Two Penn Seniors: Rhodes Scholars
Two University of Pennsylvania seniors have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Christopher D’Urso of Colts Neck, New Jersey, has been awarded an American Rhodes and Adnan Zikri Jaafa, of Malaysia, has been awarded a Malaysian Rhodes.
“All of us at Penn are enormously proud of Chris and Zikri,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Our newest Rhodes scholars share a passion for community engagement, human rights and social justice. Their work embodies the finest attributes of Penn scholars who are working to make a profound difference in the world. Chris has focused on consumer protection and advocacy as the founder of Penn CASE, which is providing education and support to local consumers in our community. He also has been actively engaged on the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community. Zikri’s undergraduate research has focused on social-impact bonds. He also has done volunteer work with refugees and has been an ambassador for Penn Giving What We Can. Chris and Zikri are extraordinarily talented, engaged and committed individuals who are deeply deserving of this preeminent recognition.”
Considered one of the most prestigious academic honors, the Rhodes is highly competitive. According to the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, this year more than 2,500 American students sought endorsements nationwide. The 32 American Rhodes Scholars were then selected from 866 students endorsed by 299 colleges and universities nationwide.
Christopher D’Urso is pursuing his bachelor’s in international relations with a minor in Hispanic studies and also a master of public administration with a certificate in politics from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.
In 2015, he founded Penn CASE, or Penn Consumer Assistance, Support and Education, which has provided consumer advocacy to more than 1,500 people locally. He is also the co-chair of the University Honor Council, the editor-in-chief of the Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations and a member of the President and Provost’s Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community.
At Oxford, Mr. D’Urso plans to pursue a master’s in criminology and criminal justice, as well as global governance and diplomacy.
Adnan Zikri Jaafar is enrolled in the Huntsman Program in International Studies in Business offered through Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and Wharton School. He is majoring in finance, statistics and international studies, with a minor in mathematics, economics and philosophy.
At Penn, he has served as a Fox Research and Service Fellow and a Wharton Research Scholar, and this summer he conducted research on zakat, the practice of alms-giving in the Islamic faith and on social-impact bonds to assess alternative approaches to improving the impact of zakat distribution in his home country. He volunteers for the PA Refugee Task Force in Philadelphia and Syrian refugee schools in Irbid, Jordan, and is an ambassador for Penn’s Giving What We Can.
At Oxford, Mr. Jaafar will pursue a master’s degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation, along with a master’s in financial economics.
Mr. D’Urso and Mr. Jaafar applied for the Rhodes Scholarship with assistance from Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. These two 2018 awards bring the number of Penn Rhodes Scholars to 26.
Prior Penn Rhodes Scholars
Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, have been awarded by the Rhodes Scholarship Trust since the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902.
Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde, 2016 (Almanac December 8, 2015) Canadian Rhodes
Jennifer Hebert, 2016 (Almanac November 24, 2015)
Rutendo Chigora, 2015 (Almanac December 16, 2014) Zimbabwean Rhodes
Sarah-Jane Littleford, 2010 (Almanac December 22, 2009) Zimbabwean Rhodes
Abigail Seldin, 2009 (Almanac December 9, 2008)
Joyce Meng, 2008 (Almanac December 4, 2007)
Brett Shaheen, 2006 (Almanac December 6, 2005)
David Ferreira, 2005 (Almanac February 3, 2004)
Lipika Goyal, 2001(Almanac December 12, 2000)
Theresa Simmonds, 1991
Joseph Torsella, 1986
Stephanie Dangel, 1984
Patrick M. Norton, 1969
John Edgar Wideman, 1963
Frederic Ballard, 1939
Walter Chudson [Chudnowsky], 1934
William Ezra Lingelbach, Jr. , 1926
Milton Charles Nahm, 1926
Raymond Harvey Jack, 1923
John Valentine Lovitt, 1920
John Murdock Clarke, 1919
Morrison Comegys Boyd, 1914
Richard Schellens, 1908
Ellis Thomas Robins, 1904
Peter Holquist: Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History
Peter Holquist, associate professor of history, has been appointed Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History. Dr. Holquist is a leading scholar of Russian and European History.
He served as founder and editor of the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History from 1999 to 2010, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Modern History. Dr. Holquist is the author of the book Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia’s Continuum of Crisis, 1914-1921.
His research has received support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Dr. Holquist is currently serving as graduate chair of Penn’s history department. He has also served as a member of the SAS Committee on Undergraduate Academic Standing and the Faculty Fulbright Committee.
This chair was established in 1991 by the Honorable Ronald S. Lauder, W’ 65. He is the Chairman of Clinique Laboratories and President of RWL Water. He previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for European and NATO Affairs and as U.S. Ambassador to Austria. Mr. Lauder is active in a number of philanthropic activities, including the establishment of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, as well as organizations dedicated to Jewish welfare and the preservation of Jewish monuments and buildings.
At Penn, he co-founded the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies in 1983 with his brother Leonard A. Lauder, in honor of their father, Joseph H. Lauder. He is currently Chairman of the Lauder Institute’s Board of Governors.
Responding to the Campus Conversation
A Message to the Penn Community:
We write to follow up on the Campus Conversation that was held on October 30 at the Zellerbach Theatre. The Conversation was part of an ongoing effort, which will continue throughout this academic year and beyond, to further strengthen and support the health and wellness of our students.
We are grateful to the several hundred Penn students, faculty and staff who took time that evening to attend the Conversation, hear from experts in the field, and break into smaller groups to share their concerns and suggestions. We have now had an opportunity to digest the comments that grew from the breakout discussions, as well as others that have come in through the Campaign for Community website, and we encourage you to continue to submit your ideas and suggestions on that website.
In response to the Conversation and these comments, we are taking two immediate steps. First, we are committing funds to add five additional full-time staff members at CAPS to enable expansion of hours and a reduction in wait times. The staff at CAPS do an extraordinary job in caring for our students. Yet it was clear from the Campus Conversation that, even with the investments we have made to date, greater access to CAPS services is among the highest priorities for our community. In addition, to optimize the impact of these additional staff members, we will fast-track a CAPS process and operations review to ascertain any further service refinements to support our students. Any resulting recommendations will be promptly implemented.
Second, we are launching a Campaign for Wellness, which will operate under the umbrella of our successful Campaign for Community. The Campaign will follow through on some of the excellent suggestions that arose from the breakout sessions at the Conversation, which were planned to ensure that everyone had an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas, as well as the comments submitted online. It will include additional conversations and dialogue with students throughout the year, developing new programs and initiatives to support an even healthier college experience. These initiatives will include expanded programming in the College Houses and the Division of Recreation, a reinvigorated “take your professor to lunch campaign,” and a comprehensive website of programs, activities, and resources for wellness. At the same time, we are exploring ideas, both big and small, that will help us create a less stressful climate while supporting our goals of academic excellence. We welcome your ideas and plan to take further steps in new directions in the months ahead.
The health and wellness of the Penn community are our highest priorities. The Campus Conversation was merely the start of what we hope will be a comprehensive wellness campaign. We look forward to continuing the conversation to ensure we are doing all that is possible to sustain a community in which everyone can thrive.
—Amy Gutmann, President
—Wendell Pritchett, Provost
Call for College House Fellows
The Offices of the Provost and of College Houses and Academic Services invite applications for service as a College House Fellow. This is a residentially-based position that carries a two-year term.
Faculty applicants from all 12 schools within the University are welcome to apply. The most important qualification is an enthusiastic interest in mentoring and engaging undergraduate students within the residential setting. Members of the University’s faculty and full-time administrative staff in academic or student affairs who will be in their positions for at least two years are welcome to apply.
College House Fellows play a key role in connecting the Houses to the larger academic community at Penn. Fellows are responsible for working with the Faculty Directors to develop each College House as an educational resource that encourages intellectual inquiry, promotes academic programs in residence, fosters faculty and student interaction and builds strong, supportive House communities. Specific responsibilities will differ from House to House, but the general time commitment is approximately 10 hours per week.
Although there are 25 Fellow positions in the College House system, the number of openings rarely exceeds six. For these highly-sought-after positions, the selection process can be quite competitive. Applicants are reviewed by the Undergraduate Deans, the Office of College Houses, and the individual House community members, including the Faculty Director, House Dean and student residents.
Information about each College House, the Fellow positions and application process may be found at www.collegehouses.upenn.edu Please explore the “join us” section of the website for position information. If you have any questions please contact Marty Redman, executive director of College Houses and Academic Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying Up-to-Date with the Human Capital Management Initiative
The Human Capital Management (HCM) Transformation Initiative is in full swing. This University-wide effort will simplify human capital-related processes and implement a modern system powered by Workday. After selecting software and software integration partners in July, HCM has continued to make progress, including:
• Staffing the Functional, Technical, and Service Delivery teams with subject-matter experts, many drawn from across Penn, along with Workday experts from integration partner Deloitte.
• Partnering with schools and centers to create the Change Agent Network (CAN).
• CAN members will facilitate two-way communication, act as a resource for information and support, and help their Schools and Centers prepare for change.
• The kickoff meeting for CAN was November 30.
• Planning the launch of a central resource for HCM-and Workday-related inquiries.
• Beginning in early 2018, this resource center will provide assistance on select subjects to a group of early-adopter schools and centers. The lessons learned with these partners will help refine practices and improve service.
• When fully rolled out in 2019, the resource center will serve as a one-stop shop for faculty, staff, schools, and centers, with trained customer service professionals providing accurate, timely answers to HCM- and Workday-related inquiries.
You can keep up on all the news from HCM with the HCM Update. The monthly e-newsletter brings you team updates, resources to help prepare for change, information about upcoming events, and more.
Read the first HCM Update and sign up to receive future issues by email at https://www.hr.upenn.edu/hcm/hcm-update-archives Login may be required for some content online.
Visit the HCM website at https://www.hr.upenn.edu/hcm for more information, or email email@example.com
—Human Capital Management Transformation Initiative
ISC Service Rates and Invoices for FY ’19
ISC plans to hold most rate-based services steady for FY ’19. The Central Service Fee (CSF) rate will increase by 2.41% effective July 1, 2018. The FY ’19 rates are a result of a comprehensive review that took place in partnership with the Penn IT Planning Task Force (ITPTF). See https://www.isc.upenn.edu/about-itptf. All ISC service rates for FY ’19 are available at www.isc.upenn.edu/rates-service-list.
For help determining the services you need, please visit the ISC Client Care website at www.isc.upenn.edu/help or call 8-1000.
—Tom Murphy, Vice President for Information Technology and University Chief Information Officer
ISC Rates for the Following Services will Remain the Same for FY ’19
ISC Rate-Based Service: FY ’19 Service and Rates Page
PennO365 email: www.isc.upenn.edu/penno365-rates
PennNet Ethernet Ports (Data Ports): www.isc.upenn.edu/pennnet-ethernet-ports-rates
Penn Video Network: www.isc.upenn.edu/phone-tv-video
PennNet Phone: www.isc.upenn.edu/pennnet-phone-rates
Traditional Telephony: www.isc.upenn.edu/traditional-telephony-rates
Wireless at Penn: www.isc.upenn.edu/wireless-at-penn-rates
ISC Invoices—Your New ISC Bill via ISC’s Apptio “Bill of IT”
ISC continues its move to more transparent, easy-to-understand IT bills using Apptio, ISC’s new “Bill of IT” service. With more than 50% of ISC invoices managed by Apptio, ISC is well on its way to managing the vast majority of client bills with Apptio by the end of this fiscal year.
ISC’s Apptio provides clients:
• Automated bill notifications and consolidated access to ISC invoices
• Self-service invoice details, exportable to Microsoft Excel
• Fiscal year-to-date trends for IT charges and service consumption
• Dashboard summary of ISC invoices and trends to inform budgetary conversations
To request access to your departments’ invoices, go to https://www.isc.upenn.edu/apptio and follow the instructions. An email confirmation will be sent after your account is created that will include instructions for accessing Apptio.