Welcome to Commencement '98
To the Penn Community:
Penn's Commencement is a wonderful opportunity to gather together in
celebration of the impressive accomplishments of our students. On behalf
of the Trustees, Officers, and Deans and their faculties, we would like
to invite all members of the Penn Community to attend the University's 242nd
Commencement on Monday, May 18, 1998. We are very fortunate to have President
Jimmy Carter as our Commencement Speaker this year.
Led by flag bearers and bagpipes, the academic procession steps forth
from the Annenberg Center at 9:15 a.m., then pauses for approximately 45
minutes in front of College Hall to applaud the graduating students as they
pass through our ranks. The procession then proceeds to Franklin Field where
the ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.
If you wish to attend the festivities, please seek advance approval from
your supervisor to assure that the business needs of your department will
continue to be met. Whether you wish to join the festivities around Locust
Walk and Blanche Levy Park or come to the Ceremony itself (tickets are not
necessary), we very much hope that you will join us in this University-wide
culmination of the academic year.
--Judith Rodin, President,
--Michael L. Wachter, Interim Provost
--Rosemary McManus, Secretary
Note: For a schedule of the School Commencements, please click here
Death of Shannon Schieber
As Philadelphia Police investigate the death of Shannon Schieber, a Wharton
School doctoral candidate whose body was discovered Thursday in her Center
City apartment, members of the University police are following the case
closely, a University spokesman said.
"We are deeply saddened by this loss," said President Judith
Rodin. " That a young woman with enormous potential and such a promising
future is taken from her family and friends so suddenly and under such tragic
circumstances is difficult to accept. Our thoughts and prayers are with
her family." Wharton Dean Thomas Gerrity said, "This is a terrible
tragedy and loss of a young life. Our hearts go out to all her family and
friends. This is not only such a devastating loss for her family and friends,
but it is truly a loss for the entire Wharton and University community."
Ms. Schieber, 24, died of manual strangulation, according to a preliminary
autopsy which police said did not establish whether or not she had been
sexually assaulted. Homicide Sgt. Paul Musi said police were proceeding
on the theory that Ms. Schieber knew her attacker, who might have gained
entry by scaling a barb-wire-covered tree outside her second floor apartment
and going through an open balcony door. Other details of the investigation
are in the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers starting Friday,
(for more, click
Lauder Co-Director for SAS: Dr. Callaghy
Dean Samuel Preston has announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Callaghy,
professor of political science, as the SAS Co-Director of the Joseph H.
Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies.
Dr. Callaghy is a specialist in comparative politics and international
relations whose books include Hemmed In: Responses to Africa's Economic
Decline (Columbia 1993) and the earlier The State-Society Struggle:
Zaire in Comparative Perspective. He is also a co-editor and contributor
to two volumes that analyzed South Africa in the era of apartheid.
"Tom brings a special combination of scholarly expertise in world
affairs and leadership experience to this important position," Dr.
Preston said. Dr. Callaghy will take office July 1, alongside Dr. Stephen
J. Kobrin, the William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management
who has represented the Wharton School component of the interschool program
since 1994. A 1968 alumnus of the UC/Davis who took his Ph.D. at Berkeley
in 1979, Dr. Callaghy taught at Penn State and at Columbia before joining
Penn in 1988. He chaired the political science department here from 1994
Faculty Club Annual Meeting: May 14
The Faculty Club Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, at
4 p.m. in the Faculty Club. In addition to annual reports, new members to
the Board will be announced, and plans for the design of space and interior
decor of the Faculty Club space at the Inn at Penn will be discussed.
Refreshments will be served. Please attend to support the Board of Governors
who act on your behalf to make sure the Faculty Club continues to function.
--Elsa L. Ramsden, President of the Board
Annual Meeting and Election: May 20
The annual election for the Exectuive Board of the Penn Professional
Staff Assembly (PPSA) will be held on Wednesday, May 20, noon-2 p.m. in
Room 102, Chemistry Bldg. This meeting represents the final general session
of the PPSA until the fall. We have a very impressive list of candidates
seeking office as members-at-large, vice chair-elect, and chair-elect (see
PPSA will present a speaker and subject to be announced in our mailing.
Please watch intramural mail during the week of May 11 for this announcement.
--James Bean, Chair, PPSA
The nominees for office are:
- Chair-Elect (Elect one)
- Laurie Reed-McCall, Academic Support Programs
- Jackie Smith, Student Financial Services
- Vice Chair-Elect (Elect one)
- Joanne Dougherty, School of Nursing
- Adam Sheer, Dining Services
- Member-at-Large (Elect three)
- Catherine Curtin, SEAS
- Trish Di Pietrae, VHUP
- Nancy McCue, Hosuing Services
- Cynthia McDonnell, Wharton
- Doris McGann-Bolen, Investments Office
- Maria O'Callaghan, Wharton School
- Pat Rose, Career Planning & Placement