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To the University Community;

The University encourages both citizenship and service to the broader organization. To support that effort, it is strongly encouraged that maximum flexibility and release time for staff attendance at the meetings of University Council Committees is provided. We encourage staff members and their supervisors to work together to allow release time while recognizing that the operational needs of the school/center take precedence. We encourage staff members serving on University Council Committees to provide as much notice as possible for the need to schedule release time for attendance at Council Committee meetings.

--Judith Rodin, President

Call for Volunteers for 2002-2003 Committee Service: Deadline March 22

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

From: 2001-2002 University Council
Committee on Committees

RE: Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

The University Council 2001-2002 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 22, 2002, using the form below.

To have an idea of a particular committee's work, you may wish to review its 2000-2001 annual report printed in Almanac on the following dates: Bookstores and Communications, April 17, 2001; Libraries, April 24, 2001; Admissions and Financial Aid and Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, September 11, 2001; Community Relations, Facilities, Personnel Benefits, Pluralism, Quality of Student Life, and Safety and Security, October 2, 2001.

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

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

2001-2002 University Council Committee on Committees

Chair: Janice Bellace (Legal Studies)
Faculty: Ted Abel (Biology)
Janice Bellace (Legal Studies)
Robert Giegengack (Earth & Environmental Science)
Sarah Kagan (Nursing)
Mitchell Marcus (CIS, Faculty Senate Chair-elect)
Martin Pring (Physiology/Medicine)
Students: Laurie Dougherty (GAPSA Vice Chair Nominations)
Shahab Shaghaghi (NEC Vice Chair of Feedback)
PPSA: Anne Mickle (Stouffer College House Dean, PPSA Chair-elect)
A-3: Troy Odom (Student Disabilities Svcs., 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 email at Please respond by March 22, 2002.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 25, March 5, 2002


March 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 25

Rising health care costs and Penn's health care benefits compared to others in Philadelphia and nationally.
The Lee Center for Criminology will create a computerized offender tracking system to help law enforcement.
Penn Police has a procedure for filing complaints against police but the UA recommends the creation of a Community Review Board.
What's in a name? The new prek-8 school wants input.
ISC Networking and Telecommunications service and rate changes go into effect July including the elimination of the Express Modem Pool.