year marked the 30th anniversary since Almanac became a weekly
publication for Penn faculty and staff, having been a monthly for
17 years prior to that. At this juncture, we pause to recall some
of the news that has appeared in Almanac during this week
of December since those early days in December 1955 when the Faculty
Club was "closer to becoming a reality than anyone expected
a year ago."
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$25 million endowment from the Annenberg Foundation will be used
to establish a new Institute for Adolescent Risk Communication at
Penn's Annenberg Public Policy Center (Almanac
December 19, 2000).
executive committee of the University's board of trustees met on
Friday, December 8, and authorized the appointment of a special
committee of medical faculty and University trustees to consider
options for the future of the Health System and to make recommendations
to the full board of trustees (Almanac
December 19, 2000).
the residential lighting rebate program coordinated through the
West Philadelphia Partnership provides reimbursement for the purchase
and installation of new energy-efficient exterior lighting on residences
December 17, 1996).
Joint Faculty Senate-Administration Committee to Examine Cost Containment
Actions shall be established to document administrative cost containment
activities within the University (Almanac December 17, 1991).
Friday's meeting of the Executive Committee of the Trustees, VPUL
James Bishop distributed a two-page list of special measures completed
or in-progress for the Quad since the Thanksgiving incident there.
Among the key measures are: A security consultant will be hired
by February 1 to review general and specific issues including the
installation of bars on all first-floor student rooms and bathrooms,
with one bar per room releasable from inside (Almanac December
its December meeting, Council accepted the Report of the Ad Hoc
Committee on South Africa with its recommended Option C, to "adopt
a policy of divestments, or substantial trading interests, in South
Africa." The divestment recommendation was one of three options
in the report (Almanac December 15, 1981).
record $92,611 has been given or pledged so far in the University's
campus campaign for United Way and the Donor Option agencies (Almanac
December 15, 1981).
observation of Philadelphia's Tercentenary year in 1982, the University
of Pennsylvania will conduct a variety of cultural, historical,
and recreational events focused on this 300th anniversary (Almanac
December 15, 1981).
Trustees Health Affairs Committee voted 12-0 with one abstention
to support the recommendation of the President and Provost on the
School of Allied Medical Professions. The recommendation is to pursue
"the Jefferson option," which would negotiate to transfer
the professional education components of SAMP's programs in physical
therapy, occupational therapy and medical technology to Thomas Jefferson
University and "seek the establishment of cooperative programs
in which students
may receive their general education and
basic scientific education at Pennsylvania, and their professional
training at Jefferson." (Almanac December 21, 1976).
a year-end goal of $3 million toward the $5 million faculty-staff
portion of the Program for the Eighties, Dr. Charles Price reports
$2,288,031 in gifts and pledges to date (Almanac December
newly formed Librarians Assembly is made up of 85 professional librarians
who meet monthly. It was formed September 22 to contribute to library
service through communication and staff participation in library
programs and activities of the University community.
use of computers as a classroom tool in chemical engineering education
continues to expand at the University. The Esso Education Foundation
has awarded a $40,000 annual grant, to be matched by University
funds for computer simulation and design of industrial chemical
manufacturing processes (Almanac December 21, 1971).
University Museum has initiated a Performing Arts Division as a
first step in taking the study of cultures out of the galleries,
according to Museum Director Froelich Rainey. "We hope that
live performers will attract new people to our museum and that we
can reach people outside with tours, films and tapes by our performing
groups." (Almanac December 21, 1971).
new School of Social Work building was dedicated; the move from
2401 Pine Street completed (Almanac December 1966).
a vote of 209 to 131, the University Senate on November 10 established
a special faculty Committee on Project Research (Almanac
Friday, December 9, the Glee Club will present its 11th Annual Christmas
Concert in Irvine Auditorium. A special feature of the program will
be the first performance of a new work by Bruce Montgomery, the
Glee Club's director, A Declaration of Peace, which was commissioned
by the Glee Club in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the bombing
of Pearl Harbor. The words have been taken from three texts by Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, then President of the United States (Almanac
Herbert S. Denenberg, associate professor of insurance and editor
of The Almanac for the past year, has been granted a part-time
leave of absence during the 1966-67 academic year. He has been named
associate director of a Wisconsin legislative committee that is
revising that state's insurance laws (Almanac December 1966).
salaries at the University have advanced since 1955 by 40 to 50
percent, President Harnwell stated last week in his annual report.
He cited the median salary for full professors in 1960-61 as $12,700
compared with $8,800 for the academic year 1955-56, an increase
of 44 percent (Almanac December 1961).
from the President: With this issue The Almanac completes
a full year's cycle under its present name. As a medium of communication
for members of the University faculties it has grown steadily in
stature and acceptance from the first two issues of last year which
appeared under the trial heading of the Newsletter.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 16, December 18, 2001