May 12, 1998
Volume 44 Number 33

Welcome to Commencement '98

To the Penn Community:

Penn's Commencement is a wonderful opportunity to gather together in celebration of the impressive accomplishments of our students. On behalf of the Trustees, Officers, and Deans and their faculties, we would like to invite all members of the Penn Community to attend the University's 242nd Commencement on Monday, May 18, 1998. We are very fortunate to have President Jimmy Carter as our Commencement Speaker this year.

Led by flag bearers and bagpipes, the academic procession steps forth from the Annenberg Center at 9:15 a.m., then pauses for approximately 45 minutes in front of College Hall to applaud the graduating students as they pass through our ranks. The procession then proceeds to Franklin Field where the ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.

If you wish to attend the festivities, please seek advance approval from your supervisor to assure that the business needs of your department will continue to be met. Whether you wish to join the festivities around Locust Walk and Blanche Levy Park or come to the Ceremony itself (tickets are not necessary), we very much hope that you will join us in this University-wide culmination of the academic year.

--Judith Rodin, President,

--Michael L. Wachter, Interim Provost

--Rosemary McManus, Secretary

Note: For a schedule of the School Commencements, please click here

Death of Shannon Schieber

As Philadelphia Police investigate the death of Shannon Schieber, a Wharton School doctoral candidate whose body was discovered Thursday in her Center City apartment, members of the University police are following the case closely, a University spokesman said.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss," said President Judith Rodin. " That a young woman with enormous potential and such a promising future is taken from her family and friends so suddenly and under such tragic circumstances is difficult to accept. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family." Wharton Dean Thomas Gerrity said, "This is a terrible tragedy and loss of a young life. Our hearts go out to all her family and friends. This is not only such a devastating loss for her family and friends, but it is truly a loss for the entire Wharton and University community."

Ms. Schieber, 24, died of manual strangulation, according to a preliminary autopsy which police said did not establish whether or not she had been sexually assaulted. Homicide Sgt. Paul Musi said police were proceeding on the theory that Ms. Schieber knew her attacker, who might have gained entry by scaling a barb-wire-covered tree outside her second floor apartment and going through an open balcony door. Other details of the investigation are in the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers starting Friday, May 8.
(for more, click here)

Lauder Co-Director for SAS: Dr. Callaghy

Dean Samuel Preston has announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Callaghy, professor of political science, as the SAS Co-Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies.

Dr. Callaghy is a specialist in comparative politics and international relations whose books include Hemmed In: Responses to Africa's Economic Decline (Columbia 1993) and the earlier The State-Society Struggle: Zaire in Comparative Perspective. He is also a co-editor and contributor to two volumes that analyzed South Africa in the era of apartheid.

"Tom brings a special combination of scholarly expertise in world affairs and leadership experience to this important position," Dr. Preston said. Dr. Callaghy will take office July 1, alongside Dr. Stephen J. Kobrin, the William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management who has represented the Wharton School component of the interschool program since 1994. A 1968 alumnus of the UC/Davis who took his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1979, Dr. Callaghy taught at Penn State and at Columbia before joining Penn in 1988. He chaired the political science department here from 1994 to 1997.

 Faculty Club Annual Meeting: May 14

The Faculty Club Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Club. In addition to annual reports, new members to the Board will be announced, and plans for the design of space and interior decor of the Faculty Club space at the Inn at Penn will be discussed.

Refreshments will be served. Please attend to support the Board of Governors who act on your behalf to make sure the Faculty Club continues to function.

--Elsa L. Ramsden, President of the Board

Annual Meeting and Election: May 20

The annual election for the Exectuive Board of the Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) will be held on Wednesday, May 20, noon-2 p.m. in Room 102, Chemistry Bldg. This meeting represents the final general session of the PPSA until the fall. We have a very impressive list of candidates seeking office as members-at-large, vice chair-elect, and chair-elect (see below).

PPSA will present a speaker and subject to be announced in our mailing. Please watch intramural mail during the week of May 11 for this announcement. [See Almanac Between Issues]

 The nominees for office are:

Chair-Elect (Elect one)
Laurie Reed-McCall, Academic Support Programs
Jackie Smith, Student Financial Services
Vice Chair-Elect (Elect one)
Joanne Dougherty, School of Nursing
Adam Sheer, Dining Services
 Member-at-Large (Elect three)
Catherine Curtin, SEAS
Trish Di Pietrae, VHUP
Nancy McCue, Hosuing Services
Cynthia McDonnell, Wharton
Doris McGann-Bolen, Investments Office
Maria O'Callaghan, Wharton School
Pat Rose, Career Planning & Placement


 --James Bean, Chair, PPSA

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 33, May 12, 1998