FROM THE PRESIDENT
We Write the Next Chapter
In David Lean's great epic film, Lawrence
of Arabia, Peter O'Toole's T.E. Lawrence, already accused
of madness for daring to cross the murderously scorched
and waterless Nefud Desert to reach Aqaba, resolves to go
back and rescue a member of his expedition party whom everyone
else has given up for dead.
Sherif Ali and his friends plead frantically
with Lawrence to abort his pointless and dangerous mission,
because, as one comrade says, "It is written!"
Lawrence replies with one of the most
memorable lines in movie history: "Nothing is written."
As he rides off alone, Lawrence defiantly predicts: "I
shall be at Aqaba. That is written"--he points toward
his head --"in here!"
OF DR. RODIN'S MESSAGE <<HERE>>
of GSE Dean
Having received the report of the Dean
Review Committee, President Judith Rodin and Provost Robert
Barchi announced that they will recommend to the Trustees
at their February meeting the reappointment of Susan Fuhrman
as Dean of the Graduate School of Education.
ON GSE DEAN <<HERE>>
Ben's Birthday Bash: January 17
and 15 other organizations will participate in the Celebration!
Benjamin Franklin, Founder on January 17. The Celebration
begins at 11 a.m. with a procession from The American Philosophical
Society Library, to Christ Church graveyard for a wreath
laying and tributes at Franklin's grave. Afterwards, there
is a luncheon in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding
of The Philadelphia Contributionship--America's oldest insurance
company, founded by Franklin in 1752.
ON BEN'S BIRTHDAY <<HERE>>
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 17, January 8, 2002
January 8, 2002
Volume 48 Number 17
Jonathan E. Rhoads, provost emeritus and pioneering professor
of surgery, leaves a legacy after a life-long career at Penn.
Services will be held on January 12.
Alvin Rubinstein, professor of political science, died December
18 after teaching here for 44 years.
Rodin welcomes back the Penn community and encourages participation
in the MLK celebrations and community service projects.
other organizations founded by Benjamin Franklin participate
fourth annual celebration of his life on January 17.
Susan Fuhrman will be recommended to the Trustees for reappointment
as dean of the Graduate School of Education.
FinMIS and in with BEN
Financials as Penn rings in the new year as a successful
upgrade to a new, web-based purchasing environment is complete.
no longer permitted for purchases from suppliers who are in
the new Penn Marketplace; BEN
Buys is the new system for placing orders.
Stipend levels for FY03 are no longer based on NIH guidelines.
Sexual Harassment Policy is published OF RECORD to familiarize
the University community with the resources available for resolving
Drives this month target faculty, staff and students.
students and postdoc fellows interested in pursuing the academic
job market are invited to the sixth annual series beginning
Way campaign announces the winners of the week four and
week five raffles. Week six winners and the grand prize winner
will be in next week.