: Grammar and Writing Style (TTh 2:00-4:30)
Colwrit 9K: International Human Rights (MW 2:00-4:30)
Colwrit 9L: English through Film (TTh 2:00-4:30)
Colwrit 9N: Legal English and US Law (MW 9:30-12:00)
Colwrit 9O: Legal Writing (TTh 9:30-12:00)
Colwrit 9Q: English through Drama (TTh 2:00-4:30)
Colwrit 9R: Oral Presentation (TTh 2:00-4:30)

On Friday, 10 July, our office in Wheeler 112 will be open from 2:00-4:00 PM ONLY. Come by to add a class — you will need a signature to add.

SELS Welcome Reception (July 9th, 2015)

Students and faculty in Summer English Language Studies are invited to a Welcome Reception!

Come meet other students and faculty of the Summer English Language Studies Program!

DATE: Thursday, July 9th, 2015

TIME: 12:00 – 14:00

LOCATION: Campanile Courtyard

Fruit, cookies and beverages will be served. Come for as little or as long as you would like! Bring your camera and student IDs if you want to go to the top of the tower for photos. Looking forward to seeing you there!