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Call for Volunteers for 2004-2005 Committee Service:
Deadline April 14

To: University Faculty, Penn Professional Staff Assembly, and Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly Members
From: 2003-2004 University Council Committee on Committees
RE: Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

The University Council 2003-2004 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 bookstores 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 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 April 14, 2004, using the form below.

To have an idea of a particular committee's work, you may wish to review its most recent annual report published in Almanac by visiting the University Council website at

University Council committees meet one Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the months specified below.

The following committees will meet during the academic year from September 2004 through May 2005:

Admissions and Financial Aid
International Programs
Personnel Benefits
Quality of Student Life
Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics

The following committees will meet during the calendar year from January 2005 through December 2005 (excluding the summer months):

Community Relations
Safety and Security


2003-2004 University Council Committee on Committees

Chair: Ian Lustick (Political Science)

Jane Barnsteiner (Nursing)
Lance Donaldson-Evans (Romance Languages, Faculty Senate Chair)
Charles Mooney (Law, Faculty Senate Chair-elect)
Gary Koretzky (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Dan Malamud (Biochemistry Dental)

Lela Jacobsohn (GAPSA Vice Chair Nominations)
David Diesenhouse (NEC Vice Chair Nominations)

PPSA: Andrew Atzert (Wharton Programs for Working Professionals, PPSA Chair-elect)

WPSA: Coral Haas (Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, WPSA Chair)

Staff to the Council Committee on Committees: Tram T. Ng (Office of the Secretary)

Staff to the Faculty Subcommittee: Kristine Kelly (Office of the Faculty Senate)


Committees and Their Work:

Admissions and Financial Aid considers matters of undergraduate 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.

Quality of Student Life has cognizance of the conditions and rules of undergraduate and graduate student life on campus.

Safety and Security considers and recommends the means to improve safety and security on the campus.

Note: Faculty who wish to serve on the Committees on Research or Open Expression also may use the form below. Nominations will be forwarded to the appropriate Faculty Senate committee. Please forward names and contact information to Kristine Kelly, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, phone (215) 898-6943; fax (215) 898-0974 or e-mail at


Please respond by April 14, 2004.

Faculty volunteers, mail the form to: Kristine Kelly, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, phone (215) 898-6943; fax 898-0974 or e-mail at

Penn Professional Staff Assembly volunteers, mail to Andrew Atzert, Wharton Programs for Working Professionals, G95 JMHH/6340, phone (215) 898-2647; or e-mail at

Weekly-paid Professional Staff Assembly volunteers, mail to Sylvie Beauvais, Health Care Systems, 108 CPC/6218, phone (215) 898-4268; fax (215) 573-7025 or e-mail at

Committee(s) of interest:________________________________________



Title or Position:_________________________________________________


Campus Address (including mail code):                                            

Campus Phone                                                             


Please specify if you think that you are especially qualified for
or interested in serving on a particular committee.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 27, March 30, 2004