At a reception in Houston Hall last week the University unveiled the first comprehensive reference guide to Penn/Community collaborations--and joined with the community in honoring 20 people who have made a difference in the quality of University/Community life.

Civic leaders honored were Mayor Ed Rendell; City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who represents University City; State Senator Hardy Willliams; The Rev. Joseph Patterson, past president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity; Philadelphia School Superintendent David Hornbeck; and West Philadelphia Partnership Executive Director Larry Bell.

President Rodin also recognized Penn students, faculty and staff who have played major roles in community-based research, partnerships, and service, including Center for Community Partnerships Director Ira Harkavy; Professor of Anthropology Frank Johnston; Associate Professor of Nursing Margaret Cotroneo; Associate Professor of Medicine Jeane Ann Grisso; Community Relations Director Glenn Bryan; Volunteer Service Coordinator Bonnie Ragsdale; Program for Student-Community Involvement Director David Grossman; Hospital Pastoral Care Director Ralph Ciampa; Acquisitions Services Director Robert Michel; Director of Maintenance and Utilities Lou Visco and undergraduate students Tal Golomb, Jon Brightbill, Jamaal Harris and Jocelyn Patterson.

The new directory lists in one place for the first time every program at Penn that pairs students, faculty, staff and alumni with community organizations, schools, churches, socialservice agencies and residents. The 249page directory is a document "to be used actively, to expand and encourage the types of creative collaborations described," stated President Rodin. It is organized by the area of service, such as Elementary Education or Clinical Care and cross referenced by school/department, contact name, and site of service.

Copies of the directory may be obtained by calling the Center for Community Partnerships, 8985351 or viewed on the Web at


Volume 43 Number 13
November 19/26, 1996

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