Call for Volunteers for 2000-2001 Committee Service: Deadline March 20

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

From: 1999-2000 University Council Committee on Committees

RE: Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

The University Council 1999-2000 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 March 20, 2000, using the form at right.

To have an idea of a particular committee's work, you may wish to review its 1998-99 annual report printed in Almanac on the following dates: International Programs, Library, and Safety & Security, April 20, 1999; Admissions & Financial Aid, Bookstore, Communications, Community Relations, Facilities, Personnel Benefits, Pluralism, Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, Research, and Students Affairs, October 5, 1999.

These published reports can be found on the Penn Web via Almanac's homepage: and; or you may FAX requests for back issues to Almanac at (215) 898-9137.


1999-2000 University Council Committee on Committees


Chair: E. Ann Matter (religious studies)


Faculty: Vivian L. Gadsden (education)

Larry Gross (communication) (Faculty Senate chair)

Herbert Levine (economics)

Noam Lior (mec engr)

Ann O'Sullivan (nursing)


Students: David C. Neal (EDG '00)

Lake C. Polan (COL '02)


PPSA: Anna M. Loh (Wharton human resources)

A-3: Deborah Smiley Koita (career svcs)


Staff to the Council Committee on Committees:

Tram Nguyen (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.

Note: Faculty who wish to serve on the Research Committee or Committee on Open Expression may use the form below. Nominations will be forwarded to the appropriate Faculty Senate committee. Please forward names and contact information to Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, tel. (215) 898-6943; fax 898-0974 or e-mail at

Call for Volunteers for 1999-2000 Committee Service

Please respond by March 20, 2000


For Faculty volunteers, mail the form below to: Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, tel. 898-6943; fax 898-0974 or e-mail at


For Penn Professional Staff Assembly volunteers, mail to Anna M. Loh, Director, Human Resources, 303 Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall/6302, tel. 898-8917; fax 573-6622 or e-mail at


For A-3 volunteers, mail to Debra Smiley Koita, Chair, A-3 Assembly, 3718 Locust Walk, Suite 20, McNeil Building/6209, tel. 898-9245; fax 898-2687 or e-mail at


Committee(s) interest:__________________________________________________








Title or Position:______________________________________________________






Campus Address:____________________________________Mail Code________


Campus Phone________________________________e-mail:__________________


Please specify if you think that you are especially qualified for or

interested in serving on a particular committee.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 23, February 29, 2000