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Certificate of Completion Pick-Up

Certificate Pick-Up:
Wednesday, 12 August and Thursday, 13 August
11:00am-5:00pm outside Wheeler 112.

Please bring your student ID card.


Certificates of Completion

Extended!  If you ordered a certificate but have not paid yet, we are accepting payments until 1 PM on Monday.  Come to 112 Wheeler Hall. Sorry — no more orders accepted.

Nature Trip to Tilden Regional Park

What: Day trip to Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, CA

Who: Hosted by Candace Khanna

Where: Tilden Regional Park

When: 8/8/2015 – Meet 9:15 AM at Center St & Shattuck Ave by Downtown Berkeley BART station. Bus departs at 9:30 AM

Why:  If you want to get away from the city environment and get the chance to explore a different scenery in the Berkeley Hills, this is a good opportunity to do so.


If this peaks your interest, RVSP to Candace Khanna (

What to Bring:

• Your Cal1Card, which is also a bus pass (available at the Photo ID office, 180 Chavez Center in Lower Sproul Plaza). If you don’t have a pass, bring the correct change for the bus fare:

Youth (Age 5-18): $1.05 (payable on board)

Adult (Age 19-64): $2.10 (payable on board)
• A bag lunch and water. (Fast food is available for purchase at the Merry –Go-Round.)
• $10-$15 if you want to ride the Merry-Go-Round and buy fast food (more if you want to buy something in the gift shop in the Environmental Education Center).
• Camera
• Celery and/or lettuce if you’d like to feed the cows, ducks, goats, etc. at the Little Farm.

It might be helpful to also bring:

Sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, jackets

Hope to see you there!

Orders for Certificates of Completion

Certificates confirming the successful completion of the ESL 6, 7, 8, or 9 courses are available for a printing fee of $5 per copy (unframed). Cash only. Exact change please.

Requesting a Certificate:

Fill out all the information on the Completion Certificate Request Form ( — open now! Click on Submit. You will receive an email confirmation. Print that email, and bring it with your payment to the table in the lobby outside Wheeler 112.

Payment is accepted on
Tuesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 6.
Hours: 11:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM only.

Picking Up Your Certificate:

You may pick up your certificates on
Wednesday, August 12, and Thursday, August 13.
Hours: 11:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM only.

Important: You must be a student in the Summer English Language Studies program to request a certificate. Your course and instructors’ names will not be on your certificate. These will be on your official transcript.

Graduate Program Fair – 03 August, 11am-2pm

Graduate Program Fair
Career Fair | August 3 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room…/summer.html…

Thinking about returning to UC Berkeley for Graduate School? Drop by this casual Graduate Program Fair anytime to meet representatives from departments across campus. There will also be an information session by the Graduate Division with tips and insights into applying for graduate school at Berkeley.

Meet representatives from the following departments:
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical program
Master of Financial Engineering
Plant & Microbial Biology
Social Welfare
School of Optometry
School of Public Health
Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality
Goldman School of Public Policy
Health and Social Behavior Program
Energy and Resources Group
Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
Haas School of Business

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