Call for Volunteers for 1996-97 Committee Service: Deadline February 26

TO: University Faculty, Penn Professional Staff Assembly and A-3 Members

FROM: 1995-96 University Council Committee on Committees

RE: Volunteers Needed for Committee Service

Please seriously consider taking advantage of this opportunity to have input into how the University community functions! The Committee on Committees invites you to nominate yourself or others for service on University Council Committees. These 14 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 bookstore and libraries.

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 we may have an appropriate blend of new ideas and experience.

To have an idea of a particular committee's work, you may review the annual reports printed in Almanac on the following dates: Community Relations, April 18, 1995; Committee on Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, April 25, 1995; Safety and Security, May 9, 1995; Bookstore, Library, International Programs and Research, September 26, 1995; Personnel Benefits, October 31, 1995.

Except where noted, all of the committees listed here are open to both faculty and staff. Please submit nominations by February 26, 1996 by using the form (below).

1995-96 University Council Committee on Committees

Chair: Vivian Seltzer (social work)

Daniel Perlmutter (chemical engineering)
Martin Pring (physiology/medicine)
David Reibstein (marketing)
Henry Teune (political science)

Lois A. MacNamara (GSE student activities)

A-3: Shelton Mercer (telecommunications)

Students: Diane Casteel (Col '98)
One graduate/professional student to be named

Faculty Senate Chair-elect
Peter J. Kuriloff (education)

Secretary: Constance C. Goodman (office of the secretary)

Committees and Their Work:

Admissions and Financial Aid Committee considers matters of undergraduate and graduate/professional recruiting, admissions, and financial aid that concern the University as a whole or those that are not the specific responsibility of individual faculties.

Bookstore Committee considers the purposes of a university bookstore and advises the director on policies, developments, and operations.

Communications Committee has cognizance over the University's electronic and physical communications and public relations activities.

Community Relations Committee 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 Committee keeps under review the planning and operation of the University's physical plant and all associated services.

Honorary Degrees Committee 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 Committee 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.

Library Committee is advisory to the directors of libraries on policies, development and operations.

Personnel Benefits Committee deals with the benefits programs for all University personnel. Special expertise in personnel, insurance, taxes or law is often helpful.

Pluralism Committee advises on ways to develop and maintain a supportive atmosphere for all members of the University community.

Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics Committee 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.

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

Student Affairs Committee has cognizance of the conditions and rules of undergraduate and graduate student life on campus.

Student Fulbright Awards Committee evaluates applications from graduating seniors and graduate students and makes recommendations to the Institute of International Education, which awards Fulbright grants on behalf of the State Department; all of its work is done intensively, in October.

* Open to faculty only; one or more administrators serve as liaison to most.

Note: Faculty who wish to serve on the Research Committee or Committee on Open Expression should not use the form below, but forward names to Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303, telephone 898-6943; fax 898-0974; e-mail

For Faculty volunteers, mail to: Carolyn P. Burdon, Faculty Senate Office, Box 12 College Hall/6303

For Penn Professional Staff Assembly volunteers, mail to: Ira Winston, 557 MB/6389

For A-3 volunteers, mail to: Karen Wheeler, 133 S. 36th St., 5th Fl/3246

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Please specify if you think that you are especially qualified for a particular committee.


February 13, 1996
Volume 42 Number 20

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