In this Issue • January 14, 2021

This Week
  • Holiday Closure Monday Jan 18
  • Class of 2021 & 2022: Spring Electives Reminders
  • Class of 2023: Blue & Gold Combined Financial Accounting Lecture Jan 19
  • Haas Against Hunger: Thank you!
  • Announcements for Electives
  • Spring 2021 Fees Due Jan 15
  • Haas Gear Now Available!
Important Reminders
  • Save the Date: Dean's Speaker Series Feb 11
  • Haas Financial Aid Financial Literacy Series with Merrill Lynch
Self Care Tips
  • Journaling: Three Good Things
  • EGAL Done with the Old Normal Feb 10
Program Office Tips & Tidbits
  • Sign Up for Direct Deposit

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This Week

Holiday Closure Monday Jan 18
  • The Program Office and other Student Services will be closed on Monday Jan 18 in observance of MLK Jr. Day.
  • Here are suggestions for how to observe MLK Jr. Day and Day of Service virtually this year.

Class of 2021 & 2022

Spring Electives Reminders
  • Add/Drop Round 2 begins Monday Jan 18, 12 noon and ends Friday Jan 22, 12 noon.
  • Full-Time Course Request Form is open and closes Friday Jan 22, 12 noon.
  • Electives start Tuesday Jan 19 (Monday Electives will start on Monday Jan 25).

Class of 2023

Blue & Gold Reminder
  • Combined Financial Accounting Lecture Tuesday Jan 19


Haas Against Hunger: Thank you!
  • Thank you to those who supported Eugene Kim and Zeenia Irani, EW 23s, in their Haas Against Hunger campaign! 
  • "We are humbled and proud to share that in a short period of time we surpassed our fundraising efforts and that we will be providing over 5,000 meals to vulnerable children in developing countries. The chat with Dr. Chase Sova, Senior Director of Policy at WFP went very well as well - over 35 students attended and we shared the impact of WFP's work and our work helping those on the brink of famine." 
  • Thank you to the fellow Haasies who donated; they surpassed their goal with a final total of $5,085! Annoucements for Electives
  • TEXTPAKs for electives are disabled during Add/Drop. They'll be available once Add/Drop is over and enrollments are finalized. Until then, students may access the PDFs if the reader is available (some may not be until class starts).
  • Students may able access up to 8 readers during Add/Drop. More info here.
  • Once enrollment has been finalized, students will only have access to PDFs and TEXTPAKs for courses they are officially enrolled in.
Spring 2021 Fees Due Jan 15
  • Reminders from the Office of the Registrar
    • To be officially registered at UC Berkeley you must meet three criteria:
      • You must be enrolled in at least one class.
      • 20% of tuition and fees must be paid, or the first installment of the Fee Payment Plan. (Instructions for how to pay another amount here.)
      • You must not have holds against your registration.  
    • late registration fee of $150 will be charged by the Office of the Registrar to all students who are not officially registered on Friday Feb 5 (third week of instruction based on the main University calendar).
  • Billing and Payment Services Updates
    • In light of these challenges and to alleviate students of these potential pressures, UC Berkeley will temporarily suspend the assessment of late fees on student accounts. Effective as of Mar 16, 2020 late fees will not post to student accounts. They will revisit the late fee assessment as appropriate and will continue to update students with current information.  
Haas Gear Now Available!
  • Haas is happy to announce that the Haas Gear Store is now open. Haas Gear can be purchased here.

Important Reminders

Save the Date: Dean’s Speaker Series with Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy
Thursday Feb 11, 12:30-1:15PM
  • Save the date for the first Dean’s Speaker Series of the Spring 2021 semester!
  • Appointed to his new position last fall, Lt. Gen. Clark is the first African American officer to lead the Air Force Academy.
  • Members of the Haas Veterans Club will interview Lt. Gen. Clark about the work of the Academy, his journey as a leader, and the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts he is spearheading within the Air Force Academy.
  • Watch your inbox for a registration link from Dean Harrison in early Feb.
Haas Financial Aid Financial Literacy Series with Merrill Lynch

Estate & Incapacity Planning

Tuesday Feb 23, 1PM PST, Zoom
  • Goals of estate planning – control, probate avoidance, estate tax
  • Trusts – revocable vs. irrevocable
  • Durable Powers of attorney & advanced health care directives

Tools to Help Build Your Wealth 
Tuesday Mar 16, 1PM PST, Zoom

  • Social Security
  • Employer sponsored plans
  • 401(k) and Defined Benefit
  • Personal savings (Traditional vs. Roth IRAs)

Advanced Topics in Executive Compensation 
Tuesday Mar 30, 1PM PST, Zoom

  • Employee stock options and restricted stock
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPP)
  • Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Compliance considerations for insiders (Section 16, Rule 144, 10b5-1Trading Plans)
  • Concentrated stock risk management

Class of 2021 & 2022

Add/Drop for Spring 2021 Courses
  • Please refer to the Registration Timeline as well for Add/Drop Round Dates
    • Full-time Course Request Review 1 Friday Jan 22, 12 noon (form will close at that time)
    • Add/Drop Round 3 Friday Jan 22, 4PM-Wednesday Jan 27, 12 noon
    • Drop Round 4 Wednesday Jan 27, 4PM-Saturday Jan 30, 11:59PM
    • Full-time Course Request Review 2 Friday Jan 29, 12 noon

Self Care Tips

Journaling: Three Good Things
  • The Three Good Things journaling practice is a way to tune in to the positive events in your life.
  • The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley "Greater Good in Action" section has practices and exercises that you can use every day build compassion, practice kindness, or refresh your self-care tool kit.


Done with the Old Normal: Transforming Business Beyond COVID-19
Wednesday Feb 10, 9-10AM PST
  • COVID-19 continues to deeply and severely impact people in our communities, the business world, and society - with disproportionate impacts on Black and brown communities and women.
  • At this event, EGAL will share the strategy playbook for business leaders to integrate equity and inclusion in COVID-19 recovery and discuss what it takes to truly enable an equity fluent recovery.
  • The panel discussion will include:
    • Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL), Kellie McElhaney
    • Esteemed Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis
    • Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, and former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, Lenny Mendonca
  • Register here.

Program Office Tips & Tidbits

Sign Up for Direct Deposit
  • Direct Deposit is a fast, convenient, safe, and reliable way to have refunds for tuition payments deposited directly to your bank account. Otherwise, if you receive a refund, a paper check will be mailed to the Local Address listed in CalCentral.
  • To sign up for Direct Deposit, log into CalCentral > My Finances > Financial Resources.
  • Review other Student Billing COVID-19 updates here.
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