'You are cordially
- ...to a host of back-to-school celebrations:
Convocation is at 7:30 p.m. on College Green (rain location: The Palestra).
On the 8th and 9th...
The Ellen and Howard C. Katz Fitness Center will hold ribbon-cutting
ceremonies with President Rodin on Tuesday, September 8 at 3 p.m. in Gimbel
Gym. As of Wednesday, September 9, the center will be open Monday through
Friday 6:30 a.m. to midnight, and noon-6 p.m. on weekends.
On the 10th...
Civic House, the University's new community service and living-learning
collaborative, hosts its opening ceremony at 3914 Locust Walk, the former
police headquarters. The festivities start at 4 p.m. with brief statements
by President Rodin and others representing the University community. The
Faculty Director, Peter Conn, will answer questions, student-members of
the House will lead tours, and refreshments will be served until 6 p.m.
(more on Civic
Sansom Common's gala opening, a block party at 36th and Walnut
Streets from 4:30-7 p.m. with live music and special promotioins by retailers.
Ribbon-cutting by President Rodin is at 5:15 p.m. (for more details see
On the 11th...
Dr. Rodin cuts another ribbon (at 3:30 p.m). and welcomes the University
community back to the "New" Library. Student musical groups
perform during the 3-7 p.m. event at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (see
Penn and see Dr.
Rodin's Welcome Back).
On the 17th...
University City District kicks off Go
West! Go International! 3rd Thursdays with gallery openings, food,
dance...with transportation from one venue to another. (see
September at Penn).
Photo courtesy of Facilities Management
Dr. Connolly of Music
Dr. Thomas Connolly, professor of music and a noted medievalist, has
been named Faculty Master of Community House in the Quad, completing the
roster of 12 Masters in the redesigned system of College Houses. He will
is joined by his wife, Dr. Margaret Connolly, who has taught in the English
departments here and at NYU and who recently completed a three-year post-doctoral
teaching fellowship in the humanities at Villanova University; and by their
13-year-old son, Stephen.
"Tom is a terrific choice for Community and another wonderful example
of Penn's finest faculty providing leadership in our 1998 comprehensive
College House system," said Interim Provost Michael Wachter. "I'd
particularly like to thank the student and faculty members on the Community
House search committee who worked quickly to fill the position with another
fine teacher and scholar."
Professor Connolly succeeds Dr. Stephen Gale, who resigned as Faculty
Master of Community House to focus on his continuing responsbilies as associate
professor of regional science in SAS and director of the Dynamics of Organization
Dr. Connolly is a medievalist with interdisciplinary interests in medieval
music, iconography, the symbolism of music in the visual and literary arts
of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and music in the thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Dr. Margaret Connolly, is currently writing about George Meredith, Virginia
Woolf and comedy.
An Australian citizen, Dr. Thomas Connolly was educated at St. Patrick's
College and State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, and subsequently received
his Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University (1973). He arrived as an
assistant professor at Penn in 1973, became associate professor in 1979,
and was named full professor in 1994. He is a former chair of the music
department and has been a Faculty Fellow and Acting Master of Van Pelt College
House. He has received major fellowship awards from the National Endowment
for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
Dr. Connolly has also served as the Director of Penn's program in Bologna,
the Bologna Cooperative Studies Program.
"I am deeply impressed by the splendid team of Faculty Masters and
House Deans that Penn has assembled to lead its new College House system,"
said Dr. Connolly. "I expect this team to work a quiet but authoritative
transformation in undergraduate education at Penn, by opening students more
fully to the rich intellectual world of the University at- large."
Note: For a photograph and profiles of the 12 new House Deans, please click here.
U.S. News Rankings: Penn's No. 6...
Penn ranks sixth among the best national universities in the newest U.S.
News & World Reports guide to America's Best Colleges (www.usnews.com). Up a notch from last year's
seventh place tie with Dartmouth, Penn is now tied with Cornell and Duke
for sixth. Yale rose from third place to join Harvard and Princeton for
a three-way tie at No. 1 among 228 national universities.
. . . and PennMed's No. 11
HUP ranked eleventh among 6,400 U.S. hospitals in the cover story "America's
Best Hospitals: Where to Find Top Medical Care in 16 Specialties" in
U.S. News July 27, 1998. It is up from 14th place last year. HUP
scored in 12 specialties: Cancer (17), Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
(20), Endocrinology (16), Gastroenterology (13), Geriatrics (17), Gynecology
(12), Neurology & Neuro-surgery (9), Orthopedics (25), Otolaryngology
(11), Pulmonary Disease (14) , Rheumatology (14) and Urology (16). Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia, home of Penn pediatrics, held its number two slot
as Boston's Children's Hospital remained in first place.