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Council Coverage

At the October 17 University Council meeting, President Rodin pointed out that due to the "horrible events of September 11" Council did not meet last month, making this the first meeting of the semester. Dr. Rodin then announced the appointment of Council's new moderator, Dr. Larry Gross, who served as chair of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Council Steering Committee last year.

Provost Robert Barchi thanked the UA for its efforts in helping to raise $25,000, which was recently presented to the Red Cross for its disaster relief fund. Dr. Barchi said he was "incredibly proud of the students."

Christopher Leahy, chair of GAPSA, invited the University community to the October 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Graduate Student Center.

Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush presented a report on campus safety and security in which she noted a number of accomplishments from fiscal year 2001 including national accreditation and crime reduction. She also mentioned the upcoming information sessions to deal with handling suspicious packages safely, anthrax concerns and other timely topics on October 25 and 26.

VPUL Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum presented a progress report on the implementation of the twelve recommendations concerning services to students with disabilities which were approved by the President and Provost as published in the Review Team's report (Almanac September 4).

There were also two annual reports presented from last year's Council committees: Admissions and Financial Aid was given by committee chair Dr. Abba Krieger; followed by Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics which was given by Dr. Edward Lally. Both of their reports were previously published (Almanac September 11).

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 9, October 23, 2001


October 23, 2001
Volume 48 Number 9

To memorialize those who were victims of the September 11 attacks, Penn has created the Memorial Scholarship Fund.
A $7 million grant to launch the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice.
The Law School has named Edward Rock the inaugural Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law. Dr. Jason Scott Johnston has been named the Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law.
The list of Penn alumni who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is released.
View protocol for identifying and handling suspicious packages and what to do in case of a hazardous discharge. Public Safety will hold training sessions on bomb threats and suspicious packages.
The Policy on Electronic Privacy, which was implemented last fall, is now due for its mandated one-year review; comments are invited by November 16.
Speaking Out: another perspective on the possible six-month moratorium on the issuance of foreign student visas.
Presented at Council -- Safety and security update: from accreditation and arrest protocol to homeland security issues. An update on recommendations concerning services to students with disabilities.
As daylight savings time comes to an end next weekend, Public Safety offers tips for using public transportation safely after dark

For those who want to get away--international travel advisories; fellowships for research abroad and accommodations in London.