IST Events & Programs

Please bookmark this page as a resource to view upcoming happenings and to access materials from past OCIO/IST events. This page also features different programs we have implemented in the organization towards continuous improvement

Do you have ideas for social gatherings and want to get involved with event planning? Please email ist-social@berkeley.edu with your suggestions.

Note: Many IST events are also included on the One IT calendar.

Upcoming Events

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Meditation Session - Healing Spaces for All
Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Note: there will be no sessions held on April 28, May 5, and May 12
These weekly sessions are guided by Patricia Juárez from the Action Team. Patricia has been a mindfulness meditation practitioner since 2011 and has been leading meditation sessions with her students and her Native community since 2012.

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, April 29 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.
An informal way for us to share information monthly and engage in dialog around the specific issues facing the OCIO/IST organization (e.g. budget, organizational policies, Action Team progress, etc.). 

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • May 3, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • May 5, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • May 10, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • May 11, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Aug. 2, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 4, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Aug. 16, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Nov. 8, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 10, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 15, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 17, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Past Events

2021

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

We welcomed four new staff members this month, Jenn gave her CIO update, then a big portion of this month's meeting was spent walking through some of the outcomes from the survey on organizational strengths and weaknesses that staff filled out last fall. 

Watch video | View slide deck

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Feb. 1, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Feb. 3, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Feb. 8, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Feb.10, 9 - 10 a.m.

OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, Jan. 28 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

This month we welcomed lots of new babies! CIO announcements included finances for network update, campus plans for Spring and Fall, a COVID testing update and the continued rollout of the security passphrase requirement. Program Manager for the move to Telegraph, Rich Meyer, provided the latest status on the building and Gert Reynaert gave an update on ODP progress.

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2020

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, Dec. 17 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

Jenn shared a retrospect on her first six months as CIO which included themes around gratitude, transparency, accountability, and empathy. We welcomed new and returning staff, heard updates on the move to Telegraph and ODP work, then ended with a breakout session to talk about what is sparking joy in our lives during this holiday season.

Watch video | View slide deck

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, Nov. 19 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

We welcomed five new staff members this month and Jenn provided an update on the Organizational Design Project (ODP). After a short breakout session giving the community some time to reconnect, Terence Phuong gave an update on the budget. 

Watch video | View slide deck

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Tuesday, Oct. 20 | 9 - 9:50 a.m.
At this month's meeting, we kicked off 
our Organizational Design Project, a ~9 month project to create an organization that is positioned to both manage the impacts of the campus financial situation and is prepared to strategically meet the needs of our institution going forward in the future.

Watch video | View slide deck 

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, Sept. 24 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.
VCA Marc Fisher was our special guest at this month's meeting. We welcomed new staff, Action Team members Colette Jackson and Caroline Boyden provided an update, then Terence Phuong shared the latest on the budget.

Watch video | View slide deck

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OCIO/IST All Staff Update
Thursday, Aug. 27 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.
This meeting included an update from CIO Jenn Stringer, a shoutout to staff in new exciting roles, the latest status of the move to Telegraph from Jon Conhaim, and a discussion on budget with Terence Phuong. 

Watch video | View slide deck

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Discussion on Racism
June 25, 1-2 p.m.

The Action Team book group is holding discussions based on articles relating to racism and the African American experience in this country. Our hope is to create a forum where we can educate and move toward actions and behaviors that support real and systemic changes however large or small. In the spirit of George Floyd and all of humanity, we invite you to join us.

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OCIO/IST All Staff Meeting
Tuesday, June 23 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Watch video | View slide deck | Chat log

Thank you to the 315+ staff who attended!

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Coffee with the CIO
Join CIO Larry Conrad in the Zoom Cafe to feedback on how your experience working remotely is going, what’s working well, what’s not working so well, ideas/suggestions for improvements, including thoughts on how we might be able to leverage this time for the longer term once things return to normal…and how “normal” might change going forward. Plus any other topics that might be on your mind. Select a date below to add to your bCal:

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OCIO/IST All Staff Meeting
Tuesday, March 31 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Online via Zoom

View Zoom Recording | Audio RecordingSlide Deck | Chat LogOCIO/IST Acronym Reference

Thank you to the 308 staff who attended!

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New Year's Party
Thursday, Jan. 16 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music

See Photos & Videos

2019

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Cookie Party
Monday, Dec. 16 | 1 - 2 p.m.
Warren 200C

Bring cookies or a beverage to share!

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One IT South Hosts Celebration of Diwali
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Room 435 at 2850 Telegraph

View photos from Diwali 2018 | Learn more about Diwali

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OCIO/IST All Staff Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Pauley Ballroom East in the MLK Memorial Union

Watch VideoView slide deck | IS-3 Info & Resources | Cyber Security Holiday Shopping Toolkit 

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CPR Training Opportunity
Monday, Sept. 30 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Location TBD

Back by popular demand! To encourage a culture of safety and responsibility, the OCIO and the IST Action Team is sponsoring voluntary CPR Training for interested OCIO/IST staff. Learn more

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IST at Oakland A's Cal vs Texas Rangers
Friday, Sept. 20 | 7 p.m.
Oakland Coliseum

Time to don your Oakland A's gear and head out to the ballpark. The IS&T Action Team is organizing a evening with the Oakland A's as they take on the Texas Rangers. In addition to an A's Spring Training baseball cap guests will receive a commemorative Mike Fiers No-Hitter Bobblehead! Tickets are in the Field Level sections and cost $25 each. Please feel free to bring along family and friends!

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OCIO/IST All Staff Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Pauley Ballroom East in the MLK Memorial Union

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Coffee with the CIO
Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 9 - 10 a.m.
2850 Telegraph Room 351

Wednesday, Aug.14 | 9 - 10 a.m.
Warren 200C

Tuesday, Aug.13 | 9 - 10 a.m.
Banway 441B

Tuesday, Aug. 6 | 9 - 10 a.m. 
2484 Shattuck Main Conference Room

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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CPR Training Opportunity
To encourage a culture of safety and responsibility, OCIO and the IST Action Team is sponsoring voluntary CPR Training through the Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps for interested OCIO/IST staff. Available dates:

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Board Game Night
Thursday, June 27 | 3:30 p.m. to ???
Victory Point Cafe at 1797-A Shattuck Avenue

Join the Action Team for an afternoon of games, refreshments, and conversation. 

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OCIO/IST Retirement Celebration
Wednesday, June 12 | 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Pauley Ballroom East in the MLK Memorial Union

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Berkeley Art Museum Tour
Thursday, April 25 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

OCIO/IST staff were invited to attend a private tour of the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive. After the tour, the Art Lab was open for artiness and light refreshments were served at Babette Cafe.

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Coffee with the CIO
Wednesday, March 27 | 9 - 10 a.m. 
Warren 200C

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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Coffee with the CIO
Tuesday, March 26 | 9 - 10 a.m. 
2484 Shattuck Main Conference Room

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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Pi(e) Potluck to celebrate Pi Day
Thursday, March 14 | 12 - 1 p.m.
200C Warren Hall

Learn more about Pi Day | Event Photos

Jenn Stringer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT and Deputy CIO

OCIO/IST All Staff Meeting
Wednesday, March 13 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Pauley Ballroom East in the MLK Memorial Union

Watch Video | See Presentation

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Coffee with the CIO
Wednesday, March 13 | 9 - 10 a.m. 
2850 Telegraph Room 351

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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Coffee with the CIO
Tuesday, March 12 | 9 - 10 a.m. 
Banway 441B

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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New Year's Party
Thursday, Jan. 17 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music

Event RecapSee Photos & Videos

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Coffee with the CIO
Tuesday, Jan. 15 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
2850 Telegraph Room 351

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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Coffee with the CIO
Tuesday, Jan. 8 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Warren 200C

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

2018

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Coffee with the CIO
Wednesday, Dec. 19 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
2484 Shattuck Main Conference Room

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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OCIO/IST All Staff Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 11 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Berkeley Rep Theater

Watch Video | See Presentation

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Coffee with the CIO
Thursday, Dec. 6 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Banway 441B

CIO Larry Conrad is hosting coffee and pastries at different locations for an open discussion to hear what people are interested in talking about or input they would like to provide (this event is for non-director staff). 

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SIS Hosts Celebration of Diwali 
Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
South side of the 4th floor at 2850 Telegraph

Event Recap | View PhotosLearn more about Diwali

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IST Goes Bowling
Friday, Oct. 5 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Albany Bowl

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IST Represents at Oakland A's Cal vs Stanford Night
Wednesday, Sept. 19 | 7 - 9 :30 p.m.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Event Recap | View Photos