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SENATE From the Senate Chair
May 27, 2008, Volume 54, No. 34

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Sue White, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943, or by e-mail at senate@pobox.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Larry Gladney asked SEC to review the Senate Committee reports and Senate Committee Chair presentations carefully as this has been an active year. Dr. Gladney reported that next year SEC can look forward to continuing discussions and dialogue on faculty and the University in the 21st Century. Dr. Gladney reminded SEC that the Tri-Chairs have a summer Consultation meeting should any topics arise that need attention.

Update on Capital Campaign Planning. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, John H. Zeller presented an update on the capital campaign which has raised $1.93 billion to date and continues to enjoy tremendous success. The discussion focused on the following aspects of the capital campaign:  the campaign performance vs. goal commitments, how the campaign is doing in core areas, commitments and receipts in fiscal year 2008, endowment receipts for the past four years, current and future plans for outreach, and the successful senior class fund drive.    

Vote for Faculty Members for University Council Steering Committee. SEC members voted for four faculty members to be on the 2008-2009 University Council Steering Committee.

Senate Committee Reports. SEC heard and briefly discussed annual reports given by the chairs of Senate Standing Committees. Senate committee reports are in this issue of Almanac; see the supplement. The Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty 2007-2008 report is targeted to be published in the July issue of Almanac and will be referenced with a link to the report in the Welcome Back article from the Faculty Senate Chair in a September issue of Almanac.

New Business. Faculty Senate Chair Larry Gladney thanked the Senate Committee Chairs, the outgoing members of SEC, and Past-Chair Neville Strumpf for her much appreciated encore performance this past year. Dr. Gladney introduced the new Chair-elect, Harvey Rubin and turned the meeting over to the new Senate Chair, Sherri Adams.

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