April 6, 1999
Volume 45
Number 27

Five Honorary Degrees at Commencement May 17

 For profiles

of each of

the 1999

honorary degree


please click on

his/her photo


The University will award five honorary degrees at its 243rd Comencement, to be held Monday, May 17 at Franklin Field. In addition to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, whose selection was announced by President Judith Rodin in the March 23 issue of Almanac,

the recipients and the degrees they will receive are:

Dr. Isabella Lugoski Karle, head of the X-ray Diffraction Section of the Laboratory for the Structure of Matter, Naval Research Laboratory; Doctor of Science.

Billie Jean King, director and co-founder of WORLD TEAMTENNIS, Doctor of Laws.

Dr. Gerda Lerner, Robinson-Edwards Professor of History Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Doctor of Humane Letters.

Dr. Earl R. Stadtman, chief, Section on Enzymes, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH; Doctor of Science.

 Settlement in Ray Case

The following statement was issued last week by the University Relations Office.

The January 26, 1999, incident involving Mr. Kenneth Ray and police officers of the Division of Public Safety has been the subject of discussion as well as media coverage within the University. Mr. Ray, a long-standing member of the University community, and the University have amicably and mutually resolved the issues which arose as a result of this unfortunate incident. The criminal charges which had been filed against Mr. Ray have been dropped and there will be no further legal actions taken in connection with this incident. No monetary settlement is involved. Mr. Ray and the police officers involved look forward to continuing their association with the University, and will continue to provide their vital services to the University community.

News in Brief
Huntsman Hall: April 16

With groundbreaking set for April 16, the Wharton School has announced that it will name its new building on 38th Street for Jon M. Huntsman, an alumnus and overseer whose family has given more than $50 million to the School to date. The $120 million academic center will be called Jon M. Huntsman Hall. It is believed to be the only such project of its size in academia to be funded entirely by donations from alumni, corporations and friends. Mr. Huntsman, chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Corporation, will be at the invitational ground-breaking along with Dean Thomas P. Gerrity, President Judith Rodin and Mayor Ed Rendell. (For more on the new building, please see Almanac February 9, 1999.)




Two Planning Documents

In this issue, two major documents are released, one by SAS and the other by senior administrators of the University.

Campus Plan: The President, Provost and Executive Vice President present guidelines for campus physical development in relation to program initiatives in the coming years. The document notes that they do not address specific issues such as resource allocation or the assignment of space to particular schools or programs, but set a perspective within which specific decisions will be made. "Thus, we expect that the campus plan and its guidelines will serve as a framework for conceptual development and future planning and, once completed, will be revisited routinely for updating and revision," the statement says. It calls for setting up five University-wide committees, whose make-up is expected to be announced next week. [more]

SAS Strategic Plan: In a Supplement, Dean Samuel Preston presents For Comment his School's strategic plan as it prepares to enter the 21st Century. The School will "secure a position of preeminence in every endeavor it undertakes," the plan says, and this will require identifying and investing new resources in "targeted academic initiatives."

Corrections: March 23 and 31 Issues

Tuition: This year's increase for tuition per se is 4.2%, not 4.1% as given in the front-page story March 23. The overall increase figure of 3.7% is correct.

Council: In the overview of the March 24 Council meeting, published March 31, it was Angie Liou, not Erin Healy, who introduced Associate Vice Provost Barbara Cassel during the Q & A period following Public Safety Vice President Seamon's report. Click here for a transcript of the presentation and the Q & A .

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 27, April 6, 1999