Call for Volunteers for 1997-98 Committee Service:
Deadline February 14

TO: University Faculty, Penn Professional Staff Assembly, and A-3 Members
FROM: 1996-97 University Council Committee on Committees
RE: Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

With many important University initiatives underway and a strong commitment from the administration to involve our community in their guidance, this is an excellent time for you to consider serving on a University Council committee. The standing committees described at the right serve as advisory bodies in shaping academic/administrative policy relating to international programs, community relations, pluralism and diversity in our own community, recreation and intramural athletics, safety and security issues, and many other aspects of University life. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Council committees and their areas of interest; you will readily see how essential their work is.

We invite individuals who have previously served to volunteer again. We also encourage new people to volunteer so that we may have a vital and progressive blend of new ideas and experience. Moreover, we urge you to think of others who could contribute meaningfully to our work, speak to them about serving, and have them submit their names for consideration.

For a better idea of a particular committee's work, you may review the annual reports published in Almanac on the following dates: International Programs and Open Expression, 12/3/96 ; Research, 10/8/96; Bookstore, Safety/Security, and Community Relations, 9/24/96 ; Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, 4/23/96 . These published reports can be found on the PennWeb via the Almanac homepage: ; or you may FAX requests for back issues to Almanac at 898-9137.

Membership on the committees listed, except as noted, is open to both faculty and staff. (Most committees are also open to students; their participation is being solicited through other channels.) Using the form at the right, please submit nominations through the appropriate channels no later than February 14, 1997.

1996-97 University Council Committee on Committees

Chair: Arnold J. Rosoff (legal studies)


Larry Gladney (mathematics)

Edward C. Raffensberger (medicine)

Robert Regan (English)

Guy R. Welbon (S. Asia regional studies)


Catherine C. DiBonaventura (coordinator ISC Outreach)

A-3: Vicki Lopez (admin asst Career Planning and Placement)


Michael V. Braginsky (grad SEAS)

Nehan Champaneria (Wharton undergrad)

Ex officio: Faculty Senate Chair-elect Vivian Seltzer (social work)

Staff to the Council Committee on Committees: Constance C. Goodman (Office of the Secretary)

Staff to the Faculty Subcommittee: Carolyn P. Burdon (Office of the Faculty Senate)

Committees and Their Work:

Admissions and Financial Aid Committee considers matters of undergraduate and graduate/professional recruiting, admissions, and financial aid that concern the University as a whole or those that are not the specific responsibility of individual faculties.

Bookstore Committee considers the purposes of a university bookstore and advises the director on policies, developments, and operations.

Communications Committee has cognizance over the University's electronic and physical communications and public relations activities.

Community Relations Committee advises on the relationship of the University to the surrounding community.

* Disability Board continually evaluates the disability plan, monitors its operation, and oversees the processing of applications for benefits and the review of existing disability cases.

Facilities Committee keeps under review the planning and operation of the University's physical plant and all associated services.

Honorary Degrees Committee does most of its work, intensively, during the fall term; solicits recommendations for honorary degrees from faculty and students and submits nominations to the Trustees.

International Programs Committee is advisory to the director of international programs in such areas as international student services, foreign fellowships and studies abroad, exchange programs, and cooperative undertakings with foreign universities.

Library Committee is advisory to the directors of libraries on policies, development and operations.

Personnel Benefits Committee deals with the benefits programs for all University personnel. Special expertise in personnel, insurance, taxes or law is often helpful.

Pluralism Committee advises on ways to develop and maintain a supportive atmosphere for all members of the University community.

Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics Committee has cognizance of all programs in recreation, intramural and club sports, and intercollegiate athletics; advises the athletic director on operations and recommends changes in policy when appropriate.

Safety and Security Committee considers and recommends the means to improve safety and security on the campus.

Student Affairs Committee has cognizance of the conditions and rules of undergraduate and graduate student life on campus.

Student Fulbright Awards Committee evaluates applications from graduating seniors and graduate students and makes recommendations to the Institute of International Education, which awards Fulbright grants on behalf of the State Department; all of its work is done intensively, in October.

* Open to faculty only; one or more administrators serve as liaison to most.

Note: Faculty who wish to serve on the Research Committee or Committee on Open Expression should not use the form below, but forward names to Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, telephone 898-6943; fax 898-0974; e-mail

For Faculty volunteers, mail to:

Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303

For Penn Professional Staff Assembly volunteers, mail to: Marie Witt, Suite 440A, 3401 Walnut St/6228.

For A-3 volunteers, mail to: Karen Wheeler, 133 S. 36th St., 5th Fl/3246

Committee(s) of interest:___________________________________________________________




Title or Position: ________________________________________________________________

Campus Phone: _________________E-mail Address: ____________ ______________________

Campus Address: ________________________________________________________________

Please specify if you think that you are especially qualified for a particular committee.


Volume 43 Number 19
January 28, 1997

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