News in Brief
Virginia B. Clark, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations has announced the appointment of a new Alumni Relations Director. Dr. Martin Rapisarda, who will take office at the end of November, comes to Penn from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management, where he has been director of executive masters programs since 1993. He succeeds Martha Stachitas, who moved with her family to Florida where she promises to be an active alumna, Ms. Clark said.
A former Philadelphian, Dr. Rapisarda is a 1974 alumnus of Allentown College of St. Francis De Sales who received his Ph.D. in English and philosophy from Purdue four years later. As noted in the current Pennsylvania Gazette, Virginia Clark said the University "placed special emphasis on the recruitment of a candidate for alumni relations who had marketing expertise, experience working with distance-learning programs, and demonstrated leadership ability to move alumni relations forward in the realization of its ambitious vision for the future. Martin has excelled in all of these areas."
Of particular value to alumni relations, she added, are his strengths
in the application of new communications technologies to the creation, enhancement,
and dramatic growth of distance-learning and continuing-education programs.
A memorial service for Dr. Kevin E. Salhany, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, will be held on Monday, November 30, at 4 p.m. in the University Museum's Harrison Auditorium.
Dr. Salhany died October 15 at the age of 41 (Almanac
October 20). All members of the University community are invited to
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 13, November 24, 1998