College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Upcoming Events 1/22/10

January 22, 2010

Click on the link below for more information about:
1. Interested in nonprofits, business, or consulting? Information Session regarding The Berkeley Group (TBG)
2. Call for Entrants: UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition
3. 11 Geospatial Workshops Scheduled for Spring 2010
4. The Blum Center Presents: Perspectives on International Development with The Community Agroecology Network
5. Kappa Gamma Delta Spring 2010 Rush

1. Interested in nonprofits, business, or consulting? Information Session regarding The Berkeley Group (TBG)
The Berkeley Group (TBG) is a Haas and ASUC-sponsored student-run organization that provides pro-bono business consulting services to non-profits in the Bay Area. TBG works with individual non-profits to provide sustainable solutions to the business challenges they face.

Our clients represent a wide variety of policy issues and sectors, including health care, performing arts, economic development, and social awareness. Some of our past clients include: American Red Cross, the City of Berkeley, Vietnamese Heritage Institute, Team-Up for Youth, and Insight Center for Community Development. By working on these projects, TBG consultants are given a unique opportunity to develop professionally and personally; members gain real consulting experience while creating a positive impact on their community.

After Berkeley, our members have gone off to pursue a wide variety of professional careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sector and attend premier law, business, and medical schools to which they continue to accelerate social impact. They have excelled in both top consulting firms (i.e. McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company, and Deloitte Consulting) and in other industries (i.e. Cisco Systems, Teach for America, and Poverty Action Lab).

Join us at our information sessions:
Information Session #1:
Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm | Wells Fargo Room, Cheit
Information Session #2:
Monday, February 1st at 7pm | Tilden Room, MLK

Applications due: Wednesday, February 3rd at 8 pm

TBG recruits members from ALL years and disciplines. No previous consulting or business experience is required. All interested students interested are encouraged to apply!

For more information, please visit our website at Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or concerns. We look forward to meeting you and reviewing your application!

2. Call for Entrants: UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition
Executive Summaries Due January 27

3-Page Executive Summaries for the 2010 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition are due Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 by 11pm PST. Join the BPlan YouNoodle group and apply soon!

Entrant requirements:
At least one team member must be a current student, faculty, staff or an alumnus/a of either the University of California at Berkeley or the University of California at San Francisco. Teams or team members that have received any form of venture capital financing or more than $250k of non-VC funding for their business plan may not participate in the competition.

About the competition:
The 12th Annual UC Berkeley Plan Competition is an exciting opportunity to showcase your business venture to prominent Silicon Valley venture capital investors. Teams from all academic disciplines are encouraged to participate and win up to $30,000.

Click for more details.

3. 11 Geospatial Workshops Scheduled for Spring 2010
The Geospatial Innovation Facility's (GIF) workshops offer hands-on applications oriented training in a variety of geospatial topics. View details and register at

Workshops fees are available at a subsidized rate of $57 for all UC students, faculty, and staff.
Workshop fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates ($146+53.5% overhead).

Workshops are subject to cancellation due to low registration. Visit our website at for more information about what the GIF offers, including research support, GPS equipment rental, geospatial workspace, and poster/map production.

4. The Blum Center for Developing Economies presents:
Perspectives on International Development with The Community Agroecology Network

Monday, February 1, 2010 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
223 Moses Hall

Please join us in this interactive session to learn more about the work from the Community Agroecology Network and their community partners in the field. Five internship coordinators from Latin America will join facilitator Christopher Bacon (Geography, UCB) during this brown bag lunch session.

We will focus on community-based Participatory Action Research and draw strong links to the role of undergraduates in this process. CAN enables this connection through international field internships and by supporting development work that our international partners manage through their cooperatives and NGOs in Latin America.

The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) is a non-profit and international network of researchers, community organizations, farmers, students, and universities committed to sustaining rural livelihoods and environments in Latin America. Based in Santa Cruz, CAN supports Participatory Action Research, Action Education, and Trade Innovations with community partners in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.

Our guests include:
- Christopher M. Bacon (Geography, UCB)
- Merlin Abarca Villalobos, from Agua Buena, Costa Rica
- Yadira Montenegro, UCA San Ramon coffee cooperative in Matagalpa, Nicaragua
- Patricia Irene Montañez Escalante, PROTROPICO, University of the Yucatan, Mexico
- Angel Alfonso Castillo y Dzul, PROTROPICO
- Santos Alvarado Dzul, Intercultural University in Quintana Roo, Mexico

See full biographies at

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5. Kappa Gamma Delta Spring 2010 Rush
Are you a female interested in health related professions? Need a group of friends to help you through the process? If you do then come out and rush for Kappa Gamma Delta, UC Berkeley’s premiere pre-medical sorority. We are a group of sisters that can offer great academic, social and emotional support throughout your college years. We also participate in several community service and professional development activities. If you are interested come out to 70 Evans at 7pm from Tuesday January 26th to Friday January 29th to learn more about our organization!