February 29, 2000
Volume 46
Number 23

President Clinton's Visit

 President Bill Clinton at the Granoff Forum last Thursday, was joined on stage by Mayor John Street, Penn President Judith Rodin and Michael Granoff.

President Bill Clinton gave the inaugural address of the University's Granoff Forum last week at Irvine Auditorium. In his speech on The New Economy he outlined his vision for the U.S. economy and highlighted the role that fiscal discipline and information technology have played in producing the longest expansion in U.S. history.

President Clinton was introduced by Penn President Judith Rodin who serves on his Presidential Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. Rodin welcomed him to campus noting that for more than 250 years Penn has extended the frontier of research. She said that the Granoff Forum on International Development and the Global Economy "gives our students an opportunity to learn how the world really works."

Mayor John Street welcomed President Clinton on behalf of 1.6 million people of the City of Philadelphia and said that the President "continues to be our friend."

Michael D. Granoff, C'80, who had served on Clinton's transition team in 1992 said he looked forward to the President's remarks "serving as a catalyst."

The President talked about what has changed in the U.S. since his last visit eight years ago. He noted advancements in science and technology, such as the Internet, as well as the longest period of sustained growth in U.S. history, the lowest unemployment rate in three decades, highest homeownership on record, lowest poverty rate in two decades and the creation of nearly 21 million new jobs since 1993, mostly in the private sector.

The president said that this address is a prelude to a major White House conference he will convene on April 5 to draw insights on the new economy from the Nation's leading economists, and CEOs. He also stressed the importantance of "closing the Digital Divide" through a range of programs such as computer training to teachers,and the establishment of community centers where adults can access the Internet.

 SENATE From the Senate Office

Slate of Nominees for 2000-2001

Under the Faculty Senate Rules, formal notification to members may be accomplished by publication in Almanac. The following is published under that rule.

TO: Members of the Faculty Senate

FROM: Larry Gross, Chair

SUBJECT: Senate Nominations 2000-2001

1. In accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules, official notice is given of the Senate Nominating Committee's slate of nominees for the incoming Senate Officers. The nominees, all of whom have indicated their willingness to serve, are:*

Secretary-elect: Edward L. Rubin (prof law)

At-large Members of the Senate Executive Committee
(to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 2000):
Michael Awkward (prof English)
Jon M. Lindstrom (prof neuroscience/med)
Chung-Pei Ma (asst prof physics & astron)
At-large Member of the Senate Executive Committee
(to serve a 1-year term beginning May, 2000):
Warren D. Seider (prof chemical engr)
One Assistant Professor Member of the Senate Executive Committee
(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 2000):
Mary C. Pugh (asst prof mathematics)
Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility
(to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 2000):
Robert F. Engs (assoc prof history)
Mark J. Stern (prof social work)
Terri E. Weaver (assoc prof nursing)
(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 2000):
Helen C. Davies (prof microbiol/med)
Senate Committee on Conduct
(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 2000):
Jeffrey M. Field (assoc prof pharmacol)
Carolyn Marvin (prof communication)
Peggy R. Sanday (prof anthropology)
Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty
(to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 2000):
Howard Goldfine (prof microbiol/med)
Janice F. Madden (prof sociology)
(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 2000):
Lorraine J. Tulman (assoc prof nursing)

2. Again in accord with the Senate Rules you are invited to submit "additional nominations, which shall be accomplished via petitions containing at least twenty-five valid names and the signed approval of the candidate. All such petitions must be received no later than fourteen days subsequent to the circulation of the nominees of the Nominating Committee. Nominations will automatically be closed fourteen days after circulation of the slate of the Nominating Committee." Pursuant to this provision, petitions must be received by mail at the Faculty Senate, Box 12 College Hall/6303, or by hand at the Faculty Senate Office, 109 Duhring Wing by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2000. (The week of spring recess is normally not counted in the fourteen days.)

3. Under the same provision of the Senate Rules, if no additional nominations are received, the slate nominated by the Nominating Committee will be declared elected. Should additional nominations be received, an election will thereafter be held by mail ballot.

*At its November 3, 1999, meeting the Senate Executive Committee instructed the 1998-1999 Senate Nominating Committee to nominate a candidate for Chair-elect (Almanac November 9, 1999) and subsequently David B. Hackney, Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, was elected January 11, 2000 (Almanac January 18, 2000).

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