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Council Meeting Coverage

Last Wednesday's University Council meeting was devoted entirely to reports on the state of the University and followed by questions and answers about those presentations. The first topic was the next strategic plan for the University to carry Penn forward into the next five years, beyond the Agenda for Excellence. Provost Robert Barchi outlined what steps have been taken thus far and what will occur in the next few months. Next, President Judith Rodin described the new structure for Penn Medicine, a fully-integrated system combining the School of Medicine and the Health System into a cohesive entity. Then, President Rodin asked Landis Zimmerman, managing director of investments, to provide an Endowment Overview for fiscal year 2001.

The president's and provost's presentations, on the strategic plan and on Penn Medicine, as well as the lists of the 14 strategic planning committees, are online. The presentation on the endowment will be published next week.

Section IV.3(c) of the Council Bylaws provides that a University Council meeting "shall incorporate an open forum to which all members of the University community are invited and during which any member of the University community can direct questions to the Council." All members of the University community are invited to bring their concerns to the

University Council Open Forum

Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 4-6 p.m.

Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

Persons who wish to speak at Council must inform the Office of the Secretary (215) 898-7457 by Tuesday, November 27, 2001.

Topics may include issues such as the following: Admissions & Financial Aid, Bookstore, Communications, Community Relations, Facilities, International Programs, the Library, Pluralism concerns, Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, Safety and Security, Student Affairs, Open Expression, etc.

Please see the format below. Questions may be directed to the Office of the Secretary.

-- Office of the Secretary

Format for University Council's Open Forum

December 5, 2001

The University Council will devote a substantial portion of its December 5, 2001 meeting to a public forum, in accordance with the terms of the University Council Bylaws (Almanac September 19, 2000). The purpose of the Open Forum is to inform Council of issues important to the University's general welfare and of the range of views held by members of the University. The forum is open to all members of the University community under the conditions set by the Bylaws, following guidelines established by the Steering Committee of Council:

  1. 1. Any member of the University Community who wishes to do so may attend the Council meeting. Persons who wish to speak to Council, however, must inform the Office of the Secretary (215) 898-7457 by Tuesday, November 27, 2001 indicating briefly the subject of their remarks. Those who have not so informed the Office of the Secretary will be permitted to speak only at the discretion of the moderator of University Council and in the event that time remains after the scheduled speakers.
  2. 2. Speakers should expect to be limited to three minutes with the possibility of additional time in cases where members of Council engage the speakers with follow-up questions or remarks. The moderator may restrict repetition of views. Speakers are encouraged to provide Council with supporting materials and/or written extensions of their statements before, during, or after the Council meeting.
  3. 3. Following the deadline for speakers to sign up in the Office of the Secretary, the chair of Steering and the moderator of Council will structure the subject matter themes, speakers, and times of the Open Forum session. In the event that there is not enough time available at the meeting to provide for all those who have requested to speak, the two officers may make selections which accommodate the broadest array of issues having important implications for Council's work and represent the breadth of Council's constituencies. The resulting order of the Open Forum of University Council will be made available no later than the Tuesday before the meeting, to be published in the Daily Pennsylvanian, and posted on Penn Web on that day and, if possible under publication deadlines, in Almanac the week of the meeting.
  4. 4. Speakers' statements should be framed so as to present policy issues and directed to University Council as a body through the moderator. The moderator will have discretion to interrupt statements that are directed against persons and otherwise to maintain the decorum of the meeting, as provided for in the Bylaws. In cases where questions or positions can be appropriately addressed by members of Council, or where a colloquy would seem to be productive given the time constraints of the meeting, the moderator may recognize members of Council to respond to speakers' statements, with opportunities for follow-up by the speakers.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 12, November 13, 2001


November 13, 2001
Volume 48 Number 12

A 25-year-old CIS doctoral student in SEAS disappeared on November 2.
Three professors named to Goldstone Endowed Term Chairs for Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Lindback Award nominations are due November 30.
Community Involvement Recognition Award nominations are due on December 7.
The University community is invited to speak at the University Council's Open Forum; topics must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary by November 27.

The State of the University: an update on the strategic planning process.

The State of the University: a proposal to create Penn Medicine.

Fluent in Spanish? A resident director for an academic program in Seville is sought for next year
OF RECORD: Policy on Deployment, Operation and Registration Requirements for Wireless Access Points on PennNet.

OF RECORD: Policy on Requirements for Authenticated Access at Public Jacks, Public Kiosks, Wireless Networks and Lab Computers on PennNet.

Thanksgiving Break: Special checks/safety and security tips
125 Years of Women at Penn Celebration: portraits and pavers preserve accomplishments of generations of women.