Call for Volunteers for 2001-2002 Committee Service: Deadline March 2

To:   University Faculty, Penn Professional Staff Assembly, and A-3 Members
 From: 2000-2001 University Council Committee on Committees
 RE:  Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

The University Council 2000-2001 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 also are open to students; their participation is being solicited through other channels.

Please submit nominations by March 2, 2001, using the form below.

To have an idea of a particular committee's work, you may wish to review its 1999-2000 annual report printed in Almanac on the following dates: Bookstores and International Programs, April 18, 2000; Facilities, Libraries, and Safety & Security, April 25, 2000; Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, September 12, 2000, and Admissions & Financial Aid, Communications, Community Relations, Personnel Benefits, Pluralism, and Quality of Student Life, September 26, 2000.

These published reports can be found on the Penn Web via Almanac's homepage:

or you may FAX requests for back issues to Almanac at (215) 898-9137.

2000-2001 University Council Committee on Committees
 Chair: Ann O'Sullivan (Nursing) 
Howard Goldfine (Microbiology/Medicine),
David Hackney (Neuroradiology/Medicine, Faculty Senate chair-elect),
Ehud Lavi (Pathology/Medicine),
David Pope (Materials Science and Engineering),
Louis Thomas (Management)
Shan-Wei Ko (GAPSA Vice Chair Nominations),
Tatiana Bautista (NEC Vice Chair of Feedback)
 PPSA: Adam Sherr (PPSA Chair-elect)
 A-3: Regina Cantave (A-3 Assembly Chair)
 Staff to the Council Committee on Committees: Tram T. 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 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.

Bookstores considers the purposes of a university bookstore and advises the director on policies, developments, and operations.

Communications has cognizance over the University's electronic and physical communications and public relations activities.

Community Relations 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 keeps under review the planning and operation of the University's physical plant and all associated services.

Honorary Degrees 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 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.

Libraries is advisory to the directors of libraries on policies, development and operations.

Personnel Benefits deals with the benefits programs for all University personnel. Special expertise in personnel, insurance, taxes or law is often helpful.

Pluralism advises on ways to develop and maintain a supportive atmosphere for all members of the University community.

Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics 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 considers and recommends the means to improve safety and security on the campus.

Quality of Student Life 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 (215) 898-0974 or e-mail at The deadline for these two committees is February 20.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 22, February 13, 2001