Housing/Conferences: Douglas Berger

Douglas R. Berger, associate director of administrative operations at Kent State since 1988, has been named Director of Housing and Conference Services for Penn.

The new post covers student room assignments, billing and other residential services for 13 residence halls housing 7,000 students, faculty and staff in a variety of accomodations. "The department has contributed substantially to the inauguration of the 21st Century College House system through innovative management of occupancy patterns and assignments systems, as well as many other administrative and operational systems," Dr. Larry Moneta of Campus Services said in announcing the appointment. "It also maintains key relationships with Trammell Crow Comapny, and is introducing a one-stop conference services unit which will centrally handle arrangements for housing, meals, and use of other University facilities and services for seminars, conferences and symposia hosted at Penn.

A graduate of Kent State in social work/counseling, Mr. Berger also took his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration there.

Campus Dining: Peg Lacey

Margaret (Peg) Lacey, regional vice president of campus services for Aramark since 1997, is joining Penn as Managing Director of Campus Dining, Dr. Moneta also announced.

At Cornell, where she was director of dining services and later of campus life, Ms. Lacey managed dining, housing and conference services, with oversight of strategic and operational planning and all marketing and financial functions. Educated at the State University of New York at Delhi and in Cornell's Executive Development Program, Ms. Lacey also directed food services at Columbia University and held diet-ary posts at hospitals in Dover, N.H., and Rochester, N.Y.

At Penn, she will have oversight of Dining Services as well as of Penn's vending and on-campus retail food operations. She will also coordinate the efforts of Bon Appetit, Penn's new catering and food management partner who will operate the Perelman Quad food venues as well as a new restaurant scheduled to open shortly in the International House. Additionally, Dr. Moneta said, Ms. Lacey will serve as "master planner for the myriad of dining opportunities provided on and off campus including restaurants, dining commons and retails operations."

Manager of Events: Meryl Marcus

Secretary of the University Rose McManus has announced the appointment of Meryl Marcus, who has managed the University's last two Commencements, as Manager of Events for the Office of the Secretary.

"In her new capacity as a permanent member of our team," said Secretary Rose McManus, "Meryl will coordinate all activities and programs associated with the University's ceremonial functions; oversee the diploma process and the Office of the Secretary's relationships with individual schools within this process; and develop, manage and administer the Commencement budget on behalf of the Office."

Ms. Marcus holds a B.A. in history and music from the State University of New York, and a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary she was the clinical department administrator at the Institute for Environmental Medicine in the School of Medicine and served as administrator of the Pediatric Neurology Faculty Practice at Temple University.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 3, September 15, 1998