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Call for Volunteers for 1998-99 Committee Service: Deadline February 24

TO: University Faculty, Penn Professional Staff Assembly, and A-3 Members

FROM: 1997-98 University Council Committee on Committees

RE: Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

The University Council 1997-98 Committee on Committees invites you to nominate yourself or others for service on University Council Committees. Council committees serve as advisory bodies in shaping academic/administrative policy, in the administration of honorary degrees and long-term disability, and in assisting the administration of operations such as the bookstore and libraries. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to learn about the administrative structure of the University and have input into its decision making.

Membership on the committees listed, except as noted, is open to both faculty and staff and we invite individuals who have previously served to volunteer again. We also encourage faculty and staff who have not previously participated to volunteer so that committees may have a mix of new ideas and experience. Most committees are also open to students; their participation is being solicited through other channels.

Please submit nominations by February 24, 1998, using the form below.

To have an idea of a particular committee's work, you may wish to review their 1996-97 annual report printed in Almanac on the following dates: Admissions and Financial Aid September 23, 1997; Bookstore October 14, 1997; Communications September 23, 1997; Community Relations September 23, 1997; Disability Board November 25, 1997; Facilities October 14, 1997; Honorary Degrees no report normally printed; International Programs September 23, 1997; Library October 14, 1997; Open Expression November 25, 1997; Personnel Benefits November 25, 1997; Pluralism September 23, 1997; Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics November 25, 1997; Safety and Security November 25, 1997; Student Affairs November 25, 1997.

1997-98 University Council Committee on Committees

Chair: Martin Pring (physiology/medicine)

Faculty: Robert G. Giegengack (geology & environmental studies)

David K. Hildebrand (statistics)

Sarah Kagan (gerontological nursing)

Peter Freyd (mathematics)

Students: Michael Braginsky (GAPSA)

Evan Fleck (UA Nominations and Elections


PPSA: Pat Rose (CPPS)

A-3: Loretta Miller (student info & systems)

Ex officio: John Keene (chair-elect of Faculty Senate)

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.

* 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 may use the form below. Please do not use e-mail. Nominations will be forwarded to the appropriate Faculty Senate committee. Please forward names to Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, tel. 898-6943; fax 898-0974.

You may print and submit this form if you should prefer to do so.


Please respond by February 24, 1998

For Faculty volunteers, mail this form to: Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office,

Box 12 College Hall/ 6303. Please do not use e-mail.

For Penn Professional Staff Assembly volunteers, mail to: James Bean, Manager,

Penn Mail Services, P-241 FBA/6280, or e-mail at jhbean@pobox.

For A-3 volunteers, mail to: Donna Arthur, T-113 Law School/6204 or

e-mail at


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 or interested in serving on a particular committee.

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