PPSA Annual Meeting and Election: May 24

On Thursday, May 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) will have its Annual Elections Meeting. The meeting will be held in Houston Hall's Bodek Lounge. We will conduct elections for the 2001-2002 PPSA Board and we will be addressed by University President Judith Rodin. President Rodin's topic will be "The Agenda for Excellence Continues." Light Refreshments will be available, BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch).

Chair-elect (select one):

Julie Stapleton Carroll has served on the PPSA board as an at-large member since 1999. She is currently the Director of Administration for the Office of Academic Affairs at the School of Nursing. Prior to joining the Nursing School in 1998, Julie worked in the Graduate Division of the Wharton School for five years. She holds a B.A. in German and psychology from the University of Michigan and her M.S.Ed. from GSE. She has represented the PPSA on the Safety and Security Committee and has served on the University Martin Luther King Day Committee.

Anne Mickle has worked at Penn since 1998 as the House Dean in Stouffer College House. She has served on the University Council's Quality of Student Life Committee and the Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force among several other University committees for the past three years. Anne recently completed her doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is very committed to higher education issues. She has worked in higher education for over ten years at a variety of institutions including Columbia and the University of Massachusetts.

Vice Chair-elect (select one):

Kendal Barbee works in the Office of Academic Programs of Penn Engineering where she is an Academic Advisor and advises over 25 Engineering student organizations. Within the University she is a member of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, the Commencement Committee and most recently, the Freshman Year Experience Committee. University-wide her involvement includes membership on the Learning Disabilities Advisory Board, the NSO Operations Committee, and the Student Awards Committee.

Rodney Robinson has served as a member-at-large on the board of the Penn Professional Staff Assembly for two years and has "truly enjoyed his experience." As Vice Chair, he hopes to take a more active role in addressing the needs and concerns of the professional staff to the upper level University administration. He is currently the Associate Director for the Office of Student Life. Before OSL, he held many positions within Residential Life, and served on several University committees and task forces.

Member-at-Large (select three):

Andy Atzert has been an Associate Director within Wharton Executive Education since this past October and previously worked with Penn's English Language Program. His colleagues have said that Andy is well-aligned and has experience and orientation toward being an advocate for others by assimilating and synthesizing ideas and concerns. One of his interests within Executive Education has been enhancing the professional status of his colleagues through coaching and mentoring less experienced members of the team.

Beth Hagovsky is currently the Vice Chair of the PPSA. While on the Board, she has served as the PPSA representative for the Models of Excellence Selection committee. She is the Associate Director for Student Affairs for Wharton Undergrad and received her M.S.Ed. in higher education administration at Penn. Beth has served on many University-wide committees including Parking Appeals, NSO Steering and Operations and VPUL search committees.

Kathryn Jedrziewski has worked at the University of Pennsylvania for over 16 years and received both her Masters' and Doctorate degrees from Penn. Her work has focused primarily on research in various divisions in the School of Medicine. Currently she directs Penn Partners in Healthy Living PassCard, a consumer membership program for individuals age 50 and older, offering research participation, health education, opportunities to volunteer, newsletters and members' discounts to over 100,000 members.

Leah Smith is a native of University City and has been at Penn for two years. She serves as Director of Communications in the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, and has 13 years' experience in public relations and marketing. During her time at Penn, she has also served on the Perelman Quadrangle Working Group, the Perelman Quadrangle Publicity and Special Events Committee, the Working Group on Alcohol Abuse Evaluation Committee, the Penn Online Calendar Development Team, the MLK Commemorative Celebration Planning Committee, and the Committee on Manufacturer Responsibility.

Debora Weber received a B.A. in liberal arts, cum laude, from Lake Erie College near Cleveland, Ohio which included a term studying abroad at Oxford University at the Ruskin School of Drawing. After graduation, she received training in commercial art from Moore College of Art and launched a career dedicated to graphic design and illustration for a variety of areas from education to publishing to B&B. Debora was employed by Drexel University, TV Guide, Campbell's Soup Company and Beaver College before coming to Penn and is currently a web designer at the School of Medicine Information Services Department.

Other Upcoming Meeting Reminders:

  • Faculty Club: Annual Meeting; Thursday, May 10, 4 p.m., Faculty Club.
  • Trustees: Executive Committee Stated Meeting; Thursday, May 17; Inn At Penn; 3-3:30 p.m. Info.: (215) 898-0412.
  • A-3 General Assembly: Annual Elections Meeting; Friday, May 18; noon-1:30 p.m., location TBA. Voting by secret ballot. Info.: (215) 898-1788.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 33, May 8, 2001