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Termination of Penn
Express Modem Pool: June 30

The Express Modem Pool will be discontinued as planned on June 30, 2002. The termination plans were first announced two years ago, when the regular modem pool was discontinued and users were directed to commercial ISP services for remote access to PennNet and the Internet. Since that time, the Express Pool has been continued as a transitional service for the convenience of the Penn community. The Express Pool uses aging technology and does not provide the data transfer speeds that ISPs offer and that are required to take advantage of many online services.

The termination of the Express Modem Pool will affect about 1,200 individuals, most of whom use the service sporadically, rather than as their primary means of accessing the Internet from off-campus. Those using the Express Modem Pool as their primary ISP can learn about alternatives at the remote access web site at The web site provides information on whom to contact with questions about the policy and how to get assistance making the transition. A useful chart comparing service options and prices is available at

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Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 31, April 23, 2002


April 23, 2002
Volume 48 Number 31

James Wilson, director of IHGT, is stepping down as institute broadens it focus.
The School of Dental Medicine and the School of Nursing each recognize four of their finest for excellence in teaching.
The guidelines for faculty and staff salary increases for 2002-2003 stress merit and performance as the basis for any increases.
An invitation to commencement is extended to the University community.
The deaths of two former deans (Wharton & GSFA), an emeritus professor and an emeritus trustee.
University Council committee reports on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting include: Personnel Benefits, Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, and International Programs.
The Penn Reading Project has chosen the text for the incoming freshmen class; faculty members are encouraged to lead a small discussion group in September.
The A-3 Assembly seeks volunteers (weekly-paid employees) to serve on the Executive Board; 20 positions are available.
Penn faculty and staff are invited to the Children's Festival Opening Night Picnic and Performance, as well as a lunchtime party at the Museum to celebrate its new wing and courtyard garden.
The schools announce their graduation ceremonies and speakers.