Welcome to Commencement '97

To the Penn Community:

Penn's Commencement is a wonderful, festive opportunity to gather together to celebrate the impressive accomplishments of our students. On behalf of the Trustees, the President, the Provost, the Executive Vice President, the Officers, and the Deans, I invite all members of the Penn community to attend the University's 241st Commencement on Monday, May 19. Led by flag bearers and bagpipes, the academic procession steps forth at 9:15 a.m. from the Annenberg Center, pauses for about 45 minutes in front of College Hall to applaud the graduating students as they pass through our ranks, and enters Franklin Field where the Commencement Ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m. We feel enormously fortunate that Bill Cosby will be our Commencement Speaker this year as he will surely give our students a marvelous, moving send off into the next phases of their lives.

Whether you wish to join the festivities around Locust Walk or in Blanche Levy Park, or come to the Ceremony itself (tickets are not necessary), we very much hope you will join us in this Universiy-wide culmination of our academic year. If you wish to do so, simply let your supervisor or Department Chair know in advance. Think of this time as a special thank you for all you do to contribute to the educational mission of Penn and the lives of our students while they are here with us. We are truly grateful to you for that.

May the sun shine!

-- Barbara Ray Stevens, Vice President and Secretary of the University

Council Reminder: April 30

This is a reminder that there will be an important vote on a proposed change to the bylaws at the University Council meeting on Wednesday, April 30, from 4-6 p.m. in McClelland Lounge, the Quad. The proposed change is detailed in the University Council Agenda (left). University Council members are asked to make every effort to be present for this important vote.

-- Constance C. Goodman, Secretary of the University Council

Call for Staff Grievance Panelists

The Division of Human Resources is seeking volunteers to serve on panels for the Staff Grievance Program. The Staff Grievance Program provides staff members with the opportunity to communicate openly to address issues and concerns. Panel members are presented the issues by those involved and make a recommendation for resolution of the issue.

Serving as a panelist is a wonderful opportunity to play a role in assisting in conflict resolution so that staff members issues are heard in a fair and impartial forum. We encourage applications from a diverse cross section of the Penn community. Regular full-time and part-time staff and faculty and retirees are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Human Resources/Staff Relations at 898-6093 or by e-mail at askhr@pobox.upenn.edu. We will forward an application for you to complete. The application deadline is May 30, 1997.

-- Carol Horne Penn, Manager, Human Resources/Staff Relations


Volume 43 Number 32
April 29, 1997

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