PPSA Annual Meeting Notice

Panel and Slate for Election Meeting May 7

The Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) invites professional staff to its annual meeting and election on Tuesday, May ,7 from 1-2:30 p.m in the Faculty Club's Alumni Hall.

John Fry, Executive Vice President; Clint Davidson, Vice President for Human Resources; Steve Golding, Vice President for Finance; and Art Gravina, Vice President for Facilities, will provide a panel discussion, an opportunity for questions, and small group discussions on topics such as administrative restructuring, the future of employee benefits, facilities and maintenance issues and the new financial management system.

While pre-registration is not required, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please e-mail your questions for panelists in advance to ppsa@seas.upenn.edu no later than Wednesday, May 1.

During the restructuring process, it is critical for all administrative and research personnel to have their views represented to the University. Participation in the PPSA elections is the first step to making your voice heard.

The Penn Professional Staff Assembly (formerly the A-1 Assembly) serves the administrative and technical staff who fulfill the teaching, research and business missions of the University. PPSA accomplishes its mission by providing a forum for staff to express their opinions on issues facing the University and higher education. In addition, PPSA provides representation on major University committees. It serves as a supportive network to work toward achieving the University's goals and objectives and enhancing professional status of staff. PPSA also offers seminars and programs to broaden and expand staff's background and knowledge.

The PPSA Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, Chair-elect, Vice Chair-elect, past Chair, and six Members-at-Large. Mem bers of the Executive Committee will be elected by all A-1 employees who participate in the election.

We are pleased to present the following list of candidates for your consideration. Be sure to vote on Tuesday, May 7.

Candidates for Chair Elect (choose one):

James Bean: Manager, Mail Services. Jim has been involved with the University since 1979, first as an undergraduate (C'83) and since 1986 as an employee. He is presently the Manager of Penn Mail Service, a position he's held for the past seven and one/half years. Prior to his current position, he was Supervisor of the Bulk Mail Center and an Analyst in the Telecommunications Office. Jim is presently a Master's candidate in the Dynamics of Organization Program.

Gloria Gay: Associate Director, Penn Women's Center. Gloria Gay has held her current position for ten years. She earned her MSW from the Penn School of Social Work. Her affiliation with the SSW continues through her participation as a board member. She is an active member of AWFA and the African-American Association. Her community service includes current membership on the Board of Women Against Abuse as well as past efforts in the Family Service Center located at the now-closed Philadelphia Naval Base.

... for Vice Chair-Elect (choose one):

Terry Conn: Director of Administration, Vice Provost for University Life. Terry joined the Division of University Life in 1987 after many years of teaching at the Curtis Institute and the University of the Arts. Her first position here was as Acting Director of College House Programs. She then moved to the Vice Provost's Office as Executive Assistant and now is Director. She also oversees WXPN. Terry has worked with the Assistant Vice Provost on crisis intervention, served as liaison with the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, and served on various University-wide committees.

Thomas McCoy: Operations Supervisor, Telecommunications. Tommy has worked at Penn in various technical support and supervisory roles. He helped design the installation of ResNet for campus students. He also works on special projects such as the Penn Relays and other programs held at the Palestra and Franklin Field (e.g., Alumni Weekend, Student Move-In). He has served two years in PPSA as member-at-large and has served two years on the Committee for Open Expression.

...for Member-at Large (choose three)

Sheila Armstrong: Assistant to the Director, Afro-American Studies Program. Sheila has worked for Penn for over 15 years, primarily in areas of financial management. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies from Temple University and is currently a degree candidate in the Dynamics of Organization Program.

Sandy Bates : Vending Manager, Hospitality Services. Sandy is responsible for over 200 vending machines and 7 manual operations on Penn's campus. During her 13 years at Penn, she has served as vice chair of the A-3 Assembly. Sandy has also served on the Facilities and Bookstore committees and is currently a member of the Association for Business Administrators.

Thea Diamond: Director of Education at the Annenberg Center. Thea has acted as a liaison between the visiting artists and the Penn community, our West Philadelphia neighbors, and the general public since taking her current position in 1992. Before working at the Center, Thea was a full-time graduate student in English, and she is currently writing her dissertation. She presently serves on the following University committees: Pluralism, Community Relations, and Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Planning Day.

Chioma C. Fitzgerald: Business Administrator, Medical School. Chioma has been a Penn employee since 1989 when she started as an administrative assistant in the Graduate School of Fine Arts. She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science in 1995. She is a member of the Association of Business Administrators and has served on the 1996 Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and The Women of Color Planning Commit tee.

Vicki Lewis McGarvey: Business Administrator, Genetics. Vicki has been employed by Genetics since 1994, first as the Business Manager of the Cell Center and currently as the Business Administrator for the department. She holds a B.A. and an M.S.B. from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently working toward a doctorate in Higher Education from the Graduate School of Education.

Mark West: Manager, Administration & Finance, SEAS. Mark has worked in grant and contract accounting for eight years, as well as six years in the Comptroller's Office as an Accountant in the Federal Compliance Group. He is a member of the University's Association of Business Administrators, and past chair of the ABA's Steering Committee. Mark is a major in the English Writing program.

--Lois MacNamara
Assistant Director, Student Activities, GSE
for the PPSA Executive Committee


Volume 42 Number 30
April 30, 1996

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