Rosemary Barbera, who has been director of the Center for Community Learning at La Salle University, joins the Penn community as the first director of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND). PHENND is a consortium of over 25 local colleges, universities and community organizations working to strengthen service-learning initiatives in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is funded by the Corporation for National Service.
A La Salle alumna with an MSW from Bryn Mawr, Ms. Barbera began her community outreach activities while in high school. Studying religion as an undergraduate and theology at graduate level, she launched her service career with the Catholic Campus Ministry, working with students who wished to become involved in community outreach at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.
As a member of the Maryknoll Lay Mission Program she worked in Bolivia for six months, and in Chile for three-and a half years, before returning to LaSalle, where she was instrumental in establishing the Community Learning Center. She also taught in social work, communications and religion.
Kristin Davidson, the longtime assistant dean of the Nursing School, has moved to the College of Arts and Sciences as director of administrative affairs.
Ms. Davidson, who joined the University in 1968 as a business administrator in political science, was with Development and University Relations in 1975-80. She also served as director of operations for University Placement Services in 1980-84 before joining the Nursing School. She earned her B.A. in anthropology through CGS and an M.S.Ed. in anthropology of education at GSE.
Active in the Association of Women Faculty and Administrators, she is on the national executive board of the American Council on Education's National Network of Women Leaders, and on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phila. Inc.
After scheduling a farewell party for his retiring union staff for tomorrow
at the Faculty Club, Executive Director of Hospitality Don Jacobs added
one more name to the list: his own. He retires June 30 after 23 years at
Penn. He came here as director of dining services in 1975, and when the
Hospitality Services unit was created in 1986--eventually taking in also
the Faculty Club management--Mr. Jacobs became its executive director.
Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 35, June 16, 1998