BSC MEMBERS DIGEST -- March 14, 2022

IMPORTANT BSC Scholarship Information Included for Fall 2021/Spring 2022

WRITTEN BY BRENDA COOK (Development Director)

  • Forward the form to friends who are interested in living in the BSC next year!
  • Reminder: prepare your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for 2022-23. This information is REQUIRED to be considered for the BSC Scholarship!

The scholarship application is now open! The BSC Scholarship supports our 501(c)(3) mission of removing barriers to higher education for low-income and traditionally marginalized students and empowering them with community-building skills that they can take into the future. We are grateful to the many BSC alumni who have contributed to BSC Scholarships. Applications are due June 1, 2022.

Fill out the BSC Scholarship Application for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 (Google Form)

The BSC will notify applicants of results after June 15 and before the July 7, 2022 deadline for canceling Fall 2022 contracts without penalty. New BSC applicants are encouraged to apply! You do NOT need to be a current BSC resident to apply for a BSC scholarship. The scholarship is in the form of rent credit FOR BSC HOUSING ONLY. Your scholarship will be 1/6 of your rent each semester. Example: If the rent for a room and board house is normally $3,384/semester, the rent will be reduced to $2,820/semester for a scholarship recipient. You must be living in the BSC and a full-time student in order to receive the scholarship in each semester. The estimated time required to complete this form is 10 minutes. You cannot save an incomplete application; you must complete it all at once. IF YOU MADE A MISTAKE IN YOUR APPLICATION, just start a new application and we will disregard the application with the older timestamp. We rely on financial need information from your school. Please make sure your FAFSA/ California Dream Act and all verifications are timely submitted to the financial aid office of your school. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOMATED EMAIL CONFIRMATION after you submit this application.

Questions? Contact Brenda Cook at bcook@bsc.coop. Please review your application before you submit the form.

New Professional Staff Members

Please join us in welcoming our new professional staff members.

We are so excited to have you join our team!

Brandon Buckingham has recently joined the BSC as Senior Maintenance Technician. Brandon comes from a construction family; he grew up in the trades in the East Bay. He began by doing various jobs for his electrician father when just a teenager, and later worked some years for his uncle who owned a construction company. Brandon has experience in custom kitchen and bathroom remodels, renovating housing, plus doing electrical, plumbing and hanging sheetrock. Moreover, he is a master house painter and has been highly praised for his work and attention to detail.

David Boyd has recently joined the BSC as Rochdale/Fenwick Maintenance Technician, reporting to Araceli Beltran. David first began working in property management 15 years ago with the John Stewart company, as a groundskeeper. Through that experience he learned to pay attention to the detail of properties. As the years went by, David had a great supervisor named Mark Baker, who began to teach David the skills of becoming a maintenance man. Throughout the years of working with Mark, David gained knowledge that has not only helped him in the workforce, but in life in general. David Boyd is very excited to become part of the BSC team and he looks forward to getting to know each and every one of us.

Pavin Johnson (he/him) has recently joined the BSC as the Maintenance Liaison. He recently graduated from the University of California - Berkeley, where he was the Executive Director of the Indigenous and Native Coalition - Recruitment and Retention Center. Prior to beginning his studies he worked in various industrial jobs and was also a union organizer. He is a Quapaw Indigenous man who cares deeply about his community and the welfare of working class and marginalized students. He plans to eventually attend law school and return to be his nation's tribal lawyer. Pavin was not a BSC member, but he applied and knows many Co-opers, and he has spent quite a bit of time in many of the units visiting friends, attending social events, and even performing maintenance for them in their apartments.

V{ee} Nedeltchev (they/he) is a recent Cal grad in Cognitive Science (Fall '21). V has lived in the co-ops since 2016, at Stebbins, CZ, and Rochdale, taking unit & central level leadership positions throughout their tenure, most recently as Board Rep for Rochdale. V also worked in CFS for three years, including two years a student operations lead. Originally from Beaumont, CA, by way of Bulgaria, V is passionate about sexual health education and quidditch, as well as the co-operative movement and harm reduction. V is excited to join BSC staff as Contract and Purchasing Agent - as it is a great opportunity to continue serving co-opers while building on his existing CFS and BSC experience. V can be reached at v@bsc.coop.

Member Jobs Ahead!

WRITTEN BY TOMI CHUNG (Hiring Committee Chair)

Looking for a job that works with your busy student schedule? Want to get paid $18.00/hr and gain valuable work experience? Look no further! The BSC has you covered! We have a variety of jobs for Spring 2022. Positions will remain open until filled. More details can be found at hicom.bsc.coop.

Questions? Please email Tomi Chung, the Hiring Committee Chair, at hicom@bsc.coop.

Available Member Jobs Starting Spring 2022:

Central Office Receptionist

Development and Alumni Relations Committee Member

Delivery Coordinator**

Non-Perishables Coordinator**

Proteins Coordinator

UHS Health Worker Program Recruitment

SHARE BY VICTOR VASQUEZ (Vice President of External Affairs)

The UHS-Tang Health Worker Program is now recruiting student volunteers for 2022-23. Please check out this Health Worker Recruitment video (Youtube) and Health Worker Recruitment flyer (PDF) and copy of our Oct-Dec Impact Summary for a glimpse into the Health Worker position. You can learn more about Health Worker role and benefits by reading this Health Worker Role & Responsibilities Google Doc! The application opens on March 1st, 2022.

We seek to assemble diverse teams of students who are dedicated to the HWP goals and activities. While we prioritize selection of students who plan to live in or are members of the communities they serve (residence halls, Bowles Hall, I-House, academic departments), we also welcome applicants who plan to live/study remotely.

Please apply to be a UHS Health Worker here. The deadline for the application is March 31st, 2022. Interviews will be held April 5th-9th. For questions or more information please email hwpcoordinator@gmail.com or call Karen Hughes at 510-643-9073.

COVID-19 Testing Information and Resources

WRITTEN BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT)

The University Health Services offers two types of testing on campus: symptomatic/clinical tests and surveillance/asymptomatic tests. All testing can be ordered online at eTang, where you will be guided to the appropriate testing site.

COVID-19 Booster Shots:

  • Johnson and Johnson Booster Shot:
  • It is recommended that you get a booster shot 2 months after your initial dose of the vaccine
  • Moderna and Pfizer Booster Shots:
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded booster shot eligibility on November 19th 2021. It is now available for everyone 18+ who was fully vaccinated at least 6 months ago.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second vaccine dose.

Other Resources and UC Berkeley Cases:

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Central Office: (510) 848-1936
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Central Maintenance: (510) 549-5965
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