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Wharton Development: Linda Dalch

The Wharton School's Associate Dean for External Affairs, Steven Oliveira, has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director of Development, Linda N. Dalch.

Ms. Dalch is responsible for the management of the School's development office and for directing the activities of the Campaign for Sustained Leadership, Wharton's $425-million fund-raising initiative. Ms. Dalch will work closely with Mr. Oliveira in developing and implementing the strategy to bring the Campaign for Sustained Leadership to a successful conclusion and in building a strong, long-term development operation for Wharton's post-campaign era.

"Ms. Dalch's expertise and leadership skills will be a great addition to the External Affairs Office. She brings excellent fund-raising, leadership, and management experience to our organization. Her capable direction will help ensure the successful completion of the Campaign for Sustained Leadership," said Mr. Oliveira.

The international launch of the Campaign took place in 2000. The Campaign has raised over $357-million for five strategic initiatives: facilities, faculty support, academic programs, student financial aid, and unrestricted support for the Wharton School. The Campaign is the first fund-raising initiative conducted solely to support the Wharton School.

Ms. Dalch served most recently as the President of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) in Richmond. Under her leadership, VFIC has exceeded all prior fund-raising records for the foundation. She also served as President of Tek.Xam, a unique information technology exam used nationally that certifies problem-solving and technology skills for liberal arts students.

Prior to VFIC, Ms. Dalch served as the Director of Leadership Gifts at the Darden School at the University of Virginia where she developed, implemented, and managed regional campaigns for the Campaign for Darden as well as a program for training and managing volunteers.

She also served as Director of Development for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business where she established the School's first development office and directed its first capital campaign.

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Chief Nursing Officer: Victoria Rich

Dr. Victoria L. Rich has been appointed chief nursing officer for HUP. The appointment was effective January 7.

"After a national search for the best person to lead our nursing service, we know we can offer Dr. Rich an enthusiastic welcome," said Dr. Garry L. Scheib, HUP Executive Director. "She comes to us with the highest credentials and experience, and a reputation for creative, visionary nursing leadership."

Dr. Rich was the vice president for patient care services at the University Community Hospital in Tampa, Florida before coming to HUP. She is a specialist in medical-care safety and staff dynamics, and was responsible for the clinical operations at University Community Hospital. Along with the nursing service, she oversaw the pharmacy, laboratory, neurodiag-nostics, emergency services and a 27-bed, hospital-based skilled nursing unit.

At HUP, Dr. Rich is responsible for the HUP Nursing Service, which includes the hospital's nurses, certified nursing assistants and support staff, and for advancing patient care by developing procedures designed to further clinical accuracy, professional responsiveness and compassion in all aspects of hospital service.

Dr. Rich received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S.N. and Ph.D. in nursing administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Engineering Librarian: Mary Steiner

Mary Steiner is the new head of the Engineering Library and coordinator of Physical Sciences and Engineering Libraries. Previously, she worked as a librarian at the Engineering and Woodrow Wilson School libraries at Princeton University.

She holds a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.L.S. from Rutgers' School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

Ms. Steiner said she is interested in supporting SEAS teaching and research programs, providing the best resources in digital and other formats to science and engineering scholars, helping constituencies navigate and evaluate the digital universe, and creating inviting and flexible learning spaces for students.

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Leaving Du Bois College House

After eight years as the Faculty Master of W.E.B. Du Bois College House, Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, Jr., will step down at the end of this semester to undertake two major research projects. Dr. Stevenson is currently an associate professor with tenure in the School, Community, and Clinical Child Psychology Program at Penn.

Dr. Stevenson has received two NIMH Research Awards. One project, called PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth), involves reducing anger and aggression in teenage males through cultural socialization and athletic movement (basketball and martial arts). The second, called SAAS (Success of African American Students), involves understanding and promoting the successful academic and emotional experiences of African American students in independent schools. Dr. Stevenson is also working toward completing a book on the PLAAY project, If We Must Die: Appreciating the Coping Anger of Black Male Youth through Cultural Socialization and Athletic Movement, to be edited by Dr. Stevenson and published by Greenwood Publishing, Praeger: Westport, CT.

Director of College Houses, Dr. David Brownlee, noted, "Under Howard's leadership, Du Bois has been an exemplary College House. It is an active, intelligent community of teaching and learning, imbued with the kindness and integrity that are his own sterling virtues. In the title of a recent article, Dr. Stevenson quoted the African aphorism ‘It takes a village [to raise a child].' Du Bois adopted this as its House motto in 1994. It is more than a slogan; Howard made Du Bois a special, academic village.

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Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 26, March 19, 2002


March 19, 2002
Volume 48 Number 26

Penn's Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing will become Georgetown's next Provost.
Penn Medicine is getting one of the largest gifts ever to a university hospital: a $100 million endowment from Philadelphia Health Care Trust.
The Center for Folklore and Ethnography honors its first director at a symposium this week.
Last call for volunteers for University Council committees for 2002-2003.
Military Leave Policy revisions clarify benefits for those serving their country.
Health care and Dependent Care Pre-tax Expense Accounts: restrictions, tax implications and special limits for dependent care.