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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following statement is published in accordance with the Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC Actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Senate Chair Mitchell Marcus or Staff Assistant Kristine Kelly, Box 12 College Hall/6303, (215) 898-6943 or

Actions Taken by the Senate Executive Committee

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

1. Chair's Report. Professor Mitchell Marcus reported on the status of the Faculty Senate Office, and reminded the Committee of the importance of nominating members of the faculty to the Faculty Senate Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee nominates the Senate Officers, at-large and assistant professor members of the Senate Executive Committee, and new members for the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, the Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty, and the Senate Committee on Conduct. Nominations should be sent as soon as possible to Kristine Kelly at The Committee was also reminded that they are also considered voting members of Council, and it is important to attend University Council meetings. Professor Marcus also provided a brief update on the new Indirect Cost Recovery study.

2. Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital Council. Professor Hackney was traveling and unable to report to SEC.

3. Psychological Issues Concerning Penn Students and Penn Faculty Responsibilities. Ilene C. Rosenstein, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Brenda Fraser, Esq., Associate General Counsel, updated SEC on the services that CAPS provides to students, and then discussed with SEC ways in which to both identify and help students who are in distress. After a lengthy question and answer session, Professor Mitch Marcus reminded members of SEC that it was their responsibility to share this important information with colleagues.

4. Responsibility Center Management. Michael J. Masch, Vice President for Budget and Management Analysis, discussed the policies, principles and procedures that make up the internal budgeting and financial reporting activities at Penn, collectively referred to as "Responsibility Center Management" (RCM).

5. New Business. There was no new business at this time.

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 8, October 15, 2002