News in Brief

Trustees' Council Grants

Last spring, The Trustees' Council of Penn Women invited members of the University community to apply for its 1998 grant program. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were offered for work on women's issues including the the quality of undergraduate and graduate life for women, their institutional advancement and their physical, emotional and psychological well-being.

The winners for 1998 are:

The Women in Leadership Series (WILS);
The Office of Student Health Education;
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center; and
PennQuest, a new student orientation program of the VPUL's Academic Support Programs.

Deadline information on the 1999 grants will be published in a future Almanac. For more information, please call Allison Cannady-Smith, administrative director, Trustees' Council of Penn Women, at 898-7811.

Penn Faculty/Staff Family Day

Some 2,300 Penn faculty and staff celebrated this year's Penn Family Day on Saturday, October 17.

The picnic for family and friends at Hill Field was followed by a victorious football game as Penn defeated Columbia 20-0. Complimentary lunch was provided by Dining Services and entertainment by the Glee Club, Penn Marching Band and Penn Cheerleaders-with children's events including face painting, balloon art, a giant slide and the Moon Bounce. Penn Family Day is sponsored by Human Resources and supported by the Athletics Department as an annual event for faculty, staff and their families.

Second Sentencing in Sled Case

Yvette Stewart, one of three people convicted on various counts in the 1996 murder of University post-doctoral biochemist Dr. Vladimir Sled, has been sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.

Ms. Stewart was convicted of third-degree murder, two counts of robbery-that of Dr. Sled's fiancee, and of a Philadelphia Daily News driver several hours earlier-and several related charges. Her involvement with the murder included remaining in a getaway car and firing a gun into the air while Dr. Sled was stabbed by Bridgette Black, who was recently sentenced to 12-15 years. Eugene Harrison, who reportedly planned the street robbery of Halloween night, 1997, awaits sentencing.

Penn Tower Assault Trial

An assault trial has begun in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for Larry Ray, the North Philadelphia man charged in the assault on University Health System employee Toby Laiken last January. Mr. Ray is charged with aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, and with attacking Ms. Laiken as she stumbled onto the burglary-in-progress at the Penn Cancer Center at Penn Tower.

The trial is expected to have concluded by press time or shortly thereafter. Any available updates will be posted to Almanac Between Issues at

Bowman Memorial: November 6

Members of the University community are cordially invited to a memorial service in honor of Edward H. Bowman, 1925-1998, Reginald H. Jones Professor of Corporate Management, on November 6. It will be held in Room 17, ground floor, Logan Hall, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at the Stock Exchange, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, the Wharton School. Dr. Bowman died October 7 at the age of 73 (Almanac October 13).

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 9, October 27, 1998